MLB Picks: Thursday Betting Lines & Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:28 AM GMT

A smaller schedule awaits us on Thursday, so we have to be extra careful with our afternoon picks.

Afternoon MLB Odds Update

Here's how the day is shaping up when it comes to the MLB betting odds. Check in with us one last time before making your final sports picks.

Giants (Cain) vs. Pirates (Morton)

Covered by Willie Bee

Willie has been killing it with his MLB picks for this series, correctly predicting a game one win for Pittsburgh, as well as the OVER for game two yesterday. That was an easy winner in Pittsburgh's 12-8 win.

So what does Willie have in store for us for the series finale? No, he's not backing a sweep for the Pirates, as he actually feels the Giants will be able to steal away a game before leaving town. Matt Cain is sure to start reverting back to his dominant form sooner or later. Will he be in good form tonight?

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Yankees (Kuroda) vs. Athletics (Parker)

Covered by Joe Freda 

This game has already started, with Hiroki Kuroda and Jarrod Parker slated as the starters this afternoon. The MLB odds were even, as both teams were trading at a price of -105. The total was at 7.5 runs.

As for his MLB pick here, Joe felt like the best available value was on the total. He picked the UNDER 7.5 runs, in hopes that both Kuroda and Parker will be throwing the ball well today. Before the game's start, the UNDER was getting heavily juiced, so maybe Joe was on to something.

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Cardinals (Wainwright) vs. Mets (Harvey)

Covered by Joe Freda

Here's another game that has already begun. At time of writing, the Cardinals held a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning, thanks to another outstanding effort from Adam Wainwright, who managed to out-pitch Matt Harvey on the road.

It looks like Joe may end up being on the losing side here, as he had selected the Mets to win as +130 underdogs. New York showed some good things in yesterday's win over the hot-hitting Cardinals, but it'll take a late surge for them to make it two in a row.

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Phillies (Lee) vs. Twins (Correia)

Cliff Lee and the Phillies opened as -138 favorites and you can find varying numbers depending on which sportsbook you're checking out. The total has been holding steady at 7.5 runs.

If we had to give out a lean on this game, it would have to come on the Philadelphia. They've been hard-luck losers as of late, but having Lee pitching has brought with it a lot of wins this season. You may want to consider an alternate run-line play here to avoid taking on some chalk.

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Joe Catalano's Picks of the Day

Joe's first pick comes in the Rangers/Blue Jays series opener and he's taking the UNDER 9. Following that up is a play on the Rays (roughly -140) at home against Ervin Santana and the Royals.

Biggest ML Favorites

Texas Rangers (-195) vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Tampa Bay Rays (-140) vs. Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies (-130) at Minnesota Twins

San Francisco Giants (-115) at Pittsburgh Pirates

Boston Red Sox (-110) at Baltimore Orioles

 


Morning MLB Odds Report

Here's the lowdown on the odds.

Giants (Cain) vs. Pirates (Morton)

Covered by Willie Bee 

With Wandy Rodriguez now on the disabled list, Charlie Morton will step in and make his first start of the season for the Pirates. Morton mustered up a 3.32 ERA in nine rehab starts in the minors.

The Giants have gotten pummeled in this series so far, with both Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito enduring through torrid starts. Let's hope for their sake they get a much better performance out of tonight's starter Matt Cain.

Cain's inconsistency has killed him this season, but he looked mighty good against Arizona (7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) six days ago. Cain obviously has the pedigree and you know San Francisco will be fighting tooth and nail to avoid the sweep. Perhaps that's why they're -105 MLB odds favorites right now.

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Yankees (Kuroda) vs. Athletics (Parker)

Covered by Joe Freda

The Yankees are definitely not playing their best baseball right now, but maybe having Hiroki Kuroda on the mound will give them the confidence they need to grab a win this afternoon in sunny Calfornia.

Then again, Kuroda hasn't been pitching to his best ability lately. He's given up 16 hits and seven earned runs over his last 11 and 2/3 innings of work, raising his ERA from 2.39 to 2.84 in the process. The Japanese righty is 2-3 with a 3.59 ERA in seven road starts this season.

Oakland turns to Jarrod Parker, who's turned around his season completely after a horrendous start. After going 1-4 with a 7.36 ERA in April, he went 2-2 with a 3.62 ERA in May and is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two June starts so far. Parker and the Athletics are at -111 to get the win today.

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Cardinals (Wainwright) vs. Mets (Harvey)

Covered by Joe Freda

Oh boy, this is going to be good. Two locked-in aces go head-to-head in the finale this afternoon to decide the series winner. We shouldn't have to tell you how good Matt Harvey and Adam Wainwright have been, but we will anyway.

Wainwright is 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He's already racked up three complete games to his name in 2013 and has allowed just seven earned runs over his previous 31 and 1/3 innings. He held Cincinnati's strong offense at bay in a 9-2 win six days ago.

In Harvey's case, he was able to bounce back immediately after his worst start of the season against Miami of all teams. Six days after giving up 10 hits, he faced that same Marlins team and shut them down in seven innings of effective work, allowing six hits and one run while striking out six. Who gets the nod as the MLB betting favorites for today? With the superior team behind him, it's St. Louis (-125). 

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Phillies (Lee) vs. Twins (Correia)

Covered by Joe Catalano

After Philadelphia blew a late lead last night, they could use a pick-me-up. They're sure to get one tonight with Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.55 ERA) set to go to work against Kevin Correia, who's 5-4 with a 4.11 ERA on the year.

In what's been a tough season for the Phillies so far, Lee's presence on the mound has brought positive results far more often than not. He's already 7-2 in 2013 and hasn't picked up a losing decision since all the way back on May 1st.

Correia rarely gets shelled, but he has allowed three or more runs in seven straight starts, which certainly won't instill confidence in Minnesota here against such a prolific starter in Lee. Oddsmakers are thinking the same thing, having listed Philadelphia as a -140 favorite this morning for our sports picks.

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