Let's go over some of the games we are looking at with our MLB picks today.
Two games had already started this afternoon, with Cleveland going for the four-game sweep of Seattle at home and Toronto, with RA Dickey on the mound, playing host to Tampa Bay.
The Nationals will have their hands full with the Giants in this series, but they have actually had their fair share of success when visiting San Francisco.
For tonight's opener, the pitching matchup isn't exactly elite. Ryan Vogelsong has been an utter disaster and reportedly has a very short leash at the moment, so he needs to bring his best stuff against the Nationals here.
We have two different perspectives on this game. Jeff Grant likes the underdog price (+126) on Washington, while Ron Patrick is going the other way and siding with San Francisco at -135.
Having won six of their nine road games against the Orioles last season, the Yankees should be feeling fairly confident in their chances this evening.
Even more so due to the fact CC Sabathia will be pitching for New York. At 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA on the season, he's been the far more reliable starter than has veteran Freddy Garcia (0-2, 5.51 ERA).
For our MLB picks today, again there are two separate predictions. On the one hand we've got Willie Bee, who fancies the Yankees as road favorites (-135), but then Jeff Grant is really liking the look of the OVER 8.5 runs.
After being out of the bigs for a month, Johnny Cueto will return tonight in New York against the reeling Mets. As of now the MLB odds have the Reds as -155 favorites, with the total at 7.5.
Though Cueto has been out of action for a while, it's hard to go against him in this spot. After all, Shaun Marcum has yet to win a game this season and his ERA of 6.75 doesn't instill much confidence into potential backers.
That's one reason why Ron Patrick is recommending a play on Cincinnati. The Reds have picked up their production on the road as of late and Ron believes they'll be able to start off this series against the Mets on the right foot.
Two aces will be on the mound this evening, though the Dodgers have the clear advantage with the phenomenal Clayton Kershaw taking the hill. He's been fantastic again this season.
The Dodgers, as a team, have been struggling, but the Brewers have been having an even harder time, which is why they find themselves as +115 underdogs at the top online sportsbooks. A L.A. win is available at -125.
Joe Freda can't help himself here. Milwaukee can be a tough place to pitch, but this is too good of a price on Kershaw to pass over. He's taking the Dodgers to win and get back on track after getting swept in Atlanta.
Athletics (Colon) vs. Rangers (Lindblom)
Willie Bee has tackled tonight's encounter between Texas and Oakland. The Rangers, with a rather unproven Josh Lindblom on the mound, are still favored at -125 for tonight.
Oakland has been playing better as of late, winning three straight ballgames. However, Bartolo Colon has allowed three or more earned runs in each of his last four starts, which has risen his ERA to 4.56 on the season.
So, even with Lindblom being somewhat of an unknown commodity, Willie is siding with Texas at this short price. Will the Rangers improve to 30-15 after tonight's over and done with?
Biggest ML Favorites
Philadelphia Phillies (-165) at Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals (-160) at Houston Astros
Atlanta Braves (-155) vs. Minnesota Twins
Cincinnati Reds (-145) at New York Mets
San Francisco Giants (-140) vs. Washington Nationals
Today's most overwhelming favorite will be the Phillies, who can be backed at a whopping price of -185 for their road matchup with Alex Sanabia and the Marlins.
Below you can see a few more games that we are looking at with our MLB picks.
Nationals (Duke ) vs. Giants (Vogelsong)
Though both the Nationals and Giants got off to scorching starts this season, they've cooled off here lately. Washington has lost two straight and is 4-6 over their last 10, while San Francisco has dropped three in a row, while posting that same 4-6 mark.
It's going to be hard to pick a side here, as both Zach Duke and Ryan Vogelsong have been struggling this season, Vogelsong especially. He's 1-4 on the season and has recorded a horrendous 8.06 ERA and equally bad WHIP of 1.84. In spite of his terrible performances, the Giants are still favored at -130.
Mariners (Iwakuma) vs. Indians (Kazmir)
As good as Hisashi Iwakuma has been (5-1, 1.84 ERA, 0.78 WHIP), it shouldn't surprise you that the Mariners are favored at -115 for this road game in Cleveland. The Japanese maestro hasn't picked up a losing decision for almost a month now.
Opposite Iwakuma will be Scott Kazmir, who's struggled to the tune of a 5.33 ERA. In his most recent start, against a light-hitting Phillies team, he allowed six hits and four earned runs in a 6-2 loss. Cleveland was able to get after Felix Hernandez yesterday – can they make life difficult on Iwakuma?
Red Sox (Lester) vs. White Sox (Axelrod)
The wins continue to stockpile for the Red Sox, who have now won five straight games, making them 27-17 on the season. They're a very solid 13-10 on the road and are now just a half-game back of the Yankees for first place in the AL East.
For tonight, Jon Lester (6-0, 2.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) will try to lead Boston to a sixth consecutive win. Chicago will have Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP) on the mound and he's been far more effective at home this season. Current MLB odds list the Red Sox as -145 favorites.
Reds (Cueto) vs. Mets (Marcum)
Johnny Cueto will make his first appearance since April 13th tonight, and oddsmakers have responded by making the Reds -155 favorites on the road against New York. The Mets were able to close out their series against the Cubs with a win, but they've still won just three of their last ten overall.
On the other hand you've got Cincinnati, who is playing solid ball. They're 7-3 over that same ten-game span and are certainly staying afloat in a tough National League Central division that features two other teams (St. Louis and Pittsburgh) who are at least eight games above .500.
Twins (Correia) vs. Braves (Teheran)
We close out with a closer look at game one of this series between Atlanta and Minnesota. The Braves are coming off a home sweep of the Dodgers and are now 2.5 games ahead of Washington in the NL East.
Conversely, Minnesota has been in a really bad way recently, losing five straight games to see their position in the AL Central plummet. The Twins, quoted at +155 at various online sportsbooks, have a good chance to stay competitive tonight though, considering Kevin Correia (4-3, 3.335 ERA) has been throwing the ball well this season.