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A game-tying homer in the top of the ninth from Travis Hafner gave the Yankees the momentum they'd need to get a 6-4 win in the series opener last night. Willie Bee had picked New York to cover, and tonight he's going the same way.
Why the Yankees? If you hadn't noticed, the Orioles are struggling in a major way right now, having lost six in a row, and Willie thinks it's in the public's best interest to continue fading them until they give us a reason not to. He's backing a New York win at +105.
Ron Patrick was on the money with his pick last night. He was all over the Giants at -135 and they went on to smash the Nationals 8-0. For game two, San Francisco is again favored with Matt Cain on the mound.
That said, it's hard to pick against a guy like Stephen Strasburg, who was brilliant in his latest start against San Diego. Considering the price you're getting on the more efficient pitcher in Strasburg here (+105), Ron has opted to roll with the Nationals.
The Angels have obviously been the more disappointing team of the two this season, but they've been quoted as significant favorites for today's opener against Seattle. L.A. is at -160 to win, with Seattle at +145 and the total at 8.5 runs.
There hasn't been much movement throughout the day and, in the end, Willie Bee can't help but lay the chalk and recommend a play on the Angels. L.A. has been a mess, but Jerome Williams has been a lot better than Aaron Harang this season and the Angels also have the far more intimidating offense.
Zack Greinke makes his second start since returning from the DL and his Dodgers are favored to the tune of -130 at some MLB betting shops. The total is at 8.5 runs. Ultimately, Jeff Grant has selected L.A. with his sports picks.
His play on the Dodgers isn't just on the full-game moneyline though. He believes the best value is on L.A. on a first five innings pick, as he has no faith whatsoever in the Dodgers bullpen. Quite right too: as Jeff points out, their bullpen has put up an ERA of 5.91 over their previous five ballgames.
Both Ron Patrick and Joe Catalano have been reeled in by this low price on the Reds tonight. Cincinnati is just a -110 favorite against a Mets team that's 3-7 over their last 10 matchups. Mike Leake hasn't been unhittable, but Jonathon Niese (5.40 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) has been a disaster for the most part.
Leake has been excellent against the Mets over the past couple seasons, while Joe just doesn't have any faith in Niese to shut down an imposing Reds offense that's getting insane production out of the likes of Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce.
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Texas Rangers (-200) vs. Oakland Athletics
Atlanta Braves (-190) vs. Minnesota Twins
Los Angeles Angels (-160) vs. Seattle Mariners
Pittsburgh Pirates (-150) vs. Chicago CubsSt. Louis Cardinals (-150) at San Diego Padres
Two sizable favorites that stick out are the Rangers (-195) versus Oakland and the Braves (-190) at home to Minnesota. Here's how some of the other games are shaping up, as we prepare to release our MLB picks.
Something is wrong with Jim Johnson right now and the Yankees couldn't be happier about it. They master-minded a late comeback in the top of the ninth last night and went on to win 6-4 in game one of the series.
This time around, New York is considered the underdog with Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.88 ERA) on the mound. The Orioles will have Miguel Gonzalez going and can be locked down at MLB odds of -115. The total is at nine runs – look out for Willie Bee's play on this matchup in a few hours.
Nationals (Strasburg) vs. Giants (Cain)
A killer pitcher's duel sees Stephen Strasburg going up against Matt Cain. At the moment the Giants are short favorites at a price of -107, with the Nationals available for backing at +102. The O/U opened at 6.5 but was quickly bet up to 7.
Ron Patrick has been tasked with sharing his free picks for this National League battle at AT&T Park. Strasburg (2-5, 2.83 ERA) has been much more productive than Cain (3-2, 5.43 ERA) this season, but San Francisco is 16-7 at home.
Mariners (Harang) vs. Angels (Williams)
The Mariners lost in heartbreaking fashion yesterday and were unable to take one game in Cleveland. They begin a new series with the similarly struggling Angels (17-27 overall, 10-13 at home) this evening.
With Aaron Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA) and Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.05 ERA) taking the bump, the advantage is clearly in L.A.'s favor. As you'd expect, the Angels are big favorites at anywhere from -155 to -160. Come back and see us to see where Willie Bee thinks the MLB betting value lies.
Dodgers (Greinke) vs. Brewers (Burgos)
Joe Freda is covering the Dodgers/Brewers game and will have to choose between two of the most disappointing teams in the MLB. Combined these teams are a staggering 16 games below .500, but it was L.A. that was able to get the win last night in game one.
The victory was made possible primarily because of the wonderful outing from Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers will be hoping to get another gem out of Zack Greinke, who tossed 5 and 1/3 innings of solid ball in his return six days ago. Tonight L.A. is again favored at a price of -135.
Reds (Leake) vs. Mets (Niese)
Johnny Cueto had a successful return last night and was able to get a win to push his record to 2-0. It'll be interesting to see what kind of performance Mike Leake (3-2, 3.72 ERA) will be able to put forth in game two tonight.
Leake is coming off 6 and 2/3 innings of shutout ball against Miami, while Jonathon Niese (3-4, 5.40 ERA) was very successful (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) in his most recent starting which came against St. Louis. Ron Patrick is analyzing this game, with current baseball odds listing Cincinnati as a -120 favorite on the road.