MLB Picks: Wednesday Baseball Odds & Betting Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:24 AM GMT

Join us as we breakdown the day's opening MLB odds and try to uncover the best value on the boards. Where have we decided to focus our attention today, and how are we predicting the lines to move?


Once again the Tigers are humungous favorites at home against the lowly Astros. What other MLB matchups are sticking out for potential bettors? 

Detroit, at time of this writing, was holding -345 chalk with Max Scherzer on the mound up against Dallas Keuchel and Houston (+325). 

Mariners (Iwakuma) vs. Yankees (Hughes) 

The Yankees staged a comeback late in last night's game, waiting until Felix Hernandez was out to get their runs in. They erased a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3, with Shawn Kelley getting the winning decision and Mariano Rivera again closing the door in the ninth. 

It's not going to be an easy ride for New York again this evening, as now they have to contend with Hisashi Iwakuma, who's 4-1 with a 1.74 ERA on the season. The Yankees have been getting some good innings out of Phil Hughes lately though, which helps explain why they're favored at -113 in the MLB odds. Is Willie Bee going to add another total play to his MLB picks tonight?

[gameodds]3/226659/43/us[/gameodds]

Nationals (Detweiler) vs. Dodgers (Greinke) 

Zack Greinke, back sooner than anyone expected, will return and start for the Dodgers tonight after missing just over a month of action because of his broken collarbone. The Nationals will have Ross Detweiler (2-3, 2.53 ERA) pitching. 

L.A. picked up the win last night thanks to a fantastic outing from Clayton Kershaw, who was one out away from a complete-game shutout. He stifled the Nationals all game long and the Dodgers will be wishing for a similarly dominant effort from Greinke here. No odds had been released at time of writing, but check back later to see how the lines shape up and to see where Willie Bee sees the value for our sports picks. 

[gameodds]3/226667/43/us[/gameodds]

Rangers (Ogando) vs. Athletics (Straily) 

The Rangers won a nail-biter in extra innings last night to even up the series at one apiece. In today's series finale, slated for an early start at 3:35 PM EST, Aleix Ogando and Dan Straily will be the two hurlers. 

With a four-game home set coming up against Detroit, that series win for Texas should certainly give them confidence heading in. The Rangers are now 8-3 over their last 11 games and their overall superiority is why they're quoted at -114 to win. Be on the lookout for Ron Patrick's pick this morning.

[gameodds]3/226657/43/us[/gameodds] 

Red Sox (Lester) vs. Rays (Price)

Matt Moore remained unbeaten with his seventh win of the season last night. Boston will go with another undefeated starter in Jon Lester (5-0, 2.73 ERA) in game two of the series tonight. Current lines list Tampa Bay at -118.

Why are the Rays the favorites with Lester pitching so well this season? Two reasons. One, the Rays are an impressive 14-6 at home, and then you have to factor in the fact David Price is starting for Tampa Bay. Though performing nowhere near his best level lately, he's bound to find his groove soon. Will Joe Freda be backing the home team? 

[gameodds]3/226662/43/us[/gameodds]

Giants (Vogelsong) vs. Blue Jays (Ortiz) 

Barry Zito imploded last night, leading to a big win for the suddenly hot Blue Jays, who were able to notch their third straight win. R.A. Dickey picked up just his third winning decision of 2013. 

Despite Toronto's 16-24 overall record, you have to like their chances of scoring another victory against Ryan Vogelsong, who's had a disaster of a season for San Francisco. He's 1-3 and has posted an ERA of 7.78 and WHIP of 1.73. Jeff Grant will be covering tonight's game in Toronto. 

[gameodds]3/226661/43/us[/gameodds]

Mets (Marcum) vs. Cardinals (Miller) 

Losers of five straight, the Mets are in a downward spiral as they try to avoid a sweep at the hands of the surging Cardinals. St. Louis currently has the best record in the majors right now at 25-13 overall.

Ron Patrick is going to have to try and find some value elsewhere instead of a moneyline play, since the Cardinals are listed at -200 to win. The staggering odds aren't surprising whatsoever, consdering Shelby Miller (5-2, 1.58 ERA) will be up against Shaun Marcum (0-3, 8.59 ERA).

[gameodds]3/226665/43/us[/gameodds]