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MLB Opening Day

The long 2013 baseball season begins in full on Monday with a full slate of games on the card and going on all day. Rivalry games litter the card and here are a few that have caught my attention.

San Francisco (+135) vs. L.A. Dodgers (-155)

The World Champs start 2013 on the road against the hated Dodgers and their team full of players with nine figure contracts. Many are expecting the Dodgers to pass the Giants this year and claim the NL West but until you beat the best, you are still just a team with promise.

Both aces are getting the opening day start with Cain and Kershaw on the hill and it’s hard not to like the underdog price with the champs here. San Francisco has to be insulted that they start the year as road underdogs to the all-hype team from L.A. and I think the Giants look to make a statement here. They have won two out of the last three World Series and still get overlooked like this?

Take the Giants.

Philadelphia (+105) vs. Atlanta (-125)

The Braves are similar to the Dodgers in that they made a lot of headlines over the winter by bringing in the Upton brothers and hoping that they are the missing pieces to a championship team. Atlanta was the much better team of these two in 2012 but with big name additions like that, team chemistry at the start of the season is always a concern. The Braves should be another 85+ win team again but I think they need to get their feet wet first.

On the other side, Philadelphia starts the year with the healthiest roster it’s had in a while and they are anxious to erase the disappointment from last year. Philadelphia knows that they are a team built to win now and becoming “sellers” at the deadline again is not something this organization wants to experience again for a long time. With all the veterans they have on this roster, starting the year on the road won’t rattle this team and they know how to knock around Atlanta’s starter Tim Hudson around.

All the talk in the NL East is about how great Washington and Atlanta will be this year and the Phillies have got to be sick of hearing it all. Like San Francisco, Philadelphia views this first game as a chance to make a big statement against a hyped-up division rival and will come out hungry.

Take Philadelphia on the ML.

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