Insider MLB Picks from Resident Handicappers in Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:40 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 2:40 PM UTC

Where do we go with our MLB picks on Tuesday? There are certainly some great matchups awaiting us, but beating the baseball betting odds is a different story. Let's see what kind of value is out there for the taking.

Atlanta Braves (Harang) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Liriano)
Covered by Willie Bee
The Braves jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a win last night. They next send out Aaron Harang (9-7, 3.51 ERA), who will be opposed by Pittsburgh's Francisco Lirano, a very capable left-hander who comes in with a 3.78 ERA despite a 3-9 win-loss record. Willie believes we need to hone in on Atlanta with our sports picks, especially since we're getting such a nice price.

Free MLB Pick: Braves +135

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Baltimore Orioles (Tillman) vs. Chicago White Sox (Quintana)
Covered by Jeff Grant
We've seen both Jose Quintana and Chris Tillman have success this season, but they've also each been maddening at times. There will be a lot of power at the plate tonight, including home-run threats Jose Abreu, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis, so we understand why Jeff believes the 'over' represents great value.

Free MLB Pick: Bet over 8 runs at Bet365 Sportbook

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Los Angeles Angels (Weaver) vs. Boston Red Sox (Webster)
Covered by Willie Bee
Here's another recommended 'over' pick, this time coming at Fenway where Allen Webster (3-1, 4.79 ERA) and Jered Weaver (13-7, 3.66 ERA) will try to out-duel one another. These two offenses have a good chance of having success this evening, which is why Willie believes the 'over' should be able to hit, in spite of a high posted number.

Free MLB Pick: Bet over 9 runs

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Cincinnati Reds (Simon) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Lackey)
Covered by Ron Patrick and Jeff Grant
These two rivals know each other well and there's certainly no love lost between them. Both teams also really need a win, but it's John Lackey and the Cardinals that are favored at Busch Stadium over Alfredo Simon and the Cardinals. Ron likes the value we're getting on Cincinnati and is taking them as dogs, but Jeff is going the other way and backing a St. Louis win.

Free MLB Pick: Ron: Reds +150 // Jeff: Cardinals -165

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San Diego Padres (Kennedy) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Correia)
Covered by Ron Patrick
Weird to see the Dodgers favored at such a small price at home against the Padres? Well, it should be noted LA has lost three straight and it's not like Kevin Correia has been a world-beater. Ian Kennedy, meanwhile, has been very reliable for San Diego, so Ron is biting on the visitors.

Free MLB Pick: Padres +105

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Arizona Diamondbacks (Anderson) vs. Washington Nationals (Strasburg)
Covered by Ross Benjamin
Stephen Strasburg can completely shut down a lineup on his day, but we shouldn't forget that Chase Anderson has probably been Arizona's most reliable starters in 2014. Even so, Ross is all in on a Washington victory tonight and is going as far as to take them on the run-line.

Free MLB Pick: Nationals -1.5 (+105)

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Detroit Tigers (Scherzer) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Archer)
Covered by Ross Benjamin
Runs should be incredibly hard to come by for tonight's matchup between the Tigers and Rays, which features Chris Archer (8-6, 3.24 ERA) and Max Scherzer (14-4, 2.98) as the starting pitchers. Both guys have been tremendous, so that makes it tough to pick a side, but ultimately Ross is thinking Tampa Bay is the better play.

Free MLB Pick: Rays +105

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New York Mets (Gee) vs. Oakland Athletics (Kazmir)
Covered by Doug Upstone
Our last stop is in Oakland, where left-hander Scott Kazmir will try to lead the Athletics to a much-needed victory. New York's Dillon Gee has been hard to figure out sometimes, but the consistency hasn't been there, which is why Oakland is such a heavy favorite in the MLB betting odds. With that said, Doug is playing it safe and simply taking the home team on a straight money-line play.

Free MLB Pick: Athletics -200

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