Afternoon MLB Odds Update
Check in with us as we examine the MLB odds one last time. Our favorite sports picks of the day are out – are you on the same side?
Believe it or not, the Indians are top dogs in the AL Central at the moment, one game up on the Tigers heading into tonight's game. Cleveland's bats went off against Ryan Dempster and the Red Sox pen last night – can they inflict similar damage on John Lackey?
Willie Bee predicted a Boston win last night and that didn't pan out as he expected, but here he likes the UNDER 9 runs. Justin Masterson has been excellent lately and Lackey has performed well at Fenway.
With the second-worst record in the National League, the 2013 season has been a struggle for the Mets thus far. They've lost three in a row and are 3-7 over their previous 10 ahead of their opener with the division-leading Braves (28-18).
Atlanta is the biggest road favorite (-165) of the day, but Joe Freda has been reeled in by a different course of action. He's taking the UNDER 7.5 runs, as he expects both teams to struggle in the batter's box. Will Kris Medlen and Jeremy Hefner get the job done on the hill?
It's going to be hard going against the Pirates in this spot. They're one of the league's hottest teams at the moment, having won eight of their past ten, and now they're just one-and-a-half games back of St. Louis in the NL Central.
Pittsburgh and Milwaukee are even in terms of the MLB odds. The Pirates have A.J. Burnett pitching, which seemingly gives them a huge edge over Marco Estrada and the Brewers – Ron Patrick can't help but back the better pitcher and better team at these short odds.
Willie Bee was right on the money with his pick in game one yesterday. He selected the OVER and that came through easily in what was a high-powered offensive explosion. For game two, Willie is taking Toronto.
It's a risky move, given that the Blue Jays are giving Sean Nolin his major league debut. However, the Blue Jays bats have woken up over the last couple weeks and Willie thinks that momentum will keep up with another win for the home team.
The Athletics are big-time favorites at -160 for this visit of the lowly Astros. Tommy Milone has been solid as of late and will go up against Houston's Erik Bedard, who's still yet to record a winning decision in 2013.
This series is being covered by Ron Patrick and he's backing an Oakland win on the run-line with one of his MLB picks. There's not too much value there on a ML play, but Ron is confident enough in the Athletics that he's banking on them to win by two or more runs.
Biggest ML Favorites
Detroit Tigers (-220) vs. Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox (-175) vs. Miami Marlins
Washington Nationals (-170) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves (-165) at New York Mets
Oakland Athletics (-160) at Houston Astros
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Morning Lines Report
There's one favorite that sticks out above the rest and that's the Tigers, who are listed at -215 for their home game on the MLB odds boards against the Twins. Below you'll see the games we're tracking for today.
Indians (Masterson) vs. Red Sox (Lackey)
It was a terrific return to Fenway for Terry Francona, as his Indians demolished Boston in the series opener last night. Will we see something similar in game two tonight? What kind of pick will Willie Bee have?
We've got a pretty darn good pitching matchup on the cards, as Justin Masterson (7-2, 2.83 ERA) and John Lackey (2-4, 3.31 ERA) go head-to-head. This time around, Cleveland is given much more of a chance, at least if you go by the MLB odds. The Indians are at +110, with the Red Sox at -115 for our sports picks.
Braves (Medlen) vs. Mets (Hefner)
The Mets were just swept at home by Cincinnati, and the road gets no easier with the Braves coming to town next. Game one of the series has the Braves favored at -165.
Atlanta is 10 games above .500, while New York is 10 games below .500. The Mets have gone just 9-15 at home this season and now they send out Jeremy Hefner, who's still yet to win a game in 2013. He's also sporting a 5.00 ERA. Kris Medlen (3.02 ERA) and the Braves have the edge here on the surface, but does that make them the automatic play in Joe Freda's mind?
Pirates (Burnett) vs. Brewers (Estrada)
Ron Patrick will be covering this weekend series, which will feature A.J. Burnett and Marco Estrada as the two starting pitchers tonight. The Pirates are playing great baseball at the moment, so it's a tad surprising to see them as the underdogs here.
Playing at home obviously is an advantage, but Burnett has been far more effective than Estrada. Plus, Milwaukee has lost three of four and is a miserable 4-15 over their previous 19 games coming into this opener.
Orioles (Tillman) vs. Blue Jays (Nolin)
Highly touted prospect Sean Nolin will make his major league debut against the Orioles tonight, one day after Baltimore gave Kevin Gausman his first start of the big leagues. Nolin put up some gaudy numbers in the minors, but can he translate that over in the highest level?
The Orioles turn to Chris Tillman, who's 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA on the season. Baltimore got beat up badly in the opener yesterday, but can they respond in a positive manner as -115 favorites for tonight's game? Willie Bee will have his selection ready for public viewing later today.
Athletics (Milone) vs. Astros (Bedard)
You know the young Astros are always going to give an honest effort, but they simply don't have the necessary established talent to make any kind of noise this season. That's reflected in their 14-33 overall record, though they have managed to go 4-6 over their last 10.
As for the Athletics, they're 6-4 over their past 10 and have the more productive pitcher in this encounter. Tommy Milone was excellent against Kansas City in his most recent start, lowering his ERA to 3.47 ERA, while Erik Bedard is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Check out what Ron Patrick has to say about this game in just a few hours.