MLB Expert Picks April 11-17

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MLB Expert Picks April 11-17

The Boston Red Sox will try to continue asserting itself as a team to deal with in the American League East when they host the rival Baltimore Orioles this week. On Wednesday, April 13, Boston sends Joe Kelly to the mound to battle Baltimore pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

Later on in the week, the San Francisco Giants and L.A. Dodgers get it on at Chavez Ravine. On Friday, April 15, Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner faces off against Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw. Then on Sunday, in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN, SF’s Jeff Samardzija battles the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda. See below for my best MLB bets of the week!

A Closer Look At My Expert MLB Betting Picks April 11-17

Baltimore at Boston
When: Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 pm ET
TV: ESPN2
Listed Pitchers: BAL-Ubaldo Jimenez vs BOS-Joe Kelly 

Baltimore battles Boston in an early season game on Wednesday, April 13. Ubaldo Jimenez is 1 and 0 with a 1.29 ERA. He struck out 9 and recorded a 1.14 WHIP versus Minnesota in a 4 to 2 Baltimore win on April 7. Jimenez has done okay versus Boston, giving up only 4 home runs in 192 at-bats to Red Sox batters. The Red Sox batting average versus Jimenez is .255.

Joe Kelly has a 3.33 WHIP and a 21 ERA after 3 innings versus Toronto where he gave up 7 hits and 7 earned runs. But Kelly has been very good against the Orioles in the past. He’s allowed Baltimore batters to only hit .214 against him. That might be enough for Boston to win this game.

Pick: Boston

San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Friday, April 15 at 10:10 pm ET
TV: MLB Network
Listed Pitchers: SF-Madison Bumgarner vs LAD-Clayton Kershaw 

San Francisco versus Los Angeles is the key series of the weekend. On Friday night, Madison Bumgarner battles Clayton Kershaw. It’s a repeat of the game on April 9 where the Dodgers won 3 to 2. In that game, Bumgarner was terrific when allowing a single run in 6 innings off of 6 hits.

Kershaw was even better. In 2 games this season, Clayton K is 1 and 0 with a 1.20 ERA and a .47 WHIP. He’s struck out 14 batters in 15 inning pitched. CK owns the Giants giving up 4 hits in 8 inning in the last game against them.   

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers

San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers
When: Sunday, April 17 at 8:00 pm ET
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers:  SF-Jeff Samardzija vs LAD-Kenta Maeda

In Sunday’s game between the Giants and Dodgers, veteran Jeff Samardzija takes on 27 year old Kenta Maeda. The season hasn’t started out that well for Samardzija. In only 6 innings, Samardzija has a 5.06 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP.

The same can’t be said for Kenta Maeda. Maeda, a hot shot pitcher from Osaka, Japan, was brilliant in his first outing versus the San Diego Padres on April 6. Maeda dominated in 6 innings. He allowed only 5 hits. His ERA ended up at 0.00 while his WHIP ended up at .83. Unfamiliarity with Maeda could cause the G-Men to have some issue in this game.

I like the Dodgers.   

Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers