MLB Picks: Updated Odds & Betting Lines Report for Thursday

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:25 PM GMT

With the lines starting to settle, it's time to run over our vast collection of MLB picks for the day.


Nationals/Braves Game 4
 

Jordan Zimmermann was fantastic last night, which will make it a tough follow-up act for Dan Haren here in the series finale. 

This matchup was going to be tough anyway for Haren, who is 2-3 with a 6.29 ERA on the season. The 10-year veteran is trying hard to recover after allowing 12 earned runs in 13 and 1/3 innings through his first three starts. Haren has fared better of late, giving Washington a chance in appearances against St. Louis and Cincinnati. 

Nonetheless, the Braves have Kris Medlen on the mound and that will give them the clear advantage for the final game of the series. The MLB odds back that statement up, with Atlanta favored at nearly -170. 

Instead of picking a winner here, Willie Bee has opted to go with the UNDER 7.5 runs, in hopes that Haren and Medlen can get their stuff on point. Another low-scoring game wouldn't surprise us in the least from what we've already seen in this series. 

[gameodds]3/225945/43/us[/gameodds] 

Orioles/Angels Game 1 

Surprised to see the Angels at 10-17 at this point in the season? We are too, but that's what happens when your pitching is ranked #29 in ERA at 4.87. L.A. has a stacked batting order, everyone knows that, but the staff and the bullpen have to step it up. 

The Angels begin a four-game set with Baltimore tonight, and the current lines have them favored in the -115 to -120 range. The Orioles can be backed at +110, while the total is at nine runs.

Chris Tillman and Joe Blanton will be on the mound, and early results from the season suggest that will play into Baltimore's favor. Blanton has been awful for his new club, going winless in five starts to go along with a terrible 7.09 ERA.

The Angels, though, were able to win their last time out and maybe that will give them the confidence they need to get out to a positive start versus the visiting Orioles. Willie Bee, with his free MLB picks, is indeed recommending a play on L.A. in this spot

[gameodds]3/225949/43/us[/gameodds]

Red Sox/Blue Jays 

Armed with the best record in the bigs, the Red Sox will go for a 2-1 series win over Toronto tonight. Ryan Dempster and J.A. Happ are the starting pitchers. 

We have two separate plays for this game. Jeff Grant actually likes the Blue Jays to get the win as +115 underdogs, as he believes Boston may be a little over-valued after such a big win last night. Joe Catalano, in his picks of the day article, likes the UNDER 8.5 runs, thinking Happ may be able to slow down Boston's bats. 

[gameodds]3/225944/43/us[/gameodds]

White Sox/Rangers 

Jake Peavy, who's 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA, has been scratched from his start tonight and will be replaced by Hector Santiago. He'll face off against Texas' Justin Grimm, with the hosts moving from -125 to a -160 favorite at the online sportsbooks. 

Jeff Grant had made his play on the Rangers before it was announced that Peavy would be missing his start. Originally he liked Texas because of Peavy's past struggles in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. 

[gameodds]3/225946/43/us[/gameodds]

Tigers/Astros 

Again we have two different cappers looking at this one, but both like the same play. Joe Catalano likes the OVER 9 runs considering neither Rick Porcello or Jordan Lyles instill much confidence when it comes to pitching. 

With the Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the heart of the order, Detroit is always capable of dropping at least nine runs by themselves. Joe Freda agrees and is adding the OVER to his picks as well.

[gameodds]3/225948/43/us[/gameodds]

LT Sports Profit Group begins a total-play focus today, which you can check out, along with the rest of our other sports picks, at our MLB betting page.