Profit From Tuesday's Large MLB Slate With These O/U Picks

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 12:52 PM GMT

We are only two weeks into the season and oddsmakers have already shifted the futures in the NL East. These are my top total MLB Picks for tonight.

Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
Obviously it's way too early to make any individual award guarantees, but on the MLB odds boards it sure looks like Bryce Harper is going to win a second straight NL MVP Award. That guy is on a different level than anyone else in baseball right now and has surpassed the Angels' Mike Trout, who has gotten off to a slow start, as the game's singular talent. The Nats look as good overall in the early going as they were projected to be last year. They already have the largest division lead in baseball. The Marlins are pretty sorry, just getting swept at home by the previously winless Atlanta Braves. The Nationals start right-hander Stephen Strasburg and he's 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 11 strikeouts in two starts. He has yet to  allow a homer in 13.2 innings.

Both starts did come against the weak-hitting Braves, it should be noted. Last year, Strasburg was 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA in four starts against the division-rival Marlins. He allowed 25 hits in 20 innings, three of them leaving the yard. Giancarlo Stanton is a career .406 hitter off him with three homers, 10 RBIs and 10 strikeouts in 32 at-bats. Miami goes with left-hander Adam Conley (0-0, 3.86). He pitched in Washington on April 7 and allowed three runs in an inning. He didn't pitch longer than that because of a long rain delay. Last time out, Conley pitched six shutout innings at the Mets. Harper has a single in two at-bats off Conley. Anthony Rendon is 2-for-4 with a double.

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Free MLB Pick: Under 7.5 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers
This is the highest total on the board as of this writing. It's the first meeting of the season between these state and division rivals. Of course Texas chased down Houston for the AL West title in 2015. The Rangers won the final seven home meetings with Houston last season and took 13 of 19 in the series overall. At 5-8, the Astros have been a disappointment thus far. They go with former Ranger Scott Feldman (0-1, 3.48) here. He struggled in his season debut in Milwaukee but was much better last time out at home against the Royals, allowing two runs and seven hits over 6.1 innings.

The runs were unearned because of a throwing error by Feldman himself. He lost both starts against Texas last season, giving up 10 runs and 18 hits -- three homers -- over 8 2/3 innings. Elvis Andrus is a career .346 hitter off him. Prince Fielder is 5-for-16 with two doubles, a homer and seven RBIs. Lefty Derek Holland (1-0, 2.31) gets the call for Texas on extra rest. He was supposed to start Sunday vs. Baltimore but that game was rained out. Holland pitched well in his last start, allowing no runs on four hits over 6.2 innings in Seattle. This is his first home start of the year. Holland was 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA last year against Houston in three starts. Carlos Correa has two homers and four hits off him in five at-bats. Carlos Gomez is 4-for-6 off him.

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Free MLB Pick: Over 9 (-110)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres
San Diego might have the worst lineup in baseball. If you throw out a three-game stretch in the thin air of Denver's Coors Field, the Padres have scored 15 total runs in 10 games. That's not good. Going against that lineup is Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano (1-0, 2.45). His last start was scratched due to hamstring tightness. He likes pitching in pitcher-friendly Petco Park, going 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA and 31 strikeouts in three career starts there. Alexei Ramirez hits him well, going 13-for-31 with five RBIs.

Matt Kemp does not, going 1-for-14 with five strikeouts. It's right-hander Colin Rea (0-1, 5.56) for San Diego. He didn't deserve a loss last time out in Philly, allowing one earned run on five hits over seven innings. This will be first career start against Pittsburgh. The Pirates expect to have starting left fielder Starling Marte back in their lineup after sitting out Sunday following a hit by pitch on Saturday. Marte is off to a fine start, batting .347 with two homers and eight RBIs. Make sure to profit from these picks and stay tuned for some more MLB picks.

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Free MLB Pick: Under 7 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline