Monday's MLB odds are chock-full of opportunities and here we zero in on three totals that look primed to cash in our baseball betting tickets.
Washington Nationals vs. Boston Red Sox
We know Nats' pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is a stud and he pitched just like one in his season debut when he shutdown the Mets en route to a 2-1 victory on Wednesday. But what you might not know is that Rick Porcello is pretty darn studly himself. Often overshadowed in the star-studded Detroit rotation Porcello recently inked a four-year pact with the Boston Red Sox, and pitched quite effectively in a losing effort in his debut for his new club.
The Red Sox were playing until the wee hours of Saturday morning in the Bronx and Saturday night had to return to the scene of their epic 19 inning 6-5 victory to win another one over the Yankees 8-4. Last night the scoreboard was lighting up yet again and the boys from Boston didn't get on a plane back to Beantown until the early hours of Monday morning. In other words, this team will be dog tired so don't expect these bats to light up against a hurler like Zimmermann. This is a good spot to watch a pitcher's duel and cash a MLB picks ticket in the process.
MLB Pick: Under 8 at Pinnacle
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Both teams tore it up yesterday with the Blue Jays absolutely mashing their way to a 10-7 victory over the host Baltimore Orioles. Meanwhile the Rays were reeling in the Marlins and pounding their pitching Sunday afternoon. When the sun had set Tampa Bay had banged their way to an 8-5 win over the National League East cellar dwellers.
So we know both offenses are in high gear but what about the pitching? Jake Odorizzi had a brilliant outing in his first start of the season, holding the Orioles to just two hits over six plus innings. The ageless (not really - he's 40) R. A. Dickey had a better than solid outing in his opener against the Yankees when he surrendered just four hits and one earned run over six plus innings himself.
So here's the deal. R.A. Dickey is a knuckleball pitcher and when that knuckler isn't prancing and dancing it flattens out like that half empty bottle of beer you take a swig of the morning after you had the boys over to watch the game. In Dickey's starts against the Rays the MLB odds total has gone over in nine of 12 occasions. As for Odorizzi, the kid looked good in his debut but he's no David Price. He ended last season with a 4.13 ERA and the hot-hitting Jays will get their share of hits on the 25-year-old Highland, Illinois product.
MLB Pick: Over 8 ½ (-110) at BetOnline
Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves
There is one thing I can absolutely guarantee you in this game - Mat Latos will see his ERA plunge. Yes, that's right there's nowhere to go but down when you're carrying around a 94.50 earned run average. Latos got torched in his debut but I expect big things from the former Cincinnati Red. The man is a click below the elite in the league and he will prove it against the same Braves who pounded him almost a week ago.
Two of their three games went under in their first series this season and 11 of 16 have gone under between the two teams over the last three years. Atlanta's Shelby Miller led the Bravos to a 2-0 victory allowing just four hits and no runs on Wednesday. This one goes under again.
MLB Pick: Under 7 (-120) at BookMaker