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Early Season MLB Predictions and Betting Picks

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/4/2013 7:17:58 PM

The Major League Baseball season is still relatively fresh in everyone’s mind as most teams are just beginning to take on their second opponent of the year. Some teams have experienced a puzzling lack of offensive production early on, but are hoping they can fight through it and get on track soon. Those teams, along with the ones who have hammered the ball as of late found themselves in my sports betting picks for Friday.

Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays
Friday April 5, 2013 – 7:07 PM ET
Odds: Blue Jays -1.
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Despite the slow offensive start to the Toronto Blue Jays’ season, they are still a favorite by many to come out atop the AL East once the season ends and be a true contender for a World Series title. The Jays will be sending new acquisition Josh Johnson to the mound for this Friday night matchup, who despite being part of the underperforming Miami Marlins team last year was able to finish with a respectable 3.81 ERA in his final season as a Marlin. Johnson will be a key middle of the rotation guy for the Jays most of the season and could sneak out a few upset wins for the Jays that will benefit smart betting experts. The Jays could be coming into this game vs. the Red Sox without a win, nevertheless, if the odds are in their favor or against them they are still my pick to win this game.

Pick: Toronto Blue Jays

Cleveland Indians @ Tampa Bay Rays
Friday April 5, 2013 – 7:10 PM ET
Odds: Rays -1.5

The Tampa Bay Rays started the season off with a tough series against the Baltimore Orioles that forced the teams to split the first two games. That wasn’t much of a surprise however, as the tough AL East will force every team to fight for every divisional win this season just as the Rays did on Wednesday night. Wednesday’s game started slow for the Rays, as they were down 4-0 at one point, but rallied late scoring eight runs in the last four innings including the walk-off home run by Matt Joyce to win the game by one and just miss covering their run spread for the game set by online sports books. The Rays proved they still have one of the most feared lineups in baseball and should show similar results against the Cleveland Indians’ Zach McAllister.

Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

Pittsburg Pirates @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday April 5, 2013 – 10:10 PM ET
Odds: Dodgers -1.5

The Los Angeles Dodgers may have done as good of job as anyone this offseason in bringing in talent with the acquisition of pitcher Zach Greinke, who will start his first game as a Dodger against the Pittsburg Pirates this Friday. Greinke has long been thought of as an ace, but will get his chance to pitch in the less stressful four spot in the Dodgers rotation as he looks to improve on his 3.48 combined ERA from pitching with the Los Angeles Angles and Milwaukee Brewers last season. The Pirates on the other hand didn’t do much in the offseason to upgrade their team as they have instead decided to stick with the talent they have developed in-house that only helped them score four runs in two games against the Chicago Cubs to start the year.

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

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