The Rangers can't lose and have been a great bet over the last week, so we're going back to the well with them in an easy matchup today.
The Dallas Wings, on the other hand, are struggling, so we're going to fade them again with a brutal opponent on tap.
Here are today's best bets for Tuesday.
Dallas Best Bets: August 8, 2023
Tyler Maher: Rangers Runline vs. Athletics
After losing seven of nine to close out July, the Rangers have flipped the script in August. Buoyed by an impressive trade deadline, Texas is undefeated this month, going 7-0 with a plus-27 run differential.
We’ll look to make it eight in a row behind Max Scherzer, who’s coming off a strong performance in his Rangers debut. The 39-year-old is 10-4 with a 4.04 ERA overall this season and has three quality starts in his last four outings.
He shouldn’t have too much trouble on Tuesday night against the worst team in baseball. The A’s are now 32-81 after losing Monday’s series opener, 5-3, falling 35 games behind Texas in the standings.
The Rangers have dominated them this year, going 6-2 with a plus-34 run differential, so expect more of the same on Tuesday. Texas’ league-leading offense should score some early runs against JP Sears, who’s 2-8 with a 4.07 ERA and a 5.15 FIP.
Oakland’s been playing out the string for months, so back the Rangers to keep rolling and cover the runline again.
Jason Schandl: LaMonte Wade OVER 0.5 Home Runs
Looking around the AL West, the Giants-Angels game isn’t an overly exciting matchup, but it’s one that brings a good spot for betting value.
Lucas Giolito has had a rough go of things over the last couple of seasons, and his advanced numbers are the worst they’ve been in a long time (his 4.18 SIERA is his worst since his pre-breakout 2018 season). He’s been especially bad against left-handed bats with a 4.99 xFIP while giving up a massive 56.8% fly-ball rate.
On the other side, few players have platoon splits as dramatic as LaMonte Wade. Wade simply doesn’t get in the lineup against southpaws at this point, but he has a career .200 isolated slugging (ISO) against right-handed pitching, which comes on a 35.5% hard-hit rate and a 44.4% fly-ball rate.
Things can always go sideways for Wade if a southpaw comes out of the bullpen, but with nearly 5-to-1 odds to go yard, I like his chances with a few cracks at Giolito.
Isaiah De Los Santos: Aces Spread @ Wings
The Wings are back in action on Tuesday as they’ll look to break their current two-game losing streak. Dallas must go up against the juggernaut Aces tonight, though, and I’m not optimistic about their chances.
Though the Wings have been one of the WNBA’s best teams in 2023, Las Vegas is the cream of the crop. The Aces are led by MVP contender A’ja Wilson, who anchors the league’s second-best scoring defense at just 79.3 PPG allowed. This team is even deadlier on offense, boasting three scorers averaging at least 18.0 PPG and a WNBA-best 92.3 PPG.
Despite having a similarly threatening offense, the Wings’ middling defense has reared its ugly head during their recent skid. Dallas has gone just 1-3 over its last four games and this unit allowed 104 points in all three losses – one of which was to these same Aces on July 30.
I’m taking Las Vegas to cover the spread and exploit the Wings’ struggling defense tonight.
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