MLB Picks: Monday Evening Baseball Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Monday, May 13, 2013 8:37 PM GMT

Monday, May. 13, 2013 8:37 PM GMT

There's a lot of great baseball matchups on the board tonight. Let's make sure we're on the mark with our MLB picks.

Has there been any significant line movement? Find out which MLB picks we are offering and whether or not you're on the same side.

Nationals (Zimmermann) vs. Dodgers (Beckett) 

An interesting matchup here, as the Dodgers have put together two wins in a row (albeit over Houston) and will now test their improved play against a red-hot pitcher in Jordan Zimmermann. 

Despite Washington's superior record and pitching advantage – Beckett has hardly looked dominant this season – the MLB odds aren't as stacked in the Nationals' favor as you may think. The Nationals were at -116 at time of this writing. 

Here at SBR we have two different plays for this game. Willie Bee likes the Dodgers at an underdog price, but Joe Catalano is going the other way and recommending a wager on the Nationals. For the record, L.A. has won five straight games at home versus Washington.

[gameodds]3/226547/43/us[/gameodds] 

Mets (Hefner) vs. Cardinals (Lynn) 

The Mets are seemingly outmatched here, as the Cardinals are on fire right now and have Lance Lynn (5-1, 2.72 ERA) on the mound. New York has yet to win in any of Jeremy Hefner's starts this season. 

It's therefore no shock to see St. Louis posted up as a -181 favorite. Those odds are actually quite different from the opener though, as the Cardinals began at -200 and have been steadily bet down throughout the day. 

There's clearly not a lot of value in straight moneyline action on St. Louis, so Ron Patrick is instead adding a run-line play (-1.5), which is currently paying out at +115. Will the Cardinals improve on their 23-13 overall record?

[gameodds]3/226540/43/us[/gameodds] 

Rangers (Grimm) vs. Athletics (Griffin) 

It's a battle between the surging Rangers and struggling Athletics tonight, with Justin Grimm and A.J. Griffin slated as the starting pitchers for the opening game of the series.

This is an extremely even matchup, especially in the MLB odds where the Rangers are dogs. The Athletics can be sided with at -115 as of now. The total for tonight opened at eight runs and has stood still today.

As we thought, Ron Patrick is too temped by the underdog price on Texas here and is backing them at +116. The Athletics have been in a bad way lately, so this seems to be a logical play.

[gameodds]3/226546/43/us[/gameodds] 

Astros (Norris) vs. Tigers (Sanchez)

As -300 favorites, it's going to take something crazy for the Tigers not to win tonight. They have stud pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the mound, who pretty much never gets beat up badly. 

It'd be surprising if he doesn't shut down a hardly intimidating Astros lineup. Houston may give it their all each and every game, but they're still extremely young and inexperienced at this level. There's going to be a lot more growing pains going forward.

For his free MLB pick tonight, Jeff Grant likes the UNDER 8 runs. He's staying far away from those staggering odds on the moneyline and is hoping both pitchers bring their A game at Comerica Park.

[gameodds]3/226539/43/us[/gameodds]

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