Sam Martin's 15* MLB "TOTAL" ECLIPSE (OV/UN)!!: The Whiz Kid makes his first play of the 2012 MLB season, and after a TREMENDOUS 2011 MLB CAMPAIGN Sam is eager to pick up where he left off on the diamond!! Join Sam for his 15* MLB "TOTAL ECLIPSE WINNER for the over/under winner on tonight's ST. LOUIS VS. MIAMI OPENER ON ESPN!!
Game: St Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins Apr 4 2012 7:05PM
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: 15* Play on St. Louis vs. Miami Under. We can look at the first two games of this regular season between Seattle and Oakland as proof that pitchers typically have the advantage over the hitters in the first few weeks of the season, and with this pitching matchup of Lohse vs. Johnson we look for another low-scoring game here tonight.
Miami (it's going to take some time for us to get used to writing that!) lines up as a sizable favorite here against the defending champion Cardinals, and for good reason as Johnson has been dominant. He only made nine starts last year, but was very good with a 3-1 record and 1.64 earned run average. And prior to that, he led the NL in ERA for the 2010 season.
St. Louis counters with Kyle Lohse, who did a decent job last year with a 14-10 mark and 3.67 ERA, but what we like is that those numbers didn't dip away from home (8-4, 3.57), and here he'll face a Miami lineup that only hit .246 as a team, scoring just under 4 runs per game. Pitchers dominate tonight and we look for both teams to be held to three runs or less. 15* Play on St. Louis vs. Miami Under.