Sunday's Scintillating MLB Picks: Money Line & Total Plays

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, April 12, 2015 1:35 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 12, 2015 1:35 PM UTC

There is a full Sunday slate of games with MLB odds offered on each and every one but which sides or totals will be included in Swinger's MLB picks today?

MLB Season Record (6-7, -1.55 units)
After a three game sweep with my MLB picks only a few days ago I have proceeded to stink up the joint with consecutive 0-2 days. As I write this on Sunday morning I tell you I would rather be chewing glass and washing it down with vinegar than articulating my recent travails. Dispirited? Yes. A wee bit frustrated? Perhaps. Ready to throw in the towel? Hardly.

Well ladies and gents (are there really any ladies reading my columns besides the uber talented assistant editors working for SBR?) yesterday the Reds, as -125 favorites in MLB odds, got clocked by the Cards 4-1 and the White Sox rallied to a 5-4 victory to defeat my big underdog of the day the Colorado Rockies +145. C'est la vie, we are putting those defeats in our rearview mirror and looking ahead to today's MLB action. Let's do it!

Best Bets O/U Sunday's MLB Odds Found in Central Division

Nationals (1-4) vs. Phillies (3-2)
The Nats lost another one yesterday and it had everything to do with their offense not hitting as opposed to their pitching not doing the job. Thus the Washington Nationals, MLB odds favorites certainly to win the NL East and one of the frontrunners to win the World Series, reside in the basement of their division. This will of course change as the Nationals are simply too talented to remain in such dire digs but will they begin their journey out of the dank basement and trek towards the penthouse starting today? Yes they will, especially with Mad Max Scherzer on the bump this afternoon.

Scherzer took a 3-1 loss in the opener against the NY Mets but those three were unearned and he looked more than solid in his debut. Scherzer will be opposed by a nice Italian kid named Sean O'Sullivan who resembles former Yankee David Wells but pitches more like Mrs. Wells. Yes, Sullivan has not had the greatest luck sticking in the bigs, being shuttled from one minor league outpost to another. But with a dearth of starting pitching the Phillies will reluctantly give O'Sullivan the ball today.

While you can certainly argue that the Nationals' offense leaves much to be desired you cannot overlook this pitching matchup disparity and the fact that the Phillies are far from being labeled an MLB powerhouse. The Nats are 13-3 in MLB odds over their last 16 Sunday games while the Phillies are 8-21 in their last 29 Sunday games.

This one looks too easy but we'll take our chances.

MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -195


Pirates (2-2-1 O/U) vs. Brewers (3-2 O/U)
The Pirates have not been hitting as evidenced by their 1-4 record but they will get a chance to get healthy against Kyle Lohse of the Milwaukee Brewers and his 21.62 ERA. Of course his swollen ERA is a result of only one lone game this season but when you get rocked for eight earned runs and last only three plus innings as -150 favorite in MLB odds then you've got some early season issues as well as the mental baggage hanging over your head from that opening day massacre.

The Bucs send 24-year-old Casey Sadler to the hill with a grand total of 10 plus innings under his major league belt and a 7.84 ERA. I believe this is an opportunity for both offenses to get well and we will bet that's exactly what they do this afternoon.

MLB Pick: Over 8 at BookMaker

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