Another positive night in the books brings us to 5-1 overall since the restart. There was no doubt about the under in the Pirates/Brewers game. People should start looking at Brandon Woodruff as the ace of this team and one of the top pitchers in the NL. Woodruff was an all star last year, putting up 11 wins and 143 strikeouts in 121 innings. That trend continued with a lot of swings and misses over his 6.1 innings, ending with 10 strikeouts. An infield single from Philip Evans was the only hit the Pirates could manage. Nate Pearson tried his best to play spoiler in his debut against the Nationals. The 8th overall pick from the 2018 draft showed why he was such a coveted prize. His offspeed pitches fell out of the zone all night long but the pitching duel lasted into extra innings until the Nationals pulled out 4 runs to get the win. The only loss of the night comes from the Mets/Red Sox game. Degrom wasn’t the sharpest but he still left the game with the lead that was once again given away by the bullpen.
On to the picks for tonight.
Yankees/Orioles Under 10.5
The Yankees lineup can put up runs quickly but they’ve have been hit or miss through the first few games. 10.5 seems like a high number and I’ve liked what I’ve seen from John Means. I think he can keep the Yankees in check for at least the fist 5. They could put up 6 or 7 by the end of the game but I don’t see the Orioles putting up more than 3. That makes the under pretty safe.
Castillo is on the mound for the Reds and he put together a solid outing in his first game of the year with 11 K’s and 1 run over 6 innings. I think he puts together another gem and evens the series against the Cubs.
Twins/Indians First 5 Under 4.5
A multi-play game here with a pitchers duel to start that the Twins pull away with in the later inning. Bieber is electric but its hard to keep the Twins offense down for a full 9 innings.
Jazz/Pelicans Under 227
Although there has been some exhibition games, this is the first official game of the restart. The Pelicans scored the 3rd most points per game before the shutdown and the Jazz are first in the league in three point percentage. Everything on paper is what led to the total being set so high but it is still unknown how much we’ll see of Zion or if he’ll play in the opener at all. Expect both teams to have a tough time shaking off the rust and stay under the total here.