Tuesday's games are here and it's once again time for our daily review of the MLB odds. Are there any value matchups that stick out immediately?
Some elite pitchers will be on show tonight, including Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, and C.C. Sabathia. The biggest overall favorite can be found in the Astros/Tigers series though, with Detroit at -285 to win.
Mariners (Hernandez) vs. Yankees (Sabathia)
We shouldn't have to tell you how good of a pitching duel this one should be. Felix Hernandez and C.C. Sabathia already have recorded nine wins between them this season.
Sabathia has been solid at 4-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. In his most recent start he was pulled after four innings of one hit ball because of an extended rain delay, and that came at Coors Field no less.
That said, Hernandez has been even better. And it's actually not even close. He's gone 5-2 with a 1.53 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, while allowing just three earned runs over his last 38.0 innings of work. It's certainly going to be a tough call for Willie Bee when it comes to making his sports picks here.
Willie will have another difficult decision on his hands in this game. Clayton Kershaw has been a monster again this season, but the Dodgers as a whole have been extremely disappointing.
Washington easily won the opening game of the series last night, thanks to another sturdy performance out of Jordan Zimmermann. The Nationals were able to get after Josh Beckett, but it's going to be much more of a challenge up against Kershaw.
Given how dominant (3-2, 1.62 ERA, 0.90 WHIP0 the lefty has been this season, we can't say we're too taken aback by L.A.'s position in the MLB odds for tonight. They're quoted at a high price of -183, with the total at just 6.5 runs.
You were an easy winner last night if you backed the Cardinals on either a straight money-line play or on the run-line. Lance Lynn got the job done and St. Louis got big nights out of Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter, and Allen Craig at the plate.
Ron Patrick will be analyzing this game and we're not sure where he's going to go in this spot. St. Louis will have John Gast making his major league debut, while the Mets send out the struggling Dillon Gee (2-4, 5.55 ERA, 1.60 WHIP).
Even with Gast being somewhat of an unknown commodity, the Cardinals are favored at -151. Clearly oddsmakers aren't impressed whatsoever with Gee and the entire Mets team at the moment, and we can't blame them. New York has lost four in a row heading into tonight.
The Rangers were cooled off by the Athletics last night, who desperately needed a feel-good win themselves after a tough week or so. Tonight Oakland is classified as an underdog at +106, with Texas at -116.
Starting for the Athletics will be Bartolo Colon, who was really roughed up badly by Cleveland in his latest start. The Rangers have Derek Holland going and he's been a rock (3-2, 2.54 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) for the rotation this season.
Oakland needs to start putting together wins after a rough patch in which they've gone 3-7 over their last 10, but Texas is always capable of putting up a lot of runs, so there's obviously risk there. Which MLB picks will Ron Patrick offer up for this matchup?
Padres (Cashner) vs. Tillman (Orioles)
Wrapping up our preview of the day to come will be the ballgame between Baltimore and San Diego. Currently the Orioles are trading at -129, with the Padres at +124 and the total at eight runs.
There's no clear advantage for either team when it comes to pitching tonight. Both Chris Tillman and Andrew Cashner have been reliable starters for their respective clubs, though Cashner (3.23) has the superior ERA of the two.
Though San Diego has lost three in a row, they've still managed to go 6-4 over their last 10, which has pushed them above the Dodgers in the NL West standings. That being said, it's going to be hard for Jeff Grant to pick against the Orioles, who rank first in the MLB in runs scored (190).