MLB Best Bets for August 29

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It's Sunday, which means we're gifted with a long, jam-packed day of baseball. I've picked out two bets I really like, and without further ado I'll lay them out below.

Kansas City Royals (+130) vs. Seattle Mariners (-150) Total: 8.5

It's hard not to back the Royals, who have now won 10 of 13, against a Mariners side that is becoming increasingly lethargic by the day. Seattle is falling out of the race thanks to a poor offensive showing over the last two weeks, and its starter here won't do them any favors.

We have Marco Gonzales, one of the game's weakest pitchers, going here for the Mariners. He brings a lowly 19.1% strikeout rate into this one which forms a deadly combination with his .414 xwOBA on contact, which is one of the worst in the game. The Royals have done nothing but make contact all month, and should see plenty of positive results judging by that number.

Brady Singer has been bad this year, but he's found something in his last two starts. The former first-round pick has racked up 12 strikeouts in that span and should be able to miss bats against a team that's struggling this much.

Edge: Royals +130

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New York Yankees (-145) vs. Oakland Athletics (+125) Total: 9

Another Sunday, another bet on the A's game. I'll be fading them once again, and backing the Yankees — a team I've learned to love betting after fading them for months.

The Yankees' offense may be hitting its sixth gear, returning Gio Urshela and moving Giancarlo Stanton to the outfield, a decision which has unlocked his bat and turned him back into the man that earned the many millions he makes. They rank third in the last two weeks with an .804 OPS, but best of all the power has finally returned with a .219 ISO over that span. Believe it or not, New York was struggling in that department even when it was winning all those games to start the second half.

While the Yankees will face Paul Blackburn, who had a mediocre year in Triple-A and has been called upon in the wake of the Chris Bassit injury, the A's will need to deal with Jordan Montgomery. While back in June or July we'd be hammering the A's against a lefty, their numbers in that split have dipped dramatically, and the matchup isn't great against a guy with a barrel rate hovering around 7%. I'm not quite sure he will shut out Oakland, but he should do enough with the amount of run support he should garner.

Edge: Yankees -145

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