User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Thursday Matinee Tips

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

The Thursday baseball card showcases three getaway games during the afternoon with two former Cy Young Award winners taking the mound. The lone American League matinee takes place at Comerica Park in Detroit as the Royals look to keep up their winning ways as an underdog.

Royals at Tigers - 1:05 PM EST

Kansas City was expected to make progress inside the AL Central this season and the Royals are following suit with a first place start through the first three weeks. Ned Yost's club wraps up a quick two-game set in the Motor City after Wednesday's 7-5 loss, as both teams send their aces to the mound in the series finale.

Justin Verlander (2-2, 2.13 ERA) has alternated wins and losses in each of his four starts, coming off a defeat at Seattle in his last outing. The former MVP struck out a season-high 12 in his previous trip to the rubber, as the Tigers provided Verlander with no offense in a 2-0 loss to the Mariners as a $1.65 road favorite. Verlander lost his only home start, a 7-0 shutout to the Yankees as nearly a $2.00 favorite on April 7, snapping an 11-game winning streak at Comerica Park dating back to 2012.

The Royals send out James Shields (1-2, 3.00 ERA), who has been involved in four contests decided by one run so far. Shields received a no-decision in his previous outing, a 4-3 defeat at Boston last Saturday, but the righty allowed just one earned run in six innings. Kansas City won his only non-quality start, a 9-8 victory at Philadelphia as a $1.20 underdog on February 7. Shields dominated the Tigers as a road 'dog last April as a member of the Rays, scattering six hits and two earned runs in eight innings of a 4-2 triumph.

Pirates at Phillies - 1:05 PM EST

Pittsburgh stumbled out of the gate by losing five of its first six games. The Bucs have rebounded nicely with a 11-4 hot stretch over the last 15 contests, as Pittsburgh wraps up its series with its cross-state rivals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies aren't an automatic victory anymore with its trio of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee, as Philadelphia owns a dreadful 4-10 record when those pitchers start.

Lee (2-1, 2.83 ERA) dominated in his first two starts, beating the Braves and Mets by tossing at least eight innings each time. However, the southpaw has lost each of his last two outings to the Reds and Cardinals, while allowing all five runs in a 5-0 home defeat to St. Louis last Saturday. Dating back to last August, the Phillies have drilled the 'under' in 11 of Lee's last 12 starts, including five of six at Citizens Bank Park.

The Pirates counter with James McDonald (2-2, 4.12 ERA), who is seeking the consistency that made him 10-2 to start last season. McDonald has traded off quality starts with non-quality outings in his first four trips to the mound in 2013, coming off a solid outing against the Braves. The right-hander shut down the powerful Atlanta lineup as a short home 'dog by allowing two hits and one earned run in six innings of a 3-1 victory.

Dodgers at Mets - 1:10 PM EST

Two teams trying to find their way in the National League race wrap up their series at Citi Field, as Los Angeles heads back to the West Coast following Thursday's getaway game. The Dodgers plated just 13 runs during a recent six-game losing streak, but scored a combined 14 runs in consecutive victories over the Orioles and Mets. New York has cooled off after a 7-4 start by losing five of its last eight games, but knocked off the Dodgers last night thanks to a walk-off grand slam.

Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 7.07 ERA) looks to lower his high ERA as the New York right-hander has failed to escape the fourth inning in each of his last two outings. Hefner received a no-decision in his previous outing against Washington, allowing three earned runs in four innings of work, but the Nats edged the Mets, 7-6. The Mets are a perfect 3-0 to the 'over' in his three starts, as the opposition has scored exactly seven runs in each of his three outings.

Southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 4.01 ERA) is delivering plenty of innings through his first four starts, going at least six innings each time. The Dodgers have split each of his two outings in the favorite role, but this is the first time Ryu has been listed as road 'chalk.' Ryu has drilled the 'over' in each of his previous three trips to the mound, as the Los Angeles offense has scored at least five runs in those three contests.

You can reach Kevin Rogers via e-mail at

Kevin Rogers can be followed on Twitter at virogers.

Rogers: Wednesday's Diamond Notes
Correa lifts Astros over Orioles in 13
Yankees back at .500, blank Blue Jays
Cubs end three-game skid, rout Cards
Strasburg stays perfect, Nats top Mets
Pirates crush Diamondbacks, 12-1
Tigers cruise past Phillies, 'under' hits
Price, Bradley lead Red Sox past Rockies
Brewers squeeze by Braves, 2-1
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
14-2 +1,289 L16, 19-5 +1,627 Run
7-0 G-Plays, 26-11 +1,543 L37
5-1 Last Night, 8-0 L8 Totals
15-5 L3 Days, 38-12 G-Plays TY
11-2 G-Plays, +1,827 This Year
3-0 LN, 11-2 L13, 23-6 +1,826 L29
7-2 +505 LN, 7-1 +645 G-Plays
6-3, +417 Record Yesterday
51-31 Run, 24-8 L32 Guarantees
4-1, +313 MLB Last Night
6-2 L8, 24-11 Guarantees TY
4-1 L5, 7-2 L9 MLB Picks
+1,491 Net Profits This Year
3-0 +335 LN, +990 Net Profits TY
11-4 L15 MLB Selections
4-0 L4, 10-3 +713 G-Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Los Angeles Angels at Texas rangers
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1827
John Fisher + 1736
Jim Feist + 1555
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 1188
Bill Marzano + 851
Chip Chirimbes + 763
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1105
Antony Dinero + 994
Michael Black + 710
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2408
Jim Feist + 1409
Micah Roberts + 1261
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1394
Jim Feist + 1080
Antony Dinero + 1051
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 1136
Michael Black + 1022
Joe Nelson + 949
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership