MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for Aug. 22

Matthew Jordan

Monday, August 21, 2017 6:05 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 6:05 PM UTC

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

Yankees at Tigers (Total 10)

It’s a series opener from Comerica Park with a 7:10 p.m. ET first pitch. The Yankees are starting to lose sight of the Red Sox a bit in the AL East Division, meaning it’s likely wild card or bust from this bunch. Over the weekend, Manager Joe Girardi yanked struggling Aroldis Chapman from the closer role in favor of either Dellin Betances or David Robertson. Chapman had been scored upon in four straight outings but did pitch 1.1 scoreless innings in Boston on Sunday. He was inserted in the seventh inning. Chapman is still throwing hard, but all his major numbers are career worsts. Perhaps he was overused in last year’s playoffs by Cubs manager Joe Girardi.

Tuesday’s a big night for the Yankees’ playoff hopes as expected ace Masahiro Tanaka returns from the disabled list. Tanaka (8-10, 4.92) hasn’t thrown in the majors since Aug. 9 in Toronto due to a shoulder injury but he came out of bullpen session Friday in good shape. Tanaka’s numbers are so poor right now that he might not opt-out of his contract this offseason as had been expected. Tanaka pitched well against Detroit on Aug. 2 in allowing one earned run over six innings but took the loss. He also has a 5.81 ERA on the road this year.

The Tigers, who already have waived the white flag on this season, start young lefty Matthew Boyd (5-6, 5.70). He had made 17 starts this year but was used in relief Friday vs. the Dodgers, allowing one run over 1.1 innings with two walks. The Tigers are simply treating that like an in-between starts bullpen session. Boyd hasn’t faced New York in 2017 and has a 5.27 ERA at home.

Free MLB Pick: ‘Over’ 10Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Rockies at Royals (-115)

Matchup of wild-card hopefuls at 8:15 p.m. ET from Kansas City. The Rockies will add the designated hitter. They aren’t playing particularly well, not winning back-to-back games since Aug. 4-5. In a just-completed seven-game homestand against the Braves and Brewers, the Rockies scored only 14 runs in four losses, averaging 3.5 runs per game as Atlanta and Milwaukee won two apiece. In their three victories, the Rockies scored a total of 28 runs (averaging 9.3 per game).

Kansas City started a six-game homestand by losing two of three to the Indians over the weekend. The Royals go with lefty Danny Duffy (7-8, 3.82) in this series opener. He comes off a no-decision in Oakland, surrendering four runs with eight strikeouts over five innings. Duffy is starting against the Rockies for the first time since Aug. 20, 2014.

It’s Jon Gray (5-2, 4.74) for Colorado, his first career start vs. the Royals. He's pitched well over his past five starts, giving up 11 earned runs in 30 2/3 innings for a 3.23 ERA.  Will Greg Holland get a save chance? The former Royals All-Star returns to Kansas City for the first time. Holland was a big part of the Royals' 2014 AL Championship team with 46 saves. He wasn’t quite as good the next year and had Tommy John surgery that wiped out all of 2016. He signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with Colorado and leads the majors with 35 saves.

The Rockies are just 6-20 in their past 26 road games, so Royals are the MLB Pick.

Free MLB Pick: Royals -115Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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