MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for July 18

Matthew Jordan

Monday, July 17, 2017 6:38 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 17, 2017 6:38 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.

Dodgers At White Sox (+252)

This might be the most lopsided pitching matchup of the season; hence the White Sox being such huge home underdogs. To make the Dodgers even tougher, they get to add the designated hitter for this interleague matchup.

It’s three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on the mound. He’s currently the -150 favorite at BetOnline to win a fourth award, although Washington’s Max Scherzer (+110) is right on his tail. Kershaw was selected for the NL All-Star team but was ineligible to pitch in the game because he started last Sunday. Kershaw got his first complete game of the season in allowing two hits and striking out 13 against Kansas Cit. It was his third straight start with at least 11 Ks.

Kershaw leads the NL in wins (14) and is second in innings (132.1), strikeouts (159), ERA (2.10) and WHIP (0.88). The only nitpick with him would be the career high of 18 homers allowed. Kershaw has made 13 consecutive starts without recording a loss, going 10-0 with a 1.98 ERA. He’s holding batters to a .187 average in that stretch with 115 strikeouts and 19 walks over 91 innings. That’s just stupid. Kershaw has only faced the White Sox three times in his career and is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA.

While Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball, the White Sox’s Miguel Gonzalez might be its worst at the moment. Gonzalez (4-8, 5.15) will be activated off the DL. He has been out since mid-June with a shoulder issue. In his last nine starts, Gonzalez is 1-8 with a 6.79 ERA and has allowed five runs or more in six of those. It’s his first career look at the Dodgers.

Obviously you have to bet Kershaw here with your MLB pick but not at -277. Go Dodgers on the runline.

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers On RL (-175)Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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 Rays At A’s (-110)

Not often you get two starting pitchers who are winless this time of year but that’s the case in Oakland in Game 2 of this series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

It’s lefty Blake Snell (0-5, 4.85), one of the Rays’ top pitching prospects, on the mound. He should have at least a few wins by now but rarely gets much offense. Snell gets 3.90 runs of support per game, among the fewest in baseball. In his past four, the Rays haven’t topped three runs in any game. Snell threw five shutout innings at Wrigley Field in his most recent outing, but the bullpen blew what should have been a victory.  Snell pitched in Oakland last year as a rookie and took a no-decision, allowing two runs over 6.2 innings.

The A’s weakened themselves over the weekend by trading away two of their best relievers in Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington. GM Billy Beane has admitted his club is in a full rebuild with an eye toward getting good when/if the franchise can get a new stadium. That’s one thing the Rays and A’s have in common: the two worst stadium situations in MLB.

It’s Chris Smith (0-0, 4.50) pitching for Oakland. The guy is a 36-year-old journeyman who pitched for Boston in 2008, Milwaukee in 2009-10 and then not in the majors again until Oakland last year. All 63 career appearances had been in relief.  Smith got his first start on July 8 in Seattle and it was quality: six innings, three runs allowed. Smith's career record remains 1-0 with a victory in relief in 2008 with Boston. Hard not to root for a guy like that.

Free MLB Pick: Rays +100Best Line Offered: SportsBetting

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