Red Sox vs Mariners

Red Sox vs Mariners : It may be the season of the step back, but it’s not the season of the give up.Regardless of the front office’s plan for the roster, the payroll, the players who have been traded and the prospects who will eventually take their place, the current players on the Mariners’ 25-man roster — the ones who ran onto the field in their gleaming white uniforms on the emerald grass of the newly named T-Mobile Park — have no concern for “the view from 10,000 feet” as general manager Jerry Dipoto likes to say.

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The Seattle Mariners are 2-0 on the season, a record they take into the official Opening Day of the 2019 MLB season when they host the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox at 7:08 p.m. ET. Seattle won 89 games last year and just missed out on the postseason, while Boston racked up a stunning 108 victories en route to its first title since 2013. The latest Red Sox vs. Mariners odds list Boston as at -200 on the money line (risk $200 to win $100), while Seattle is at +170 (risk $100 to win $170) and the over-under for total runs set at seven. Staff ace Chris Sale gets the ball for Boston, while Marco Gonzales, who won the Japan Series opener over Oakland, starts at home for this one. Before laying any Red Sox vs. Mariners picks of your own, you’ll want to see the 2019 MLB Opening Day predictions from SportsLine MLB expert Adam Thompson.

Thompson raked in the winnings as SportsLine’s top MLB handicapper last year, hitting on 61 percent of his money line picks for a massive profit of $4,062 to $100 players. He’s also on a scorching 23-4 run on his MLB picks dating back to last year, a streak that included hitting every World Series game and nailing the Mariners’ win over the Athletics in the 2019 opener in Japan.

Thompson, who covered major sports for 20 years as a writer and columnist before joining SportsLine as a senior writer and handicapper, cites deeply-researched stats and trends you haven’t considered to build his MLB success. Anybody who has followed his MLB picks is way, way up.

Now, Thompson has studied Red Sox vs. Mariners on MLB Opening Day 2019 and locked in a confident money line play at SportsLine. Last season, he was an astonishing 23-8 when picking games involving the Red Sox, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say.

Thompson knows that when Sale is on the bump, the Red Sox are difficult to get the better of. Sale went 12-4 last year with a miniscule 2.11 ERA, striking out 237 in only 158 innings. He faced Seattle just once, at Fenway, tossing seven innings of shutout ball while striking out 13 in a 5-0 win. His career at Seattle’s just as impressive: 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in five games.

It doesn’t take many runs to make Sale successful, but Boston scores them anyway. No team crossed home plate more in 2018 than the Sox, and they have two of the game’s most-dynamic players in the lineup in slugger J.D. Martinez (.330, 43 HR, 130 RBI, 111 R) and Mookie Betts (.346, 32 HR, 80 RBI, 129 R, 30 SB).

But just because the Red Sox have Sale on the hill doesn’t mean they’re the best value on the money line on Thursday.

When it comes to record, the Mariners have a two-game jump on the Red Sox. They swept the A’s in a pair of games in Tokyo last week, with Gonzales getting the win in the opener. Seattle traded away All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, but Hunter Strickland has picked up where he left off, closing both games in Japan.

There will be no first-game jitters for a Seattle offense that racked up 14 runs in Tokyo. The production included four home runs, with off-season addition Domingo Santana knocking in five runs, Ryon Healy hitting .333 with three RBIs and Tim Beckham going 5-for-7 with a homer and four runs scored.

Thompson has studied this matchup from every angle and unearthed a hidden x-factor you’re not even thinking about that determines which side of the money line has all the value. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Red Sox vs. Mariners? And what hidden x-factor makes one side a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Red Sox vs. Mariners money line has all the value, all from the MLB expert who’s on an impressive 23-4 run on MLB picks.Baseball is back! The Boston Red Sox begin their quest to defend their World Series title with a trip to Seattle to take on the Mariners on Opening Day.

The four-game set in Seattle is the first stop of an unusually long 11-game road trip to begin the season. The Red Sox were road warriors last year with an MLB-best 51-30 road record. They’ll be tested early to find out if that success away from Fenway Park carries over to 2019.

This Mariners began the season last week with a pair of games in Japan against the Oakland A’s. They won both, giving them an early 2-0 lead for MLB’s best record. Don’t expect that to last long. While the M’s won a respectable 89 games last season, this is not the same roster. Edwin Diaz, James Paxton, Robinson Cano, and Nelson Cruz are among the top names missing from this year’s squad.

The Red Sox return most of their championship core from a team that won a franchise-record 108 games last season. Reigning MVP Mookie Betts headlines a star-studded lineup while perennial Cy Young candidate Chris Sale takes the mound on Opening Day.

Here’s the lineup that the Red Sox will use for the first game of the regular season.

Padres vs Giants

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Giants baseball is back!

The San Francisco Giants begin the 2019 season in San Diego when they take on the Padres on Thursday on Opening Day. Madison Bumgarner will take the hill for the Giants, while fellow left-hander Eric Lauer will start for the Padres.

It’s the fifth Opening Day start of Bumgarner’s career, and he’ll look to get off on the right foot after a disappointing season a year ago that was shortened by injury. Bumgarner holds an 11-9 record and has posted a 3.32 ERA, 1.052 WHIP and .217 opponents’ batting average in 32 career appearances (31 starts) against San Diego, recording 204 strikeouts in 203 1/3 innings.

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When: Thursday, March 28, at 1:10 p.m. PT (pregame at 12:00 p.m.)
The Giants open their season in San Diego against the Padres.

Ace Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for the Giants.

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First pitch at Petco Park is at 1:10 this afternoon.

The Giants home opener at Oracle Park is next Friday, April 5.

See more stories and videos about the San Francisco Giants.The San Diego Padres began a new era Thursday with a 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Newly signed free agent Manny Machado and super-prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. each made his Padres debut on Opening Day, and both were greeted with a warm ovation by the home fans:

Opening Day events and pageantry drew large crowds in and around Petco Park long before first pitch around 1 p.m.

San Diego’s East Village Association began its free, two-day Opening Day Block Party at 10 a.m., featuring live music, an interactive game zone, a micro-brew beer garden and more than 30 food trucks lining the streets adjacent to Petco Park.

The party will resume Friday at noon. The ninth annual block party will take place on J Street between Sixth and 10th avenues.

Petco Park gates opened at 10:30 a.m., allowing fans to watch both the Padres and the Giants take batting practice. Pregame ceremonies included a celebration of 2019 being the 50th anniversary of the Padres beginning play in the National League.Hall of Fame reliever Trevor Hoffman and Randy Jones, who in 1976 became the first Padre to win the Cy Young Award, each threw a ceremonial first pitch.

Pregame ceremonies also included the unfurling of the Holiday Bowl Big Flag, held by sailors from numerous units stationed throughout San Diego. The Ceremonial Bell was rung by a season ticket holder from 1969, the Padres first season in the National League.The national anthem was sung by San Diego native Brian Justin Crum, who finished fourth in the 2016 season of “America’s Got Talent.” The anthem also featured a flyover by four F-18 Hornets from the VMFAT-101 Sharp Shooters stationed at MCAS Miramar.

Navy Petty Officer First Class Yarrick Sharod Conner performed “God Bless America” before the seventh inning stretch.

The Metropolitan Transit System boosted trolley service on the Sycuan Green Line, the UC San Diego Blue Line and the Orange Line to better accommodate Opening Day’s sellout crowd.

The signing of third baseman Manny Machado and debut of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. bring optimism for a better season after two last-place finishes in the past three seasons — optimism only buoyed by the Opening Day victory.Fans can watch the game, which serves as Machado’s regular season debut with the Padres, online via fuboTV, which is offering a free trial.

In addition to MLB games, fuboTV offers NHL, AAF, international soccer, college football, college basketball, tennis, golf and more. MLB games on fuboTV are subject to the league’s blackout rules.It’s the beginning of the end for San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and the beginning of what the San Diego Padres and their long-suffering fans hope is a return to relevance behind All-Star slugger Manny Machado and hotshot rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Bochy begins his 25th and final season as a manager — his first 12 were with the Padres — when Madison Bumgarner and the Giants face Eric Lauer and the Padres in a matchup of left-handers Thursday at sold-out Petco Park.

It’s easily the most-anticipated opening day in San Diego since the downtown ballpark opened in 2004 because of the signing of Machado to a $300 million, 10-year contract and the addition of the 20-year-old Tatis Jr., the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball, to the roster.

It’ll be special for Bochy as well. He managed the Padres from 1995 until being pushed out after the Padres’ playoff loss to St. Louis in 2006. While the Padres haven’t been back to the postseason since then, Bochy was snapped up by the Giants and managed them to three World Series titles in five seasons starting in 2010.

“I have great memories there,” said Bochy, who announced during spring training that he’ll retire after this season. “It’s ironic that that’s where I’m starting this year. I hadn’t really thought about it . but I’m sure I’ll do some reflecting there, but more importantly, we’ll focus on trying to win some ballgames. I’ve made that drive to the ballpark quite a few times, so I look forward to getting the season going. I’ll probably have some moments there and think about some great times there, and also some battles we’ve had with them.”

Rockies vs Marlins

Rockies vs Marlins : The MLB Game 2019 Rockies vs Marlins direct match on 28 to 30 March in 2019 at Marlins Park. The first pitch Jose Urena of the Miami Marlins threw in the 2018 season was belted for a home run by Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs. As part of a full Opening Day slate in which all 30 teams are in action, the World Series hopeful Colorado Rockies will get their 2019 season started against the rebuilding Miami Marlins.

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The Chicago Cubs’ off-season began with club president Theo Epstein declaring the team’s offense “broken” during the latter portion of the season.

Put another way: Bryant was broken.

A left shoulder injured in May never fully recovered – nor did the Cubs’ tooth-and-nail battle with Milwaukee allow it. Bryant was limited to 102 games, but it was his limitations in the games he played that really hurt. His home runs dropped from 29 to 13, his OPS to a career-low .834.The first year of the Manny Machado Era has all the trappings of a get-to-know-you campaign, as the four-time All-Star and the franchise that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2006 pivot to a new era.

Paddack could make that relationship far more serious in a hurry.

While Machado is the club’s $300 million man, and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. their potential superstar, the Padres will eventually need to pitch the ball. And Paddack, 23, is the first arm to emerge from San Diego’s bushel of pitching prospects.

He’s so green that he’s made just seven starts about Class A. But also confident enough to express, earlier this month, his desire to start on Opening Day.

Easy, kid. He’ll have to wait for game No. 3 to make his major league debut. And he may not pitch much more than 130 innings as he ramps back up from 2017 Tommy John surgery.

But after a dazzling 2018 (120 strikeouts in 90 innings, a 0.82 WHIP) and a fantastic spring (24 strikeouts, just three earned runs in 15 1/3 innings) he’s in the middle of their rotation. And his early performance may dictate whether the Padres remain in the middle of NL West contention – or defer that another year. Because with it comes not only a fresh start, a blank slate and a daily schedule, but also a significant promise: summer. Last day of school. Five of the most glorious words in existence.

What other sport can promise that?

So book your vacations now…and book these predictions, too. Believe me, later this summer you will be lying on a beach somewhere, sand in your toes, thinking to yourself, How did that B/R guy do that, nailing the entire baseball season like that in March?Red Sox: No lineup is more versatile in this division than that of the Red Sox, who can bludgeon you with J.D. Martinez or slice and dice you with Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts. In an age of strikeouts, Boston’s lineup is stocked with contact hitters, and that wins. Only the Pirates, Astros, Mariners and Indians struck out fewer times in 2018. The rotation is better than the Yankees’. Biggest question: Will kissing off closer Craig Kimbrel bite them?

Yankees: Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez will hang crooked numbers, but the early-season loss of ace-in-the-making Luis Severino to shoulder trouble and absence of CC Sabathia (heart, knee) has them playing from behind early. They need innings from James Paxton to get to what should be baseball’s best bullpen. Don’t sleep on Adam Ottavino, a sneaky addition to Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton and Dellin Betances in the pen.

Rays: The addition of starter Charlie Morton to Cy Young winner Blake Snell and last year’s arrival, Tyler Glasnow, doesn’t do much for the corrosive concept of “bullpenning,” but it gives a fun Tampa Bay team more weapons. Rays starters last year worked only 624 innings—fewest in the majors. They also won 90 games.

Blue Jays: Let’s just pick up with the same question we asked last year: When does Vladimir Guerrero Jr. get here? Come on, Toronto. Give the people what they want!

The All-Star Game will be played in Cleveland on July 9. That’s about as close as most of this division will come to anything All-Star-related.

Indians: Houston’s Division Series waxing of Cleveland is difficult to forget, especially when sizing up this year’s outfield: Leonys Martin, Tyler Naquin and Jake Bauers. Seriously? But with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Mike Clevinger rocking baseball’s best rotation, and most of the rest of the division rebuilding, there’s only one real threat to the Indians…

Twins: Adding Marwin Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz and Schoop makes Minnesota better—but good enough to catch the Indians? New manager Rocco Baldelli needs a lot of help from a rotation that could go either way with Jose Berrios (stud), Kyle Gibson, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda (hmmm…).

Royals: Shortstop Adalberto Mondesi is on deck for a breakout season and will be a lot of fun to watch while teamed with second baseman Whit Merrifield. Remember when designated hitter Jorge Soler was one of the Cubs’ hottest prospects? He serves as another example that it is smart to be wary of hyped prospects. It’s a bummer that catcher Salvador Perez is out for the season after Tommy John surgery.

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera is healthy, happy and motivated to prove he remains among the game’s elite hitters. Count me as a believer. But he doesn’t have much to work with teamwise.

Astros vs Rays

Astros vs Rays : Although the regular season technically began last week, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a pair of games in Tokyo, Japan, the rest of the Astros vs Rays league will enjoy Opening Day on Thursday, March 29.That includes the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays, will open the year against each other for the first time ever. Get a summary of the Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays baseball game.

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Add this to your list of exhausting baseball narratives: The Angels are wasting Mike Trout’s career.

Sure, they’ve yet to win a playoff game in the Trout era, but it’s not like that erases his accomplishments. And it’s not like they aren’t trying.

Those best efforts have been largely waylaid by a relentless series of pitching injuries. And signing Harvey may seem like an unlikely antidote to that malady.

But the erstwhile Mets legend saw his velocity tick up from 92 to 94 mph following his move from New York to the Cincinnati Reds in 2018. He’s now nearly three years removed from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and two years from a stress fracture to his right scalpula.

Harvey will be second out of the chute in the Angels’ opening series at Oakland, emerging relatively unscathed this spring. It seems a rotation fronted by Trevor Cahill, Harvey and Tyler Skaggs – and eventually joined by prospect Griffin Canning – would be hard-pressed to leapfrog the A’s, let alone challenge the mighty Astros.

The Angels are betting $11 million that Harvey will hold up his end of the deal – and keep Trout relevant beyond mere individual accomplishments all summer.

Their lineup is legitimately eight deep, perhaps the deepest in baseball. Their rotation features a current Cy Young finalist and a past winner who still knows how to get outs. The bullpen is blessed with both experience and young power arms.

But the Philadelphia Phillies are in the NL East and will need far more than Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta to go toe-to-toe with Washington’s Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez. Or the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, to say nothing of the defending champion Atlanta Braves.

Enter Pivetta.

He struck out 188 in 164 innings last season, and posted a half-dozen starts where he pitched into the seventh inning and gave up three or fewer runs. But there were almost as many clunkers: Five starts where he gave up at least six earned runs. As the Phillies faded, so did Pivetta – he was 0-4 with a 5.48 ERA in five September starts.

The Phillies nonetheless ignored starting pitching this off-season and loaded up the lineup with Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Andrew McCutchen. And that’s fine – but it will largely be for naught if the Phillies don’t pitch well enough.

Simple math suggests three reliable starters – compared to two – is the difference between a .500 team and one who plays closer to .600 – which gets you 97 wins. Pivetta was struck by some bad luck last year – his .326 average against on balls in play was undeservedly high, and there was a huge gap between his ERA (4.77) and Fielding Independent Pitching (3.80).

If he can tighten up his execution with runners on base, the Phillies may yet have a rotation to match their golden lineup.

 

Blue Jays vs Tigers

Blue Jays vs Tigers : The Tigers are starting their season by heading to Toronto to go up against the Blue Jays. Detroit’s AL Central has struggled to pull itself Blue Jays vs Tigers together in recent years and this season may not be much different. Get a summary of the Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays baseball game.

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It is far from a free-for-all. The upcoming Major League Baseball season will still have no shortage of franchises disinterested in truly competing, and far too many chalk picks fulfilling their presumed destiny.

Yet 2019 should bring greater volatility than recent seasons.

Seismic transactions immediately boosted several clubs, while others pivoted from years of, shall we say, aggressive rebuilding to add veteran players.

And while playoff outcomes will be decided by countless factors, we can already identify a handful of players who come close to making or breaking their clubs’ fortunes. Here are a half-dozen pivotal players who should have an outsize impact on division races:

James Paxton, Yankees
The Yankees can slug with the Red Sox – can out-slug them, even – but ultimately drowned over samples that stretched across 162 games (Red Sox 108 wins, Yankees 100) and four (Red Sox 3, Yankees 1, ALDS).

Paxton, acquired from the Seattle Mariners in November, must play a significant role in closing that gap.

Red Sox starters out-pitched their Yankee counterparts in 2018, posting a 3.77 ERA to New York’s 4.05, and Boston shrewdly deployed a cavalry of power arms to put them away in the ALDS. With Yankees ace Luis Severino shelved for the first month of the season, it’s imperative Paxton stay upright all season.

And that’s been the lone question mark about the 6-foot-4 lefty.

Big Maple did reach a career-high in starts (28) and innings (160) last season, but also served a pair of stints on the disabled list, one for a lower back injury, the other after a line drive off the wrist. Previous years included a pectoral injury, left forearm strain, a strained finger tendon and a strained lat muscle that limited him to 74 innings in 2014.

He’s often dominant when he does pitch. Paxton’s 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings would have led the 2018 Yankee rotation, and he boasts a career ERA-plus of 118. Paxton will likely get his first crack at the Red Sox in mid-April.

If he’s also available for the teams’ final meeting in September, that will be very good news for the Yankees.About the only group not rooting for Buxton to fulfill his immense potential are the Cleveland Indians – whose grip on the AL Central looks iron-clad.

But a healthy and productive Buxton could close that gap. Still just 25, Buxton won a Gold Glove in 2017 and teased at an epic offensive year – 16 homers, 29 steals – as the Twins claimed a surprise wild-card berth and stayed near the Indians deep into August.

Last year was a step back, however, thanks to myriad injuries and the Twins’ reluctance to recall him from the minors for September, resulting in just 94 major league plate appearances.It was a frustrating outcome for a player whose development was already far from linear. But Buxton has again looked fantastic this spring, with four home runs among his 16 hits in 36 at-bats.

It’s not too late for that star season to unfold. And if the Indians face a challenge in the AL Central, it will almost certainly have to come from a Twins team with Buxton’s significant tools functioning optimally.

Dodgers vs Diamondbacks

Dodgers vs Diamondbacks : The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up right where they left off in 2018 as MLB’s second-best home-run-hitting team, setting a new Opening Day record with eight home runs in a 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Left fielder Joc Pederson opened the Dodgers’ 2019 account in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run, 420-foot homer to center field off of D-backs starter Zack Greinke.

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The Dodgers’ season got off to a memorable start Thursday.

Behind an eight-home run barrage, the Dodgers opened the season with a 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front an ecstatic Dodger Stadium crowd.

Check out veteran writer Mike DiGiovanna’s inning-by-inning recap of the game below.

The Dodgers arrived at Chavez Ravine for opening day understanding that their goal of a championship, already challenging in a vacuum, is a higher summit to climb coming off two World Series disappointments. But they assert they are talented and deep enough to run the marathon again and, for once, to finish on top. For weeks, they have maneuvered with a quiet confidence in preparation for the slog.

On Thursday, they offered a glimpse of their potential.

The Dodgers’ pursuit of a seventh straight NL West title, third consecutive NL pennant, and first championship in over three decades began with a booming 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.

The offense produced with two outs to ignite the rout and slugged eight home runs to finish it off. Joc Pederson pounded two home runs and a double. Enrique Hernandez also hit two homers, Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke was chased after 3 ⅔ innings. The eight home runs tied a franchise record set in May 2002. No team has ever hit more on opening day.

The Dodgers are making history on their way to an opening-day blowout of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger and Enrique Hernandez each hit solo home runs off reliever Matt Koch in the seventh inning, giving the Dodgers a 12-2 lead and an opening-day record eight homers in the game.

The power display also tied a Dodgers franchise record for homers in a game, set on May 23, 2002, the game in which when former Dodgers right fielder Shawn Green hit four homers and had 19 total bases.

Muncy’s shot went to right field, Bellinger’s went to center, and Hernandez’s went to right-center, his low line drive giving him the fourth multi-homer game of his career. The eight homers allowed were a franchise-high for the Diamondbacks.

Joc Pederson, the subject of heavy trade speculation but no deal last winter, has been the Dodgers’ most valuable asset on opening day.

The left fielder and leadoff batter hit his second home run of the day, lining a two-run shot deep into the right-field pavilion—the ball traveled 417 feet according to Statcast—to give the Dodgers a 9-1 lead over the Diamondbacks through six innings.

Pederson also doubled and scored in the first inning and hit a two-run homer to center in the second, highlighting an afternoon on which the Dodgers hit a franchise-record five homers on opening day.

Christian Walker led off the seventh inning with a homer to center field off Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia to pull Arizona to within 9-2. Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu went six innings, allowing one run and four hits, striking out eight and walking none to put himself in line for the win.
The 2019 MLB schedule begins on Thursday with Opening Day, and the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their year with a divisional series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET and the Dodgers will trout out southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu to take on Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke. The Dodgers are -155 favorites on the money line (risk $155 to win $100) and the over-under total for runs scored is at 7.5 in the latest Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks odds. Before you make your Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks picks, you’ll want to see the 2019 MLB Opening Day predictions from SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh.

The renowned co-founder of AccuScore enters the 2019 MLB season on an impressive 13-4 run on his picks involving the Diamondbacks. Anyone who has followed him is way up. Now, he’s locked in his 2019 MLB Opening Day picks for Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers only at SportsLine.

Oh knows that coming off of last season’s NLCS run, the Dodgers are looking forward to having Corey Seager and Justin Turner in the lineup and healthy. Both missed significant time in 2018, which was a major factor in the Dodgers finishing seventh in the National League in runs scored despite a .774 OPS that led the league. Now, Seager and Turner are healthy and will be fixtures near the top of the lineup that should pay dividends with sluggers like Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy further down the card.

The Dodgers also added former Diamondbacks All-Star A.J. Pollock during free agency, and he’ll be looking to put together his first full season since 2015. Even in partial seasons the last two years, he’s been worth close to six wins above replacement according to Baseball Reference.

That being said, the Diamondbacks have an established star on the mound in Greinke, who understands the pressures of pitching on Opening Day and has a chance to score the upset at +145 on the Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks line.

Even as Greinke continues to lose velocity from his fastball at age 35, he continues to pitch effectively by reducing his walk rate and running up three secondary offerings (changeup, curveball and slider) that generate swinging-strike rates of 15 percent or higher. That helped guide him to a 3.21 ERA last season and a 15-11 record, including a win over the Dodgers where he allowed just two runs over six innings with six strikeouts in his final start of the year.

We can tell you Oh is leaning toward the under, but his strongest pick is on the money line. He knows a critical x-factor causes one side to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

So who wins Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers? And what critical x-factor makes one side a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers money line has all the value, all from the data scientist who hit 76 percent of his Diamondbacks picks to finish last season.

Athletics vs Angels

Athletics vs Angels : A few hours before the Angels lost their season opener 4-0 to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday, Angels general manager Billy Eppler stepped out of the visitors dugout at the Oakland Coliseum and declined to put a projection on his team.“Time will tell,” he said, when asked if the Angels would make the playoffs this season.

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he 2019 Oakland A’s season is finally starting … again!

This isn’t technically Opening Day, since the A’s played two real games in Japan. But those games were at 2:30 a.m. and we lost both of them so let’s just pretend they didn’t happen. This is the real Opening Day. Even though it’s at 1:00 on a weekday so most people still can’t really watch it. One of these days, they’ll play a night game so everyone can actually see them.The Angels may have done the baseball world a favor by preemptively extending Mike Trout to a 12 year, $430,000,000 contract instead of allowing him to hit the open market. The speculation and debate about where he would end up, and for how much money, would have dominated the entire offseason, as it did for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this year. It does not do the A’s any favors, as it all but guarantees that the greatest player in baseball today, and perhaps in all of baseball history when all is said and done, will be in the AL West for his entire career. Oh well, c’est la vie.

Even with Mike Trout, the Angels have finished the season below .500 for three consecutive years. By and large, the primary reason for their subpar finishes has been injuries to their starting rotation. Possessing big and talented arms can only be so useful when they spend most of the season on the bench. So most of the Angels’ success this year hinges on the rotation staying healthy. As of now, the Angels’ starting rotation contains Trevor Cahill, Matt Harvey, and Tyler Skaggs, three ballplayers who very famously have stayed healthy throughout their careers. Andrew Heaney would probably be the ace of the staff, but he is starting the year on the Injured List due to an inflamed elbow, and Garrett Richards is missing all of 2019 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

But if the remainder of that rotation stays healthy, the Angels can stay in the Wild Card race for much of the season. But unfortunately, that is a rather big if. A’s fans can relate to the frustration that comes with a rotation full of talent that cannot stay on the field.

The Angels’ bullpen was sneakily good last season after having long been disastrous. That shouldn’t change despite the volatility of bullpens as a whole. The Angels have had the best defense in the sport for a few years now, and that shouldn’t change either. Where the team had a chance to make some substantial improvements to really push for a Wild Card was on offense, and while the Angels plugged some holes here and there, they didn’t do much.

Last year, with the signing of Shohei Ohtani, along with Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart, there were some high expectations on offense. Instead, Kinsler played his way off the team, Cozart struggled to make an impact, and Ohtani blew out his arm and is limited to DHing for the time being, a position that he’ll have to share with Albert Pujols despite clearly being the better player. Catcher was an offensive zero for the Angels, and to address the problem the Angels added another A’s castaway, Jonathan Lucroy. While Lucroy’s leadership cannot be debated, his impact on pitcher success and defensive prowess can be. Also, Lucroy is now several years removed from being a positive contributor on offense. Kole Calhoun had a cringe-worthy 2018, but he will remain in right field for the time being as he keeps the spot warm for Jo Adell.

As solid as the LA Angels looked in Spring Training there are still some lingering question marks waiting to be resolved. Is the starting pitching going to be as solid as we need it to be? When will Justin Upton return to the field? Is the Angels depth strong enough to cover a rash of injuries?

It’s 2013 all over again, at least in the outfield. The Angels Opening Day roster will see Angels fan favorite Peter Bourjos roaming the outfield next to Mike Trout until Justin Upton makes his return from “turf toe”.

Brewers vs Cardinals

Brewers vs Cardinals : The Brewers have one of the toughest April schedules in baseball, and it starts with four games against a much-improved Cardinals team that will look to unseat them at the top of the division and reclaim a spot in the playoffs.Milwaukee has had the Cardinals’ number in recent years, having not lost the season series against them since 2016 and going 11-8 against them in each of the last two seasons. This is a different team, though, with a big offseason acquisition for the second year in a row.

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As part of a full Opening Day slate in which all 30 teams are in action, the Cardinals will get their 2019 season started against division rival Milwaukee Brewers. Here’s how you can watch:Cardinals: St. Louis acquired six-time All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from Arizona in December and finalized a five-year, $130 million extension before the start of the 2019 regular season. The Cards bring Goldschmidt to St. Louis in the hopes that he will lead them to the top of the National League Central and help the team make the postseason for the first time in four years. Goldschmidt will join a lineup that includes Marcell Ozuna, Dexter Fowler, Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong. They’ve got the ability to score plenty of runs, and if the Cards see strong seasons from Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna, they’ll be dangerous in 2019.

Miles Mikolas, 30, will start Opening Day and he was 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 146 strikeouts last season. The Cards will need the rest of their arms healthy — especially the young guys like Jack Flaherty and Carlos Martinez — if they want to make another run in the NL Central. St. Louis also brought on Andrew Miller to further bolster their bullpen, meaning 22-year-old Jordan Hicks will likely be the team’s closer in 2019.

Brewers: The defending National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers are entering 2019 hoping to build on their impressive 2018 campaign. Led by the reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich, Milwaukee finished the year with an overall record of 95-67, defeated the Chicago Cubs in a game 163 for the division crown and pushed the Los Angeles Dodgers to a Game 7 in the NL Championship Series.

After making a few small tweaks to the team this winter, the Brewers look like they’re set for another deep playoff run. The team signed the top free agent catcher on the market in Yasmani Grandal, to a one-year deal worth $18.25 million. They also re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year contract, allowing Travis Shaw to return to second base. The Brewers don’t have a top of the line starting pitcher in their rotation, but manager Craig Counsell will have plenty of options because they have a good amount of depth in their pitching staff. Milwaukee will hope to see strong performances from starters Freddy Peralta, Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes in 2019.

Prediction
Both these teams pack a powerful punch with their lineups, but I think the Cardinals behind Miles Mikolas, will have the edge over the Brewers in this game.Welcome back baseball. We have definitely missed you.

Among the many opening-day heroics, Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain provided the best early highlight – robbing St. Louis Cardinals pinch-hitter Jose Martinez of a game-tying home run with a leaping over-the-wall catch for the final out.

The defending NL Central champion Brewers won the game 5-4 in a game that featured a total of six homers – three by each team – and one almost-homer.

Winning pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (1-0) even got in on the act, hitting his second career homer off losing pitcher Miles Mikolas (0-1) in the fifth inning.

LO CAIN. FOR. THE. WIN. 😱 #OpeningDaypic.twitter.com/2B34gddRLh

— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 2019
The Brewers’ Josh Hader retired the final six batters he faced to get the save.

The real save, however, came on Cain’s acrobatic catch. The Brewers have one of the toughest April schedules in baseball, and it starts with four games against a much-improved Cardinals team that will look to unseat them at the top of the division and reclaim a spot in the playoffs.

Milwaukee has had the Cardinals’ number in recent years, having not lost the season series against them since 2016 and going 11-8 against them in each of the last two seasons. This is a different team, though, with a big offseason acquisition for the second year in a row.

The Brewers will also be heading into their first series of the 2019 Championship Season without two of their most reliable weapons in the bullpen, and their three relatively unproven young rotation arms to follow Jhoulys Chacin’s Opening Day start.