This Wednesday there is a full 15 games schedule, including seven day games starting at 1:10 pm ET on getaway day as many teams will be closing out the final game of their mid-week road series. Get your bets in early for the daytime action.
Today’s MLB Picks:
Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers (2:05pm ET)
The pitching matchup in this game features 2010 AL Cy Young Award-winner Felix Hernandez (13-12, 2.27 ERA in 2010) of the Mariners looks to shut down the red-hot Rangers and their starter, left-hander CJ Wilson (15-8, 3.35 ERA in 2010). Texas has yet to lose this season, and the Mariners are 2-3 and looking to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the defending American League Champions. Hernandez is 1-12 with a 3.89 ERA lifetime against the Rangers, but has won his last two starts against them while allowing only two runs and eight hits in sixteen innings. Hernandez pitched a complete game on opening day, allowing only a two-run homerun to Josh Willingham in the first inning against Oakland in a 6-2 victory. Rangers star and 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton is hitting only .194 lifetime against Hernandez with eight strikeouts. Wilson allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings against Boston in his 2011 debut. The call here is that Hernandez will bring his best stuff to the table and hand the Rangers their first loss of the 2011 season.
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals (2:10 pm ET)
The pitching matchup showcases Chicago left-hander Mark Buehrle (13-13, 4.28 ERA in 2010) facing off against Royals lefty Jeff Francis (4-6, 5.00 ERA in 2010 with Colorado) who allowed only one run in seven innings in his Kansas City debut Friday against the Angels. Buehrle is 21-11 with a 3.57 ERA in his career against the Royals; Francis is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox. Kansas Cit is a surprising 4-1 to start the season, winning 7-6 in 12 innings last night against the Pale Hose after Chris Sale blew a 6-4 lead by serving up a two-run homerun to Billy Butler. Butler and the Royals have averaged over runs per game so far this season, and rank 9th in the league in hitting at .271 in the early going. The White Sox are hitting a sizzling .299 in their four games, but will be without slugger Adam Dunn who had an emergency appendectomy. The bet here is that Buehrle and the bullpen will bounce back from last night’s debacle and get the job done on the mound, and the White Sox will salvage a split in the two-game series.