Atlanta lost its opener on Thursday, then lost the MLB All-Star Game on Friday, but they have our vote on Saturday. The 37-year-old Charlie Morton will make his first start for the Bravos since he debuted way back in 2008. The reliable Morton went 2-2 for the Rays last year before getting blown up by the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series. The Braves will look to even their series with the Phillies, who will pitch Zack Wheeler. The former Met went 4-2 last year for the underachieving Phillies, who are expected to have trouble keeping pace with not only the Braves, but with Wheeler’s old team, as well. Play 20 units on the Bravos.
Let’s play two. 39-year-old Adam Wainwright, a lifetime Cardinal, went 5-3 in 2020. St. Louis, projected to win the NL Central, visits the Reds, who counter with Tyler Mahle. He made three starts against the Redbirds last year, going 0-1 with an ERA of 6.39. Play 10 units on the Cardinals.
Nothing but donuts on the board and Boston was creamed in their home opener, 3-0 by the O’s on a 37 degree day at Fenway. So it begins. Down -175 peskys.