Mining the Diamond: Cubs and Halos Shine Tuesday Night in our MLB Picks

Los Angeles Angels

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 3:19 PM GMT

Tuesday night features a full slate of baseball action and Mining the Diamond has reviewed the MLB odds, pitching matchups and historical trends to deliver our top two MLB picks for tonight.

Giants (20-26, -5.8 units) vs. Cubs (22-21, -8.8 units)
  • Chicago is 6-1 (+4.6 units) when playing on Tuesdays this season.

  • Chicago is 9-2 (+5.8 Units) against the Giants at Wrigley Field over the last three seasons.

  • Chicago’s starter Jon Lester is 5-1 when starting against the Giants with an ERA of 1.84 and a WHIP of 0.932.

  • San Francisco is 6-13 (-7.8 units) after a win this season.

  • San Francisco is 9-16 (-6.1 units) on the road this season.

  • San Francisco is 71-85 (-8.1 units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last three seasons.

Despite the fact that the Cubbies dropped a 6-4 decision to the Reds last night in the first of a four-game set, we believe Jon Lester is in the perfect spot to even things up tonight. Lester has had tremendous success against San Francisco over the course of his career and Tuesday night will be no exception. The four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion is 5-1 with a sparkling 1.84 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP against the Giants.

In his last outing against San Francisco he spun another gem in Game 1 of last year's NL Division Series in which he pitched eight full innings, shutting out the Giants and holding them to five hits in the 1-0 victory. The Cubs are too talented to be hovering at .500 and tonight their ace is on the hill. The MLB odds makers are forcing us to lay the lumber, but lay it we shall with the home chalk tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Cubs -155Best Line Offered: at Intertops.com

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Angels (24-23, +0.3 units) vs. Rays (23-24, -0.4 units)
  • Tampa Bay is 8-16 (-13.1 Units) in home games in May games over the last two seasons.

  • Tampa Bay is 57-76 (-22.4 Units) in night games over the last two seasons.

  • Tampa Bay is 47-70 (-20.8 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last two seasons.

  • Los Angeles is 7-0 (+7.7 Units) when playing on Tuesdays this season.

  • Los Angeles is 97-84 (+12.0 units) after a win over the last three seasons.

  • Los Angeles’s starter Matt Shoemaker is 3-0 when starting against the Rays with an ERA of 2.60 and a WHIP of 1.096.

The Angles have won six of their last eight including last night’s 3-2 win over the Rays in the first of this four-game set. That victory continues a trend where LA has won six of their last eight games played at Tampa Bay and there is nothing to deter us to believe that they won’t make it seven-of-nine by tonight’s end. The Angels’ starter Matt Shoemaker is a perfect 3-0 versus Tampa Bay and has won his last two starts including a 7-0 blanking of the Tigers. Let’s back the road pups in our MLB picks and cash a ticket!

Free MLB Pick: Angels +106Best Line Offered: at IslandCasino

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