MLB Picks: Dodgers vs. Orioles Double Header

Joe Freda

Saturday, April 20, 2013 11:42 AM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 11:42 AM UTC

The Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers were washed out on Friday night, setting a doubleheader between the foes for Saturday’s MLB betting.
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel faces Dodgers southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu, while the nightcap sends Batimore’s Wei-Yin Chen against Los Angeles’ Josh Beckett. Let's review some of todays baseball odds to identify the best picks!

Game 1:  Ryu (2-1, 2.89 ERA) vs Hammel (2-1, 4.34 ERA)
Hammel has been idle for a week since last Saturday’s 5-3 win for Baltimore over the New York Yankees, cashing as a minus 101 road choice. The 30-year-old lasted six innings (95 pitches), giving up two homers as part of eight hits allowed.

Ryu logged a second straight win on the same day of action, giving up three earned runs in Los Angeles’ 7-5 victory as a 115 road dog against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The South Korea native tossed nine strikeouts over six innings (107 pitches), allowing three earned runs.

Hammel’s win saw the UNDER move to 2-0 in his last pair of starts, while Ryu had a second straight OVER ticket collect in his triumph. Hammel’s three outings this season have all been in day games, with a 1.07 WHIP and .286 OBP. Ryu has held foes to a 0.97 WHIP in his two afternoon affairs, surrendering just one homer in 12 1/3 IP.

I am backing the UNDER in this matchup, looking for both starters to continue doing their part here.

Hammel has held Dodgers sluggers Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to one homer each, with a combined 74 at-bat’s against the eight-year veteran. Baltimore’s lineup has fared well against lefty pitching, but has no history facing Ryu’s first-year arm.

The UNDER is 7-1 in the Dodgers last eight openers of doubleheader spots, while going 9-3-1 in the team’s last 13 road games against a listed right-hander. Baltimore has seen the UNDER collect at a 10-1 clip in its last 11 interleague games, including a 4-1 mark in the last five played at home.
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Game 2:  Beckett (0-2, 3.26 ERA) vs Chen (0-2, 4.00 ERA)

Chen picked up a second straight loss in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat for the Orioles in New York, falling at plus 100 odds. The Taiwanese hurler gave up all of the Yankees’ runs, allowing six hits over six IP (92 pitches).

Beckett was outdueled on the day’s same card, with Los Angeles logging a 1-0 defeat as a 113 road dog in Arizona. The three-time All-Star went a deep 8 1/3 frames (102 pitches), logging nine strikeouts en route to giving up six hits. opened Chen as a 135 home favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at a flat eight. The weather forecast at Camden Yards calls for a clear 58 degrees, with 11 mph winds blowing left-to-right.

I am adding the UNDER in this matchup to the day’s sports picks, looking to sweep a pair of low-octane wagers between these foes.

 Beckett has held the fort down against Baltimore’s lineup in the past, giving up just one homer each to Adam Jones and Nick Markakis in 93 combined trips to the plate. Chen has had little history against the Dodgers, but has notably allowed Adrian Gonzalez to just a 2-for-9 career mark without an extra-base hit.

Baltimore has seen the UNDER collect at 8-0 in its last eight interleague spots against right-handed starters. Los Angeles has had the UNDER cash at 11-3 in its last 14 duels as a road dog, with the same wager going 4-1 in the team’s last five spots against American League foes when facing a listed lefty.

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