MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for July 25

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, July 24, 2017 6:54 PM GMT

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.

Red Sox at Mariners (Total 8)

Seattle’s Safeco Field is known as a pitcher-friendly park, and it hasn’t been kind to the Red Sox bats over the past three years. Entering this series, the Sox had played 11 games at Safeco over that span and scored only 27 runs. Incidentally, as of Monday the Sox were the only division leader in the majors with a losing record on the road.

Might be tough for Boston to score much Tuesday as the Sox face Mariners ace and former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. King Felix (5-4, 3.88) is pitching perhaps as well as he has since 2015 in his past three starts, allowing just two earned runs (both solo homers) over 18 innings with 22 strikeouts. Last time out he racked up his 118th career start of at least seven innings while allowing no more than one run. That's the most of any pitcher in the majors since 2005.

Hernandez has been much better at home (4-2, 3.43 ERA) than on the road (1-2, 5.00) this year. He’s 8-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 18 career starts against the Sox. Dustin Pedroia is 14-for-47 career against him with a homer and six strikeouts. This is expected to be the first start in the majors for Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, who has been called up. He was to join the team Monday but not expected to start until Tuesday. Devers was ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in MLB.

Boston counters with lefty Drew Pomeranz, who has been probably the team’s second-best pitcher behind Chris Sale. Pomeranz (10-4, 3.51) hasn’t lost since June 11 and Boston has won his past five. In his last 11 starts, Pomeranz is 7-1 with a 2.64 ERA. Seattle’s Kyle Seager is 2-for-9 career off him with a homer career. Robinson Cano is 2-for-11 with two strikeouts.

MLB Free Pick: ‘Under’ 8Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Pirates at Giants (Total 7.5)

The Bucs are likely to stand pat at the trade deadline instead of dealing the likes of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole because they have played well since the break, have Starling Marte back from his 80-game PED suspension and are right in the mix in the NL Central. Their schedule gets much easier after this series with a trip to San Diego and then home matchups vs. the Reds, Padres and Tigers.

It’s young right-hander Jameson Taillon on the bump. Taillon (6-3, 3.08) could have a Cy Young in his future as he’s just 25. Since June 29, he has surrendered only six runs and struck out 26 in 21.2 innings. He has faced the Giants once in his career, allowing three runs over six innings at AT&T Park on Aug. 16, 2016, in a no-decision. Buster Posey is 2-for-3 against him with two RBIs.

The Giants’ season went down the tubes when ace lefty Madison Bumgarner hurt his pitching shoulder in April when he wrecked on a dirt bike, a clear violation of his contract but the Giants didn’t fine their leader. Bumgarner has made six starts this year and five have been quality but he’s 0-4 despite a 3.57 ERA. It’s Bumgarner’s first look at Pittsburgh this year.

You may remember in the 2014 wild-card game in Pittsburgh that Bumgarner threw a complete-game four-hit shutout. San Francisco went on to win the World Series. McCutchen is just 3-for-16 career off him. Marte is 1-for-6. Josh Harrison is 4-for-11 with a homer.

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

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