The beat rolled on with another MLB winner last night. Our favorite pick, the Tampa Bay Rays, won with ease, while my underdog selection was a no action thanks to the deluge of rain that is hammering the Midwest. The end result is another perfect MLB day to run the season record to a perfect 7-0 and a nice tidy +$606.11 for $100 bettors.
Tonight we get a fresh new set of series and matchups, including a couple I’m really looking forward to watching like Braves vs. Nationals, Giants vs. Dodgers and the 3-1 Mariners taking their new-look offense to Oakland for the weekend.
It’s a packed weekend of MLB action, so let’s try and keep things rolling with a pair of Friday picks.
Today’s Free Picks:
St. Louis Cardinals +110 at Pittsburgh Pirates -120 (Total: 7)
Shelby Miller vs. Gerrit Cole
The Pirates and Cards both won their opening series against division rivals, and both had long days in the rain yesterday; especially the Cardinals who endured a four-hour rain delay before a three and a half hour 7-6 win over Cincinnati. Both will also have young pitching stars on the hill this evening.
Gerrit Cole emerged as the ace of Pittsburgh’s staff last year, even with the outstanding pitching of Liriano and Burnett, there was an undeniable energy when the young 23 year old took the hill. He makes his first start of the year tonight at home against the defending division and league champs. I like him to pitch well again tonight and stifle a dynamic St. Louis offense.
Shelby Miller has a world of talent as well, and had a fantastic rookie campaign, but he hasn’t fared well against the Pirates. Last year he was 0-4 against them and yielded an enormous .317 batting average. Look for the Pirates to have a good night at the dish and to get the win over their fiercest rival.
Minnesota Twins +166 at Cleveland Indians -181 (Total: 8)
Mike Pelphrey vs. Danny Salazar
The Indians will make their home debut in front of a raucous home crowd this afternoon in Cleveland, and there’s a decent chance the home fans will have plenty to cheer about today. Mike Pelphrey pitched well against Cleveland in two chances last season, but his 5-13 record and 5.17 ERA in 2013 don’t inspire a ton of confidence.
Danny Salazar will make his season debut after a meteoric rise from Double A last season that saw him quickly in the majors by the All-Star Break. In ten starts he posted a 3.12 ERA, and bigger things are expected this year.
The Twins just wrapped up a series with the White Sox in which 40 totals runs scored in three games, and it doesn’t appear like either their starting rotation or bullpen is going to shut many teams down this season. I expect the Indians to tally some runs today and think the total of 8 is a little low.
I like some offense in this one, and double-digit runs to cross the plate.