Major League Baseball is back!
The 2013 season officially got underway last night with the Houston Astros defeating the Texas Rangers 8-2, but with 24 teams throwing out their first pitches of the year today, Monday marks Opening Day and the beginning of the long, but beautiful 162-game MLB schedule. Here are today’s match-ups and our quick picks:
Boston Red Sox +1.5 at New York Yankees -1.5
Look for the Sox to get their season started off right and upend the injury-ridden Yankees by covering +1.5.
Miami Marlins +1.5 at Washington Nationals -1.5
The Nationals are going to be the team to beat in the NL this year. Look for them to earn their first win today and cover -1.5.
San Diego Padres +1.5 at New York Mets -1.5
The Mets should be able to take care of the Padres at home. Take New York to cover -1.5.
Kansas City Royals +1.5 at Chicago White Sox -1.5
The Royals should be improved this season, but against Chris Sale and the Sox, they’ll struggle getting out of the gate with a win. Take the White Sox to cover -1.5.
Detroit Tigers -1.5 at Minnesota Twins +1.5
The Tigers are one of the favorites in the AL and that’s because they have Justin Verlander. Since he’s pitching today, things don’t look good for the Twins. Take Detroit to cover -1.5.
Chicago Cubs +1.5 at Pittsburgh Pirates -1.5
We saw a huge improvement from the Pirates last year. Look for them to continue to get better with a win today.
Seattle Mariners +1.5 at Oakland A’s -1.5
With King Felix on the hill, the Mariners should be able to at least keep things close against Oakland. Take Seattle to cover +1.5.
Colorado Rockies +1.5 at Milwaukee Brewers -1.5
The Brew Crew is a bit too powerful in their own park for a team like Colorado. Take the Brewers to cover -1.5.
San Francisco Giants +1.5 at Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
If you remember, the defending champs got off to a little bit of a slow start last year. Expect the same today as the Dodgers get the win.
Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 at Atlanta Braves -1.5
The Braves made some key acquisitions in the offseason. Look for them to pay off right away as they earn the win.
St. Louis Cardinals +1.5 at Arizona Diamondbacks -1.5
The Cardinals have too much firepower to lose to Arizona, even on the road. Take St. Louis to get this one.
Los Angeles Angels +1.5 at Cincinnati Reds -1.5
The Angels are more stacked than ever, but Johnnu Cueto shut down everybody last season. Expect him to do the same and guide the Reds to an Opening Day win.