If you listened to me yesterday, congratulations on the free rent and all the other money I won you. For anyone that missed it, I went 3-0 yesterday, on my first action of the season, now that's wassup. Today, I plan on doing the same, I'm really feeling we can get this to 6-0 tonight with some of these matchups looking real nice tonight. Here we go:
Seattle Mariners are the lock of the night. At -145 tonight against the A's it may look risky with the way they started this season off and that's exactly why I love. Why would they be such a big favorite if they're the team with the worse record. The Mariners have won 5 of 6 and are looking to rebound quickly from their slow start. With James Paxton, their young lefty stud on the mound tonight, he gives them a very good shot at winning. The A's lineup is basically all or nothing, they'll either put up 7+ runs or score less than 3, they aren't very consistent on a night to night basis. Since they're facing a good young pitcher, I expect their offense to have a slow night. Mariners should win soundly over the A's in this AL West matchup.
Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals, don't want this win tonight, they need this win tonight, and that's why I'll take them over the Brewers. Since the Cardinals are off to such a slow start and have looked quite dreadful, Vegas is giving them no respect. Perfect time to catch cheap money lines like tonight at -119 when they're playing bad teams. I don't care how bad the Cardinals are playing or how good the Brewers are playing, there's no chance the Brewers beat the Cardinals when the Cardinals have their ace going. Martinez has gotten off to slow start due to his command, but his stuff is so filthy no one can hit once he gets it in the strike zone. If Martinez can stay out of his own way tonight he should have no problem mowing through this Milwaukee lineup. Zach Davies is taking the hill for the Brewers, his 8.79 ERA suggest that the Cardinals lineup should have a nice coming out party tonight after a slow start to the season. Cardinals win big.
First underdog pick of the year, take the Cincinnati Reds at +105 against the Orioles. Votto, Duvall, and Cozart will be enough to carry this offense with the loss of Eugenio Suarez, the hottest bat in the lineup. Votto and Duvall have hit for power this year not a ton of contact, expect a change from Votto in that category starting tonight, and Duvall is only known for his power, so if he continues to do what he's doing he'll be alright. Wade Miley has gotten off to a nice start this season in his first two starts. Miley hasn't been notoriously good throughout his career and I don't think he's all of the sudden found the light, so expect a more Miley like start from him tonight. Scot Feldman, the man taking the mound for the Reds isn't anything to write home about either, although the Reds have the stronger bullpen to back him up. With Britton out for the Orioles it adds a ton of uncertainty to closing out games. If Miley can't go deep into this game I believe the Reds will be able to attack this weakened bullpen racking up late runs. With Drew Storen, Cody Reed, and Robert Stephenson proving to be one of the better back ends in baseball they should be able to keep the Orioles powerful lineup relatively quiet. Reds squeak out a win in this game on some late inning heroics.