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MLB Picks, Odds & Starting Pitchers for All Games on Thursday, Aug. 24, Including Cubs vs Pirates

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in MLB Baseball

Updated Aug 24, 2023 · 8:54 AM UTC

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele
Aug 19, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Justin Steele (35) throws the ball against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
  • The MLB schedule on Thursday, Aug. 24, features nine full games plus the resumption of yesterday’s LAD/CLE game
  • Two pivotal matchups in the AL playoff race take place today, including Red Sox vs Astros and Blue Jays vs Orioles
  • Below, see the MLB odds and starting pitchers for all games today (Aug. 24, 2023) plus picks and best bets

A comparatively light nine-game slate takes place today (Thursday, August 24) in Major League Baseball, plus the completion of yesterday’s LA Dodgers vs Cleveland Guardians matchup, which was suspended due to rain heading into the third inning with the Dodgers up 3-1.

The schedule starts at 1:05 pm ET with a matinee between the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees in the Bronx and wraps up with the resurgent Cincinnati Reds visiting the Arizona Diamondbacks in a battle between two teams in the thick of the NL Wild Card race.

The table below lists the odds (moneyline, runline, and total) for all nine games, plus starting pitchers.

MLB Odds for Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023

Team (Pitcher) Runline Moneyline Total
Washington Nationals (Corbin) +1.5 (-114) +184 O 8.5 (-110)
New York Yankees (King) -1.5 (-105) -220 U 8.5 (-110)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Colorado Rockies (Lambert) +1.5 (-105) +205 O 8.5 (-114)
Tampa Bay Rays (Armstrong) -1.5 (-114) -250 U 8.5 (-106)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Boston Red Sox (Bello) +1.5 (-192) +112 O 9 (-105)
Houston Astros (France) -1.5 (+158) -132 U 9 (-115)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
LA Dodgers (Pepiot) -1.5 (+118) -132 O 9 (-110)
Cleveland Guardians (G. Williams) +1.5 (-142) +112 U 9 (-110)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Chicago Cubs (Steele) -1.5 (+105) -158 O 9 (-118)
Pittsburgh Pirates (TBD) +1.5 (-126) +134 U 9 (-104)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Toronto Blue Jays (Berrios) -1.5 (+146) -106 O 9 (-102)
Baltimore Orioles (Gibson) +1.5 (-178) -110 U 9 (-120)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Texas Rangers (Heaney) +1.5 (-188) +110 O 8.5 (-114)
Minnesota Twins (Lopez) -1.5 (+155) -130 U 8.5 (-106)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Oakland Athletics (Waldichuk) +1.5 (-170) +120 O 9.5 (-120)
Chicago White Sox (Scholtens) -1.5 (+140) -142 U 9.5 (-102)
Teams Runline Moneyline Total
Cincinnati Reds (Williamson) +1.5 (-142) +150 O 9 (+100)
Arizona Diamondbacks (Kelly) -1.5 (+118) -178 U 9 (-122)

Sitting two games back of Baltimore for the AL East lead, the Tampa Bay Rays (77-51, 42-22 home) are the biggest moneyline favorites of the day (-250), hosting the NL-worst Colorado Rockies (48-78, 20-45 away). The Yankees are the only other team north of -200, currently -220 moneyline favorites to beat the Nationals at home.

The narrowest odds come from Toronto/Baltimore, where the O’s are slight -110 home favorites with the visiting Blue Jays coming back at -106.

The highest over/under today is from the Oakland Athletics/Chicago White Sox game in the Windy City, where the run total is at 9.5. The lowest total on the board is 8.5, shared by three different games.

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Cubs vs Pirates Pick: CHC Moneyline

With Justin Steele on the mound (14-3, 2.80 ERA), the Cubs (66-60, 31-30 away) will have a sizable pitching advantage over whomever the Pirates (57-70, 31-33 home) choose to trot out. Chicago has been a little better at home this year, but has still managed to go a game over .500 on the road, while Pittsburgh sits two games under .500 at home.

The Cubs have also won all six meetings with the Pirates this season, including a three-game road sweep back in late June, during which they shutout the Pirates twice and outscored them 20-3 in total. Indeed, all six of Chicago’s wins over Pittsburgh this season have come by at least four runs and by an average of 5.7.

This season is merely continuing a longstanding trend of domination; the Cubs have won the season series against Pittsburgh every year since 2014.

  • Pick: Cubs moneyline (-158)

Rangers vs Twins Pick: MIN First-Half Moneyline

The Texas Rangers (72-54, 30-30 away) shockingly bring the league’s longest losing streak into Minnesota on Thursday, losers of six in a row. Texas still owns a one-game lead over Houston at the top of the AL West, but has seen it steadily dwindle over the past week. Making matters worse, the hard-charging Seattle Mariners are now just 1.5 games back, as well.

On Thursday, the Rangers will send the struggling Andrew Heaney (4.27 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) to the hill, countered by the Twins’ Pablo Lopez (3.51 ERA, 1.10 WHIP). While Heaney’s ERA is relatively similar between home and road (4.30 vs 4.23), he’s giving up homers on the road at an alarming rate (nine in just 44.2 innings of work). Heaney has lasted just a total of five innings over his past two starts, giving 10 hits, three walks, and four runs in the process.

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Lopez, meanwhile, has gone at least six innings in three straight starts without surrendering a single run – earned or unearned. He’s lowered his ERA a full run over that span and is finally looking like the potential ace Minnesota thought it was acquiring from the Marlins in the offseason.

  • Pick: Twins 1H moneyline (-142)
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