MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for Aug. 21

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, August 20, 2017 9:30 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 9:30 PM UTC

We browse the early MLB odds board in search of betting value on Monday’s slate. Read on for selections on two games that will maximize your profits.

Dodgers at Pirates (Total 8.5)

Los Angeles continues its seven-game road trip with the first of four in Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Dodgers swept the visiting Pirates in a three-game set from May 8-10. That was right when L.A. started taking off – after the sweep the team was 20-14. During that series, the Dodgers lost starting left fielder Andrew Toles to a season-ending knee injury. No offense to Toles, but he hasn’t been missed.

It’s now clear that the Dodgers are going to finish with MLB’s best record this season, although I still doubt them getting to the record of 116 victories. That might not bode well for winning the World Series, though. Only three of the best 11 teams of the wild-card era (since 1995) have won the World Series.  And of the top 25, only four have.

Good pitching matchup in this one as L.A. goes with Cy Young candidate and lefty Alex Wood (14-1, 2.30). Since a shaky two-start stretch, Wood has allowed just four earned runs over 19 innings in his past three, all Dodgers wins. Wood now has 12 starts this season in which he allowed no more than one run, tying injured teammate Clayton Kershaw and the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn for the highest total in the major leagues. Wood won vs. Pittsburgh on May 8, allowing no runs and two hits with a season-high 11 strikeouts in just five innings. He was spotted a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (10-8, 4.04) had a streak of seven straight starts allowing three earned runs or fewer end last Wednesday in Milwaukee as he surrendered four over six innings. He was touched up for three homers but did strike out nine. Cole’s 1.52 homers allowed per nine is a career high. He didn’t face the Dodgers in May.

Free MLB Pick: ‘Under’ 8.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Rangers at Angels (-129)

Potentially important game in the wild-card chase for these AL West rivals – it’s quite possible they meet in the wild-card game, although I wouldn’t count on that. Not sure either side has enough pitching to get there, especially after Texas dealt Yu Darvish to the Dodgers.

This is the first meeting of the second half between the teams and it starts a nine-game homestand for the Angels. Texas won five of the nine meetings in the first half. Mike Trout is 11-for-21 with two homers, five RBIs and six runs scored against Rangers pitching in 2017. He’s not bad.

It’s ace lefty Cole Hamels (8-1, 3.48) on the bump for Texas. He entered last Wednesday’s game vs. Detroit not having allowed an earned run in his past two outings but surrendered four over six innings and still got the win. He walked a season-high five batters while also allowing multiple home runs in a game for just the second time in 15 starts. Hamels is 1-0 with a microscopic 0.61 ERA in two starts this year vs. the Halos. Trout is just 2-for-13 career against him with five strikeouts. Andrelton Simmons is an ugly 3-for-28 vs. Hamels.

Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-3, 3.63) has made three starts since more than three months on the disabled list and has allowed five runs over 15.1 innings in them. Skaggs has allowed hard-hit contact at just 24.1 percent clip but has a .339 BABIP on the season. Has hasn’t gotten a decision in two starts vs. the Rangers with a 5.40 ERA. Elvis Andrus hits him well, going 6-for-12 with a homer.

Free MLB Pick: Rangers +119Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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