Hot lines: Wednesday's best MLB bet

Apr 10, 2012 |
Hot lines: Wednesday's best MLB bet
Carl Pavano looks to get Minnesota in the win column.
Carl Pavano looks to get Minnesota in the win column.
Los Angeles Angels at Minnesota Twins (+145, 7.5)

The Twins are trying to stay calm, even though this season hasn’t started the way they had hoped.

Manager Ron Gardenhire insisted that his team’s offense was going to be better this year, now that some of his big sluggers were healthy again. However, that hasn’t happened yet. Minnesota has scored just six runs this season.

"You don't ever want to start 0-4 and put yourself in a big hole, so it's frustrating," Gardenhire told the Twins' official website. "We need to win a ballgame. But it's not the end of the world right now. We can go on a five- or six-game winning streak and we're back above .500. The game can turn quickly."

Carl Pavano climbs the hill looking to snap the skid after suffering a 4-2 loss to Baltimore in Minnesota’s season opener. Pavano gave up four runs over seven innings, striking out one.

He’ll have his work cut out for him against Jered Weaver, who threw eight shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first outing of the season.

Pick: Under

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (+115, 8.5)

Tim Lincecum is looking to bounce back from a tough start to begin the season.

He hit the showers in the sixth inning after giving up five earned runs in San Francisco’s 5-4 loss to Arizona.

"On opening day, that's tough to take," Lincecum told reporters. "I misplaced a couple of pitches, and that was it. Giving up three runs in the first inning is not the way to start off the season."

Maybe he’ll pick up where Barry Zito left off. The veteran lefty chucked a complete-game shutout, striking out four while giving up four hits in San Francisco’s 7-0 win over Colorado Monday.

San Francisco has scored at least four runs in each of its games this season, while the Rockies are really struggling to push runs across.

Pick: Giants

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