Braves (-110) V Marlins (+100)
The Marlins are currently on top of the NL East coming into this pivotal series versus the pre season division favorite, Atlanta Braves. The Braves will be pitching right hander Kyle Wright who has gotten off to a poor start to the season, holding an ERA of 6.75 and an 0-2 record.In his only appearance versus the Marlins last year, Wright pitched six innings and allowed two runs. The Marlins are pretty average versus right handers, holding a team batting average of .234, so they will put up a couple runs versus the cold right hander. Pitching for the Marlins is Pablo Lopez, so far, the right hander holds an ERA of 1.80 and a record of 1-1, last season, Lopez faced the Braves three times, having two good starts and one bad one. Unfortunately for Lopez, the Braves have been outstanding versus right handers, holding a team batting average of .267. Two Braves players to look out for today are Ronald Acuna and Dansby Swanson, who hit .308 and .293 versus right handers. The Marlins will put up a few runs, but it won’t be enough to catch up with the Braves offense.
The pick: Braves -110
Braves 6- Marlins 4
Brewers (-115) V Cubs (-105)
The 13-3 Cubs have been one of the most impressive teams so far this season, holding a record of 13-3 and sitting at first place in the National League standings. Starting for them today, is right hander Tyler Chatwood who holds a 5.40 ERA and a 2-1 record. In his first two starts, he only gave up one run over 12 innings pitched. In his last start however, he gave up eight runs in just two innings versus the Royals, was that a fluke? It most definitely was. Versus the Brewers last year, he mostly came in for relief, but he still only gave up two runs in six appearances. The Brewers offense has been disappointing this season, and versus right handers, the stats are not any better, as they hit .208 versus right handers. The Brewers are pitching one of their best, Brian Woodruff, who holds a 2.53 ERA and a 1-1 record, with his one loss coming to the Cubs. The Cubs hit well off right handers, as they have a .246 team batting average versus them, and last year, the only time they saw Woodruff, they put up four runs in four innings against him. Expect the Cubs’ bats to carry them to another victory today.
The pick: Cubs -105
Cubs 5- Brewers 3
Rangers (-130) V Rockies (+120)
Lance Lynn has been the most impressive pitcher thus far, and the Rockies have been the most impressive offense thus far, so something has to give. Lynn has given up one run over three starts this year. Having already pitched against the Rockies, giving up two hits and no runs over six innings, I believe Lynn will post similar stats today. The Rockies are pitching rookie Ryan Castellani, who pitched four shut out, no hit innings in his lone major league start, last week versus the Mariners. The Rangers hit poor versus right handers, holding a team batting average of .204 and their best player, Joey Gallo, hitting .200. My pick is the first five innings under, but I would not be surprised to see the full game over hit late in the game because both these teams have poor bullpens.
The pick: F5 Under 7
Rockies 6- Rangers 4
Mariners (+185) V Astros (-210)
I really hate to do this, but the evidence is clear. I usually avoid betting the Astros, no matter who they play just because it’s the Astros, but today is an exception. The Mariners are a bad team to put it simply; and they won’t hit to save their lives tonight versus Framber Valdez. The lefty holds an ERA of 2.04 but an 0-2 record. However, things WILL change tonight, as the Mariners are terrible versus lefties, holding a team batting average of .180. Valdez is severely underrated and I will be very surprised if he gives up more than one run tonight versus an abysmal Mariners offense. As for the Mariners, they are pitching Yusei Kikuchi, who holds a 5.28 ERA and an 0-1 record. Versus lefties, the Astros offense is very good, posting a team batting average of .257. Expect Maldonado, Correa and Bregman to have big games, in what will be an easy win for the Astros.
The pick: Astros -1.5
Astros 8- Mariners 2
Dodgers (-175) V Angels (+160)
In the opening game of the freeway series, Clayton Kershaw will battle Pedro Sandoval. The two lefties have been solid thus far. Kershaw has an ERA of 3.60 and a record of 1-1, while Sandoval holds a 2.70 ERA and an 0-1 record. However, both the Angels and Dodgers are not good versus lefties, the Dodgers currently boast a .193 team batting average versus lefties, and their two best players, Bellinger and Betts, are hitting .091 and .133 respectively. The Halos aren’t much better, holding a team batting average of .205, with Danny Fletcher being their only consistent bat. With two solid pitchers and two poor offenses, expect a low scoring affair in the first five innings, but the Angels bullpen to blow it in the end.
The pick: F5 Under 5
Dodgers 4- Angels 2
Bayern (-105) V Barcelona (+220)
Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich team will challenge Messi’s Barcelona in this Champions League quarter final clash. Bayern has looked amazing this year in general and with the acquisition of Leroy Sane, I believe they are the team to beat this Champions League. Barcelona is not a bad team by any means, but no one is touching Bayern.
The pick: Bayern PK and -0.5
Bayern 2- Barcelona 1