Spring Training action continues on Tuesday with 14 total games on hand. As usual, we handpicked a couple of games to preview and will be giving you our daily quick picks as well to help you decide on which teams to roll with on March 19th.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Houston Astros
Drew Anderson gets the start for Philadelphia. The 24 year old from Reno, Nevada has started all four games he’s appeared in this preseason and has a record of 2-0. The right hander has pitched a total of 12.2 innings with an ERA of 0.71 and WHIP of 0.93. Anderson has fanned a total of 12 batters in Spring Training play.
Phil Gosselin leads the Phillies with a total of 14 hits in 35 appearances at the plate (.400). Right fielder Nick Williams has a team-high 9 RBIs while Drew Butera and Dylan Cozens have seven RBIs each. Cozens leads Philadelphia with four home runs
Philadelphia Phillies vs Houston Astros Odds
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Gerrit Cole will open on top of the mound for the Astros. The 28-year old right hander has a record of 1-0 in Grapefruit League play and has started four games this preseason. Cole has pitched a total of 10.2 innings and he has an ERA of 1.69 and a WHIP of 0.66 with 10 strikeouts to his credit.
Myles Straw and Nick Tanielu lead Houston with 13 hits each. Interestingly Straw doesn’t have an RBI but has scored 12 runs for the Astros. Tanielu meanwhile leads the Astros with 15 RBIs and 4 home runs in preseason action. Abraham Toro has 13 RBIs on 12 hits with two homers.
Prediction: Houston Astros. Both teams are going opposite directions right now with the Astros winning four in a row and the Phillies losing three in a row. Houston has a run difference of +31 while the Phillies are a -7, the only teams with a record of .500 or higher with a negative run difference.
Seattle Mariners vs Chicago Cubs
Nabil Crismatt will open on top of the mound for the Mariners. The 24-year old Colombian has pitched just one inning in the preseason so far. Prior to coming to Seattle, Crismatt started seven games for the Tigres de Licey in the Dominican Republic. He compiled a record of 1-1 with an ERA of 5.33while striking out 29 batters in a total of 25.1 innings pitched.
Right fielder Jay Bruce leads the Mariners with 13 hits in 30 at bats (.433). Braden Bishop has 11 hits and a team-high 12 RBIs with three home runs. Domingo Santana has four home runs to lead Seattle and he also has 9 RBIs as well. Ryon Healy has also contributed 8 RBIs on seven hits.
Seattle Mariners vs Chicago Cubs Odds
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Yu Darvish will start on top of the hill for the Chicago Cubs. The 32 year old from Japan has appeared in three preseason games, all starts, and has a record of 1-0. Yu-San has pitched a total of 7.1 innings in preseason play and has an ERA of 2.45 and a WHIP of 1.36 with 8 strikeouts.
Cristhian Adames leads Chicago with 16 hits on 36 at bats (.444). The 27 year old shortstop has 11 RBIs and 3 home runs in preseason play. Mark Zagunis also has 11 RBIs for the Cubs while batting at .355 in the Cactus League.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are the #2 team in the Cactus league with a record of 14-10 while the Mariners are at an even 8-8 in Spring Training. Chicago has allowed an average of 5.46 runs so far in 24 games while the Mariners are giving up 6.31 runs per game. The Cubs also have a run differential of +26 while Seattle is just almost even at +2 in the same statistical category.
MLB Quick Picks and Predictions
- Toronto Blue Jays +155 vs Boston Red Sox -175, Prediction: Boston Red Sox
- New York Mets -125 vs Miami Marlins +105, Prediction: Miami Marlins
- Detroit Tigers +118 vs Pittsburgh Pirates -138, Prediction: Pittsburgh Pirates
- Washington Nationals -110 vs Atlanta Braves -110, Prediction: Atlanta Braves
- Tampa Bay Rays +140 vs New York Yankees -160, Prediction: New York Yankees
- Minnesota Twins -120 vs Baltimore Orioles +100, Prediction: Minnesota Twins