MLB Picks: Dickey & Blue Jays vs. Zito & Giants

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 3:17 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013 3:17 PM GMT

Two experienced hurlers take the mound for today's game between San Francisco and Toronto. Which way are we leaning with our MLB picks?

Odds Overview

Just like last night's game, the Giants are barely favored here in game two of the series. They can be found at a price of -112, with the visiting Blue Jays at +107.

The total for today is at eight runs, with the OVER having gone 33-23 for Toronto and 32-23 for San Francisco this season.

You can follow along with the live MLB lines at SBRodds.com. 

Toronto Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey)

The Blue Jays have already dug themselves quite a hole in the stacked AL East. They're in dead last at 24-34 overall and are 11.5 games back of the first-place Red Sox. 

Their loss last night dropped them to 10-18 on the road this season and have lost four of their last six outside of Toronto. 

At least seven solid innings out of R.A. Dickey would go a long way tonight, though his effectiveness in 2013 has left a lot to be desired. He went 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA in April and was even worse (2-3, 5.82 ERA) in the month of May. 

On the positive side, Dickey has performed better on the road than at home, and he has already shut down the Giants once this season. He went six strong innings, allowing six hits and two runs while striking out 10. 

Pitching overall has been a huge downfall of Toronto's team. They're ranked #29 in team ERA (4.70) and they're #28 in quality starts (22), and it all starts with their so-called ace. Dickey has to step up his game pronto if the Blue Jays are to make any kind of run whatsoever.

San Francisco Giants (Barry Zito) 

After a rough stretch in which they lost five of six, the Giants have recovered to win two straight games coming into this afternoon's game.

Playing at home has been a saving grace for San Francisco. While they've gone a horrible 10-17 on the road, the Giants have excelled to the tune of a 21-10 overall mark at AT&T Park.

No one embodies that home dominance better than Barry Zito. The 35-year old southpaw has gone 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA in seven home starts this season, more than making up for his 0-3 record and 10.19 ERA away from San Francisco. 

Zito had a lot of trouble against Toronto earlier this season though, surrendering 12 hits and eight runs (five earned) in a 10-6 loss. 

That will make it especially difficult to assess what kind of performance we'll be getting out of the veteran today. He's been spotless for the most part at home, but the Blue Jays have enough offensive firepower to put together some runs in a hurry.

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

MLB Pick 

You never really know what you're going to get out of both Zito and Dickey, so that uncertainty is enough to keep us away from a ML pick.

When these two pitchers met up last month, 16 runs were scored, and while we don't expect that kind of scoreline again, we do feel the best MLB betting value lies with the OVER. Dickey's velocity on his knuckleball has dropped considerably and that's hurting him a lot, so we wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants frustrate him throughout today's game.

With that said, we'll be taking the OVER as one of our sports picks for the day. Best of luck! 

MLB Pick: OVER 8 (+105)

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