The crack of the bat, the dust cloud sliding into second, the called strike three. Baseball is back and after all this silly March Madness nonsense I am ready for America’s pastime to take over my TV screen.
To my surprise, baseball is hitting the ground running on opening Sunday with three regular season games. Traditionally the last three seasons had one game only on Sunday Night Baseball. This year we start in the 10:05 a.m. with Cardinals at Pirates, followed by Blue Jays at Rays 1:05 p.m. (both games are televised on ESPN2) while the nightcap features a World Series rematch of Mets at Royals at 5:35 p.m. on ESPN.
I bounced back last week at 3-1 with my plays, only the MLS game let us down. With baseball here let’s take a few shots but first we have some more soccer overs.
Last Week: 3-1
English Premier League – Manchester City-Bournemouth OVER 2.5: Man City is all but buried in the race for the Premier League title, a shocking 15 points back of Cinderella Leicester City. The whole soccer world might be rooting for the Foxes at this point, outside of Tottenham Hotspur fans. Regardless, City still wants to play in the Champions League next year and currently sits in the playoff spot, four back of Arsenal. This is a game they must win to keep West Ham and Man United a point back.
Major League Soccer – Montreal Impact-Seattle Sounders OVER 2.5: The Impact are averaging only two goals a game through their first three games but sit atop the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia. Seattle has been a shocking disaster to start the year, losing all three games while only scoring two goals. Both teams should find some offense in the Northwest.
Mets-Royals OVER (No Total): I would assume this falls in about 7 or 7.5, either I am okay with. The projected matchup is Matt Harvey vs. Edison Volquez. Harvey was scratched from his start Tuesday, so he is questionable for this matchup. Both pitchers started Game 1 of the World Series last year and combined for six earned runs. I like a little of the same this early in the season.
Phillies-Reds OVER (NT): Not sure of the projected total on this one as only Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is the only probable starter listed. The thought is the Reds will go with youngster Anthony DeSclafani. Regardless if it’s him or Nolan Ryan I still like this game over.
Twins-Orioles OVER (NT): Ervin Santana is the probable opening day starter for Minnesota, he hasn’t pitched at Camden Yards for a while and I think he will struggle in this spot. Meanwhile the rumored starter for Baltimore is Chris Tillman, who has been getting crushed in spring ball (9.31 ERA), and with a lifetime 4.20 ERA bet it over.
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