It’s only three days in to the major league baseball season, so it is hard to know exactly who is truly REALLY good and who just had a nice opening weekend. But it is already quite evident to see who is NOT good. And there is one dreadful team in each league, and they are exactly who we thought they were.
The Marlins became the first team to be shut out in their first two games in a decade, en route to a three-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals in which they scored ONE run total. That comes out to a shade over 0.3 runs per game. Not good.
Meanwhile, in Houston, the Astros have already tallied a win, but they have also tallied a dizzying 43 strikeouts in just three games. That’s an average of 14.3 K’s per nine innings…
It’s going to be a long season in both Miami and Houston and don’t be surprised if we start to see some historically wide lines as their ineptitude reaches epic proportions.
Let’s keep things rolling today with a few teams who aren’t so depressing for today’s free pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks +119 at Milwaukee Brewers -126
Wade Miley vs. Kyle Lohse
Milwaukee is a dangerous, under-the-radar team in the NL Central. Between their lineup and the fact their starting pitching is good enough to through Kyle Lohse in the fourth spot in the rotation, you have the makings of a dangerous club. Lohse was a legitimate Cy Young candidate for the Cardinals last season, and appears to be ready for action after missing much of Spring Training recovering from an arm injury. He is not really the Brewers fourth best pitcher, but he needed a few extra days rest before kicking off the season.
The D’Backs send second-year hurler Wade Miley to the mound today, who will embark on the season trying to duplicate a fantastic rookie campaign in which he went 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA and finished second on the Rookie of the Year balloting to Bryce Harper.
The Brewers are very much like a football team or basketball in how significant their home field advantage has been over the past two seasons. Since 2011 they have the best home record in baseball with an impressive 107-58 mark. I like Lohse to have a good start at home today and for the Brewer bats to wake up a little at Miller Park for their home opener.
Free Pick: Milwaukee Brewers to WIN -126