Sun, Apr 3, 9:44pm by Kevin Pitstock
Here are some Major League Baseball Picks for consideration as we check the odds courtesy of Centrebet.
San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
This game will feature Giants lefthander Barry Zito who won 9 games last year and lost 14 against Dodger righthander Hiroki Kuroda and his 11-13 record in 2010. Zito had a decent Spring Training with 27 innings pitched and a 2.30 ERA. His lifetime record facing the Dodgers is 6-8. Several players from the Dodgers have hit him well in the past. Rod Barajas is 11 for 35 against him and Rafael Furcal is a sizzling 13 for 38 with a .342 batting average. Kuroda comes into the season with a poor Spring Training. He went 0-3 and had a high ERA of 5.88. His career stats show he is 2-2 and has a 3.56 ERA against the Giants.. Neither pitcher has been stellar so we have little confidence early in the season with the Centrebet odds having the Giants +132 with your bet.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs
Matt Garza makes his first start for the Cubs. The righthander was MVP of the 2008 ALCS and has pitched a no-hitter against Detroit. He has been on the American League for the past three years. There is only one player on the Pirates that has faced him in the past. Lyle Overbay has a 9 for 36 lifetime against Garza and has struck out 10 times. Ross Ohlendorf has one win and 11 losses last year despite 11 good starts. In 2010, he posted a 2.08 ERA when facing the Cubs. He does have an impressive .190 batting average allowed against the Cubs hitters. This is the rubber game of the series and all signs point to the Cubs taking this game and with the odds from Centrebet at -169 for the Cubs we recommend this game for your bet.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees
Two young right handed pitches will face off in this game. Max Scherzer for Detroit brings in his 12-11 record from last year to face Phil Hughes of the Yankees who finished with 18 wins against 8 losses. Scherzer bounced around from the major leagues to the minor leagues last year. He has struggled at Spring Training and gave up 11 runs in less than 3 innings against the Orioles in his last start. Hughes started last year on fire but began to fade in the second half of the season. His 11-2 start in the first half went to 7-6 in the later half of the season. Hughes is the #3 starter for the Yankees now that Andy Pettitte has retired. We have some confidence in Hughes and with the odds courtesy of Centrebet showing the Yankees are at -182 for this game it appears a good bet.
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