Opening Day has arrived in MLB. After the chaotic season last year that saw changes just as the games were about to get underway, it’s nice to see that things are returning to normal. There are 15 games on tap for today and it will be interesting to see if clubs have been able to get their houses in order in time to start the new season on the right foot.
Yankees Open Against The Blue Jays
The New York Yankees host the Toronto Blue Jays to get things started. They played well at home last season, racking up a 22-9 record, but split ten games with the Blue Jays. The Yankees are getting -180 on Unibet today and shouldn’t have a problem and the 1-run advantage they’re getting seems very doable. The Over/Under is at 8 runs and taking the Over has the best value for sports gamblers.
The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles start a three-game series today at Fenway Park. Nathan Eovaldi is expected to start for Boston and, despite a few problems in his career, has always pitched well against the Orioles. The Red Sox are getting -162 and a single run, but the Over/Under of 9.5 seems a little high.
The defending World Series Champion LA Dodgers are headed to Coors Field to take on the Colorado Rockies. Clayton Kershaw is the most likely candidate to start on the mound for the Dodgers, especially given his performance against the Rockies. In his career, he has amassed a 24-8 record in 43 starts and the Dodgers are heavy favorites at -215. The 2-run advantage they’re getting on Unibet is no problem for the team, but there’s more to be made on the Over/Under. At 11, betting on the Under makes sense.
Braves At Phillies Shows Good Action
The Atlanta Braves will face the Philadelphia Phillies in a road game to get the season started. This should be a tight game with several scoreless innings, but the Braves, underdogs at +100, are likely to prevail. Max Fried has a solid record pitching against the Phillies, allowing only one run over ten frames last year. The Over/Under of 7 deserves some attention, with an Under (-108) being the best option.
Another tight contest will be seen when the Milwaukee Brewers meet the Minnesota Twins. Both teams have brought in new players as they rushed to prepare for Opening Day and will dive straight into the deep end today. The Twins are slight favorites at -105, but the Brewers are at -110. The Brewers, who are a little more settled, could upset today and the Over/Under of 8 (-103) will likely be beat.
The San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks are taking the field today, marking the second consecutive year they have broken a new season against each other. Last year, the Padres overwhelmed the Diamondbacks 7-2 and never looked back. They finished third in scoring, falling just short of a World Series appearance. Now, after having added some new talent to an already-impressive roster, the Padres are ready to start strong. The -240 and 1.5 runs they’re getting today are easy, while the Over/Under of 8.5 (-108) will be broken by a score heavily favoring San Diego.
Reds And Cardinals Ready For War
The Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals will get things started with their best pitchers on the mound. Luis Castillo will be there for the Reds and Jack Flaherty will get things going for the Cards. This game will see some struggles at first before the Reds get into a groove and start to produce. At -115, they’re getting the advantage, but taking the Under on the Over/Under of 7 (-121) is a better option. The Reds, across their last ten Opening Day games, have seen less than seven runs in six games and there’s no reason to expect this game to go the other way.
The New York Mets and the Washington Nationals are in a little bit of a quandary right now. One Nats player has tested positive for COVID-19, while four others were determined to have been in close contact with him. All five are now going to miss today’s game and Washington has been scrambling to put together its starting lineup. The Mets were already expected to win, at -145 to +130, but this will almost guarantee a victory. The Over/Under of 6.5, though, offers a good opportunity for those who expect the score to just fall short.