MLB Picks: Baseball Betting Odds Report for Friday

Steven Suarez

Friday, September 27, 2013 11:27 AM UTC

Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 11:27 AM UTC

Are you thinking the same as our handicappers when it comes to make your favorite MLB picks of the day? 

Angels (Wilson) vs. Rangers (Ogando)

Covered by Willie Bee

The Angels are just trying to make it to .500, while the Rangers are still very much in the playoff hunt, as these two teams get set to tangle for game two of the series tonight. Alexi Ogando (7-4, 2.93 ERA) and C.J. Wilson (17-7, 3.36 ERA) will be the starters. 

Ogando has been looking very good as of late, allowing a grand total of four hits and one earned run over his last two starts. Last week he held the Royals to two hits and zero runs over seven innings. For the year he's 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA in 26.1 IP at home. 

Part of the reason the Angels have been playing much better has been Wilson's form. He's 8-1 with a 3.35 ERA post All-Star Break, though he hasn't done too well against Texas this season – in two outings against the Rangers he's surrendered 18 hits and 10 runs in 10.2 IP. 

Perhaps oddsmakers are thinking these two offenses are bound to break out sooner rater than later, which explains the pretty high total of 8.5. Still, Willie thinks Wilson could struggle against Texas again, leading him to pick the OVER at +100.


Indians (Kluber) vs. Twins (Hernandez)

Covered by Joe Freda 

It's a three-team race in the AL Wild Card race, with Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Texas fighting it out for two spots. 

The Indians have been on a tear, winning seven in a row, and now turn to left-hander Corey Kluber, with Minnesota calling on Pedro Hernandez. Hernandez owns a 7.13 ERA (in 17.2 IP) over the second half of the season.

Kluber has, perhaps, been a bit fortunate to have a spotless 3-0 record in the month of September. Opposing hitters have batted .311 against him in four starts, but he's managed to escape serious trouble and keep his Indians in ballgames.

Again we have a recommendation on the OVER (8), as Joe points out that many of Cleveland's recent battles against left-handers have ended above the posted total. Plus, the OVER has gone 5-1-1 in Kluber's past seven appearances on the mound.


Rays (Hellickson) vs. Blue Jays (Dickey)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Should the Rays win and Rangers lose tonight, Tampa Bay will have clinched a Wild Card berth. However, that's no easy task against experienced knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey.

Dickey has looked good over his last couple of starts, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs over 15 innings against the Yankees and Red Sox. In that span he's struck out 19 batters and walked only three. Dickey is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay in 2013.

The Rays counter with Jeremy Hellickson, and you never really know what to expect out of this guy. He's 4-6 with a 6.27 ERA since the All-Star Break, yet has gone 2-0 with a 2.90 ERA in five meetings with Toronto.

We wrap up our MLB Picks for the day by finishing off the clean sweep of total picks. This time, however, Ron is selecting the UNDER 8 runs and looking for a pitchers duel, in a game that Tampa Bay really needs to win.


And Here Are The Morning Odds

Angels (Wilson) vs. Rangers (Ogando)

Covered by Willie Bee

The Rangers were able to win once again last night, their fourth straight by the way, but the Indians kept pace with a win of their own. As a result, Cleveland is still leading Texas in the Wild Card race, with only three games remaining.

It's therefore of utmost importance that Alexi Ogando pitch well for the Rangers., especially since reliable left-hander C.J. Wilson takes the mound for the visiting Angels. The MLB odds favor Texas, with sportsbooks listing a number in the range of -138 to -145.

Indians (Kluber) vs. Twins (Hernandez)

Covered by Joe Freda

Cleveland can just not seem to stop winning, and it's a good thing too because the Rangers are breathing right on their necks. The Indians got the job done in the opener in Minnesota yesterday and are hoping a similar result is on the cards tonight.

Both motivation and the pitching matchup are on Cleveland's side here. Corey Kluber has been far more consistent than has Pedro Hernandez, so the fact the Indians are sizable -190 MLB odds favorites despite being on the road should surprise no one.

Rays (Hellickson) vs. Blue Jays (Dickey)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Like Cleveland, Tampa Bay has won seven games in a row. They've needed every single one, but the whole team is going to have to step it up even more if they want to win tonight against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays.

Dickey has been better since the All-Star Break and has done well against Tampa Bay this season. However, that's not stopping the oddsmakers from installing the Rays as small -110 favorites for our MLB Picks.

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