Afternoon MLB Odds Update
Though we've already had three games postponed due to the weather, there's still enough baseball coming up to satisfy your cravings.
Those games that were called include Red Sox/Angels, Mets/Marlins, and Nationals/Twins. Among other things, that means no Matt Harvey tonight.
Here are the games that are still on tap, along with a closer look at the MLB odds and predictions for each.
The odds here are pretty much a toss-up, though it's St. Louis that's barely favored at -115. We'll have two great pitchers on show, with both Adam Wainwright and Mike Leake throwing the ball great this season.
It's always going to be tempting to side with the Cardinals at this kind of price, especially when it's Wainwright on the mound. Ron Patrick is holding off though and backing Reds at this short price.
If this particular matchup had occurred last season, we'd be seeing the Giants favored despite being on the road. However, Patrick Corbin has been the one dealing in 2013, while Matt Cain continues to struggle.
Still, Joe Freda is making his recommendation on San Francisco at roughly +120.All good things come to an end and he believes that time is coming for the young Corbin, who's a perfect 9-0 on the year.
Willie Bee's total play in the opener yesterday fell just short, and this time around he's switching gears by backing the Yankees on the run-line.
You couldn't ask for more of a mismatch when it comes to who's on the hill. Hiroki Kuroda has been New York's best pitcher so far this season, while Jeremy Bonderman was lit up in his season debut last week. That's a big reason why Willie likes the Yankees to win again tonight.
The Rangers lost on a walkoff last night in Boston, but must quickly put that behind them as they get ready for another series on the road. They'll be facing Esmil Rogers in game one against the Blue Jays.
We obviously know Texas can hit with the best of them, but Toronto's bats have also come alive after a rough start. Willie Bee isn't banking on any kind of pitcher's duel tonight, so he's rolling with the OVER 9.5 runs.
Zack Greinke came up huge in his start last night, while Yasiel Puig continued his unreal start to life in the majors with a grand-slam. Can Hyun-Jin Ryu give the Dodgers another quality outing tonight?
Ask Ron Patrick and he'll say yes. He loves what Ryu has brought to the team in his debut season in the MLB, and he's also digging the injection of emotion that the arrival of Puig has brought with him. So, he's going to be backing the Dodgers at -108 with his MLB picks.
Athletics (Parker) vs. White Sox (Sale)
Last but not least, we've got Chicago going up against Oakland. The Athletics took the win last night in extra innings and are playing better than anyone else in baseball right now.
Can they make life difficult for Chris Sale tonight? Oddsmakers have listed the White Sox as -125 favorites with their ace on the mound, and Joe Freda believes the home team will come through and cash those MLB betting tickets.
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Kansas City Royals (-220) vs. Houston Astros
Detroit Tigers (-210) vs. Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees (-170) at Seattle Mariners
Colorado Rockies (-155) vs. San Diego Padres
Philadelphia Phillies (-140) at Milwaukee Brewers
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Cardinals (Wainwright) vs. Reds (Leake)
The Cardinals closed out their series with the Diamondbacks in style, smacking 17 hits which resulted in a 12-8 win. They're now 39-21 overall.
That record has been made possible by a mighty impressive 20-9 road mark. St. Louis (-107) should have another good chance at a win today with stud Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.33 ERA) on the mound, though the Reds' Leake (5-2, 2.75 ERA) has been outstanding too.
Angels (Hanson) vs. Red Sox (Doubront)
So the Angels continue to struggle, with a 3-7 record over their previous 10 ballgames. Things will get even more difficult now as they head to Fenway with a 11-16 road record.
The Red Sox opened as -133 favorites but that number was quickly bet up to -142. The public seems to like Boston here, despite the fact Felix Doubront is rocking a 4.88 ERA and 1.64 WHIP. Doubront has been far more effective lately though, so it'll be interesting to see what pick Swingin' Johnson has.
Winners of four straight, the Yankees are rolling right now and will enter tonight's game as favorites once again. The way Hiroki Kuroda has been dealing, you've got to like their chances of extending that streak to five.
Oddsmakers agree, listing New York as a -170 favorite on the road. Jeremy Bonderman got lit up in his season debut, so one would think the Yankees will find a way to put at least a few runs on the board. Will that make a total play attractive to Willie Bee?
Rangers (Tepesch) vs. Blue Jays (Rogers)
Nick Tepesch has been putting up serviceable numbers for the Rangers all season long, while Toronto will have to call on reliever Esmil Rogers to make a start tonight. He's recorded a 3.77 ERA and 1.42 WHIP so far in 2013, but his career earned run average is 5.69.
While the Blue Jays have been much more competitive as of late, Texas is still obviously the superior team across the board, which is reflected in the MLB odds. The Rangers are favored at -107 for tonight's opener.
Zack Greinke was masterful last night and Yasiel Puig again came up huge with a grand-slam, guiding the Dodgers to a 5-0 win. Hyun-Jin Ryu has quite the act to follow, but his performances so far suggest he could be up to the task.
At 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA, Ryu has been a terrific addition to the Dodgers' staff, but the Braves counter with Paul Maholm, who's also been getting the job done. The odds are again tight for game two of the series – what will Ron Patrick decide?
Athletics (Parker) vs. White Sox (Sale)
The Athletics are showing no signs of slowing down. There may not be a hotter team in baseball at the moment, as they've gone a ridiculous 16-3 over their last 19 games.
Tonight will be a difficult challenge up against Chris Sale though. Sale's WHIP is a squeaky clean 0.91 and he's allowed two or fewer runs in seven straight starts, lowering his ERA to 2.44. The MLB betting lines favor the better pitcher in this matchup, with Chicago at -125.
Marlins (Fernandez) vs. Mets (Harvey)
There's no doubt Matt Harvey's a force to be reckoned with, but we are curious to see how he responds after his worst outing of the season his last time out. Those struggles came against this very same Miami team.
Considering Harvey has given up just 11 earned runs in 50 and 1/3 innings at home, we think a huge bounce-back performance is in order tonight; so do the sportsbooks – the Mets are one of the biggest favorites (-220) of the day.[gameodds]3/228844/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]