Jonathan Coachman is joined by expert sports bettors Mike McClure and Larry Hartstein on The Early Edge podcast. They give you their best bets for Major League Baseball, the NHL and the NFL for Monday, June 20.
Hartstein kicks things off with three NFL futures picks involving the Broncos. He likes Denver to go Over 10 wins (-110), make the playoffs (-140) and post 10-plus wins (-170). "They have a quarterback now. They allowed less than 19 points a game last season. They had a positive point differential of plus-15," he says. "All the reports are that the practices are filled with energy. … You're looking at a potential 4-1 start. I think it's going to work in Denver."
Coach returns with two SportsLine Plays of the Day. The first is in Major League Baseball: Over 7.5 runs (-105) in the Cardinals-Brewers game (8:10 p.m. ET). "The Cardinals have been on fire offensively," he says. "The last seven games, they're averaging over six runs per game. The last two games between these two teams, they're averaging 9.5 runs a game. We only need eight."
The second play is in the NHL: The Lightning (-110) to beat the Avalanche in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET). "Tampa is 7-1 this postseason at home," Coach says. "They're down 2-0, backs are against the wall. I like the Lightning tonight."
McClure is up next with an MLB play. He likes Toronto Over 4.5 runs (-110) in the Blue Jays-White Sox contest (8:10 p.m. ET). "We know that the Blue Jays have a ton of power," Mike says. "We think that (Chicago's) Lance Lynn is going to put some runners on base to help that as well. … Very low air density index, around 61 today, 60-plus percent humidity. The baseball should fly pretty well today."
Coach follows with a pair of MLB plays. First, he likes Over 9 runs (-113) in the Blue Jays-White Sox game. "Lance Lynn, he's coming off an injury," he says. "He's not going to be out there long. Plus, he hasn't been pitching that well early anyway."
His second play is Over 8 runs (-118) in the Cubs-Pirates matchup (7:05 p.m. ET). "(Pittsburgh's) JT Brubaker (is) 0-7. How's he even still pitching in the major leagues?" he says. "Both of these pitchers have been giving up a lot of runs."
Hartstein wraps things up with his own MLB play. He likes the Braves (-150) to beat the Giants in the opener of their four-game series (7:20 p.m. ET). "There's been a lot of talk about (the Braves') easy schedule, their 15-2 run coming against the dregs, and that's true. I think they want to prove a point tonight because they've got a very good team in town," Larry says. "A couple of guys in the lineup, Austin Riley and Matt Olson, have had success against (San Francisco's) Logan Webb. Max Fried (is) 3-0 (with a) 2.05 ERA in five career appearances against the Giants. The Braves have won seven straight home games."
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