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Here is the MLB Picks for Monday March 31, 2014.
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers
Like many opening day games, this one is expected to be a pitcher’s duel as Julio Teheran will take the hill for the Braves and the Brewers will counter with Yovani Gallardo. This is good news for the Brew Crew as they are 21-8 in Gallardos last 29 starts against the National League East and 7-2 in his last nine starts overall. The Braves struggled a year ago against a quality pitcher as they are 3-8 in the last 11 games when facing a pitcher with a WHIP of less than 1.15. It is a new season, but the results will be the same.
Free Pick: Milwaukee Brewers +101
Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics
The Cleveland Indians will begin their season on the West Coast against the Oakland A’s. Terry Francona has installed a winning mindset in the tribe clubhouse and that includes winning away from home. The Indians won 20 of their last 26 games away from home to end the season and they will look to continue that to start off the new season. The team’s bullpen should be much improved with new closer in John Axford and setup man Cody Allen combining with Josh Outman, Marc Rzepczynski, Bryan Shaw and Vinnie Pestan who will be able to finish off a quality start by the projected starter Justin Masterson. Indians start the season off with an impressive win on the road against the talented A’s.
Free Pick: Cleveland Indians +118
Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
The Royals and the Tigers start off the new season by sending their two aces to the hill in game one of this series. James Shields goes for the Royals and he has excelled on the on the road with a 10-3 mark and 2.07 ERA. He is also 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 career starts against Detroit. Justin Verlander gets the nod for the Tigers and he is 16-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 29 career starts against Kansas City. The Tigers improved their lineup with a focus on defense this off season and the result will be a lw scoring game to start the season.
Free Pick: Under 7