Afternoon MLB Odds Update
After a rough start to the season, Mark Buehrle came out and took care of business in his latest start against Boston. Can he put forth another splendid outing against Robinson Cano and the Yankees?
We'll see soon enough, but Willie Bee actually prefers the OVER 8 (trading at -120) with his MLB picks for this game. Despite Hiroki Kuroda's solid campaign so far and Buehrle showing signs of life lately, it's hard to ignore how potent Toronto's bats have been – they've averaged 11 runs over their past three games.
It's a battle of two of the most productive offenses in the bigs and game one of the series didn't disappoint in that respect. That was with aces Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish on the mound no less.
Tonight it's Rick Porcello and Nick Tepesch, so it's no wonder the total is as high (10 runs) as it is. However, with his Friday sports picks, Joe Freda is recommending his readers to make a play on the Rangers as -125 favorites on the board.
The Dodgers will certainly have their hands full with the Braves throughout this series, even in spite of the fact Atlanta has cooled off significantly since a red-hot start to the season. For tonight the Braves are favored at -125.
Paul Maholm and Hyun-Jin Ryu have had their ups and downs, far more so for the former, but Ron Patrick can't help but think the bullpen mismatch could ultimately make the difference. The Braves have the far superior pen, so Ron is backing an Atlanta win as chalk.
Here it's hard to look over the gaping difference in pitching talent between Clay Buchholz and Vance Worley. Buchholz has been terrific all season long, while Worley has been an extreme disappointment.
The Red Sox are currently at -145 to win game one of this series, which doesn't seem all that high considering the circumstances. Still, Minnesota hasn't been a punching bag this season and are just one win away from reaching .500. Willie Bee, nonetheless, still loves Boston here and is siding with them on the run-line.
To finish off our wide selection of MLB picks, Jeff Grant is giving readers his favorite total play in Cleveland's home game against Seattle. Ubaldo Jimenez and Brandon Maurer are the two starting pitchers.
Jimenez has looked vastly better over his last three starts, but that's not preventing Jeff from picking the OVER 8.5 runs. These are two pesky offenses that definitely making opposing pitchers work for each and every out. Will we see more of the same tonight?
We also have another pick, coming in the Baltimore/Tampa Bay game, in which Jeff Grant has decided to go with the Orioles at -115, while Joe Catalano has released another edition of his picks of the day.
Biggest ML Favorites
Pittsburgh Pirates (-185) vs. Houston Astros
St. Louis Cardinals (-170) vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Arizona Diamondbacks (-160) at Miami Marlins
Cleveland Indians (-155) vs. Seattle Mariners
Boston Red Sox (-145) at Minnesota Twins
Early Morning Betting Odds Report
Let's run down some of the odds available for today's upcoming games and kick off the
Firday series openers the right way - by winning!
Blue Jays (Buehrle) vs. Yankees (Kuroda)
Mark Buehrle put in a masterful performance in his most recent start, which came in a similarly tough environment against Boston at Fenway. He gave up just five hits and one run over seven innings.
Tonight the veteran lefty will try to give Toronto some decent innings against the Yankees, who are coming off a 2-1 series loss to Seattle. New York has Hiroki Kuroda (5-2, 2.31 ERA) on the mound, so it's no shocker to see them at -150 for our MLB picks. Willie Bee will have his breakdown of the game later today.
Tigers (Porcello) vs. Rangers (Tepesch)
Despite having two aces going up against one another, offense ruled the day in last night's series opener. The Rangers jumped on Justin Verlander early and went on to win 10-4 at home.
With Rick Porcello (1-2, 6.68 ERA) and Nick Tepesch (3-3, 4.03 ERA) getting the starts in game two tonight, there's been a clear jump in the total. For tonight you can find the O/U at 10 runs, which is actually the highest number of Friday's slate. Check back to see what Joe Freda has to say about this matchup.
Dodgers (Ryu) vs. Braves (Maholm)
The Braves, who are 9-5 at home in 2013, have opened at -135 for their game against the Dodgers this evening. Atlanta will roll with Paul Maholm, while Hyun-Jin Ru takes the bump for L.A., and we'll have Ron Patrick covering the game.
The Dodgers are still in the basement of the NL West at 17-22 overall, but they've won two straight heading into night's ballgame at Turner Field. Ryu has been a consistent hurler for L.A. this season, but will be tested to the limit against an Atlanta team that can put runs on the board in a hurry.
Red Sox (Buchholz) vs. Twins (Worley)
Clay Buchholz was unlucky not to get a win his last time out. Instead he picked up a no decision after allowing six hits and two earned runs in eight innings of a 3-2 loss to Toronto.
Boston will be aiming to ride some new-found momentum after a stunning come-from-behind win over Tampa Bay last night. The Red Sox were down 3-1 heading into the top of the ninth, but a bases-clearing double from Will Middlebrooks guided Boston to a 4-3 win. Look out for Willie Bee's sports picks for this matchup later on, with the Red Sox currently favored at -155 on the road.
Ron Patrick will be analyzing the one early game of the day which features the New York Mets up against the Cubs at Wrigley. Early odds have Harvey and the Mets as -140 favorites, while the total hadn't been released at time of this writing.
Harvey is obviously a stud, but he wasn't his utterly dominant self five days ago against Pittsburgh (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K). He'll look to bounce back with a winning decision on the road, where he's gone an impressive 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three assignments.
Mariners (Maurer) vs. Indians (Jimenez)
And finally we've got Seattle and Cleveland meeting up. The Indians are atop the AL Central at 22-17 overall and they'll take a 7-3 record over their last 10 into tonight's game.
Seattle just took two of three from New York in the Bronx and now will try to keep that momentum high, though they have gone just 9-12 on the road this season. Jeff Grant may very well have a tough time deciding where to go with his pick – as of now the Indians are favored at -155 on the MLB odds board.