Morning MLB Odds Report
Indians (Jimenez) vs. Orioles (Britton)
Covered by Joe Freda
The Indians have been on a nice little roll lately, despite losing their series finale against Minnesota yesterday. They're 7-3 over their last 10 games, which has put them four games back of Detroit in the AL Central.
Tonight's two starting pitchers will be Zach Britton and Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez has allowed only three earned runs over his last two starts and is a very respectable 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in seven road starts this season.
Britton meanwhile has only made two starts in the major leagues in 2013. Back in April he was lit up by Seattle for 10 hits and six runs, but six days ago he held the Tigers to five hits and one solitary in Detroit. As the hosts, the Orioles are customary favorites at -130 or so.
Giants (Bumgarner) vs. Dodgers (Ryu)
Covered by Jeff Grant & Willie Bee
After losing three of four at home to Miami, the Giants could really use a pick-me-up versus Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers tonight.
We've got a great pitching duel on the cards, as both Ryu (6-3, 2.96 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25 ERA) have been excellent for their respective clubs.
However, the splits favor Ryu in this spot. He's gone 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA in seven starts at home, having surrendered only 10 earned runs in 48.0 innings of work. On the road, Bumgarner is 4-3 with a 3.71 ERA in eight assignments. As for the MLB Odds, the Dodgers are barely favored at -105.
Blue Jays (Rogers) vs. Rays (Hellickson)
Covered by Joe Freda
There's no doubt who the hottest team in baseball is right now. The Blue Jays have won 11 games in a row and have now moved ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. They're just give games back of the first-place Red Sox in the division.
With that said, this is a pivotal series for both teams. The Rays are 4-6 over their last 10, but will be aiming to improve on their 21-16 home record against a Toronto team that's gone 16-19 on the road.
When glancing over the starters, it would seem the Blue Jays hold the edge. Esmil Rogers has been a pleasant surprise since being thrown into the rotation and has compiled a 3-1 record and 3.14 ERA for the year. Tampa Bay (-115 favorites) hands the ball to Jeremy Hellickson, who's 2-1 with a 5.79 ERA at home this season.
Phillies (Lee) vs. Padres (Stults)
Covered by Jeff Grant
Believe it or not, but the Padres are at .500 on the season after a 9-4 run over their past 13 games.. They've also been one of the MLB's home teams at 24-16 so far this season, this after taking two of four against the Dodgers over the weekend.
However, Cliff Lee is Cliff Lee, and that name alone is why the Phillies are favored (-120) on the road here. Lee hasn't lost since the first day of May, a period that's spanned nine starts – he's allowed three or fewer earned runs in all of those outings.
It's not like the Padres are sending out some scrub. Eric Stults, who's 6-5 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, will get the start for the home team, who can be backed for our MLB picks at +110 to +115 to win tonight.