MLB Best Bets For Monday: Circling Division Rivalries

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Today’s matchups both feature division rivals. One game has two teams with a real shot of winning their division, while the other features the first-place team against the last-place team.

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees

7:05 P.M. EST

Here is a clash that features the two teams with the most realistic shot of winning the American League East.

The Rays are one of the hottest teams in baseball winning 18 of their last 21 games, they also have been dominant over the Yankees by winning six of the first seven this season. The Yankees, however, may be back on track after winning three straight before losing seven consecutive games.

Gerritt Cole will get his third start against the Rays; he had a no-decision in both starts and also struck out 10 in each game. Tyler Glasnow has struggled this year after such an amazing 2019. His one loss this season was from his first start against the Yankees and he has given up six earned runs in 8 1/3 innings against New York this year.

The Yankees are heading in the right direction and Cole has pitched well against Tampa Bay while Glasnow has noticeably struggled, but the Rays have been finding ways to consistently win against New York.

Best Bet: Over 7.5 (-110)

Best Prop Bet: Which team will score the first run? New York Yankees (+105)

Cleveland Indians vs Kansas City Royals

8:05 P.M. EST

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In a highly contested three-team race in the American League Central, Cleveland has a slight 1.5 game lead. The Royals are sitting at the bottom of the division and have begun to unload players like Trevor Rosenthal and Brett Phillips before the trade deadline.

The Indians will send out their ace Shane Bieber who is the leading candidate for the American League Cy Young award thanks to the league’s lowest ERA, and the only six game-winner in the American League. Kansas City’s Brett Keller had his 17 1/3 scoreless streak to start the season come to an end last week when he gave up five earned against the Cardinals.

This is another game that features a pitcher who is near dominant this season against a team that is in last place, bet on the Biebs.

Best Bet: Cleveland Indians (-139)

Best Prop Bet: Which team will score first? Cleveland Indians (-239)

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