San Diego Padres vs. New York Mets
The Mets always seem to play well on opening day and they continued their success with an 11-2 beating of the Pads behind Jonathan Niese and a grand slam by leadoff hitter, Collin Cowgill. The Padres looked like a lifeless bunch and today they face promising prospect Matt Harvey.
Harvey was just 3-5 in 10 starts last season but had an outstanding 2.73 ERA. The Mets are looking for him to be the future ace of this staff.
Stop the Bleeding
It’s only been one game, but the Padres call upon Clayton Richard to stop the bleeding immediately. A team doesn’t want to get off to a poor start because it lingers and sets the tone for the season.
Richard is a dead .500 pitcher on a sub .500 team. Last season, he was 14-14 with a 3.99 ERA. If the Mets bats aren’t sharp like Ike Davis’ was yesterday, Richard is the type of pitcher to hang around and capitalize.
The Mets really need a good game from Davis. He has the power and the glove, but looked lost yesterday. He was 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts.
This game will come down to pitching and I expect Matt Harvey to give a positive preview against a weak team of things to come.
MLB Pick: Mets -140 (very reasonable betting odds) at 5 Dimes
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
This is an early afternoon, but I couldn’t resist, so get your baseball picks in!.
The Texas Rangers are coming off of a superb hitting display led by Ian Kinsler’s home run and 7 runs and 12 hits in total as they demolished the Astros. Yu Darvish pitched one of the best games that you’ll ever see. He had 14 strikeouts and a perfect game after 8 2/3 and what do you think happens? The same thing that always happens; a base hit up the middle. The hit doesn’t take away from the outstanding overall performance by Texas and the poor play as expected by a low payroll hitting team such as Houston.
A Repeat Performance?
The Rangers send Alexi Ogando to the mound and thus far in his major league career, he’s produced. He’s most recently been a relief pitcher, but has proven to be a legitimate starter when he went 13-8 with a 3.51 ERA in 2011. The Rangers are a hard hitting ball club. They don’t need Cy Young on the mound, they need someone to keep them in the game.
Even at his advanced age. Lance Berkman had a 3 for 4 day yesterday with 2 RBI. Berkman is a Texas native and when he’s played for Texas teams, he’s been a superstar. The Rangers might not have Josh Hamilton, but with Kinsler, Andrus, Beltre, and Cruz in the lineup, Hamilton is irrelevant.
For the Astros, their entire payroll is less than Alex Rodriguez’s. Does that sound like a team that wants to win? Lay the heavy juice with the Rangers.
MLB Pick: Texas -175 at 5 Dimes
Good Luck Everyone!