The first month of Major League Baseball is nearly over and all of the teams having hopefully worked out their start-of-the-season jitters are beginning to separate themselves its time to take a serious look at the of this week’s best MLB bets.
Here Are Your Best MLB Games To Bet On The Week Of April 27-May 3
Tampa Bay at New York Yankees
When: Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Analysis: Tampa Bay sends Drew Smyly to the mound on Wednesday to battle the Yankees. Smyly’s 3.86 ERA and .86 WHIP are decent considering how much power is found in the AL East. He’s been exceptional versus New York batters, holding them to 4 hits from 31 at bats. That’s a .129 average.
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Michael Pineda is 3 and 0 this season. Teams average a 3.86 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP versus the 6′ 7" right-hander. Against Tampa Bay, Pineda allows a .257 average. The Rays might be able to get to Pineda in this. Tampa Bay is the pick.
Washington at New York Mets
When: Friday at 4:10 p.m.
Analysis: Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for Washington versus the surprise team in baseball, the New York Mets, on Friday. Gonzalez hasn’t been great in 2015 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Versus Mets’ batters, Gonzalez has allowed only 41 hits from 176 at bats for a .233 average.
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But the Mets counter with Matt Harvey on Friday. Harvey is 4 and 0 with a 3.08 ERA and a .94 WHIP. He’s struck out 31 batters already this season. Harvey’s held Washington to a .231 average. He should get the upper hand over Gonzalez in this matchup since he’s pitching at home.
Los Angeles Angels at San Francisco
When: Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
Analysis: San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum appears to have turned around his bad starting pitcher form from the past 4 years. Lincecum has a 2.00 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. But, the Angels have punished Lincecum in the past. He’s allowed a .281 ERA, 18 hits from only 64 at bats, and 12 RBIs.
The Angels counter Lincecum with Hector Santiago. Santiago’s ERA is only 2.44. His WHIP is a very good 1.04. There isn’t enough info regarding Santiago versus Giants’ batters. The guess is that San Francisco’s usually anemic offense is going to have all sorts of trouble versus Santiago this Saturday.
Colorado at San Diego
When: Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
Analysis: This should be a good battle between two very good pitchers, Kyle Kendrick for Colorado and James Shields for Tampa Bay. Kendrick hasn’t looked good so far this season. The 6′ 3" 8-year vet has garnered an ERA of 6.85 and a WHIP of 1.65. San Diego has gone 36 out of 125 versus San Diego for a .288 average.
Shields so far has been the ace that San Diego fans have long coveted. His ERA is at 3.24. The WHIP is 1.12 and he’s 2 and 0 going into the week. But, Colorado averages .318 against Big Game. Shields could be in for a long day versus the Rockies’ offense. Colorado is the pick in an upset.