Frank Doyle looks at the full slate of games this weekend in Major League Baseball, highlighted by Atlanta’s trip to Philly!
Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs. Friday afternoon baseball is a great reason to leave work early. Matt Garza, 1-3, 3.96 ERA, takes the hill for the Cubs but he’s unlikely to get much change from Joey Votto and the Reds.
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies. Series of the weekend, and by some distance. The best team in baseball against their divisional rivals, who are on a five game winning streak. Quality matchups all way – Lowe v Lee tonight and Jurrjens v Oswalt tomorrow. MLB betting heaven.
Houston Astros at Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are especially awful at home – 4-8 at home as against a pretty good 11-8 on the road. That home record should improve this weekend against Houston.
LA Dodgers at New York Mets. Andre Ethier is questionable for tonight’s game. He’s the Dodgers’ only highlight of the season and who knows, with the way things have been in Queens maybe the Mets are interested to see if the streak continues too.
Washington Nationals at Florida Marlins. The Nationals lost three straight but everybody loses to Philly. The Marlins saw Josh Johnson get crushed last night by the Cards – will that be in their heads this weekend?
Milwaukee Brewers at St Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals aren’t a great team but they are pretty darn good. For the Brewers to live up to expectation, the road to the pennant goes through St Louis.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres. Battle of the National League East Basement.
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants. The Rockies are 11-5 on the road this year, which is a very unusual stat for them. The Giants have been getting a lot of ink over their early season struggles, but they’ve played 22 games on the road and only ten at home. The Giants will get better – starting this weekend.
Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles. The Rays’ revival continues, and they’re 8-4 on the road. For the revival to continue into the weekend seems like the best baseball betting option here.
Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays. I’m not saying the Tigers are streaky, but we have heard that bacon is thinking of suing under the trade description act. Win four, lose six, win three – who knows what’s going to happen next?
Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox. The BoSox just can’t stay this bad. They just can’t. Derek Wakefield is up tonight, Jon Lester tomorrow.
New York Yankees at Texas Rangers. The Yankees are 12-6 on the road, the Rangers are 11-5 at home. Something’s got to give. My money is on the Yanks to abide.
Oakland A’s at Kansas City Royals. The Royals might have the worst paid team in baseball, but they’re enjoying a 5-1 homestand currently.
Cleveland Indians at LA Angels. This is a good test for the Indians, who are off to their best start ever. The Angels are a quality outfit and if Cleveland’s success continues here – well, who knows where it’ll end?
Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners. The best thing for the ChiSox about this weekend’s trip to the Northwest? They’re too far away from home to hear the boos.