Hot lines: Thursday's best MLB bets

Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers (-115, 9)

Heading into the ninth inning in Game 2 of this series on Wednesday, Detroit Tigers supporters were likely congratulating each other on a 5-0 start to the season.

After all, Justin Verlander was still cruising along having thrown just 81 pitches and the Tigers owned a 2-0 lead.

Then everything fell apart. Verlander gave up a couple of singles, fired a wild pitch, and before you know it, he was out of the game. Tampa Bay ended up scoring four times in the ninth to earn a 4-2 victory.

Now the Tigers turn to Drew Smyly, who makes his MLB debut after winning the No. 5 spot in the rotation this spring. The 22-year-old lefty impressed the club early on, but he gave up three runs on three hits in a Triple-A start for Toledo last weekend, recording only five outs before getting the hook.

This is just Smyly’s second year of pro ball, so we might see some nerves early on.

Pick:
Rays

Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals (-115, 8)

Dating back to last season, the Washington Nationals are 13-3 in their last 16 games as an underdog. It doesn’t look like you’ll be able to get the Nats with a dog tag Thursday, but it stands to show how much they’ve improved since the beginning of last season.

Gio Gonzalez is just one of the new faces in Washington’s rotation and he gets the honor of starting Thursday’s home opener.

"I think any one of these guys deserves the shot to [pitch] the home-game opener," Gonzalez said. "I don't really care how the rotation goes as long as I'm out there. Give me the ball and I'm going to go out there and try to do my best to win a game for the Nationals."

Gonzalez will be looking to bounce back from a rough debut with Washington. He gave up seven hits and four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field.

Pick: Nationals

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Posted by ncdcbag
2 years ago

dbacks and rangers relievers screwed my 8leg parlay last night. I have two winners on a 3leg(giants,rangers) just need philly to hold on. Also have dbacks over and dodgers over on a multi sport parlay.
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Posted by dcdaniel09
2 years ago

angels ouch
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

that was fuckin brutal
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

The Angels need to wake the funk up. They got out to the early 6 nil lead and then promptly allow a weakass hitting Twins team to tie the game. And nice work by Bad Lidge in WASH blowing a 2 run save in that game. This is tough to watch.
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Posted by turbo0569
2 years ago

san fran......Dbacks
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Posted by dmddms
2 years ago

Also don't forget about Colorado with was shut out by SF on Monday and then had a day off. They came back last night and beat them 17 - 8. I missed the Seattle game and even worse I took Texas. Oh well LAA Angels lost as well. I did take Col and Oak in a two team parley.
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Whats with that day off mid series ?? seen that a few times this year
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Posted by kram2292
2 years ago

DDH I think they do that in case of a postponement.
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

After my best day of the year on Tuesday where went 8-2 and won a nickel and a half I promptly gave nearly all of it back Wednesday going 2-7 and losing -5.25 units. I'm not gonna freak out though as the season is still rolling along alright at 23-20 +3.05 units.......................................................................................................... For today I like the Les Tigres numbers a Niemann but I can't back them with a rook making his debut in the bigs and only his second start above AA so I'll give the O 9 a poke. I also like MIL with Greinke on the bump. I'm a bit concerned about the availability of Braun and Ramirez but even if this is a pitching duel I give Zack the edge over Garza. In MINNY I backing the Angels as I feel they're just flat out the better team. And in TEX I think the line is quite a bit higher than it should be. Vargas is a decent pitcher and Holland can be shaky at times. Also after last year I think people don't trust the M's offense yet and therefore the books can jack up the price on TEX a bit and still get the action on them they want.
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

MLB:(1)LAA ML -140 (2)TB/DET O 9 -105 (3)WASH ML -105 (4)MIL ML -120 (5)SEA ML +200
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

Well the ANGELS can go to HELL !! Had they hung on to their 6-0 lead I would have evened out for the afternoon but with the loss I sropped 2.5 units on day ball. For the evening games I'm going with.................MLB(1)MIA ML -105 (2)ARZ -130 (3)PIT ML +125...............Loving the BLUES on the ice if anyone is looking for some playoff puck action.
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Posted by dcdaniel09
2 years ago

NATS$$$$$$$$$$$$ keep the streak going vs a Reds team that cant pitch
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Posted by dmddms
2 years ago

For what it is worth there were 36 runs scored during the 7th inning or later. I bet that teams are really going to be focusing on that for a while.
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Posted by DDH420
2 years ago

SEA & OAK who were both shutout on Tuesday both won their games Wednesday. OAK @ -125 and SEA @ +200.......Only the MUTS were shutout yesterday but they don't play again til they see C-Lee in PHI on Friday. If they win that game I'm gonna be all over this buddy but even if they don't we have to keep the added dynamic of a day off in mind. Still since you've brought it up it's 2-0 +3 UNITS...not to bad
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Posted by UKCrunch
2 years ago

In games were the Tigers lead after seven innings last season, they went 77-0! Yesterday's result could prove to be quite the kick-in-the-nuts for them, so I like the Rays a lot in this spot.
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Posted by UKCrunch
2 years ago

"In games were the Tigers lead after seven innings last season, they went 77-0! Yesterday's result could prove to be quite the kick-in-the-nuts for them, so I like the Rays a lot in this spot."