MLB Picks Of The Day: Great Matchups Highlight Opening Day Betting

Joe Catalano

Sunday, April 3, 2016 5:47 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 3, 2016 5:47 PM GMT

We're back in an MLB 2016 Opening Day as we're looking to “knock one out of the park as we dominated last season. “Let's play ball!” Here are my MLB picks of the day for Sunday.

Kansas City Royals vs. New York Mets  Revenge on Their Minds
You couldn't ask for a better matchup than this as the two teams in last season's World Series, meet at Kaufman Stadium tonight. Right away, I can tell you that this isn't baseball weather. This is more like football weather. I don't see the baseball carrying much in a battle of two respected pitchers as teams attempt to get acclimated to the new season.

 

No Excuses
The Mets will have revenge on their minds as K.C. Won the World Series on CitiField grass last season. There should be absolutely no excuses for Matt Harvey (13-8, 2.71 ERA) this season.

Harvey has endured Tommy John Surgery 2 seasons ago and last season was a warm up. This season, Harvey is widely considered one of the most talented pitchers in basebal; New York is the perfect fit for the Connecticut native as he loves the spotlight. Tonight, is the perfect night to be in the spotlight.

Harvey will be on national television and manager Terry Collins has already proven to have confidence in Harvey as he gets the baseball over starter Jacob deGrom. I look for Harvey to start off strong tonight. Kansas City should not be as hungry as last season and Edison Volquez is far from an ace pitcher.

 

Earning the Bread
After an outstanding season last year with New York, outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes, has decided to sign with New York and big things are expected from him.

Last season, he led the team with 31 HR, 101 RBI, and a .291 BA. Word has it that Cespedes actually plays golf with Jeff Wilpon. Obviously, the Mets organization has a tremendous amount of respect for Cespedes at bat and his fielding is at elite status. Can he live up to the high expectations is the big question?

New York will also be replacing Daniel Murphy with Neil Walker and even though Murph was dominant in the playoffs last season, this player movement is a wash or even an improvement for the Mets in the power department. Murphy made some really silly mistakes on the basepath last season.

 

Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer
Aside from the heart and clutch hitting of catcher, Salvador Perez, these guys are the Royals go to guys as they look to play small ball and take advantage of Harvey early.

Last season, Cain batted .307 with 16 HR, 72 RBI, and 28 SB. He also scored over 100 runs. This guy can do it all and Eric Hosmer is a player that mirrors Cain, except for the bag swiping. Last season, Hosmer had 18 HR, 93 RBI, and a .297 BA. Hosmer was 2 runs shy of 100 and this double threat had a combined 11 triples combined on the season. They're going to be a major concern for Matt Harvey.

 

Outlook
The Mets are a betting favorite for a reason and that's because Matt Harvey is pitching. Look for this to be a close, low scoring affair in favor of the Mets, who are at a great price at the MLB odds boards.

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Free MLB Pick: New York Mets -105
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays – Toronto Offense vs. Chris Archer
This is the theme for this game as the Blue Jays led the majors in hitting last season with trio of Josh Donaldson (41 HR, 123 RBI, .297 BA), Jose Bautista (40 HR, 114 RBI, .250 BA), and Edwin Encarnacion (39 HR, 111 RBI, .277 BA). Did I fail to mention the outstanding leadoff hitting of Ben Revere (.319 BA) and the potential for a bounce back season from Troy Tulowitzki? The question is “Can Tulo really hit outside of Coors Field?”

The Blue Jays are certainly the better MLB pick in this game and should win the series, but Chris Archer (3.33 career ERA) is far from a pushover and the better pitcher in his matchup against Marcus Stroman as David Price has left the Blue Jays. Last season, Archer (12-13, 3.23 ERA) lacked run support and fan support as Tropicana Field is fairly “dead” with a lack of fans. Archer threw for over 200 innings and 252 strikeouts. This guy is the real deal and will be a tough test for Toronto. I could see a low scoring game here, but the bettor has to side with the Jays.

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Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 7 (+105)
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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