Philadelphia Phillies (Lee) vs. Texas Rangers (Scheppers)
Covered by Willie Bee
The Phillies were a big disappointment last year, but Ryne Sandberg has had time to make his mark as manager and we'll see if that provides a spark for the ballclub.
As for the Rangers, they've beefed up their lineup even more, adding the likes of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo to an already explosive batting order. Willie will be siding with the home team at this short price, hoping those bats can get after Phillies' ace Cliff Lee.
MLB Pick: Rangers -105
Boston Red Sox (Lester) vs. Baltimore Orioles (Tillman)
Covered by Willie Bee
Fresh off a World Series title, the Red Sox hope to start off the new season in style. They'll begin a series in Baltimore, with Jon Lester set to go head-to-head with Chris Tillman.
Tillman has done well against Boston in the past, and Lester is coming off a much-improve campaign in 2013. We're not surprised to see that Willie likes the UNDER 8.5 runs as one of his MLB picks here in the opener.
MLB Pick: UNDER 8.5
Seattle Mariners (Hernandez) vs. Los Angeles Angels
Covered by Ron Patrick
Whenever Felix Hernandez is on the mound, you know the Mariners are always in contention to win. He was as outstanding as ever last year and will try to get his 2014 campaign off to a great start in Los Angeles tonight.
The Angels, behind Jered Weaver, are favored at around -125 and Ron thinks they're worth playing here at home. It's risky going against King Felix, but Los Angeles is the recommended selection at short odds.
MLB Pick: Angels -123
Chicago Cubs (Samardzija) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (Liriano)
Covered by Jeff Grant
One of the early games today involved the Pirates and Cubs, with Pittsburgh the obvious favorites at home. They made quite a bit of noise last season, thanks in large part to Francisco Liriano, who will start here on Opening Day. Liriano went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA last year.
However, Jeff is liking the price on the Cubs in this MLB betting spot and is taking the road team to score the win in the opener.
MLB Pick: Cubs +150
Toronto Blue Jays (Dickey) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Price)
Covered by Swinging Johnson
You never really know what you're going to get with R.A. Dickey. He was incredibly unpredictable last year – will he fare any better now that he's in to his second season with the Blue Jays?
Toronto faces a tough task to start the year, as they have to deal with a Rays team that's considered one of the top contenders in the American League. David Price, of course, is always tough to beat, so Swinging Johnson is backing Tampa Bay despite the chalky number.
MLB Pick: Rays -160
San Francisco Giants (Bumgarner) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Covered by Joe Catalano
The Giants send out top lefty Madison Bumgarner tonight, with Brandon McCarthy set to start for the Diamondbacks.
Despite being on the road, the MLB odds are in San Francisco's favor and Joe is selecting them as one of his sports picks. Bumgarner went 9-5 with a 3.12 ERA on the road last season and Joe is thinking he'll be able to lead the Giants to an opening day win.
MLB Pick: Giants -120