Over in New York, you couldn't ask for a better pitching duel than Harvey/Kuroda. Along with the Subway Series, there's a host of other games we're tracking tonight.
The Mets won another nail-biter yesterday and will be going for a third straight win. Luckily for them, they've got ace Matt Harvey on the mound tonight, which of course always gives them a fantastic chance of winning.
However, Ron Patrick has decided to add the Yankees to his MLB betting ticket, primarily because he likes the bullpen advantage that the “visitors” have. Their starter (Hiroki Kuroda) isn't exactly a slouch either.
With Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers clearly have the edge in the pitching department. Have you checked out Joe Blanton's numbers this season?
All in all, Ron Patrick is getting reeled in by this rather short price on the home team. Blanton should be faded until he shows us something different, while the Angels haven't seen what Ryu brings to the table. He's backing the Dodgers.
Not often do you see Cliff Lee getting an underdog price, but that's the case for tonight's game at Fenway. He'll go head-to-head with Boston's Ryan Dempster.
Rather than making a play on either side, Willie Bee is drawn in by some action on the total. The Red Sox's bats have broken out in a big way lately, so he's taking the OVER as one of his sports picks.
Jarrod Parker (2-6, 5.76 ERA) isn't enjoying much success this season, but he'll be backed up b an Oakland team that's been playing great baseball
That's why Jeff Grant believes he has no other choice but to side with the Athletics at a -135 price. This will be Mike Kickham's debut, so there's a lot of risk in having faith in the Giants for tonight.
Another game that will involve two young pitchers. Kevin Gausman is one of Baltimore's top prospects, but struggled in his first major league start. We'll see soon enough whether or not he has enough moxie to make it at this level.
After analyzing all of the recent statistics and trends, Jeff Grant has settled on the Orioles with a first-five inning wager. That's available at +105 at the top sportsbooks.
It wasn't easy for the Tigers yesterday, even with their heralded ace Justin Verlander on the hill. It may even tougher tonight with Rick Porcello throwing, considering he's had quite a lot of problems in 2013.
The Pirates will counter with Jeanmar Gomez, who's 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA on the season. He's logged some quality innings as a starter for Pittsburgh, and that's helping Joe Catalano feel good about his play on the Pirates (+145).
Edwin Jackson has quite the act to follow tonight, but he's going to be countered by one of the hottest pitchers in the big leagues in Chris Sale. There's a reason the White Sox are such big favorites.
Willie Bee was just off in his selection for yesterday (the OVER 7.5), but he's not backing down at all. He's decided to go the same direction here on Tuesday night.
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Oakland Athletics (-145) vs. San Francisco Giants
Let's go over some of the games we are looking at with our MLB picks today.
Yankees (Kuroda) vs. Mets (Harvey)
This one's going to be good, folks. Hiroki Kuroda and Matt Harvey are on the hill and both have been nothing short of spectacular for their respective ballclubs this season.
Kuroda's sporting a 6-3 win-loss record to go along with a 2.67 ERA and 1.5 HIP, but Harvey has been even better at 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. The Mets took game one of the series and MLB odds makers have them as the favorites (-130) for game two tonight.
Angels (Blanton) vs. Dodgers (Ryu)
The first meeting between these teams had no shortage of runs, and with Joe Blanton penciled in as the starter, you can never count another high-octane offensive showing. Blanton is 1-7 with a 6.19 ERA on the season.
As for Hyun-Jin Ryu, his home splits are quite impressive. He's gone 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts at home so far, so one has to wonder if Ron Patrick is going to side with the Dodgers in this MLB betting spot.
Phillies (Lee) vs. Red Sox (Dempster)
The Red Sox took care of business last night, winning 9-3 at home thanks to homers from Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli. Alfredo Aceves picked up the win for Boston, with Tyler Cloyd settling for the losing decision.
Philadelphia will be liking their chances of getting even in game two, as they send out Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.48 ERA). Boston will be going with Ryan Dempster, who has struggled to a 2-5 record and 4.69 ERA in 2013. Willie Bee may very well like the price on the Phillies (+115) tonight.
Giants (Kickham) vs. Athletics (Parker)
Dan Straily put forth another stellar effort, his second in a row, to stifle the Giants last night. Perhaps San Francisco will have better luck with their bats against Jarrod Parker, a guy who's been torched for a 5.76 ERA overall this season.
There is, however, a lot of uncertainty on the Giants' side, considering they're sending out Michael Kickham for his major league debut. Kickham has impressed in the minors, but Oakland is going to make the young fella work for each and every out. The Athletics are -125 favorites – will Jeff Grant be selecting the home team with his sports picks?
Orioles (Gausman) vs. Nationals (Karns)
It was a great series opener for the Orioles yesterday, as they jumped on Gio Gonzalez and then held on for the 6-2 win. Tonight we'll see Kevin Gausman make his second major league start of his career, while Nathan Karns will make a spot start in place of Ross Detwiler, who was sent to the DL due to a strained oblique.
This is a tough game to call, as both pitchers are extremely inexperienced at this level. There wasn't any available lines for this matchup at time of writing, but we assume the Nationals will be small favorites at home.
Pirates (Gomez) vs. Tigers (Porcello)
The Tigers held on for the 6-5 win yesterday, with Justin Verlander recording his sixth win of the season and Francisco Liriano getting handed his first loss. In game two we find Detroit again favored, this time at a price of around -150.
Many are going to like the value here on Pittsburgh. After all, the Pirates are playing well and Rick Porcello (2-2, 6.28 ERA) hasn't exactly been at his finest. We're eager to see what kind of pick Joe Freda has for tonight's game.
Cubs (Jackson) vs. White Sox (Sale)
Jeff Samardzija was lights out in last night's series opener, but the Cubs are going to have a hard time getting a similar performance out of Edwin Jackson (1-7, 6.11 ERA) tonight.
The White Sox, on the other hand, are heavy favorites for this game, primarily because of the way Chris Sale has been throwing the ball. At 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA on the season, there may not be a pitcher hotter than Sale at the moment, so it's no surprise see the White Sox at -180 in the MLB odds.