Looking at the opening MLB odds, we don't have any favorites over -200, but one game is awfully close. That would be the Detroit Tigers, who will be up against the Houston Astros as -185 favorites.
The Orioles showed the Angels a thing or two in the series opener last night, winning 5-1 behind a masterful performance from Chris Tillman.
Tillman threw eight innings of scoreless ball and allowed just three hits. Baltimore got a home-run out of Nate McLouth and did enough to hand Joe Blanton his fifth loss of the season.
Tonight it's Miguel Gonzalez and Jason Vargas on the mound. Vargas has looked better of late, but he's still dealing with a 4.85 ERA, while Gonzalez hasn't been much better with a 4.60 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
It's the Angels that are favored (-120) here in game two of the series, but it may be a wiser move to focus on a total play, considering neither of these pitchers have looked too good. We're interested to see which direction Willie Bee goes here.
Full steam ahead for the Red Sox. They closed out their series with Toronto by winning two straight and are now an impressive 8-2 over their last 10 overall.
A big test has arrived for Boston now though, as they must contend with another division-leading team in Texas. The Rangers are 8-4 at home this season and will head into tonight's game as the -130 favorites.
Derek Holland hasn't exactly been spectacular, but he has posted four quality starts in five appearances so far. He's allowed just four earned runs in 15.0 innings at home, but will need his best stuff against the red-hot Red Sox.
For Boston, Felix Doubront (3-0, 4.24 ERA) is scheduled to pitch. The team has won all four games he's started this season, but the southpaw's control issues (13 walks over his last three outings) have to be concerning to potential Red Sox backers.
You've always got a great chance of winning when you've got Clayton Kershaw on the mound. The Dodgers fully realize that.
Inconsistency has plagued L.A. in the early stages of the season. They've alternated wins and losses over their last six games, but will try and start off their road series against the Giants with a victory.
Give Kershaw's pedigree, there's no wonder the Dodgers are nearly -140 in the MLB odds. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA and 0.91 WHIP and has already pitched a complete-game shutout against the Giants this season.
The Giants counter with Barry Zito, and considering the Dodgers are #29 in runs scored, he could have a successful outing. It looks like the sportsbooks think both pitchers will bring it, as they've posted an extremely low total of six runs.
Athletics/Yankees – Marlins/Phillies – Nationals/Pirates
Here are three more games that we'll have MLB picks for. It's hard to imagine the public not liking the value on C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees (-140) at home, while the Phillies (-155) and Pirates (-120) also are favored in their own ballparks.
There are a few other matchups that we have interest in too. The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets will go at it – Mike Minor and the Braves are -170 favorites – and the Milwaukee Brewers will try to get revenge after their series-opening loss to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. Milwaukee is barely favored at -110, with former Cardinal Kyle Lohse getting the starting nod.