MLB Picks: Analysis On Series Preview For Monday 18 Through Thursday 21

Ian Cameron

Sunday, April 17, 2016 4:04 PM GMT

Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides an MLB betting preview of this week's marquee baseball series taking place between Monday, April 18 and Thursday, April 21.

 

Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds
Two teams that have been swinging the bats quite well but also receiving very shaky performances from their starting pitching and bullpen will do battle in this series as the Rockies and Reds face off at Great American Ballpark for a three game series starting on Monday.

The probable pitching matchups particularly in the first and third games of this series (Jordan Lyles vs. Alfredo Simon Monday, Chad Bettis vs. Tim Melville Wednesday) could be conducive to seeing quite a few runs put up on the scoreboard. Both teams are currently in the Top 10 in MLB in runs scored so far this season.

Colorado has been treanding 'Over' the total in their games recently while Cincinnati is on a current 5-0 streak to the 'Over' entering Sunday's action. It would be no surprise to me if bettors are able to cash a couple more 'Over' tickets in this series and I would expect the 'Over' to provide betting value in a series here which should have potential to see plenty of runs in bunches.

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Free MLB Pick: 'Over' 9 (-105)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox have been a pleasant surprise early in the season. They have gotten off to a strong 8-3 start and have done so with timely hitting but most of all, quality pitchng up and down their rotation.

Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and even Mat Latos who is a reclamation project after years of being plagued with stints on the DL and ineffectiveness all have sub 3 ERA's in the White Sox rotation at the moment. White Sox relievers featuring Nate Jones, Jake Petricka, Dan Jennings, Matt Albers and closer David Robertson have combined to allow just a single run in 22 innings out of the bullpen.

The offense hasn't been crushing the baseball but they've gotten enough timely hits and run production to get by while allowing their pitching to do the rest. On the flip side, the LA Angels pitching staff outside of Garrett Richards is littered with question marks and concerns.

Matt Shoemaker is on the warparth to regression and a continued decline, Jered Weaver's best days are far behind him, Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney are both young pitchers with some upside but still a lot of unknowns and Hector Santiago is still aiming to find consistency at the Major League level.

The bullpen has had problems late in games for the Angels and their lineup is very thin outside of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. Current form favors the White Sox in this series and so do I.

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Free MLB Pick: White Sox -120
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
This should be a terrific series between two teams that could very well be battling for the NL Central crown from start to finish in 2016. The Cardinals have been absolutely mashing the baseball in recent games entering Sunday's play in what has been a incrddibly impressive stretch of baseball for Cardinals hitters as the team has scored 5, 1, 7, 12, 12, 10, 4, 7, 14 and 8 runs in their last 10 games.

However, St. Louis and their red hot bats will not be outdone by Chicago as the Cubs own prolific offense has been raking at the plate early in the campaign as well averaging 6.45 runs per game ranking them 2nd currently in MLB in runs per game trailing only yep you guessed it the St. Louis Cardinals.

In theory, it would seem like we can expect plenty of runs in this series and 'Over' the total plays to be worth a look in this series but with both offenses playing weaker competition and weake pitching in recent games, I can't help but wonder if the weak teams both the Cubs and Cardinals have faced prior to this series has inflated their offensive statistics to some degree and that maybe we can expect a little bit of regression from both squads at the plate in this series facing what should be better teams and better pitching from both of these teams.

It's worth noting the Chicago Cubs have had no problems winning on the road starting the season with a 5-1 record in their 6 previous road games so this Cubs team may not be intimidated by playing at Busch Stadium in St. Louis and that could present betting value with the road warrior Cubs in this series.

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