Yankees at Braves run total, plus an MLB parlay: Best Bets for August 15

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Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley gestures while running bases after a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

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 Tuesday, August 15:

TOP PLAY

The play: MLB, Yankees at Braves OVER 10.5 runs

The odds/bet: -110

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: 7:20 p.m. (TBS)

Our take: We nailed the run line in yesterday’s contest between the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves, but we’re pivoting to the run total today due to the matchup circumstances.

The Braves’ lineup was on fire yesterday and should keep it going today against struggling Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino, who has an 8.06 ERA on the season and an even uglier 9.89 mark on the road.

In the event that the Braves don’t score as many as we’re thinking, the Yankees lineup is also in line for a strong night, as Braves starting pitcher Bryce Elder has allowed five earned runs or more in four of his last six starts.

MLB PARLAY

The play: MLB, Reds (money line) over Guardians, Red Sox (-1.5 run line) over Nationals

The odds: +269

The book: FanDuel Sportsbook

Time/TV: Guardians at Reds 6:40 p.m., Red Sox at Nationals 7:05 p.m. (MLB Extra Innings)

Our take: Yesterday’s MLB run total parlay fell flat, so we’re going to try a couple of line plays today that look promising.

The Reds have been struggling recently, but they’ve got the ascending Graham Ashcraft on the mound tonight against a Guardians team whose lineup is among the worst in MLB.

As for the Red Sox, they’ve been playing well as of late and should be able to score plenty against inconsistent Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray.

HOW WE’VE FARED

Monday’s best bets

  • MLB, Braves (-1.5 run line) over Yankees (WON)
  • MLB parlay, Mariners at Royals UNDER eight runs, Diamondbacks at Rockies OVER 11.5 runs (LOST)

Monday’s record: 1-1

Total for the week: 1-1

Total for August: 13-18

Total for 2023: 187-212

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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