The 2018 baseball season is in full swing. Use my MLB expert this week to bet and cash in. Let’s fast forward to Friday when the Chicago Cubs head to St. Louis to battle the Cardinals in one of the great rivalries in sports. Can the Cubs beat the Cards on the road?
On Saturday, Detroit faces off against Kansas City in a huge game. Who takes it when KC hosts the rival Tigers?
Then, on Sunday, the Dodgers battle San Diego in Monterrey, Mexico. Will the Dodgers show up versus the Padres across the border?
MLB Expert Picks April 30 – May 6
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis
When: Friday, May 4 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Analysis: In his last start, Cubs listed starter Jose Quintana turned his form around. Quintana hadn’t pitched well until throwing a 2-hitter versus the Milwaukee Bucks on April 28. He looked great in that game.
Can Quintana carry over his great form to this Friday’s matchup versus the Cardinals? St. Louis bats .328 versus Quintana. It’s hard to see Jose pitching as well on Friday as he did in his last. I just don’t see Chicago beating St. Louis on May 4.
Pick: St. Louis
Detroit at Kansas City
When: Saturday, May 5 at 4:15 pm ET
Where: Kaufman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Analysis: Detroit battles Kansas City on Saturday, May 5, in a game that could go either way. Detroit sends Jordan Zimmerman to the mound. Zimmerman has a 7.91 ERA this season. Versus the KC Royals, Zimmerman’s given up 38 hits from 140 at-bats. The Royals hit .271 versus Zimmerman.
KC counters Zimmerman with Jason Hammel. Hammel is 0 and 2. But, he’s got a 3.38 ERA. His WHIP is a decent 1.16. Hammel should do enough to keep Detroit’s batters from pummeling Kansas City.
I’m backing the Royals.
Pick: Kansas City
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego
When: Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 pm ET
Where: Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey, Monterrey, MX
Analysis: The Dodgers and Padres throw down in Mexico this weekend. L.A. starts ace Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, May 6. Kershaw has a nice 2.84 ERA. Unfortunately, his record is a horrendous 1 and 4.
The Padres list Eric Lauer as their starter on Sunday. Lauer’s 18 ERA and 3.33 WHIP are as bad as it gets. No, that’s not a misprint. Lauer has an 18 ERA. Does that mean that the Dodgers absolutely dominate the Padres on Sunday?
Maybe, not. Lauer only pitched 3 innings in his lone start this season. He allowed 6 earned runs off 6 hits. The game was in Colorado. He never had a shot. He might pitch much better on May 6.
I’m taking a shot on the Padres. The odds should be fantastic given Eric Lauer’s last start.
Pick: San Diego