Joe C. Record- 2-3 -1.69
We had a very disappointing night on Tuesday as the Yankees and C.C. Sabathia had an opening day to forget while the San Francisco Giants gave up a lead late in the game, but like I told you, this is a grind and we have an entire season to make up for an occasional poor night.
New York Yankees (0-1) at Houston
Going Back To the Well Twice
I’m not going to let one bad opening day performance by C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees deter me from coming back to this series. Player like Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Jacoby Ellsbury got their feet wet as new members of the Yankees and I’m sure the they can’t wait to get back on the field.
With their new acquisitions, the Yankees have the far superior starting lineup and roster between these two teams. After scoring 6 runs in the 1st 2 innings, the Astros settled down and went scoreless the rest of the game.
Experience Is Key
The Yankees have to feel confident in the starting pitching matchup as they send out Hiroki Kuroda (11-13, 3.31) against an inexperienced starter in Jarred Cosart (1-1, 1.95).
Last season, Kuroda raced out of the gate, going 11-7 with a 2.33 ERA and then fell apart in his last 8 starts, not winning a game. Kuroda has owned the Astros during his career in which he’s 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA in 8 starts. This has to give the Yankees confidence after they face an Astros squad that gained major confidence from last night.
This is a very underrated baseball player that definitely set the tone for yesterday’s Astros victory with his ability to get on base and spectacular base-running ability. Altuve was 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 1 stolen base. Look for Altuve, Castro and a deep Astros offense to take advantage of Kuroda if he’s not at his best.
This game also has other meaning as Derek Jeter will be honored before the game. Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte will attend. After getting hit by a pitch yesterday, look for Jeter to come up big in this game as he has for his entire career during crucial moments.
MLB Pick: Yankees -151 at Bet 365
St Louis Cardinals (1-0) vs.
Cincinnati Reds (0-1)
The Reds have a long way to go, but who could forget the one game Wild Card game that they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates last season? This team is either going to have a big-time season, or will be a total flop; there is no “in the middle” after last year.
Cincinnati can’t be faulted for their 1-0 loss to St. Louis on Opening Day as one ace was slightly better than the other. Adam Wainwright was able to hold off Johnny Cueto and the Reds as he allowed just 3 hits in 7 innings pitched.
One thing that’s very noticeable is the departure of Shin Soo-Choo. A good leadoff hitter makes all of the difference in the world and while Billy Hamilton could possibly be the best base stealer in the majors, he’ll have a problem getting on base. Hamilton struck out all 4 times in all 4 of his plate appearances in the 1-0 loss and the leadoff position could be a problem for the Reds for the rest of the season.
The Cards don’t have Carlos Beltran before, but they still have a wide array of talent in Carpenter, Holliday, Craig, and Molina.
Cingrani vs. Wacha
The starting pitching matchup should be the key to the outcome in today’s game. In his short sting in the majors, Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) made a major impression, showing that he could totally shut a team down while left-hander, Tony Cingrani (7-4, 2.87), showed the public that he also has the potential to be a big-time pitcher. This should be another close game. The under is reasonable at 7.5 runs. Let’s side with the under for our baseball picks.
MLB Pick: Cincinnati/St.Louis Under 7.5 at Bet 365