Thursday is a quieter day on the MLB betting card but not to worry. We've sifted through the games and found some good totals to bet on. Read on below for the previews and picks.
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals
Thursday, 2:10 PM ET
Odds: Royals -125
The pitching matchup here is John Danks for the White Sox, matched up against Edinson Volquez for the Royals. Danks was very good against the Royals in 2014. He posted a 2.25 ERA against the American League champions, pitching 20 innings and giving up five earned runs and only one home run. He did issue 10 walks, but he fanned 15 hitters, showing he could keep the Royals off balance and this is something you should keep in mind when looking at the MLB odds.
Volquez pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season and did not go up against Kansas City in the regular season. Volquez has knocked around a number of other teams, including the San Diego Padres, in recent years. His transition to the American League is probably going to be an adjustment for him. He will no longer be able to count on getting an out at the bottom of a National League batting order. The American League will test him.
Even though Volquez is a wild card, with Danks’ track record against the Royals and the Royals steady bullpen, we’ll go under the number.
MLB Pick: Under 8.5 at The Greek
Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros
Thursday, 2:10 PM ET
Odds: Astros -113
Trevor Bauer is the starter for Cleveland, while Asher Wojciechowski will take the ball for Houston. Wojciechowski is a blank slate, a player making his big-league debut in this game. The Indians should think that they’re in a favorable spot, with Bauer – a veteran – toeing the bump for them. Bauer threw only once against Houston in 2014, but his six-inning stint was very impressive. Bauer scattered four hits and allowed three walks. He struck out nine and tossed six scoreless innings against the Astros. The ability to get so many Houston hitters to swing and miss is a sign of a very effective pitcher who can get a little extra mustard on his pitches when he needs to. As long as Bauer is consistent and fairly steady, the Indians should be able to control this game and keep it low scoring, which is why I'm going with the under for my MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Under 8.5 at Pinnacle
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, 12:35 PM ET
Odds: Pirates -120
A.J. Burnett will go for the Pirates, while Anthony DeSclafani will start for the Reds. It is noticeable that DeSclafani, who pitched last season for the Miami Marlins, did not throw against Pittsburgh, so he’ll be a mystery to the Pirates. DeSclafani threw one inning in Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds. For what it’s worth, he struck out two in a scoreless frame.
Burnett is the known commodity here as a veteran, but improbably, he never did throw against the Reds last season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. With him on the bump, we should see another low-scoring affair between the sides. Go under in this one.
MLB Pick: Under 8 at The Greek