For an updated breakdown of Monday's betting action, be sure to tune in to the VSiN Market Insights Podcast with Josh Appelbaum. It will be posted bat 3 p.m. ET. I'll be joining The Lombardi Line at 1:30 p.m. ET to offer a market update and then I'll be co-hosting Betting Across America with Ben Wilson from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. In the meantime, let's discuss a trio of MLB games receiving sharp action today...
7:10 p.m. ET: Minnesota Twins (41-33) at Cleveland Guardians (36-32)
These AL Central rivals are trending in opposite directions. The Twins just took two of three from the Rockies at home. Meanwhile, the Guardians have lost four straight and just got swept at home by the Red Sox. In tonight's series opener, the Twins hand the ball to righty Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.53 ERA) and the Guardians counter with fellow righty Triston McKenzie (4-5, 3.51 ERA). This line opened with Minnesota listed as a slight -115 road favorite and Cleveland a +105 home dog. Respected money has laid the short chalk with Minnesota, steaming the Twins up from -115 to -130. Road favorites are 250-148 (63%) this season. Minnesota is 29-17 as a favorite, 18-16 on the road and 28-24 against righties. Sharps also seem to be leaning under, as the total is 8.5 with the under juiced to -120. Some shops have even fallen to 8. The forecast calls for low 70s with 10 MPH winds blowing in from center.
8:10 p.m. ET: Texas Rangers (34-37) at Kansas City Royals (26-45)
Both of these AL West foes are looking to bounce back from series losses. The Rangers just dropped two of three at home to the Nationals while the Royals just dropped two of three at home to the Athletics. In tonight's series opener, Texas starts lefty Martin Perez (5-2, 1.96 ERA) and Kansas City taps fellow southpaw Kris Bubic (1-4, 7.41 ERA). This line opened with the Rangers listed as a -125 road favorite and the Royals a +115 home dog. Pros aren't outsmarting themselves on this one. They're backing the better team with the better starting pitcher, steaming the Rangers up from -125 to -135. Non-division road favorites are 138-73 (65%) this season. Texas is 15-10 against lefties while Kansas City is 10-13. The Royals are just 19-37 as a dog and 13-23 at home. The Rangers' biggest edge comes on the mound (team ERA 3.94 vs 4.98). Texas leads the season series 2-1. The Rangers are +3 in run differential. The Royals are -93.
9:38 p.m. ET: Chicago White Sox (34-37) at Los Angeles Angels (35-40)
Neither of these AL non-division foes have played well as of late. The White Sox just lost three of four at home against the Orioles. Meanwhile, the Angels just dropped two of three at home against the Mariners. In tonight's series opener, Chicago gives the ball to righty Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5.40 ERA) and Los Angeles sends out fellow righty Noah Syndergaard (4-6, 3.86 ERA). This line opened with the Angels listed as a short -125 home favorite and the White Sox a +115 road dog. Pros have sided with the Angels, driving Los Angeles up from -125 to -130. Los Angeles is 27-22 as a favorite. Chicago is 11-18 as a dog. Chicago has lost Giolito's last three starts. Giolito has an ERA of 9.00 in the month of June. The Angels are +7 in run differential. The White Sox are -51. The total is 8.5. The under is 3-1 in four matchups this season. The under is 11-3 in the last 14 Angels games. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 White Sox games.