We’ve got a loaded 15-game slate on Tuesday, June 29th in Major League Baseball, so there’s plenty of action to cover. Last night, we saw Washington Nationals OF Kyle Schwarber stay scorching hot, belting two more HRs to bring his total up to 24 on the season. Schwarber has hit 15 HRs over his past 17 games overall as the Nationals start a series against the Tampa Bay Rays in D.C. Washington has won 12 of its past 15 games to move 3.0 games out of first place in the NL East.
Here we’re going to be tracking all the best MLB picks base on the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook for Tuesday night’s baseball action.
MLB picks for Tuesday, June 29th
Red Sox (-1.5) vs. Royals (-118)
If you do not want to play the Red Sox moneyline, which is currently at -235, then the next best option is the run line. Boston, who has four straight games has -118 odds to win by -1.5 runs.
The Red Sox are averaging six runs per game in their last four games and winning by three runs per game. Boston will be starting Nick Pivetta, who has been one of their best pitchers this season along with Nathan Eovaldi. Pivetta should be able to put together a quality start against a struggling Royals’ team that has lost six consecutive games by an average of 4.2 runs per game.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox offense should have no problems with Kansas City starting pitcher Brad Keller. He has a 5.05 road ERA and .313 opponents batting average in eight starts. The 25-year-old pitcher has struggled this month with an ERA of 7.82 and has already faced this Red Sox team on June 19, where Boston won 7-1 in KC.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to hit a home run (+260)
Guerrero Jr. is one hottest hitters on the planet right now next to Shohei Ohtani, Fernando Tatis Jr, and Kyle Schwarber. The 22-year-old first baseman has hit 26 HRs this season and is coming off a weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles, when he hit 3 HRs in 4 games.
That being said, it’s a strong possibility he could hit another home run against Mariners starter Chris Flexen, who is struggling on the road this season with a 7.27 ERA and .355 opponents batting average. Vladdy Jr. is crushing right-handed pitchers this season to the tune of .364/.440/.750 with 23 HRs.
Kyle Schwarber to hit a home run (+360)
Even though Schwarber has been scorching hot this month, hitting .293/.368/.783 with 15 HRs and 29 RBI, his home run is consider a long shot in my opinion. The former Chicago Cubs outfielder hit 2 HRs on Monday night against the New York Mets, giving him 24 HRs this season. However, a good majority of his home runs have come against right-handed pitching.
On Tuesday night, the Nats will be facing left-handed pitcher Rich Hill for the Tampa Bay Rays. Schwarber is hitting .221/.357/.294 with 1 HR and 5 RBI against southpaws. And not too mention, Hill has only given up 1 HR to left-handed hitters in 2021. If you do take a shot on this prop, I’d lean towards only sprinkling a little bit of cash.
White Sox (-141) vs. Twins
Since we don’t have pitching props for this game yet, I decided to just give out a game pick for this AL Central matchup. The Indians are coming into Tuesday’s night game on a two-game winning streak, while the White Sox salvaged their three-game set against the Mariners with a win on Sunday.
Chicago needs a win to get themselves back on track and should be able to get it done with Lucas Giolito on the mound. Giolito has been a bag of mixed results in 2021 with a record of 5-5 and 3.80 ERA in 15 starts. However, he’s pitched well at home with a 3.35 ERA, despite a 2-4 record. The good news is that the White Sox are 3-1 in Giolito’s last four home starts and the last time he faced the Twins on May 19, he only allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run with 11 Ks in 8.0 IP. When you combine that with how Twins starter Kenta Maeda has performed on the road this season — 5.40 ERA, 2-1, I like the White Sox to get things rolling at home.
James Kaprielian over 5.5 strikeouts (-107)
Since Bryan Reynolds is sitting today for the Pirates, we are going to give out one more prop but of the strikeout variety. The Oakland Athletics will be looking to slowdown the Texas Rangers, who have three straight games. Rookie James Kaprielian will be on the mound for A’s, who coincidentally just faced the Rangers in his last start.
I believe this prop has a ton of value only at -107 odds as the Rangers are one of the worst offenses when it comes to strikeouts, averaging 9.09 per game this season. That number only goes up on the road to 9.65 strikeouts per game, which isn’t great. Kaprielian has gone over 5.5 strikeouts in 5 out of 9 starts this season, which includes 3 out of his last 4.
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