Mining the Diamond: Snakes and Halos Worthy of your MLB Picks Tonight

Los Angeles Angels

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, April 27, 2017 5:07 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 5:07 PM GMT

Mining the Diamond is a daily column where we peruse the MLB odds and search for two of the best bets on the board for that evening. We believe we have locked on to two more for Thursday night!

Padres (9-14, -1.8 units) vs. Diamondbacks (14-9, +7.4 units)
  • Arizona is 10-3 (+8.5 Units) in home games this season.

  • Arizona is 92-67 (+20.5 Units) when playing against a team with a losing record over the last three seasons.

  • Arizona is 11-7 (+4.5 units) in night games this season.

  • Arizona is averaging 7.3 runs scored per home game.

  • San Diego is 4-10 (-3.8 units) in road games this season.

  • San Diego is 5-10 (-3.2 units) against right-handed starters this season.

  • San Diego is averaging 3.6 runs on the road this season.

This game is a mismatch and the MLB odds makers have reflected as much in the line they are hanging which makes including the Snakes in our MLB picks just a bit more difficult to stomach. However, Arizona’s pitcher Taijuan Walker is 1-1 when starting against the Padres with an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.500. The 24-year-old righty has had some tough breaks this season but is an upper echelon pitcher and the D-Backs offense has been tremendous at home this season. They will be opposed by Padres pitcher Jered Weaver who has had his troubles against the D-Backs with an ERA of 4.85 and a WHIP of 1.385.

Free MLB Pick: Diamondbacks -167Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Athletics (10-11, -0.6 units) vs. Angels (11-12, -1.8 units)
  • Los Angeles is 48-19 (+21.3 Units) a home favorite of -125 to -175 over the last three seasons.

  • Los Angeles is 4-2 (+1.9 Units) against the Athletics this season

  • Los Angeles is 90-78 (+11.1 units) after a win over the last three seasons.

  • Oakland is 38-65 (-22.1 Units) after a loss over the last two seasons.

  • Oakland is 147-198 (-45.0 Units) in all games over the last three seasons.

  • Oakland has a team batting average of .234 on the road and .230 against right-handed starters this season.

Oakland’s 26-year-old starter Kendall Graveman has been sharp this season but he is coming off the DL to face the Angels at home. Let’s also not forget that Graveman has a career 18-20 record with a 3.97 ERA. He will regress to the mean and we believe that could very well happen in LA tonight. Let’s go with the better team at home and a good spot for veteran pitcher Rocky Nolasco to shine.

Free MLB Pick: Angels -167Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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