04.15 MLB Picks: Red Sox Have Value in Home Opener

Record: 6-3-2 

We’re back! It’s been an exciting week at The Gambler as we have just moved into the new iHeart studios, but as we move things have been a bit busy around here. But we’re back for a juicy Friday slate to give us some good vibes going into Easter weekend!

MIN vs. BOS ML (-135)

Last year the Red Sox were a machine against RHP and at Fenway Park. Well, here we have that as the Red Sox go up against Twins RHP Joe Ryan in Boston. Both lineups have started the season ice cold with each offense ranking in the bottom third of most hitting metrics. The Red Sox have looked better though at the end of the Tigers series and are back at Fenway Park for the first time this season. Nick Pivetta could be a concern as he got roughed up by a solid Yankees lineup, but he should have no problem here with a good matchup against the Twins.

CHC ML (+108) vs. COL

Loved that Cubs yesterday for the start of their series against the Rockies, they won 5-2, and I love them again tonight. While German Marquez is one of the few Rockies pitchers with good home splits in Colorado, the matchup against the Cubs isn’t a good one. He’s struggled against this lineup before, with his lone start against the Cubs last season ending in3 innings and allowing five ER. Marquez was also abysmal at the end of last season with a high six ERA. He had a successful start against the Dodgers, but I don’t expect that here. Give me the better pitcher at a plus price on the moneyline. 

ATL vs. SDP ML (-120)

Welcome to the big leagues, MacKenzie Gore! I’ve been highly anticipating Gore’s debut since he was in high school. The tall lefty was already a big name in North Carolina and there was constant buzz around every one of his performances. Gore likely would’ve been called up sooner, but ran into some issues in 2020 and 2021. Well it looks like he has regained his form with an impressive Spring Training and his lone start in Triple-A this season went smooth as well. The kid has great stuff and I feel confident in saying that he is the better pitcher in this matchup. Coupled with the Braves early-season issues and a volatile Kyle Wright starting on the other end, you get a pretty solid matchup and price here for the Padres.

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