There are nine games to cover on Thursday, so let's get right to breaking down the MLB odds closer.
Nine games await us today, with four of those coming in the afternoon. Be on the lookout for early starts for Yankees/Rangers, Tigers/Angels, Brewers/Cubs, and Nationals/Diamondbacks.
Covered by Ron Patrick
A nice offensive performance against Andy Pettitte guided the Rangers to a series-evening victory yesterday. Nelson Cruz hit a big home-run and Texas totaled eight runs on 13 hits in the win.
Derek Holland hasn't been nearly as dominant as he was earlier in the season, but on the whole he's still been far more reliable than Phil Hughes, who just gave up 10 hits and five earned runs in a 6-0 loss to the Dodgers in his latest assignment.
Indians (Kluber) vs. Orioles (Gonzalez)
Covered by Joe Freda
A blown save for Jim Johnson condemned the Orioles to a crushing 4-3 home loss last night. Let's see how they respond against Corey Kluber here as -127 favorites at the top sportsbooks. A Cleveland win is listed at +122.
Kluber has enjoyed a highly effective month, going 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in four starts. Funnily enough, Baltimore's starter, Miguel Gonzalez, has the exact same numbers in June, so bettors will have an interesting time in making their MLB picks.
Blue Jays (Wang) vs. Red Sox (Lester)
Covered by Ron Patrick
Jon Lester has been absolutely awful in June, having recorded a 8.44 earned run average in four starts. In 21 and 1/3 innings, he's given up 20 earned runs, including eight home-runs. His overall ERA now stands at 4.57.
Perhaps returning home, where he's 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA on the year, will help the left-hander get back on track. As for the Blue Jays, they have to love what they've gotten out of veteran Chien-Ming Wang, but he'll need to have his best stuff if he wants to corral the Red Sox offense. Boston is favored at -160.
Phillies (Pettibone) vs. Dodgers (Greinke)
Covered by Willie Bee
Both Zack Greinke and Jonathan Pettibone are coming off great starts. Greinke shut down the Padres in San Diego, holding them to four hits and one run in a 6-1 win, while Pettibone held the Mets to one run over six innings.
However, glance over the MLB odds and you'll find the Dodgers as the heaviest favorite of the day. They're as high as -185 at certain betting sites, and that number could rise even further if the public picks up steam.
Royals (Guthrie) vs. Twins (Deduno)
Covered by Jeff Grant
At one point this season, back in early May, Jeremy Guthrie had a 5-0 record and a 2.28 ERA. Since that point, he's gone 2-5 over eight starts and his earned run average has spiked to 4.20, in large part due to getting destroyed by the White Sox (five hits and six runs in 2.1 IP) six days ago.
Luckily for the Royals, Minnesota's Samuel Deduno had a hard time in his latest start too, coughing up six hits and four runs in a 5-1 loss to Cleveland. In a battle featuring two unreliable pitchers, the Twins are -120 favorites.
Biggest ML Favorites
Los Angeles Dodgers (-185) vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Boston Red Sox (-160) vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Colorado Rockies (-160) vs. New York Mets
Washington Nationals (-145) vs. Arizona DiamondbacksDetroit Tigers (-140) vs. Los Angeles Angels