MLB Picks: Thursday's Betting Odds Reports

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 8, 2014 3:42 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 8, 2014 3:42 PM UTC

A smaller slate tonight means we have to be extra careful with where we go with our MLB picks. The betting lines have been released and our handicappers are confident in their selections for all of the upcoming bases action.

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta) vs. Chicago White Sox (Carroll)
Covered by Ron Patrick
The White Sox are having a great time right now, of course at the expense of the Cubs, who have now lost four straight games.

Scott Carroll has been a gem for the White Sox so far, giving up just one run over two starts, and he'll hope to lead the hosts to fifth straight win. The MLB odds are in the home team's favor, who hope to get after Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta was solid in his debut this season, not allowing a run over 5 and 1/3 innings, but Ron is taking the hotter team and backing another White Sox win in his MLB picks. We don't blame him. 

MLB Pick: White Sox -119


San Francisco Giants (Vogelsong) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Beckett)
Covered by Ron Patrick
After dropping two straight, the Giants have fallen into a dead head with the Rockies for the NL West summit

Tonight we have Josh Beckett and Ryan Vogelsong on the mound in the series opener between these teams. Beckett is 0-1 with a 3.14 ERA so far this season, while Vogelsong has pieced together consecutive good starts to lower his earned run average to 4.60.

Vogelsong is hard to trust, especially when he has to face a potent Dodgers lineup late tonight. Ron is siding with Los Angeles on the money-line.

MLB Pick: Dodgers -133


Philadelphia Phillies (Burnett) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Dickey)
Covered by Jeff Grant
These two ballclubs are going in different directions.

The Blue Jays have won four in a row to climb to an even 17-17 on the season. They're now only 1.5 games behind first place in the AL East. The Phillies have lost three games in a row and find themselves in the basement of the NL East. Will the recent trends continue this evening?

Two veterans take the bump, with R.A. Dickey trying to improve on a rough start to his season. He's 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA on the year. Still, Jeff likes how Toronto is playing at the moment and will pick them to win over A.J. Burnett (2-1, 2.06 ERA) and the Phillies.

MLB Pick: Blue Jays -133


Baltimore Orioles (Jimenez) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Price)
Covered by Jeff Grant
The Orioles have a chance to pick up the sweep on the road in Tampa Bay tonight. First they have to get through David Price though.

Price hasn't been his usual dominant self, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.44 ERA thus far, but we all know what he's capable of when on his game.

Baltimore, currently leading the AL East with a 17-14 record, will turn to Ubaldo Jimenez, who's 1-4 with a 5.19 ERA on the year. Jeff isn't about to put his faith in the Orioles though, regardless of their play in the series so far, so he'll go with Tampa Bay as large home favorites.

MLB Pick: Rays -175


Miami Marlins (Turner) vs. San Diego Padres (Kennedy)
Covered by Jeff Grant
So how about those Marlins? They've been a pleasant surprise in the early stages of the season, as they can currently be found in second place in the NL East. They've won four in a row and have gone 8-2 over their past 10. 

San Diego has dropped two straight, but will have reliable Ian Kennedy on the hill. Kennedy has a 3.43 earned run average and should fare well at home in the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park.

Miami starter Jacob Turner has been beaten up badly in his first two starts (11 earned runs in 10 innings) and Jeff thinks San Diego can get after him tonight. He's on the Padres to win.

MLB Pick: Padres -150


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