MLB Picks: Friday Betting Lines & Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Friday, June 21, 2013 11:23 AM GMT

Some great pitchers take the rubber on this fine Friday, as we run over the MLB odds one last time.

 

Afternoon MLB Odds Update 

 

Rays (Hernandez) vs. Yankees (Phelps)

Covered by Joe Freda 

The Yankees are not playing their best baseball by any stretch of the imagination. They've lost two in a row and are 3-7 over their previous 10 games, a run that has put them 3.5 games back of the Red Sox in the division. 

It's not like the Rays are doing much better (4-6 over last 10), but they did take game one of this series rather easily yesterday. 

Joe believes the Yankees are ready to even up proceedings tonight. David Phelps has already beat out Roberto Hernandez once this season (a 9-4 win back in May), and some of New York's bats have had a lot of success against Hernandez in the past. 

[gameodds]3/236894/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Pirates (Cole) vs. Angels (Weaver)

Covered by Joe Freda 

That was one crazy win for the Angels last night, who stormed their way back from a 8-0 deficit to win over Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. Who else thought Seattle was a lock to win with King Felix nursing that kind of lead?

There's no question L.A. has stepped up their place as of late, as they're out of the basement of the AL West and are now in third place at 33-40 overall. 

Will they carry over that newly-found momentum into what's sure to be a tough series against Pittsburgh? Joe isn't going to touch a side here, backing a play on the OVER 7.5 runs instead, despite the fact Jered Weaver is a stud when on form and Gerrit Cole is very promising.

[gameodds]3/236901/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Mets (Hefner) vs. Phillies (Hamels)

Covered by Ron Patrick 

The Phillies are five games up on the Mets in the NL East right now, but New York just put up a valiant effort in their series against the Braves in Atlanta. Maybe this is a sign of some kind of turnaround for the club. 

Everyone is still waiting for Cole Hamels to revert to his dominant self, but it's not like his offense is helping him out. That could prove true again tonight against Jeremy Hefner, who's been solid in recent appearances. 

New York has actually posted a better record on the road (14-18) than they have at home (14-23), but that's not swaying Ron's thoughts. He is choosing the Phillies to win and cover the run-line, a proposition that pays +137 in the MLB odds.

[gameodds]3/236895/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Astros (Keuchel) vs. Cubs (Garza)

Covered by Willie Bee 

Willie is right. It's weird seeing this game being called interleague considering these teams used to play one another so much before the Astros moved over to the AL. 

This game was just about to begin at time of this writing, with Matt Garza and Dallas Keuchel penciled in as the afternoon's starters. Despite high overall ERAs for both pitchers this season, they're coming off productive outings.

The baseball odds are pointing to a win for the Cubs, whom are favored at a staggeringly high price of -170. You can back an Astros victory at +155, while the total is at 9.5 runs. In the end, Willie has opted to take on some chalk and side with Chicago on the money-line. 

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Philadelphia Phillies (-180) vs. New York Mets

Washington Nationals (-175) vs. Colorado Rockies

Chicago Cubs (-170) vs. Houston Astros

Los Angeles Angels (-165) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

San Francisco Giants (-160) vs. Miami Marlins



Morning MLB Odds Report

Here's how the morning MLB odds are looking. 

Some big names will be on the mound today, including Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Johnny Cueto, Jon Lester, R.A. Dickey, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Jered Weaver.

Below you can follow along with the four games we'll be shifting our focus to.

Rays (Hernandez) vs. Yankees (Phelps)

Covered by Joe Freda

The Rays cruised to a win in the opener yesterday, thanks to a bounce-back outing from Matt Moore and a couple long bombs from Evan Longoria.

New York's offense has struggled all season long, ranking #21 in runs scored and #25 in team batting average. Maybe, however, they'll be able to get after Roberto Hernandez, who's 4-7 with a 5.02 ERA on the year.

For the Yankees, favored at -120 to win, David Phelps gets the start. He's been pretty solid in June so far, going 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts. In his sole meeting with Tampa Bay in 2013, he gave up six hits and four runs over 7 and 2/3 innings and picked up the win.

Pirates (Cole) vs. Angels (Weaver)

Covered by Joe Freda

After closing out their divisional series against the Reds with a 5-3 win, the Pirates begin a new venture against the Angels tonight.

Wondering what kind of performance we'll see out of Jered Weaver tonight following a night to forget against the Yankees his last time out? We are too. He'll be opposed by Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole, who has won both of his first two major league starts.

Glancing over the MLB odds, we find the Angels favored at a number of -155, with the visiting Pirates at +150. The total has opened at 7.5 runs.

Mets (Hefner) vs. Phillies (Hamels)

Covered by Ron Patrick

The hard-luck losses continue for Cole Hamels, who is now 2-10 on the season with a 4.40 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Hamels has already dominated the Mets once this season though, so this is as good of a chance as any for him to finally get back on the winning side of things.

Then again, Jeremy Hefner has been pitching very well for New York as of late. He's allowed just one earned run in each of his last three starts, helping his earned run average drop from 4.74 to 3.96.

Nonetheless, Hamels pitching at home is always going to bring with it some sizable chalk, especially against a team as poor as the Mets. That's the case tonight, with Philadelphia trading at -175.

Astros (Keuchel) vs. Cubs (Garza)

Covered by Willie Bee

Here's the one early game of the day. Matt Garza and the Cubs are -175 favorites over Dallas Keuchel and the Astros. It's quite rare to see Chicago favored at such a high number. So, how do we react with our baseball picks?

After all, the Cubs are just 15-21 at Wrigley Field this season and it's not like Keuchel has been getting lit up. He's actually looked good recently, allowing two or fewer earned runs in four consecutive starts. His ERA has dropped to 4.23 in the process.

Garza is coming off a fabulous outing against the Mets in which he held them three hits and zero runs, though the bullpen ended up costing him the winning decision. In six career starts against Houston, he's gone 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA.