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Friday 19th April

New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals
8.35am

Yankees to Cover the Line (-1.5)

Happy to take on the Yankees to Cover against the Royals. Despite Homer Bailey’s scoreless seven inning, six strikeout game against the Indians last week, the veteran righty still holds an ugly 5.84 ERA in just two starts against the Yankees. New York, meanwhile, will send Domingo German to the mound for his first career start against Kansas City. It’s been tough to find flaw in the 26-year-old who has allowed only two earned runs in 13 innings pitched. The Yankees are 8-8 against the spread this year, and with the fifth-most home runs in the league, New York should have no trouble scoring.

Milwaukee Brewers vs Los Angeles Dodgers
10.10am

Dodgers Over 4.5 Runs

Miller Park is averaging well over two home runs per-game this season, and with two of the league’s top offences going head to head, it only makes sense to back the Overs. The Dodgers rank second in home runs this year, and they should have no trouble lighting up Brewers starter Zach Davies. The 26-year-old righty prepares for his second start of the week against the Dodgers, and with the Brewers bullpen having already allowed 10 home runs on the season, back the Dodgers to put up some bombs.

San Diego Padres vs Cincinnati Reds
12.10pm

Under 7.5 Runs

The Reds have hit the second-fewest home runs on the road this season, making the Unders a nice play on Friday. Chris Paddack has quietly put up some strong numbers for the Padres in his first three starts, posting a 1.29 ERA with a 30.2% strikeout rate. Nearly 67% of San Diego’s games at home have gone Under the Total this season, largely due to the fact the Padres have scored the ninth-fewest runs so far. With both Paddack and Tanner Roark holding little experience against their opponents, this one should be low-scorer.

Friday's MLB Multi

Thursday 18th April

Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets
3.05am

Over 8.5 Runs

The Total looks a little low here when you consider both the Mets and the Phillies rank Top 10 in runs scored. Zack Wheeler is on the mound for New York, and if you paid attention to his starts last year, you’ll know the Mets’ righty allowed seven earned runs across two starts against the Phils. Jake Arrieta was magical on the mound against the Marlins last week tossing seven innings of eight strikeout, one run ball – but considering 80% of Mets and 67% of Phillies games have gone over this year, take these odds and run.

Washington Nationals vs San Francisco Giants
9.05am

Giants to Cover the Line (+1.5 Runs)

Can we really trust Jeremy Hellickson? Washington’s 32-year-old veteran has pitched two strong starts against the Phillies, but keep in mind, this is the same guy that failed to make it past five innings at home last year. Hellickson has lost close to a MPH on all four of his pitches to start the season. Meanwhile for the Giants, Jeff Samardzija has quietly enjoyed a strong start allowing three earned runs across 16.2 innings pitched. Take the Giants to keep this one close.

Oakland A's vs Houston Astros
12.05pm

A's To Win @ $1.95

The A’s should start this series with a win if they can depend on another solid start from Frankie Montas. The young right-hander has allowed only six earned runs across his three starts so far this season, but Oakland’s bats should also do the talking against Astros lefty Wade Miley. The A’s rank third in runs scored against southpaws this year and first in home runs, putting them in good stead to win their seventh game at home. The Astros are a subpar .500 on the road this year, and with Miley failing to make it past four innings against the Mariners in Seattle last week, the A’s look real value.

Thursday's MLB Multi

Wednesday 17th April

Detroit Tigers vs Pittsburgh Pirates
8.40am

Tigers To Win @ $2.00

Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd has been one of the biggest surprise stories of the season. Detroit’s pitching staff have compiled a tidy 2.98 ERA, largely due to Boyd’s three solid starts allowing just three earned runs. Pittsburgh’s offence has comfortably won games over the Reds, Cubs and Nationals so far, but it’s struggled mightily against southpaws. The Pirates have scored the fewest runs against lefties and rank third in strikeout percentage. Back Boyd to toss five-plus innings and the Tigers offence to hit Joe Musgrove in his first start at Comerica Park.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles
9.10am

Rays to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

The Orioles are a great side to play against this year, and so is Dylan Bundy. The 26-year-old righty has allowed 12 earned runs across his three starts so far, while he also holds an ugly 9.00 ERA in four starts at Tropicana Field. The Rays offence ranks 10th in runs scored, and they’ll feel confident knowing Baltimore’s bullpen has allowed 21 home runs this year. The other bit of good news is Tyler Glasnow. In three starts for Tampa Bay, Glasnow has allowed just one earned run. He’s now looking to back up his 11 strikeout performance against the White Sox last week with a stellar outing at home.

Atlanta Braves vs Arizona Diamondbacks
9.20am

Over 8.5 Runs

It’s a lefty on lefty match up in Atlanta as Robbie Ray squares off against Max Fried. Both aces are enjoying strong starts to the season, while Fried, in particular, is yet to allow an earned run. Unfortunately for both guys, the Braves and the Diamondbacks rank top five in runs scored against lefties, which could see the Over come into play. The Diamondbacks have seen close to 72% of their games go Over the Total this season, and although Ray has found some command so far, keep in mind Wednesday’s game marks his first start at Sun Trust Park.

Wednesday's MLB Multi

Tuesday 16th April

Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles
1.05am

Red Sox to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

The traditional “Marathon Monday” game in Boston as the Red Sox host a very early start at Fenway Park before the crowd spills over to Boylston Street to catch the finish of the race. It’s the earliest start time of the MLB season. Last year’s game was rained out but they won this game in 2017. Having taken out two of the three games in the series against the Orioles and given the occasion of the day, you have to like the Red Sox to cover here.

Miami Marlins v Chicago Cubs
9.10am

Chicago to Win @ $1.75

After their 5-9 start to the season, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to back the Cubs and feel pretty good about it. When they are visiting the atrocious Miami Marlins though it’s as good a time as any as their opponents aren’t at such a good price. The Cubs bats have been performing quite well but they are being let down by their pitching so far. The good news for them though, the Marlins are averaging less than three runs per game so if they can jump out to an early lead the Cubs should be able to pick up a win here.

Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians
12.10pm

Over 7.5 Runs

Seattle’s bats were kept quiet in the final two games of their series with Houston, scoring three runs total in those games. Before that though, the hitters were seeing beach balls putting up six or more runs in each of the prior eight games. The Indians just put up eight in the final game of their series against Kansas City, ending a poor hitting run but they gave up 20 runs over the 3 games in that series as well. It’s worth jumping on a low total in this game as it’s hard to see this turning into a pitching duel.

Monday 15th April

Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles
3.05am

Red Sox to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

Baltimore will be hoping for only a handful of innings from former reliever turned starter John Means, which could be a big ask for the 25-year-old on Monday. Means has thrown only 3.1 innings at Fenway Park allowing a home run and five earned runs last year. Boston’s offence hasn’t been scaring anyone to start the season, but you certainly can’t say the same for the Orioles’ pitching – Baltimore has allowed 37 home runs in only 13 games to start the year. If Means fails to make it past the third inning, look for the Red Sox to win easily.

Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets
9.05am

Mets to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

Mets fans aren’t used to sweating on Jacob deGrom, so that’s why last week’s six earned run, four inning outing against the Twins came as such a surprise. You’d be mad to doubt the reigning Cy Young award winner though, especially against a team like the Braves. The 30-year-old holds an unthinkable 1.70 ERA in 17 career starts against Atlanta, while he’s also performed superbly at Sun Trust Park striking out 30 hitters and allowing zero home runs across two starts. With the Braves sending Julio Teheran and his questionable command to the mound, back deGrom, and the Mets’ fifth-rank run-scoring offence to do the talking.

Sunday 14th April

Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
9.10am

Reds to Win @ $2.10

Adam Wainwright’s elbow troubles look to be behind him, but the 37-year-old three-time All-Star certainly doesn’t have the same zip on his pitches like he used to. Wainwright’s velocity is down close to a mile-per-hour on his four-seamer and his sinker, but it’s the numbers at Great American Ball Park that really worry me. In 15 starts away against the Reds, Wainwright has given up 46 earned runs and 12 homers – good for a 4.52 ERA. Cincinnati’s new-look offence has started the year off slowly, but against a Cardinals’ bullpen that’s allowed eight home runs already this year, take the Reds to win.

Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets
9.20am

Over 9.5 Runs

It’s a lefty on lefty match up as Mets starter Jason Vargas squares off against Braves southpaw Sean Newcomb. As you’d expect with two of the more potent lineups in baseball, these two sides have had no trouble piling on runs, and we should see plenty on the board on Sunday with both the Mets and the Braves batting well over .250 against lefties. Vargas gave up four earned runs in a single inning against the Twins last week, while Newcomb finished with an ugly 512 ERA at home last year. With all that in mind, take the Overs.

Seattle Mariners vs Houston Astros
11.10am

Astros to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

These two sides have been swinging for the fences to start the season. The Mariners set a new MLB record on Friday by hitting a home run in all 15 games to start the season, while the Astros also rank 10th in dingers with a .282 team AVG. Seattle send Felix Hernandez back out to the mound hoping he can make up for two earned run, one inning birthday disaster against the Royals. As for the Astros, Justin Verlander prepares for his 14th career starter at Safeco Field, a venue that’s seen him allow only five home runs in 88 innings pitched. Facing a team that ranks dead last in defensive runs saved, back the Astros to Cover.

Sunday's MLB Multi

Saturday 13th April

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels
4.20am

Over the Run Total

The Angels head to Chicago on a serious six-game winning streak, while the Cubs look to make it two-straight after nailing down a win over the Pirates on Friday. Chicago ranks Top 10 in runs, home runs and RBI’s and holds the third-best OPS (on-base plus slugging) in the league. Even so, the Cubs’ pitching has been disastrous, hardly good news as Mike Trout prepares to make his first start at Wrigley Field since 2016. The Angels have hit a whopping 13 home runs over the last seven days, and if the wind cooperates, should have no trouble scoring runs on the road. It also helps to know close to 73% of the Cubs’ games have gone Over the Total this season.

Washington Nationals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
9.05am

Nationals to Win @ $1.53

Placing some trust in Patrick Corbin to bounce-back from two so-so starts against the Mets. The Nats’ new $140 million man has allowed five runs across 12 innings so far this season, but he should have no trouble against a Pirates lineup that rank dead last in runs score against lefties. Pittsburgh head to Washington short on rest following a lengthy rain delay against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. The Pirates have managed only five runs over their last three games, which doesn’t bode well after Trevor Williams allowed three earned runs at Nationals Park last year.

Miami Marlins vs Philadelphia Phillies
9.10am

Phillies to Cover (-1.5 Runs)

Happy to back the Phillies to snap their two-game losing streak in Miami on Saturday. Gabe Kapler’s side were belted by the Nationals 15-1 on Thursday, but they should be able to turn their fortunes around against Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara. The 21-year-old has pitched well so far this season allowing only two earned runs across 12 innings, but his pitch count remains a concern after throwing 92 in just four innings of work against the Braves. He’s also never faced the likes of Maikel Franco or J.T Realmuto, while Bryce Harper owns three walks in six plate appearances against the righty. With Miami’s bullpen holding an ugly 5.77 ERA, things could get ugly.

Saturday's MLB Multi

Friday 12th April

Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland A's
2.35am

Over 9.5 Runs

It’s Dylan Bundy’s turn on Friday, which often equals a handful of runs for the Oriole starter. The 26-year-old has allowed six earned across six innings of work so far this season, which doesn’t exactly bode well against an A’s side that ranks fourth in runs scored. The Orioles pitching woes have been on full display this year – Baltimore’s pitching staff owns a 6.12 ERA, the fifth-highest in the league. Oakland also sees Aaron Brooks take the mound for his first start at Camden Yards. It’s a difficult assignment in a hitter-friendly park and considering eight of Baltimore’s 12 games this year have seen 10 runs or more, don’t be surprised to see a crooked number on the scoreboard.

Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets
9.20am

Mets to Win @ $2.05

The Mets piled on the runs in a 9-6 victory over the Twins yesterday, and they should feel confident knowing lefty Steven Matz starts on Friday. Matz has been flawless in two starts so far this season racking up 11 K’s across 10 innings of work. The 27-year-old also holds strong numbers at Sun Trust Park – he’s thrown a total of 10 innings with just one earned run allowed. The Braves will be hoping for another quality start from Kevin Gausman, but it’s worth noting Gausman’s fastball velocity dropped from an average of 94 MPH last year to 93 in his first start. That’s bad news against a Mets side batting .272/.347/.464 to start the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Diego Padres
11.40am

Diamondbacks to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

San Diego have called up Pedro Avila for Friday’s game in Arizona. The 22-year-old righty appeared in only one game for the Amarillo Sod Poodles (San Diego’s AA affiliate) and he’ll certainly have his work cut out for him against a surprisingly lethal Diamondbacks offence. Arizona rank Top 5 in runs, home runs and RBIs this year, while they also hold a strong 7-4 record against the run line. Fortunately, Chase Field is known as a pitcher’s park, but even so, the DBacks are a tough team to face on debut. If Arizona can rely on another strong five innings from Zack Godley, they should have no trouble covering.

Friday's MLB Multi

 

Thursday 11th April

Baltimore Orioles vs Oakland A's
9.05am

Orioles to Cover the Line (+1.5)

Orioles starter Alex Cobb allowed two home runs in 5.2 innings pitched against the Yankees last week, part of the reason why Baltimore lead the league in home runs allowed this season. The good news for the O’s is Cobb’s strong stat line against the A’s – in 10 career starts, he holds a 2.18 ERA with only four home runs allowed. On the opposite side, Frankie Montas is on the mound for the A’s pitching for the first time at Camden Yards. Baltimore’s lineup is hardly what it used to be, but after allowing 14 runs in seven road starts last year, Montas might struggle in the hitter-friendly park.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers
9.45am

Cardinals Over 3.5 Runs

Jack Flaherty was tremendous in his home opener against the Padres tossing five innings of six strikeout, six-hit ball. The young right-hander posted a respectable 2.93 ERA at home last season and has also enjoyed plenty of success against the Dodgers allowing two earned runs in two starts. Los Angeles send Kenta Maeda to the mound on Thursday hoping he can make up for last week’s average five inning outing in Colorado. Maeda allowed 26 earned runs in 19 games on the road last year, leaving the Overs on the Cardinals looking like a safe play.

Kansas City Royals vs Seattle Mariners
10.15am

Over 10 Runs

The Mariners aim to tie the 2002 Indians on Thursday by becoming the second team to hit 14 home runs in each of their first 14 games. Not surprisingly, Seattle lead the league in runs, home runs and RBI’s, but they’ll need to rely on pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to find some control on the mound. The Japanese sensation allowed four earned runs in five innings against the White Sox in Chicago last week, but fortunately, the Royals have managed only nine runs against lefties this year. Even so, Kansas City have still seen close to 78% of their games go Over the Total this year, compared to the Mariners, who rank only slightly lower at 75%.

Thursday's MLB Multi

Wednesday 10th April

New York Mets vs Minnesota Twins
9.10am

Mets to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

The Mets remain a great play against the run line with Jacob deGrom on the mound. The righty has a perfect 0.00 ERA across his first two starts with 24 strikeouts to go along with it. Wednesday’s game will mark deGrom’s first career start against the Twins, but don’t be alarmed, he holds a 27.3% strikeout rate against the current Twins lineup allowing only four hits to C.J. Cron, Nelson Cruz and Ronald Torreyes combined. New York are also 6-3 against the spread so far this year, so back deGrom to have another brilliant outing against a Twins side that ranks 17th in runs scored.

Houston Astros vs New York Yankees
10.10am

Astros to Win @ $1.57

Gerrit Cole prepares for his first home start of the season on Wednesday against a Yankees side that have been hitting home runs at will. New York pounced on Justin Verlander on Tuesday, but the Astros should feel confident knowing slugger Aaron Judge has never faced Cole in his career. The 28-year-old was nothing short of dominant at home last season pitching to the tune of a 2.99 ERA and allowing only 10 home runs. The Yankees, meanwhile, turn to reliever turned starter Jonathan Loaisiga, who has never faced any member of the current Houston lineup. With Loaisiga likely to last only four innings, this should be a huge test for New York’s bullpen against one of the most talented offensive lineups in the league.

Colorado Rockies vs Atlanta Braves
10.40am

Over 10.5 Runs

The altitude at Coors Field did the Braves a few favours on Tuesday, particularly Ronald Acuna Jr., who smacked a two-run home run in the first inning. German Marquez is on the mound for the Rockies on Wednesday, and although the righty has given up just one earned run across two road starts so far, his wide 4.74 ERA at home last year says it all. The Braves are yet to name a starter for this game, but it’s likely lefty Max Fried. Colorado led the league in runs scored against southpaws last year, so with that, combined with the Braves’ potent lineup in mind, back the Overs.

Wednesday's MLB Multi

Tuesday 9th April

Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals
9.10am

Philadelphia to Win & Over 9.5 Runs @ $3.65

The second set of Bryce Harper Derbies takes place with the $330m man facing his former team in front of his new fanbase. The Phillies had no trouble scoring on the Nationals when they met last week putting up eight runs in both games as the two game series was split. Anibal Sanchez pitched for the Nationals in their 9-8 win over the Phillies on April 3 but won’t feel great about giving up four runs in four innings. For the hosts, they will turn to Vince Velasquez who has only pitched one inning so far this season and will make his first start. Expect a lot of runs in this game and the home side to come away with the victory.

Houston Astros vs New York Yankees
9.10am

Houston to Cover -1.5 @ $2.25

The Yankees and Astros both come into this series on two game winning streaks after sweeping their previous opponents. New York took care of the Orioles but have to be concerned with giving up four runs in both games while the Astros pitched their way to a two game sweep over Oakland. There’s a lot to look forward to in this game not least of which is the pitching matchup between Masahiro Tanaka and Justin Verlander.  The Astros starter has had one good and one not so good start so far, giving up five runs in 11 innings. At 36 he might not have the same fastball he used to but he should have enough here to get the win for his team.

San Francisco Giants v San Diego Padres
11.45am

Under 6.5 Runs @ $2.15

This has the makings of a real pitchers duel with Eric Lauer and Madison Bumgarner taking to the mound. Lauer threw six shutout innings in his season debut and gave up four runs in his second start, Bumgarner has lost both of his starts but has only given up two earned runs in his 13 innings so far. Even with a relatively low total of 6.5, it would not be at all surprising to see this game finish as a low scoring win one way or another.

Sunday 7th April

Philadelphia Phillies vs Minnesota Twins
4.05am

Over 8.5 Runs

Twins righty Michael Pineda was solid in his season opener, striking out five in four innings of work against the Indians. He’ll need to find something special on Sunday, though – the 30-year-old has thrown only nine innings against the Phillies and has never faced the likes of Bryce Harper or Rhys Hoskins. Likewise, Phillies starter Jake Arrieta enters this game with little experience against the Twins, having last faced Minnesota way back in 2015. Considering the lack of experience for both pitchers and the fact the Phillies rank Top 10 in home runs and runs scored this season, stick with the Overs.

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
9.10am

Over 8.5 Runs

This fascinating AL West battle was a lot of fun last year, particularly in Houston, where Oakland won four of their nine games. A’s starter Aaron Brooks takes the mound on Sunday after six strong innings against the Red Sox last week. Brooks pitched briefly in a relief role last year for the A’s, but after making only two appearances on the road, don’t be surprised if the hitter-friendly dimensions of Minute Maid Park cause trouble. The same also goes for Astros starter Wade Miley, who put up a so-so three earned run, four strikeout performance in six innings against the Rays last week. These two sides combined for over 8.5 runs in 13 of their 19 games last year, so stick with the Overs.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Boston Red Sox
10.10am

Diamondbacks to Cover the Line (+1.5 Runs)

Despite winning just one of four games against the Dodgers to start the season, runs have come easily for the Diamondbacks – something we never thought we’d say following Paul Goldschmidt’s trade. Arizona ranks fourth in home runs and runs scored – and they’ll certainly fancy their chances on Sunday against Red Sox starter David Price. The 11-year veteran allowed four earned runs in six innings of work against the A’s last week in a 7-0 loss. Not surprisingly, Price fared much worse on the road than he did at home in 2018, finishing with a 4.31 ERA in 14 starts. Worse yet, the 33-year-old has also allowed three home runs in two career starts against the DBacks – bad news as he prepares to make his first-ever appearance at Chase Field.

Sunday's MLB Multi

Saturday 6th April

Chicago White Sox vs Seattle Mariners
5.10am

White Sox To Win @ $2.05

After three years of promise, it was nice to see Lucas Giolito kick off the season with eight strikeouts against the Royals last week. The 24-year-old remains one of the most promising young pitchers in the Majors, and he should have a chance to further hone his craft against the Mariners on Saturday. Giolito has never faced Seattle, but after striking out 18.3% of the hitters he faced at home in 2017, there’s a good chance we see him hold the Mariners to under two runs. Seattle, meanwhile, rest their hopes on Mike Leake. The veteran righty looked good last week against the Red Sox, but keep in mind Leake did allow two home runs at US Cellular Field last year.

Philadelphia Phillies vs Minnesota Twins
10.05am

Phillies to Cover the Line (-1.5 Runs)

The Twins will be hoping for no more than five innings from Michael Pineda on Saturday – if he makes it that far. The veteran righty has never faced the likes of Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and J.T Realmuto, which spells bad news for Pineda having never pitched at Citizens Bank Park, either. For the Phillies, Jake Arrieta takes the mound holding a tidy 2.90 ERA in five starts against Minnesota. Philly are already a perfect 3-0 against the line this season, so back them and their red-hot offence to light up the scoreboard again.

Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers
1.10pm

Rangers to Win @ $2.10

Lefty Tyler Skaggs threw 86 pitches against the A’s last week allowing two earned runs and a homer over 4.2 innings. The Rangers scored the fourth-most runs against southpaws last season, including two homers against Cubs lefty Kyle Hendricks last week. The Texas offence has been the surprise standout of the season so far ranking Top 10 in runs, home runs, RBI’s, steals and walks. If Skaggs fails to make it past the fourth inning again, the Angels could be in for a long night.

Saturday's MLB Multi

Friday 5th April

Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays
4.10am

Indians to Win @ $1.57

Back on board with the Indians after coming up short to the White Sox on Thursday. Trevor Bauer makes his second start of the season after posting nine strikeouts against the Twins last week, but it’s the 28-year-old’s numbers at home that have me feeling confident. Bauer pitched to the tune of a 1.84 ERA at Progressive Field in 13 starts last year. As for the Blue Jays, Aaron Sanchez takes the mound in his first start at Progressive since 2016. With home-field advantage, find solace in the fact the Indians ranked fourth in runs scored at home last year.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds
10.05am

Reds to Win @ $2.05

Jordan Lyles not only makes his first start in a Pirates uniform but also his first start of 2019 on Friday. The former Brewer has plenty of experience pitching at PNC Park, but unfortunately, none of his five starts have been particularly good. Lyles owns a career 8.03 ERA in Pittsburgh, which is bad news against a Reds lineup looking to rebound from a three-game sweep. Cincinnati’s Tyler Mahle is also likely to give up his fair share of runs, but with Joey Votto, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Jose Peraza all owning home runs against Lyles, Cincinnati look good value for a win.

Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers
1.10pm

Angels to Win @ $1.62

Edinson Volquez is on the mound for Texas on Friday after allowing four earned runs against the Cubs last week. The veteran righty hasn’t faced the Angels since 2016, but he does own a .293 AVG against this current Los Angeles lineup. In just his second game back from Tommy John surgery, Angel Stadium is hardly the ideal landscape for a pitcher trying to rediscover command. The Angels averaged close to 4.5 runs at home last year, while the Rangers scored the fourth-fewest runs on the road. With Mike Trout looking to end his home run drought, take the Angels in their home opener.

Friday's MLB Multi

Thursday 4th April

Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox
4.10am

Indians to Cover the Line (-1.5)

It was a quiet start to the season for Indians ace Corey Kluber, striking out five in seven innings of work during a 1-0 loss to the Twins last week. Fortunately, the 32-year-old has been lights out against the White Sox throughout his career, pitching to the tune of a 2.80 ERA across 23 starts. Better yet, Kluber also holds a whopping 36.8% strikeout rate against this current Chicago lineup, which is part of the reason why he allowed only two home runs and three earned in four starts against the Sox last year. With the Indians also posting the lowest strikeout rate against lefties last year, White Sox starter Carlos Rodon could be in for a rough day.

San Diego Padres vs Arizona Diamondbacks
6.40am

Over 7.5 Runs

Safe to expect some runs on the board between these two NL West foes. Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray allowed three earned runs in five innings against the Dodgers last week, but it’s his career numbers against the Padres that stand out. Ray has allowed 32 earned runs in 13 career starts against San Diego, while his 3.51 ERA at Petco Park is of equal concern. For what it’s worth, Padres righty Joey Lucchesi is 0-5 lifetime against the Diamondbacks, largely due to allowing seven home runs in six starts last year. These two sides also combined for eight runs or more in 10 of their 19 meetings last year.

Atlanta Braves vs Chicago Cubs
9.20am

Cubs Over 4.5 Runs @ $2.00

Trusting Julio Teheran is always tough, particularly in the first half of the season. The Braves righty allowed three earned runs through five against the Phillies last week, while his 3.96 ERA at home last year left a lot to be desired. Home runs and Teheran almost go hand in hand, as the Cubs found out themselves last year smacking two against the 28-year-old. Chicago’s defensive woes were on full display on Tuesday committing six errors in an 8-0 shutout, but after a day off to recoup, take the Cubs to hit Teheran hard. Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora all own a hit against the veteran.

Thursday's MLB Multi

Wednesday 3rd April

Tampa Bay Rays vs Colorado Rockies
10.10am

Rockies Over 3.5 Runs @ $2.25

Despite Tuesday’s 7-1 loss, Colorado have had no trouble putting runs on the board to start the season, largely due to the scorching hot bats of Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl. Southpaw Blake Snell takes the mound for the Rays on Wednesday hoping to make up for last week’s five earned run outing against the Astros. Snell has faced the Rockies only once in his young career, all the way back in 2016. Sometimes facing a lineup for the first time can work in a pitchers favour, but not one that lapped up left-handed pitching last year to lead the league in runs scored.

Kansas City Royals vs Minnesota Twins
11.15am

Twins To Win @ $1.70

Jose Berrios is on the mound for the Twins on Wednesday as they kick off their road series against the Royals. The 24-year-old was close to perfect against the Indians on Opening Day, striking out 10 across 7.2 masterful innings of work. Berrios also owns impressive numbers against the Royals – in three starts last year, he struck out 28 hitters and allowed only six earned runs. Royals righty Brad Keller also enjoyed a strong start to the season, but he’ll have his work cut out for him against a Twins side that successfully piled on nine runs against the Indians on Monday.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants
1.10pm

Over 7.5 Runs

Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu won’t hold particularly fond memories of the Giants. The 32-year old allowed three home runs in a single start against San Francisco last year, but fortunately, LA’s offence should be able to bail him out of trouble having already hit 16 home runs on the year. For San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner takes the mound, but try not to get too carried away with his 2.66 career ERA against the Dodgers. Los Angeles scored the third-most runs against left-handed pitching, making the Overs a great play. Throw in the fact these two combined for 7.5 runs or more during seven games last season, and we could see a crooked number on the scoreboard.

Tuesday 2nd April

Texas Rangers v Houston Astros
11.00am

Over 9.5 Runs @ $2.05

The Astros have won two on the bounce while the Rangers have lost their last three as the sides move into their second series of the season with this local rivalry kicking off. Runs were being given away in Texas’s series against the Cubs with the lowest scoring game having 14 runs and they will be counting on their bats to stay hot in this series. Astros pitcher Brad Peacock won his lone decision over the Rangers and his 3.81 ERA from the last 11 games played suggests there could be some runs here. I like the Rangers bats to stay hot here and give Peacock a rough time so I’ll back over 9.5 runs.

Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox
1.00pm

Boston to Win @ $1.70

David Price makes his first start for the Red Sox this season after pitching the defining out of the 2018 World Series. After a 1-3 struggle in the Seattle series, the Red Sox will need a big game from one of their aces here as they continue their early season West Coast swing. This will be Price’s third start against the A’s since 2016 winning one and losing one of each of his prior starts. Early season games have not been a problem for Price and I’ll back him to have a good game and help guide the Red Sox to a win here.

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
1.10pm

LA Dodgers to Cover -1.5 Runs @ $2.00

Drew Pomeranz is looking to put a rough 2018 season behind him when he makes his first start of the new season against the LA Dodgers. It’s a big test for the 30 year old with the Dodgers bats starting off strong against Arizona, helping them win three of four in that series and totalling 42 runs in those four games. For a pitcher who tallied a 6.08 ERA last season, it could be a very long evening for him and I’ll back LA to win by two or more runs.

Monday 1st April

Seattle Mariners v Boston Red Sox
7.10am

Over 9.5 Runs @ $2.30

Rick Porcello takes the mound for the visiting Red Sox as the defending champions close out their series in Seattle as Wade LeBlanc gets the start for the Mariners. It’s been a rough series for pitchers so far with double digit runs in all three games so far. With the bats in such strong early form back another high scoring game here.

San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants
7.10am

Padres to Cover -1.5 Runs

The Padres have had the wood on the Giants in the last couple of series winning four of the last six including two of the first three in this series. It’s been a very tight battle so far but as the sides go deep into their rotation, you get cool stories like Chris Paddack who is set to make his first major league start in this game. He pitched well enough in the spring to earn a spot and I like his potential to keep up his momentum and help the Padres to a win and cover.

Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves
10.00am

Philadelphia Over 4.5 Runs @ $1.91

Scoring has not been a problem for the Phillies in the first two games of this series, putting up 10 and 8 to start their season with back to back wins. The Braves will turn to Kyle Wright making his first major league start after throwing six innings in four games of relief work last year. It’s a bit of a simple pick here but why make it more complicated than it needs to be, Philadelphia should be able to score plenty of runs here.

Sunday 31st March

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets
4.05am

Nationals To Win @ $1.80

Noah Syndergaard enjoyed a strong opening month to start last season, but his record against the Nationals is less than impressive. The 26-year-old lefty holds a career 3.43 ERA against Washington, while his stats at Nationals Park aren’t much better: 15 earned runs allowed in five starts. Anthony Rendon has also enjoyed plenty of success against Syndergaard over the last two seasons – he hopes to make up for Friday’s 0/4 start to the season. Meanwhile, Washington will trust the strong form of Stephen Strasburg on the mound. The veteran righty holds a tidy 2.83 ERA in 17 starts against the Mets.

Texas Rangers vs Chicago Cubs
11.05am

Cubs to Cover the Line (-1.5) @ $2.10

Yu Darvish returns to the rubber on Sunday to face his former team. All eyes will be on the veteran righty after complaining of blisters throughout the Spring, but in case you missed Chicago’s 12-run explosion on Opening Day, the Cubs’ lineup should have him covered. Darvish has faced Texas only once in his six-year career, pitching to the tune of a 40% strikeout rate and a .250 AVG against. Rangers pitcher Edinson Volquez is also of note in this one. He returns for a second stint with the team after undergoing Tommy John surgery midway through last year. Expect some rust from the 35-year-old righty in his first start since July 2017.

Seattle Mariners vs Boston Red Sox
12.1opm

Over 7.5 Runs

Chris Sale was embarrassed on Opening Day in Seattle, and so was the rest of the Red Sox lineup for that matter. Boston managed just four runs in the loss, and it’s hard to find much confidence in Eduardo Rodriquez ahead of Game 2. Rodriguez has struggled at Safeco Field throughout his career allowing two home runs, seven earned in three starts. For Seattle, Mike Leake is hardly a guarantee either – the 31-year-old allowed at least two earned runs in 12 of his 15 home starts last year. Expect to see the bullpens early and a crooked number on the scoreboard.

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Saturday 30th March

Miami Marlins vs Colorado Rockies
10.10am

Rockies to Cover the Line (-1.5) @ $2.10

German Marquez takes the mound for the Rockies on Saturday hoping to pick up where he left off last year. The 24-year-old righty was dominant in 17 road starts pitching to the tune of a 2.95 ERA. Marquez has also enjoyed success in Miami, throwing six strikeouts in six innings pitched during a start at Marlins Park in 2018. Aside from losing 6-3 to Colorado on Friday, it’s no surprise to learn the Marlins ranked second last in runs scored at home last year. After second-year starting pitcher Trevor Richards allowed eight home runs in 13 home starts last season, this potent Rockies lineup should have no trouble scoring.

San Diego Padres vs San Francisco Giants
1.10pm

Padres to Cover the Line (-1.5) @ $2.35

Eric Lauer threw six perfect innings on Friday as the Padres blanked the Giants 2-0. Joey Lucchesi takes the mound on Saturday, bad news for San Francisco after finishing with the eighth-highest strikeout rate against left-handed pitching last year. Likewise, Derek Holland also struggled mightily in his two appearances against San Diego. The 32-year-old southpaw allowed nine earned runs in three starts at Petco Park and a whopping 14 home runs on the road. Luchessi, meanwhile, struck out 17 Giants hitters in two starts against San Francisco last year. San Diego also hit the eighth most home runs against lefties.

Oakland A's vs Los Angeles Angels
1.10pm

Over 8.5 Runs

Not only does Matt Harvey make his first career start against the Angels, he also prepares to face the A’s for the first time in his six-year career. Harvey rediscovered some command after being traded to the Reds midway through last year, but his away stats in 2018 were telling: 46 earned runs allowed, 11 home runs in nine starts. On the other side, 35-year-old Marco Estrada gets the nod for Oakland in his second year with the A’s. The veteran has faced the Angels five times throughout his career, resulting in an ugly 5.90 ERA across 29 innings pitched. Oakland walked away with a 4-0 shutout win on Opening Day, but with 14 of their 19 meetings going over 8.5 runs last year, don’t be surprised if this one is a little more high-scoring.

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Friday 29th March

Washington Nationals vs New York Mets
4.05am

Mets To Win @ $2.15

Jacob deGrom opens the season on the mound for the Mets with his wallet a little thicker after signing a lucrative five-year, $137.5 million extension this week. There’s something to be said about paying your pitcher – not only does it restore faith, but it also clears up any distractions moving forward. The reigning Cy Young award winner is among the games Top 5 arms and one that certainly knows how to win against the Nationals. It’s a meaningless stat, but deGrom is 7-4 lifetime against Washington with a sturdy 2.65 ERA. The 30-year-old flamethrower is also an impressive 6-1 throughout his career at Nationals Park, while deGrom clean swept the Nats 2-0 allowing just five earned runs against in both games.

Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates
7.10am

Over 8.5 Runs

The inclusion of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp into the Reds’ lineup isn’t the only reason to stick with the Overs. Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park is one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the Majors, and considering the Reds averaged 4.75 runs there last season, this looks a safe bet. It’s also worth factoring in Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo, who currently holds a career 4.00 ERA against the Pirates in just five starts. These two sides combined for over 8.5 runs in 12 of their 21 games last year. The Total also went over in five of Pittsburgh’s last seven games on the road against Cincinnati last year.

Seattle Mariners vs Boston Red Sox
10.00am

Red Sox Over 4.5 Runs

Chris Sale takes the mound on Opening Day against a Mariners side fresh from a 2-0 series sweep over the A’s in Japan. Sales numbers in Seattle speak for themselves: in five career starts, he’s 3-0 0 with a tidy 1.84 ERA and 0.784 WHIP at Safeco Field. Boston won four of their seven games against the Mariners last season, and they’ll feel pretty confident taking on Marco Gonzales to start the year. The 27-year-old lefty is a notoriously slow starter in the months of March/April owning an ugly 4.93 ERA with five home runs allowed. The Red Sox, meanwhile, roll into this one knowing they led the league in runs, RBI’s and OBP last season.

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