Today's top picks: Why the Padres will beat the Nationals and more MLB and Gold Cup expert bets for Sunday, July 18

The SportsLine crew shares its expert bets for Sunday, July 18, on The Early Edge podcast
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Jonathan Coachman is joined by expert sports bettors Allan Bell and Justin Perri on The Early Edge podcast. They give you their best bets for Major League Baseball and the Concacaf Gold Cup for Sunday, July 18.

Coach starts things off with two SportsLine Plays of the Day, both in the Gold Cup: The United States (-143) to beat Canada (5 p.m. ET) and both teams to score (-125).

Bell then gives his pick in MLB: Over nine runs in the Yankees-Red Sox game (7:08 p.m. ET). "The Yankees are 68 percent to be Over when Jameson Taillon starts," Allan says. "Plus, the Red Sox are averaging 5.1 runs per game versus right-handed starters."

Perri chimes in with a pair of MLB picks. The first is the Padres (-105) over the Nationals in their regularly scheduled game, which will begin 25-45 minutes following the conclusion the suspended contest from Saturday that resumes at 1:05 p.m. ET. "(Washington's Max) Scherzer actually was lit up for seven runs by the Padres just 10 days ago," he says. "I think that the Padres are going to be able to extend at-bats and maybe work him out of the game in the fifth inning, maybe even earlier."

Justin closes things out by taking Over 8.5 runs in the game between the Mariners and Angels (4:07 p.m. ET). "We've seen both of the last two matchups go well past 10," Perri says. "Three of the last five times they've met, it's gone past 10."

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