J.A. Happ Mariners
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J.A. Happ, Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
J.A. Happ is 0-1 despite a 2.70 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in his two quality starts. He’s a decent bet to pick up his for win for the M’s and continue his string of quality starts.
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Season Totals:  4-8, 81.1 IP, 54 Ks, 4.32 ERA (39 earned runs), 1.29 WHIP (87 hits, 18 walks)
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Edinson Volquez Royals
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Edinson Volquez, Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins

Edinson Volquez is 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA. He went 13-7 last year with a 3.04 ERA.

Season Totals:  4-7, 75.2 IP, 52 Ks, 4.04 ERA (34 earned runs), 1.27 WHIP (80 hits, 16 walks)
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T.J. House
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T.J. House, Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins
T.J. House got roughed up in his first start, but was 5-3 last year with a 3.35 ERA. He was 3-0 against the Twins with a 2.01 ERA, including 2-0 at Target Field with a 2.93 ERA.
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Season Totals:  4-7, 75.2 IP, 52 Ks, 4.04 ERA (34 earned runs), 1.27 WHIP (80 hits, 16 walks)
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Danny Salazar
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Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Danny Salazar got off to a rough start last year (1-4, 5.53 ERA pre-All-Star Game), but turned things around (5-4, 3.50 ERA post-All-Star Game). He was 1-0 against the Twins with a 3.18 ERA, including 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA at Target Field.
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Season Totals:  3-6, 66 IP, 40 Ks, 3.82 ERA (28 earned runs), 1.20 WHIP (66 hits, 13 walks)
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Jake Peavy Giants
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Jake Peavy, San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Jake Peavy had a rough first start, but was 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 12 starts of the Giants last year. He was 2-0 against the D-backs with a 1.35 ERA. Peavy was 3-2 with a 1.64 ERA at AT&T Park.
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Season Totals:  3-5, 63 IP, 39 Ks, 3.43 ERA (24 earned runs), 1.08 WHIP (56 hits, 12 walks)
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Yordano Ventura
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The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are two teams that are expected to be popular favorites among bettors. These two teams have both been up to some strong starts. Discover the MLB betting menu for this season and check out who the best options for betting are now as well as some that may be a little too far off from contending for the World Series.
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The Detroit Tigers started the season with 6/1 odds to win the ALCS and had 10/1 odds to win the World Series.
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The Tigers have proven themselves to be strong and worthy candidates for betting as they have started the season with a 6-1 record.
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The Tigers swept the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians to start the season and only lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates by one run in their first loss. The Tigers have shown themselves to be rather powerful in spite of the departure of Max Scherzer to the Washington Nationals.
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Even with this departure, the strong hitting performance of Miguel Cabrera and the ace pitching of David Price will give the Tigers the boost they need to move forward. Of course, Justin Verlander will be returning from an injury not too long from now and should only make the Tigers even more powerful.
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Meanwhile, the Kansas City Royals had 13/2 odds for winning the ALCS and 12/1 odds to actually win the World Series. While it is true that the Royals reached the World Series this past season, there are concerns that the team may not have it in them to get back in.
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The Royals have quickly shown that they are serious about competing as they swept the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels en route to a 7-0 start to the season. With young star Yordano Ventura and new acquisition Edinson Volquez being big names to check out on the pitching side of things plus Salvador Perez holding strong hitting numbers, the Royals are looking to be a bigger deal now than they were last year.
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These two teams have shown themselves to be powerful and capable of doing quite well but the big point about the teams is that there is still plenty of time to see what else can happen this season. This especially comes amid the competition from other strong teams.
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No sign of how unpredictable baseball is stands out quite like the 5-1 Atlanta Braves. Originally listed with 50/1 odds to win the World Series and 25/1 odds to win the NLCS, this team was a real pushover to most and were seen as a team that had to rebuild. Still, the Braves have moved to a 5-1 record thanks to a strong pitching staff with a 1.86 ERA.
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One point is for certain that these teams are happy they aren’t the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers have 75/1 World Series odds and 40/1 NLCS odds and have started the season 1-5. To make things worse for them, Jonathan Lucroy is only batting .087 while the entire team only has a batting average of .223.
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Jason Vargas
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Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins
Jason Vargas won his first start with a 3.00 ERA. Last year he was 5-4 with a 2.73 ERA on road starts. Vargas was 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA against the Twins, including 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA at Target Field.
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Season Totals:  3-4, 58 IP, 34 Ks, 3.10 ERA (20 earned runs), 1.05 WHIP (50 hits, 11 walks)
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