Monday MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Monday, March 31, 2014 2:14 PM GMT

It’s Opening Day and time for the start of the 2014 MLB Regular Season. A lot of teams have some new editions to their squads. Let’s see if that affects them when we make our picks in the 1st installment of this year’s MLB Picks of the Day.

Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels
Locked and Loaded
The Los Angeles Angels have gotten out of the gate very slowly in their last two seasons and it basically led to their demise. This season, superstar Mike Trout, who is the odds on favorite to win the AL MVP at 5/1, is signed and will be the face of baseball for almost the next two decades. Although Trout lacks slightly in the power department, he’s a 5-tool player that can win any game for Los Angeles with his bat and his glove.

After a terrible season, slugger, Josh Hamilton, has claimed that he feels good and is ready for a huge year. With the additions of David Freese from the Cards and Raul Ibanez from the Mariners, Los Angeles is ready to go. They start top-flight starter, Jered Weaver (11-8, 3.27). Weaver’s health will be a key factor to the Angels success.

 

Bye Bye New York
Superstar Robinson Cano felt like he wasn’t being appreciated and left New York for Seattle. This is a bold move by Cano, who is considered to be the best hitting 2nd baseman in the game. Although the Mariners have added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, to their lineup, Seattle is still a little short on talent.

One place that they’re not short on talent with is“King” Felix Hernandez (12-10, 3.04)  pitching tonight. Hernandez has been possibly the best pitcher in the American League over the last decade. That said, this will be a tough matchup for him.

Although this should be a low scoring game, the Angels are at home and the better team for our MLB picks.

Baseball Pick: Los Angeles Angels -123 at Bet 365

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Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins
Making Moves
Miami has finally opened up the pocket book after another 100 loss season and picked up players like Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Garrett Jones, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Rafael Furcal, and Casey McGehee.

This isn’t necessarily a team that can compete with the likes of Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, and Troy Tulowitzki, but it’s an improvement. The Marlins also signed Giancarlo Stanton to a long contract and we should see Stanton have a big season.

The one major edge in this game is pitching. Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.19) starts for the Marlins and he’s a major up and comer that can shut out a team. Look for Fernandez to get off to a quick start this season against a Rockies team with great hitting, but has always lacked in the pitching department.

Look for Saltalamacchia to also bring some of that Boston “swag” to Miami, which made the Red Sox such a great team with 2nd rate talent.

Baseball Pick: Miami -149 at Bet 365

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