MLB Picks: Thursday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 1, 2013 4:00 AM GMT

Want the skinny on the MLB odds for Thursday's upcoming action? Look no further. Here is a rundown of the games we are looking to with our MLB picks today.

1st August
Odds Update

By: Steven Suarez

 

Find out the latest on the MLB odds before nailing down your final sports picks for the day. 

Cardinals (Kelly) vs. Pirates (Morton)

Covered by Willie Bee

It's a tale of two teams going in the opposite direction, made more important by the fact they're battling for the top spot in the NL Central. The Cardinals, amazingly enough, have lost seven in a row, while the Pirates are winners of four straight.

This hasn't been the best of series for Willie, but he's hoping to finish this thing out with a successful pick. He'll be taking the ‘Over’ 8 runs in a game where neither starter instills much confidence. The Cardinals' bats have to wake up at some point soon, don't they?

[gameodds]3/240364/?r3=43-999997-349/dec&r-1=43-999997-349/us[/gameodds]

Giants (Cain) vs. Phillies (Hamels) 

Covered by Ron Patrick

The Giants stopped the bleeding a little bit yesterday with a dominant win over Kyle Kendrick and company. Today Matt Cain will get the call to start, while Cole Hamels, who's been pitching better than his record may indicate, will be on the bump for the home team.

Ron has been on the money with his MLB picks throughout the series so far, hitting the Phillies in game one and the Giants in game two. So where does he go tonight? Philadelphia is the play at a price of -115, as Ron thinks they could give Cain some trouble.

 [gameodds]3/240362/?r3=43-349/dec&r-1=43-999997-349/us[/gameodds]

Mariners (Hernandez) vs. Red Sox (Dempster) 

Covered by Swinging Johnson

An interesting game to cap here. The Red Sox have owned the Mariners over the years and have raced out to a 2-0 lead in this week's series at Fenway, but Seattle will call on their stud ace Felix Hernandez this evening. That's going to give the Mariners a great chance of getting a win.

Swinging Johnson, who's successfully backed Boston on the money line in both games so far, is going the other way tonight and taking Seattle for his sports picks as the small road underdogs. Hernandez has had success in Boston before and SJ is banking on him dominating out on the mound in the series finale.

[gameodds]3/240366/?r3=43-349/dec&r-1=43-999997-349/us[/gameodds]

Dodgers (Nolasco) vs. Cubs (Rusin) 

Covered by Joe Freda

Even though the Dodgers fell to the Yankees last night, it's hard to see any type of drop-off in their level of play overall. They've been piling up the wins since Yasiel Puig moved into the lineup and should continue to do so for the rest of the regular season. L.A. currently owns a 2.5-game lead atop the NL West.

Joe lays out a number of good reasons why the Cubs are an attractive-looking dog tonight. The Dodgers have struggled on the road against left-handed starters and Chris Rusin has looked sharp since joining Chicago's rotation. Joe is taking the Cubs at +130 at the sportsbooks.

 [gameodds]3/240367/?r3=43-349/dec&r-1=43-999997-349/us[/gameodds]

Diamondbacks (Spruill) vs. Rangers (Darvish)

Covered by Joe Freda

The Rangers are coming off a much-needed sweep of the Angels at home and will try to keep momentum high against the visiting Diamondbacks, who turn to Zeke Spruill for tonight's game in Arlington. Texas enters as a massive -250 favorite in the MLB odds.

With the ‘Under’ having cashed at a good clip over Yu Darvish's recent home starts, Joe is going to take a chance on a low-scoring affair this evening. This play will likely depend on Spruill's ability to hold his own in what will be his first ever major league start.

 [gameodds]3/240753/?r3=43-349/dec&r-1=43-999997-349/us[/gameodds]

 

1st August
Morning Odds

By: Steven Suarez

 

Cardinals (Kelly) vs. Pirates (Morton)

Covered by Willie Bee

The Pirates keep winning and winning and the Cardinals keep losing and losing. St. Louis has now dropped seven straight and find themselves 2.5 games back of Pittsburgh in the division standings.

Every meeting between these two teams is important, but this series finale is extra crucial. Are the Cardinals really about to get swept in a five-game series? They'll enter this evening as +105 underdogs. 

Giants (Cain) vs. Phillies (Hamels) 

Covered by Ron Patrick

San Francisco won in style yesterday, pounding hit after hit on Kyle Kendrick en route to their 9-2 victory. Let's see if this is the start of something for a team that's wallowing away in the bottom of the National League West. 

Though Cole Hamels and Matt Cain haven't put up dominant numbers this season like in years past, they're still high capable pitchers, meaning runs will be hard to come by. The Phillies are -120 chalk. 

Mariners (Hernandez) vs. Red Sox (Dempster) 

Covered by Swinging Johnson 

The Red Sox won another close one last night, needing extra innings to get the job done at Fenway. Be on the lookout for another tight affair when Ryan Dempster tries to out-pitch Felix Hernandez tonight.

We all know what King Felix is capable of when he's feeling good out there on the mound, but Boston's lineup is loaded and could give him problems. As for the MLB odds, it's pretty much even with both teams in and around the -105 area.

 Dodgers (Nolasco) vs. Cubs (Rusin) 

Covered by Joe Freda

The Dodgers lost their series finale against the Yankees, but it wasn't because of Clayton Kershaw, who fired eight innings of scoreless ball only for the bullpen to let the team down. 

Now L.A. has a quick turnaround for a road set at Wrigley with the Cubs. Chris Rusin, who's allowed only two earned runs over his last 12.0 innings of work, will take the bump for Chicago, who have opened as +140 dogs at various sportsbooks.

Diamondbacks (Spruill) vs. Rangers (Darvish)

Covered by Joe Freda 

With Ian Kennedy having moved to San Diego before the trade deadline, the Diamondbacks had to take care of some rotation issues ahead of this series in Arlington against the Rangers. 

Arizona, just 2.5 games back of the Dodgers in the division, really need a good showing in Texas, but it's going to be tough sledding against Yu Darvish, who's 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA on the year. No odds had been released at time of writing, but it's clear the Rangers will be favored heavily.