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Moneyline Monday: Best Bets for August 16

After a brilliant Saturday morning, we came back to earth with a 1-2-1 record on Sunday thanks to the Panthers blowing an eight-point lead and turning a win on them at +3 into a push when the Colts avoided overtime. With not much from the soccer world today, it’ll be all baseball for this Monday.


If the Cleveland bats can get anything done, this will prove a solid pick. The Indians have really struggled to get some runs on the board, but Cal Quantrill has proven a reliable starter in recent appearances, holding his past six opponents to two runs or less. Griffin Jax has mostly been decent for the Twins as a starter, but he’s a full run worse at home than he is on the road, and I really don’t feel comfortable trusting him and paying the juice. The conditions are right to try the Tribe.


Oakland has had the White Sox’s number as of late, and I really don’t trust Chicago to get the job done here. The Sox have the look of a team that’s good enough to cruise through the AL Central but not good enough to do the job against the teams that are actually good in the AL East and AL West. The White Sox are just 6-6 in their past 12 games, and part of that is because they got to play and sweep the collapsing Cubs. I like Oakland here.

METS ML, +190

Big risk here, but it could be a big reward, as Kevin Gausman really hasn’t gotten the job done in his recent starts in San Francisco. He’s a much better pitcher on the road than at home, and the Giants have lost three of his past four home starts, with the one exception being Arizona. The Mets are likely to be embarrassed after their awful showing against the Dodgers, and this could be a prime bounce-back spot.


The Marlins were a big reason why I somehow pulled first place for the week out of nowhere, and I think Braxton Garrett can keep things rolling in the first few innings against Atlanta. I’m still not sold on Touki Toussaint for the Braves, while Garrett has pitched very well when he’s been at home. The Marlins’ bullpen was shaky against Chicago, however, so I don’t want to risk it when I can get plus money for taking Miami on the first five. That’s the play here.

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