2014 MLB Record (4-9-1, -24.85 units)
I've had a week of writing NHL playoff articles and it was a badly needed distraction from the grind of the MLB wars. My last foray into the world of hardball prognostication came last Sunday and it was not pretty. On that day I advised a play on both the Red Sox and Rockies both on the money and run lines in MLB odds. The Sox won by a run and the Rox lost by a run. One for four won't get you anywhere except evicted for nonpayment of rent.
But today my head is clear and the world is a beautiful place as we look across the MLB diamonds to find the best situations for us to cash some tickets and begin digging out of this alarming hole we find ourselves in so early on in this young season. Let's go!
- Reds vs. Braves
These NL rivals lock up today for the finale of their three-game set in Atlanta. Yesterday the Braves secured a 4-1 victory and today they send their ace Julio Teheran to the bump while Cincinnati counters with their top gun Johnny Cueto. Both of these men have been brilliant this season and we don't think they will be any different this afternoon as the suns begins to set on the first month of the season.
If Cueto's and Teheran's gaudy ERA's of 1.38 and 1.80 and/or their stunning WHIP's of 0.77 and 1.00 respectively, don't grab your attention then perhaps those numbers coupled with their teams combined 9 Unders out of their last 11 games will. You have two teams that have not been scoring runs in bunches that must now face two of the very best chuckers that the NL has to offer. Sure the total is low because it should be! Let's take a flier on doing the limbo and go low, low, low, low... for our baseball picks.
MLB Pick: Under 6 ½ (-105) for 3 units at WilliamHill.com
The Padres are one of those teams that are always an afterthought whenever you are asked to name longshot contenders for the NL Pennant. As a matter of fact I would submit to you that they are an afterthought when trying to name National League teams at all. I have never met anyone in a bar who claims to be a Padres fanatic. Of course I live on the East Cost but I still say they don't exist because why would they?
The Nationals on the other hand are an interesting group. They've got the chops to make noise all the way into October yet here they sit on the last Sunday in April as only slight favorites against this ghastly vanilla Padres team, and at home no less! Well we know the reason and his name is Taylor Jordan. The very same Taylor Jordan who gave up home runs Nos. 499 and 500 to the future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols on Tuesday night. Jordan has not been good this season while the Padres will trot out Ian Kennedy who has been solid though has little to show for it as his team is just plain offensively inept.
Look here now kids. What makes you think this listless lot from San Diego will suddenly light up a struggling pitcher like Jordan? In fact, I would advance the argument that the Padres are exactly what cures a struggling pitcher like Jordan. The Nats are too good, they're at home and San Diego is no threat here...even to Taylor Jordan.
MLB Pick: Washington -110 for 4 units at Bet365.com