The showcase of the opening day of betting baseball will feature the World Series champion Chicago Cubs at the St. Louis Cardinals, on ESPN Sunday night and this should be a great deal of fun.
The Cubs are off historic season and the Redbirds are not used to playing second fiddle in this rivalry and will want to get off to great start, especially playing at home. Let’s dig into the details and I’m anxious coming off my best baseball season ever at 206-151, good for +41.66 units.
Jon Lester was close to unhittable in the second half of last season, which led to him having career bests in wins (19), ERA (2.44) and WHIP (1.02). Lester will no longer have his personal catcher in David Ross, who retired, and if his numbers fall off a touch, some will use that as excuse. After posting so many personal bests, it would make sense Lester would have some regression, but he will still be a tough customer backed with an outstanding team.
Carlos Martinez had breakout campaign a year ago and will look to duplicate or surpass it in 2017. Last year he kept his walks low and only gave up one home run on average every other start, which helped prevent big innings. Martinez was 1-3 with a 4.80 ERA in five starts against the Cubs last season.