The bulk of today's games are coming up in just a few hours, but some matchups have already begun. Here's the revised look at the MLB odds paired with our favorites sports picks.
Swingin' Johnson nailed his game one pick, recommending a three-unit play on the OVER 9 runs that came through easily. In all there were 22 runs scored, with the Red Sox accounting for 17 of those.
For game two of the series, SJ isn't going to make a repeat play on the total. He's liking this relatively small price on Boston at home and will be taking them at -121 for another three units. Will John Lackey help him out?
We had another successful pick in this series last night, as Willie Bee picked a live dog in Arizona at +154. They got the job done in extra innings to win 7-6.
Tonight's starters will be Wade Miley and Joe Kelly, and both pitchers have struggled quite a bit this season. Pencil that in as one significant reason the OVER 8.5 runs, trading at +105, is the preferred play with Willie's MLB picks tonight.
Blue Jays (Dickey) vs. Giants (Zito)
Tim Lincecum looked like his old self last night, guiding the Giants to a narrow 2-1 win last night. Tonight the home team will be hoping to get another outstanding start out of veteran left-hander Barry Zito.
Pitching at AT&T Park has resulted in terrific results for Zito, but that's not going to get in my way of an OVER play. Zito seems to be due for somewhat of a dud at home, while Dickey's been getting shelled all season long. I'm suggesting a play on the OVER.
Mets (Gee) vs. Nationals (Haren)
The Mets were well on their way to an impressive 2-1 win over Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals, but Bobby Parnell coughed up two runs in the bottom of the ninth and they ended up losing in heartbreaking fashion.
Can they respond in a positive way tonight? Joe Freda believes so. Dillon Gee looked fantastic against the Yankees last week and Joe's banking on another solid outing. Plus, it's not like Washington's bats are that dangerous.
Ron Patrick gave out an easy winner last night, picking a Seattle win behind Felix Hernandez. The Mariners would go on to win 7-4 to add on to the White Sox's recent misery.
Seattle has another stud on the mound tonight in Hisashi Iwakuma, so don't be surprised by such heavy chalk. Though it's certainly a high umber (reaching -180 at some sportsbooks), Ron has decided to play it safe and back the Mariners on the moneyline again.[gameodds]3/228753/43/us[/gameodds]
A nice rally from the Angels last night ended their growing losing streak at just the right time. L.A. will be aiming to start up another winning run, and a good seven innings or more out of Justin Vargas would be a good start.
Thing is, Matt Garza has looked impressive for Chicago since coming back. So, rather than making a tough call between two teams that tend to disappoint, Joe Freda has released his pick in favor of the UNDER 7.5 runs.
As you can see, our SBR cappers had an excellent day yesterday. Ron Patrick was one of those on the money with his MLB picks – he correctly picked a Dodgers win, and the huge day out of Yasiel Puig made that a reality.
Tonight Ron is picking L.A. again, but this time it's on the run-line. Clayton Kershaw at home always brings with it some considerable chalk, so Ron is going to gamble a little bit and roll with a convincing Dodgers win instead.
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Los Angles Dodgers (-215) vs. San Diego Padres
Cincinnati Reds (-200) vs. Colorado Rockies
Seattle Mariners (-180) vs. Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles (-160) at Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels (-150) vs. Chicago Cubs
The Red Sox crushed the ball without mercy yesterday and are going to try and do similar damage against Alexi Ogando.
Ogando's been solid at 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA, but so too has John Lackey, who's 3-5 with a 2.96 ERA. Boston is a small favorite in the MLB odds at -118. Which side will Swingin' Johnson choose?
Diamondbacks (Miley) vs. Cardinals (Kelly)
A pitching matchup between two promising young pitching talents turned into a high-scoring affair, with the Diamondbacks emerging victorious in extra innings.
The Cardinals will be out for revenge tonight, but will have to get some good innings out of Joe Kelly, who'll be making his first start of 2013. He's recorded a 6.75 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 18.2 innings of relief.
Pirates (Rodriguez) vs. Braves (Teheran)
The Braves needed extra frames to get it done last night. Will they be able to grab another win over Wandy Rodriguez and the Pirates this afternoon?
Rodriguez hasn't been nearly as good on the road as he has at home this season, so it's no shock to see Atlanta favored at -130. Willie Bee will have his MLB selection available for this game shortly.
Blue Jays (Dickey) vs. Giants (Zito)
In what turned out to be a pitcher's duel, San Francisco came out as 2-1 victors at AT&T Park last night. Tim Lincecum picked up the winning decision. For today, the Giants are favored at -112.
This is the game that I broke down today, and after carefully looking at all of the numbers and other factors, I've decided that the OVER (8 runs) is the best way to go. These are two extremely experienced pitchers, but they've been incredibly disappointing at times this season.
Mets (Gee) vs. Nationals (Haren)
The Nationals looked destined to lose a heart-breaker despite a gem from Jordan Zimmermann, but they scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2.
The overall numbers for Dillon Gee (3-6, 5.68 ERA) and Dan Haren (4-6, 5.09 ERA) are ugly, but Gee is coming off a masterclass showing against the Yankees in New York and Haren has been solid in his last two starts. Joe Freda will have the call for tonight's game – the Nationals are -140 favorites.
White Sox (Axelrod) vs. Mariners (Iwakuma)
Many were expecting an extremely low-scoring game last night, considering Felix Hernandez and Jake Peavy were the two starters. However, Peavy was rattled early and the Mariners went on to win 7-4.
This afternoon, Seattle is an even bigger favorite (-165), and that's because Hisashi Iwakuma has been brilliant this season. This is a guy that's allowed just five earned runs with 33 strikeouts and two walks in 33.2 IP at home.
Cubs (Garza) vs. Angels (Vargas)
L.A. was on the verge of losing their fifth straight, but a late surge propelled them to a 4-3 win. It was a much-needed victory for the Angels after a completely demoralizing sweep (at home) at the hands of the Astros.
We should see another pretty good showing on the mound tonight, as Matt Garza has looked good since returning and Jason Vargas has been one of the very few positives to come out of the 2013 season for L.A. The Angels are listed at -150 to get the win.
Padres (Marquis) vs. Dodgers (Kershaw)
Ron Patrick will have an interesting choice on his hands today. Of course it's going to be hard to go against Clayton Kershaw in any circumstance, but it's highly unlikely he's willing to lay so much chalk (-205) in the process.
The Dodgers have managed to win both games against the Padres in this series, and considering San Diego has gone 10-18 on the road this season, it's probable a sweep is in order. Kershaw's a stud, especially at home where he's gone 4-2 with a 1.38 ERA in seven assignments.