Back to winning yesterday with a 3-2 day and a nice underdog (Mariners). Hockey was great, per usual. The Yankees gave us our second BAAAD beat of the season when Justin Smoak hit a 2 run homerun in the 7th and followed up with a grand slam in the 8th. You’re going to take bad beats here and there in baseball, it happens. Today we have some MLB action and the NCAA Championship tonight. Lfg.
Pirates (Taillon) (-130) ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️ - not a bad price for this Day game match up. The Pirates are coming off a good first series by sweeping the Tigers. They will be taking on Lance Lynn and the Twins today. An old friend who they have seen a lot and have been successful against. They have a .322 avg in 149 at bats against him. James Taillon will be pitching for the Bucs today and I’m excited to see what he can do this year if he can stay healthy. There’s no history for him against this Twins lineup but I’m banking on the Pirates getting him the run support he needs.
Red Sox (Johnson) (-133) ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️ - added at 4:50 EST. I wanted to see the lineup today before posting this one as the Sox will be playing the Marlins so no DH. JD Martinez is not starting but I do like the lineup and he will be available as a pinch hitter later in the game if needed, hopefully not. Brian Johnson gets the start. The Red Sox were 5-0 in games he started last season. Trevor Richards will be making his MLB debut tonight and I think that could be just what this Sox offense needs to really get going. Good value on this one and I like the Sox tonight.
Angels (Ramirez) (+106) ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️ - Angels listed a minor underdogs for their home opener. I will take that especially with the matchup against Clevinger who they have took to pound town in the past. The Angels come into tonight’s game with a .349 avg in 43 career at bats. Valbuena & Calhoun have both taken him deep. The potent Indians lineup hasn’t been very impressive against Ramirez and they only have a .244 avg in 45 at bats.
Michigan (+260) 🏀🏀🏀🏀 - here we go, the College Basketball National Championship tips off at 9:20 EST tonight. Villanova is hot and they looked unstoppable against Kansas (and all their other opponents) but tonight, they will face a Michigan defense that is ranked 3rd in the country in defensive efficiency. Michigan plays a team defense and that’s going to be a problem for Nova tonight. Villanova forrrr THREE! The three ball is Villanova’s specialty and when they make them they are unstoppable. However, Michigan specializes in defense and shutting down the 3. I’ve been predicting Michigan to win it all for weeks and I won’t change it now. They have proven they can beat top ranked teams already by beating Michigan State and Purdue. I think Villanova will be their toughest test but I think they will be ready and they will pull the upset tonight. 64% of the money is on Nova to cover the (-7). If you aren’t confident in the moneyline, take Michigan (+7). D D D DE-FENSE, defense wins championships. Go Blue!