MLB Baseball Free Picks: Angels @ Blue Jays, Royals @ Twins
April 16, 2010 by Josh Arsenault
I was 2-0 yesterday with my baseball picks, and last time I checked, that’s what I’m looking for. Liriano was spot on against the Red Sox while Tim Hudson worked out of a couple jams, and got some help from his offense as the Braves won 6-2 against San Diego. New series start on Friday, and that means new match-ups for your online betting action. The Angels and Blue Jays pit their respective #1’s on the mound while Kansas City and Minnesota do the same. Here’s how I see them…
LA Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays (-102) (4-16: 7:07 PM ET) (Weaver vs. Marcum): Shaun Marcum has been on the money in his starts so far this year, holding an 11-2 strike out to walk ratio in his first two starts to go along with an ERA of 3.46 and an even more impressive WHIP of .92 – the guy is a pretty damn good pitcher, and not very well-known, always a good thing for bettors. As solid as Weaver is, I like the Blue Jays in this one. I think they keep hitting well for Marcum, a normal thing when a guy is coming off a year long injury – win one for the Gipper!
Kansas City Royals (+120) @ Minnesota Twins (4-16: 8:10 PM ET) (Greinke vs. Baker): Scott Baker is a very solid pitcher, and he, like Marcum, rarely gets credit for his work, but he’s very consistent. He’s held a WHIP between 1.18 and 1.20 for the last 3 years – and he’s 27-14 during that time. Very solid. But he’s not lights out like Greinke, one of the best young hurlers in the game. Zach hasn’t had a breakout game yet this year, and he’s great at least once out of every three chances – bummer for the Twins drawing the short straw in this one. The Royals line-up is tougher than many people understand, and they’ll give Greinke enough to get the win.