Updated 2017 MLB Betting Expert Picks For Tuesday, July 4

Posted by Henry Watkins on Monday,July 3, 2017 10:45, EDT in

Throwing some burgers on the barbecue and setting of the fireworks are staples of the 4th of July holiday, but watching and doing some MLB betting all day long is another pastime that has become a tradition on this national holiday. There are some great games to choose from on the 4th, and perhaps none better than the huge divisional clash between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers.

The Houston Astros will be looking to expand their already huge division lead when they head to Atlanta, while the Cubs are trying to chase down the division lead in the Central, as they welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Wrigley Field. Let’s take a closer look at these 3 big games and their updated baseball picks.

Updated 2017 MLB Betting Expert Picks For Tuesday, July 4

 

 

Arizona Diamondbacks (52-31) at LA Dodgers (55-29)

When: Tuesday, July 4 at 9:10 PM EST
Where: Dodger Stadium, LA
TV: MLBN
Probable Pitchers: Patrick Corbin V Clayton Kershaw

Analysis: The Arizona Diamondbacks have had an excellent first half of the season, but it’s also fair to say that they would feel a whole lot better about things if they could end it with the division lead. Getting there would require them to go into LA and beat a Dodgers team that currently holds a 2.5-game lead.

The D-Backs have done most of their winning at home, but have still managed to stay 2-games above .500 on the road. Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.76 ERA) will start. The Dodgers have forged their way to the top thanks to a magnificent run of form that had been helped by their great pitching staff.

LA are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and have put together a brilliant 33-11 record in their own ball park. Finishing atop the division to end the first half is top priority, and they will be looking to Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.32 ERA) to help keep them there.

MLB Betting Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks 1 LA Dodgers 6

Houston Astros (56-27) at Atlanta Braves (40-41)

When: Tuesday, July 4 at 7:35 PM EST
Where: Suntrust Stadium, Atlanta
TV: MLBN
Probable Pitchers: Brad Peacock Vs Sean Newcomb

Analysis: The biggest question surrounding the Astros right now is how big their lead will be in the West at the end of the first half. They are currently 14.5 games in front, and are showing no sign of slowing down the torrid pace they have been setting this season.

Moreover, they have been brilliant wherever they play, and have only lost 9 total games on the road. They will send Brad Peacock (5-1, 2.72 ERA) to the mound for this one. You need to give some credit to this Braves team for putting in a solid effort in a year where they are still in rebuilding mode.

They have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, and have done a nice job of chipping away at the lead of the Washington Nationals, which now sits at 7.5 games. The Braves would like to get closer still, but look to be up against it in this series. They will start Sean Newcomb (1-2, 1.48 ERA) on Tuesday night.

MLB Betting Pick: Houston Astros 4 Atlanta Braves 2

Tampa Bay Rays are suddenly back in the division race in the AL East.

Tampa Bay Rays (43-41) at Chicago Cubs (41-41)

When: Tuesday, July 4 at 2:20 PM
Where: Wrigley Field, Chicago
TV: MLBN
Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer Vs Jon Lester

Analysis: Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Rays are suddenly back in the division race in the AL East. Sure, some of that is down to the fact that the Yankees and Red Sox have not been playing great ball, but it certainly helps that Tampa have been a lot more consistent recently.

The big question now is whether or not they can improve upon their 19-23 road record. They will send Chris Archer (6-5, 3.92 ERA) to the mound on Tuesday. It’s fair to say that seeing the Cubs sitting at .500 at this stage of the season is a shock, especially when you consider that they crossed the 100-win barrier last season, and won the World Series.

This is more than just a hangover, and they will be looking for a positive finish before the break so that they can hopefully build on the in the second half of the season. Jon Lester (5-4, 3.69 ERA) will start for the Cubs.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Rays 4 Chicago Cubs 5