Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles (-140, 8½; LVH): Baltimore (21-19) has a nice start this season and is a respectable 12-6 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards so far. Washington, always among MLB’s doormats, is just 7-13 away from its new ballpark and has proved to be fairly spurty in the first quarter of the season.
The Orioles send southpaw Garrett Olson (2-0) to the mound against Nats’ righty Shawn Hill (0-0, 3.56 ERA) in what figures to be a fairly tight, low-scoring duel in the first game of this three-game series in the city where Big Brown will attempt to snag the second Jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday afternoon.
In interleague play in 2007, Washington was 9-9 while the Orioles really struggled, going just 6-12 against the Junior Circuit. Despite that ugly stat from last season, Baltimore is simply playing better right now and is the call in this one. ORIOLES -140.
Milwaukee Brewers at Boston Red Sox (-200, 9½u -120): When Dice-K starts, Boston wins (9-0). And when the World Champs are at Fenway Park, they’re even tougher, sporting baseball’s best mark at 14-5. Want more? The Bosox went 12-6 in interleague play last year, also best in the bigs. The bad stuff? Boston’s lost four straight.
Milwaukee (20-20) has a solid roster but is just 9-12 away, The BrewCrew sends Jeff Suppan (2-2, 4.63) to the hill to face Matsuzaka (6-0, 2.45 ERA) but with David Ortiz slowly waking from his slumber and Manny Ramirez making great catches, high-fiving fans in the stands and then throwing the ball back to the infield to double a runner off first, things are clicking with the key personnel. RED SOX -200. (BEST BET)
Cleveland Indians at Cincinnati Reds: (-130, 9½u -125): Yeah Johnny Cueto (2-4) looks like a talented young pitcher but let’s not let the hype eclipse the true talent and results the Reds 22-year-old rookie right-hander. And to get the Cleveland Indians (21-19), 7-3 in its last 10, as an underdog here against its intrastate rival is a bonus…
Cleveland is pitching Jeremy Sowers (0-0, 5.06 ERA) here because of a rainout Sunday and DH on Monday. The Tribe were just 9-9 in interleague play last year but Cincy was worse, going 7-11 against the Senior Circuit. Take the dog with expectations of finding a way to paint the Reds black in this opener at the Great American Ball Park. INDIANS +120.
PICK THREE: ORIOLES-RED SOX-INDIANS