Today's picks: Why the Red Sox will beat the Cardinals, plus more MLB, soccer and college baseball for Sunday, June 19

The SportsLine crew shares its expert bets for Sunday, June 19, on The Early Edge podcast
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Jonathan Coachman is joined by expert sports bettors Mike McClure, John Bollman and Micah Roberts on The Early Edge podcast. They give you their best bets for Major League Baseball, soccer and college baseball for Sunday, June 19.

Coach starts things off with two SportsLine Plays of the Day. The first, via Jon Eimer, is in soccer: Both teams to score (-115) in the Atletico Mineiro-Flamengo match in the Brazilian Serie A (3 p.m. ET). "These are bitter rivals," he says. "They love to score against each other. (Mineiro's) Hulk is the best goal scorer in all of Serie A."

The second SportsLine Play of the Day is in Major League Baseball: Over 6.5 runs (-130) in the Marlins-Mets game (1:40 p.m. ET). "The Mets' games hit nine or more runs in three of their last four," Coach says.

McClure is up next with a play in Major League Baseball. He likes New York Over 4.5 (-120) in the finale of the Yankees-Blue Jays three game series (1:37 p.m. ET). "There are 159 pitchers in Major League Baseball that have had 100 balls in play against them so far this season," Mike says. "(Toronto's Yusei Kikuchi) rates 150th out of 159 pitchers in terms of weighted on-base average allowed. … Barrel rate, he's 153rd of 159. … Not good stuff for him and the Blue Jays here."

Roberts follows two plays, both in MLB. He likes the Yankees (-150) to defeat the Blue Jays and complete the three-game sweep "(The Yankees) are going for their 10th straight win," he says. "This team's 42-10 in their last 52. That is like 1998 Yankees stuff. (Luis) Severino hasn't pitched in nine days, but in his last two starts, he's only allowed one run between them. He's won his last five against the Blue Jays."

Micah's second play is the Mariners (-160) to beat the Angels in the finale of their five-game set (4:10 p.m. ET). "(Seattle's) Logan Gilbert (has been) absolutely amazing," he says. "In his first five starts, he only allowed two runs combined. Then he had a little tailspin, but now he's back. He's won his last four, and his last start was one of his best of the season, he shut out the Twins. I think he's going to have a great game."

Coach jumps back in with an MLB play of his own. He likes Over 8.5 runs in the Giants-Pirates three-game series finale (1:35 p.m. ET).

Bollman wraps things up with a pair of plays. The first is in MLB: The Red Sox (-150) to beat the Cardinals in the rubber match of their three-game set (1:35 p.m. ET). "(Boston's) Nick Pivetta has pitched very well lately. He's pitched seven quality starts in his last eight appearances," he says. "I think this is a good spot for (St. Louis') Andre Pallante to have his first bad outing of the season against a tough-to-navigate Red Sox lineup. The Red Sox are 12-4 in June while the Cards are 4-6 on the road in June."

John's second play is in college baseball. He likes Texas (-140) to defeat Texas A&M in the College World Series (2 p.m. ET). "Texas has the pedigree. I think they're way too good of a program to make it to the College World Series and go two-and-done," he says. "I think it's going to be a lineup vs. lineup game, and I think we'll see Texas succeed there. … Texas has the best player in the country in Ivan Melendez, and this is a rivalry game, so they want to win."

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