Toronto Blue Jays (12-14) at Kansas
City Royals (13-12): “Steady Eddie”
I know the saying sounds kind of funny, but when you have something that you can consistently count on to do exactly what you expect, it’s called a “Steady Eddie”. In this game, Toronto starting pitcher, Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 3.46), is my “Steady Eddie”. Hutchinson is a very reliable pitcher and can strike out a lot of batters until he gets into the sixth inning. Unfortunately for Toronto in his last start, the bullpen wasn’t able to seal the deal off of a good pitching performance by Hutchinson.
Hutchinson is facing a Kansas City Royals team who are favorites and although the Royals are coming off of two solid wins in scoring 19 runs collectively, I’m more confident with a pitcher like Hutchinson than a team like the Royals with some good hitters like Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon, but no legitimate superstars.
Toronto on the other hand, has one of the best 1 through 4 hitters in the majors in Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion. In yesterday’s 10-7 loss, these 4 hitters hit a combined 6 for 18 with 6 runs (2 HR) and 6 runs batted in. Although the records don’t indicate it, Toronto is the better team and I’ll gladly take them as the underdog.
Free MLB Pick: Toronto +120 at 5 Dimes
Chicago Cubs (8-17) at Cincinnati
It’s bad enough for the Chicago Cubs that they have one of the worst offenses in the majors and are consistent losers every single year. Tonight, they face one of the more promising talents in baseball known as Tony Cingrani (2-2, 2.86) of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds have had a very slow start to the season, but when Cingrani starts, it’ll be smooth sailing for Cincy.
The Reds are coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija. Tonight, they can let their guard down a bit as Edwin Jackson (1-2, 5.02) starts for the Cubs. Cincinnati has a major advantage offensively as they can beat the Cubs in many ways. They have a leadoff man that might possibly be the fastest man in baseball in Billy Hamilton (10 SB). Hamilton’s issue is getting on base, but once he gets to 1st base, there’s nobody better in the league.
Cincy also has a wide variety of offensive threats in Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, and Devin Mesoraco; the list goes on. That said, some of Cincinnati’s hitters have gotten off to a sluggish start, but a sluggish start for Cincinnati far outweighs what the Cubs have to offer. The Cubs will look to Emilio Bonifacio (4 RBI, 9 SB, .337 BA) and Starlin Castro (4 HR, 13,. 290 BA) to spark their offense, but if Cingrani is on his game, the Reds should win easily here.
The moneyline is a bit extreme in Cincinnati’s favor, therefore we’re going to go with the run-line as part of our MLB picks.
Free MLB Pick: Cincinnati -1.5 +115 at 5 Dimes