The 2023 MLB postseason continues on Wednesday, October 4th, as all eight teams in the Wild Card round will be in action. Here’s a look at three strong bets for today’s matchups featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins.
MLB Best Bet #1: Arizona Diamondbacks ML (+114)
The 84-78 Arizona Diamondbacks will face the 92-70 Milwaukee Brewers. The Diamondbacks, who won Game 1 of the Wild Card round by a score of 6-3, will give the ball to Zac Gallen. He was 17-9 with a 3.47 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 34 starts this season. Gallen was among the best pitchers in the National League this season as he ranked second in the NL in wins, seventh in ERA and third in strikeouts. Look for Arizona to advance to an NLDS matchup with the Los Angeles Dodgers as they win this one outright.
MLB Best Bet #2: Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+146)
The 99-63 Tampa Bay Rays will face the 90-72 Texas Rangers. The Rays will give the ball to Zach Eflin, who is 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 54 strikeouts over his past eight starts. Meanwhile, Rangers starter Nathan Eovaldi has struggled since returning from the injured list. In six starts, he was 1-2 with a 9.30 ERA and 21 strikeouts. Look for Tampa Bay to even up the series, after losing Game 1 by a score of 4-0, as they win by at least two runs.
MLB Best Bet #3: Miami Marlins ML (+140)
The 84-77 Miami Marlins will face the 90-72 Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins will give the ball to Braxton Garrett, who has posted a 2.56 ERA over his past 11 starts. Meanwhile, Phillies starter Aaron Nola has posted a 5.47 ERA over his past five starts. Look for Miami to even up the series, after losing Game 1 by a score of 4-1, as they win this one outright.