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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Kendrys Morales Royals
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Through seven games Kendrys Morales is hitting .414 with nine runs, a pair of home runs and five RBI. He has nearly as many walks (five) as strikeouts (six). Morales’ on-base percentage is .500, his slugging percentage is .724 and his OPS is 1.224. Can he continue to rake?
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Throw away last year’s numbers. He split time between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins.  He hit .218 with 28 runs, eight home runs and 42 RBI in 98 games.
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As long as he stays healthy he can help the Kansas City Royals on their quest for a second straight World Series bid. The start they are off to, they are early favorites for those looking to do some World Series betting.
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In 2013 Morales hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBI for the Mariners. In 2012 he hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBI for the Los Angeles Angels.
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Clearly Morales has shown the ability in the past. He’ll turn 32 next month so there is no reason to think that he can’t post solid power numbers.
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Even as poorly as Morales played last year, he bolstered his OPS from .582 in the first half to .628 in the second half despite losing 17 points on his average.
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Morales is a career .273 hitter with a lifetime OPS of .790. Hitting in a lineup featuring Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar shoudl allow Morales the protection and opportunities he needs to be successful.
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Morales has first base eligibility, which makes him a solid backup first base option. He can also be used as a utility player or in the corner infielder slot.
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Drew Pomeranz
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Drew Pomeranz, Oakland A’s at Houston Astros
Drew Pomeranz tossed seven scoreless innings to win his first start. He struck out six and allowed two hits to the Mariners. He was 1-3 in road starts last year, but posted a 1.42 ERA in 38 innings. He threw 7.1 scoreless innings against the ‘Stros.
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Season Totals:  2-4, 52.2 IP, 31 Ks, 3.08 ERA (18 earned runs), 1.01 WHIP (44 hits, 9 walks)
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