MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for July 24

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:02 PM UTC

Sunday, Jul. 23, 2017 9:02 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.

White Sox At Cubs (-240)

It’s the first game of the Crosstown Classic or Windy City Showdown or whatever they are calling it these days. It’s also the only matinee on Monday’s schedule with a 2:20 p.m. ET start. That’s a disadvantage for the Cubbies because they had to play in the Sunday night ESPN game, although it was at Wrigley. The Cubs and Sox have split this series the past two years. The Pale Hose lose the designated hitter for this one. They are on a nine-game losing streak .

Of course the Cubs added White Sox ace Jose Quintana in a trade about two weeks ago, and the Cubbies have taken off since. They get another rotation addition here in Kyle Hendricks, the 2016 NL ERA champion. It’s almost like adding Hendricks via trade as he hasn’t pitched since June 4 due to a hand issue. Hendricks (4-3, 4.09) was clearly bothered by the problem in his final two starts before landing on the DL as he allowed nine runs over nine innings. In six starts before that, he didn’t allow more than two earned in any.

Hendrick lost his lone 2016 start vs. the White Sox, allowing three runs and six hits over 5.2 innings on the South Side of Chicago. Jose Abreu is 3-for-6 career off him. Yolmer Sanchez is 4-for-5. No current White Sox batter has gone yard off Hendricks. The Sox might be without outfielder Melky Cabrera after leaving Sunday’s game against the Royals with a bruised left foot.

The White Sox’s Miguel Gonzalez (4-9, 4.89) returned from a long DL stint himself last Tuesday vs. the red-hot Dodgers and had one of his best outings of the season in allowing one run over six innings. Alas, he lost for the ninth time in his past 10 because he was opposite Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs’ Javy Baez is 2-for-6 with a homer off Gonzalez. Anthony Rizzo is 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. Easy call on Cubs here, although the better value is likely on the run line (price not out as of this writing) -- or to parlay with game below.

Free MLB Pick: Cubs -240Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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Mets At Padres (Total 7.5)

New York starts a 10-game West Coast trip here. The Mets lost two of three at home to the Padres from May 23-25.

Arguably the second-best pitcher in the National League behind Clayton Kershaw since around mid-June has been the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, a rare bright spot in an otherwise lost season for the franchise. DeGrom (11-3, 3.37) at one point was 4-3 with a 4.75 ERA. So obviously he has won his past seven starts, allowing just nine earned runs over 53.1 innings in that span (1.52 ERA & 0.82 WHIP) while striking out 50 and walking only 10 in 53.2 innings.

It’s rather unusual for a pitcher to win seven straight starts for a losing team. It has happened 65 other times in a single season since this century, but only five came with a team that was below .500 for each of the starts during the streak. It last happened in 2016 with Arizona’s Zack Greinke. DeGrom has a 2.08 ERA in two career starts at Petco Park and didn’t face the Friars earlier this season.

The Padres start left-hander Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35). To say he was bad Wednesday at Colorado would be an understatement as Richard was blown up for an incredible 14 hits and 11 runs over 3.2 innings. The hits and runs allowed tied a team record. Coors Field is a tough place to pitch, but that’s ridiculous. Richard has been unlucky this season as evidenced by his .348 BABIP. On the positive side, he leads the National League with a 57 percent ground-ball rate.

Richard didn’t face the Mets earlier. Asdrubal Cabrera is 4-for-9 career off him with three doubles and four RBIs.

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

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