Tuesday Night’s MLB Betting Picks & Expert Preview

Posted by Michael Hunt on Monday,June 26, 2017 2:05, EST in

Because there are 15 teams in both the American and National League, that means there must be at least one interleague series every day of the regular season. The Freeway Series between the Angels and Dodgers is the one early this week. Here’s a look at their matchup, as well as a couple other MLB betting picks for Tuesday night.

Tuesday Night’s MLB Betting Picks & Expert Preview

LA Angels at LA Dodgers

When: Tuesday, June 27, 10:10 PM ET
Where Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California.
TV: FS-W (Angels) / SportsNet LA (Dodgers)
Radio: KWKW 1330 (Angels) / 570 LA Sports (Dodgers)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: Dodgers -235 / Angels +195

The Dodgers entered Monday’s series opener on a 10-game winning streak and look like the best team in baseball right now with rookie Cody Bellinger going nuts at the plate. Bellinger went 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run home runs and four total RBI in Sunday’s 12-6 win over the Rockies.

The young phenom is hitting a sparkling .274/.342/.679 with 24 homers and 55 RBI in just 57 games played. He has 11 extra-base hits (including six home runs) in his last nine games. L.A. does have two key injuries to monitor as neither outfielder Yasiel Puig nor shortstop Corey Seager played Sunday because of hamstring injuries.

There had been some speculation that Seager might be placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury he suffered Friday, but it doesn’t appear it will come to that. The Angels remain without injured superstar outfielder Mike Trout.

So Who Will Be Starting on Tuesday?

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Kenta Maeda will make a spot start Tuesday against the Angels to provide the rest of the rotation with an extra day of rest. Maeda started on June 18 for the same purpose.

“I want to keep guys current and on other side, giving the other guys an extra day makes sense,” Roberts said. The change bumps Hyun-Jin Ryu to Wednesday, and he’ll be followed throughout the week by Alex Wood, Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy.

Maeda last pitched on Friday, throwing a scoreless inning of relief against the Colorado Rockies.  “Over the last three appearances he’s throwing the baseball really well,” Roberts said.

It’s Jesse Chavez for the Angels. Chavez gave up five runs over four innings against the Yankees on Thursday, but he came away with a no-decision after the Angels rallied for a 10-5 win. Chavez, a former Dodger, has logged a 3.32 ERA in 11 career appearances against his old club. Go Dodgers here.

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays

When: Tuesday, June 27, 7:07 PM ET
Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
TV: MASN 2 (Baltimore) / SNET (Toronto)
Radio: 105.7 The Fan (Baltimore) / SN590 (Toronto)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: Blue Jays -165 / Orioles +145

These two are battling to stay out of the cellar in the AL East, which Toronto currently sits in one game behind the Orioles. But both are still very much in the division race. The Orioles on Saturday ended their streak of allowing five-or- more runs in 20 consecutive games.

The streak tied the modern Major League record (since 1900) set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies, but it fell nine games shy of the all-time Major League record for consecutive games allowing five or more runs (29 by Louisville Colonels of the National League in 1894).

The Blue Jays currently own a 10-11 record for the month of June. Since 2013, Toronto has the 5th best June record in the Majors. The Jays went 15-12 during the month last season, after posting an 18-9 record in 2015.

The Orioles are the MLB betting underdogs against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Who Will Take the Mound on Tuesday Night?

It’s struggling Kevin Gausman on the mound for the Orioles. Gausman lost after giving up three runs on six hits (one homer) and two walks with nine strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Indians. Gausman tallied a season-high nine strikeouts and also allowed his fewest runs in June.

However, the 26-year- old has now yielded 19 runs with a 21-to-12 K/BB ratio in his four starts on the month. This goes in hand with his overall 5.34 FIP. He has recorded an out in the sixth just once in his past five starts.  The 26-year- old righty sports a disastrous 6.47 ERA and 1.88 WHIP.

It’s former reliever Joe Biagini for the Jays. Biagini is 2-5 with a 4.91 ERA over nine starts and he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings last time out. Jays are the pick here.

Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians

When: Tuesday, June 27, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Progressive Field
TV: MLBN (out-of-market only) / FSSW (Texas) / SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland)
Radio: KFLC 1270 (Texas) / WTAM 1100 (Cleveland)
Live Stream: MLB.tv
MLB Betting Odds: Indians -185 / Rangers +158

It’s a matchup of 2016 division winners in the Rangers (AL West) and Indians (AL Central). Cleveland should repeat in its division, but Houston is running away with the AL West. It’s Tyson Ross on the mound here for Texas.

Ross lost after giving up seven runs on seven hits (one homer) and one walk with two strikeouts over three innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Making his second start of 2017, Ross was greeted by a six-run first inning that set the tone for the game.

The 30-year- old has now given up nine runs in his 8 2/3 innings of work this season. He is 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA in four career games vs. the Tribe but hasn’t faced them since 2014.

Who Will Cleveland Send Out to Pitch First?

Cleveland goes with Mike Clevinger. Clevinger is coming off his third win of the season, where he went five innings and allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts against the Orioles on Thursday.

Clevinger was called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game for his third stint with the Indians this season. His 9.9 K/9 rate is strong but he walks too many (4.7 BB/9). He will make his first career start against the Rangers.

The Indians will present Texas slugger Napoli with his American League Championship ring from last season before Monday’s game. He was a big reason why the Indians reached the World Series for the first time since 1997. The Indians swept three games from Texas in their season-opening series in Arlington. I like the Tribe in this one as well.

Final MLB Betting Thoughts

It will a busy Tuesday night. There are many more games to look at, but these three are looking very special. So be sure check out the previews and odds before placing your MLB betting picks. Enjoy!