Big MLB weekend starts with picks for Rays-Braves and Tigers-Blue Jays: Best Bets for July 7

Big MLB weekend starts with picks for Rays-Braves and Tigers-Blue Jays: Best Bets for July 7
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Each day, one of our experts at will offer up a best bet (or two or three) that mobile sportsbooks in Louisiana are offering. It might be a traditional spread bet, a player prop or one of the various odds boosts that books offer.

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Here are our best bets for Friday, July 7:


The play: MLB: Braves money line over Rays

The odds/bet: -103 ($30.90 to win $30)

The book: WynnBET

Time/TV: 5:40 p.m. (Apple TV+)

Our take: With the All-Star Game set for Tuesday in Seattle, the Major League Baseball season ends its first half this weekend, and it does so in style. There are a couple of series that clearly have some playoff implications even at this early date. The highest quality of those is this possible World Series preview, between the team that dominated the first quarter of the season in Tampa Bay and the team that has taken over in the second quarter, the Atlanta Braves.

We’re riding the hot hand here, getting basically even money on a Braves team that has won 25 of its past 29 games. We also have the benefit of Charlie Morton, one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball — he’s allowed more than three earned runs just three times in 16 starts. On the other side is the talented Tyler Glasnow, who has just seven starts this year and has completed six innings just once. He won’t do it tonight against a red-hot Braves lineup that’s made a habit of knocking starters out early.

The Rays are coming off a sweep at the hands of the Phillies and will be motivated to right their ship before the break, but the wrong team is coming into town.


The play: MLB, Tigers money line over Blue Jays

The odds/bet: +120 ($10 to win $12)

The book: Barstool Sportsbook

Time/TV: 5:40 p.m. (

Our take: This is an underrated game to watch, because last year’s Blue Jays ace, Alek Manoah, is returning after being shipped to spring training and then the minors to work on his delivery. Manoah, an All-Star sensation a year ago (remember him mic’d up on TV? “Three punchies, baby!”), had struggled so badly that Toronto felt no choice but to send him down for a reset.

Thing is, Manoah was bombed in one minor-league start, and though he pitched well in the other (and in these minor-league assignments, results may not be the most important thing), it’s going to be different when he’s facing Major League hitters again. The Tigers are a posh assignment, with a .670 team OPS that’s only higher than the lowly Royals and A’s, but if Manoah struggles, the Blue Jays may be stuck after playing a doubleheader Thursday that depleted their bullpen.

On the other side, Detroit starter Alex Faedo doesn’t have great numbers — and is also coming off the IL — but his 0.92 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings show that’s pitched better than his ERA showed.

With so much uncertainty in this one, it’s worth taking a shot on the home underdog. 


Thursday’s best bets

• MLB: Phillies-Rays OVER 9.5 runs (LOST $31.50)

• MLB: Rangers -1.5 at Red Sox (LOST $10)

Thursday’s profit/loss: -$41.50 (0-2)

Total for the week: -$20 (3-5)

Total for July: +$20 (6-5)

Total for 2023: -$328.75 (156-167)

NOTE: If a line or odds are minus, it considers the juice one must lay to place the bet. Ex: Team A is -160 on the money line, one would have to bet $160 to win $100 (or $16 to win $10). OR Team B is a 5-point favorite at -110, one would have to bet $110 to win $100 (or $11 to win $10.)

Conversely, on positive lines, if Team C is +140 on the money line, $100 would bring in $140 (or $10 to win $14).


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