The 2014 Major League Baseball season officially gets underway on March 31. Yes the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks kicked things off in Australia last weekend, and yes the MLB decided to do a single night game on Sunday where the Dodgers get to kick things off again against the San Diego Padres. But the real Opening Day is happening Monday, with thirteen games on the schedule to get you well and truly back in the swing of things.
The Chicago Cubs will be kicking the day off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 PM EST but there are three other matchups which look to be the bigger and best games of the day.
A match-up between these two teams would have rarely caused a blip on the national radar not too long ago, but 2014 is set to tell a different story. The Royals are a massively improved team, with young stars Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Yordano Ventura and Salvador Perez looking to build off last year’s 86-win campaign.
On the other hand, the Detroit Tigers are still the bad boys of the American League Central who everyone enjoys watching. They are hoping to take home the franchise’s first championship win since 1984. Even though it has been a long time between wins, the division has remained Detroit’s for a long time. It may well be time the Royal’s took it away.
Bet Online has the Detroit Tigers coming out on top at 1.67 versus Kansas City at 2.38.
This could be a tough start for Boston, as everyone will be expecting the defending World Series champions to come out the gate swinging. Divisional rivals Baltimore will be trying to make an early statement against the champs, with their best pitcher stepping up to the mound.
Chris Tillman had a breakout 2013 season, making the AL All-Star team and throwing over 200 innings for the first time in his career, but he will be tested going against a Boston side that led the MLB in runs scored, doubles, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage last season.
This is ultimately the Red Sox’s game to lose. Bet Online has the side at 1.84 while Baltimore sits at 2.09.
Another divisional rivalry taking place on Opening Day afternoon is the St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati. The Cardinals will unleash their star pitcher, Adam Wainwright, for the first time this year. The big right-hander had the best year of his career last season, setting personal bests in innings (241.2), strikeouts (219), walks per nine innings (1.30) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.26).
The Reds are also throwing their best pitcher at the game, Johnny Cueto. Even though he’s managed to play three consecutive years with an ERA under 3.00, his health has been a constant issue. He made just eleven starts in 2013.
Bet Online has the Cardinals taking out the game at 1.86 while the Reds sit at 2.04.
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