Toronto (4-6) at Kansas City (6-4)
Thus far, Kansas City has been the real after a great spring training and Toronto hasn’t lived up to the billing that some people gave them. Aside from that, their top acquisition, R.A. Dickey (0-2, 8.44), has been a flat-out disaster. Is Dickey a one year wonder and Toronto blew a lot of money on signing him? Let's analyze the MLB odds for this game and see where we're at.
Blue Jay Killer
To make the situation even more adverse for the Blue Jays, Kansas City’s starting pitcher for today’s game has dominated the Jays for his career. James Shields, formerly of the Rays, gets the nod and he’s a lifetime 11-5 with a 3.24 ERA in 21 career starts against Toronto. Granted, he played with a very good team like the Rays, but that’s an impressive stat line.
So far this season, Shields is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA. He’s shown pinpoint control with 14 strike outs and 0 walks 12 innings this season.
The Reyes Project
It’s only been 10 games, but Jose Reyes has come out of the gates quickly. He’s hit safely in 9 consecutive games and is hitting .395 on the season with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB, and a .465 OBP. It will be key for Reyes to get on base from the leadoff position in this game because it could be low scoring.
I expect R.A. Dickey to bounce back in this game. Knuckle ballers either have it or they don’t. He was the real deal with the Mets. Take Toronto as the live dog here.
Pick- Toronto +123 at 5 Dimes for your baseball picks.
Philadelphia Phillies (5-5) at Miami Marlins (1-9)
The Miami Marlins are such an awful team and this might be the spring board that Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97) needs to get his season on track.
I was thinking possible a Cy Young Award for Hamels, but instead he’s given up 4 home runs in 10 2/3 innings. Along with that, he’s given up a ton of runs and hasn’t been the strikeout machine that we expected.
Expect that to change against a Marlins team that doesn’t want to pay their players and it reflects in their record. To get Cole Hamels and the Phillies against a 1 win team at odds of -146 is a pretty good deal.
Philadelphia is coming off of a 3-1 victory over Miami yesterday. This isn’t the same lineup that the Phillies once had, but they still have a nice 1-2 punch in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Yesterday, Howard smacked 2 doubles and Utley had an RBI triple.
Thus far, Utley is having an outstanding season with 2 HR, 10 RBI, and a .316 BA. Howard is off to a slow start, but he’s possibly the best home run hitter in the last decade and Philadelphia needs his pop. Look for Howard to improve as the season goes on. Both of these players should feast off of sub-standard pitching presented by the Marlins.
Look for Cole Hamels to pick up his 1st victory of the season. Miami is the equivalent to a minor league baseball team.
Good luck everyone. The weather should clear up today and we should have a spectacular day of baseball!