MLB Picks: Wednesday Betting Odds & Lines Report

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:55 AM GMT

Rise and shine! Here's our daily MLB report, which features a closer look at the MLB odds for five of the best games of the day.


Morning MLB Odds Report

Make sure you don't miss the early games tomorrow. It's a very early start, with the first matchup set to start at 12:10 PM EST. There are six other afternoon games to look out for as well.

Yankees (Kuroda) vs. Orioles (Hammel)

Set to start at 7:00 PM EST, the Orioles and Yankees will have their series-deciding finale. The game, which will be televised nationally on ESPN, will feature Hiroki Kuroda and Jason Hammel.

In spite of the fact Kuroda has the far superior numbers this season (6-2, 1.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), New York is favored at just -115 on the MLB betting odds boards for this game. That's pretty surprising when you consider how poor Jason Hammel (5.72 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) has performed.

Kuroda has already seen Baltimore once this season and was wonderful, holding the Orioles to five hits and no runs in a complete-game shutout. We can't wait to see what kind of MLB pick Willie Bee comes up with here.

[gameodds]3/227417/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Nationals (Gonzalez) vs. Giants (Bumgarner)

The Giants have opened up as -145 favorites for game three of this series. You can back Washington at +135, while the total (7 runs) is one of the lowest on the board for Wednesday.

It's worth watching what kind of response Madison Bumgarner makes after getting destroyed in his latest start. He gave up eight hits and nine runs (seven earned) in a 10-9 loss on the road versus Colorado in what was by far his worst outing of 2013.

Before that start, Bumgarner's ERA was at 2.18, and now it's 3.09. He still has the edge over Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.01 ERA) though, who's failed to be as dominant as he was in his breakout 2012 campaign. Ron Patrick will be making his selection later on.

[gameodds]3/227415/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Mariners (Maurer) vs. Angels (Wilson)

Are the Angels finally starting to turn the corner? They've now won three straight after demolishing Seattle in the first game last night. This evening they turn to C.J. Wilson (3-3, 3.72 ERA), who will oppose the Mariners' Brandon Maurer.

Maurer hasn't been pitching too poorly, allowing four or less earned runs in six straight starts, but his overall ERA still sits at 5.75. One thing going for him though is that he's shut out the Angels once already this season back in late April.

Willie Bee will have to choose between some high chalk in L.A. (-170) or a hefty underdog in Seattle (+160). Or, will he opt to go the total route? Currently the O/U is listed at an even eight runs.

[gameodds]3/227420/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Dodgers (Ryu) vs. Brewers (Peralta)

The Brewers evened up the honors last night thanks to a four-run fifth inning, which ultimately guided them to the 5-2 win. Zack Greinke picked up his first losing decision of the season in the process.

Still, the Dodgers really have to like their chances of closing out the series in style, as they've got Hyun-Jin Ryu throwing the ball this afternoon. He's 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA on the year and has already gone into some tough environments and pitched just fine.

Milwaukee will counter with Wily Peralta, who's 3-4 with a 5.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. The second-year right-hander has lost three of his last four starts, and allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in his most recent outing. The MLB odds couldn't be closer for today's game – what will Joe Freda decide?

[gameodds]3/227412/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Reds (Latos) vs. Mets (Harvey)

A tough call for Ron Patrick. You've got two of the most exciting young pitchers going head-to-head, with Matt Harvey and the Mets opening up as -110 favorites on the board. A total of 6.5 runs has been posted.

Both pitchers have yet to lose this season. Harvey's ERA (1.55) and WHIP (0.72) are downright nasty, but Latos, aside from one shaky outing at home versus Milwaukee, has been super impressive as well. The fact the Reds are 7-2 in his nine starts so far in 2013 tells you all you need to know.

One aspect of this afternoon's game that you have to take into consideration: Harvey has been lucky to face off against quite a few weak offenses, including the Marlins, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, and White Sox. So, needless to say we're excited to see how he does against a hard-hitting team like the Reds.

[gameodds]3/227411/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]