Morning MLB Odds Report
What else is in store today for our baseball betting?
Phil Hughes didn't have the best of starts Saturday, as Boston took advantage early, scoring five runs in the fifth, and cruised to a 11-1 beat-down of the Bronx Bombers in New York. The series is now tied at 1-1.
You wouldn't want any other pitching matchup to decide the series victor. Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73 ERA) and Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.39 ERA) have been at the heart of all that's been good in terms of each team's pitching this season. Only one team can win tonight though and odds-makers are favoring the Yankees at -112.
In what was another extremely close game, the Braves evened up the score by notching a 2-1 win last night. Atlanta moved to 33-22 overall on the season, while Washington is now at 28-28, to go along with a 13-17 record on the road.
Looking at the two starters, you'd have to think the advantage is squarely in Atlanta's favor to win the series. Paul Maholm was roughed up in his latest start, but he's still at a solid 6-4 with a 3.74 ERA on the year. Washington (+170) will have Nathan Karns on the mound, who gave up five hits and three runs in 4 and 1/3 innings in his debut.
The Cardinals are making this look easy. They easily won both games of the double-header yesterday, as Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright both picked up victories. Will they secure the sweep this afternoon?
If you go by the MLB odds, St. Louis is a -150 favorite. Chad Gaudin will be filling in for Ryan Vogelsong, who was recently placed on the disabled list. Check back soon on our MLB betting page to see where Willie Bee thinks the value lies.
It was a back-and-forth affair last night, but ultimately the Rockies (-133 to win today) emerged victorious with a 7-6 win after 10 innings. Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer both hit home runs in the win, and Colorado is now at 29-27 overall.
Though we've seen no shortage of runs in this series so far, we could be in for a low-scoring finale, as both Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jorge De La Rosa have proven to be tough nuts to crack in 2013. The two pitchers have 12 wins between them and each has an ERA below 3.15. Ron Patrick will have his final selections in just a couple hours.
Chris Sale and the White Sox haven't had much luck against Oakland so far, but they're actually favored (-110) on the MLB odds board for game three this afternoon. That probably has something to do with the fact Sale went 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in four May starts.
As for the Athletics, they'll be hopeful to get some quality innings out of Jarrod Parker. Parker also fared well last month after a dreadful April and he was able to shut down Chicago in his one start against them last year.
Blue Jays (Ortiz) vs. Padres (Volquez)
Joe Freda will have to choose between Ramon Ortiz and the Blue Jays and Edison Volquez and the Padres tonight. At time of writing, there had been no baseball odds released, but they're bound to be up by early morning.
Volquez could be feeling pretty confident after hurling one of his best starts five days ago. He held Seattle to four hits and one run in 7 and 2/3 innings, but let's not forget his overall ERA is still at 5.20. That said, Ortiz (1-2, 5.01 ERA) hasn't been much better at all.[gameodds]3/228519/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]