14 games tonight, most with competitively balanced odds. Here is a preview of some of the match-ups and four free picks.
Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
Cubs (Lackey 7-2, 2.63) Nationals (Gonzalez 3-5, 3.93)
After getting off to a great start this season, Gio Gonzalez ran into some struggles. Gonzalez was solid in his last start against the White Sox, however he allowed five runs or more in his three starts prior. Gonzalez has also last his last four decisions overall.
John Lackey has allowed three earned runs or less in eight consecutive starts. In seven of those starts he allowed two runs or less. The Nationals have won four games in a row, but I have more faith in Lackey then I do Gonzalez. I am betting that the Washington winning streak ends tonight.
My Pick: Money line Cubs -116
Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Tigers (Zimmermann 8-3, 3.30) White Sox (Gonzalez 1-1, 3.57)
Several key Tiger hitters have enjoyed good success against Miguel Gonzalez in past match-ups. Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesias, Ian Kinsler, James McCann and JD Martinez are a combined .392 in their careers against Gonzalez.
Expect Jordan Zimmerman to get back on track after a poor start in his last outing. Zimmerman should also pitch deeper into this game then Gonzalez. Both teams went deep into their bullpens in Monday night’s 12 inning White Sox win, and could use a quality start here.
My Pick: Money line Tigers -112
Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals
Indians (Tomlin 8-1, 3.48) Royals (Young 2-6, 6.37)
The Kansas City Royals and Chris Young are much better at home than on the road. Young is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA at home over 19 2/3 innings at Kauffman Stadium, opposed to his 0-5 record and 9.70 ERA on the road. The Royals are 20-7 and have won seven straight games at home.
Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin is 4-0 with a 2.91 ERA and is 2-0 against the Royals this season, both wins however came in Cleveland.
My Pick: Under 8.5 runs -110
Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
Rangers (Perez 5-4, 3.22) Athletics (Surkamp 0-3, 6.41)
Texas starter Martin Perez has won his last four starts but has not gone past six innings in any of them. He is 3-5 with a 5.81 ERA in his career against Oakland.
Oakland starter Eric Surkamp has only made it through five innings in one of his six starts.
Three of the four games between these teams this season have gone over.
My Pick: Over 8 runs -120