Expert MLB Best Picks & Predictions for Today – The Bet Club


Welcome to The Bet Club and a great weekend in Major League Baseball best bets. We have some exciting matchups ahead today, including Braves vs. Rays, Cubs vs. Yankees, and Mets vs. Padres. In this article, we’ll dive into my MLB best bets for Saturday, July 8, 2023. Make sure to also check out our MLB picks and parlay for today’s games.

MLB Best Bets 07-08-23: Backing a 7-1 Trend in San Diego

Boston Red Sox -1.5 (-118) over Oakland Athletics_MLB

James Paxton, the reigning Pitcher of the Month in June, will make his first start for the Red Sox. Paxton has been a pleasant surprise this season with a 2.70 ERA and a 3.28 xERA in 9 starts. In June, he posted a 3-0 record with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. With an excellent outing against the Blue Jays in his last start, Paxton now returns from the paternity list, bringing extra rest and motivation. Facing the Athletics, who struggle against left-handed pitching with a league-worst 64 wRC+ in the past 30 days, Paxton should excel. Back the Red Sox to secure a comfortable victory.

San Diego Padres F5 -0.5 (-130) over New York Mets_MLB

The Padres’ offense has come alive recently, averaging 7.17 runs per game in July. They face David Peterson of the Mets, who has struggled to keep a spot in the rotation. Peterson’s recent performances against weak offenses do not inspire confidence. Meanwhile, Blake Snell has been exceptional, allowing only 4 earned runs in his last 47 innings. In his last 8 starts, the Padres have won the first 5 innings in 7 of them. Expect Snell to continue his dominance against a weak Mets lineup.

MLB Best Bets Saturday: YRFI & NRFI Picks

Our expert has been on a hot streak, boasting a 12-3-1 record with YRFI/NRFI plays. In this article, we will present two YRFI/NRFI best bets for Saturday’s MLB games.

One of the quickest and popular bets in MLB is whether a run will be scored in the first inning (YRFI/NRFI). With the opportunity to cash (or lose) in on this market in a short timeframe, it’s an appealing option for bettors.

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros: NRFI (-135)_MLB

In the AL West matchup between the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros, we’re backing the NRFI. Despite the Mariners’ overall underachievement this season, their pitching staff has been a strong point. Bryan Woo, in particular, has been impressive with top-tier statistics in strikeout rate, expected batting average (xBA), and expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA) among all starters. His xERA of 2.72 indicates that he has been unlucky so far this season. On the Astros’ side, Framber Valdez has been equally effective with a 2.49 ERA and excellent career numbers against the Mariners’ lineup. Expect a low-scoring affair in this game.

Chicago Cubs vs New York Yankees: NRFI (-120)_MLB

In the interleague matchup between the Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, we’re once again going with the NRFI. Without the presence of Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ lineup has lacked its usual power. Chicago starter Drew Smyly excels at limiting hard contact, ranking within the top 18 percentile of all starters in average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage. With Josh Donaldson having the best numbers against Smyly among the Yankees, we expect a scoreless first inning. On the other side, Gerrit Cole is projected to continue his strong season for the Yankees against a Cubs lineup that ranks 21st in slugging percentage (SLG) and 17th in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). Anticipate a scoreless start to the game.


Saturday’s MLB games present exciting opportunities for betting. For today’s MLB best bets, we’re favoring the Boston Red Sox on the run line as James Paxton returns from the paternity list to face the struggling Athletics.

In addition, we’re backing the San Diego Padres in the first 5 innings against the New York Mets, with Blake Snell expected to continue his outstanding form.

In the YRFI/NRFI market.

With the Seattle Mariners facing the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs taking on the New York Yankees, both matchups suggest low-scoring starts to the games. Our expert is confident in these selections and looks to continue the momentum of the 12-3-1 run.

Our expert is confident in these selections, bet responsibly and make sure to visit our MLB picks and parlay selections for a comprehensive analysis of today’s selected games.

Good luck with your bets!

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