Joe C Record
6-5 -0.20 Units
The tides are starting to turn as we rode the back of Masahiro Tanaka and he managed to overcome a little adversity in his first start in the majors and picks up a victory while the Los Angeles Angels destroyed the Houston Astros and picked up their 1st win of the 2014 MLB season. Time to picksome winners.
Atlanta Braves (3-1) at Washington Nationals (3-1)
Teheran vs. Strasburg
We could be looking at an under the total as this game presents a premiere pitching matchup as up and comer, Julio Teheran (0-1, 3.00) takes on the talented Stephen Strasburg (0-0, 6.00) of the Nats.
Strasburg was lucky to get off the hook in the season opener against the New York Mets as he was hit hard early and was able to recover as the Mets bullpen gave the game away.
Strasburg is a complex pitcher with the potential to be the best pitcher in the major leagues, but injuries have been an issue thus far. Strasburg will be face a much greater test in the Washington Nationals. Washington is coming off of a 2-1 loss yesterday to Atlanta, but their lineup is filled with talent.
7 for 15
These seem to be the popular numbers as 3 National players, Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, and Anthony Rendon, are all 7 for 15 thus far this season and this is without superstar, Bryce Harper, getting into the mix as Harper is currently “stuck in the muck” at .176 in 17 at-bats.
Teheran will get no break in this Nationals lineup as the Nats have great depth and possess hitters that can go deep, hit for average, and possess speed. This game will come down to the pitching of Teheran. If he pitches well, we’ll see an easy under, if he pitches poorly, Strasburg, who excels at home, will dominate the Braves.
We take a look at SBRodds.com and see that the Nats are an expected heavy betting favorite with most sportsbooks. This is a spot in which you need to lay the juice; Washington is relentless and this is a great spot for them.
Pick- Washington -152 at Bet 365
Arizona Diamondbacks (1-6) at
Colorado Rockies (2-3)
Injuries Aren’t Excuse
Let’s face it. Aside from Paul Goldschmidt (.414, 1 HR, 4 RBI), this D’Backs team is a disaster and will take a major dropoff this season. I hope all of you who had the Diamondbacks future bets in “amount of wins”, took the under because you’ll cash in.
The D’Backs face a Colorado team who is at home, but possesses an atrocious pitching staff. I don’t want to hear about the altitude, the Rockies pitching is what prevents them from being a top contender.
A starting pitching matchup of Brandon McCarthy vs. Jorge De La Rosa tells me that we’re in store for a high scoring affair. Colorado is also coming off of a 12-2 victory over Arizona in which they belted out 17 hits.
While Michael Cuddyer and Cargo were a combined 5 for 9 with 4 runs , 5 runs batted and a home run, leadoff man, Charlie Blackmon stole the show in front of the home town Colorado fans. Blackmon was an amazing 6 for 6 with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, and 5 runs batted in. This is about as good a game that a player can have and it will be interesting to see if Blackmon can carry any momentum over to this game.
The Rockies have been playing all over the total games lately. I was looking to take the over, but the odds for which side to take are super-appealing and I don’t trust Arizona’s offense. Take Colorado at home.
Pick- Colorado -126 at Bet 365