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Tuesday Totals: Best Bets for August 2

We’ve almost made it through the dog days of summer, as we’re now 25 days away from college football’s kickoff and two days from the Hall of Fame Game. We’ve also made it through international women’s soccer tournaments, so that cash cow is no longer producing for us. Still, we’ve got plenty of options available until we’re able to get to weekly football’s return, so it’s time to sort through some Tuesday plays.

I don’t love that two of these are MLS plays, but we’ll do the best we can to avoid that outcome. Here are my best bets for August 2.

MARINERS-YANKEES U8.5, -105

Logan Gilbert has pitched rather well during Seattle’s rise up the standings and into the playoff picture, and even against the powerful Yankees, he and the Mariners’ solid bullpen should be able to keep New York to three or four runs. That should be more than enough against Seattle’s poor lineup, as the Mariners have scored two runs or less in four of their past five contests. Seattle wins with pitching, and I don’t see the offense coming here.

SOUNDERS-FC DALLAS U2.5, +105

The Sounders MLSed me last time out, as an own goal by LAFC pushed the total to three goals, costing me a win on that play. However, I think the low scoring returns to Lumen Field in this one. These teams tend to stalemate each other when they face off, as five of the past six meetings have finished with two goals or less. Raul Ruidiaz is set to return, but that likely means that Seattle wins this 2-0 instead of 1-0. This should be a lower-scoring show.

RBNY-COLORADO U2.5, +100

Colorado is one of just two sides in MLS that does not have a win away from home this year, and the defense is not the problem. The Rapids have given up 29 goals in 24 games, a mark that ranks seventh in the Western Conference. But only Sporting Kansas City has been more punchless than Colorado, which has just 25 markers on the season. That should play right into the Red Bulls’ hands, as New York isn’t going to want to push itself after just playing a friendly with Barcelona on Saturday. A low-scoring match works just fine for them.

OL REIGN TTO 1.5, +115

Only Orlando and Gotham have leaked more goals than Racing Louisville, which has conceded at least twice in six of its past seven matches. The only exception was an Alex Morgan-less San Diego, which means Reign is likely to keep the markers coming in Kentucky. OL Reign has hit the net twice in three of its past four matches and seems to have the offense figured out after a slow start to the year. Louisville might very well notch another draw, but it will give up goals in the process.

PHILLIES-BRAVES O8, -110

These two teams love to put up runs on each other, and the Phils should be ready to go now that they’ve seen Atlanta pitcher Spencer Strider. The over is 12-5 in the past 17 matchups with each other, which says that these teams should keep the offense rolling. Even with Strider handling the Phillies last time, the teams still combined for nine runs and have topped this number in four straight matchups. I like this trend to continue.

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