MLB Live In-Game Betting Cheat Sheet

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As we approach the midpoint mark of the MLB season, it's become clear what teams we can depend on and what teams we can't trust with a lead.

Lots of in-game betting trends have developed that can give bettors of the live game a serious advantage with their in-game wagers. For example, the Indians still have a perfect record when leading after one inning (19-0), while surprisingly, the defending World Series champion Royals are an MLB-worst 4-25 when losing after the third inning.


What's Behind the Indians' Win Streak?

The Cleveland Indians have taken a big lead in the AL Central after a 12-game winning streak and have become the odds-on favorite to win the division. So what’s behind the Tribe’s surge? OddsShark found out.

Strength of Schedule

One of the first things to look at when breaking down a streak is what the strength of the team’s opposition was during their run. The combined record of their opponents at the time Cleveland played them during their streak was 384-471 – not awesome. Does it need to be said that playing a weaker schedule will result in more wins? 


Yankees Cashing OVER Bets at a Rapid Pace

Fresh off a huge comeback victory on Wednesday, the New York Yankees will try and make things easier on themselves when they once again take on the Texas Rangers on Thursday. The Yanks were down 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth before erupting for six runs en route to a 9-7 victory.

Shark Bites
  • The Yankees are 0-7 ATS in their last seven games during the afternoon.
  • The Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last six games on the road against the Yankees.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of the Rangers' last six games with a closing total of 9.0 or more.

A.J. Griffin (3-0, 3.08 ERA) and Michael Pineda (3-7, 5.51) are expected to get the start for the Rangers and Yankees, respectively. Griffin missed six weeks with shoulder stiffness but returned on Saturday and allowed two runs and four hits while striking out six over 4.5 innings against Boston.

Pineda has only allowed one home run in the month of June, boasting a 3.00 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30 innings of work in that span. Pineda has yet to top the Rangers, going 0-3 with a 5.04 ERA in four chances.

OVER bettors tailing the Yanks have been profiting of late. The OVER is 8-3 in New York's last 11 games.

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Can the Indians Keep Up Their Torrid Pace?

The Toronto Blue Jays have finally gotten out of their early season funk, but things won’t get any easier as the hottest team in baseball awaits them. The Cleveland Indians will be looking to collect their 13th consecutive victory when they visit the Jays in the opener of a four-game set on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Indians are 1-3 SU in their last four games on the road against the Blue Jays.
  • The Blue Jays are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Indians' last seven games as a moneyline favorite of -120 or more.

Carlos Carrasco and R.A. Dickey are slated to get the ball. Carrasco (3-2, 2.73 ERA) has posted a quality start in each of his last three outings and has 21 strikeouts and six walks in that span. Carrasco owns an ugly 8.62 career ERA against Canada’s lone MLB team.

Dickey (5-8, 4.23) is coming off a pair of losses despite giving his team quality starts on June 13 and 18. Dickey’s only appearance against the Tribe last year came in September when he allowed one run in a complete-game win.

With Dickey on the mound, the Jays are going UNDER totals at a decent clip. The UNDER has gone 5-2 in the knuckleballer's last seven starts.

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Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners Betting Odds and Pick

The Seattle Mariners look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Baltimore Orioles arrive at Safeco Field on Thursday.

The Seattle Mariners will turn to Taijuan Walker and his 3-6 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Baltimore Orioles send Kevin Gausman (1-5) to the hill.

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Giants Have Plenty Of Difficulties In Oakland

The San Francisco Giants may be one of the best teams in the National League, but they have had a hard time picking up victories when they visit the lowly Oakland Athletics. The Giants have gone just 2-7 in their past nine games at the Coliseum, which includes a 7-1 loss on Wednesday night. The Giants and A’s wrap up their home-and-home series Thursday.  

Shark Bites
  • Madison Bumgarner is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA in three career starts at Coliseum.
  • The OVER is 5-1 in the past six games between the Giants and A’s.
  • The A’s are 5-1 in their past six games as underdogs.

Madison Bumgarner – who will take the bump for the Giants Thursday – has posted the second-best ERA and the fifth-best WAR for pitchers in the MLB so far this season. MadBum has continued to pitch gems, but the lack of offensive support has been troubling with Bumgarner receiving just 1.8 runs of support per game in his past four starts.

Rookie Dillon Overton will be making his second career start for the A’s after a successful first outing Saturday. Overton pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just three earned runs – all of which came off solo home runs – in that first start.

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The Royals Have Struggled as Big Underdogs This Year

A day after their extra-inning loss to the Royals, the Cardinals will call upon Mike Leake (5-5, 4.25 ERA) in hopes of salvaging a series split in their interleague matchup with the defending World Series Champs. KC will counter with Chris “Not So” Young (2-7, 6.54 ERA) as they try to regain ground on the streaking Indians.

The Royals are 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 24-6 in their last 30 games as a moneyline favorite of -180 or more.
The Royals are 0-8 in their last 8 games as a moneyline underdog of +150 or more.

Young has been back-and-forth between the bullpen and the starters bump in a season he has not faired too well. The 11-year-vet has posted a 9.70 ERA in five road starts this year that have all resulted in Kansas City losses.

Mike Leake, a Cards’ offseason acquisition, has been okay this year, posting numbers similar to his career averages, and those numbers are pretty damn average. He won’t be surprising anyone with a no-hitter or anything, but he should be able to keep his team in most games and especially tonight vs the struggling Young.

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Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves MLB Baseball Betting Lines Preview

The Miami Marlins will look to pick up a road win when they take on the Braves in Atlanta at Turner Field on Thursday in MLB baseball betting odds action.

It's a pitching duel between Julio Teheran for the Atlanta Braves (3-7 on the year) and Wei-Yin Chen for Miami Marlins (4-2 so far).

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Cubs in Good Position to Avenge NLDS Sweep vs Mets

In a rematch of the NLDS that saw the Cubs swept by the Mets, veteran John Lackey (7-4, 3.29) will take the mound against one of the Mets young guns, Steven Matz (7-3, 3.29).

The Cubs are 8-3 in their last 11 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
The Mets are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Cubs' last 9 games that John Lackey started.

Matz was dinged up in his last start vs the Braves and has seen his ERA climb from 2.28 to 3.29 in his last five games. The young lefty has been solid through the first 19 starts of his career but he will be in tough tonight if the laboring Mets offense doesn’t give him some run support.

Lackey was also given the gears his last time up. He gave up seven runs and lasted just four and a third vs the Marlins. Before that, the 37-year-old Lackey was chugging along nicely and put together ten straight quality starts.

This will be the first-place Cubs’ first chance to avenge their NLDS loss so expect the likes of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to be swinging the bats freely as they go for their fourth straight win.

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Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds and Pick

The Tampa Bay Rays get a visit from the Detroit Tigers in MLB baseball betting action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Matt Andriese gets the call for the Tampa Bay Rays and he will try to build on a 6-1 mark. In the other dugout, Jordan Zimmermann brings a 9-4 ledger to the game for the Detroit Tigers as he tries to quiet the Rays bats.

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