Streaking Mets and Angels Off to Really Nice Starts This Spring, Reds Scuffling

Kevin Stott

Saturday, April 14, 2018 5:29 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 5:29 PM UTC

Cincinnati is off to the worst start in MLB, with a 2-10 record and a 5-game losing streak heading into weekend play after the Cardinals made it 6 straight wins against the Reds after a 13-4 humbling at the Great American Ball Park on Thursday night.

1—New York Mets Simply Hot-Hot-Hot to Start Off the 2018 MLB Regular Season

The New York Mets have been the surprise story in the first half of April, losing only once so far—to the Cardinals, 5-1 on April 1—and were a perfect 6-0 on the Road heading into play Friday where New York headed into Game 1 of a 3-game series against the Brewers on Friday after sweeping the Phillies, Nationals and Marlins, all on the Road, and running its Win Streak to 8 games, highest in MLB. On Saturday in Game 2, the Mets were scheduled to send Matt Harvey (0-0) to the mound against the Brewers who are going with Chase Anderson (0-1) while in Sunday’s Game 3, the red-hot Metropolitans will send ace Noah Syndergaard (2-0) to the bump vs. Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) in what look like two good scheduling spots to back New York in what could be low-scoring games. Last year, the Mets were 2-5 against the BrewCrew.

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The next series for Asdrúbal Cabrera (.333/3/5), Yoenis Céspedes (.178/3/5) and New York starts on Monday with a 3-game test against NL East rivals Washington, a team 0-3 vs. New York so far but 13-6 against the Mets in the 2017 MLB Regular Season. Despite a .240 team Batting Average (11th in MLB) and 55 Runs Scored (#12), this team has gotten off to a torrid start thanks to solid Pitching which is #1 in MLB in ERA (2.47), #2 in BAA (.204) and #3 in WHIP (1.10). So the big questions now are, can this Mets (4-1 at Home) team get some more offense and score some more Runs and is the 10-1 start a byproduct of playing their NL East counterpart-weaklings, the Marlins (3-9), Nationals (6-6) and Phillies (6-5)? Time will tell.

2—Tribe 7-1 vs. Blue Jays L3 Seasons at Home in Cleveland, Welcomed Toronto to Town Friday

The Indianshave gone a profitable 7-1 the L3 seasons at Home at Progressive Field in Cleveland against the Blue Jays who headed to the North Coast on Friday night for Game 1 of a 3-game series. The Tribe will head in on a 5-game Win Streak, but with RHP Marcus Stroman getting the pill for Toronto (35/1 to win World Series, Bookmaker) in the opener against Mike Clevinger, perhaps betting the hosts in Gams 2 and 3 will be more prudent although the Jays are scheduled to pitch Jaime García and JA Hap against the Tribe’s Corey Kluber and Josh Tomlin on Saturday and Sunday. Cleveland will then embark on a 6-game “Road Trip” with two games in San Juan, Puerto Rico against the Twins and four in Baltimore (Thursday-Sunday). The Indians had outscored opponents 23-6 during their run allowing a maximum of 3 Runs the 5-game spurt and were 4-2 against Toronto last season and are 12-6 (+6.9 units) overall the L3 seasons in 18 series meetings with the Under a strong 12-6 (+5.6 units).

3—Shohei Can You See? Ohtani Helping Halos to Dream 2018 Start, Angels +8.2 Units So Far

While the Mets (10-1 ), Diamondbacks (9-3) and Pirates (9-3) impressed the first two weeks in the Senior Circuit (NL), the Los Angeles Angels (11-3) had the best Record in the AL heading into play at Kansas City on Friday night (LAA -147, 9) where the Halos were riding a 5-game Win Streak and boasting the best Run Differential in MLB (+46, 94 RF-48 RA) after shutting out the Royals in Game 1, 7-1 on Thursday. Los Angeles (+8.2 units) has aimed to use two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani as a Starter every 7 days—on Sunday, ‘cuz that’s his fun day—and in his first two starts, the Free Agent-signee has been brilliant, mixing his pitches well, going 2-0 with a tight 2.08 ERA in 2 Quality Stars and hitting 100 mph twice on the JUGS gun.

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Ohtani—who holds the record for the fastest pitch in NPB (Japan) history at 102.5 mph—has also fared extremely well at the plate for the Angels, hitting .364 with 3 HRs and 8 RBI in wise, protected and limited action by club brass. Andrelton Simmons (.339), Mike Trout (.231/4/10), Albert Pujols (.276/2/6) and Justin Upton (.260/3/10) went an awful 1-6 vs. the Royals (3-7, 1-4 at Home) in 2017 Regular Season play but Kansas City might be a good team to fade this weekend, especially send when they send Eric Skoglund (0-1) to the hill against Ohtani (2:15 pm ET/11:15 am PT). Los Angeles is riding a 7-game Road Win Streak—the franchise’s longest since 2014—and have a .322 BA and a 2.14 ERA over that span. Keep betting the Angels.

4—Reds-Cardinals NL Central Series Has Been Really Good For St. Louis, the Over of Late

After a 13-4 Cardinals win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday night in a game which saw José Martínez have a career night with a HR and 6 RBI, the Cardinals are 6-0 in the L6 meetings between the two NL Central sides at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati with the Over 5-0 the L5 meetings in the Queen City (Over 6-2 L8 overall). With St. Louis 5-0 the L5 meetings overall and the struggling Redlegs having the worst Record in MLB (2-10), a 5-game Losing Streak and the worst Run Differential (-40,l 38 RF-78 RA) in The Bigs, taking St. Louis (6-7)—and maybe the Over too—on Friday (Weaver), Saturday (Mikolas) and Sunday (Martinez) seems like a good idea.

5—Under in Braves' Totals on the Road Off to Proftable 5-1 Start, Had W5 Straight Into Friday

The Braves (7-5) have gotten off to a decent start and our possible Betworthy trend to keep an eye on is Atlanta Road Unders, which had W5 straight and were 5-1 on the season in the Totals market in games going Under by 1, 2, 5½, 7 and 6 Runs with the only Over happening at Coors Field in Denver in Game 1 against the Rockies in an 8-3 Atlanta victory with the closing Total at 9½ (The L5 Braves games have averaged just 4.8 rpg). On the season, Freddie Freeman, Dansby Swanson (.348) and Atlanta were 4-5-3 in the totals betting market with a freakish 3 Overs and 3 Pushes at Home heading into Friday’s series with the Cubs in Wrigley Field where Anabal Sánchez was set to face the Cubs’ Yu Darvish (CHI -225).

6—Royals Starting Regular Season Off as an Under Team, 3-8 in Totals Market Into Weekend

The Kansas City Royals played 8 Unders in their first 11 games in the first two weeks of play and were a 0-5 on the Road in the Totals market scoring just 5 Runs in 5 away games (2-3) heading into Friday where Mike Moustakas and the Royals were back at Home in Kansas City to face the aforementioned Angels and the start of a 3-game Homestand before Kansas City head on the Road for 7 games next week in Toronto and Detroit and chances to test Royals Unders.

The 5 Kansas City Road games averaged a paltry 3.0 rpg and the Royals—who had a streak of 7 consecutive Unders after an Over Opening Day—were 30th in MLB in RPG (2.91), 29th in HRs (4), 27th in OPS (.615), 24th in SBs (4) and 23rd in BA (.226). Phillies HOFer Mike Schmidt hit 4 HRs in a single game in 1976 at Wrigley Field, so the Royals, who saw leader Lorenzo Cain head to Milwaukee as an Offseason Free Agent signing, have had to try to be as perfect as possible on defense and pitching, making both the Under (8-3) and fading KC (8-3) solid plays in Royals games so far in April.

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