Aug. 6th MLB Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 3:06 PM GMT

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 3:06 PM GMT

As we prepare to tangle a packed MLB schedule again on Wednesday, we've done our due diligence by breaking down the available baseball betting odds, along with a number of other important factors. Which MLB picks stand out most?

The White Sox, listed at -220 at home against Texas, and Athletics, priced at -200 as they entertain Tampa Bay, are the two biggest favorites on the board today.

Below you'll find the games our cappers have shifted their focus to.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers (Haren) vs. Los Angeles Angels (Shoemaker)
Covered by Willie Bee
Will the tide change now that the series shifts back to the Angels' ballpark? They'll be at home now, where they've been terrific (38-19) this season. LA comes in having gone 6-4 over their previous 10 games.

We've got Matt Shoemaker (9-3, 4.09 ERA) and Dan Haren (8-9, 4.76 ERA) slotted in as the starting pitchers, with Shoemaker performing much better of the two in recent weeks. After some deliberation, Willie has decided to roll with the 'under' in hopes that both starters show up with good stuff.

Free MLB Pick:  Under 9

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Tampa Bay Rays (Hellickson) vs. Oakland Athletics (Gray)
Covered by Ron Patrick
The Rays have hit a rough patch again, dropping three straight games ahead of this afternoon's battle with Sonny Gray. Tampa Bay is now a whopping 10.5 games back of Baltimore for first place in the AL West.

As for Oakland, they remain in the summit of the division and will enter as the solid favorites in the MLB odds behind Gray, who's 12-4 with a 2.59 ERA. With Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 3.29 ERA) set to take the bump for the visitors, Ron likes the chances of a low-scoring affair and will therefore back the 'under.'

Free MLB Pick: Under 7

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Baltimore Orioles (Chen) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Hutchison)
Covered by Jeff Grant
Baltimore is rolling in the AL East right now, but they can't afford to slip up, especially against second-place Toronto. The Blue Jays, who send out Drew Hutchison to the mound, will be at home for this evening's game.

The Orioles are 7-3 over their last 10 and turn to Wei-Yin Chen, who's 12-3 with a 3.76 ERA, much better numbers than what Hutchison (7-9, 4.62 ERA) has been able to account for. With that in mind, you can see why Baltimore is the right play in the eyes of Jeff.

Free MLB Pick: Orioles -115

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San Francisco Giants (Vogelsong) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Gallardo)
Covered by Jeff Grant
The Brewers held on for the narrow win last night, and they had Jimmy Nelson to thank for giving the team a solid seven innings. Milwaukee now puts the ball in the glove of Yovani Gallardo, who's 6-5 with a 3.38 ERA.

San Francisco will roll with Ryan Vogelsong (6-8, 3.88 ERA), with the MLB odds board showing Milwaukee as a near -140 favorite. Jeff does indeed like Milwaukee to win, but he's only recommending siding with them on a first five innings play.

Free MLB Pick: Brewers (First Five Innings)

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Boston Red Sox (Kelly) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Miller)
Covered by Ross Benjamin
With three straight wins, the Cardinals refuse to give in when it comes to the NL Central race. They're only a game back and have a great chance of grabbing another win, with Shelby Miller set to start opposite Joe Kelly at Busch Stadium.

Kelly, of course, used to be with St. Louis, so it's going to be very interesting to see how he fares against his old team. Either way, Ross believes the two offenses will make life difficult on the pitchers tonight, leading to a value play on the OVER here.

Free MLB Pick: Over 8 at 5Dimes Sportbook

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