MLB Opening Day 2023 Betting Tips

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The weather system took ten years of historical data to break down how teams perform based on temperature and wind direction. The system now takes the projected score and adjusts it to the weather condition based on the stadium. (Wrigley Field, we’re looking at you.)

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Before entering any weather data or looking at a sportsbook, I did a quick projection of the Opening Day lines using the Bet MLB System. I hit 13/15 totals within a half-run and 12/15 by -45 on the moneyline. Not bad. Now let’s find some value.

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Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs Betting Tips:

MIL – Corbin Burnes
CHC – Marcus Stroman

It’s going to be chilly, but the wind will be blowing out and this is the most wind-addled park there is. Burnes is great, but he did struggle last year on Opening Day at Wrigley Field which is worth keeping in mind.

Both of these bullpens are below average in the projections so this might hit late.

Brewers/Cubs Over 7.5 Runs (-104)

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox Betting Tips:

BAL – Kyle Gibson
BOS – Corey Kluber

This total just seems a tad too high for a game that will be in the 40s. Both of these offenses are projected to be near average so it’s not like we’re seeing some superpowers facing off here.
The best bet looks to be F5 under 5 runs. The system has it at 4.5 so we have some nice wiggle room there for a push.

Orioles/Red Sox Under 5 First 5 Innings (-120)
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New York Mets at Miami Marlins Betting Tips:

NYM – Max Scherzer
MIA – Sandy Alcantara

Mets have a better starter, better bullpen, and better offense. What exactly am I missing here?

Mets to win (-117)
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Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Betting Tips:

CHW – Dylan Cease
HOU – Framber Valdez

A nice pitching match-up, but the over might be the play here. This will be one of the warmest spots for baseball today which helps and I like the way the offenses match up. Last year’s White Sox were excellent against lefties while the Astros offense is one of the best around. The White Sox bullpen is about average by the projections.
A 4-3 game gets us a push, but I think we can hit that over.

White Sox/Astros Over 7 Runs (-123)
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