Here we go again, after taking the weekend off my picks are back. Normally, I would be grinding with you guys on the weekend, but I was so disgusted with my 0-3 performance last Thursday that I needed a couple days to regroup. 3-0 in my first day, 0-3 to follow that up, hopefully I can start a nice 2-1 streak in the upcoming days. 3-3 start, not good, not bad, just average, now let's improve it with some winners.
The Reds have been quite the early season surprise, I've doubted them long enough they seem to be the real deal, so now I'm going to try to cash in on their success. With their ace Amir Garrett taking the mound tonight against veteran Matt Garza for the Brewers, I expect an onslaught. The Reds bats have been hot lately and they just gave the defending World Series champions all they could handle. Garza is making first first start of the season, I expect him to rusty while Garrett is already in mid-season groove. Reds cover the -1.5 spread and with them at +135 this seems like a no brainer to me.
I love the Angels at home tonight against the struggling Jays. With Donaldson and Tulo out the Blue Jays lineup just isn't all that scary, especially now that Bautista is awful. Angels send Ricky Nolasco an average pitcher to the mound against Blue Jays Francisco Lirano, another average pitcher, so whichever lineup shows up will win. Both bullpens are pretty weak, so expect a lot of runs. Angels split the series by winning this game comfortably, they'll cover the -1.5 run spread, and at +155 against an atrocious Blue Jays team I'll take that every time.
One of the best rivalries in all of baseball is back tonight, Giants and Dodgers, so obviously action has to be put down on this game. I like Matt Cain and the Giants tonight. Cain has looked like he's returning to his peak form and the Giants offense is due for an outbreak. Against a pitcher like Hyun-Jin Ryu that's a very good possibility. I think the Giants win this, so having them as a 1.5 run dog makes me that much more confident in this pick. At -130 it's not a big risk either.