MLB Picks & Best Bets (Sep. 17): Red-Hot Yankees Take Advantage of Slumping Blue Jays

Giancarlo Stanton at the plate

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are returning to health at the right time for the Yankees, who have won seven straight entering Thursday’s game with the Blue Jays. Photo via @NJ_Sports (Twitter).
  • The Blue Jays can minimize the damage against the Yankees by salvaging a win as underdogs on Thursday, Sept. 17
  • A battle between an ace and a potential future ace takes place when the Indians visit the Tigers
  • Check out the article below for early odds and picks on MLB’s Thursday slate (Sep. 17th)

The American League playoff field is nearly set in stone, but there is plenty of maneuvering teams can do to move up or down in the seedings.

A pair of pivotal matchups take place Thursday with AL seeding implications involved, as the Toronto Blue Jays host the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians visit the Detroit Tigers.

NB: The table below displays all Sep. 17th games open for betting as of 10:00 pm ET, Sep. 16th. It may not contain all games scheduled for Sep. 17th.

MLB Odds: Sep. 17th

Team (Starter) Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (A. Young) +141 +1.5 (TBD) Over 10.0 (+100) 4:10 pm
LA Angels (G. Canning) -153 +1.5 (TBD) Under 10.0 (-120)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
SF Giants (T. Anderson) -141 -1.5 (TBD) Over 9.0 (+100) 4:10 pm
Seattle Mariners (N. Margevicius) +130 +1.5 (TBD) Under 9.0 (-120)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (C. Anderson) +184 +1.5 (TBD) Over 9.5 (-104) 7:05 pm
NY Yankees (M. Tanaka) -200 -1.5 (TBD) Under 9.5 (-116)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
NY Mets (S. Lugo) +125 +1.5 (TBD) Over 8.0 (-105) 7:05 pm
Philadelphia Phillies (A. Nola) -135 -1.5 (TBD) Under 8.0 (-115)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
St Louis Cardinals (D. Hudson) -163 -1.5 (TBD) Over 9.0 (-105) 7:05 pm
Pittsburgh Pirates (S. Brault) +150 +1.5 (TBD) Under 9.0 (-115)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Texas Rangers (J. Lyles) +201 +1.5 (TBD) Over 9.5 (+100) 7:10 pm
Houston Astros (F. Valdez) -222 -1.5 (TBD) Under 9.5 (-120)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (S. Bieber) -263 -1.5 (TBD) Over 7.5 (+105) 7:10 pm
Detroit Tigers (C. Mize) +235 +1.5 (TBD) Under 7.5 (-125)
Team Moneyline Runline Over/Under Run Total Game Time (Eastern)
LA Dodgers (J. Urias) -161 -1.5 (TBD) Over 11.5 (-105) 8:40 pm
Colorado Rockies (K. Freeland) +148 +1.5 (TBD) Under 11.5 (-115)

Odds as of Sept. 16th.

Pick 1: Yankees Moneyline (-200) vs Blue Jays

Reasoning: Toronto is in a state of turmoil.

The Blue Jays have been a fun if not unexpected entrant into the AL playoff push — but they might be showing their true colors a bit against a superior opponent.

After a 20-6 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday — in a very important series that could move one of these teams as high as the 5-seed and as low as number 8 — Toronto turned around on Wednesday to take another beating, 13-2.

As Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton ease back into action, the Yankees seem to be finding their groove. They’ve won seven in a row — including three against Toronto — looking like the AL titan we all expected.

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Pick 2: Indians Moneyline (-263) vs Tigers

Reasoning: Shane Bieber is worth believing in.

If you’re looking at Thursday’s line on the Indians vs. Tigers game, and you’re thinking back to Shane Bieber’s last start, a twinge of doubt might enter your mind. Suppress that.

Yes, Bieber’s start on Friday against the Twins ended in a loss, as he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings. But guess what? That’s still a quality start. His offense just didn’t back him.

On the season, Bieber still boasts a 1.53 ERA, a 2.04 WHIP, and 14.2 strikeouts per nine (all AL highs). He is practically a shoe-in for the AL Cy Young award.

Also, he has been lights out in his past five starts against Detroit, going 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA — including only two runs allowed in his past 21.2 innings against them. You’re gonna want to bank on Bieber.

A two-team parlay on the Yankees and Indians at -200 and -263, respectively, would pay out at +107.

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