Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

Apr 21, 2008 |
Hot lines: Monday's best MLB bets

Florida at Pittsburgh (-115, 9 ½)

 

If you listened closely enough, you could hear a few snickers from the peanut gallery when the Marlins announced veteran 6-foot-9 pitcher Mark Hendrickson would be their Opening Day starter.

 

Hendrickson was roughed up in that first start of the year, allowing six runs over five innings in a loss to the Mets, but rebounded to win his next three starts with just four earned runs on his record since then.  

 

So who’s laughing now? Nobody’s ever going to mistake Hendrickson as an untouchable presence on the mound, but he can be serviceable when he keeps the ball down and doesn’t try to do too much. Against Matt Morris and the sinking Pittsburgh Pirates, that’s probably all the big lefty will have to do today.

 

Pick: Marlins

 

San Diego at Houston (-140, 8 ½)

 

Padres starter Justin Germano just can’t catch a break. The young righty has given up just three runs (all in his last start) over 20 innings so far this season and still hasn’t cracked the win column. That’s because San Diego has managed just three runs of support for him this season.

 

However, the offense has to feel a lot better after putting nine runs on the board in a win over the red-hot Diamondbacks on Sunday.

 

Houston sends Roy Oswalt to the hill on the heels of salvaging a single win over a three-game stretch in Colorado.

 

Pick: Padres

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