Swinger went 1-1 again in his MLB picks yesterday but the MLB odds offering Texas at +140 allowed a winning day, albeit ever so slightly, as we move on to Wednesday’s slate of betting opportunities.
MLB Season Record (2-2, +0.30 units)
The total was a mere 6 ½ in the Padres/Dodgers tilt yesterday and we bit. All the betting trends and recent history between both teams head-to-head and the designated starting pitchers implored us not to worry. However, every game is fresh and new which is why the outcomes are never etched in stone until the final out as we saw when the Padres and Dodgers combined for 10 runs which doomed our total. Yet all the news was not gloomy yesterday as we did click with the underdog Rangers as +140 underdogs when they notched a 3-1 victory over the A’s.
Mets (1-0) vs. Nationals (0-1) (Side & Total)
The Mets stole a 3-1 win over the Nats in their opener on Monday and look to reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom to keep the good times rollin’. Unfortunately the Mets will be opposed by a stone cold killer in Jordan Zimmermann who has compiled a career 2.98 ERA with a WHIP of 1.164 against New York. The Mets have gone 14-6 (+6.1 units) against the Mets when Zimmermann takes the hill.
Monday’s game was dominated by pitching and I see the same thing here. Neither team boasts an offensive juggernaut which could spell lots of outs and little scoring as we have two premium pitchers ready to fire on Wednesday night. The only fly in the ointment I see is the dreaded sophomore slump that could strike deGrom. I am convinced Zimmermann will be as dominant as ever while his team will be looking to avenge their home opening loss, so take the Nationals with your MLB picks.
Look for a low scoring affair in which the Nats come out on top.
MLB Pick: Washington -130 at Betonline
MLB Pick: Under 6 ½ (-110) at 5Dimes
Total – Rockies (1 O – 1 U) vs. Brewers (1 O – 1 U)
The Rockies offense looks fierce as they have exploded for 15 total runs in their first pair of games against the Brew Crew. Milwaukee on the hand appears as though they are still in spring training mode just working on a few things here and there with no sense of urgency. But I suspect this offensive malaise will come to a halt in tonight’s game as they will be looking to do damage against a 24-year-old pitcher named Eddie Butler who has been described as having raw talent. I like the word raw for our purposes here as Butler’s appearances last season and his spring training performances this season indicate he is hardly ready for prime time. Butler struggled in his three starts in 2014 with a 1-1 record and a 6.75 ERA while registering a 5.29 ERA over 24 innings this spring.
Meanwhile the Brewers have Wily Peralta on the hill who has not fared well against Colorado hitting. Peralta owns a 6.35 ERA to go along with a 1.676 WHIP when facing the Rockies. All four of his starts against Colorado have gone over and these teams have played over in seven of their last eight meetings. With the way the Colorado offense has been teeing off in addition to having a raw pitcher on the hill opposed by a veteran in Peralta who can’t seem to get into a groove when he stares down at a Rockies’ batter, I like my chances that this game will feature plenty of scoring especially when the MLB odds being offered is a scant 7 ½ runs.
MLB Pick: Over 7 ½ (-110) at Betonline