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MLB Betting Predictions: April 8, 2011

Thu, Apr 7, 11:18pm by Kevin Pitstock

Here are some games to set your sights on with your bet and the odds from Centrebet.
Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Preview

GAME: Tampa Bay Rays (0-5) at Chicago White Sox (3-2)

DATE/TIME: Friday, April 08 – 6:10 AM AEST

WHERE: U.S Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois

The Rays send left-hander David Price, a 19 game winner in 2010, to the mound for his second start. He lost on Opening Day to Baltimore as he went seven innings and gave up four earned runs. Last year vs. the White Sox he went 0-2 and was hit hard by Alex Rios and Paul Konerko. The White Sox send right-hander Edwin Jackson for his second start of the season. He won his opener by going six innings against the Indians. The Rays have had trouble touching Price with their bats as they hit only .165 against him.

The White Sox have been on fire offensively with an 8 run per game average after 5 games. The hitting leader for the team is Carlos Quentin with is 1 home run and 7 RBI’s to go with a sizzling .545 batting average.

Tampa Bay ranks last in the major leagues in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Tampa Bay did rid themselves of some players but will be rebuilding around Price and BJ Upton in the 2011 season.

Our Pick: White Sox 1.92

Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers Preview

GAME: Atlanta Braves (3-3) at Milwaukee Brewers (2-4)

DATE/TIME: Friday, April 08 – 5:40 AM AEST

WHERE: Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Braves send right-hander Tommy Hanson to the mound to face the Brewers Shaun Marcum. Both pitchers lost their Opening Day assignment. Hanson failed to get out of the 4th inning as rain began to fall and he never returned. He is 1-2 lifetime vs. the Braves and has a 3.81 lifetime ERA against them. The biggest stick for him to face is Ryan Braun who has amassed three home runs and 6 RBI’s with a .462 batting average against him. Marcum was pitching his first game for the Brewers as he was acquired from Toronto in the off-season. He pitched 4 2/3 innings with four hits, five walks and gave up four runs.

Our Pick: Milwaukee 1.99

Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates Preview

GAME: Colorado Rockies (3-1) at Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2)

DATE/TIME: Friday, April 08 – 5:35 AM AEST

WHERE: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pirates send Paul Maholm to the mound for their home opener. He pitched well in his first start of the season as gave up no run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Cubs and had the bullpen blow his 3 run lead. His lifetime vs. the Rockies is not very good. He is 1-6 with a 7.11 ERA in his eight career starts against them and they have hit .360 against him. The Rockies start right-hander Esmil Rogers who won two games last year in 8 starts. He accumulated a 6.13 ERA and has lost three game in his young career.

Our pick: Colorado 2.02

All odds are courtesy of Centrebet.


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