The second weekend of the baseball season is in the books as the Dodgers own the best record in the league at 9-1. Granted, Los Angeles has played San Diego seven times and Pittsburgh three times, but the Dodgers are taking care of their business as a favorite by recording a 7-0 'chalk' mark. Don Mattingly's team hits the road for six games in Milwaukee and Houston, as the Dodgers face a Brewers' club that has dropped four in a row.
The defending NL Central champions are realizing that life without Prince Fielder is tough as the Brewers are just 4-6 after getting swept at Atlanta. The Braves have rebounded nicely following an 0-4 start with five consecutive victories, while cashing the 'over' in six of the last seven contests. Atlanta's offense has picked up by plating at least six runs in five of the previous six games, as the Mets invade Turner Field starting tonight.
The Cardinals raised their World Series championship banner on Friday at Busch Stadium, while improving their mark to 7-3 after taking two of three from the Cubs. In six of St. Louis' 10 games, the Cardinals have scored at least five runs, as David Freese, Yadier Molina, and Carlos Beltran have each knocked out three homers. The Cards welcome in the Reds on Tuesday for a three-game set, less than a week after grabbing two of three at Cincinnati.
The Reds avoided a four-game sweep at Washington thanks to three runs in the top of the 11th inning of Sunday's 8-5 triumph. In spite of the loss, the Nationals are rolling at 7-3, including picking up three series victories so far. Stephen Strasburg is listed as a heavy favorite in tonight's series opener against the Astros, who are a respectable 4-5 despite of a very young lineup. Houston has turned into the best 'over' play early in the season by cashing in eight of nine games.
In the American League, the Tigers hit a speed bump on the South Side of Chicago by dropping two of three games to the White Sox. Detroit rolled to a 5-1 start, but scored just three runs in the first two losses at Chicago. The Tigers bounced back by taking the finale on Sunday, 5-1, while the 'under' is 5-0-1 the past six games for Jim Leyland's club. There is a strong possibility the 'under' may hit again tonight with Justin Verlander on the mound at Kansas City, as the Tigers are 4-0 to the 'under' in the Cy Young award winner's last four starts against the Royals.
Cleveland's bats woke up this past weekend by scoring 32 runs in a three-game sweep at Kansas City. The Indians have cashed the 'over' in six of eight opportunities this season, even though two 'overs' came in extra-innings against the Blue Jays in the opening series. The Tribe heads to the Pacific Northwest starting Tuesday for three games with the Mariners, as the road team took seven of nine matchups last season.
The Angels spent a ton of money in the offseason, but that hasn't yielded immediate positive results through nine games. The Halos are 3-6 out of the gate after losing two of three to the Yankees, as L.A. has allowed at least five runs in each defeat. Newly acquired C.J. Wilson is 2-0 through his first two starts, including tossing six solid innings in Saturday's victory at New York. Albert Pujols is hitting just .243 with no homers and four runs batted in, while Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, Erick Aybar, and Kendrys Morales are all hitting .250 or worse.
For the exception of two late rallies, the Twins would be in major trouble. Minnesota is just 2-7 so far after getting swept at home by Texas, while getting limited to a combined six runs this past weekend. Things don't ease up for the Twins, who hit the road for seven games against the Yankees and Rays, followed by a three-game home set with the Red Sox next Monday.
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