MLB Picks: Betting Lines and Odds Report for Sunday

Steven Suarez

Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:51 AM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 11:51 AM UTC

A majority of Sunday's games will take place in the afternoon, so make sure you're up-to-date!

Morning MLB Odds Report 

 Get prepared when it comes to the MLB odds and top sports picks. 

Rays (Archer) vs. Yankees (Nova)

Covered by Joe Freda

Yesterday's game was a little crazy. CC Sabathia coughed up a grand slam to rookie Will Myers, but the Yankees fought back in the bottom of the seventh and wound up winning 7-5. 

Today, Ivan Nova will make his fifth start of the season for New York, who just called up the right-hander after making three relatively successful starts down in the minors. However, in the majors he's gone 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA and 1.76 WHIP on the year.

Young Chris Archer (1-3, 5.03 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) will also be making his fifth start of the season. The Yankees, however, get the nod as the MLB betting odds-on favorites (-110) for game three of the series today.


Braves (Maholm) vs. Brewers (Figaro)

Covered by Joe Freda

Though the Braves are sitting pretty at 43-33 overall this season, they've gone 18-22 on the road and and have dropped both games of this set versus Milwaukee so far. 

The offense that was tearing it up to begin the year has all but disappeared for Atlanta. They've failed to score a run in each of the losses to the Brewers. Losers of five of their last six, the Braves will try to turn things around with Paul Maholm on the mound. 

For Milwaukee, it'll be Alfredo Figaro that tries to lead the home team to a sweep. The odds point to an Atlanta victory though, with the Braves favored at roughly -120. The total for this afternoon's game has opened at 8.5 runs. 


Mets (Harvey) vs. Phillies (Lannan)

Covered by Ron Patrick 

You know the Mets always have a terrific chance of winning whenever Matt Harvey takes the hill. He's 6-1 on the season and has recorded an ERA of 2.16 and WHIP of 0.90, with 115 strikeouts against 23 walks. Simply put, Harvey has been scary good.

The Phillies are finally starting to get healthy again thanks to the recent returns of Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz. That said, they're still three games under .500 for the season and are just 3-4 over their previous seven coming into today. 

Basically, Philadelphia needs to get a quality outing out of John Lannan, who did look pretty good in his one start (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) since returning from injury. Regardless, Harvey and the Mets are the clear chalk at -132 or so.


Astros (Lyles) vs. Cubs (Samardzija)

Covered by Willie Bee

Runs have been hard to come by in this series so far. Are we in for more of the same today when Jordan Lyles tries to out-duel Jeff Samardzija?

We wouldn't be all that surprised in all fairness. Lyles has been a rock for Houston's rotation, going 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA – he's also logged a 1.82 ERA in four road starts this season and has surrendered two or fewer earned runs in seven consecutive starts. 

Samardzija, meanwhile, rebounded nicely after a couple shaky efforts to shut down St. Louis on the road five days ago. The Cubs will be counting on him to shut down Houston's young lineup today, with the hosts acting as -160 favorites in the MLB odds.

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