This MLB handicapper's daily pitching report today features two favorites with a good payout and an underdog with a real chance to win. Time is a wasting so let’s dig into Wednesday's MLB odds.
Brewers vs. Pirates: Pittsburgh Quells the Milwaukee Madness behind Morton
If you thought the Brewers would be going for a sweep on the road over what was a very hot Pittsburgh club, we hope you continue to enjoy that blue and yellow kool-aid. In truth, hats off to Milwaukee, who has won four of five and six of nine. However, Pittsburgh’s offense has as much to do with this as Brewer pitching with one run scored in the first two games of the series and only two per contest in their last four.
If the Pirates are to bust loose on offense, every MLB baseball handicapper would agree they have the perfect candidate to do so against in Kyle Lohse (3-6, 6.59), who as an ERA of 10.44 in his past three starts. While not quite that awful, it is close with the Milwaukee right-hander posting a 9.35 ERA in his past three outings versus Pittsburgh.
Charlie Morton (3-0, 2.84) will look to play stopper and at PNC Park he has 1.98 ERA in his last 10 starts. Sportsbooks like Wagerweb.ag have Pittsburgh at a +155 payout on the run line (-1.5) and the Bucs are 14-7 in this scenario on the RL after two or more home games this season. (And Wagerweb.ag has guaranteed fast payouts for you to collect.). The Pirates win this one by at least a couple runs.
D'backs vs. Dodgers: LAD Know How to Take Arizona
In the last 13 games between these division rivals, if you placed MLB picks on Los Angeles exclusively on the run line, you have enjoyed nine winners and picked +7.7 units on your MLB picks. Two of those victories have come in the last two days and the Dodgers Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.29) will look to add to this growing number.
The Dodgers are 24-10 at home, winning by 1.5 runs per contest and Anderson will face a Diamondbacks bunch which is 3-14 against NL teams allowing 3.8 or less runs a game on the season, losing by two runs a game. The L.A. left-hander has a good sinking fastball in the 91-94 MPH range and an excellent hard slider with late bite and tilt. Anderson will face Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 4.88) who after a horrendous start has an ERA of 3.37 in his past trio of starts, all D-Backs wins.
Nonetheless, Hellickson has to hit his spots or will get touched up and his history is not good to string together an extended amount of quality starts. He’s 2-11 against division opponents the last two seasons, with Arizona's team record falling by 2.1 RPG. The betting odds have L.A. at +115 (-1.5) on the RL and the Dodgers are 8-2 on the RL in home games vs. an average bullpen whose ERA is 3.75 to 4.50 this season.
Rangers vs. A's: Texas Continues to Thrive on the Road
The Rangers are flat out amazing on the road this season at 20-12 and have filled their saddlebags with +18.1 units on the money line. Already 3-1 on this road trip, Texas will seek another winner behind Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.54), who has settled in as a Ranger and is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last five starts.
Gallardo will take out Jesse Hahn (3-5, 3.51), who has been tough in his last three starts with a 1.64 ERA, but it is impossible to ignore Oakland is 9-18 at home in 2015. Also, while the A’s are really struggling this season, they have not in the prior two and even than Texas compiled a 14-8 record at Oakland the past three years.
With MLB odds underdog Texas at -155 (+1.5) on the RL, teams having scoring four runs or less in six straight games, against opponent after a combined score of four runs or less and they fit into a RL range of -115 to -160, squads like the Rangers are 41-9 since 2011 on the run line.