Royals-Twins run line play, Orioles-Yankees parlay: July 3 best bets

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Each day, one of our experts will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

Here are our best bets for Monday, July 3:

TOP PLAY

The play: MLB: Twins (-1.5) over Royals

The odds/bet: -115 ($34.50 to win $30)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 8:10 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: The Twins have had a strong record against the struggling Royals this season having lost to them only once in seven games and winning by two or more runs in all six victories.

That resume has us feeling confident enough in the Twins to where we’ll go ahead and take them on the run line here, especially since they’ve got ace starting pitcher Joe Ryan on the mound.

Ryan had a rough outing recently against the loaded Braves lineup, but he’s set to bounce back tonight and get support from the Twins lineup, who should thrive against inexperienced Royals starter Austin Cox.

ORIOLES-YANKEES PARLAY

The play: MLB: Orioles (money line) over Yankees, plus OVER 8.5 runs

The odds/bet: +250 ($10 to win $25)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 7:05 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: There wasn’t much else we liked on this light MLB schedule, but we see this matchup as a chance to cash in on a parlay featuring both the money line and the total.

The Orioles have been up-and-down lately after a scorching hot start, but we have them winning tonight considering they’ve got one of their best starting pitchers on the mound in Tyler Wells and a strong bullpen to close out what should be a tight contest.

The Yankees bats should put up a fight, which is we like the over since both lineups are set to duke it out, but we’ll give the Orioles the edge due to their elite backend relief pitching.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Sunday’s best bets

• MLB money line, Angels over Diamondbacks (WON $30)

• WNBA, Dallas Wings -6 over Washington Mystics (WON $10)

• PGA Rocket Mortgage Challenge, JJ Spaun to finish in the top 30 (LOST $10)

Sunday’s profit/loss: +$30 (2-1)

Final total for the week: +$136.85 (7-2)

Total for July: +$40 (3-0)

Total for 2023: -$308.75 (153-162)

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).

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