Sat, Apr 9, 12:06am by Kevin Pitstock
Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks Preview
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 09 – 1:40 AM AEST WHERE: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona Right-hander Ian Kennedy will make his second start of the season as he did not get a decision in his opening start. He gave up two runs early in the game but settled down to go six innings in his game facing the Rockies. The Reds send Left-hander Travis wood to the mound for this second start of the season. In the opener he had no difficulty facing the Brewers and he went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits. He has two career starts against the D-Backs and he is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Stephen Drew expects to be healthy and return to the line-up this weekend. Miguel Montero leads the team with 2 home runs and is hitting .454 for the season. Willie Bloomquist has 6 RBI’s to lead the team in that offensive category. Stephen Drew expects to be healthy and return to the line-up this weekend. Miguel Montero leads the team with 2 home runs and is hitting .454 for the season. Willie Bloomquist has 6 RBI’s to lead the team in that offensive category. Reds will roll at odds 1.88 as home openers are killers.
Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Preview
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 09 – 12:10 PM AEST WHERE: U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois Right hander James Shields is 0-1 for the season but pitched well in his first start of 2011. For his career he has split two decisions last year with a 6.57 ERA. Chicago hitters are pounding Shields to the ground with a .315 batting average with shortstop Alexei Ramirez (5-12) and third baseman Mark Teahen (8-23, HR, 5 RBI)having the most success. The White Sox counter with lefty John Danks who also was the losing pitcher in his first start. Last year Danks won one game and lost one vs. the Rays and have limited them to a .169 batting average. The odds have from Iasbet have the White Sox 1.71.
Florida Marlins at Houston Astros Preview
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 09 – 11:05 AM AEST WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas The Houston were the last National League team to win a game with a victory over the Cincinnati Reds. They get home for their opener to face the Marlins. Wandy Rodriguez takes the mounds where hse is 0-1 on the young season. In his first start he gave up seven runs andin four innings of work and was the losing pitcher of record. Lifetime he has a 2.79 ERA and a 3-2 record facing the Marlins. Left-hander Ricky Nolasco enters the mound with no record for the season. In his first start he pitched by giving up two runs and struck out four facing the Mets. His career mark against the Astros is 3 wins with one loss and a 6.26 ERA in just over 27 innings. I don’t like teams to win home openers but the Astros know how to deal with Nolasco and with the Iasbet odds 2.08 our pick is for them to win this game and your bet.
Our Picks: Astros 2.08 White Sox 1.71 Reds 1.88
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