MLB Picks: Tuesday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:28 AM GMT

Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 11:28 AM GMT

How are the MLB betting lines shaping up? As always, we're here to help you on that front. 


How are the MLB betting lines shaping up? As always, we're here to help you on that front. 

Red Sox (Lester) vs. Rays (Hernandez)

Covered by Jeff Grant 

On the surface, the Red Sox have the clear advantage for game two of this series tonight. They won yesterday's opener in extra innings after blowing a comfortable early lead, but are hoping they can take care of business throughout here. 

With Jon Lester up against Roberto Hernandez, one would have to think Boston has a great chance of making it 2-0 in the series. 

However, that's not the path Jeff Grant is taking with his sports picks. Instead, he fancies the idea of a total play in the first five innings. Lester has been solid, so he's taking the UNDER 4.5 runs.

[gameodds]3/236184/43/us[/gameodds]

Indians (Kluber) vs. Rangers (Holland)

Covered by Joe Freda

Want another UNDER play for tonight's action? Look no further. Joe is adding the UNDER to his MLB picks for the full game between Corey Kluber and the Indians and Derek Holland and the Rangers. 

Texas won 6-3 last night thanks to long balls from Lance Berkman and Jeff Baker. Can they make life difficult on Kluber tonight? Oddsmakers seem to think, listing the Rangers as -170 favorites at the sportsbooks.

With his MLB pick, Joe believes both Kluber and Holland will be able to have success. In five home starts, the UNDER has cashed four times for Holland, and the UNDER is also 5-1 in the Rangers' past six home contests versus a righty.

[gameodds]3/236188/43/us[/gameodds]

Angels (Vargas) vs. Orioles (Gonzalez)

Covered by Willie Bee

Willie thought Jered Weaver would dominate enough to lead the Angels to a win in the opener, but Freddy Garcia actually won the duel and the Orioles held on for the 4-3 victory.

For tonight's game, Willie is backing a Baltimore win, instead of going with his initial lean on the OVER. If you've been fading the Angels this season, it's likely worked out more often than not for you, so why not again in this MLB betting spot?

Vargas has been pretty reliable for L.A., but the Orioles know how to swing the bats and have one of the most balanced lineups in all of baseball. With that said, Willie is adding the Orioles at about -125 in the odds.

[gameodds]3/236182/43/us[/gameodds]

Blue Jays (Wang) vs. White Sox (Quintana)

Covered by Ron Patrick

A tough call here. Jose Quintana has the edge when you first look at the pitching matchup, considering this is Chien-Ming Wang's first start of the year and all.

Still, Wang has been quite effective in Triple A this season despite losing essentially all of velocity. This is a veteran pitcher we're talking about, one who knows how to work the plate and get batters out in a variety of different way.

That said, the White Sox bats broke out in yesterday's 10-6 win over R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays, so what's stopping them from doing that kind of damage again tonight? Ron is on the same page and selecting a Chicago win at -117.

[gameodds]3/236189/43/us[/gameodds] 

Giants (Lincecum) vs. Pirates (Cole)

Covered by Willie Bee

We're anxious to see what kind of performance Gerrit Cole puts on in his MLB debut tonight. San Francisco responds by sending out Tim Lincecum, though that's resulted in more disappointments than anything else this season.

The MLB odds are almost a wash here, with Pittsburgh posted as a small favorite (-115) at most places you look. We can also find a total of 7.5 on the board.

Willie, however, is awaiting a terrific debut from the exciting young prospect, so he's adding the Pirates to his MLB picks for the night.

[gameodds]3/236183/43/us[/gameodds]

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Texas Rangers (-170) vs. Cleveland Indians

Seattle Mariners (-165) vs. Houston Astros

Detroit Tigers (-160) at Kansas City Royals

Colorado Rockies (-150) vs. Washington Nationals

St. Louis Cardinals (-140) at New York Mets

 


Red Sox (Lester) vs. Rays (Hernandez)

Covered by Jeff Grant 

As expected, it was indeed a battle royale between these American League East rivals last night. The Red Sox jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first inning, but the Rays clawed their way back to force extra innings, only to lose in 14 innings. 

The win was Boston's third straight, as they aim to keep building their lead atop the division. Luckily for them they'll have Jon Lester on the hill, who's been excellent against Tampa Bay this season. He's given up three earned runs over 14.0 innings. 

The Rays will bring Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 5.03 ERA) out for another start. Hernandez has been better at home than you may think, but his overall numbers still leave a lot to be desired. That's MLB odds makers have listed Boston as a -125 favorite.

Indians (Kluber) vs. Rangers (Holland)

Covered by Joe Freda 

Josh Lindblom fared much better in his second start of the season, helping the Rangers to a 6-3 win in the series opener yesterday. Lance Berkman and Jeff Baker went deep in the victory.

Tonight the Rangers have the clear-cut advantage in terms of the pitching matchup. Derek Holland has been tremendous for that ballclub this season, which is why most MLB betting shops have Texas listed at -165 on the odds board. 

In five home starts in 2013, Holland has recorded a 2-1 record to go along with a 2.34 ERA, while Cleveland's Corey Kluber has gone 3-2 with a 4.72 ERA in five assignments on the road. Will Texas make it 2-0 in their favor in the series tonight?

Angels (Vargas) vs. Orioles (Gonzalez)

Covered by Willie Bee 

Even Jered Weaver's presence on the hill couldn't guide the Angels to a win. They're now 27-37 overall (12-19 on the road), which puts them a staggering 11.5 games back of the first-place Rangers in the AL West.

Baltimore, on the other hand, is keeping pace in the ultra-competitive AL East, and will try to get another W over L.A. this evening. At the moment, the MLB betting lines have the Orioles as small (-112) favorites. 

There's really not much separating these teams in terms of the starting pitchers. Both Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.71 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 4.05 ERA) have been solid but nothing special, so it'll be interesting to see what Willie Bee decides.

Blue Jays (Wang) vs. White Sox (Quintana)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Hopefully none of you backed the UNDER with your MLB picks for last night's opener. A combined 16 runs were put on the board in Chicago's win, as R.A. Dickey and Dylan Axelrod had nights to forget. 

Remember Chien-Mang Wang? Well he's back in the majors and will be making his first start of the year for Toronto tonight. In 10 appearances for Washington last season, five of which were starts, he had a 6.68 ERA and 2.01 WHIP. 

With that said, the White Sox have an excellent chance to get yet another win over the Blue Jays here. Jose Quintana hasn't been getting much run support lately, but he's giving his team quality innings and that's all you can really ask for. Chicago is listed at -120 for tonight, with Toronto at +115.

Giants (Lincecum) vs. Pirates (Cole)

Covered by Willie Bee 

Gerrit Cole will make his long-awaited MLB debut tonight against Tim Lincecum and the Giants. You can back a Pirates win at -115, while the Giants are priced out at approximately +105. The total is at 7.5 runs.

Something worth noting: Pittsburgh has gone an excellent 21-11 at home. Meanwhile, San Francisco is 12-18 on the road. 

Obviously that doesn't make the Pirates an automatic play, but it's not like Lincecum is anywhere near his 2011 level. He's 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA on the road this season, with opposing teams hitting .299 against him. Let's see if he can beat out the young stud tonight.

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