MLB Picks: Bet Dodgers +101 vs. Yankees

Joe Freda

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 1:43 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013 1:43 PM GMT

Find out why we believe that the Money Line holds the best value for our MLB picks in tonight's matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers both struggled last week, logging a combined 3-9 mark over their last six games. Tuesday’s MLB slate has the foes opening a pair of matchups at Yankee Stadium, with Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes (3-5, 4.89 ERA) facing Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85 ERA).

Check out our Tuesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Yankees, Dodgers look to regroup 

Los Angeles began its road trip with this past weekend’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 1-2 with the sole win thanks to Clayton Kershaw cashing on the hill as 163 ‘chalk.’ The pair of defeats saw Don Mattingly’s club outscored by a combined 9-3 margin, despite edging the Pirates in hits both times out.

New York ended a five-game losing streak with Sunday’s 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, cashing for my followers as 127 road dogs. Yankees third baseman Jayson Nix poked one of his side’s four doubles in a 3-for-4 day, while Travis Hafner cracked a three-run homer from the cleanup spot.

Hughes loses in Oakland 

Hughes picked up a second loss in three starts with Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat for New York as a 104 road dog against the Oakland Athletics. The 26-year-old allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings, giving up a long ball to Oakland’s Brandon Moss as part of four hits. 

New York’s Ichiro Suzuki had his team’s best bat with a 2-for-4 night, while Vernon Wells struck out once going 0-for-4. Yankees mates Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano were held to a combined 1-for-7 from the lineup’s top two spots, leaving no men on base. 

Ryu ripped at home 

Hyun-Jin Ryu notched a no-decision on the same night’s card, giving up 11 hits to the Arizona Diamondbacks in an 8-6 defeat for Los Angeles. The South Korea native allowed three runs over six frames, failing to collect as a minus 102 home choice.

Dodgers relievers Chris Withrow and Ronald Belisario logged a blown save and loss for their staff, respectively, with the matchup lasting 12 innings. Los Angeles came away with 12 hits, including Ryu helping his own cause with an RBI-triple.

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Back the Dodgers as short dogs 

MLB odds first opened Hughes as a 122 home favorite, with early wagers on Los Angeles dropping the betting lines to minus 111. The ‘total’ opened at eight, moving flat after first listed with a 115 lean to the OVER. 

I am tailing the ‘steam’ here, adding Ryu and the Dodgers to my MLB picks. New York has dropped its last four interleague games, while hitting just .228 against left-handed pitching at home.

Ryu logged a stellar outing in his latest start against an American League club, holding the Angels to two hits in a complete-game shutout, three weeks ago. The southpaw has also held his own in road outings, including a New York appearance against the Mets – allowing one run over seven frames. 

Hughes has been overvalued, with the Yankees going 1-4 in the righty’s five starts as a home favorite. The span’s latest pair of duels saw the seventh-year hurler lit up for 12 runs over a combined five innings. 

Dodgers second baseman Nick Punto has a double in his three at-bat’s facing Hughes, while coming in with a four-game hitting streak. Look for Los Angeles to hand Hughes and Co. a losing ticket here, stealing the front end of this set at a plus price. 

Free MLB Pick:  Los Angeles Dodgers +101 at Bet365
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