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Best MLB Picks Today: Lock In Sale and the Red Sox? (August 23)

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Best MLB Picks Today – August 23

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Miami Marlins (RHP Sandy Alcantara) at San Diego Padres (RHP Seth Lugo)

  • I’m in the business of being quick to react when I think a pitcher is turning the corner, and I am going to be bullish on Alcantara for the rest of the season.
  • Alcantara has a .263 xBA, a 20.9% strikeout rate and a 52.3% ground ball rate this season, but his velocity is improving, which has led to some improved numbers.
    • Alcantara this season vs. last 30:
      • 2023: 21.1% strikeout rate against LHB, 20.7% against RHB.
      • Last 30: 23.8% strikeout rate against LHB, 25% against RHB.
  • There are not a lot of lefties in this Padres lineup, and Alcantara has an expected .145 ISO against righties.
  • Seth Lugo’s strikeout rate is also going up over the last 30 days, 30.9% against LHB.
    • .216 ISO against LHB. Miami has a lot of lefties in this lineup that can pop.

Lindy’s Lock: Marlins Moneyline (+110)

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Boston Red Sox (LHP Chris Sale) at Houston Astros (RHP Jose Urquidy)

  • Yordan Alvarez may miss this game after slamming his hand in a door.
  • Chris Sale: 33.9% hard hit percentage, .210 xBA, 28.5% strikeout rate — phenomenal stuff across the board when healthy. Advanced metrics are fantastic.
  • Sale hasn’t given up more than two runs in any of the last six games.
  • Urquidy: 20.6% strikeout rate, .249 xBA, 14.2% average launch angle. Getting too much respect here but is good at limiting hard contact from time to time.
  • Better than even money on another moneyline. Get on these early, expect these lines to move away from these numbers by first pitch.

Lindy’s Lock: Red Sox Moneyline (+102)

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