Fargo's 10* MLB OPENING DAY DOMINATOR (43-16 RUN): Baseball is back and Fargo could not be happier! He had a SENSATIONAL season in 2011 and he looks to begin right where he left off! He closed with a BLAZING 43-16-1 (72.9%) short-term run and long term went a MASSIVE 169-96-1 (63.8%) L266 MLB plays He opens 2012 with a WINNER from Tokyo and take note is goes EARLY (6:10 AM ET)!
Game: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics Mar 28 2012 6:10AM
Prediction: Seattle Mariners
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: Opening day in Tokyo takes place early Wednesday (6:10 AM ET) as the Mariners and A's square off. Seattle was a major disappointment last season as it finished 67-95 and not much more is expected this season. The offense was horrid as Seattle finished last in the American League in scoring for a second straight season which let to a second straight sub-.300 OPS. This team is young and with a lot of talent but it needs to be wagered on in spots and this is one of those based on the pitching. Oakland finished only seven games better than Seattle last season and that gap should be even smaller this season. The A's actually have the potential to finish behind Seattle as they are just as young and their starting pitching staff was decimated with the trades of Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey. Oakland was again solid at home but dreadful on the road and I feel we are getting some excellent value with this moneyline based on the pitching matchup. Seattle took 10 of the 19 meetings last season so basically it was a wash. Four of those wins however came with Felix Hernandez on the hill. After winning the Cy Young in 2010, despite having one more win last year, 2011 was a disappointment although most pitchers would grab his numbers in a heartbeat. He posted a 3.47 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, which is solid but well down from past seasons. His dominance over the A's continued though as he went 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in four starts. The Mariners counter with Brandon McCarthy who was dubbed the opening day starter after a fairly solid 2011 season where he posted a 3.32 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 25 starts. He won only nine games and the A's went 11-14 in his 25 trips to the hill as it was a mix of bad offense at times and bad bullpen work at other times. He faced Seattle four times last season and went 1-3 despite some good numbers. Oakland managed only six runs scored total over those four starts. 10* (947) Seattle Mariners