The 2015 Major League Baseball season moves to its first full weekend of action. Let's take a look at some of Saturday's matchups with a focus on totals for our MLB picks.
Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians Saturday, 4:05 PM ET
Odds: Indians -106
The pitching matchup here is David Price for the Tigers, matched against T.J. House for the Indians. Price was sensational in his season debut against Minnesota, throwing 8.2 shutout innings while scattering five hits, walking no one and striking out five. Last year, Price shut down the Indians, registering a 1.23 ERA in two starts. Price gave up two runs in 14.2 innings, though he did give up 16 hits – he just pitched out of trouble a lot.
House went through his first big-league season in 2014. He did not pitch against the Tigers, but he checked in with a very solid 3.35 ERA. House could be effective against Detroit, but he’s ultimately an unknown. Price is one of the elite starting pitchers in all of baseball. Examining the total, the pitching should dictate a low-scoring affair.
MLB Pick: Under 7 at 5Dimes
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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds Saturday, 1:10 PM ET
Odds: Reds -130
Michael Wacha is the starter for the Cardinals, while Johnny Cueto is the starter for the Reds. Wacha’s first start was supposed to have occurred already, but a rainout earlier this week pushed his start back. He might be out of rhythm, but the Cardinals are just glad to have him back after he missed much of the 2014 season with an injury. Wacha posted a 3.38 ERA against the Reds, giving up eight earned runs in 21.1 innings, spanning four starts. Wacha did not generally go deep into his starts against the Reds, but he didn’t get pounded. He stayed out of the big inning and allowed only one home run to Cincinnati.
Cueto started the season by shutting out Pittsburgh over seven innings, giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out 10. Cueto looked every bit the ace he’s been for the past few years in Cincinnati. Last year against St. Louis, Cueto notched a 2.25 ERA, giving up five earned runs in 20 innings over the course of three starts.
Michael Wacha is a very good pitcher and Cueto’s good too but in a different class. This looks like an under.
MLB Pick: Under 6.5 at Bovada
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, 7:10 PM ET
Odds: Brewers -110
Vance Worley takes the bump for Pittsburgh, while Jimmy Nelson will toe the rubber for Milwaukee. Worley rang up a 2.51 ERA against Milwaukee last season. In 14.1 innings over two starts, he limited the Brewers to four runs, dancing out of trouble in the process. Worley was touched up for 16 hits, but he didn’t give up a home run and minimized danger. Nelson, with two years of experience and a 2-9 career record, did not pitch against Milwaukee last season. The Pirates have the better pitcher on the mound but with them being on the road in Milwaukee, that should even things out. That means the Brewers offense should produce while the Pirates have a good matchup too. Go over here for this MLB pick.
MLB Pick: Over 8.5 at The Greek