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MLB Picks: MLB Best Bets and Player Props for Thursday, June 8

MLB Best Bets Today Recap (Single Bets)

  • Phillies vs Tigers - The first five innings results - Phillies to win-150

  • Guardians vs. Red Sox - Popular tab - player strikeouts - Aaron Civale under 4.5(-135)

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Detroit Tigers

This game was originally supposed to be played Wednesday, but it was postponed due to poor air quality. That gives Phillies' ace Zack Wheeler an added day of rest after getting roughed up for seven runs over 3.2 innings in his last outing against the Nationals. It's a great bounce-back spot for him, given that the Tigers have scored the fewest runs in baseball.

The Tigers are expected to start Tyler Holton, who has made 17 relief appearances this season. He hasn't thrown more than 49 pitches in any of his outings, so this could end up being a bullpen game for Detroit. With a huge advantage in the starting pitching department and a much more dangerous lineup, things are lining up favorably for the Phillies to jump out to an early lead.

Cleveland Guardians vs. Boston Red Sox

The Guardians' starting rotation has been hammered by injuries this season. Things are finally starting to improve for them in that department with Triston McKenzie and Aaron Civale back from the IL. Civale will take the mound Thursday against the Red Sox after making his return the previous week against the Twins. He didn't skip a beat, throwing five scoreless innings.

As good as Civale was, he had a modest four strikeouts, which is noteworthy because the Twins have struck out the most times in baseball. The Red Sox have been much better at making contact, striking out the sixth-fewest times. Combine that with Civale's career 21.4 percent strikeout rate, and he might not miss many bats in this matchup.

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