Dominant Pitchers Highlight Thursday's Top MLB Overnight Lines

Jake Walker

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:13 AM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017 4:13 AM UTC

An in-depth look at Thursday's early odds board showed us two games with potential to maximize your profits. Read on for a couple of high-value MLB picks.

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Left-hander Chris Sale (8-2, 2.97 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) takes the hill for the Red Sox after winning his fourth straight start last Saturday, when he allowed three earned runs on nine hits and zero walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings in an 11-3 victory against the Tigers. Sale has surrendered 25 hits in his last three starts, but his control is still sharp and he's won his last six decisions.

The Phillies will go with Nick Pivetta (1-3, 5.52, 1.77 WHIP), who gave up four earned runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts over five innings to take the loss in a 7-0 setback against the Cardinals last Saturday. 

Pivetta has allowed three earned runs or more in four of his last five starts and he hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his six starts this season.    

I will add the Red Sox -210 to my MLB picks. There's no reason to think Sale won't produce as an ace against the struggling Phillies and Pivetta has a 6.75 ERA in three night starts. 

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -210
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Nationals vs. Mets

Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.91 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) will start for the Nationals after allowing just one earned run on three hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in six innings to get a no-decision in a 6-3 loss against the Rangers last Saturday. 

Gonzalez has a decent 2.91 ERA, a solid 1.32 WHIP and he averages an incredible 8.3 strikeouts per 9 innings (K/9). The left-hander has also given up two earned runs or fewer in 10 of his 13 starts this season, which evidences amazing game-to-game consistency.

Steven Matz made his first start of the season after recovering from elbow soreness and he was dominant against the Braves in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, giving up just one earned run on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts over seven innings in an 8-1 win. 

Matz retired 15 of the first 17 batters he faced and he was efficient, needing just 98 pitches (67 strikes) to complete the seven innings. Facing the Nationals will be a tough test for him but he posted a 1.80 ERA in two starts against them last season and their current lineup is hitting just .135 (5-for-37) against him. 'Under' 8.5 at -105 MLB odds is the play here. 

Free MLB Pick: Under 8.5 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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