Walker Buehler is making a case to become the first Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw to win the National League Cy Young Award since Eric Gagne in 2003. The 27-year-old right-hander is 11-1 with a 2.19 ERA over 21 starts this year and has been especially strong of late, allowing three runs over 27 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Buehler looks to come up with another superb performance when the Dodgers host the Houston Astros for the opener of their two-game series on Tuesday. Should you expect Buehler to lead Los Angeles to its third straight victory, or is there value on Houston to bounce back from a pair of defeats and bring a return on the money line?
The latest MLB odds for Tuesday from Caesars Sportsbook list the Dodgers as -172 favorites (risk $172 to win $100) on the money line. Other MLB lines of note include the Boston Red Sox at -140 against the Detroit TIgers and the Los Angeles Angels at -121 versus the Texas Rangers. Before making any MLB picks or predictions on those games or others, you need to see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.
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Now, the model has crunched the numbers for the MLB schedule today and posted its best bets. Parlaying these four MLB picks today will pay 11-1. Head to SportsLine now to see the model's MLB picks.
Top MLB picks for Tuesday, August 3
The model likes the Atlanta Braves at -125 on the money line against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ozzie Albies is swinging a hot bat for the Braves and now opposes a pitcher he enjoys facing. The 24-year-old from Curacao enters Tuesday with a six-game hitting streak during which he has recorded three multi-hit performances and scored five runs. Albies has had great success against Jon Lester in his career, going 8-for-12 with a solo homer and a pair of walks.
Adam Duvall also relishes the opportunity to step into the batter's box against Lester, as he has recorded 11 hits, including two homers, in 33 at-bats versus the veteran left-hander. The 32-year-old Duvall, who rejoined the Braves on Friday in a trade with Miami, has belted 22 home runs this season - his highest total since recording 31 in 2017 with Cincinnati. Austin Riley has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, registering six multi-hit efforts in that span after going 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.
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The model has locked in three other MLB best bets, including a pair on surprising underdogs. You can see its MLB picks today only at SportsLine.
So which MLB picks should you make on Tuesday for an 11-1 return? And which underdog is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Tuesday's MLB picks, all from the projection model that's off to a sizzling start in 2021, and find out.