MLB Picks: Betting Odds & Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:39 AM UTC

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 11:39 AM UTC

What are the early MLB odds looking like for Thursday? Follow along with us as we break down the lines.

Quite a few teams are off today, but there's still plenty of games out there for you to exploit with your sports picks. 

As a heads up, there's one super early game that will feature Oakland and Cleveland. The first pitch is slated for 12:05 PM EST there, so make sure you lock in your MLB picks early if you see value in that one. 

Braves vs. Giants 

Two strong NL teams do battle tonight. The starter for Atlanta will be Julio Teheran, while Ryan Vogelsong gets the assignment for San Francisco. 

Teheran has been marginally better over his last two outings after a dreadful start which saw him post a 7.31 ERA through three starts. He's now at 5.08, having allowed three earned runs over his last 12 and 1/3 innings of work. Thing is, the Braves are a spotless 5-0 when Teheran has started, so they'll hope he can bring more fortunate with him tonight. 

Atlanta will try and add on to Vogelsong's problems in game one of the series. The 35-year old veteran has been awful, going 1-2 with a 7.20 ERA and 1.66 WHIP through six starts. He's given up three or more runs in every appearance this season. 

Still, Vogelsong and the Giants are favored at -121 in the MLB odds, with the Braves available at +116. What kind of pick will Jeff Grant have for this game? Check back with us later to find out.


Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks just closed out a sweep over the Dodgers in L.A. last night. They'll try to keep momentum high back at home against Cole Hamels and the Phillies. 

Hamels may be 1-4 with a 4.34 ERA on the season, but he's been pitching quite well since a disastrous first two starts to his campaign. He gave up a combined 13 earned runs to start off 2013, but has allowed just nine over his last 35.0 innings. 

That's not stopping oddsmakers from making Philadelphia +111 underdogs though, as Patrick Corbin has been lights out for the surging Diamondbacks. The southpaw is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. 

PJ Laferla is covering this game. Will he back the more experienced pitcher in Hamels or the young stud? Or will he switch gears and focus on a total play instead? 


Twins vs. Red Sox

Believe it or not, but the Twins have a chance to win this series 3-1 tonight at Fenway. They slaughtered Allen Webster and the Red Sox bullpen in a 15-8 win last night. 

Minnesota has to like their chances of getting another win, as it's Kevin Correia up against Boston's John Lackey. Correia was shaky in his latest start but has still been a reliable innings eater so far this season.

As for Lackey, he's had a hard time pitching deep into games. He's yet to get past the sixth inning in any of his three starts and is coming off a losing decision (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) in his last appearance.

Let's get real though. This is Boston at home, so you know the MLB odds are going to have them favored. The Red Sox as as high as -160 at some sportsbooks, and it'll be interesting to see where Swingin' Johnson thinks the value lies.


Angels vs. Astros

Things are just getting worse and worse for the Angels, as they've dropped each of their first two road games with Houston.

Let us point out that the Astros had lost six straight and had gone 1-10 over their previous 11prior to this series. As it turns out, it's L.A. that's been the laughing stock of Major League Baseball season, not this young Houston team.

At a horrendous 11-22 on the season, the Angels will try to avoid the sweep tonight. They'll send out Jason Vargas (1-3, 3.72 ERA), while the Astros will put their faith in Lucas Harrell (3-3, 5.03 ERA).

Who's breaking down this matchup today? That would be Joe Freda, who will have to decide between two teams that have the worst records in the entire American League. L.A. is favored at -152 and the total is at nine runs.


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