Cleveland Indians (8-11) at Kansas City Royals (11-8)
Can you believe that the Kansas City Royals have only played 6 out of 19 games at home this season?
This is a much improved team as they dominated Spring Training and have managed to hold their own on the road. The Royals get a gift here as Cleveland starter, Scott Kazmir, got rocked in his only start of the season .
A Steady Decline
At one point in his career, Kazmir was one of the best pitchers in the American League.
His last full season was in 2010 with the Angels and it was a disappointing one.
He certainly hasn’t gotten off to a good start this season, giving up 6 runs and 8 hits in just 3 1/3 innings to the Houston Astros on April 20. Kazmir hasn’t pitched for a solid week and the lack of fitting into a routine should inevitably hurt him against a superior baseball team in KC.
A good sign for Kansas City is that All Star, Billy Butler, is finally breaking out of his slump. He’s coming off of a 3 for 3 performance in an 8-3 victory over Detroit. The big story for Kansas City has been the exceptional playoff of leadoff hitter, Alex Gordon.
The Next Rickey Henderson?
Let’s not overdo it, but Gordon is coming off of a huge game against Detroit in which he planted one over the centerfield fence in extra innings against the Tigers and had 4 RBI in the game overall. Scoring runs and setting the tone is the main purpose of a leadoff hitter and Alex Gordon is doing just that.
Gordon has 16 runs along with a .337 BA, 2 HR and 16 RBI on the season. He’s 6 for 15 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in his last 3 games. Look for Gordon to feast off of the inept Scott Kazmir.
Look for starter Ervin Santana (2-1, 2.48) to pitch well for the Royals in a game that they should win. Take the Royals and lay the heavy juice.
Pick- Kansas City -160 at 5 Dimes for your MLB Picks.
Colorado Rockies (15-8) at Arizona Diamondbacks (13-10)
This is a dead even matchup, but the starting pitching comparison is too much to ignore.
A Budding Star
After a very respectable 16-11 season last year, Arizona starter, Wade Miley, is picking up where he left off. Miley has had 4 consecutive quality starts, going 6 innings plus in every outing. On the season, he’s 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and has had great success against the Rockies in his career going a perfect 4-0 with a 3.11 ERA in 5 starts. Look for Miley to pitch well here.
A victory in this game won’t be so easy for Miley and the D’backs. Colorado is coming off of a 6-3 win over Arizona and has one of the best offensive lineups in the majors.
They have power hitters, Troy Tulowitzki ( 6 HR, 21 RBI, .297) and Carlos Gonzalez (4 HR, 12 RBI, .298, 20 runs, 4 SB) to contend with along with a red hot Michael Cuddyer (5 HR, 17 RBI, .325 BA)
I failed to mention that the Rockies have one of the best hitting catchers in the game in Willin Rosario (5 HR, 15 RBI, .309) Rosario is coming off of a 2 for 4 performance last night in which he hit a home run.
This lineup is loaded. Occasionally, the manager will have one of his superstars sit more than most teams, but Miley will face the ultimate test in Colorado. This should be a competitive matchup.
The D’Backs have a heavy hitter of their own. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt is off to a quick start, but the D’Backs offensive depth can’t compare to the Rockies.
This game will come down to pitching and Wade Miley has been an exceptional performer. I don’t expect anything different, even against a loaded Rockies lineup.
Pick- Arizona -155 at Bet 365
I’m not one for laying such heavy juice with two picks like this, but sometimes you have to take what the board gives you. Let’s knock this out of the park on this sunny Saturday as baseball starts to heat up!