MLB is here. It took a little longer than expected, but Opening Day has arrived. It’s probably better that the games start now, as it gives fans and bettors a chance to follow the action without the interference of March Madness. Let the games begin.
Braves and Reds at Opposite Ends
The Cincinnati Reds will visit the World Series champion Atlanta Braves. The 2021 National League Central saw Cincinnati finish 3rd at 83-79. This was 12 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, who were first. Cincinnati finished at 44-37 home and 39-42 away.
To win the 2021 World Series, the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros by 4-2. Atlanta was 88-73 in the National League East, finishing the regular season as the first. Atlanta finished the regular season at 42-38 home and 46-35 away.
With Max Fried on the mound, the Braves start the season with a win.
Astros and Angels Face Off
The Astros advanced to the World Series last season, where they lost to the Braves in six. This team won 95 games, and was 44-37 when on the road. According to baseball insiders, last season was no fluke. This team is expected again to compete for the World Series.
Last season, the Los Angeles Angels were fourth in the division with a disappointing record of 77-85. Los Angeles was 43-38 at home but struggled in the most competitive division of baseball. This team is much stronger than in previous seasons. However, it is going to need a little time to figure out its strategy.
The Astros take the win.
Mets Ready to Get Started
After finishing at 77-85 and missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, the New York Mets will be looking to erase another disappointing season. They finished third in the NL East. After Francisco Lindor’s disappointing season in his first year in a Mets uniform, the Mets are hoping for better luck this year. Jacob deGrom will also be starting the year off the shelf due to a shoulder injury. Although Max Scherzer is at the end of his career, the Mets hope that Max Scherzer will be the answer.
While the Washington Nationals are currently in rebuilding mode, they still have talent and power. They have sold key pieces of their 2019 World Series team core and will not be a contender. Many analysts predict that the Nats will finish last in the NL East for this season.
The Mets get the win as the Nats struggle.