Covering the Bases Betting Guide: Opening Day

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Welcome to theBRKDWN’s weekly betting guide, as the season kicks off today, you can find the matchups for Opening Day, as well as betting advice based on value-plays compared to the market odds for the top picks of the day.

All lines are provided by Bet365.

As the great Cardinals second baseman, Rogers Hornsby once said; “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” As the baseball season is on deck, spring is here, the long winter is behind us, and we should all look forward to a wonderful summer of baseball.

Opening Day Matchups

Blue Jays @ YankeesOrioles @ Red SoxIndians @ Tigers
Rangers @ RoyalsPirates @ CubsBraves @ Phillies
Mets @ NationalsAstros @ AthleticsCardinals @ Reds
Rays @ MarlinsBrewers @ TwinsDodgers @ Rockies
White Sox @ AngelsGiants @ Mariners

Betting Advice

Los Angeles Dodgers -225 (Kershaw vs Marquez)

Less of a value play here, the Dodgers are coming off the World Series win and playing a Rockies team that will compete for last. The line of -225 is lower than it should be, and almost a given that the Dodgers can put away the Rockies.

St. Louis Cardinals -105 (Flaherty vs Castillo)

The Cards are putting out the machine that is Jack Flaherty, add the injection of Nolan Arenado at third base and they should come out hot. The Reds, on the other hand, are coming into this season after taking a few blows. It is a tight line with the Reds at -115 but taking the ‘underdog’ Cards should be a good play here.

Toronto Blue Jays +155 (Ryu vs Cole)

Here’s the daily underdog, by a significant margin. Ryu versus Cole should make up for a fantastic pitching duel. The Jays are going to want to start off hot after making big splashes in the offseason. With Ross Stripling and T.J. Zeuch going in games two and three of the series, look for Toronto to come out hot with Ryu in game one so they don’t get swept in this series.

Minnesota Twins -115 (Maeda vs Woodruff)

Another play like the Cards. Two stud pitchers going at it, the only question will be how the offense stacks up, and for this matchup, I would take the away team Twins with Maeda on the mound.

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