MLB Picks: Friday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Friday, August 23, 2013 11:45 AM GMT

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 11:45 AM GMT

After a relatively light load on Thursday, bases action returns with a full slate on Friday to get our weekend started off right. How are the betting odds shaping up today, and where have we decided to look with our MLB picks?

23rd Aug
Odds update

By: Steven Suarez

 

Our sports picks are ready for viewing. Are you going to be on the same wavelength as our handicappers?

Braves (Medlen) vs. Cardinals (Wainwright)

Covered by Willie Bee

Kris Medlen had his start pushed back to tonight after having to step in for some long relief in an extra-innings game against Washington last weekend. He has faced the Cardinals once this season, giving up eight hits and two runs in six innings, while getting the winning decision. 

He'll definitely need his best stuff if he wants to out-pitch Adam Wainwright, who's 14-7 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. But even though Wainwright has been a stud, Willie is taking the OVER 7 runs with his sports picks for tonight.

[gameodds]3/241819/?r3=349/dec&r-1=349/us[/gameodds]

Red Sox (Lackey) vs. Dodgers (Nolasco)

Covered by Swingin' Johnson 

This should be a killer series featuring two of the best teams in baseball. The Dodgers, though, get the luxury of being at home, where they've gone 37-25 this season. Boston comes in with a 35-31 road record to their name. 

The MLB odds are very tight for game one of the series, with Ricky Nolasco and John Lackey slotted in as the starting pitchers, with both teams trading at MLB odds of -105. At essentially a pick'em, Swingin' Johnson is sticking with the home team to get the job done.

[gameodds]3/241820/?r3=349/dec&r-1=349/us[/gameodds]

Pirates (Morton) vs. Giants (Bumgarner)

Covered by Ron Patrick 

Let's see how Madison Bumgarner rebounds after lasting only five innings in Miami in his most recent start. His splits suggest he'll do just fine, as he's gone 4-3 with a 2.40 ERA in 11 starts at home this season, while holding opponents to a .192 batting average.

Thing is, Charlie Morton has posted three straight quality starts and Pittsburgh has been the way better team overall in 2013. Regardless, Ron can't pass up a short number (-125) on Bumgarner and is picking the Giants at home.

[gameodds]3/241823/?r3=349/dec&r-1=349/us[/gameodds]

Yankees (Kuroda) vs. Rays (Archer)

Covered by Jeff Grant 

If the Yankees want a playoff spot, they're certainly going to have to earn it. They're doing well at the moment, having won five games on the trot, but the real test comes in Tampa Bay over the weekend against the second-place Rays.

What a series opener this should be. Chris Archer has been a gem for Tampa Bay this season and Hiroki Kuroda has a 1.73 ERA in 41.2 IP since the All-Star Break. With his MLB picks though, Jeff is selecting the OVER 7 runs as his best course of action.

[gameodds]3/241815/?r3=349/dec&r-1=349/us[/gameodds]

Tigers (Fister) vs. Mets (Matsuzaka)

Covered by Jeff Grant

Daisuke Matsuzaka was recently scooped up by the Mets and he'll make his first start tonight at home against Doug Fister and the Tigers. Detroit will come in as a significant -180 favorite despite being on the road. 

Fister has been pitching well lately, going 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in six starts over the second half of the season. Jeff thinks the two starting pitchers will be able to do enough to keep the final total under the O/U of eight runs.

[gameodds]3/241814/?r3=349/dec&r-1=349/us[/gameodds]

Rangers (Perez) vs. White Sox (Sale)

Covered by Jeff Grant

Since getting torched for seven hits and six earned runs against Cleveland, Martin Perez has responded by allowing three or fewer earned runs in four consecutive starts. His ERA has dropped all the way down to 3.48 and he's been able to pick up three straight winning decisions ahead of tonight. 

The White Sox get to lean on ace Chris Sale, who's also won in three starts in a row. But, as a team Chicago has struggled as a home favorite, so Jeff is selecting the visiting Rangers to take game one of the series.

[gameodds]3/241818/?r3=349/dec&r-1=349/us[/gameodds]

 

23rd Aug
Morning Odds

By: Steven Suarez

 

Braves (Medlen) vs. Cardinals (Wainwright)

Covered by Willie Bee

The Cardinals are just one game back of the Pirates in the division and could even things up if they beat Atlanta tonight and Pittsburgh loses to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Coming in, St. Louis will be holding -160 chalk at the sportsbooks, with Atlanta at +150.

Red Sox (Lackey) vs. Dodgers (Nolasco)

Covered by Swingin' Johnson

Here's another terrific series, featuring two division leaders in the Dodgers and Red Sox. Boston is clinging to a one-game lead in the American League East, while L.A. has a 9.5-game cushion in the NL West.

Ricky Nolasco and John Lackey will start tonight and the MLB odds have the lines even at -105.

Pirates (Morton) vs. Giants (Bumgarner)

Covered by Ron Patrick 

As we noted, the Cardinals are right on the heels of the Pirates, so they need a win here in San Francisco.

It's going to be mighty difficult against Madison Bumgarner, who's been a stud at home all year long. The Giants come in favored at a price of -145, while the Pirates are available at +135.

Yankees (Kuroda) vs. Rays (Archer)

Covered by Jeff Grant

Yet another awesome series here. The Yankees have now won five games in a row and have the perfect opportunity to make up even more ground with this series in Tampa Bay. 

Tonight's pitching matchup doesn't disappoint either. Chris Archer and Hiroki Kuroda have both been excellent, but it's the Rays that are barely favored at -110.

Tigers (Fister) vs. Mets (Matsuzaka)

Covered by Jeff Grant

Remember Dice K? Well he's back in the majors, pitching for the Mets this time around. His first assignment is a tough one against Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers. 

Detroit, who will have Doug Fister pitching, will enter tonight's game at -160 to score the victory. The total is at 7.5 runs.

Rangers (Perez) vs. White Sox (Sale)

Covered by Jeff Grant 

A three-game winning streak has pushed the Rangers three games up on the Athletics in the AL West. Meanwhile, the White Sox are even hotter, sporting a six-game winning run heading into tonight. 

And, even though the Rangers have the more threatening offense, Chicago (-125) has a great chance of making that seven with Chris Sale on the mound.

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