Thursday's MLB Betting Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:26 PM GMT

We're covering a smaller amount of games throughout the day, meaning we have a more in-depth look into each matchup available for viewing. Quite a few top pitchers are in action on Thursday – which are we backing with our MLB picks?

Los Angeles Dodgers (Greinke) vs. New York Mets (Niese)
Covered by Ron Patrick and Jeff Grant
It was closer than many though, but the Dodgers were still able to earn a 4-3 victory to make the series 2-0. They'll have a good shot of getting a sweep, considering Zack Greinke takes the bump.

Greinke has been on a different level this season, going 7-1 with a 2.03 ERA so far. He pitched eight innings of scoreless ball (5 H, 2 BB, 6 K) in a shutout win over Arizona his last time on the mound. For New York, Jonathon Niese will be starting. Niese doesn't have a similarly flashy win-loss record, but he's posted a more than respectable 2.54 ERA through eight starts.

We have two different opinions on this game tonight. Ron believes we'll see a pitchers duel from the start and is therefore on the UNDER, while Jeff is going to keep riding the Dodgers train and back them as favorites again.

MLB Pick: Ron: UNDER 6.5 // Jeff: Dodgers -145

[gameodds]3/286500/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

San Francisco Giants (Hudson) vs. Colorado Rockies (De La Rosa)
Covered by Willie Bee
If anyone can deal with the tough pitching conditions at Coors Field, it's veteran right-hander Tim Hudson. He continues to pitch at an extremely high level.

Hudson is currently 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA and has turned out to be a great purchase for the Giants, at least so far. Can he keep it going against the Rockies? The hosts will roll with Jorge De La Rosa, who's 5-3 with a 4.14 ERA.

While the Rockies lost 5-1 in yesterday's game, they've still managed a 16-7 record at home this season. Willie believes they're worth siding with again at the small favorite tag with our sports picks for this afternoon.

MLB Pick: Rockies -115

[gameodds]3/287235/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Texas Rangers (Darvish) vs. Detroit Tigers (Ray)
Covered by Ron Patrick
The Tigers just got swept by division foe Cleveland, so you know they'll be itching to get back on the winning side back at home.

It won't be easy against a Texas team that, despite its early struggles, clearly possesses enough talent to be one of the true contenders for a World Series title. The Rangers will call on Yu Darvish this afternoon and he's been stellar, going 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA so far in 2014.

Detroit hopes to get a quality start out of Robbie Ray, who's filled in admirably as a spot starter when needed. Despite these two offenses having a lot of run-scoring potential, Darvish and Ray have been on point, so Ron's recommending the UNDER.

MLB Pick: UNDER 7

[gameodds]3/287956/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

New York Yankees (Phelps) vs. Chicago White Sox (Sale)
Covered by Willie Bee
The Yankees are currently tied with the Blue Jays for the top spot in the AL East and a solid 13-10 record on the road has helped the cause.

Still, one has to wonder if they'll have enough firepower to get the better of Chris Sale, who makes his first MLB start in over a month. Sale had been pitching well before getting hurt, going 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA.

As for New York, they'll be relying on David Phelps, who's logged a 3.33 ERA in 27 total innings of work this season. Again we feel as if there's value in a total play, with the UNDER looking like the right side in the eyes of Willie Bee.

MLB Pick: UNDER 8

[gameodds]3/286779/?r3=43-19-349/dec&r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]

Chicago Cubs (Arrieta) vs. San Diego Padres (Stults)
Covered by Jeff Grant
It looks like the Cubs will have to settle for another last place finish in NL Central. They're already 12 games under .500 and come into today with the MLB's worst overall record.

San Diego has been a little better at 21-26, but they've dropped three straight, including a two-game set at home against Minnesota. The Padres need Eric Stults (2-4, 4.50 ERA) at his best tonight, that much we know.

Jake Arrieta, who's recorded a 2.70 ERA this season, will take the mound for the visiting Cubs. With his sports picks, Jeff is liking San Diego to break the losing streak and take care of Chicago at home.

MLB Pick: Padres -142

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