Well that certainly was a wild way to kick off the baseball year. Yesterday, Opening Day gave us a fun finish at Wrigley, a go-ahead RBI double in Kansas City from the game’s top rookie, a mic’d up Joey Votto and a walk-off home run in the desert from Seth Beer (on what was also National Beer Day).
You can’t make this stuff up. It was also one for the dogs. In the seven MLB contests in action, underdogs went 5-2 straight up. Yes, this is why we love baseball. Despite that I lost more tickets than I won yesterday, and thanks to my faith in Bobby Witt, Jr., I was able to at least strike a small profit. Day two of the season is here and that means a dozen more games for us to sink our teeth into. With some of today’s earlier games already in motion, and a rainout between the Brewers and Cubs in Chicago, let’s turn our gaze toward a run line, moneyline and total play for Friday evening.
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Run line: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves (-1.5, +105)
There’s no two ways around it—the Reds spoiling Atlanta's Championship ceremony last night was quite impressive. Braves starter Max Fried looked sharp some innings and flat in others, as reining-N.L. ROY Jonathan India started a rally in the third inning that eventually produced two runs. Then in the sixth inning, Reds 3B Brandon Drury added a three-run bomb; that would be all Cincinnati would need, winning 6-3 in a scrappy effort. For the Braves, Austin Riley would collect two RBI while scoring the team’s third run.
Today seems like a brilliant day for Atlanta to bounce back and release the tension that was surmounting last night in Truist Park. In game two (first pitch at 7:20pm EST/4:20pm PST), the Braves will send out RHP Charlie Morton to duel Reds’ southpaw Reiver Sanmartin (age 25, MLB debut in 2021). My lean here is with the experience of Morton, who this current Reds team has almost no success against. Additionally, I will be banking on the bats of Rosario, Riley, Duvall, Albies and recently-acquired hometown boy Matt Olson. I say the Braves win by three runs or more on Friday.
Moneyline: Houston Astros (+105) at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Last night’s contest between the ‘Stros and Angels from The Big A was a bit like watching paint dry, especially when you consider all the hype surrounding Mike Trout’s long-anticipated return, and the sheer presence of Shohei Ohtani. Instead, it was a slower game that ultimately resulted in Houston tying the MLB record of 10 consecutive wins on Opening Day! Victorious by the score of 3-1, back-to-back homers in the top of the eighth from Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez would be all Houston would need.
With first pitch in Game 2 scheduled tonight for 9:38pm EST/6:38 PST, we see the projected starters as Jake Odorizzi for the Astros vs. lefty-Reid Detmers for the Angels. Being that it’s still the first week of baseball, I’m starting simple; I love Houston’s right-handed bats (Altuve, Bregman, Gurriel, Maldonado etc.) against the 22-year-old southpaw. At +105, I am confident in the reigning-A.L. West champs to start the season 2-0. NOTE: In Spring Training this year, Mike Trout was only 4-for-18 with a lone RBI—it may take a little time before he’s back at true form.
My colleague, Shane Jackson, is on the Astros in his best bets column for today as well. You can tail us both tonight!
Total: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks u9 (-110)
Hand up, I was on the over in this contest last night, and was left three runs shy. I figured with the shortened Spring Training and the elevation of Phoenix’ Chase Ballpark (approx. 1,086 ft. above sea level) that we may see runs in bunches, but that was not the case. Starting pitchers Darvish and Bumgarner both navigated through the opposing lineups with relative ease, as this game saw little action until late. Of course, on National Beer Day (probably a good idea that aligns with MLB Opening Day sometimes), D-backs DH Seth Beer stepped up in the bottom-of-the-ninth by blasting a walk-off three-run home run over the right field fence. I’m sure the Snakes are loving that rule change right about now.
Well, I am not too stubborn to change my ways. After playing o8.5 runs for SD-ARI last night, I will be playing UNDER 9 runs tonight. With lefty-Sean Manea making his first start in a Padre-uniform against RHP Merrill Kelly, I am confident in the pitching tonight as opposed to what I saw from these offenses yesterday. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40pm EST/6:40pm PST in the desert, so you still have plenty of time to conduct further research and lock it in! For me, u9 runs feels like the better side.