This baseball handicapper's two-for-three effort on Saturday gives new hope for continued MLB betting success. Here's three more free MLB picks for Sunday.
Rays vs. Marlins (Karns vs. Alvarez)
These teams have split the first two games of this series, setting up Sunday's rubber match.
Alvarez will be making his second start of this season; last Monday he held Atlanta to two runs and six hits through seven innings, although the Miami bats came up short in a 2-1 defeat.
Alvarez started once against Tampa last year and tossed a beauty, scattering eight hits over nine innings, walking none while whiffing five in shutting out the Rays 1-0.
Karns will also be making his second start of this season, after getting clipped for six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-5 loss to Baltimore Tuesday. He gave up all that damage in the first two innings, then settled down and got to the sixth, before giving way.
Karns has never started against Miami.
Miami has scored 13 runs through its first five games; however, 10 of those came in one game. And the Marlins have yet to hit a homer this season.
Tampa, meanwhile, has been held to two runs or less in three of its first five games.
We picked a winner with the UNDER on these two teams Saturday, and they obliged nicely, combining for just eight hits and two runs. If Alvarez can come up with something similar to the outing he had against Tampa last year, and if Karns can take advantage of Miami's unfamiliarity with him, Sunday's game should stay UNDER the MLB odds, too.
MLB Pick: Take the UNDER 7.5 runs
Royals vs. Angels (Ventura vs. Wilson)
Kansas City has taken the first two games of this series, after beating Jered Weaver Saturday 6-4. So the Royals remain as one of the last three undefeated teams in baseball at 5-0.
KC has also beaten LA six times in a row, including that three-game sweep in the ALDS last year.
The Royals, a mediocre bunch offensively last season, have scored 31 runs through their first five games this season.
Ventura will be making his second start of this season, after holding the White Sox to one run and four hits through six innings of a 10-1 KC victory last Monday. Last year Ventura started twice against the Angels, including once in that playoff series, allowing three runs on 12 hits through 11 innings. The Royals split those two games, and both those games stayed UNDER on the totals.
Wilson will also be making his second start of this season, after throwing eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball in a 2-0 LA victory at Seattle Tuesday. Last year Wilson started three times against KC, including once in the playoffs, giving up eight runs and 14 hits through 10 2/3 innings. The Angels lost two of those three games.
We picked a winner with the Royals on Saturday, and like their chances to complete the sweep today.
MLB Pick: Kansas City +106 at Pinnacle
Cubs vs. Rockies (Hendricks vs. Lyles)
Chicago, to our dismay, handed Colorado its first loss of this season Saturday, a 9-5 decision, as Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick let us down, allowing eight runs and three homers while walking five in just five innings.
Prior to Saturday the Cubs had scored just three runs through their first three games.
Colorado, meanwhile, has scored 30 runs through its first five games.
Hendricks will be making his first start of this season. Last year Hendricks was marvelous as a mid-season call-up, going eight-for-13 on quality starts, compiling a 2.46 ERA in 80 innings of work. Chicago, a team that finished 16 games under .500 overall, went 11-2 in games Hendricks started.
Hendricks started against the Rockies once last year, holding them to one earned run on five hits through eight innings of a 6-2 Chicago victory at Coors Field.
Lyles will be making his second start of this season, after holding Milwaukee to two runs through six innings of a 5-2 Colorado victory Tuesday. Last year Lyles started once against the Cubbies, allowing four runs and six hits through six innings of a 13-4 Rockies victory at Wrigley Field.
We missed Saturday with a play on Colorado, but we're still loving that lineup. So in anticipation of the home team taking this series we like the Rockies for our MLB picks today.
MLB Pick: Colorado -105