MLB Picks: Tuesday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:39 PM GMT

All 30 teams are in action tonight. Let's see what the early MLB odds are looking like.


For Tuesday there are three significant favorites, headlined by the New York Yankees at -270 over the Houston Astros. Andy Pettitte and the Yankees were killed last night in the first game of the series, but will try to get back on track with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound. 

Then there's the Detroit Tigers (-250) up against the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers (-200) doing battle with the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers have Justin Verlander throwing and the Rangers are rolling with Yu Darvish, so it's no shock to see such a high ML on both games.

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Reds/Cardinals 

The duel between Mat Latos and Adam Wainwright lived up to the billing, but it was latos that won the battle in game one of the series. 

Those who backed a Reds win were rewarded with a +117 profit, and tonight the odds are even steeper if you think backing Cincinnati is a good idea again. The Reds are at +130 for game two tonight, while the Cardinals are listed at -135.

What's with the changs on the MLB odds boards? Well, Bronson Arroyo gets the call for Cincinnati and he's really struggled in two road starts, including one against St. Louis (6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). The Cardinals have Jaime Garcia on the mound, who's 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA on the season.

[gameodds]3/225892/43/us[/gameodds] 

Nationals/Braves 

Get ready for another outstanding pitching matchup in game two of this series, as it's Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals ( +101) going up against Atlanta (-105) and crafty veteran Tim Hudson.

The Braves were able to get the 3-2 win last night, improving their home record to 7-2 in the process. Andrelton Simmons hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh and that ended up being the winning run. 

Don't be fooled by the identical 2-1 win-loss records and 4.50 ERA. Gonzalez and Hudson know how to get outs and it would be surprising if this a lot of runs are put on the board tonight. Gonzalez just went eight innings (giving up just one hit) in a home win over the Reds, and you know Hudson is always capable of shutting down whoever he's facing.

[gameodds]3/225886/43/us[/gameodds]

Giants/Diamondbacks & Rockies/Dodgers 

Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Cahill go up against one another in game two of this NL West series. The Giants opened proceedings with a 6-4 win last night.

This evening we find the odds are even tighter, with San Francisco as small road favorites at -110. Arizona is at +101. 

In the other NL West matchup, the Dodgers will try to bounce back after getting humiliated in the first game of the series. Ted Lilly had a nightmare outing – will Hyun-Jin Ryu fare better tonight with L.A. favored at -130 to win over Jorge De La Rosa and the Rockies? 

Phillies/Indians & Twins/Tigers 

The Phillies and Indians kick off a two-game series in Cleveland today, with Philadelphia sending out Roy Halladay. The road team is favored at -115 to win. 

After two horrendous starts to open 2013, Halladay has found his best stuff over his last three starts, allowing just four earned runs in 21.0 innings of work. In the process, he's lowered his ERA from 14.73 down to 5.08. 

Then you've got Justin Verlander and the Tigers at home to the Twins. Obviously it's hard not to like Detroit here, as Verlander continutes to pitch lights out, while Minnesota's Vance Worley is 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA.

[gameodds]3/225882/43/us[/gameodds]