2017 MLB Opening Week PicksJosh Bailey
Aren’t you glad it’s baseball season? I am. My MLB Picks this week start on Wednesday, April 5. Can Cleveland take it to Texas at Global Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday? Then, on Saturday, what’s going to happen when AL West rivals Seattle and LAA clash in Anaheim? Finally, who wins in Sunday night’s battle between Miami and the NY Mets in Queens?
MLB Picks April 3 – April 9
Cleveland at Texas
When: Wednesday, April 5 at 8:05 pm ET
Where: Global Life Park, Arlington, TX
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Danny Salazar vs TEX-Cole Hamels
Analysis: Cleveland will look to take down the Texas Rangers in the final game of a 3-game series this Wednesday, April 5. The Rangers send ace Cole Hamels to the mound. Cleveland counters with Danny Salazar.
Last season, Salazar started hot only to get hurt. He missed Cleveland’s post-season run to the World Series. Even if Salazar has is best stuff on Wednesday, the Rangers hit him well. Texas has 22 hits from 63 at-bats versus Salazar. They bat .349 versus the Cleveland pitcher.
I like the Rangers to get the win.
Seattle at L.A. Angels
When: Saturday, April 8 at 10:07 pm ET
Where: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Listed Pitchers: SEA-Felix Hernandez vs LAA-Ricky Nolasco
Analysis: King Felix usually dominates the L.A. Angels. He’s faced Angel batter 334 times during his career. Los Angeles has 73 hits from those 334 at-bats. He’s given up 11 home runs while striking out 98.
That’s a sharp contrast to Ricky Nolasco versus Mariner batters. Seattle hits .333 versus Nolasco. They’ve got 37 hits from 111 at-bats. Nolasco looks to be in too deep on Saturday.
But, here’s the thing, King Felix is going to be over bet like he always is. It’s tough to go against Nolasco and the Angels at home given likely odds. I’m willing to take a shot on the Angels to get the job done this Saturday.
Pick: L.A. Angels
Miami at NY Mets
When: Sunday, April 9 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Citi Field, New York, NY
Listed Pitchers: MIA-Edinson Volquez vs NYM-Robert Gsellman
Analysis: Former Royal Edinson Volquez is back in the NL this season. Volquez takes the top spot in Miami’s rotation. Does he have anything left?
I think he will. Versus Mets batters, Volquez hasn’t been terrible. He’s given up 2 home runs in 127 at-bats. The Mets hit .268 versus Volquez. Robert Gsellman is another one of those tall Mets’ pitchers. Gsellman is 6’ 4”. He’s never faced one of Miami’s batters.
If Gsellman’s stuff is working, he could pitch a great game. But, I don’t think the Mets are ready for Volquez. I like Edinson and Miami to take it.