MLB Picks: Monday Betting Odds & Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Monday, June 10, 2013 11:56 AM GMT

Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 11:56 AM GMT

The start of the new week brings with it a fresh set of series and as always, let's look at the lines.


Afternoon MLB Odds Update 

As the MLB betting lines begin to settle, it's time to examine tonight's matchups one last time. 

Red Sox (Lackey) vs. Rays (Cobb) – Covered by Jeff Grant 

Get ready for a slugfest of an AL East battle between Tampa Bay and Boston over the next coming days. 

The Red Sox currently own the top spot in the division, but the Rays are within striking distance and have been a tough nut to crack at home. 

Tonight we'll see John Lackey up against Alex Cobb, both of whom have ERAs under 3.00. Jeff has decided that the value lies with Tampa Bay, who have performed very well when listed as a home favorite with Cobb on the mound. 


Indians (Kazmir) vs. Rangers (Lindblom) – Covered by Joe Freda

The Indians have hit a cold spell recently, and it hasn't exactly come at the best time either. They now have to deal with the Rangers, who are favorites (-140) for game one of the series. 

Neither of these pitchers have been too reliable this season, though Scott Kazmir has far more experience. Josh Lindblom was shelled pretty badly in his sole start in 2013, so this could very well be the game that the Indians bats wake up. 

Obviously it's hard to side with Cleveland given their recent play, but this seems like as good of a game as any for them to end their slide. That's why Joe believes too, as he's adding the Indians (+130) to his MLB picks.


Angels (Weaver) vs. Orioles (Garcia) – Covered by Willie Bee 

Even though the Orioles have been far more reliable than the Angels this season, L.A. is favored at -125 for tonight's opener in Baltimore. You can back the Orioles at +115 or so, on the MLB odds board. 

Those prices shouldn't really come as a surprise, considering Jered Weaver has showed that he's nearing his dominant pre-injury form. The Orioles have owned one of the best offenses in the big leagues this season, but Weaver is certainly capable of cooling them off. 

That's what Willie believes will happen tonight. Weaver has seen his past teams have a ton of success against Baltimore when he's been on the mound, so that's why he's recommending the Angels with one of his sports picks


Diamondbacks (Miley) vs. Dodgers (Kershaw) – Covered by Joe Freda

Here's a game that's seen a bit of movement in the MLB betting lines. Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers opened as -200 favorites, but that number has been bet down to roughly -190. 

The reason for the shift? We get that Kershaw's been outstanding overall, but he hasn't looked quite as dominant over his last few starts. Plus, the Diamondbacks have been good on the road. 

With those reasons in mind, Joe feels he has no other choice but to take this huge number on the underdogs. Arizona is a solid ballclub and +175 is a great price to get against a Dodgers team that's still not performing up to expectations.


Blue Jays (Dickey) vs. White Sox (Axelrod) – Covered by Ron Patrick 

The Blue Jays are considered the favorites (in the -115 to -125 range) despite being on the road, which may have something to do with having R.A. Dickey pitching, along with the fact the White Sox's offense has been stagnant all season long.Considering these two teams are a combined 15 games under .500, deciphering which side holds the best value could be quite tricky for tonight's opener at U.S. Cellular Field.

Dickey hasn't been anywhere near his 2012 level, but he is coming off a terrific start last week. Chicago's been extremely disappointing on the whole, so Ron is forecasting a Toronto win in this spot. 


Biggest ML Favorites 

Seattle Mariners (-240) vs. Houston Astros

Los Angeles Dodgers (-190) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers (-140) vs. Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers (-135) at Kansas City Royals

Atlanta Braves (-130) at San Diego Padres


Morning MLB Odds Report

We're here to break down the MLB odds for what's to come this fine Monday.

Sometimes it's better when there's less games on the schedule, as it allows you the opportunity to narrow down your selections and find the best possible value for your MLB picks.

Here's what's in store for us on Monday.

Red Sox (Lackey) vs. Rays (Cobb) – Covered by Jeff Grant

Matt Moore was shelled once again and the Rays lost their series finale against Baltimore. Fortunately for them they get to stay at home, where they'll face the surging Red Sox.

Boston closed out their series with Texas in style and have now gone 7-3 over their last 10 games, putting them at 39-25 overall and 1.5 games up on the Yankees in the division. Tampa Bay has been solid lately too though, going 6-4 in their past 10.

Tonight's pitching matchup should be a golden one. John Lackey (3-5, 2.79 ERA) and Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.39 ERA) have both excelled, but it's the Rays (-125) that are favored in game one of the series.


Indians (Kazmir) vs. Rangers (Lindblom) – Covered by Joe Freda

Remember when the Indians were winning games left and right earlier this season? That momentum has all but disappeared, with the team having lost seven straight games coming into tonight's game in Arlington.

The Rangers are hardly the team you want to face when you're down on your luck either. They've gone 18-8 at home this season .

About the only thing going for Cleveland is that young Josh Lindblom struggled majorly in one start this season. He gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 4 and 2/3 innings, so maybe the Indians will be able to make life difficult on him. That said, the Rangers are still -145 favorites.


Angels (Weaver) vs. Orioles (Garcia) – Covered by Willie Bee

Jered Weaver has shown signs of brilliance over his last two assignments, having allowed just two earned runs in 12 total innings. Can he get the job done again, only this time on the road against a hard-hitting team in Baltimore?

The Orioles have had one of the most dangerous offenses all season long and will be looking to jump on Weaver early and often. It would help if they could get some quality innings out of veteran Freddy Garcia, who's 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA on the year.

Despite Baltimore's better overall record, Weaver and the Angels are favored at a price of around -130 for tonight's ballgame. The total was at 8.5 runs at time of writing.


Diamondbacks (Miley) vs. Dodgers (Kershaw) – Covered by Joe Freda

Though Yasiel Puig's arrival to the club has clearly been somewhat of a boost, the Dodgers are still losing far too many games. They're still in dead last in the NL West (27-35 overall) and just finished their series with Atlanta by losing two straight. 

On Arizona's side of things, they're barely holding on to the top spot in the division. They're an even 5-5 over their previous 10 games, but they have managed a solid 18-14 road record in 2013. 

Obviously the Dodgers have the advantage tonight with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. The MLB odds, however, are even higher than we originally suspected they'd be, as L.A. is listed as a humungous -200 favorite.


Blue Jays (Dickey) vs. White Sox (Axelrod) – Covered by Ron Patrick 

In what was one of his best starts of the season, R.A. Dickey quieted the Giants in a 4-0 win five days ago. He went 8 and 1/3 innings and surrendered only two hits in the shutout win – he had five strikeouts against two walks. 

The Blue Jays are hopeful they can start off this series in the Windy City with a win over Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73 ERA) and the White Sox. Robin Ventura's team has recorded a 15-13 record at home so far this season. 

In spite of Toronto's shaky performances on the road, they're still favored to the tune of -120 at a number of the top sportsbooks around. If you're interested in a play on the game's total, the number currently stands at 8.5 runs.


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