MLB betting cheat sheet: An “O’s” so good start to the season

What an opening week of the MLB season. With plenty of intriguing story lines (pun intended), Covers Expert Jesse Schule breaks down the best betting angles in our early week MLB betting cheat sheet.

Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the mid week major-league schedule:

O’s So Good

The Orioles shocked the Red Sox on Monday, winning Game 1 of this series in Boston as a +180 underdog. They head into Game 2 still undefeated at 6-0, and they’ve been an underdog in half of those wins and just a short favorite in the other half. The bookmakers don’t appear to be overly impressed, as Boston is again a heavy favorite in Game 2 at Fenway. The price seems particularly strange when you consider that Boston has lost 15 of it’s last 21 at home when Clay Buchholz starts.

Never Ending Story

Last week I noted: “Rookie shortstop Trevor Story is the first player in history to hit home runs in each of his first three major league games. Since he plays for the Rockies, some might assume that Coors Field has aided his prolific start. In fact the Rockies started the season on the road at Arizona, and all four of his home runs so far came at Chase Field. The Rockies open a home series versus the Padres Friday, and he should have a chance to continue to produce against a struggling San Diego pitching staff.” He has since added three more during a home series versus San Diego.

Just Win Baby

Baseball fans in Minnesota are still waiting for their Twins to win a game this season, but they might not have to wait too much longer with the Twins playing their next seven games at home. Atlanta fans could be waiting a while, as the Braves will be on the road until next week, playing three more games in Washington before a weekend series in Miami. Expect Atlanta to be a big underdog in all six of those games.

WAG of the Week

Clay Buchholz gets the start for the Red Sox Tuesday against the Orioles, but he is already a winner in our books. His wife Lindsay Clubine is a former Deal or No Deal briefcase model.

Hitting notes

*Daniel Murphy is on a tear with his new team, leading the Nationals batting .471 with a pair of home runs and seven RBIs in just five games. He should be able to continue producing this week, as he’s facing a weak Atlanta pitching staff. He’ll face Jhoulys Chacin Tuesday, and he’s hitting .333 lifetime versus the right-hander.

*The Miami Marlins are batting a major league best .299 so far, but still have just two wins in five games. Both Dee Gordon and Martin Prado are hitting .400 so far, but they are in for a tough test Tuesday going up against Noah Syndergaard at Citi Field.

Pitching notes

*Jose Fernandez had won 17 straight starts in Miami, but his perfect career home record came to an end this week in a loss to Detroit. He gave up five runs on five hits, but also struck out 13 batters over 5 2/3 innings. His next start will come on the road tonight at New York opposite Noah Syndergaard.

*Felix Hernandez is still looking for his first win of the season, despite a minuscule 0.69 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 13 innings in his first two starts. His next start comes on the road at Yankee Stadium, opposite C.C. Sabathia on Saturday.

Totals trend

The Colorado Rockies went over in two of three games in a home series versus San Diego, and they’ve gone over the number in four of six games overall. Coors Field is well known as the most hitter friendly park in the majors, and even though the bookmakers make adjustments with higher totals, the Rockies still seem to trend over at home consistently. They play Game 1 of a home series versus the Giants tonight, and eight of the last 11 in this series have gone over. The over is 32-15-4 in Rockies last 51 during game 1 of a series.

Injury notes

*Tigers catcher James McCann left Monday’s game with a sprained ankle, and he’s landed on the 15 day DL. This forced Detroit to call up veteran catcher Bobby Wilson from Triple-A Toledo.

*Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen is dealing with an elbow injury that could cause him to miss his next scheduled start.

Tuesday’s ump stat of the day

Tuesday’s weather report

* There will be a moderate hitters wind in Detroit this afternoon, when the Tigers host the Pirates. The wind will be gusting at 8-10 miles per hour out to center field. O/U is set at 8.5.

* The weather should clear up at National’s Park for first pitch when Washington hosts Atlanta. There will be a moderate hitters wind gusting in from left field at 8-10 miles per hour. O/U is set at 7.5.

* There is a similar forecast in Philadelphia when the Phillies host the Padres, with early showers clearing up as first pitch approaches and a 10-12 mile per hour hitters wind gusting in from left. The total is set at 7.5.

* It could be a messy day in Seattle when the Mariners host the Rangers. There is a 67 percent chance of rain and a strong 15-17 mile per hour hitters wind gusting out to center field. O/U is set at 7.5.


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