MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for Aug. 28

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, August 27, 2017 9:38 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 9:38 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.

Indians at Yankees (Total 7.5)

It’s a series opener and potential playoff preview from Yankee Stadium and televised by ESPN (7 p.m. ET). If New York can catch Boston for the AL East title, which I consider somewhat unlikely, then the Yankees probably would face the Indians in the ALDS. Then again, the Bombers could miss the playoffs entirely – and the four-game suspension to star catcher Gary Sanchez for his role in last Thursday’s brawl in Detroit won’t help matters; he’s still eligible to play while appealing.

New York split a four-game series in Cleveland from Aug. 4-6. Only one of the four was decided by fewer than four runs. Neither team is close to 100 percent for this series. The Yankees remain without DH Matt Holliday, while Cleveland is missing a ton of guys. Just last week it put starting pitcher Danny Salazar, ace reliever Andrew Miller and second baseman Jason Kipnis all on the DL.

It’s the pitching matchup of the night between All-Stars Luis Severino and Corey Kluber. The Yankees’ Severino (11-5, 3.10) has emerged as the ace at just 23 and after a terrible 2016 season. He has surrendered one earned run or fewer in seven of his past eight starts. Severino is third in the AL in ERA, WHIP (1.10) and strikeouts (183).

Severino won in Cleveland on Aug. 8, allowing one run and two hits over 6.2 innings with nine strikeouts. Severino gave up Michael Brantley's homer in the first and then didn’t allow his second hit until there were two outs in the seventh.

The Tribe’s Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.65) leads the AL in ERA, WHIP (0.91) and is third in strikeouts (208). However, he comes off his first loss since July 15, allowing two runs over 7.2 innings vs. Boston on Wednesday. Kluber did strike out 12. He toyed with the Yankees on Aug. 3 in throwing a complete game (1 ER, 11 Ks).

Free MLB Pick: ‘Under’ 7.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Tigers at Rockies (-165)

Detroit loses the designated hitter for this interleague matchup. Have you noticed what a stellar season that Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon is having? He could become the first player since Hall of Famer Stan Musial in 1948 to lead the National League in runs, hits, total bases and triples. Blackmon also could become only the 13th player in the modern era to reach 150 runs. The last was Houston’s Jeff Bagwell in 2000. Before that? Ted Williams in 1949.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera started last Thursday’s brawl with the Yankees and was suspended seven games, but as of now he’s still active as Cabrera is appealing it. Detroit starts Jordan Zimmermann (7-11, 6.11) on the bump. He has followed three straight quality starts with three in a row allowing exactly seven earned runs in each to jack his ERA from 5.27 from before that stretch. Not since Tommy Bridges and Schoolboy Rowe (what a great name!) in 1935 had a Tiger given up seven earned runs in three consecutive starts. Going to Coors Field is probably not a good thing for Zimmermann.

The Rockies counter with rookie Antonio Senzatela (10-4, 4.52). He has moved back and forth from the bullpen since June 22 because of how many innings he has thrown (121.1) after just 34.2 in Double-A last year. Senzatela returned to the rotation Wednesday in Kansas City and allowed two runs and nine hits over five innings. He would have earned the win had Kansas City not rallied for three runs to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. No Tiger has seen Senzatela.

Free MLB Pick: Rockies -165Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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