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June 23 MLB Betting Preview: Best Bets for the Day of Action

By Corey Ghee
Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) and first baseman Yuli Gurriel (10) and second baseman Jose Altuve (27) celebrate after scoring during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Minute Maid Park.
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  • 06/23 7:05 PM ET
    ML
    Total
    Score
    917HOUHOU
    120
    8-120 o
    6
    918NYYNYY
    -130
    8100 u
    7
  • 06/23 8:10 PM ET
    ML
    Total
    Score
    919BALBAL
    140
    9100 o
    4
    920CHWCHW
    -150
    9-120 u
    0
  • 06/23 9:40 PM ET
    ML
    Total
    Score
    911PHIPHI
    135
    7-105 o
    6
    912SDSD
    -145
    7-115 u
    2

With a loaded MLB Slate for Thursday, June 23 we take a look at some of the betting lines that provide some of the most value. The White Sox look to provide some value at -1.5 (+130) while the Astros head to the Bronx and look like a trendy underdog pick at +108. 

Run Line: Chicago White Sox -1.5 (+130) provides some big time value

There’s momentum brewing in the Southside.

After getting off to a slow start, the White Sox have played good baseball this month. Chicago comes into this four-game set with Baltimore as winners of seven of their last ten games, covering in eight of those. The upset-happy Orioles have been pest at times this season, however with them sending Dean Kremer to the mound, who possesses a career 1-6 record on the road, the White Sox look appealing here.

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Give both Chicago’s run line and team total of o4.5 (-115) a look.

Moneyline: Houston Astros at +108 looks enticing

This series will have a big game feel around it, and Houston’s tear of New York has a good chance of continuing here.

The Astros now have a six-game set in the World’s Greatest City, and they will look really appealing as underdogs over the course of the next week.

Houston is going to rip off a chunk of wins during this stretch, and their momentum could continue tonight as they send their best pitcher to the mound. Framber Valdez (7-3, 2.78 ERA) is enjoying another consistent season, and he’s been steady on the road. The fifth-year pitcher has gone six full innings in every start, and there’s always a good chance he’ll receive run support from arguably the best lineup in baseball.

From Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez, to Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman, the list goes on and the Astros have the firepower to be very profitable over the next week.

Totals: Phillies/Padres o7

While the surging San Diego Padres will send Cy Young-hopeful Joe Musgrave to the mound, they’ve been producing at a very high rate of late at the plate. Their recent explosions of 12, 19, and 10 in their win over Arizona last night provide a lot of optimism for the magic number of 7.

With the Phillies sending Ranger Suarez to the mound, San Diego should have little trouble doing the heavy lifting here. Suarez has played the role of “park ranger” at times away from home this season, and he could find himself in trouble early attempting to handle this lineup. Philly also comes in with firepower of their own at the plate, only providing more optimism for the over here.

Strikeouts: Johnny Cueto, CWS - Over 4.5 Strikeouts (-103)

Johnny Cueto has been somewhat of ageless wonder, and while he’s years removed from his price,  the 16-year vet has still been serviceable this season. Cueto’s coming off of his best start of the season, turning back the clock and tossing seven shutout innings in a road win over Houston last weekend. Cueto struck out five batters for the fifth time in seven starts this season, and that trend has a good chance to continue, facing an Orioles team that lacks discipline at the plate.

Ranger Suarez, PHI - Over 4.5 Strikeouts (+120)    

Ironic, we just mentioned the Park Ranger

Now, although we just honed in on Suarez's tendency to get into jams on the road, he has some value in a spot that always comes down to a matter of swings and misses. The fourth-year pitcher has hit this number in six of his last eight starts, and he’s facing a Padres team that has a tendency to swing and miss. 

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