MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for Sept. 26

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, September 25, 2017 7:15 PM GMT

Monday, Sep. 25, 2017 7:15 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.

Reds at Brewers (-178, 9.5)

This series is all about motivation: Cincinnati has absolutely none as it sits last in the NL Central Division and would be better off by losing as much as possible to improve its draft position in 2018. Milwaukee, meanwhile, is trying to catch Colorado for the NL’s second wild-card spot; St. Louis is also still in the mix there.

After hosting Cincinnati for three games, Milwaukee closes the season with three in St. Louis. The Rockies are in Miami for three games to start this week and then close with three at home vs. the Dodgers, who essentially have nothing to play for. When the Reds and Brewers teams last met from Sept. 4-6 at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati took all three games while outscoring Milwaukee 21-8.

It’s Zach Davies on the bump for the Brewers. Davies (17-9, 3.84) comes off a no-decision vs. the Cubs, allowing two runs over seven innings. It was Davies’ 15th quality start this season and the team is 19-13 in his starts overall. Davies has gone 2-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 8 career starts vs. Cincinnati, including 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 3 starts this season. Joey Votto is 8-for-20 career off him with a homer. Zack Cozart is 6-for-16 with three extra-base hits.

It’s 28-year-old Deck McGuire making his first big-league start for the Reds. He was a September call-up from Double-A and has thrown 5.2 innings of scoreless relief. He will become the 16th pitcher and 10th rookie pitcher to start a game for the Reds this season. He better watch out for Eric Thames, who has 10 dingers vs. the Reds this season, tied for the second-most ever in one season by an opposing player against Cincinnati pitching.

Free MLB Pick: Brewers -178Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Blue Jays at Red Sox (-240, 8)

Boston is on the verge of clinching the AL East title and still has an outside shot at getting the No. 2 overall seed in the AL playoffs, although that’s likely going to be Houston – which Boston will probably play in the divisional series.

Will this be the last regular-season start for Red Sox ace lefty and expected Cy Young winner Chris Sale? He’d be on track to start again Sunday, but there could be no reason to trot him out there and risk injury. Sale (17-7, 2.75) leads the majors with exactly 300 strikeouts, just the 35th 300-strikeout campaign in MLB history (first AL pitcher to reach the milestone in 18 years). He has reached double-digits in 18 of his 31 outings.

Sale comes off eight shutout innings in Baltimore, whiffing 13. He is 13 strikeouts from tying Pedro Martinez for the club record of 313 in 1999. Sale has not allowed a run in 22.0 innings over 3 starts vs. Toronto this season, striking out 35, walking just two and with an opponents’ batting average of just .143. He is 6-2 with a 1.50 ERA in 11 career appearances vs. the Jays, the lowest ERA ever against Toronto (minimum 50 innings pitched).

It’s lefty J.A. Happ (9-11, 3.64) for the Jays. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in five straight starts. Happ is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in three starts this year against Boston. The Sox are hitting .234 against him. Mookie Betts struggles against him, going 5-for-26. So does Xander Bogaerts (1-for-21).

Free MLB Pick: Under 8Best Line Offered: Heritage

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