We enjoyed yet another 2-1 week to bring our record to 10-3 over the last two weeks heading into the weekend. We're feeling good once again as we move into a slate full of surprising pitchers, starting with a former two-time Cy Young winner. Yankees (-170) @ Orioles (+150)May 14, 7:05 p.m. ETStarting pitchers: Corey Kluber (2-2, 3.06 ERA) vs. Dean Kremer (0-3, 6.23)The last time Kluber took the mound against the Orioles, he allowed just one run through 6 2/3 innings - his longest start in over two years - in what essentially kickstarted his comeback campaign. It also sparked an 11-4 run for the Yankees, who have won eight of those games by multiple runs.The difference has been on offense - New York ranks fourth in OPS (.755) during its 15-game run after ranking 29th (.650) in the 22 contests prior. The team has also benefitted from elite pitching performances from the likes of Kluber, who punched out 10 Tigers batters across eight frames on May 2 before holding the Nationals to two runs with six strikeouts Saturday.His gains are for real, as are these talented Yankees bats. The Orioles have lost five of their last six games, with four by multiple runs - and that was before tossing out Kremer against one of MLB's hardest-hitting lineups. Expect another big loss Friday.Pick: Yankees -1.5 (-110) Royals @ White Sox (TBD)May 15, 7:10 p.m.Starting pitchers: Mike Minor (2-2, 5.75) vs. Carlos Rodon (5-0, 0.58)Will we ever stop betting on Rodon? The day may come soon, but it won't be on Saturday against a Royals lineup he mowed through just eight days prior.The 2014 third overall pick threw five shutout innings with eight strikeouts and zero walks in his May 7 start against Kansas City, bringing his ERA to a sterling 0.58 - best among all pitchers with 30-plus innings - and rewarding bettors with his fifth win in as many starts this season.Minor, on the other hand, has been a below-average pitcher by nearly every metric and was tagged for five runs in his last start against the White Sox. Don't get cute with this one.Pick: White Sox -1.5 (TBD) Rangers @ Astros (TBD)May 16, 2:10 p.m.Starting pitchers: Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.28) vs. Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 3.10)For the second straight week, Gibson comprises one half of an unlikely pitcher's duel - though it shouldn't be surprising to see these two succeed, given that one was a former first-round pick and the other a former ace.McCullers may be a present-day ace, too, with the way he's working his breaking stuff. His always nasty curveball is striking out batters at an elite rate, but he's introduced a brand-new slider this year that has surrendered just two hits to 10 strikeouts with a 35.8% whiff rate. As a result, he's allowed just six runs over his last 27 innings.Gibson has been ace-like in his own right, boasting a stellar 2.97 xERA for the Rangers behind a legitimate five-pitch mix - three of which own a whiff rate north of 30%. The Astros' lineup is dangerous, sure, but these two are steady enough to trust the under on a total that will likely undersell the talent.Pick: Under (TBD)C Jackson Cowart is a betting writer for theScore. He's an award-winning journalist with stops at The Charlotte Observer, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Times Herald-Record, and BetChicago. He's also a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and his love of sweet tea is rivaled only by that of a juicy prop bet. Find him on Twitter @CJacksonCowart.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Our weekend finale was postponed due to weather, but we went 2-0 on our other picks for yet another perfect weekend. We love the value on the board this week, starting with a potential pitcher's duel on Monday ... Rangers (+125) @ Giants (-145)May 10, 9:45 p.m. ETStarting pitchers: Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.40 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (3-0, 1.96)This may not look like the pitching matchup you'd expect from a game with a total of just seven runs, but both are playing like studs through the first month of the season. Plus, a friendly park and uninspiring lineups will aid the two in this one.Gibson's xERA (2.89) and xwOBA (.273) rank just a tick above Wood's xERA (.287) and xwOBA (.272), with both ranking among the top 20% of all starters. The pair have also relied on a sinker to set up filthy breaking stuff - Wood's slider has been responsible for 18 of his 22 strikeouts, while Gibson has a whiff rate north of 40% on his slider and cutter, which combine for nearly 35% of his pitches.Those arsenals should play well at Oracle Park, which has been the most pitcher-friendly park over the last three years, per Statcast, and is statistically the hardest to hit a home run. The Giants and Rangers don't have the bats to scare you away from playing the under with these two on the mound.Pick: Under 7 Twins @ White Sox (TBD)May 11, 8:10 p.m.Starting pitchers: Kenta Maeda (2-2, 5.02) vs. Dylan Cease (2-0, 2.37)We were all set to bet Maeda on Sunday before rain postponed the Twins game. Still, I'm all in on Maeda after a tough start to the campaign. The 33-year-old's slider - which fueled his 2020 breakout - was finally clicking in his last start, and he ceded zero hits alongside a 42.9% whiff rate on 38 tries with that pitch.Maeda will have a chance to continue his dominance against a White Sox lineup that has crushed lefties this year but struggled against righties, especially given the roster's decline. Still, don't fade Chicago entirely behind Cease, who spun the two best starts of his career with a combined 13 innings of 4-hit ball with 20 strikeouts and just three walks.Pick: Under (TBD) Cardinals @ Brewers (TBD)May 12, 7:40 p.m.Starters: John Gant (2-3, 2.15) vs. Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 1.73)Woodruff has become a must-bet every time he takes the mound, even with a middling offense to support him. The Brewers stud has been the 10th-most profitable starter with at least seven starts ($285 on $100 bets), and he ranks in the top five among qualified starters in ERA (1.73) and FIP (2.21).In his start, Woodruff may have some help. The Brewers have hit the ball hard, but a crippling strikeout rate (27.2%) has limited their opportunities. Insert Gant, who has been hit as hard as anyone this year and owns an abysmal 25:24 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Expect Milwaukee to hang a few runs on the Cardinals starter early and maintain that lead behind Woodruff and a loaded 'pen.Pick: Brewers -1.5 (TBD)C Jackson Cowart is a betting writer for theScore. He's an award-winning journalist with stops at The Charlotte Observer, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Times Herald-Record, and BetChicago. He's also a proud graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and his love of sweet tea is rivaled only by that of a juicy prop bet. Find him on Twitter @CJacksonCowart.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
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Condensed Game: Jose Trevino smashed a two-run home run, backing Kyle Gibson's quality start in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Red Sox
Kyle Gibson's pitch gets away to the backstop, allowing Yoan Moncada to score from third and giving the Chicago White Sox a 1-0 lead over the Texas Rangers.