MLB Overnight Lines With Betting Value for May 22

Matthew Jordan

Monday, May 22, 2017 1:01 AM UTC

Monday, May. 22, 2017 1:01 AM UTC

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

Twins At Orioles (9.5)

This has the highest total on the MLB betting board for Monday as the Twins and Orioles open a series at Camden Yards. Maybe it will be a wild-card game preview too as both Minnesota and Baltimore are second in their respective divisions. They would be the two AL wild-card teams if the postseason started today (hint: it doesn’t).

As of this writing, it’s not official who the Twins will start on the mound. They need a sixth starter because of last Thursday's doubleheader with the Rockies. Right-hander Kyle Gibson was scheduled to start for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, but was pushed back to give Minnesota the option to bring him up to start Monday. Gibson might have been the AL’s worst pitcher before being sent down as he was 0-4 with an 8.20 ERA. Gibson did have a 2.92 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 12 ⅓ innings in a couple outings with Rochester. Long reliever Adam Wilk is also a candidate to make a spot start. Wilk ((0-1, 6.75) was recently picked up off waivers from the Mets. He’s not very appealing, either.

The Birds go with Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2, 6.52). In his last three starts, Jimenez has given up a total of 15 runs. He hasn’t lasted six innings in five of his seven starts. Orioles outfielder Adam Jones could make some history if he homers here. He hit one on Sunday, his 124th at Camden Yards. That ties him for most in the ballpark’s history with Rafael Palmeiro.

Free MLB Pick: ‘Over’ 9.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Giants At Cubs (-181)

This is the first meeting between these teams since last year’s NLDS and will be shown nationally on the MLB Network. Of course the Cubs beat the Giants in four games in the 2016 playoffs, rallying from a 5-2 deficit in the top of the ninth inning of Game 4 at AT&T Park. Chicago won the first two games at Wrigley Field. The 2017 Cubs might have ended the Kyle Schwarber hitting leadoff experiment as he hit second in Sunday’s win over the Brewers and the Cubs exploded for 13 runs. Ben Zobrist hit leadoff.

It’s John Lackey (4-3, 4.37) on the mound for Chicago. He started Game 4 of the NLDS, allowing three runs and seven hits in four innings. The Cubbies have won the 38-year-old’s past four starts this year. He's 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA over that stretch. Buster Posey is 0-for-2 career off Lackey.

San Francisco lefty Ty Blach (1-2, 4.15) has made five starts since transitioning from the bullpen following Madison Bumgarner’s injury. Blach got that first win last time out by allowing one run over seven innings against the Dodgers. In his brief career, he's 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts. This will be his first career regular-season look at the Cubs. Blach did pitch 3.1 shutout innings over two appearances against them in the NLDS.

Free MLB Pick: Cubs -181Best Line Offered: Heritage

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