A few games have already begun, but the bulk of Saturday's MLB schedule is still to come. Here's what you need to look out for.
We have already covered a couple matchups that have started, including Toronto's home game against Baltimore. Willie Bee had chosen the OVER 9 runs with his sports picks for that one.
In game three of the series between Boston and Cleveland, Willie Bee had recommended that readers back the Red Sox on the run-line, which was available at +105 at the sportsbooks.
The Pirates typically struggle against the Brewers, and that was true again yesterday in Milwaukee's narrow 2-1 win. Pittsburgh will try to get back on track with the talented young Jeff Locke on the mound.
For this afternoon's game, it looks like Ron Patrick has decided to make a play on the Pirates. Why? He astutely notes that the Brewers have a very poor record against left-handed starters this season, so Locke has a great chance of logging a quality start.
Last night's game was suspended by rain. They'll finish that game off and then begin a new matchup about an hour later, with Mike Minor and Dillon Gee penciled in as the two starting pitchers.
After choosing the UNDER with his MLB picks for the suspended game (which currently stands at a score of 5-5), Joe Catalano is going a different direction and picking the Mets to cover as underdogs. Joe believes the different schedule could throw things off and is therefore siding with New York.
It's never too bad of an idea to strictly fade the Astros this season, and we've seen a large chunk of the public try out that strategy through the early stages of 2013. Yesterday, Oakland was able to come from behind to win 6-5.
One of our MLB cappers, Ron Patrick, has been following this series closely and, after just falling short with a run-line play last night, is going the very same route again tonight. He's picking A.J. Griffin and the Athletics to win by two or more runs at +107 odds.
In Joe Catalano's picks of the day article, he has included two of his favorite MLB picks. First off is a total play on the UNDER 6.5 runs in Texas/Seattle, as he loves the potential of a pitching duel between Felix Hernandez and Derek Holland. We're finding it hard to disagree there.
To close out his analysis, he's backing the White Sox and the heavy chalk that comes with it. With the Marlins struggling to put runs on the board, he's looking for Jake Peavy to hold his own and lead Chicago to the victory.
Elsewhere, we've also got LT Sports Profit Group, who has dished out his favorite total pick for Saturday. It comes in the Rockies/Giants game and he's taking the UNDER 8.5 runs.
Keep following our MLB page at SBRForum to see our other breakdowns of the upcoming games, and don't forget to follow the live lines for yourself at SBRodds.com.
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Detroit Tigers (-225) vs. Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox (-215) vs. Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays (-165) vs. New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds (-165) vs. Chicago Cubs
Oakland Athletics (-160) at Houston Astros
Morning MLB Odds Report
Saturday is a day of heavy MLB odds favorites. We've got the Tigers, Red Sox, White Sox, Rays, and Reds among others that are posted up as -160 or bigger chalk.
There are some early games that you need to be wary of for today. Let's start our overview in Boston in what's been a terrific series so far between the Red Sox and Indians.
Indians (Kazmir) vs. Red Sox (Lester)
Retribution was sweet for Boston yesterday, as they demolished Cleveland right back in game two of the series. Now we're even at one apiece as we head into this afternoon's game at Fenway.
Taking the bump will be Scott Kazmir (2-2, 6.35 ERA) for the Indians and Jon Lester (6-1, 3.15 ERA) for the Red Sox. Kazmir has struggled in his latest two starts and will have his hands full with a Boston offense that is ranked third in the MLB in runs scored. Will Willie Bee be taking on some heavy chalk (-190) by backing Boston?
Pirates (Locke) vs. Brewers (Fiers)
Pittsburgh (+115) aims to bounce back after losing a tight 2-1 game last night. The Pirates had come in as one of the hottest teams in the big leagues, but their poor play against the Brewers continued. We wonder what Ron Patrick will have to say about today's game two?
The Brewers are hoping to get some quality innings out of Mike Fiers, one day after a masterful performance from Marco Estrada. Fiers, however, has struggled to the tune of a 5.93 ERA, while Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke is 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA.
Braves (Minor) vs. Mets (Gee)
Yesterday's game was suspended in the eighth inning, and they'll finish that one off this afternoon before playing again tonight. Mike Minor (5-2, 2.78 ERA) and Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.04 ERA) are the starting pitchers.
The Mets have lost three in a row and are now 10 games back of the Braves for the top spot in the NL East. That's why the MLB odds are as lopsided as they are – right now Atlanta is favored at -160 to get the win, with Joe Freda set to release his favorite pick on this game in a few hours.
Orioles (Garcia) vs. Blue Jays (Dickey)
Here's another series that Willie Bee is following closely. He hit the nail on the head with his OVER play in yesterday's game – can he follow that successful pick up with another winner today? He'll have to choose between two veterans in R.A. Dickey (4-5, 4.50 ERA) and Freddy Garcia (0-2, 4.84 ERA).
Baltimore has been one of the better road teams in baseball at 15-10 so far this season. However, they're not given much of a chance in today's early game, with the Orioles trading at +140. The total is at nine runs.
The Athletics staged a late comeback last night to win over the Astros. Oakland has now gone 7-3 over their last 10 games, though they're a very pedestrian 13-13 on the road so far this season. A.J. Griffin (4-3, 3.59 ERA) and Lucas Harrell (3-5, 4.63 ERA) are on the mound for tonight.
Houston finds themselves in a familiar position. They're considerable underdogs (+150) in the baseball odds that have been posted by the top sportsbooks, and we're eager to see which direction Ron Patrick decides to go with his sports picks.[gameodds]3/227961/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]