2012 MLB O/URecord: 15-19-1
2011 MLB O/URecord: 366-270-42 (Proof & 27-Page Documentation Available Upon Request)
Fine 2-1-1 day yesterday, although Iím very disappointed my perfect Jeff Karstens streak came to an end. For those that are new readers, I was 10-0 on Karstens over/unders last year, when he was my best pitcher, and 1-0 to start this year after that under vs Cliff Lee. But I had the over last night (And to my credit, I was right, as Karstens really wasnít his normal effective self in a mere five innings), and just barely lost, as the Pirates blew a few opportunities to tiethe game at three, which wouldíve at least forced a push. In any case, you just move on to the next day. Iím posting this now, as some of my bets for the day play in the afternoon, but Iíll post again later in this thread with my best bets on the slate.
Chicago Cubs @St. Louis Cardinals
Jeff Samardzija vs Adam Wainwright
Count me as another one that is buying into the Jeff Samardzija hype, or at least for now, after his absolutely brilliant 2012 debut against the Nationals last week, in which he surrendered only one earned run while just missing a complete game by one out. He also had eight strikeouts in a fairly dominating performance. In my opinion,that was no fluke, and I think weíll see more similar outings from the former reliever, although there is the possibility that he has some off-starts whilehe establishes his niche in the big leagues. The variable of him starting in another teamís home opener, as he is doing here, also lingers, but I think heíll come out of it pretty well.
Adam Wainwright is another fascinating pitcher, as we all wondered how he would return after missing all of 2011. Hopefully his first start isnít anyindication, although he wasnít horrible or anything, but he did give up three earned runs in less than six innings, which is an abnormality for a Wainwright outing. On the bright side, he did have six strikeouts compared to one walk, which a positive sign for him reclaiming his old form, especially since it camein a tough spot pitching in Milwaukee. Iím counting on the Wainwright we all know to show up in this home opener against a Cubs lineup that similart o the one he handled well in 2010 (3.00 ERA, 23:4 K:B ratio in 21 innings). Itís not a huge bet but still a solid one to lock in on the under.
Other 4/13/12MLB Over/Under Bets Iím Taking
David Price vs Josh Beckett UNDER 8.5 (This is just a minimum bet)
**Will Add More Over/Unders With Writeups Throughout Day Leading Up To Gametime**