MLB Picks: Wednesday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 11:00 AM UTC

Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 11:00 AM UTC

A new day brings with it a different set of challenges as we try and beat the sportsbooks with our MLB picks.

The New York Yankees (-220) and Detroit Tigers (-220) are again the two biggest MLB odds favorites of the day for their respective games against the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.

It's time to see what else is out there in terms of the MLB betting odds before we place our final sports picks. 

Reds/Cardinals Game 3 

We witnessed another pitching duel last night in game two of the series, but in the end it was the Cardinals that scored the 2-1 victory as small home favorites. 

Cincinnati held a 1-0 lead through the first five innings, but Matt Holliday came up with a huge two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth and St. Louis was able to hold on for te win. Jaime Garcia pitched a gem, surrendering seven hits and one run in eight innings of work. It was a hard-luck loss for Bronson Arroyo, who had a quality outing (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 H). 

The series wraps up tonight and it's Homer Bailey going against Lance Lynn. Bailey's one poor outing this season came in St. Louis (5.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER), but other than that start he's allowed three earned runs in 27.0 innings. That explains why the Reds are close in the odds at +103 against the undefeated Lynn (4-0, 3.10 ERA).


Nationals/Braves Game 3 

The Braves continued their dominance over Washington with an easy 8-1 win yesterday. Tim Hudson went seven strong innings, allowing three hits and one earned run in a winning decision. 

Hudson helped his cause by belting a solo shot in the fifth inning and the veteran is now hitting .429 through the early part of 2013. He got some additional support from Andrelton Simmons, wo had three hits, and Freddie Freeman and Evan Gattis, who combined for five RBI. 

Tonight the pitching matchup features Jordan Zimmermann and Paul Maholm. Will Maholm be able to respond the right way after a nightmare outing against Detroit? He and his teammates are favored at -120, while the total is at seven runs. 


NL West Coverage 

This week we've been tracking the Giants/Diamondbacks and Rockies/Dodgers

San Francisco has won each of the first two games of the series and will be relying on Tim Lincecum (2-1, 3.64 ERA) to guide them to a sweep. Considering Arizona's Brandon McCarthy has limped out to a 0-3 record and 7.48 ERA, the odds on the Giants (-108) appear very enticing. 

The Dodgers meanwhile bounced back nicely yesterday thanks to a great start out of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who struck out 12 in six innings of a 8-1 win. Hanley Ramirez homered and added a double in his return to the lineup. 

L.A. will be vying for their third consecutive series win, as Josh Beckett takes to the mound against Juan Nicasio. Beckett has yet to pick up a victory this season, but that hasn't stopped the online sportsbooks from posting the Dodgers up as -135 favorites. The Rockies are available at +125, but are a risky play with Nicasio on the mound, given how much trouble he's had with his control.

Be on the lookout for... 

We will have additional MLB picks on Phillies/Indians, Red Sox/Blue Jays, as well as another picks of the day article up for public viewing. Roy Halladay was horrendous yesterday for Philadelphia – will Cliff Lee (-140) be able to put up a better performance against the feisty Indians? 

The Red Sox, with Clay Buchholz pitching, are at -130 to win against a Toronto team that will send out Mark Buehrle.
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