Free MLB Picks: Two Winning Bets For Your Tuesday Ticket

Willie Bee

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016 12:00 PM UTC

Tuesday's baseball betting card includes a couple of potential playoff matchups, and we're taking an in-depth look at both contests and offering free MLB Picks on both.

Sox Host O's In AL East Battle
No division is tighter at the top -- or top to bottom -- than the AL East, and the two squads knotted in first meet for the third time this season Tuesday when the Boston Red Sox welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Fenway Park.

First pitch at the venerable old stadium is 7:10 PM (ET), and the matchup on the mound should be a dandy with Chris Tillman slated for Baltimore against Boston southpaw David Price. MLB Odds have the Red Sox pronounced chalk from as low as -170 at Pinnacle to -185 at Bookmaker.

The rivals split a 4-game series in Baltimore two weeks ago, the Orioles taking two of three when they met in Boston during the season's second week. The 4-3 advantage for the O's in the season series is nothing new considering they have beaten the BoSox in each of the four previous campaigns, winning 46 of the 75 games played from 2012-15. That record includes taking nine of the last 12 series played on this diamond (22-14). It should come as no surprise to find the 'over' sitting 4-2-1 O/U/P in the seven games played between the two so far in 2016 considering these are two of the top-scoring offenses in the American League. Boston ranks first in all of baseball averaging nearly six runs per game while the Orioles are third in the Junior Circuit on a 4.82 RPG clip.

Then again, both hurlers have had success against the opposing lineups, Tillman especially a thorn in Boston's side. The Red Sox missed the righthander in the previous two series, and were undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief considering Tillman is 9-3 in 18 career starts vs. Beantown with a sub-3.00 ERA. He has pitched the Orioles into the winner's circle 11 of 13 assignments this year, the only two defeats coming on the road in the Lone Star State.

Price appears to have righted the ship after a rough start to his Red Sox career, one of those early ugly outings against the Orioles (5 IP, 5 ER). His 10 previous assignments against them resulted in a 4-2 record and 2.41 ERA.

It should be a nice evening in Boston for this one, and I think this is a nice spot to run with the underdog for my free MLB Pick.

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Free MLB Pick: Orioles +165
Best Line Offered:  at Bookmaker


Cubs & Nats Continue Set In DC
Meanwhile over in the Senior Circuit, the top two teams continue their series in Washington where the Nationals host the Chicago Cubs. Game time is 7:05 PM (ET) with the MLB Network beaming the broadcast into your living room or favorite bar, and the initial mound duel pits John Lackey opposite Gio Gonzalez. We are seeing tight moneylines on the MLB odds board, Chicago slight chalk around -115 for the affair.

Max Scherzer spun a dandy in the series opener Monday, the Nationals taking a 4-1 victory. The dubya stopped a 6-game Washington skid against the Cubs following a Chicago broom job in Wrigley about six weeks ago. Both pitchers took part in that May series, Lackey pitching well (7 IP, 2 ER) in a win over Scherzer and the Nats while Gonzalez took it on the chin in a loss (5.2 IP, 5 ER). In fact, that outing was the start of Gonzalez's season taking a run for the worse after an outstanding opening to '16, Washington dropping five of seven starting with that game while he pitched to a 6.12 ERA. Lackey is on a 3-game winning run, the most recent an 8-1 decision in the series finale at Philadelphia last Wednesday.

Dale Scott is expected to be behind the plate in Game 2 with clear skies in the DC area. The veteran ump has been a friend to 'over' bettors but not too friendly to home 'dogs, just one of the reasons I'm running with Lackey and his Chicago crew in this one.

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Free MLB Pick: Cubs -111
Best Line Offered:  at BetOnline
Record: 27-25 (+2.80)

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