Chicago White Sox (11-10) at Los Angeles Dodgers (10-15)
Jake Peavy got smashed around soundly in his first start of spring training, allowing 3 runs and 5 hits in just 3 innings of work. He looks to recover against the Los Angeles Dodgers who have been up and down and coming off of a 6-5 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Peavy will be opposed by Korean native, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ru. Ryu is massive in frame at 255 pounds and looks to get a little major league experience under his belt. Thus far, he's been rather ordinary, allowing 8 runs and 16 hits in 16 1/3 innings, but this young man is a strikeout machine.
The advantage goes to Peavy off of his resume, but this is spring training and pitchers aren't pitching at peak performance as of yet.
The Next Babe Ruth?
All jokes aside, rightfielder Yasiel Puig has been on fire thus far. Puig is 26 for 50 with 3 HR, 11 RBI, and 4 SB. This young man can do it all and Los Angeles has to feel good about this. Puig is on a current 6 game hitting streak in which he's 12 for 16 with 6 runs, 2 HR, 5 RBI, and 4 SB. Look for Peavy to approach with caution as he faces Puig for the first time.
Even at the age of 37, Paul Konerko has stayed consistent in being the main bat in the White Sox's lineup and one of the best hitters in the American league.
He comes into this game hitting a red hot .385 with 5 HR and 12 RBI. This consistent 30 HR, 100 RBI hitter is on a current 9 game hitting streak. The power numbers have tailed off as of late, but Konerko continues to make good contact and is a threat against any opponent, especially an inexperienced one in Hyun-Ji Ru.
We lean towards the experience and take the White Sox as our MLB Pick.
MLB Picks: White Sox- +115 at 5 Dimes for your MLB Picks
San Diego (13-15) at Colorado (13-11)
The Rockies send out left hander Jorge De La Rosa (1-1, 2.84) and he'll be facing a pitcher to be decided. This is an immediate advantage for Colorado. De La Rosa has shown flashes of briliance at times during the regular season, but hasn't really put it all together. We have to remember that he pitches at Coors Field and that gives the hitters a definite advantage.
De La Rosa has done enough to keep his team in the games this spring training. He's allowed opposing hitters to a mere .217 batting average and faces a San Diego Padres team that managed just 1 run and 4 hits against Seattle yesterday.
Chase Headley might be the main bat in the Padres lineup. but this preseason, left fielder, Kyle Blanks, is making a name for himself.
Blanks is a beast in stature at 6 foot 6 and 265 pounds. He's proven in the past that he's more than capable of going yard. Thus far, this preseason, Blanks is hitting .346 with 2 HR and 12 RBI. Blanks started off spring training fast and furious, but has tailed off as of late. He played well against San Francisco recently and is still a threat everytime he steps to the plate.
Another player that the Padres can rely on to get on base is shortstop Everth Cabrera. Cabrera has very little to offer in the power department, but has gotten on base often this preseason. He has an OBP% of .405 and has hit safely in 8 out of his last 10 games. He could be a contributing factor in providing the Pads some much needed offense.
Colorado is a slight -125 betting odds favorite at home and with the pitching situation undecided for San Diego, I like Colorado in this spot. You're not going to see many of San Diego's regular season big bats in this contest and offense is an issue.
MLB Pick: Colorado -125 at 5 Dimes[gameodds]3/222454/999996-43-1537-19/us[/gameodds]