The NHL playoffs begin tonight, which provides plenty of excitement for hockey fans and another thing to bet on for the next couple of months or so. Along with the NHL playoffs, the NBA playoffs are going to be starting soon, and of course we are going to have MLB action pretty well every day until October. It is an exciting time of the year with the MLB season still in its infancy and playoffs starting up across the country in the NBA and NHL. And right around the corner is the big fight between Mayweather and Pacquoia at the start of May. Big things ahead, and hopefully big profits ahead. Yesterday was one to forget, as the Rays were able to get by the Jays by a score of 3-2. It clearly went UNDER the total. Both teams had many opportunities to capitalize in spots, but they didn’t do much with it. The Blue Jays start the season at .500 which isn’t where they wanted to be situated. Of course this time of the season doesn’t much all that much; however, Blue Jays’ fans want something to get excited about, and yet, they haven’t been able to get amped up for anything. Moving on to Wednesday now, where we look to bounce back with a win.
Trevor Bauer looks to follow up a stellar opening start with another today against John Danks and the White Sox. Bauer is not only looking for a big start today, but there are a lot of people that have this guy having a big year overall. Kluber came out of nowhere for the Indians last season, and maybe it is Bauer’s time to shine. In his first time in the rotation last year, Bauer did okay, with an ERA of 4.18. For a breakout campaign in 2015 those numbers will obviously have to improve, but he is expected to do it. There is plenty of hope riding on Bauer, a former overall number 3 pick in the draft. The big knack on Bauer was his control. In spring training he took care of that, yielding only 1 walk in just over 21 innings pitched. I think this game is a case of one pitcher trending upward, with the other taking a step back.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
John Danks (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
John Danks, who has played out his entire career with the White Sox since 2007, has been holding on by a thread the last few seasons. It feels as if there is going to be a season where he just can’t hold up any longer. Danks was a nice option for the White Sox long ago in 2010, but since then, he hasn’t been able to hold an ERA below 4.00. His last two seasons produced similar outputs, a 4.74 ERA last season and a 4.75 ERA in 2013. This season he didn’t get off on the right foot, getting tattooed for 7 hits and 4 runs in only 5.2 innings of work. Danks finished the game with an ERA of 6.25 and 1.41 WHIP. This could be the season where Danks blows up and can no longer hold his ERA to under 5.00.
On the other hand, we are expecting big things out of Bauer. A nice spring training for him, and a nice start to the season against the Astros. Bauer held the ‘Stros to no runs over 6 innings pitched. He kept his WHIP low at 0.83, and the OBP was good as well, bringing a .217 into this afternoon. In 22 starts against the Indians, Danks has had troubles with a 5.10 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Look for the Indians to win and win convincingly. The odds aren’t bad on the ML so if you feel better with that it’s okay. I’m going to take the big + money on the RL though and take the Tribe at -1.5 +146
PICK: INDIANS -1.5 (+146)