Tigers-Royals run total, Padres-Blue Jays money line: July 18 best bets

San Diego Padres' Xander Bogaerts, right, and Jake Cronenworth, center, celebrate past Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto after Bogaerts' home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 16, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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.

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Here are our best bets for Tuesday, July 18:


The play: MLB, Tigers at Royals UNDER 8.5 runs

The odds/bet: -120 ($36 to win $30)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

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

Our take: Both the Tigers and Royals have struggled in 2023, especially when it comes to scoring runs being that they’re both ranked in the bottom three in scoring.

Tonight’s pitching matchup is one that should keep the lack of runs trend intact considering both Royals starter Daniel Lynch and Tigers starter Tarik Skubal have pitched well lately.

We’ll go ahead and take the under since both lineups project to struggle to score even if the pitchers aren’t as sharp as we’re thinking.


The play: MLB, Padres (money line) over Blue Jays

The odds/bet: -135 ($13.50 to win $10)

The book: Caesars Sportsbook

Time/TV: 7:07 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: The Padres have been a disappointment this season considering how much talent they have, but they’re still capable of competing with anyone on a given night.

The Blue Jays have been rolling lately and appear to have Alek Manoah back to pitching like an ace, but the Padres lineup will be a much tougher task than the Tigers lineup that Manoah got to face in his return to the majors.

Joe Musgrove will be on the mound for the Padres, and he’s quietly been one of the top pitchers in MLB lately to where we’ll bank on a Padres victory.


Monday’s best bets

• MLB, Twins at Mariners UNDER seven runs (LOST $30)

• MLB, Cubs (money line) over Nationals (LOST $14)

• NASCAR Crayon 301, Chase Elliott to finish top five (LOST $20)

Monday’s profit/loss: -$64 (0-3)

Total for the week: -$64 (0-3)

Total for July: -$71.50 (12-18)

Total for 2023: -$460.25 (162-180)

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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