March 31, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
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The Rangers and Astros kicked off the 2013 season on Sunday night in Houston, but the big board of Major League Baseball takes place on Monday. We'll hit on the 12 games on the card, including the solid interleague matchup in Cincinnati between the Angels and Reds. The day begins in the Nation's Capital as the Nationals try to prove that last season's division title was not a fluke.
Marlins at Nationals - 1:05 PM EST
-- These two teams split 16 meetings last season, while Miami compiled a 4-3 record at Nationals Park.
-- Ricky Nolasco went 2-2 in four starts against Washington in 2012, but tossed back-to-back complete shutouts in the final two outings versus the Nationals.
-- The Nationals won three of Stephen Strasburg's five starts against Miami last season, while Washington lost three of the righty's final seven outings at home.
-- Washington is listed as $2.55 favorites, while the total is set at 7, shaded to the 'under' at $1.15.
Red Sox at Yankees - 1:05 PM EST
-- The Yankees took 12 of 16 matchups from the Red Sox last season, while posting a 6-3 mark in the Bronx.
-- CC Sabathia split a pair of starts against Boston in 2012, as the Yankees struggled with the southpaw on the mound in daytime outings with a 3-6 record.
-- The Red Sox lost each of Jon Lester's final four starts last season, while going 10-1-1 to the 'under' in the last 12 trips to the mound.
-- New York is listed as $1.20 favorites, in spite of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixiera, and Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup. The total is set at 8, as the Red Sox will be without David Ortiz.
Giants at Dodgers - 4:05 PM EST
-- San Francisco grabbed 10 of 18 meetings from Los Angeles in 2012, while winning five of nine matchups at Chavez Ravine.
-- The Dodgers hit the 'under' in all five of Clayton Kershaw's starts against the Giants last season, as Los Angeles lost two of his three home outings versus San Francisco as a favorite of at least $1.50.
-- Matt Cain finished last season a perfect 8-0 during daytime starts, while the Giants won 11 of his 14 matinee outings.
-- Los Angeles is listed as $1.55 'chalk,' while the total is set at 6 (shaded to the 'over' at $1.20).
Angels at Reds - 4:05 PM EST
-- In the first interleague matchup of the season, Cincinnati comes off a mediocre 7-8 mark in 2012 against American League competition. The Angels won 12 of 18 meetings in interleague last season, including a 6-3 ledger on the highway.
-- Johnny Cueto won 19 games last season, but things finished on a sour note after leaving the opener of the NLDS against San Francisco after eight pitches due to injury. The Reds put together a sterling 15-2 record in his 17 daytime starts, while the 'under' hit 14 times.
-- Since 2010, the Angels are 6-3 in Jered Weaver's nine interleague outings, including a pair of wins as heavy favorites last season. Weaver lost his only start as a road underdog in 2012, a 13-6 defeat at Texas in which he allowed eight earned runs in 3.1 innings of work.
-- The Reds are listed as a $1.10 home favorite, while the total is set at 7 ½.
Phillies at Braves - 7:10 PM EST
-- Atlanta owned Philadelphia last season by winning 12 of 18 meetings, but the Braves went just 5-4 against the Phillies at Turner Field.
-- Tim Hudson put together a 16-win campaign in 2012, while the Braves won four of his five starts against Philadelphia. His final five starts at Turner Field cashed the 'under.'
-- One of Philadelphia's three aces takes the mound in the opener as Cole Hamels looks to capitalize off a 17-6 season. The Phillies won nine of his final 10 starts last season, while the lone loss came at Atlanta as the Braves rallied for five runs in the ninth off the Philadelphia bullpen.
-- The Braves are listed as $1.20 favorites, while the total sits at 7.
Cardinals at Diamondbacks - 10:10 PM EST
-- St. Louis took five of six matchups from Arizona last season, including a three-game sweep of the D-Backs at Chase Field.
-- Adam Wainwright makes his first start since signing his $97.5 million extension, as the Cardinals' righty finished 2012 at 14-13 following Tommy John surgery the season before. Wainwright's road record suffered last season at 4-7, while posting an ERA of 4.68 on the highway.
-- Ian Kennedy's numbers took a dip following a career year in 2011, as the righty posted a 15-12 record. Kennedy was productive at Chase Field with an 8-4 home record, but allowed six earned runs in a 6-1 defeat to the Cardinals last May.
-- The D-Backs are listed as short home favorites at $1.10, as the total is set at 8 ½.
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