With one week of Major League Baseball’s 2013 regular season in the books, bettors have a little more of an idea how strong teams may be this season. Obviously, a lot can happen over the course of the long 162-game schedule, but after seeing clubs in action for the first time, we can see where divisional races may be headed. Here are our quick picks for the top 10 games of the day!
New York Yankees +1.5 at Detroit Tigers -1.5
The injury-ridden Yankees have gotten off to a slow 1-4 start, which is understandable since they are currently without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira. The depleted lineup will have even more trouble today as it takes on one of the league’s best arms in Justin Verlander. This is a pretty easy one. Take Detroit to cover -1.5 at home.
Washington Nationals -1.5 at Cincinnati Reds +1.5
This match-up features two of the NL favorites and two of the best pitchers in the league, as Johnny Cueto and Stephen Strasburg square off on the hill today. This game will likely be a low-scoring pitchers duel, but expect it to be within a run either way, so take the Reds to cover +1.5 at home.
Boston Red Sox +1.5 at Toronto Blue Jays -1.5
Toronto came into the season as the futures odds favorite to win the World Series, but it’s been a shaky 2-3 start for the Jays. Still, they’ll be sending out their big offseason acquisition – 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey – today and although he was saddled with a loss in his first start with Toronto, we should expect him to fare better against the Sox at home. Take Toronto to cover -1.5.
Minnesota Twins +1.5 at Baltimore Orioles -1.5
With Chris Davis’ red-hot bat and with home field advantage, look for the O’s to capture the win against the lowly Twins. Take Baltimore to cover -1.5 here.
Chicago Cubs +1.5 at Atlanta Braves -1.5
With four wins in their first five games, the Braves have already shown they can get the job done in several different ways. Last night, they relied on the late game heroics of the Upton brothers. Tonight, who knows who will step up, but one thing is clear: Atlanta should take care of the Cubs and improve to 5-1. Take Atlanta to cover -1.5.
Cleveland Indians +1.5 at Tampa Bay Rays -1.5
The Indians aren’t expected to be much of a threat in the AL this season and they certainly won’t be a threat to David Price and the Rays today. Take Tampa Bay to cover -1.5 in the win.
Seattle Mariners +1.5 at Chicago White Sox -1.5
Considering Chris Sale didn’t give up a run in his first start of the season, he shouldn’t have too much trouble shutting down one of the AL’s weakest lineups. Look for the White Sox to cruise to the win, covering -1.5.
St. Louis Cardinals +1.5 at San Francisco Giants -1.5
The defending champs got the better of the Cardinals in last year’s NLCS and it was Matt Cain who sent St. Louis home. The Cardinals will get a rematch against him and SF today and you better believe they’ll come out looking for revenge. St. Louis may not get the win, but expect a close one here today and for the Red Birds to at least cover +1.5.
Pittsburgh Pirates +1.5 at Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5
The Pirates should be one of the more improved clubs this season, but the Dodgers simply have too many ways to beat them, especially at home. Take L.A. to win this one and cover -1.5.
Los Angeles Angels +1.5 at Texas Rangers -1.5
Yu Darvish came within one out of perfection last time out this season, but that was against the weak hitting Astros. The Angels not only have the firepower to light Darvish up, but they also have some sluggers who are very familiar with the young ace, including Josh Hamilton, who spent several years in Texas. Look for the Angels to get the better of Darvish and the Rangers in the win as they cover +1.5.