Bust Your Bookie Betting These Early MLB Odds For Tuesday

Jake Odorizzi in action

Ian Cameron

Monday, August 29, 2016 10:01 PM GMT

Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 10:01 PM GMT

Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides an MLB Early Lines Report for the baseball card taking place on Tuesday, August 30.

Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians
Andrew Albers is making a spot start for the very bealaguered Minnesota Twins starting rotation which is in tatters and a bullpen that is in even worse shape. Put it all together and the case for Cleveland to score some runs in this game becomes clear. Albers is making his first Major League start here coming out of the bullpen but is not likely to pitch deep and it’s worth noting that in his one previous extended long relief appearance this season earlier this month against Houston he allowed 5 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings of work. I expect Cleveland to get to Albers and the awful and fatigued Twins bullpen (6.69 ERA in their last 10 games) behind him. 

On the flip side, we cashed a ticket betting against Josh Tomlin in his last start as he was shelled by Texas giving up 8 runs in 4.1 innings and that continued a downward spiral for him in which he has been hit to the tune of 31 runs allowed in his last 25 innings of work and the Twins lineup should be able to have success against him with Tomlin clearly wearing down and running out of gas late in the season. Minnesota has pounded out 30 runs in their last 5 games combined despite going winless during that span. Their offense hasn’t been the problem it has been their pitching so I think they are capable of doing damage here against Tomlin and the Indians bullpen which hasn’t been as effective in middle relief. The total of 9.5 is definitely playable to the Over for your MLB pick.

 

Free MLB Pick: Over 9.5 -110 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker​

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox
The Tampa Bay Rays are still playing feisty and competitive baseball despite a rough season as they have been battling in recent weeks and that may be enough to keep them in the hunt for an upset win as attractive plus price underdogs here in Boston against the Red Sox. Tampa Bay split a four game series against Boston at Tropicana Field last week including a win in the game started by Jake Odorizzi against the Red Sox. Odorizzi will be on the mound here and he is 5-1 in his last 6 starts against Boston and Tampa Bay is 5-1 in Odorizzi’s last 6 starts overall. He has a sparkling 2.37 ERA in his last 3 starts allowing just 5 runs in his last 19 innings of work. I expect him to keep pitching well here. 

Drew Pomeranz has been very good for Boston for the most part but I do feel his pitching style is not ideal for Fenway Park where some of his fly balls could turn into extra base hits and home runs instead of outs like they would in a lot of other venues. It is worth noting Pomeranz doesn’t eat innings and has rarely pitched more than 6 innings bringing in a struggling Boston bullpen which has had a ton of difficulty bridging the gap from their starters to closer Craig Kimbrel and that could open the door for Tampa Bay to score runs in the middle innings of this game and gain the upper hand. I think Tampa Bay has a much closer to 50/50 chance of winning this game than this current price indicates. There is value on the Rays here at a nice underdog price.

 

Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay +154 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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