Afternoon MLB Odds Update
We've got some killer MLB games to run over for tonight, so let's not waste any more time.
The Yankees can't buy a win at the moment, which is certainly not a good sign ahead of this series with the Red Sox at home. They're slotted in as small -115 favorites in the MLB odds.
Despite some major struggles recently, Jeff Grant is adding the Yankees to his sports picks for the day. They've done very well over the years when playing behind C.C. Sabathia in a series opener, and the Red Sox haven't fared too well against winning teams with Jon Lester on the hill.
Matt Cain is trying to put the pieces together, and he has been able to show signs of life. After going 0-2 with a 6.49 ERA in April, he's gone 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts in the month of May.
One thing we know is the Giants could really use seven or more strong innings from their workhorse tonight. Here they're listed at +130 for their road game against the exciting Shelby Miller and the Cardinals. Though San Francisco has won six straight games in which Cain has started, Willie Bee is backing a St. Louis win at -145.
Whenever Stephen Strasburg takes the hill, the Nationals have to feel confident in their chances of securing a win. They need all they can get out of their ace against the hard-hitting Braves tonight.
At opening, the Braves were actually underdogs, but there's been some movement and now it's Washington that's the dog. And, with his MLB picks, Willie Bee has opted to side with the Nationals, as he's really liked what he's seen out of Strasburg as of late.
Ron Patrick has done an excellent job of covering this game closely, and he's settled on the Dodgers as his preferred play. The Rockies have had much more trouble hitting lefties than righties this season, so Ron is expecting another dominant outing out of the southpaw tonight.When it comes to throwing strikes, arguably no one is better than Clayton Kershaw. He's been fantastic again in 2013, going 5-3 with a 1.68 ERA and 0.87 WHIP so far. Kershaw will have to be at his best again tonight at Coors Field.
Brewers (Gallardo) vs. Phillies (Hamels)
Despite being the respective aces for their ballclubs, Cole Hamels (1-8, 4.43 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79 ERA) haven't been too reliable this season. It's the Phillies (-122) that are the favorites for tonight's series opener though.
Don't limit your options. There are so many different types of wagers that could offer you good MLB betting value, and Jeff Grant believes he's found one of those for tonight. With a first-five inning play, he's adding the Brewers (+113) to his MLB picks.
It's hard to get too excited about either Dylan Axelrod or Bartolo Colon. There have been glimmers of dominance, but overall the inconsistency displayed by those two pitchers makes it hard to get too confident on either side here.
After looking at all of the different angles, Ron Patrick sees the edge on the Athletics. He's not going near the ML (-175) however, so he's taking a little bit of risk by recommending a wager on the run-line at +126.
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Red Sox (Lester) vs. Yankees (Sabathia)
The Yankees were just swept by the Mets in the Subway Series. No, that's not a misprint. The Bronx Bombers have been in a really bad way lately and they need to figure it out soon with Boston coming to town.
David Ortiz and the Red Sox got back on track with a comfortable win over the Phillies last night. C.C. Sabathia and Jon Lester will be pitching here in the opener in what should be a tremendous duel.
Giants (Cain) vs. Cardinals (Miller)
San Francisco redeemed themselves somewhat by winning the series finale over Oakland yesterday. Barry Zito pitched well and the Giants used a big sixth inning to win 5-2.
The Giants will be hoping they can put together a little winning streak now, starting with a road game against Shelby Miller and the Cardinals. Willie Bee will have to decide between two of the top NL contenders in San Francisco (+140) and St. Louis (-145).
Nationals (Strasburg) vs. Braves (Teheran)
The top two teams in the NL East meet up this weekend, with Stephen Strasburg and Julio Teheran scheduled to start in the opener tonight. The MLB odds board has the Nationals favored at -110.
Atlanta, armed with a 16-6 home record this season, will welcome a Washington team that's just 12-16 on the road. The Braves are also the far hotter team at the moment, having won seven of their last ten, so it's a little strange to see them as underdogs. Yes, even with the almighty Strasburg on the hill.
Dodgers (Kershaw) vs. Rockies (Garland)
The Rockies aren't in a good place right now. They just lost two to the lowly Astros (17-37 overall this season) and are 6-4 over their previous 10. Can they fare any better against the Dodgers?
L.A. is still at the bottom of the NL West. Their pitching has been decent, with Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu really lighting it up, but the Dodgers rank #29 in runs scored. Kershaw and the Dodgers are favored at -140 – Ron Patrick will have his MLB pick for this game later today.
Brewers (Gallardo) vs. Phillies (Hamels)
Though they're not playing outstanding baseball by any stretch of the imagination, the Phillies are still staying in the mix in the division. They're only one game back of the Nationals now.
Clearly a good start against Milwaukee will be crucial to the team's confidence. They'll have Cole Hamels going, which hasn't resulted in positive results at all this season. Hamels is 1-8 on the year with a 4.43 ERA. Will Jeff Grant still back the “ace” at a price of -125?
Astros (Keuchel) vs. Angels (Hanson)
Our last stop is in Los Angeles, where the Angels will play host to the Astros. Currently, L.A. is a massive -240 favorite at the sportsbooks, while the total opened at 9 and was quickly wagered down to 8 runs.
Joe Freda is going to have an interesting choice to make. If he likes L.A.'s, he's going to have to roll with a run-line play to avoid taking on some humungous chalk. Or perhaps he'll settle on a total pick? Check back shortly to see what he ends up doing.