Top SU MLB Picks For The Weekend
As usual it’s a very busy weekend in sports betting and baseball with every team in action barring rainouts. In fact, there are 31 games instead of the usual 30 with the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins playing a doubleheader on Saturday in D.C. to make up for an April 9 rainout. Here are three games I believe are all but locks straight up. I like the home team in each.
A Brief Report on the Top SU MLB Picks For The Weekend
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Twins at Indians, Saturday: Minnesota entered Friday on seven-game losing streak and is easily the worst team in the American League. Only the Atlanta Braves, who aren’t even trying to win this season, are worse in baseball. Thus I love Cleveland here behind 2014 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. True, his 2-4 record and 4.14 ERA don’t look all that impressive. But two starts ago, Kluber threw a complete-game five-hit shutout against Detroit. Kluber was rocked for five runs Monday, a loss in Houston. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, halting a strong run for Kluber. He has allowed only three home runs through seven starts this season. And Kluber rarely has two bad games in a row. He was 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA last season vs. Minnesota. The Twins, a terrible offensive team, start Ervin Santana (0-2, 3.86). Santana allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over 3.1 innings to take the loss last Saturday at the White Sox. In his return from the disabled list, Santana struggled to keep runners off the basepaths in a game the Twins would go on to lose.
Angels at Mariners, Saturday: Los Angeles is absolutely decimated in its rotation. So on Wednesday, the Angels acquired pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from the Atlanta Braves for minor league left-hander Adam McCreery. Chacin, 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts this season, had been scheduled to start for the Braves on Wednesday. He signed with the team as a minor league free agent after spending six seasons with Colorado and one season with Arizona. Chacin isn’t going to fare any better in the AL, where it’s tougher for pitchers because of the DH. Chacin also gave up eight runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Mets in his last outing on May 4. He makes his L.A. debut here. Seattle goes with Hisashi Iwakuma. He is 1-4 with a 4.19 ERA in seven starts, but one of his best outings was an eight-inning no-decision against the Angels when he allowed six hits and two runs on April 22. He’s 8-3 with a 2.67 ERA in 15 career games vs. the Halos.
Giants at Diamondbacks, Saturday: The worst pitcher in the NL? It might be San Francisco’s Jake Peavy. Peavy (1-4) allowed three runs on five hits and five walks with six strikeouts over five innings in a loss Monday to Toronto. Peavy still has just one quality start this season, as Monday marked just the second time Peavy has allowed fewer than four earned runs this season. He gave up his seventh homer in as many starts, a two-run shot from Edwin Encarnacion. Monday’s effort actually lowered Peavy’s ERA to 8.47. Since 2014, Peavy is 2-16 with a 5.32 ERA before the All-Star break. He’s countered by Patrick Corbin (1-3, 4.12). Corbin came away with a no-decision Sunday in Atlanta despite tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out five. At the plate, he had an RBI triple.