The 2015 Major League Baseball season moves into its first big holiday weekend. Memorial Day is approaching, which tells you that the season is almost one-third of the way home. How will teams begin to perform as they approach the arrival of summer in a few weeks?
Seattle Mariners vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Sunday, 1:07 PM ET
The pitching matchup here is not a quality one, but it should bend in favor of the Blue Jays. Taijuan Walker, the starter for the Mariners, has had a terrible time of it so far in 2015. He is weighed down by a bloated 7.47 ERA. He was beginning to show a small degree of progress in his previous two starts, going five innings and giving up three runs on May 8 against Oakland and then giving up just two runs in six innings against San Diego on May 13. However, on May 19 against Baltimore, Walker didn’t escape the fourth inning. He gave up four runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, and all the progress he had been making was wiped away. Walker lived up to his name (or rather, down to his name) and walked four batters. He just shouldn’t be trusted in this game.
Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez has a mediocre ERA of 4.17. He’s nothing special – he’s given up a total of eight runs in 13 innings covering his last two starts. Yet, compared to Walker, he’s superior. Take Toronto in this game, unless you think Walker can find answers against the Blue Jays’ batting order.
MLB Pick: Toronto at Bovada
Baltimore Orioles vs. Miami Marlins: Sunday, 1:10 PM ET
The Miami Marlins thought that replacing former manager Mike Redmond with Dan Jennings was going to change things. It hasn’t. Entering play on Saturday, Miami still hasn’t won a game with Jennings now in charge. The Marlins were looking forward to this season, hoping that their young starting pitching could make a difference against the MLB odds. However, that just hasn’t happened. Every night, the Marlins do just enough to bring about another loss. With such a relentless string of losses (eight in a row through Friday night against Baltimore), it seems foolish to bet on Miami, even with a decent starting pitcher on the mound. The Marlins send Tom Koehler to the hill with a solid 3.70 ERA, but Baltimore is able to counter with Miguel Gonzalez, who has a 3.24 ERA in the American League, which is tougher to pitch in. This game might be close, but really, which team are you going to bet on? Of course you’re going to bet on Baltimore… or against Miami, or both.
MLB Pick: Baltimore at WagerWeb
Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves: Sunday, 1:35 PM ET
Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson has a 3.73 ERA, and is just coming off a brilliant start against the Detroit Tigers in which he allowed just one run over eight innings, giving up a mere three hits. Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz has a 5.32 ERA. He has made only four starts this season and has given up at least three runs in each of them, pitching into the seventh inning only once. This is an imbalanced pitching matchup, one which clearly favors Milwaukee. Take the Brewers with your MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Milwaukee at GTBets