MLB Picks of the Day: Three Attractive Plays Worth a Wager for Maximum Value

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 2:07 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 12, 2015 2:07 PM UTC

The sportsbooks MLB odds are out and we have a full slate of games including five interleague tilts on one day for the first time this season as we finally start to depart from division matchups.

This welcome change of pace allows MLB baseball handicappers and those devising sports picks to have a better understanding about the relative strengths and weaknesses of each squad outside the confines of the division play. With a recent 20-8 record, here is my top MLB picks for today.


White Sox vs. Brewers: Could be Runs like Suds in Brew City
The Milwaukee offense has been rounding into form having scored at least six runs in four of their last half dozen encounters, which included a 10-7 victory over the White Sox last night. In this game, the Brewers will face Chris Sale (2-1, 5.93 ERA) who has been uncharacteristically off his game thus far and with the way Milwaukee is swinging the bats he might not have an easy time of it. The Chicago left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in seven career interleague starts, but not being in top form, I predict Sale will be touched for runs.

A big part of White Sox problems this year have been the lack of scoring and this has been especially so on the road where they are averaging a paltry 3.1 runs per game. However, Pale Sox hitters will have chances to score against Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers (1-4, 5.46), who has a high ERA in spite of striking out a career-best 12.8 per nine innings. Fiers issue is ball placement, which is why he’s surrendered 37 hits in 29 2/3 innings and already walked 14 other batters.

At, the MLB odds on the total is 7.5 and I think these two clubs will score runs again with Fiers 4-0 OVER this season at Miller Park and the Brew Crew 14-4 OVER at home versus AL teams scoring 4.7 or less runs a game the last three seasons.

MLB Pick – Over 7.5 at BetOnline

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Rangers Round Up Royals Again
After receiving accolades from almost everyone in baseball after taking series at Detroit, Kansas City was flattened by Texas 8-2 on Monday night. In reviewing the numbers on the Royals offense has been like a Moet faucet, running hot and cold. Since April 30, K.C. has posted double digits for base hits five times or on the half dozen other occasions tallied six or less.

The past two games the Royals have five hits in each of the last two contests and facing Nick Martinez (2-0, 1.47) will be no treat since he has the majors' second-lowest ERA.

Maybe Kansas City was sluggish from arriving in Arlington early Monday morning after rain delayed Sunday night victory, but Texas has the right pitcher to curtail their offense and despite being a below average club, the Rangers are 8-2 versus winning teams and a perfect 7-0 against clubs outscoring the opposition by 0.5 or more runs a contest this season. Take the underdog in this one.

MLB Pick – Texas +110  at WagerWeb

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Nationals vs. Diamondbacks: Washington Is Hot as Arizona Sun
Sometimes it just takes one player to ignite a team. Bryce Harper has been in the zone and Washington’s offense which had been as dull as another CSI episode, has exploded behind its young star and is averaging 6.7 runs per game in last seven outings. In those wins the Nationals have rung up at least 11 base knocks and they should have good cuts against the D-Backs Rubby De La Rosa (3-2, 4.38). I would be remiss not to mention the righty has a string of 10 scoreless innings at home, but the way Washington is swing the lumber I like their chance.

Washington pushed Stephen Strasburg (2-3, 4.73) back an extra day after he left last Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Miami after three innings with a shoulder ailment. Strasburg visited a chiropractor and said he felt fine following a bullpen session Saturday. "All indications are that he is feeling much better," manager Matt Williams told MLB's official website. "That's a positive sign for us."

Strasburg is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in six career starts versus the Diamondbacks and is 5-1 in his last seven road starts. With the Snakes 12-29 revenging a loss after scoring one or fewer runs, take the visiting favorite.

MLB Pick – Washington -140 at Bookmaker

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