Reds vs Pirates (-110)
The Reds are not a good baseball team and the Pirates have been rolling to start the season, so I’m going to jump in on the hot start and probably end it. Sorry Pittsburgh fans. I’m making this picked based on Luis Castillo. Castillo can be very good, or very bad. When he’s very good, his fastball velocity is in the upper 90s and he has great command over his fastball and other pitches. When he’s really bad, he still has great fastball velocity and control, but that’s it. He gave up 6 runs on 6 hits against the Nationals in his first start. The Nationals are a top tier team, but Castillo has been inconsistent in his first year and some change in the Majors. I think the Pirates lineup is actually pretty decent, so hopefully they can keep up the hot streak.
Blue Jays (-120) vs Rangers
I saw Matt Moore pitch in Spring Training against the Cubs and he was not very good. The Blue Jays have a well-balanced lineup that has yet to really breakout. They did score 14 runs in one game, but for the most part their bats have been pretty quiet. I think that this could be a pretty back and forth game if Estrada doesn’t come out firing on all cylinders for the Jays, but if he’s on top of his game, like I expect, the Jays should have no problem winning this game.
Dodgers vs Giants o8 (-110)
Kenta Maeda has been really bad in San Francisco. His ERA is 14.29 over 5.2 innings in two starts at AT&T Park. Yikes. This stat coupled with the fact that the opposing pitcher is Derek Holland makes me think this game is going to be pretty high scoring. I was going to take the first 5 innings over in this one as well, but I got burned by the Yankees and Orioles yesterday, so I’m going to be a little smarter with this one today. Both offenses have the ability to really break out, so 8 is a low number in my opinion.
Pictured: Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams