Top MLB Picks and Predictions for April 8 (Trust Mets, Reds To Keep Momentum Going)

New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer.
New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer. / Eric Espada/GettyImages

Opening Day continues today with several teams starting their season and some returning to action. 

BetSided's Reed Wallach and Joe Summers have you covered with their favorite picks in the Majors tonight, with all odds via WynnBET:

Mets vs. Nationals Prediction and Pick

Opening Day looked like what we projected from the Mets and Nationals: New York was paced by consistent pitching and a well rounded lineup that put up 5 runs against a leaky Nationals pitching staff. Meanwhile, the Nats platted one run from a Juan Soto long ball.

It's going to be a lot of this for the Nats, who are projected to come in last in the NL East this season while the Mets are planning on contending in 2022. I expect Scherzer to look dominant against an outmatched Washington lineup and for the Mets to chase Nationals' starter Josiah Gray.

Gray had a shaky rookie season and in his lone appearance against the Mets struggled quite a bit, allowing 6 earned runs in 3 innings pitched.

This line is a discount price for a true Cy Young contender in Scherzer against a weak opponent. Lay it with the Mets to get out to a 2-0 start.

PICK: Mets ML -153

You can find all of Reed's bets HERE!

Reds vs. Braves Prediction and Pick

I'm decently high on the Reds this year. I like their lineup led by stud second baseman Jonathan India. While their rotation is a huge question mark, I love the potential we've seen from Sanmartín.

The rookie out of Colombia looked great in his two late-season starts and he does a great job of limiting hard contact, giving up just six home runs in over 100 innings of work in the minor leagues last year.

I really like targeting young, promising pitchers early on as opposing lineups aren't familiar with their arsenals yet. Especially when those young, promising pitchers happen to be left-handed, like Sanmartín is.

Meanwhile, the Reds are very familiar with Charlie Morton. The 38-year old is coming off a fantastic season, but he's long struggled against Cincinnati, going 6-8 with a 4.41 ERA over 18 starts in his career. In fact, Morton hasn't logged a win against the Reds since 2015 when he was with the Pirates.

I think Sanmartín can frustrate the Braves and the Reds can get to Morton. At +170 odds, I'm more than happy to take a shot on Cincinnati to start their season with a series win.

Pick: Reds (+170)

Follow all of Joe Summers' betting picks here.