Check in for our updated look at the MLB odds for Tuesday. What kind of value is out there for the taking?
This will be a battle between what have been two of the best teams in baseball so far this season. The opening matchup, however, won't feature a top-notch pitching matchup, as Justin Grimm and Ryan Dempster have had their fair share of ups-and-downs.
Taking those troubles into consideration, Swingin' Johnson has decided he has no other choice but to back the OVER 9 runs. Check out his preview of the game for a more in-depth analysis.
Willie Bee hit the mark with his MLB picks for game one of the series. He recommended the OVER 7.5 runs and a big night out of the Cardinals offense in the 7-1 win resulted in a winner.
Tyler Skaggs has been called up to replace the injured Brandon McCarthy in the rotation. In his first appearance, he shut down a potent Rangers offense, but he'll most certainly have his hands full again with the Cardinals. This time around, Willie Bee is going against the exciting Michael Wacha and backing Arizona at +154.
The Braves cruised to a series-opening win yesterday and have to be liking their chances of another victory tonight. Why? Mike Minor has been tremendous this season and is backed by the superior bats over in Atlanta.
It's no wonder the Braves are favored in and around the -165 area. Let's not lose sight of the fact Jeff Locke has been a revelation for the Pirates this season as well, but Willie Bee is standing strong and picking an Atlanta win on the run-line.
It's understandable to see Washington as a massive favorite tonight, given that New York has lost three straight and the Nationals will have stud Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. Current odds have Washington favored at -185.
In place of a moneyline play, Joe Freda has settled on the OVER 7.5 runs with his sports picks. He thinks Zimmermann should be able to bounce back after a rough outing, but ultimately he's looking for quite a few runs to be put on the board.
You may want to stay far away from the Angels for now, at least until they prove to the public that they've finally turned the corner. L.A. may be at home here against the Cubs, but we just saw that home-field advantage doesn't mean much after that sweep by Houston.
Joe Freda agrees and doesn't see much value in a play on either side, so he's taking the UNDER 7.5 runs. We know Jered Weaver can shut down teams left and right, while Scott Feldman has been excellent at times this season.
The Dodgers barely held on for a 2-1 win over the Padres in the opener last night. Can they get another quality outing from tonight's pitcher, Ted Lilly? He'll be opposed by San Diego's Clayton Richard, who's really struggled in 2013.
Perhaps this is a start of positive things to come for L.A. Ron Patrick is on the same page and is going to back momentum and the Dodgers by siding with the home team to win again, this time at -127 in the MLB betting lines.
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Los Angeles Angels (-190) vs. Chicago Cubs
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Rangers (Grimm) vs. Red Sox (Dempster)
Something's got to give tonight when the Red Sox and Rangers begin their series at Fenway. Boston is 35-23 overall and 17-12 at home, while Texas is 35-21 overall and 17-13 on the road.
Justin Grimm (5-3, 3.93 ERA) and Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45 ERA) will try to best each other on the mound. Though Grimm has been more successful this season, home-field advantage makes the difference in this spot, with the Red Sox favored at -133.
Diamondbacks (McCarthy) vs. Cardinals (Wacha)
Some thought the Diamondbacks could come in to Busch and give Lance Lynn and the Cardinals a tough run in the first game of the series, but the opposite ended up happening. St. Louis cruised to the win.
With rookie sensation Michael Wacha set to make his second start, it seems like the Cardinals will be favored by a considerable margin once again. Will Willie Bee be backing St. Louis with his MLB picks?
Pirates (Locke) vs. Braves (Minor)
The Braves got the best of A.J. Burnett and the Pirates in game one, but face another tough test in Jeff Locke tonight. Locke is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.17 WHIP so far this season, and his road splits (3-1, 1.45 ERA) are excellent too.
Still, Atlanta's always tough to beat on their turf, and Mike Minor (7-2, 2.48 ERA) has been performing at a very high level as well. This one has pitchers duel written all over it and it seems oddsmakers are on the same page after posting an O/U of 7 runs. The Braves are favored at -156.
Blue Jays (Johnson) vs. Giants (Lincecum)
Both San Francisco and Toronto have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games, but the Giants' hot start has allowed them to stay competitive in the NL West. As for the Blue Jays, they're still in the basement of the highly competitive AL East and it's not even close.
As far as the MLB odds go, San Francisco is a -122 favorite, while the total's at 7.5 runs. Joe Catalano has his work cut out for him for tonight's game, as Tim Lincecum has struggled quite a bit this season and Josh Johnson, who's struggled in limited appearances, will be making his first start since April 21.
Mets (Hefner) vs. Nationals (Zimmermann)
It could very well be a long night for the Mets, who will run into Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann, coming off his worst start of the season, will try to bounce back in style against a weak New York offense.
The Nationals aren't exactly hitting exceptionally well either, but they're still favored at -195. It would be surprising if Joe Freda doesn't either make a play on Washington (perhaps on the run-line) or on the game's total.
Cubs (Feldman) vs. Angels (Weaver)
So the Angels just got swept at home by the Astros. Yep, that happened. It looked like L.A. had finally started to figure it all out, but that's seemingly all gone down the drain against one of the worst teams in the majors.
The Angels get to turn around right away and try and get back on track against Scott Feldman and the Cubs. Feldman has looked very strong at times in 2013, but L.A. is still posted up as a massive (-182) favorite.
Padres (Richard) vs. Dodgers (Lilly)
L.A. took game one by the skin of their teeth and will aim to make it two out of two. The two starting pitchers tonight will be Ted Lilly (0-2, 4.26 ERA) and Clayton Richard (1-5, 7.86 ERA). Richard has gone 0-3 with a horrific 9.56 ERA in three road starts this season.
Lilly hasn't been too good either, but he's at least been somewhat reliable. However, the MLB odds aren't as high as one would expect – the Dodgers are at -134 to get the win tonight, while the Padres are at +129.