We've got another busy night of baseball awaiting us on Wednesday. Let's run over the MLB odds and see which picks stand out above the rest.
Chicago White Sox (Rodon) vs. Cleveland Indians (Marcum)
Though they lost game two of the series yesterday, the White Sox have still been playing their best baseball of the season as of late. They've won six of their last seven to improve to 18-18 overall.
Tonight they will try to go up 2-1 in the series behind the arm of Carlos Rodon, one of the most promising young pitchers in all of baseball. As of now, the MLB betting odds board shows Chicago favored at approximately -130, which means you can back Cleveland in the +120 to +125 range if you think they'll pick up a second consecutive win.
Rodon has not enjoyed the most successful of starts to his big league career, as he's currently sporting a 4.96 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in five appearances, two of which have been starts. Five days ago he lasted only four innings, allowing five hits and five earned runs while walking six and striking out five. Command has been an issue for the southpaw, as he's recorded a 17:14 K:BB ratio thus far.
The Indians, meanwhile, will turn to Shaun Marcum this evening. It'll be his first start at the highest level since 2013, so it's hard to predict what kind of performance we'll see out of the 33-year-old right-hander. Marcum owns a career 3.83 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
As we finalize our MLB picks tonight, we're going to be rolling with Rodon and the White Sox, who as we mentioned have been on quite a roll lately. We expect Rodon to settle down and find more success, so we'll bite the bullet and take on the chalk that comes with the home team.
MLB Pick: Chicago White Sox -130 at The Greek
Detroit Tigers (Greene) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Lohse)
Our next pick will come in Detroit's home game against Milwaukee, with the Tigers eager to right the ship after getting hammered yesterday. Anibal Sanchez had one of his worst starts of the season and the Brewers teed off on him on their way to the big 8-1 win.
Tonight's pitching matchup will pit Shane Greene up against Kyle Lohse, two pitchers that have been hit or miss so far this season. The odds are in Detroit's favor at home, which is obviously no surprise.
Greene is 4-2 with a 4.21 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season, which are solid numbers. That being said, he's been blown up a few times this season, so that's always a scary proposition when considering backing a team. Are we going to get the good or bad version of Shane Green at home tonight?
The same, however, can be said about Lohse. He's posted worse overall numbers, going 3-4 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over eight starts. Those numbers leave a lot to be desired, but the right-hander was at his very best in his most recent start - he allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out eight while walking only one in a 7-0 road win over the Mets. We'll have to see if Lohse is able to build off that confidence-boosting performance in the Big Apple, though he faces a much more difficult matchup tonight against Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers.
All in all, we feel confident in Detroit's chances of bouncing back tonight after yesterday's comprehensive defeat. As a result, we don't mind taking more of a risk by betting on the run-line, which would offer a much more appealing return if they take care of business. For this MLB pick we have a little more faith in Greene and think Detroit will be able to chase Lohse out of the game.