MLB Picks: Bet Giants -120 vs. Blue Jays

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 2:00 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 2:00 PM GMT

The San Francisco Giants have won 14 consecutive home games with Barry Zito on the mound, as they prepare to meet the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon. Where do we think that the best MLB betting value lies in this matchup?


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at AT&T Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET.

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

Continue to struggle

Toronto has dropped four of its last five games, including a 2-1 setback to San Francisco as +110 road underdogs Tuesday night, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  

The Blue Jays are 10-11 in day games, with the OVER going 15-6 in that situation.  

The club begins the day in last place in the AL East standings—11.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox.

Comforts of home

San Francisco has compiled a 21-10 record at this ballpark, which includes a 7-3 mark when listed as a favorite of -100 to -125.

The Giants rank second in the majors in hitting .283 at home, while the pitching staff is eighth in tallying a 3.29 ERA in the Bay Area. 

Dickey 

Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (4-7, 5.18 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts against the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles, as he allowed a combined 12 runs and 20 hits over 12.2 innings of work. 

The right-hander is 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA in five road outings, with opposing hitters batting .265 against him. 

In four career games versus the Giants, Dickey has compiled a 1-1 record and 3.81 ERA, including a 10-6 home victory on May 14—surrendering two runs and six hits over six frames.

Zito 

Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito (4-3, 3.88 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, including a 5-2 home victory over the Oakland Athletics, as he allowed one run and three hits over six innings.

The left-hander is 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA in seven home outings—serving up just two home runs in 45 combined frames.

In 12 lifetime appearances versus the Blue Jays, Zito has tallied a 5-4 record and 3.82 ERA, but was handed the loss versus Dickey last month.

[gameodds]3/228754/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Giants as one of their MLB picks Wednesday, as they’ve won 21 of Zito’s last 26 starts, while the Blue Jays have lost Dickey’s last four efforts away from the Rogers Centre.

MLB Pick:  San Francisco Giants -120

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