MLB Picks: Thursday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:05 AM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 11:05 AM GMT

Which games have our MLB cappers decided to highlight with with their MLB picks tonight? Here are two games that we believe deserve a strong look tonight.
12th SEPT
Odds Update

By: Steven Suarez

 

Check out what our handicappers have to say about Thursday's baseball action.

Yankees (Hughes) vs. Orioles (Chen)

Covered by Willie Bee

It looks like it'll be Phil Hughes and not David Huff that makes tonight's start in Baltimore. Hughes has been beyond bad this season (4-13, 5.11 ERA, 1.43 WHIP), but he has at least done better on the road, where he's 3-4 with a 3.84 ERA.

The Orioles will send out left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who's 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA in eight starts at home on the year. Oddsmakers have posted a high total of nine runs and Willie believes the OVER is the best course of action with our MLB picks.

[gameodds]3/243180/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Red Sox (Peavy) vs. Rays (Hellickson)

Covered by Ron Patrick 

While Jake Peavy is a perfect 7-0 with a 2.59 ERA at home, he's just 4-5 with a 5.14 ERA on the road. Peavy has faced Tampa Bay once this season, allowing six hits and three runs in 6 and 2/3 innings.

With Boston's playoff spot locked up, this game means more to Tampa Bay. The Rays haven't been playing well at all, but maybe Jeremy Hellickson will be able to give them some solid innings tonight – he has gone 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against Boston in 2013. But, Ron is liking Boston a lot and is selecting them on the run-line, which would be very profitable (+142) should it come through.

 [gameodds]3/243183/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Brewers (Thornburg) vs. Cardinals (Kelly)

Covered by Joe Freda

Whether it be in the rotation or in the bullpen, Tyler Thornburg has been solid for Milwaukee this season. In a start 10 days ago against Pittsburgh he surrendered six hits and two runs against Pittsburgh, but still picked up a losing decision. Thornburg owns a 2.08 ERA for the year.

The Cardinals need every win they can get right now and Joe Kelly's performances bode well for the team's chances of getting another tonight. Since the All-Star break the right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.70 ERA. That being said, Joe thinks offense will rule the game here and is picking the OVER 8.

[gameodds]3/243185/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Giants (Cain) vs. Dodgers (Greinke)

Covered by Willie Bee

Though the Giants have had a season to forget, it's at least been nice to see Matt Cain re-find his best ability over the second half. After going 5-6 with a 5.06 ERA in the first half of the season, he's gone 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA since.

But then there's Zack Greinke, who's one of the hottest pitchers in baseball right now. He's 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA since the All-Star break and is 8-1 with a 2.20 ERA at home. Willie believes this one is destined to be a pitchers duel and is on the UNDER 6.5, available at +100 at the sportsbooks.

[gameodds]3/243186/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Angels (Richards) vs. Blue Jays (Happ)

Covered by Joe Freda

Garrett Richards has had his problems here and there but for the most part he's been a solid addition to L.A.'s rotation this season. He's allowed only three earned runs over his last two starts (at home versus Tampa Bay and Texas) and will take a 3.90 ERA into tonight's game in Toronto.

Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, Happ has been far from solid. He's won just one of his six home starts and is 4-5 with a 5.09 ERA and 1.51 WHIP overall. The Angels have been playing better baseball lately though and, with the more reliable pitcher on the mound, Joe is taking them to cover as small road chalk (-110).

[gameodds]3/243182/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

 

12th SEPT
Morning Odds

By: Steven Suarez

 

These playoff races are really getting interesting now. Here's our early overview of the baseball odds for Thursday.

Yankees (Huff) vs. Orioles (Chen)

Covered by Willie Bee 

The Yankees are only only game back in the Wild Card race if you can believe it. While Texas, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Baltimore are all on losing streaks, New York has managed to win two straight crucial games.

Joe Girardi's team may fancy their chances again tonight against Wei-Yin Chen, considering they've hit him for 10 hits and six runs in 10 innings this season. Nonetheless, the Orioles are heavily favored at -165.

Red Sox (Peavy) vs. Rays (Hellickson)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Boy, the Rays really aren't doing themselves any favors right now. They're 3-7 over their last 10 and now they have four teams (New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Kansas City) right on their heels in the standings. 

Boston's obviously in a better state right now and they'll be favored at -115 or so with Jake Peavy set to start.

Brewers (Thornburg) vs. Cardinals (Kelly)

Covered by Joe Freda 

This three-way race in the NL Central is getting really good. For now it's the Cardinals that hold the top spot in the division, with the Pirates one game back and the Reds three behind. 

St. Louis took game one against Milwaukee rather easily, thanks to a nice outing from Lance Lynn, and we'll see if Joe Kelly can rise to the challenge tonight. The Cardinals have opened as -170 favorites at the sportsbooks.

Giants (Cain) vs. Dodgers (Greinke)

Covered by Willie Bee

If you've been living under a rock, just know that the Dodgers have been killing it over the last few months and Zach Greinke has been a major part of the resurgence. 

So, even though Matt Cain has been considerably better over the second half of the season, L.A. is heavily favored (-175) for this home matchup against San Francisco. You can find the Giants in the +160 to +165 range.

Angels (Richards) vs. Blue Jays (Happ)

Covered by Joe Freda

Playoff baseball was just not meant to be for either Toronto or Los Angeles this season, in spite of the fact there was a lot of hype for both heading into 2013. 

The Angels enter tonight's game on the heels of two consecutive victories, as they continue to churn their way back to above .500. They'll be small MLB betting favorites (-110) in this spot, while the Blue Jays are +105 to win.

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