Let the Games Begin! Finding Value in 2017 Opening Day

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, April 2, 2017 4:23 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 2, 2017 4:23 PM GMT

Major League Baseball has arrived and it all starts today. Let's get to cashing right away in our MLB picks with the three games on tap to start the 2017 MLB season.

Yankees (Tanaka) vs. Rays (Archer)

* New York's Tanaka is 23-8 (team record +14.8 Units) against the money line in all games over the last two seasons.

* New York's Tanaka is 10-1 ( team record +9.3 Units) against the money line in day games over the last two seasons.

* New York's Tanaka is 6-0 (team record) when starting against Tampa Bay with an ERA of 2.82 and a WHIP of 0.810.

* The Rays are 7-17 (-11.5 Units) against the money line when the total is seven or less over the last two seasons.

* The Rays are 36-45 (-15.9 Units) against the money line in home games over the last two seasons.

* Tampa Bay's Archer is 3-13 ( team record -10.9 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last two seasons.

New York's Tanaka has been outstanding against the Rays and that trend looks to continue today. We will listen to what the numbers are telling us and include the Bronx Bombers in our MLB picks on Sunday.

 

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -114Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Giants (Bumgarner) vs. Diamondbacks (Greinke)

* Arizona's Greinke is 117-66 (team record +36.4 Units) against the money line in home games since 1997.

* Arizona's Greinke is 9-2 when starting against the Giants with an ERA of 2.49 and a WHIP of 1.129.

* Arizona's Greinke is 11-3 ( team record +7.9 units) in all his starts vs. the Giants.

* San Francisco's Bumgarner is 15-10 lifetime (team record +0.0 units) vs. Arizona.

* The Giants are 23-31 (-16.7 Units) against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 2 seasons.

Here we have two dynamic pitchers with one enjoying the home field advantage as well as getting a fairly healthy return as a home dog. Let's take what the oddsmakers are giving us and back Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 Free MLB Pick: Diamondbacks +135Best Line Offered: at SportsInteraction

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Cubs (Lester) vs. Cardinals (Martinez)

* The Cubs are 31-9 (+19.0 Units) against the money line as a road favorite of -125 to -150 over the last three seasons.

* Chicago's Lester is 20-3 (team record +15.7 Units) against the money line in night games over the last two seasons.

* The Cardinals are 38-43 (-24.2 Units) against the money line in home games over the last two seasons.

* The Cardinals are is 7-14 (-12.8 Units) against the money line in home games against left-handed starters over the last two seasons.

St. Louis's Carlos Martinez doesn't carry the swagger or pedigree of a bona fide ace but here he is on the mound for the Redbirds in their home opener against the defending World Champions Chicago Cubs. On the other hand, we have a battle-tested southpaw in Jon Lester dueling for the best team in baseball last season. Lester has pitched very well against the Cardinals in the past, boasting a 1.87 ERA complemented by a 0.915 WHIP. Conversely, Carlos Martinez has been rattled by the Cubs' lineup as evidenced by his 5.08 ERA and 1.539 WHIP. Road chalk makes the money here.

 Free MLB Pick: Cubs -127Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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