The season has just started, but there are already many noteworthy MLB betting storylines from the first week of action.
A number of individual and team MLB futures odds have taken a hit out of the gate. NL MVP favorite Fernando Tatis, Jr. went down with a non-contact shoulder injury on Monday night and is sidelined indefinitely. It looks like Tatis will not require surgery, but the uncertain timeline has dropped his MVP odds to +2500.
On the team front, the most stunning storyline so far is the start that the Oakland A’s have had. The A’s got a much-needed win over the Houston Astros last night, scoring five runs in the 8th and 9th to win 6-2. Still, the A’s are 2-7 and have been outscored 61-25. Entering the season, the A’s (+155) were just a shade behind the Houston Astros (+135) in the AL West. Now, the 6-2 Astros are -130 to win the AL West, while the A’s have dropped to +250.
The A’s and Astros have one of the top MLB betting matchups of the weekend, as they play their rubber match this afternoon. Elsewhere, there is a lot to look out for in the NL East. What do we have there?
- The Atlanta Braves had their best offensive performance of the season last night. Can they keep it up tonight against another pitcher that shut them down last weekend?
- NL Cy Young favorite/perennially unlucky man Jacob deGrom takes the hill against the Marlins. His team can’t possibly let him down for the 238th time, right?
- Max Scherzer looks to silence the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
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Saturday, April 10 MLB Betting Spotlight Matchups
Miami Marlins vs New York Mets, 1:10 pm ET
Expected Pitching Matchup: Trevor Rogers vs Jacob deGrom
Is Jacob deGrom the most patient person in baseball? Possibly, given how frequently has teammates have let him down over the last several seasons.
In his start against the Phillies on Monday, deGrom was brilliant: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. He left with a 2-0 lead and was in line for the win. Then the bullpen gave up five runs in the 8th, and the Mets lost 5-3. Will he have better fortune today?
Oakland A’s vs Houston Astros, 4:05 pm ET
Expected Pitching Matchup: Frankie Montas vs Jose Urquidy
Montas could not have gotten off to a worse start this season, as he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2.1 IP in Monday’s 10-3 loss to the Dodgers. This is not exactly an ideal matchup to have up next.
The Astros had a quiet night last night, but they have still outscored the A’s 43-17 in six games so far this season. They will be eager to tee off on Montas after outhitting the A’s last night but failing to make the most of it.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves, 7:20 pm ET
Expected Pitching Matchup: Zach Eflin vs Ian Anderson
Anderson, one of the favorites for NL Rookie of the Year, had a solid outing against the Phillies last Sunday. It didn’t count for much, as the Braves went down 2-1. But Atlanta torched Philadelphia for eight runs and 11 hits last night in an 8-1 win, chasing Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning. Things are now trending up for Braves bats after a slow start.
Eflin was the opposing pitcher as well in last Sunday’s matchup and shut the Braves down in a standout seven-inning showing (four hits, one run, one walk, eight strikeouts). Can he do it again today to help the Phillies even the series?
Sunday, April 11 MLB Betting Spotlight Matchup
Washington Nationals vs Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:10 pm ET
Expected Pitching Matchup: Max Scherzer vs Clayton Kershaw
Scherzer did not have the best start against the Braves on Tuesday, giving up four solo home runs in his first three innings. But he shut the Braves down from there and struck out nine in six innings, and the Nats rallied for a walk-off win.
The Dodgers are, well, the Dodgers. They have won their first two series and are on their way to a third after winning the series opener against the Nats last night. This was initially Dustin May’s spot, but Kershaw was bumped ahead so he could have a normal five days of rest. So now we’ll be treated to a matchup of three-time Cy Young winners and future Hall of Famers.
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