Thursday is a getaway day for half the teams in Major League Baseball. We'll sort through the other half and add three of them to our latest round of MLB picks.
Jason's 2015 record as of May 27: 26-15, plus-11.01 units ML; 0-2, minus-2.05 units Total
Things are starting to get a little quiet in the sports betting world. The NBA and NHL playoffs are heading into the home stretch – just a handful of games left to bet on. That leaves baseball out of the traditional four major pro sports running in North America. And even on that front, we've got a fairly slow day coming up on Thursday – just eight games on the schedule.
No sweat. Some of the pitchers in action have already racked up a very tasty profit for their teams, while one gentleman in particular is swimming in red ink – you know, the one with the Cy Young Award. Let's get straight to our latest batch of MLB picks.
Boston vs. Texas (8:05 p.m. ET)
Say hello once again to our hero, Nick Martinez (4.01 FIP). He's in second place on the MLB money list as we go to press, leading the Rangers (23-24, plus-7.14 units) to a record of 8-1 for a handsome profit of 9.45 betting units. The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games overall as well, including two against their opponents on Thursday.
The Red Sox (21-26, minus-9.57 units) are a mess right now. They just got swept by the Minnesota Twins, and projected starter Eduardo Rodriguez is about to make his major-league debut on Thursday. Rodriguez came to Beantown in last year's Andrew Miller trade with the Baltimore Orioles; the Venezuelan lefty had a nice 2.39 FIP down at AAA-Pawtucket, so he could end up being just the tonic Boston's brutal starting rotation needs. We shall see.
Free MLB Pick: Take the Rangers
Cleveland vs. Seattle (10:10 p.m. ET)
The unfortunate pitcher in question is Cleveland's Corey Kluber (2.19 FIP). He's pitched very well this year, following up on last year's Cy Young campaign, but the Tribe (21-25, minus-8.57 units) are 2-8 in Kluber's 10 starts for a deficit of 8.39 units. Nobody's fared worse this season. Having said that, Kluber has only allowed two earned runs in his last three starts combined, so it's probably time to jump off the fade wagon.
James Paxton (4.23 FIP) is also turning things around for the Mariners (23-23, minus-3.67 units); like Kluber, Paxton has allowed just two earned runs in his last three starts, improving his team record to 4-5 for minus-1.48 units. Meanwhile, the M's are coming off a sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays to get themselves back to .500. We'll take the third option and add the UNDER to our baseball picks this time.
Free MLB Pick: Take UNDER
Atlanta vs. San Francisco (10:15 p.m. ET)
Welcome to Shelbyville. That's Shelby Miller (3.23 FIP), who's No. 3 on the money list at plus-8.25 units on a team record of 8-1. Miller came within one out of registering a no-hitter earlier this month against the Miami Marlins. He's thrown two complete-game shutouts in his last four games, and hasn't allowed more than two runs all season. You can't beat that with a bat. Too bad the Braves (22-23, plus-1.39 units) don't have much else going for them.
The Giants (28-20, plus-7.10 units) could be on their way to another World Series at this rate. They've won 11 of their last 13 games, and Chris Heston (3.88 FIP) has carved out a spot at the back end of the rotation, leading San Francisco to 2.75 units in earnings on a team record of 6-3. Were sticking with Miller's Braves as +125 MLB odds road dogs at press time, but it should be another low-scoring matchup down by the Bay.
Free MLB Pick: Take the Braves