Having sort of a nothing Sunday in terms of sports, it is great idea by Major League Baseball to give us three games instead of one on Sunday to get things started for a season of baseball betting.
Each one of has its own flavor and with the best pitchers going for each team, which just adds to the opening day excitement. Without further ado, here is our first Pitchers Report for 2016 and taking a look at the MLB odds in the process.
The first contest of the new season is an outstanding one and based on how last year worked out, an important one. St. Louis is in the unusual role of not being the hunted in their division or even the National League, which will fuel this team from the start of the season. With the Chicago Cubs the talk of baseball, Cardinals players will be anxious to prove that since 1908, their franchise has a 11-0 advantage in World Series titles over their rivals.
Though St. Louis might have lost John Lackey to Chicago, they will have a full season of Adam Wainwright, today’s starting pitcher ready for action. Derailed by injury last year, the 34-year old right-hander is 100 percent and commands a tailing fastball in the low 90’s and utilizes a cutter on either side of the plate. Wainwright is unafraid to use his outstanding curveball on any count and will flummox opposing hitters.
Francisco Liriano gets the call for Pittsburgh, who is almost forgotten after winning 98 games a season ago. The Pirates starting pitching does not appear to be as strong and many wonder if they will start to decline after being postseason failures. Liriano relies on sinker, slider and changeup mix. The Bucs opened as +105 home underdogs, but are now -110 favorites at most sportsbooks. For MLB picks, the Redbirds have won last seven of nine Wainwwright starts versus Pittsburgh and with their bullpen, make in eight of 10.
Play On- Wainwright and St. Louis
The second game of the day will be on ESPN2 with the mother ship bookending the first and last games of day. Toronto and Marcus Stroman pays first visit to Tampa Bay and get first look at Chris Archer.
The Blue Jays are the defending AL East champions and while there are many deserving questions about their starting pitching, the offense generated a baseball-best 891 runs in 2015. Though the departure of David Price hurts, they do have Stroman presumably for full season. The diminutive right-hander has mid-90’s fastball, is not afraid to throw upstairs to hitters with two strikes and has two-seamer and cutter. Also has exceptional slider, but will get too excited and hurry delivery and loses command.