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[1:05 p.m. EST] Under 9.5 – Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (-252)
BAL: John Means (1-1, 2.08 ERA)
BOS: David Price – L (0-1, 6.00 ERA)
The weather in Boston is not looking great over the next few days and that might be why we’re seeing a big decrease in the total for this game. Baltimore has a -0.4 IRT decrease while Boston dipped even further at -0.6.
While it is super early in the season, the Red Sox need to get their act together. A 5-10 record certainly isn’t what they had in mind and this is a golden opportunity to capitalize on a team that doesn’t match up talent-wise. Not only does the current Orioles’ roster has a combined .236 batting average against Price, but they have an even more anemic .269 on-base percentage. Look for Price to have a solid start and the Red Sox back on track.
* Final Score Prediction: Boston Red Sox: 6 – Baltimore Orioles: 2 *
[2:10 p.m. EST] Under 8 – Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
DET: Jordan Zimmermann – R (0-1, 2.50 ERA)
MIN: Jose Berrios – R (1-1, 2.18 ERA)
When Berrios is at home, you just simply roll with the goodness. He skilled a gem in his season debut at Target Field, but the 18-5 mark Berrios has posted there over the last two seasons should give bettors even more confidence that he’ll get the job done today.
I’d love to just take the Twins outright, but that is a ton of money to be laying. Let’s roll with the under in this one, considering Zimmermann has been surprisingly good to start the season. That last start didn’t go too well against Cleveland, but I feel like this is a guy who has found something in his old age — at least enough to keep the total to a minimum.
* Final Score Prediction: Minnesota Twins: 5 – Detroit Tigers: 0 *
[4:10 p.m. EST] Houston Astros (-180) at Seattle Mariners – Total: 8
HOU: Gerrit Cole – R (0-2, 3.32 ERA)
SEA: Marco Gonzales – L (4-0, 3.16 ERA)
The Mariners probably felt all giddy with themselves heading into this mega-matchup with the Astros, but my, oh my, how the tide has turned. I’m looking at another Houston win in this game, considering they have a ton of righty bats that can do damage against Gonzalez, who has allowed at least eight baserunners in three of his four starts this season.
Not to mention, Cole is a damn good pitcher and someone that can’t go too long without having a win under his belt this far into the season.
* Final Score Prediction: Houston Astros: 9 – Seattle Mariners: 3 *