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MLB Opening Day Odds Preview

Bettors have a chance to start hitting home runs on the MLB betting lines with six games slated for the diamonds on baseball's Opening Day on Thursday.

The San Francisco Giants were big underdogs entering the 2010 season and came away with their first World Series title since relocating to the west coast.

However, it doesn’t look like having ace hurler Tim Lincecum on the mound for them against the Los Angeles Dodgers is going to make the Giants favorites on Thursday, as Sportsbook.ag has the game listed at -110 on the Opening Day MLB betting lines.

The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw, who went 13-10 with a respectable 2.91 ERA last season. By contrast, Lincecum was 16-10 with a 3.43 ERA, and that could be the reason for the MLB betting lines being so tight for the season opener.

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San Francisco went 23-12 during the preseason. The Dodgers, meanwhile, were a dismal 13-21 during the preseason. The Giants will garner most of the attention from bettors on the opening day betting lines.

San Francisco scored seven or more runs in four of their last five preseason games and the posted OVER/UNDER total of 6.5 at Sportsbook.ag should appeal to OVER bettors in totals betting for this matchup with the Dodgers.

Atlanta was a Wild Card entry in the playoffs last season, and the Braves are -145 favorites on the road against the Washington Nationals (+125) on Thursday. As well, the Central-champion Cincinnati Reds open their season as a slight -115 home favorite against the Milwaukee Brewers in other National League betting action.

CC Sabathia was a main reason for the success of New York last year, and he will get the ball on Opening Day on Thursday as the Yankees are -145 favorites at home against the Detroit Tigers (+125) in one of two American League games on the baseball betting lines at Sportsbook.ag.

The Yankees had the third-highest win total in all of baseball last year, and, with a payroll that doubles that of the Minnesota Twins, bettors should expect to wager with confidence on the betting lines for the Yankees. And this game will be no different – especially in front of a wild Yankees crowd in chilly weather.

Detroit will send ace pitcher Justin Verlander to the mound. Verlander went 18-9 last season with a 3.37 ERA. If he stays true to form in the season opener Verlander could give the Yankees trouble, and an upset win by the Tigers would result in a good payoff.

The Kansas City Royals were better than anyone expected in the preseason. The Royals start the season as a +125 underdog at home when the Angels (-145 at Sportsbook.ag) travel there for their season opener in the only other American League baseball betting matchup on Thursday's schedule.