The Major League Baseball sees is heading into it’s second month of the season. It was quite an eventful first month of the season, and we are ready to roll with the second month. Let’s take a look at some of the best games to bet on in Major League Baseball this weekend:
Friday, April 27th
The Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians begin their three game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Indians ace, Corey Kluber, will be on the mound for game 1. He will be opposed by Mariners’ right hander, Erasmo Ramirez. The Indians are off to a slow start this season at the plate, ranking near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories. The Mariners can hit, but their pitching rotation has struggled in the early going. The Indians should win this game thanks to Kluber. Kluber is off to another solid start this season and is currently 3-1 with a sparkling 1.96 ERA. It’s hard to bet against the Indians in any game that Kluber pitches. If the Indians can score a couple runs, that will be all Kluber needs to win this game.
The Oakland Athletics visit the Houston Astros for the start of their 3 game series. This will be an interesting series, as the Astros have one of the top pitching staffs in baseball, while the Athletics score a ton of runs. Young lefthander, Sean Manaea will get the start for the Athletics. This will be Manaea’s first start since throwing a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox. He will be opposed by Astros ace, Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel is just 1-3 on the young season but has a very solid 3.10 ERA. The Astros offense is very potent and can give opposing pitchers fits. Look for the defending World Series champions to knock Manaea back down to Earth, and Keuchel to pitch well in earning the win.
Saturday, April 28th
NL Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, will battle in game 2 of their 3 game series at Wrigley Field. The Brewers are off to a great start and should challenge the Cubs all season long. Junior Guerra will take start for Milwaukee, and is off to a terrific start in 2018. Guerra is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA through 3 starts. Jose Quintana will start for the Chicago Cubs and will be looking to turn things around. Quintana is 2-1 on the young season but sports an abysmal 7.78 ERA. The Cubs offense appears to be hitting its stride as of late. Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez look great at the top of Joe Maddon’s lineup. Look for the Cubs offense to score and Quintana to be solid in securing the victory.
Hated NL West rivals, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, will meet for game 1 of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Both clubs have playoff aspirations this year, but have gotten off to average starts in 2018. Johnny Cueto takes the mound for the Giants in game 1, and comes in at 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA. Young pitcher, Walker Buehler, will make his 2nd start of the season for the Dodgers. Giants first baseman, Brandon Belt, is off to a great start at the plate this season. Look for Brandon Belt and his Giants teammates to score early runs against the young Buehler. Cueto will continue his hot start and get the win for the Giants.
Sunday, April 29th
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox will be wrapping up their 3 game series in Boston on Sunday. Boston is off to a blistering start to the 2018 season, while the young Rays have struggled to find consistent play. Tampa Bay ranks near the bottom of the league in both offensive and pitching statistical categories. Boston, meanwhile, is at the top of nearly every category. Tampa Bay has yet to decide on a starting pitcher for this game. Rick Porcello gets the call for the Red Sox. Porcello will be looking to improve upon his 4-0 record and ERA of 1.93. Right fielder Mookie Betts has been arguably the best hitter in baseball during the first month of the season. It doesn’t appear that anything can slow the Red Sox down at this point, and look for them to win the series finale at home.
The Colorado Rockies head down to Miami to face the Marlins this weekend in a 3 game series. The Rockies have gotten off to a slow start offensively this season, and are hovering around the .500 mark. Miami has been consistently bad all season long, and it doesn’t appear like things are about to improve. Chad Bettis (3-0, 2.40 ERA) takes the ball for the Rockies. He will be opposed by Caleb Smith (0-3, 5.82 ERA) of the Miami Marlins. The Rockies traditionally play better in their home ballpark, but the Rockies offense could use some warmer weather to heat up their bats. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado will look to lead the Rockies offense to a series finale win.
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