Two sizable favorites that stick out are the Rangers (-195) versus Oakland and the Braves (-190) at home to Minnesota. Here's how some of the other games are shaping up, as we prepare to release our MLB picks.
Something is wrong with Jim Johnson right now and the Yankees couldn't be happier about it. They master-minded a late comeback in the top of the ninth last night and went on to win 6-4 in game one of the series.
This time around, New York is considered the underdog with Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.88 ERA) on the mound. The Orioles will have Miguel Gonzalez going and can be locked down at MLB odds of -115. The total is at nine runs – look out for Willie Bee's play on this matchup in a few hours.
A killer pitcher's duel sees Stephen Strasburg going up against Matt Cain. At the moment the Giants are short favorites at a price of -107, with the Nationals available for backing at +102. The O/U opened at 6.5 but was quickly bet up to 7.
Ron Patrick has been tasked with sharing his free picks for this National League battle at AT&T Park. Strasburg (2-5, 2.83 ERA) has been much more productive than Cain (3-2, 5.43 ERA) this season, but San Francisco is 16-7 at home.
Mariners (Harang) vs. Angels (Williams)
The Mariners lost in heartbreaking fashion yesterday and were unable to take one game in Cleveland. They begin a new series with the similarly struggling Angels (17-27 overall, 10-13 at home) this evening.
With Aaron Harang (1-4, 7.30 ERA) and Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.05 ERA) taking the bump, the advantage is clearly in L.A.'s favor. As you'd expect, the Angels are big favorites at anywhere from -155 to -160. Come back and see us to see where Willie Bee thinks the MLB betting value lies.
Dodgers (Greinke) vs. Brewers (Burgos)
Joe Freda is covering the Dodgers/Brewers game and will have to choose between two of the most disappointing teams in the MLB. Combined these teams are a staggering 16 games below .500, but it was L.A. that was able to get the win last night in game one.
The victory was made possible primarily because of the wonderful outing from Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers will be hoping to get another gem out of Zack Greinke, who tossed 5 and 1/3 innings of solid ball in his return six days ago. Tonight L.A. is again favored at a price of -135.
Johnny Cueto had a successful return last night and was able to get a win to push his record to 2-0. It'll be interesting to see what kind of performance Mike Leake (3-2, 3.72 ERA) will be able to put forth in game two tonight.Leake is coming off 6 and 2/3 innings of shutout ball against Miami, while Jonathon Niese (3-4, 5.40 ERA) was very successful (7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) in his most recent starting which came against St. Louis. Ron Patrick is analyzing this game, with current baseball odds listing Cincinnati as a -120 favorite on the road.