Shohei Ohtani,Will Smith
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, strikes out as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith throws back to the mound during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, April 4, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Kyle Barrette

The time has finally come. From lockouts to freshly cut grass, baseball’s opening day is here! The start of the 162-game race is about to begin. We head out west for what should be a year-long division rivalry. The Angels and the Astros start the season off in LA. So you have last season’s MVP facing off against last year’s World Series runner-up, so who takes the opening day win? Let’s break down both sides and find out.

The Angels had one of the worst bullpens in baseball last season, and while it didn’t help their team win many games, it was great for over bettors. The Angels knew this was a problem and addressed it with full force. In the draft, the Angels used all of their 20 picks on pitchers. They also signed Noah Syndergaard to be a one-man punching bag for Ohtani. The young arms are going to take time to develop, but it’s a great step toward their future and they signed a few other players to help beef up the bullpen to help bridge the gap. For the offense, this team is fully healthy heading into opening day and the lineup is as dangerous as ever. Trout, Rendon, and Ohtani every four days. From the start, this club was poised for a bounce back season.

The departure of Carlos Correa, the World Series runner-up, is the only big change from this team. Niko Goodrum will step in for the interim, but my feeling is that you will eventually see Jeremy Pea get the spot and not give it back. The rookie shortstop has been carving up the minor leagues for the past few years and is ready to make his mark on the big leagues. Verlander is back after missing all of last season after getting Tommy John surgery, and he looked good in his spring outings, so it looks safe to say this Astros team will now have a solid top three with Verlander, Mcullers, and Valdez. 

Angels vs Astros Pick: Astros +110 
Look, you are not going to get many opportunities to bet the Astros at plus money this season, so take advantage while you can.

Same Game Parlay:
Houston Astros ML, Framber Valdez Over 4.5 Strikeouts, Anthony Rendon to record an RBI and Michael Brantley to record 2+ Total Bases.

SGP Odds +2094

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