Three MLB Picks in Today's Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, August 7, 2014 2:33 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 2:33 PM UTC

We're only including three games on our daily MLB odds report, so you know what that means. The Angels play host to the Dodgers and the Cardinals will be at home versus the Red Sox in our two standout matchups. Where's the best value?

Los Angeles Dodgers (Ryu) vs. Los Angeles Angels (Wilson)
Covered by Willie Bee and Jeff Grant
So how good was Dan Haren last night? Few could have seen that dominant of a start coming, as the Dodgers picked up a second straight win.

To wrap up the series, Hyun-Jin Ryu picks up the start. He's gone 12-5 with a 3.39 ERA on the season and has looked especially good lately, allowing three or fewer earned runs in four straight starts. Ryu's guided the Dodgers to four wins in each of those appearances.

The Angels will call on C.J. Wilson, who hasn't had nearly as much success. He was struggling majorly before heading to the DL with an injury, but he didn't fare any better in his first start since returning. Wilson allowed six hits and six earned runs over only 1 and 1/3 innings in a road loss to Tampa Bay.

Both Willie and Jeff have looked over the MLB betting lines, but they're on different wavelengths. Willie's backing the Angels to win, but Jeff believes the Dodgers will close out the series with a third straight win.

Free MLB Pick: Willie: Angels -115 // Jeff: Dodgers +105

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Boston Red Sox (Workman) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright)
Covered by Jeff Grant
The Red Sox left it late in last night's win at Busch Stadium. Will they be able to grab another road win this evening?

It's up to Brandon Workman to give Boston a quality start. The right-hander made his first start in over three weeks five days ago and gave up four hits and five runs (two earned) in five innings of work against Toronto. Workman is 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA on the season.

For St. Louis, it's none other than Adam Wainwright on the mound. Wainwright may be 13-6 with a 2.26 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, but he was awful in his most recent start, surrendering nine hits and seven runs in 5 and 1/3 innings versus Milwaukee. You'd have to think he'll be able to right the ship here at home this evening.

What's the best way to go with our MLB picks in this spot? Well, Jeff isn't too confident in Wainwright and the Cardinals and their ability to take care of business, so in the end he'll be rolling with Boston on the plus run-line.

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox +1.5

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Minnesota Twins (Pino) vs. Oakland Athletics (Lester)
Covered by Ross Benjamin
Both the Athletics and Twins have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, with Oakland entering tonight's game as the clear-cut favorites at the top sportsbooks.

The Athletics, still on top in the AL West, will have Jon Lester on the bump. Lester was solid but not spectacular in his Oakland debut, going 6 and 2/3 innings and allowing nine hits and three runs in a win over Kansas City. Lester is now 11-7 with a 2.59 ERA this season.

It'll be Yohan Pino, who's 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA, starting for Minnesota. Pino has actually been a pretty reliable innings-eater, but this is a tough matchup in Oakland, especially since the right-hander has been terrible (6.28 ERA) on the road.

This appears to be a great spot for Lester and the Athletics at home, and Ross agrees completely. He's added Oakland on the run-line to his collection of sports picks.

Free MLB Pick: Athletics -1.5 (-125)  at Betonline sportbook

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