Wednesday MLB Betting Odds Report 7/02

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 3:15 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 2, 2014 3:15 PM GMT

Now that we've got a little hiatus in World Cup action, we can shift a lot more focus on baseball. We've been breaking down the MLB odds all day and believe we have a good read on where to go with our sports picks.

Tampa Bay Rays (Odorizzi) vs. New York Yankees (Nuno)
Covered by Willie Bee
The Rays won a close one yet again last night, which was their fourth straight win. The Yankees meanwhile have dropped four in a row and are now a miserable 2-8 over their previous 10 games overall.

It's tough to trust either Vidal Nuno (2-4, 5.42 ERA) or Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.14 ERA) for today, but in the end Willie is backing momentum and therefore taking Tampa Bay.

MLB Pick: Rays -115 

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Texas Rangers (Mikolas) vs. Baltimore Orioles (Tillman)
Covered by Willie Bee
The Rangers' miseries were compounded in yesterday's loss in Baltimore and now they'll have to rely on Miles Mikolas, who was called up from Triple A especially for this start. Mikolas has only pitched 34 innings in the majors in his career.

Texas really needs a win here, but Willie believes the Orioles are the right play at home as they search for their third consecutive victory.

MLB Pick: Orioles -1.5 (+135) 

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Chicago Cubs (Wood) vs. Boston Red Sox (Workman)
Covered by Ron Patrick and Jeff Grant
It hasn't mattered much to the Cubs where they've played. They refuse to give in and have managed to win each of these first two games at Fenway. Chicago could pull off the improbable sweep tonight, though the MLB odds favor Boston in a big way.

Two different opinions here, as Ron likes the value with Travis Wood and the Cubs and Jeff will be siding with the Red Sox. Who are you picking here?

MLB Pick: Ron: Cubs +150 // Jeff: Red Sox -160 

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Cincinnati Reds (Cueto) vs. San Diego Padres (Ross)
Covered by Ron Patrick
We can't wait for this pitchers' duel this evening. Tyson Ross (3.18 ERA) has been terrific for San Diego lately and we all know what Johnny Cueto (8-5, 1.88 ERA) brings to the table every single time he steps on the mound.

There's understandably going to be an extremely low O/U for this game, but that's not fazing Ron. He's still forecasting that the UNDER will cash.

MLB Pick: UNDER 6 

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Arizona Diamondbacks (Anderson) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Morton)
Covered by Jeff Grant
Last night was remarkable for the Pirates. They couldn't get anything going at all against Wade Miley, but then scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 3-2. Crazy stuff.

It was just another dose of positive energy for a Pittsburgh team that's gone 8-2 over its previous 10 games. The Pirates are putting the pressure on in the NL Central and have the solid Charlie Morton (3.41 ERA) pitching, so we can see why Jeff is all over the home team here.

MLB Pick: Pirates -150 

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Philadelphia Phillies (Hamels) vs. Miami Marlins (Koehler)
Covered by Jeff Grant
Cole Hamels has been one of the few highlights for the under-performing Phillies in 2014, but let's see if he can rise to the occasion on the road against the Marlins. Miami has been tough to beat in their own ballpark, going 26-21.

And, even though Hamels has been as reliable as ever, Jeff sees the value that comes with taking the home team.

MLB Pick: Marlins +110 

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St. Louis Cardinals (Wainwright) vs. San Francisco Giants (Vogelsong)
Covered by Steven Suarez
If you didn't know, Adam Wainwright is a decent pitcher. All joking aside, Wainwright has been incredible once again this season, a statement his 10-4 record and 2.01 ERA help support.

Both San Francisco and St. Louis haven't been performing particularly well, but the pitching advantage is squarely in the Cardinals' corner and they've had past success against Vogelsong. I think readers should look closely at taking the road team in this situation.

MLB Pick: Cardinals -135

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