MLB Overnight Lines with Betting Value for Tuesday, May 16

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:13 AM UTC

Tuesday, May. 16, 2017 1:13 AM UTC

This capper is here to give you a head start betting on Tuesday’s MLB schedule as value can be found on the overnight lines at times. I come off a 1-1 record for Monday’s games on the same lines.

Oakland A’s At Seattle Mariners (+104)

It’s Game 2 of a series between these AL West rivals. There’s one significant injury note to be aware of and that’s to Mariners All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano. He is expected back in the starting lineup Tuesday. Cano was a late scratch from Monday's lineup, missing a fifth straight game with a strained right quad. However, he took grounders and a full round of batting practice pre-game and apparently felt good. Cano is having a good season, batting .296 with eight homers, 28 RBIs and a .362 on-base percentage in 34 games.

Assuming Cano is back, that will make things a bit tougher on Oakland’s young ace Andrew Triggs (5-2, 2.21). Triggs looked like a Cy Young candidate in starting 3-0 and not allowing a run in those games. Since then, he’s 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA. His worst start of that stretch came when Seattle roughed him up for six earned runs on April 23. The Mariners hit him hard on April 26 as Triggs allowed a season-high six runs over a season-low 4.2 innings. Taylor Motter had a third-inning grand slam off him. Motter has been filling in at second for Cano, who is 2-for-4 career off Triggs with a homer.

Seattle starts rookie Chase De Jong (0-3, 7.85) and as you can see his numbers aren’t great. He was rocked for six runs in five innings last time out in Toronto but pitched well in Oakland on May 22 with four scoreless innings of relief. He’s in the rotation because of the injury to Felix Hernandez.

The Mariners are good home underdog value here on MLB picks.

Free MLB Pick: Mariners +104Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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 Washington Nationals At Pittsburgh Pirates (+1.5)

Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between the Nationals and Pirates. Pittsburgh likely needed the off day Monday in a big way after playing 17 days in a row. All but a three-game island against Milwaukee (May 5-7) were on the road. Pittsburgh ended a six-game losing streak this weekend by taking the final two games in Arizona. Outfielder Gregory Polanco left Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks due to left hamstring discomfort so he might not be able to go here. Polanco was starting to hit, batting .333 (11-for-33) with one home run and four doubles over 10 games.

The Nationals go with Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 3.28). He comes off his worst outing of the year, allowing five runs and eight hits but striking out nine against the Orioles. The game ended up being decided by the bullpens, with Baltimore's blowing it and letting Strasburg off the hook. Strasburg’s much-hyped MLB debut was June 8, 2010, vs. Pittsburgh when he struck out 14 and allowed two runs over seven innings in a victory. In six career starts against the Pirates, he has posted a 2.51 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 43 innings. Andrew McCutchen is just 3-for-16 off him with four strikeouts.

Pittsburgh’s Chad Kuhl (1-3, 5.81) was knocked around a bit last time out against the Dodgers, giving up four runs and six hits over five innings. The Bucs have lost five of his past six times taking the mound. Last year as a rookie, Kuhl pitched very well in Washington, shutting out the Nationals on one hit over six innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Washington is 9-1 in Strasburg’s past 10 series openers so I like the Nats on the run line here.

Free MLB Pick: Nationals -1.5 On RLBest Line Offered: Heritage

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