Mining the Diamond: Big Blue & Birds Set to Cash in Tuesday’s MLB Picks

Baltimore Orioles

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 4:39 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 4:39 PM GMT

We did the splits yesterday but are back at it reviewing the pitching matchups, historical trends and the value being rendered by the MLB odds. Let’s cash a pair in Tuesday’s MLB slate of games.

Dodgers (88-35, +34.3 Units) at Pirates (60-65, -5.2 Units)
  • Pittsburgh is 31-47 (-19.3 Units) on the road when the money line is +125 to -125 over the last three seasons.
  • Pittsburgh is 65-82 (-23.4 Units) after a loss over the last two seasons.
  • Pittsburgh is 6-12 (-7.3 Units) when playing on Tuesday this season.
  • Los Angeles is 62-25 (+23.5 Units) after a win this season.
  • Los Angeles is 48-14 (+23.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.
  • Los Angeles is 59-24 (+23.4 Units) against right-handed starters this season.

The MLB odds are extremely low on the league-leading Dodgers versus the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates for two reasons. First and foremost, Big Blue will be sending a Triple-A prospect to the hill in Brock Stewart in place of Yu Darvish (tightness in his back) for this one. The second reason is rookie sensation Cody Bellinger will sit this one out with a minor right ankle sprain he sustained in Detroit on Sunday.

Although we would love to see Bellinger in the lineup and Darvish on the hill, we would not be getting these tasty odds if that was the case. Stewart has had major league experience and is 0-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings of work over nine appearances for the Dodgers this season. The Pirates do not pose a huge run scoring threat and their pitcher, Jameson Taillon, got roughed up in his last outing which lasted five innings in which he surrendered seven hits and four earned runs in an 11-7 loss to the Cardinals. LA is 4-0 against the Bucs this season and we say they make it five straight so back Big Blue in your MLB picks at an uncharacteristically low price here.

Free MLB Picks: Dodgers -106Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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Athletics (54-71, -12.0 Units) at Orioles (61-64, -5.7 Units)
  • Baltimore is 37-25 (+9.6 Units) in home games this season.
  • Baltimore is 65-38 (+21.1 Units) home games against right-handed starters over the last two seasons.
  • Baltimore is 62-30 (+22.3 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a losing record over the last three seasons.
  • Oakland is 63-101 (-31.5 Units) after a loss over the last two seasons.
  • Oakland is 55-74 (-20.0 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last two seasons.
  • Oakland is 20-40 (-14.5 Units) in road games this season.

There’s nothing sweeter than a repeater, except in the form of tacos or Buffalo wings the next morning, and we will go back to the same cash cow that brought us home yesterday in Baltimore’s 7-3 win over the A’s. The O’s Ubaldo Jimenez may have gotten tagged in his last start when he allowed six runs against Seattle in a 7-6 setback but his trends beg us to consider the following:

  • Jimenez’s team record is 26-9 (+16.4 Units) in home games over the last three seasons.
  • Jimenez’s team record is 34-22 (+13.8 Units) in night games over the last three seasons.
  • Jimenez’s team record is 24-11 (+14.4 Units) after a win over the last three seasons.
  • Jimenez’s team record is 6-2 (+4.2 Units) in his eight career starts versus Oakland.

Let’s not mess with success and send it back in on the Orioles as the road chalk in this matchup.

Free MLB Picks: Orioles -157Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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