Tigers roar as big favorites
With ace Justin Verlander on the hill the Detroit Tigers are huge favorites Monday when the Baltimore Orioles arrive in Detroit to kick off a four-game series.
Verlander is coming off a strong outing against the Rangers in which he picked up the win after allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings while striking out 13, tying his season high. The Tigers are a -300 favorite on the baseball odds list at Bovada in today’s game and that’s likely due to Verlander’s impressive record at home.
At Comerica Park, Verlander is undefeated this season with a 7-0 record and a tiny 1.15 ERA. He faced the Orioles in Baltimore back in May and earned a win after giving up three runs on nine hits over six innings.
Chris Tillman makes only his second career start for the Orioles. In his Major League debut last week against the Royals, he lasted 4 2-3 innings and allowed three runs in a no-decision.
MLB moneyline picks – Dodgers also big chalk
The Dodgers return home today after a short six-game road trip and they’re also big favorites at -210 over at Bovada The Dodgers hand the ball to southpaw Clayton Kershaw, who’s turned in some dominating performances lately. In fact, Kershaw is 5-0 in his last nine outings and did not allow more than two runs in any of those starts.
In his last start he tossed eight shutout innings against the Cardinals, but had to settle for a no-decision after the bullpen blew it.
In his blossoming career Kershaw is 6-4 with a 2.57 ERA at home compared to 7-6 with a 4.50 ERA at home. In other words Kershaw has been a solid pick at Dodger Stadium most nights.
The Brewers will pin their hopes on Manny Parra tonight. But, with Parra sporting a 5-8 record and a 6.50 ERA this season they Brewers and their fans might not want to get their hopes up.
Parra has won two of his last three starts, but he hasn’t been overly effective. In his last start, a win over Washington, he allowed five runs in six innings, but escaped with the win thanks to solid run support for the Brewers potent lineup.
Bettor's choice - Kazmir or Greinke?
The pitching matchup of the night includes two young arms when Zack Greinke leads the Royals against Scott Kazmir and the Rays.
Greinke is still looking for his first win since June 28 after picking up another no-decision in his last outing. He faced the Orioles and received no run support while allowing two runs in six innings.
Greinke also had to settle for a no-decision the last time he faced the Rays on July 8. He faced off against Kazmir in that game as well and allowed one run in seven innings.
Kazmir delivered a big win against the Yankees in his last start. He limited the Bronx Bombers to one run in seven innings to record his first win since May 9. In the July 18 matchup with Greinke Kazmir allowed one run in six innings in a no-decision.
In tonight’s rematch Kazmir and the Rays are a -135 home favorite at Bovada Before you jump all over the Rays though, don’t forget Kazmir has been pummeled at home at times this season as evidenced by his 2-3 record and 8.16 ERA at Tropicana Field.