Afternoon MLB Odds Update
Yesterday's rainouts mean we've got some extra MLB matchups on today. Let's get right to it.
Not many would have predicted such a convincing win for the Cardinals yesterday, but Adam Wainwright won the pitching matchup handily and St. Louis got the best of Mike Leake. Final score: 9-2 in favor of the visitors.
For today, Ron Patrick believes this underdog price (+147) on a team as good as the Cardinals is too good to pass over. He's taking St. Louis with his sports picks.
Looking over the starting pitchers for this game in Phoenix, there's not too big of an edge either way. Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Cahill have been solid but not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination.
As one of his MLB picks, Joe Catalano is honing in on a total play. Though the Diamondbacks are swinging the bats with reckless abandon lately, he feels the best value comes on the UNDER 8 runs.
What an impact Yasiel Puig has had. He hit yet another home-run yesterday. Will he make a big difference once again today against Kris Medlen and the Braves?
All of a sudden, Atlanta's offense has gone ice-cold. They've scored just two runs in total over the first two games of the series, though it must be said they could very well break out against Stephen Fife. Still, this is a good price on the Dodgers on their home turf, so Ron Patrick is all over it.
We've got two lefties on the mound for this afternoon's battle between Seattle and New York. The series is tied at one game apiece after the Mariners got after Hiroki Kuroda and scored the win.
Willie Bee has been analyzing this series over the past few days and has been a little off with his sports picks thus far. But he's feeling good about today's pick: a small play on the Mariners (+125) at home. Why? He's not too confident in Andy Pettitte's ability at the moment.
Game two tonight will feature two high-performing starters in Clay Buchholz and C.J. Wilson. Buchholz has obviously been a stud all season long, but Wilson's actually had a lot of success against the Red Sox over his career.
Nonetheless, Swingin' Johnson isn't about to fade Buchholz at this point in time. This is a guy that's still yet to pick up a losing decision this season, while posting a 1.62 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. SJ is all over Boston despite the hefty chalk.
The Brewers won in walkout style last night and are hoping this can be the start of a turnaround after a dreadful start to their 2013 season. Milwaukee is 23-37 overall on the season, putting them a whopping 16.5 games behind first-place St. Louis in the division.
Add in the fact Kyle Kendrick has been excellent on the road – he's 2-1 with a 2.31 ERA in five away starts – and you can see why Joe Freda is picking the Phillies to cash as a small dog in the MLB odds. They're listed at +110 as of now.
This is another game in which Joe Freda has made a recommendation. Considering the amount of runs we've already seen in this series, are you really that taken aback by the fact he's backing the OVER again?
Don't be. Eric Stults has been pretty solid for the Padres, but Jeff Francis hasn't been reliable whatsoever, and that's putting it mildly. There's a reason this O/U (10.5) is as high as it is.
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Cardinals (Lyons) vs. Reds (Latos)
In a battle between two impressive pitchers, Adam Wainwright and Mike Leake, Wainwright won out, with his Cardinals winning 9-2 in game one of the series. St. Louis had 16 hits and scored three runs in the fourth and four in the sixth to blow the game open.
The odds are much more in Cincinnati's favor for game two today, with the Reds posted up at -142. The total's at 8.5 runs.
Giants (Bumgarner) vs. Diamondbacks (Cahill)
This is one of the most even matchups in terms of the MLB betting lines. San Francisco is at -103 and Arizona is at -107.
The parity between the Giants' performances at home on the road are quite staggering, but they're hoping a good start from Madison Bumgarner is on the way. The Diamondbacks will be putting their faith in Trevor Cahill.
Braves (Medlen) vs. Dodgers (Fife)
All of the starters have been getting the job done in this series so far. Can Kris Medlen and Stephen Fife continue that trend in game three?
Medlen is likely feeling pretty confident after one of his finest appearances of the season his last time out on the mound, which was against Pittsburgh. Considering he's got the edge over Fife, it's not shocking that the Braves are favored at -135 on the MLB odds boards. Be on the lookout for Ron Patrick's play later.
Yankees (Pettitte) vs. Mariners (Saunders)
This should be an interesting game to track. We've got Andy Pettitte going up against Joe Saunders in a clash between two veterans. The Yankees have opened as -135 favorites at the online sportsbooks.
Pettitte is 4-3 with a 4.17 ERA overall, but weirdly enough he's been at his best outside of New York. In four road starts he's gone 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA, far better numbers than he's posted at Yankee Stadium (1-2, 5.74 ERA).
Angels (Wilson) vs. Red Sox (Buchholz)
Yesterday's game was postponed due to the weather, so we're set for a double-header today. Felix Doubront and Tommy Hanson will start game one and Clay Buchholz and C.J. Wilson will be the starters for the nightcap.
We don't need to tell you which game we're looking forward to the most. No odds had been released at time of writing, but check back with us in a few hours to see what the lines are like and to see which play Swingin' Johnson recommends.
Rangers (Darvish) vs. Blue Jays (Buehrle)
The Blue Jays picked up the win in the opener yesterday. Today they'll need to be even better against the likes of Yu Darvish, who's 7-2 with a 2.77 earned run average on the year.
Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42 ERA), though, has actually been rather solid for Toronto lately. He's only allowed six earned runs over his previous 19.0 innings of work. Can he put forth another good outing against a scary good Texas offense? The Rangers are quoted at -150 to win.
Phillies (Kendrick) vs. Brewers (Gorzelanny)
Tom Gorzelanny picks up a rare start today. The southpaw has been excellent as a reliever this season, posting a 2.01 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 22.1 IP. Opposite Gorzelanny will be Kyle Kendrick, who's 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA.
Despite Milwaukee's terrible overall play in 2013, they're the favorites (-112) for tonight's ballgame. We're excited to see what path Joe Freda takes with his MLB picks for this one.
Padres (Stults) vs. Rockies (Francis)
Runs have most certainly not been an issue in this series so far. Don't be surprise if that trend keeps going strong, as Colorado will be rolling with Jeff Francis (2-3, 6.00 ERA) tonight after he was activated from the DL.
San Diego's Eric Stults has been pitching exceptionally well over the past month or so, lowering his ERA from 5.67 to its current mark of 3.74 ERA. He's surrendered three earned runs over his last 15 innings of work.[gameodds]3/235957/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]