Tuesday's Trustworthy Total Run Predictions Inspired by Brilliant Pitchers

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:25 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015 2:25 PM UTC

Our resident MLB handicapping professional provides us with his two top totals picks for Tuesday. Take the time to read this insightful betting preview article which focuses on the Cardinals/Marlins and Tigers/Indians games.

Cardinals (Martinez) vs. Marlins (Urena) 7:10 PM ET
Carlos Martinez has been brilliant for the Cardinals during his previous six starts. In those outings he’s posted a microscopic 0.89 ERA, and all six games went under the total. Although the Cardinals have gone over the total during each of their previous three games, they’ve been involved in low scoring affairs more times than not this season. Eliminating any pushes, St. Louis has gone 42-25 (62.7%) under the total in 2015. The Cardinals bullpen has been arguably the best in baseball to this point of the season. Their relievers have a collective 2.17 ERA thus far.

Jose Urena will make his sixth start of the season tonight for the Marlins, and each of the first five stayed under the total. Urena has been especially good during his previous three starts, posting a shining 1.93 ERA. The Marlins right-hander has allowed just 3 home runs in 32 2/3 innings pitched this season. Miami has gone under the total in their last three, and are 10-2-1 under the total during its previous thirteen games.

This has all the ear marks of a low scoring game, and that’s the direction I’ll go when making one of my MLB picks on Tuesday. After shopping all the major sportsbooks, it’s Pinnacle which provides us with the best price on this total.

MLB Pick: Cardinals and Marlins under 7.0 (-103) at Pinnacle.

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Tigers (Price) vs. Indians (Salazar) 7:05 PM ET
David Price enters today’s start in excellent form based on his last three appearances. During those outings, Price posted a superb 1.17 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and compiled a better than 8:1 strikeout to walk ratio. In two starts versus the Indians this season, the Tigers southpaw allowed no earned runs in 14 2/3 innings pitched.

The Indians Danny Salazar has also displayed very good form over his previous three starts. During those three outings, Salazar posted a stellar 2.89 ERA, and had nearly a 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio. The Indians hurler made two starts versus Detroit this season, and posted a solid 2.57 ERA. The Indians have been anemic offensively of late, averaging 2.6 runs per game, and hitting a horrible .210 as a team over their last seven.

I’m in favor of this game being a low scoring affair, and 5Dimes clearly provides me with the best price on this total.

MLB Pick: Tigers and Indians under 7.0 (+105) at 5Dimes.

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