The first weekend of Major League Baseball is in the books. It’s hard to make any assumptions with over 155 games left per team.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Tampa Bay Rays are the only undefeated team standings at 3-0, though there are several teams with one loss.
Without further ado, let’s look at Monday’s top games.
Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
Both Boston and Detroit enter their series at 1-2. The Red Sox are favored by a run with an over/under of 9.5 for Monday’s 5:10 p.m. ET start.
It’ll be the Sox debut of Michael Wacha, who was a versatile arm in Tampa Bay in relief situations and spot starts. Boston’s bats struggled, scoring 11 runs on 19 hits in their series against the Yankees.
Matt Manning makes his first start of the season for the Tigers. The former first-round pick had a 5.80 ERA and was 4-7 in 18 starts last season. The additions of Javier Baez, Tucker Barnhart, and Spencer Torkelson have Tigers fans excited.
Expect plenty of runs in this one. Boston -1 is the pick.
New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia is favored by a run with an over/under of 9.5 when they host the New York Mets at 5:45 p.m. ET. The winner will be atop the NL East, with New York (3-1) having a half-game lead.
Taijuan Walker opposes Ranger Suarez, who started 12 games and appeared in 39 total. He had a 1.36 ERA. Walker is coming off his first All-Star appearance and finished 7-11 with a 4.47 ERA.
Both lineups are juiced up with offseason additions, including Starling Marte to the Mets and Nicholas Castellanos to Philly. We’ll ride Mets +1 here.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Yankees
Both Toronto and the Yankees were the preseason favorites as the top two in the AL East. They each are 2-1, entering a 6:05 p.m. ET start. Rising star Alek Manoah gets the ball for the Blue Jays against Jameson Taillon.
As a rookie, Manoah was 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 111.2 innings. His counterpart has been an above-average pitcher across his five seasons, though he showed some regression moving to a more competitive season.
Toronto is favored by a run with an over/under of 9.5. We’ll roll with the Blue Jays.
Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves
The Nationals have not yet named a starter as of this writing, but their lineup will face Huascar Ynoa. The defending champs are 2-2 as Atlanta hosts young star Juan Soto and Washington with a 6:20 p.m. ET first pitch.
Atlanta added Kenley Jansen to bolster the backend of its bullpen and Matt Olson in lieu of losing Freddie Freeman in free agency. Still, the Braves will have to fight to get back to the playoffs in the National League’s most competitive division.
Washington is favored by a run with an over/under of 9.5 runs. We’ll take Atlanta here.
San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants
At 3-1, the Padres lead the NL West, and the Giants can take a half-game lead with a win. The first pitch is at 8:45 p.m. ET as Nick Martinez and Alex Wood oppose each other on the mound.
San Diego’s pitching has been strong to start the season, and its offense has been fine. It’ll face a veteran group from the Giants.
San Francisco won the division last year, which was a surprise since the buzz was around San Diego with all its additions. The Giants are favored by a run with an over/under of 8.5 runs. We’ll take the home team here.
All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!
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