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    MLB Opening Day Preview and Picks: Back the Jays to edge Yanks

    MLB Opening Day Preview and Picks: Back the Jays to edge Yanks

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    New York Yankees (-155) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (+135)


    Right-hander Luis Severino takes the mound for the New York Yankees, who kick off the MLB regular season against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Yankees open the match as the -155 road favourites against their division rivals. Toronto announced J.A. Happ will be the opening-day starter for the Blue Jays, who are intriguing +135 underdogs on home turf. The run line for Thursday’s season opener is set to 1.5 in favour of the Yankees, who are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games going back to spring training. However, the Blue Jays are 14-5 straight up it their last 19 games when playing the Yankees. Take the Jays straight up on Thursday.

    Pick: Toronto Blue Jays (+135)

    Houston Astros (-172) vs. Texas Rangers (+147)


    The defending World Series champion Houston Astros begin the season on Thursday with a tough matchup against division foes the Texas Rangers. Justin Verlander takes the mound for the defending champs, who are the -172 favourites heading into Arlington, Texas. The Astros picked up where they left off from last season and have posted a 17-8 straight up record in their last 25 games. Houston is also the 1.5 favourite on the run line spread. Bettors will want to take into consideration the club is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games. Texas will send Cole Hamels to the mound but expect the Astros to run away with this game on opening day.

    Pick: Houston Astros (-172)

    Los Angeles Dodgers (-300) vs. San Francisco Giants (+250)


    The new-look and revamped San Francisco Giants will be tested out of the gate to start the 2018 MLB season as the club travels to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for the Dodgers, who are the overwhelming -300 favourites on home field. Los Angeles topped the National League with 104 wins a season ago, but the club is known for getting off to sluggish starts. The Giants are a very enticing pick at +250, solely based on the moves the team made in the off-season to compete in the NL West Division. With Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen making their debuts, watch for the Giants to squeak out the road win.

    Pick: San Francisco Giants (+250)

    Cleveland Indians (-170) Seattle Mariners (+145)


    A pair of Cy Young-worthy pitchers take the mound in a late-night duel as Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians take on Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners. The Indians, who enter the season among the favourites to win the AL Pennant, are -170 road favourites on Thursday night. Head-to-head, the Indians have owned this series over the last three contests, averaging 5.33 runs and 8.67 hits per game. Expect much of the same as Cleveland holds a 4-1 record straight up in its last 5 games when playing Seattle.

    Pick: Cleveland Indians (-170)

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