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Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
Former rivals in the AL East meet when New York hosts Baltimore for the second of a three-game series. The first pitch for the Yankees-Orioles showdown is scheduled for 6:35 pm ET at Yankee Stadium. New York won the season series 7-3 last year and all five wins were by two or more runs. Seven or fewer runs were scored in five games, leading to a 5-5 split in total run stakes. Baltimore had a silver lining, as the Orioles snapped a 19-game losing streak against the Yankees with a 6-3 win at home on September 4, 2020. The Yankees are chalk tonight.
Baltimore opened its season with a 3-0 sweep series by the Red Sox on the road in Boston. After being showered on Opening Day, Boston had just two hits and Baltimore won the series opener 3-0 on Friday. The Orioles won the second game 4-2, then completed the sweep with an 11-3 victory on Sunday. SI MLB experts project the Orioles will finish with a 62-100 record this season. They are listed as 10,000+ losers to win the World Series on DraftKings. Baltimore will fight the best teams in MLB, and that was shown during the loss to the Yankees last night.
New York struggled offensively and opened the season with a 2-1 series loss at home to Toronto. The Yankees had just six hits and were 0-of-9 with running backs in scoring position during a 3-2 (F10) loss on Opening Day. Getting their offense back on track, the Yankees had 11 hits during a 5-3 win in the second game. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk homered in the second inning and the Blue Jays posted a 3-1 victory in the series finale. Giancarlo Stanton hit the eighth grand slam of his career and Aaron Judge hit his first home run of the season, during the Yankees’ 7-0 win in Game 1 of the series.
Back at the top of the pitching rotation, RHP Gerrit Cole makes his second start of the season for New York. He allowed two runs, five hits in 5.1 innings and received no decision on Opening Day. RHP sophomore Dean Kremer makes his first start of the season for Baltimore. He allowed just two runs, on five hits in 11 innings during two starts against the Yankees in September of last year. The Orioles are averaging 11.5 strikeouts per game. That’s not a good thing when he faces Cole, as he averaged 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings last season. Put the races and bet on New York.
Pick: New York Yankees -1.5 (-152) ATS in DraftKings
Arizona Diamondbacks in Colorado Rockies
The fighting squads meet when Arizona visits Colorado for a NL West showdown. The first pitch for the Diamondbacks vs. Rockies is scheduled for 8:40 pm ET at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. This is the first of 19 games scheduled for this season. These teams divided the season series 5-5 last year and seven of the 10 games resulted in 13 or more runs in total. Three games were played in Denver and all were high-scoring contests. Arizona won twice (12–8 and 13–7) and Colorado avoided the sweep with an 8–7 victory. The Rockies are the slim favorites at home.
Arizona enters this contest after a day of travel on Monday. The Diamondbacks opened their season with a four-game series in San Diego. The Padres jumped to a 6-1 lead, before falling behind 7-6 after five innings, but rallied for an 8-7 victory on Opening Day. Arizona had only four hits and was shut out 7-0 in the second game. After a 4-2 victory by the Padres in Game 3, Arizona avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory in the series finale. Second baseman Ketel Marte is off to a good start when he was 9-of-16 and posted a .536 batting average in four games in San Diego.
Colorado opened its season with four home games against defenders World Series Champion Los Angeles. The Rockies pulled off the biggest surprise on Opening Day as they posted an 8–5 win as +185 underdogs in the series opener. The Dodgers bounced back with an 11–6 victory in the second game. Colorado put up a decent fight, but lost 6-5 4-2 during the last two games of the series. The Rockies posted a weak team batting average of .222 and a 5.75 team ERA during the four-game series. Colorado and Arizona are both +10000 Long Shots to win the World Series.
The Rockies have an advantage in tonight’s pitching showdown. RHP Germán Márquez makes his second start of the season for Colorado. He allowed one run, six hits and six walks in four innings, and received no decision on Opening Day. Colorado won both games Marquez started against Arizona last season. Ranked fifth in the depth chart, RHP Luke Weaver is making his first season start for Arizona. Colorado scored nine runs, on 13 hits in just 8.1 innings, during two games that Weaver started for the Diamondbacks last season. Bet on the money line and support the Rockies.
Choose: Colorado Rockies Money Line (-117) at DraftKings
2021 MLB regular season betting record: 3–3
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.