A new set of series begin today, starting with an early double-header between the Yankees and Indians. Let's run over the MLB odds.
Yankees (Phelps/Nuno) vs. Indians (Masterson/Bauer)
We get a double-header today, featuring two teams that are playing very sound baseball right now. The Indians just took two of three in Detroit and the Yankees just swept the Royals in Kansas City.
It looks like the first game will have David Phelps and Justin Masterson on the mound, with game two set to have two little-known starters on the hill. That would be Vidal Nuno for the Yankees and Trevor Bauer for the Indians.
This is obviously going to be a tough call for Joe Freda. Cleveland has gone 11-2 over their last 13 games and New York is on a five-game winning streak. The Indians are favored at -138 for the opening matchup – which way will he go with his MLB picks tonight?
Nationals (Zimmermann) vs. Dodgers (Beckett)
Make that two wins in a row for the Dodgers. No big deal? Let's not forget this team had lost eight straight games prior, so any victories at this point, even over a team like the Marlins, are good for confidence.
Things are about to get a lot more difficult with the Nationals coming to town though, especially for Monday's opening game. Jordan Zimmermann (6-1, 1.59 ERA, 0.82 WHIP) has been nothing short of terrific this season, so the weak-hitting Dodgers could be in for a long night.
Josh Beckett will be the hurler for L.A. and his presence on the mound hasn't resulted in a lot of success. The Dodgers are 1-6 in games he's started, so it's no wonder the road team is favored in this instance – check back later this afternoon to find out the angle Willie Bee is liking most for his free picks.
Mets (Hefner) vs. Cardinals (Lynn)
The Cardinals, with Lance Lynn opposite Jeremy Hefner, are listed as significant favorites here. They're trading right around -200, leaving the Mets as +190 underdogs at most online sportsbooks.
This is one of the two series that Ron Patrick will be looking at over the next few days. St. Louis (23-13) currently has the best record in the MLB, thanks to a 8-2 mark over their previous 10 games.
Conversely, the Mets are not playing well at all. They just got swept by Pittsburgh at home and are now at 14-20 on the season. Hefner is 0-4 with a 4.63 ERA on the season, while allowing 12 hits and nine earned runs in 12.0 innings on the road.
Rangers (Grimm) vs. Athletics (Griffin)
Two promising young pitchers in Justin Grimm and A.J. Griffin take the bump tonight. The Athletics return home, where they've gone a pedestrian 9-8 on the season, and will welcome the Rangers (24-13 overall, 13-9 on the road).
For tonight, Texas is at +123 and Oakland is at -128. The total is at eight runs. The Rangers come in with a 7-3 record over their last 10, while the Athletics have been just the opposite at 3-7.
This is the other series that Ron Patrick is covering. He has no qualms about playing underdogs when the situation calls for it. Perhaps this is one of those days? Not too often do you see baseball betting shops listing a team as good as the Rangers as dogs.
Astros (Norris) vs. Tigers (Sanchez)
This is as big of a mismatch as you're going to see this season in baseball. The Tigers had some issues with Cleveland, but they should bounce back in style against Houston, barring something peculiar of course.
Jeff Grant will be on this game and the odds are right in line with what you'd think. The Tigers are as high as -275, so you'd be better off looking elsewhere if you're trying to find good value with your sports picks.
Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 1.97 ERA) rarely gets beat up and we're sure he's relishing this opportunity to go up against the Astros, who are 10-28 overall and 4-12 on the road. Bud Norris (4-3, 3.40 ERA) will be pitching for Houston tonight.