Best Over/Under MLB Odds You Must Add To Your Monday Ticket

Matthew Jordan

Monday, April 11, 2016 2:00 PM GMT

It's an unusual Monday around baseball in that there are several matinees as several teams have their 2016 home openers. Here are the top three totals picks for the day's MLB odds.

MLB Record: 1-1

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
It's the Cards' home opener. They were swept three games to open the season at NL Central rival Pittsburgh but then won three games at Atlanta, perhaps the worst team in the majors. St. Louis totaled seven runs in the three Pirates games and then had 31 against the Braves. The only negative from that Atlanta series was that the Cardinals allowed a homer on Sunday, becoming the last team in the majors to give one up this season.

Michael Wacha gets the call here. He took a no-decision last Tuesday in Pittsburgh and was fortunate to do so as he allowed five runs and 10 hits in just 4.1 innings, striking out three. Wacha is 2-0 with a 5.87 ERA in four career games, including three starts, against the Brewers. Scooter Gennett is 4-for-10 off him with an RBI. Jonathan Lucroy is 2-for-6 with a double.

Taylor Jungmann goes for Milwaukee, which lost two of three at home to San Francisco to open the season and then took two of three at Miller Park against Houston. Jungmann pitched against the Giants on Wednesday and allowed one earned run and three hits over five innings. He was pulled after 80 pitches for a no-decision. Jungmann allowed six runs in five innings in his lone start against St. Louis last year. Stephen Piscotty is 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs off him.  Jedd Gyorko is 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. It is 7-3-2 in Milwaukee's past 12 games. It is 8-3 in Wacha's past 11 at home.

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MLB Pick:  Under 7½ -120
Best Line Offered:  at Bookmaker

 

Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros
It's Houston's opener at Minute Maid Park. The Astros' last game there was a devastating 9-6 loss to Kansas City in Game 4 of the ALDS. The Astros looked like they were going to eliminate the Royals with a 6-2 lead entering the top of the eighth inning before a crucial error by star shortstop Carlos Correa opened the floodgates. The Royals scored five in the eighth and two more in the ninth for a 9-6 win and then took Game 5 at home to advance to the ALCS.

The Astros give the ball to right-hander Collin McHugh here. He was terrible in Wednesday's loss at the New York Yankees, lasting just one-third of an inning and allowing six runs. A catcher's interference call that allowed leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury seemed to unnerve McHugh. He set career bests in innings (203.2), strikeouts (171) and wins (19) last year. McHugh didn't face Kansas City last regular season. He did twice in the playoffs, allowing five runs and nine hits over 10.0 innings.

The Royals go with the tallest starter in the majors, 6-foot-10 right-hander Chris Young. The 36-year-old lost his first start of the season last Tuesday at home vs. the Mets, allowing two runs and three hits over five innings. Those runs came on a Neil Walker homer. Young didn't face Houston last regular season. He allowed one run over four innings in his one ALDS outing against the Astros. It is 6-1 in Kansas City's past seven road games. The over as offered by MLB Odds is 5-1-1 in McHugh's past seven vs. teams with a winning record.

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MLB Pick:  Over 8½ -105
Best Line Offered:  at YouWager

 

Chicago White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins
The Pale Hose opened by taking three of four in Oakland and then split two home games against Cleveland as Sunday's matchup was postponed due to weather. So lefty Jose Quintana gets pushed back to here. He took a no-decision in his first start, because he seems to always gets  no-decisions. Quintana has 53 of them since 2012, the most in baseball. He allowed two runs and seven hits over 5.2 innings against the A's, striking out seven and walking none. Quintana was 1-2 with a 3.79 ERA in three starts last year against the Twins, and this must be accounted for when making your MLB Picks.

Joe Mauer hits him well, going 10-for-29 career with two homers and five RBIs. Kyle Gibson goes for Minnesota in its home opener. The Twins are the only winless team in the American League. Gibson allowed four runs on seven hits with five walks last Wednesday in Baltimore. He was 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA in four starts against the White Sox last season. Jose Abreu is 3-for-15 off him with a homer. Melky Cabrera is 0-for-14. t is 5-0 in Gibson's past five vs. teams with a winning record. 

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MLB Pick:  Under 8 -135
Best Line Offered:  at Bovada