Well, as we’ve learned over the past week, pandemic baseball is really hard to handicap. It’s still early and we’re a bit under 50%, but that will change soon. Here are your locks of the week.
Tigers vs. Reds
Luis Castillo tends to consistently give his bullpen a rest in his starts. Pair this with a Detroit team that does not know how to get on base, and you have a nice situation ahead of you. The Reds demolish the baseball with their new additions of Nicholas Castellanos and Shogo Akiyama, so I would expect more of the same today. This is an ideal matchup with the sharp money all over the Reds. Get it as soon as you can!
Pick: Reds -153
Royals vs. White Sox
The last time the White Sox started Dallas Keuchel, he kept the ball on the ground. That is not the reason to go with the White Sox here. First, you have Kris Bubic starting for the Royals in his MLB debut. The Sox have a .765 team OPS, and that’s with Nicky Delmonico and Leury Garcia getting a lot of action in the lineup. Bubic was a first-round pick in 2018, but a solid MLB lineup should eat him alive early. Expect the White Sox bullpen, which has thrown 13 straight innings of scoreless ball, to hold tight after a reasonable start from Keuchel.
Pick: White Sox -169
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers are the best team in the National League. If you recall my predictions before the shortened season, I also have the Diamondbacks making the playoffs. Zac Gallen flies under the radar in the Diamondbacks’ rotation, so look for him to silence the Dodger bats early in the game. The Diamondbacks have yet to show it this season, but they have enough firepower in the middle of the order to get to Tony Gonsolin, who fills in for Clayton Kershaw. More than likely, the Dodgers will use more of their bullpen today. If Gallen can give the Diamondbacks 5-6 strong innings, he should lock up a win for the home dog in their hitter-friendly ballpark.
Pick: Diamondbacks +123
There you have it, folks. Grab these early so you don’t run into any issues. Plus, if the smart bettors are taking these sides, you are only going to get a worse line. Good luck!