Morning MLB Odds Report
It's that time of the day once again. Let's analyze the MLB odds closely and see what kind of baseball picks we can come up with.
Tonight's biggest favorites? The Los Angeles Dodgers (-175), with Clayton Kershaw pitching, at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Matt Moore and the Tampa Bays Rays (-175) versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
Don't look now, but the Phillies have taken the first two games of this series quite comfortably. Can they grab a sweep with Jonathan Pettibone on the mound tonight?
Oddsmakers aren't so sure. Pettibone and the Phillies are listed as +145 underdogs as they go up against Barry Zito and the Giants (-150).
Ron Patrick was on the money with his pick last night and we are curious to see which way he goes for the series finale. Considering neither pitcher has an ERA higher than 3.25, the UNDER may be a good wager here.
The Twins picked up a great win last night over Ryan Dempster and the Red Sox. Scott Diamond gave up just three hits in seven innings of scoreless ball and was able to lower his ERA to 3.03.
Tonight it's Allen Webster and Pedro Hernandez on the hill. Webster was solid in his debut, giving up five hits and two earned runs in six innings against Kansas City, while Hernandez is at 1-0 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season.
What sort of sport picks will Jeff Grant be going with in this game? It's hard to gauge a value pick here with a lot of uncertainty surrounding these two starters, so maybe we'll see a total play as a recommendation.
A nice win for Milwaukee last night and they'll aim for another good showing against Derek Holland the Rangers tonight. The Brewers are currently favored at -109, with Texas at +104.
Holland was frighteningly good against Boston his last time out, tossing eight innings of filth. He gave up six hits without a run and struck out nine against only one walk. His ERA on the season is at 2.74.
Kyle Lohse, who's on the mound for Milwaukee, is hardly a slouch though. He was roughed up a little bit against St. Louis in his latest start, but before that he had logged five consecutive quality starts to begin the season. Wondering what side Willie Bee will pick here? We are too.
Runs were hard to come by last night in Colorado's 2-0 win, but maybe we'll see a lot of runs put on the board tonight. We've got David Phelps up against Juan Nicasio.
Nicasio has a spotless 3-0 record on the season, but his 4.91 ERA hardly instills much confidence into potential backers. Control has been a major issue for the 26-year old righty, so you know the Yankees are going to try and make him work throughout.
Phelps is still filling in for the injured Ivan Nova and will be looking for a much better outing after struggling (5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER) against a light-hitting Houston team his last time on the mound. The Rockies are -122 favorites at time of writing – will Joe Freda be backing the home team?
One quick glance at the pitching matchup and you'll quickly realize why the Rays are such hefty favorites against Toronto tonight.
Matt Moore is living up to his potential in a big way and has raced out to a 5-0 record and 1.95 ERA so far in 2013. He'll go up against Ricky Romero (0-1, 6.75 ERA) in game three of the series in Tampa Bay.
While Toronto has managed to win three games in a row, it's going to take quite a performance to overcome Moore and the Rays in this spot. Tampa Bay will be going all out in hopes of avoiding a third straight loss, so we'd be surprised if Willie Bee decides to back the Blue Jays for his MLB picks in this one.[gameodds]3/226268/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]