MLB Picks: Tuesday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:31 AM GMT

Make sure you check in with us before placing your MLB picks, as we breakdown tonight's betting odds.


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Athletics (Parker) vs. Rangers (Darvish)

Covered by Ron Patrick 

The Rangers finally got back to their winning ways with a hard-fought 8-7 victory over the surging Athletics last night. They'll go for their second straight with ace Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.64 ERA) on the mound.

Darvish hasn't been too good against Oakland so far in his short career in the major leagues, but it was certainly encouraging to see Texas' bats come alive for the first time in a while yesterday. Darvish will need a good offensive backing tonight, but in the end Ron thinks the MLB odds are too high and is taking the Athletics at +161. 

[gameodds]3/236652/43/us[/gameodds]

Dodgers (Ryu) vs. Yankees (Hughes)

Covered by Joe Freda

New York was able to end their losing streak by topping Jered Weaver and the Angels in the series finale. They'll hope to start off this interleague set against the other L.A. team with a positive result, with Phil Hughes going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu. 

As of now, the baseball odds were extremely close. The Yankees were small favorites at -110, while the Dodgers were quoted at pretty much even money. With his sports picks, Joe is rolling with the road team to get the victory, as he feels Hughes and the Bronx Bombers are getting over-valued in this spot.

[gameodds]3/236647/43/us[/gameodds] 

Nationals (Detwiler) vs. Phillies (Lee)

Covered by Willie Bee

The way Cliff Lee's been pitching this season, it's hard not to like the Phillies, irrespective of how much chalk they'll be laying for tonight's home game against Ryan Zimmermann and the Nationals. Right now Philadelphia is a -162 favorite.

Having put together eight straight quality starts, Willie is all over the Phillies, but he's not willing to lay such a big number. So, he's going to add Philadelphia on the run-line (at approximately +145) to his MLB picks for the day.

Mets (Harvey, Wheeler) vs. Braves (Wood, Maholm) – Double-Header

Covered by Willie Bee

Game one is already underway and Matt Harvey is putting on a show against the Braves. He had already recorded 10 strikeouts through five innings, with his Mets leading 2-0. Will Atlanta be able to muster up another late-innings comeback?

Tonight's nightcap will pit Zack Wheeler, making his MLB debut, up against the Braves' Paul Maholm. Willie liked the UNDER 7 runs in the first game, which is well on its way to cashing, and is also on the UNDER (7.5) for game two of the day.

[gameodds]3/236650/43/us[/gameodds]

Padres (Cashner) vs. Giants (Cain)

Covered by Joe Freda 

The Padres outlasted the Giants in yesterday's opener, winning the ballgame 5-3 in extra innings to extend their winning streak to seven games. Tonight they're +135 underdogs against Matt Cain and San Francisco, with the home team at -150. 

Joe is selecting the OVER 7 runs as one of his MLB picks. The OVER has gone 4-1-1 in Cain's previous six home starts, and it's no secret that the Padres are swinging the bats much better, even in spite of the fact injuries are piling up.

[gameodds]3/236658/43/us[/gameodds]

Other Picks

There are a couple other games we've broken down closely. Jeff Grant is going with the Orioles on the +1.5 run-line against the Tigers and he's then taking on some massive chalk by backing the Cardinals at -200 to win over the Cubs. 

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Detroit Tigers (-220) vs. Baltimore Orioles

St. Louis Cardinals (-205) vs. Chicago Cubs

Los Angeles Angels (-195) vs. Seattle Mariners

Cincinnati Reds (-190) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Arizona Diamondbacks (-180) vs. Miami Marlins

 

**Morning Report**


Athletics (Parker) vs. Rangers (Darvish)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Those who were expecting a pitchers duel between Nick Tepesch and Dan Straily were left scratching their heads, as the Rangers offense finally woke up in a 8-7 win in the home team's opening win last night. 

The win came at a much-needed time for Texas, who had been reeling after a sweep at home at the hands of the Blue Jays. The Rangers (-165) should have an excellent shot of making it two out of tow with Yu Darvish set to start.

Dodgers (Ryu) vs. Yankees (Hughes)

Covered by Joe Freda 

Two of the biggest baseball franchises are ready to do battle at Yankee Stadium this week. Game one of this interleague set will involve Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85 ERA) and Phil Hughes, who's 3-5 with a 4.89 ERA. 

Hughes' home splits give reason for pause tonight, considering he's 1-3 with a 6.52 earned run average in six starts in the Bronx – opponents are hitting .320 against him. Still, the Yankees are favored at -110, with the Dodgers listed at +105 and the total settling at eight runs.

Nationals (Detwiler) vs. Phillies (Lee)

Covered by Willie Bee 

The Phillies coughed up a late lead but managed to recover to win in extra innings. Hopefully things are a little easier with their ace, Cliff Lee, on the mound. He'll be opposed by Ross Detwiler, who's 2-4 with a 3.02 ERA on the year. 

Any play involving these teams has been tricky, since they've both endured their fair share of struggles. Philadelphia, despite winning the opener, is 3-7 over the team's last 10 games, while Washington is an even 5-5 in the same span. Tonight's MLB odds have Lee and the Phillies as -155 favorites.

Mets (Harvey, Wheeler) vs. Braves (Wood, Maholm) – Double-Header

Covered by Jeff Grant & Willie Bee 

Left-hander Alex Wood will make his first start of the season for the Braves in the opening game of the double-header, and he's going to have to be at his very best against one of the best in the game in Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04 ERA).

In the nightcap, Zack Wheeler will make his major league debut for New York. In Triple A this season he's gone 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA. For the Braves, another southpaw, Paul Maholm, gets the call and his home numbers (4-1, 1.64 ERA) have been extremely impressive.

Padres (Cashner) vs. Giants (Cain)

Covered by Joe Freda

Since getting tagged for nine hits and seven runs in St. Louis on the first day of June, Matt Cain has responded by allowing a single run over his last two starts. In those 13 and 2/3 innings, he's given up three hits. 

With injuries mounting for San Francisco, a quality start would go a long way for the Giants. San Diego will have Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.52 ERA) on the mound and he's gone 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA in eight total appearances on the road in 2013. Cain and the Giants are listed at -142 to win.