Bronx Bombers Gladly Welcoming the Twins to The Big Apple Next Week

Kevin Stott

Friday, April 20, 2018 7:45 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018 7:45 PM UTC

After doing not to shabbily against them in the decade before, the New York Yankees have won every season series against the Twins since 2010 and are a dominating 37-17 against them over that span.

1—LA Dodgers on Run of 7 Straight Overs into Game 1 of Nationals Series on Friday Night

Cody Bellinger and the defending NL champion Dodgers head into their Game 1 of their NL series with the Nationals on Friday night on a run of 7 straight Overs, but with uber-aces Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer scheduled to duel at Dodger Stadium in Lipstick City, Runs may be hard to come by. Los Doyers head in on a 4-game Win Streak but possessing an 8-9 Record and chasing Arizona in the NL West, this will be a tough test with Bryce Harper and Washington possibly playing its best game of the series in the opener and the Nationals 6-3 on the Road to start the 2018 Regular Season. In the Totals market for the season, Yasmani “The Yasmanian Devil” Grandal, Yasiel Puig and Los Angeles are 10-7 with a 5-4 Over mark at Home and a 5-3 Over Record Away. Into action on Friday, all five teams in the NL West had played more games Over than Under except the Rockies (9-9-2) and Giants (8-8) who were both sitting at the .500 mark.

2—Cardinals 62-29 L91 vs. Reds, St. Louis a Perfect 11-0 Last 11 Wacha Starts vs. Cincinnati

The Cardinals have really had the Reds number these last several MLB Regular Seasons, going 62-29 against Cincinnati heading into Game 1 of their 3-game NL Central series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis which runs from Friday through Sunday. And a really Betworthy Trend within this Reds-Cards series is that when St. Louis starts Michael Wacha against Cincinnati, the Redbirds have W10 straight times heading into the Game 1 Wacha-Brandon Finnegan Pitching duel. St. Louis has also W7 straight Wacha Starts at Home against Cincinnati. So with the spiraling Reds having the worst Record in MLB to start off the new season and José Martínez and the Cardinals 11-1 the L12 series meetings overall, backing St. Louis in all three games in the Gateway to the West seems sensible although avoiding the Run Line market may be wise with the Reds 2-4 at Home and Home teams not getting to bat in the Bottom of the 9th if leading.

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#ICYMI The Reds fired Bryan Price after 666 games as the team's manager.

They had the MLB's worst winning percentage since he took over (.419) and were off to a 3-15 start this season, which was the 2nd worst through 18 games for the team in the last 100 years. pic.twitter.com/lsAIiEYqm4

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 19, 2018
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3—Mets 18-6 L24 at Braves in NL East Play, New York 5-1 vs. Atlanta the L6 Meetings Overall

The New York Mets have gotten off to an amazin’ start with an NL-best 13-4 Record, but then again when you play the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves so much in scheduled divisional games, winning is almost assumed in the nation’s largest market and from a team with a pretty solid starting Pitching Staff. This weekend the Metropolitans start a 10-game Road trip where they first face the Braves in Atlanta in a 3-game NL Central slab with ace Syndergaard slated to go against Sean Hartford in the series opener at SunTrust Park under the fake light on Friday night.

With Yoenis Céspedes and the Mets an impressive 18-6 the L24 series meetings in Atlanta and 5-1 the L6 overall, backing the visitors in all three games here—probably painfully low-scoring—seems to be the Rx. Other Trends that support backing New York? The Mets are 6-0 the L6 on the Road, 9-2 the L11 vs. the NL East, 11-4 their L15 on Friday and 11-3 L14 on Grass—the surface this defensive, small-ball team was totally built for.

4—Pirates 20-8 Last 28 vs. Semi-Rivals Phillies, 4-1 the Last 5 in The City of Brotherly Love

The Pirates have also gotten off to a decent start with the Bucs going 12-6 to start the season and leading the NL Central into action Thursday while the team Pittsburgh was readying to play, the Phillies also had a nice beginning to the Regular Season with a +20 RD and a 5-1 Record at Home in the City of Brotherly Love and Strange Accents. On Thursday, Philadelphia gave Free Agent-signee Jake Arrieta the pill in Game 1 of their 4-game weekend series with Nova-Lively the Probable Starting Pitchers for Friday night’s Game 2 from Citizens Bank Park.

This has been a series in which the Pirates have done very well of late, going 20-8 the L28 against their former NL East and Keystone State rivals Pittsburgh who have gone 4-1 the L5 meetings in Philadelphia. The Pirates are also 9-2 the L11 on the Road and 14-6 their L20 both overall as well as on Grass, but the reality is that although Pittsburgh is playing really well so far despite seeing star Free Agents Andrew McCutchen (Giants) and Gerrit Cole (Astros) leave the Steel City, the Phillies have been a pleasant surprise with a 5-1 mark at Home and Rookie Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Odúbel Herrera coming through at the plate and this may be one just better off just watched although with a perfect 8-0 Record in Day games, backing the Bucs and Trevor Williams against Nick Pivetta will be a good idea. Sometimes it snows in April.

6—Diamondbacks a Slithery 8-1 vs. Left-Handed Starting Pitchers But Just 5-4 Against RHPs

After Arizona ace Zack Greinke aptly out-dueled San Francisco southpaw Ty Blach, 3-1 in Game 1 of their NL West series on Thursday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks improved to 8-1 against Starting LHP. Other MLB teams who have fared well against Stating LHPs so far? The Phillies, Indians, Mariners and defending World Series champion Astros. The next time the Snakes are scheduled to face a Lefty? That comes on Saturday at Home at Chase Field against the San Diego Padres who are throwing southpaw Clayton Richard against the Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley in Game 2 of a 3-game NL West series. And Arizona has also been very good at night, going 10-3 after the sun goes down after Thursday evening’s Win in the Sonoran Desert.

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