MLB Betting Guide: Tuesday 8/9/22
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Braves Moneyline (-148): 1-Star Rating Out of 5
Charlie Morton is going for the Braves, and after a slow start to the campaign, he's been excellent. He's pitched to a 3.58 SIERA and 27.2% strikeout rate for the year. Over his past nine outings, he's recorded a 3.19 xFIP with a 30.8% strikeout rate, punching out 68 in 56 1/3 frames.
Facing the Red Sox at Fenway is never easy, but Boston's bats are struggling of late, sitting 21st in wOBA (.295) over the past 14 days.
Rich Hill gets the ball for the Sox, and he's got his work cut out for him. Against left-handers this campaign, Atlanta ranks seventh in wOBA (.322) with the game's highest hard-hit rate (35.1%). Righties like Ronald Acuna, Dansby Swanson, Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley make the Braves a brutal matchup for southpaws.
Behind a strong offensive showing, Atlanta projects to win this game by a score of 5.73-4.38, according to our numbers. Our model gives Atlanta win odds of 62.2%, which aligns with a moneyline price of -165. The current -148 moneyline implies win odds of 59.7%. That creates a sliver of value in taking Atlanta to win, a bet we assign a one-star rating (one-unit recommendation).
Over 8.5 (-115): 4-Star Rating Out of 5
Arizona's offense is sneaky-good against righties (seventh in hard-hit rate) and is swinging it well right now (13th in wOBA over the past 30 days). They can take advantage of a soft matchup with Thompson, who is giving up 1.68 dingers per nine this season along with a measly 15.9% walk rate.
Once Thompson is pulled, a Pittsburgh 'pen that ranks second-worst in reliever xFIP (4.49) over the last 30 days isn't likely to slow down the Snakes.
We have the Diamondbacks scoring 5.48 runs. We shouldn't need the Pirates' offense to do too much to get us to the over, but our projections have them going off, as well.
They'll see Henry, a rookie lefty. Henry has only five MLB frames under his belt, and he gave up four earned runs in those five innings in his only other start. Over 108 innings this year in Triple-A, Henry struck out just 21.9% of hitters and had a 5.17 xFIP. He's probably not ready for The Show, and we think the Pirates get to him for 5.19 runs.
So, in all, we project a total of 10.67 runs -- more than two runs over the listed line. We give the over a 68.0% chance to win out and mark it as a four-star bet. It's our top bet of the day.