MLB Picks: Thursday Baseball Betting Lines & Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 15, 2013 11:06 AM GMT

The best games of the day come early on Thursday – let's run over the baseball odds and preview the upcoming action.
15th AUG
Odds Update

By: Steven Suarez

 

Our handicappers believe they've located the best MLB betting value out there today. Are your picks in line with theirs? 

Angels (Wilson) vs. Yankees (Hughes)

Covered by Willie Bee

Thanks primarily to Alfonso Soriano, the Yankees' offense has become one to be reckoned with. As a team though, they're hitting just .242 against lefties, with Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells the only two batters hitting over .300.

Moreover, C.J. Wilson has done well at Yankee Stadium, recording a 2.84 ERA in four starts there. This season, though, the southpaw has a 4.64 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 13 road outings.

But let's be real: Phil Hughes has been completely unreliable this season, so the Angels have the advantage in the pitching department today. Nonetheless, Willie is thinking our best bet is on the ‘Over’ 8.5 runs, which is at -105 at the sportsbooks right now.

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Pirates (Burnett) vs. Cardinals (Lynn)

Covered by Ron Patrick

This series has been as good as advertised and we should be in for another highly competitive game since we've got two capable pitchers in Lance Lynn and A.J. Burnett on the bump.

Throughout his short career, Lynn has typically been dominant at home, and this season hasn't been any different. He's 8-2 with a 2.78 ERA at Busch and then 5-4 with a 4.88 ERA away from St. Louis, while going 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three appearances against Pittsburgh.

When we look over the MLB odds, we don't see much value on either side. Ron is on the same page there, so instead he's liking the ‘Under’ seven runs in a game where a win is crucial for both sides of the equation.

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Giants (Vogelsong) vs. Nationals (Haren)

Covered by Joe Catalano

A quick glance over Dan Haren's overall numbers and you wouldn't be impressed at all, but if you look closer you'll see he's been pitching a heck of a lot better lately.

Since his return from injury in early July, he's allowed 10 earned runs in six starts, helping his earned run average plummet from 6.15 to 4.99. Six days ago Haren held the Phillies to four hits and two runs in his third straight winning decision.

Ryan Vogelsong didn't get shelled in his first game back from injury, but we recommend practicing caution with him until he strings a few quality starts together – don't forget just how bad the righty was before getting hurt (7.19 ERA in nine starts).

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Mets (Wheeler) vs. Padres (Ross)

Covered by Swinging Johnson

Crafty right-hander Zack Wheeler has enjoyed a successful rookie season in the big leagues, and interestingly enough most of the good times have come on the road. He's 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six road assignments on the year.

Have you seen what Tyson Ross has been doing though? In four starts since the All-Star break, he's gone 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA – opposing teams have hit just .135 against him in that span.

So will we see a low-scoring final tonight? That's the feeling Swinging Johnson is getting, as both of these offenses have been struggling to score runs all season long. He'll be adding the ‘Under’ 7 runs to his sports picks.

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San Diego Padres (-140) vs. New York Mets 

 

15th AUG
Morning Odds

By: Steven Suarez

 

Angels (Wilson) vs. Yankees (Hughes)

Covered by Willie Bee

So yeah, Alfonso Soriano has been a nice addition to that Yankees offense, hasn't he? Thirteen RBIs over his last two games? Not too bad.

Soriano will try to keep up his offensive onslaught against C.J. Wilson, but will Phil Hughes be able to get the job done for New York today? The Yankees are currently favored at -120 on most baseball betting odds boards.

Pirates (Burnett) vs. Cardinals (Lynn) 

Covered by Ron Patrick

The Pirates moved back to a three-game lead in the division with a win at Busch Stadium last night. Francisco Liriano bounced back to out-pitch Shelby Miller.

Now it's A.J. Burnett's turn to show us what he's got. Lance Lynn has gone 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts after the All-Star Break and will lead out the Cardinals as -120 chalk for this afternoon.

Giants (Vogelsong) vs. Nationals (Haren) 

Covered by Joe Catalano

Ryan Vogelsong had a nice return after a relatively long injury layoff and we'll find out soon enough if he can be consistent when he takes on the Nationals in Washington.

For the home team, Dan Haren gets the start and he's been fantastic over his last three starts, allowing three earned runs over 21 innings. The Nationals are subsequently listed at -165 to win.

Mets (Wheeler) vs. Padres (Ross) 

Covered by Swingin' Johnson

Some hard-luck losses to the Dodgers have the Mets back down in the dumps – they've lost three in a row and are now 54-64 overall, while going 29-32 on the road.

San Diego hasn't been faring much better, so we expect a pretty even series, especially tonight when Tyson Ross and Zack Wheeler take the mound. You can find the Padres at -140 with most baseball books.