With the excitement of the MLB Trade Deadline behind us, all eyes are now on the Rangers' performance down the stretch. They're not the only ones in action on Wednesday, though, as the Wings also take on the Storm in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Before these games kick off, here are the Sport DFW editors' top betting picks for Dallas sports fans on Wednesday.
Dallas Best Bets: August 2, 2023
Tyler Maher: Rangers-White Sox UNDER
As expected, we didn’t have too much trouble with the White Sox last night, earning a 2-0 win to maintain our half-game lead in the AL West.
Today brings a tougher matchup, however, against Chicago ace Dylan Cease. Last year’s AL Cy Young runner-up is 4-4 with the second-highest ERA (4.15) of his career, but his 3.57 FIP is solid and his 10.8 K/9 is identical to his career average.
We have Dane Dunning on the mound who, in a shocking turn of events, has pitched considerably better than Cease this year. He’s 8-4 with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP despite a career-low 5.7 K/9.
Dunning used to pitch for the White Sox, too, making his MLB debut with them in 2020 before being dealt to Texas for Lance Lynn the following winter. In two starts against his old team, Dunning is 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
My main concern for the Rangers is how quiet our bats have been lately. We’ve scored three runs or less in five of our last six games, which doesn’t bode well for a matchup against Cease. Chicago’s lineup has gone cold, too, getting shut out in back-to-back games and scoring three runs or less in four of its last five.
With two quality starters on the mound, I’m expecting another low-scoring game and backing the Under tonight.
Isaiah De Los Santos: Wings-Storm OVER
A pair of Western Conference foes meet tonight as the Wings are back in action against the Storm. While Seattle’s fallen off significantly during the 2023 season, this squad has managed to give Dallas fits in their previous meetings, which is why I’m targeting the point total on Wednesday.
Though Noelle Quinn’s squad owns one of the league’s worst scoring offenses, they’ve started to wake up after the All-Star break. The Storm have posted at least 82 points in each of their past three contests, which has led to two of their six overall wins on the season in just the past week.
Seattle’s had no trouble cracking the Wings’ defense, either. The Storm are averaging a whopping 100.0 PPG against Dallas this season, and they’ve notched at least 91 points in both prior matchups.
Seattle showing signs of life recently and touting past offensive success against the Wings is why I love the over in this one. These conference rivals have posted a combined 186 points and 212 points, respectively, in two clashes already. I think they’ll soar over the total once again tonight.
Jason Schandl: Astros Moneyline vs Guardians
I’d like to see us have the chance to pull further ahead of the Astros today, but the Guardians aren’t going to let that happen.
Cleveland refused to buy at the trade deadline despite being within striking distance in the AL Central, and it doesn’t seem to only be the fans who are feeling crushed by that. They looked absolutely dejected yesterday.
Yes, Framber Valdez was pitching well for Houston, but it really looked like the Guardians had no interest in being out there.
As a team they rank just 23rd in wRC+ on the season, and I’d fully expect them to rank even closer to 30th the rest of the way.
You’re not getting a huge payout on the Astros in a game they should win easily, but it’s certainly a safe bet.
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