MLB Best Bets For Monday: Contenders And Pretenders

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As we are already one-third into the season, we’re starting to see which teams are contenders and which teams are pretenders. Today’s games feature teams that fit in both of those categories.

Last week’s record: 1-1

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MLB Best Bets Monday, Aug. 17

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

9:40 P.M. EST

The Dodgers are back on top of the competitive National League West thanks to a recent five-game winning streak. Their bats have been the big reason as they’ve scored at least six runs in every game during that time.

The Mariners are heading in the opposite direction; they’ve lost five consecutive games, and eight of their last 10.

Seattle’s No. 8 prospect Justin Dunn is coming off his first major league victory against the Rangers. Meanwhile, in his last start, errors cost Los Angeles’ Ross Stripling to give up four unearned runs against the Padres.

It is hard to doubt the Dodgers with the momentum so heavily in their favor, especially with their offense at home against a pitcher making his eighth major league start.

Best Bet: Los Angeles Dodgers (-115)

Best Prop Bet: First five innings over 5.5 runs (100)

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

7:05 P.M. EST

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before: Aaron Judge is hurt, Giancarlo Stanton hurt, Yankees continue to win. The team is mirroring last year with losing their two biggest bats and are riding a five-game winning streak.

Some of this is due in part to their recent opponents. Boston has an American League worst .273 winning percentage and with Mookie Betts traded in the off-season and Jackie Bradley Jr. an upcoming free agent, they might be looking at a rebuild.

The pitching matchup features Martin Pérez for Boston, who has been a bright spot in that rotation with quality starts in all three of his outings this year, while Jordan Montgomery is coming off a victory against the Braves giving up just three runs in six innings.

Best Bet: Under 10 runs (-110)

Best Prop Bet: Which team will score the first run (New York Yankees +110)

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