Here’s a comprehensive look at betting notes for the mid week major-league schedule:
Heating up in the desert…
The Arizona Diamondbacks came into 2016 with high expectations, but things didn’t look great after losing seven of their first 10 games. They’ve since turned things around, and they come into Game 1 of a home series versus St. Louis as winners of six of their last eight. Slugger Paul Goldschmidt is swinging a hot bat, hitting .360 with a pair of home runs and six RBIs the last seven days. The Cardinals have won five straight at Arizona, but they will be an underdog in Game 1 with Arizona sending ace Zack Greinke to the mound.
Jordan Zimmermann is enjoying a fresh start in Detroit. In his first three starts for the Tigers he’s blanked the opposition, tossing 19 1/3 scoreless innings. His most recent start was his most impressive, striking out eight batters through 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Royals in Kansas City. He has a much easier matchup on Monday, facing the light-hitting A’s at home.
Houston… We have a problem…
The Astros were the favorite to win the AL West this year, but so far it’s the other Texas team doing all the damage. The Rangers are in first, while Houston sits in the division cellar. The bullpen was a strength for Houston last year, but the Astros relievers rank 21st in the majors with a 4.13 ERA so far in 2016. They relied heavily on the long-ball last year, ranking second in the majors in homes runs with 230, just two fewer than the Blue Jays. It’s going to be difficult for them to keep that kind of pace again this year. They come into Game 1 of a new series in Seattle as losers of five of their last six.
WAG of the Week
David DeJesus is a free agent when it comes to his baseball career but, luckily for him, he’s not a free agent in life. Some of us know Kim DeJesus from Instagram or her time on The Amazing Race but she’s also the unemployed outfielder’s wife.
* Robinson Cano is among the major league leaders with six home runs and 14 RBIs this season, but Seattle’s slugger is really struggling versus southpaws, batting .118 versus left-handed pitching. He’s crushing right-handers though, batting .318. He should be in for a big series against Houston, as he’s batting .346 lifetime versus the Astros staff. Doug Fister will start Game 1, and Cano is batting .333 lifetime versus the righty.
* Nolan Arenado led the major leagues in RBIs in 2015, and tied for the most home runs with 42. So far this season it’s much of the same, as his seven home runs and 17 RBIs are among the major league leaders. He’ll play Game 1 of a home series versus Pittsburgh on Monday, and he’ll face left-hander Jeff Locke. He’s crushed the southpaw in previous meetings, batting .545 with a home run and four RBIs lifetime.
* Zack Greinke’s career in Arizona got off to a rough start, as he was torched for seven runs on nine hits in a home loss to Colorado in his Diamondbacks debut. He followed that up with another home loss to the Cubs, but has since delivered consecutive dominant performances in a pair of road wins. He will get a chance to pick up his first home win of the season against the Cardinals, and he’s 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA in four starts versus St. Louis since 2013.
* Jake Arrieta tossed his second career no-hitter in Cincinnati last week, and he’s been pretty close to untouchable so far. Arrieta (4-0, 0.87 ERA) has blanked the opposition in three of four starts. His next start comes on the road in Milwaukee, and he’s 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last three starts at Miller Park.
Coors Field is renowned to be the most hitter friendly park in the majors, so it’s no surprise when the over is trending in Colorado. The Rockies are coming off a home series versus LA, and the series finale saw both teams combine to score 22 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in town this week, and we should see plenty of offense in this series. The Pirates have gone over in seven of their last eight road games, while the Rockies have gone over in six of their last seven at home.
* Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa was scheduled to start Game 1 versus Pittsburgh, but he’s battling a flu bug. Chad Bettis will get the call, starting opposite Jeff Locke.
* The Cleveland Indians will be without right-hander Carlos Carrasco for a while after he suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday. He had to be helped off the field in the third inning versus Detroit, and he will have an MRI on Monday.
Monday’s Weather Report
* There is a chance of thunderstorms right around gametime in Detroit, where the Tigers host the Oakland A’s. There will also be a stiff breeze blowing in from center throughout the evening. The O/U is set at 8.0.
* Thunderstorms could also impact the Reds and Mets in Queens, New York, however the wind will be blowing out to center at Citi Field. The O/U is currently at 6.5 runs.
* There is a slight chance of showers in the early evening for the Red Sox and Braves at Turner Field. Also, a light wind blowing out to center. Tonight’s O/U is currently at 8.0 runs.
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