Find out who we are backing with our opening day MLB picks.

Baseball is back! There are seven MLB matchups on tap for us, with Boston's opener in Detroit looking like the best of the bunch. 

Here are the top MLB picks I like for today. 

Chicago Cubs (Dempster) vs. Washington Nationals (Strasburg)

Game start: 2:20 PM EST 

Cubs vs. NationalsThe reign of Theo Epstein as general manager begins as the Cubs open their season with a home game against the Nationals. After a brutal 71-91 season and a change at manager, the rebuilding project will be considerable, but I still believe there to be good MLB betting value on Chicago today. 

The Nationals trot out Stephen Strasburg against a Cubs lineup that lost Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena. Alfonso Soriano, who belted six home runs in Spring Training, will be called upon to do even more now that he provides practically all of the power for this young team. 

I'm also expecting Geovany Soto to bounce back this season after batting just .228 last year – he's had a great Spring and hasn't had two bad campaigns in a row through his career. The Cubs will also be looking for good things from starting shortstop Starlin Castro, as well as Bryan LaHair, who hit 38 homers with 109 RBI in Triple A last season. 

Strasburg is an ace when healthy, but Ryan Dempster has proven he can get the job done too. He had an off year in 2010/11, but did allow only only one run over seven innings in his sole meeting against the Nationals. 

Chicago, despite their worst overall record since 2006, was close to even at home and I think the rowdy atmosphere at Wrigley can spur them on to an opening day win. 

PICK: Chicago Cubs +143 (Bookmaker)


Cleveland Indians (Masterson) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Romero)

Game start: 3:05 PM EST 

My second favored play is on another home underdog in the MLB odds. This time I like the Indians to start off the season right with a victory over the Blue Jays. 

Indians vs. Blue JaysInjuries destroyed Cleveland's season last year and the Indians are hopeful they can stay relatively healthy and make a charge for the AL Central crown. Shin-Soo Choo and Travis Hafner are back at full health and together with Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, the Indians are stacked in the middle of their batting order. Just imagine when Grady Sizemore returns later on. 

Offensive production won't be an issue for Cleveland, but I do worry about their pitching staff. The Indians will really need the Ubaldo Jimenez of old to show up as that would provide them with a terrific one-two punch at the top of the rotation.

Justin Masterson is the opening day starter for Cleveland and he comes up against Ricky Romero. Masterson is coming off the best season of his career, in which he went 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA.

Romero meanwhile is just 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three career starts against the Indians. I will therefore be adding Cleveland to my sports picks, who went 44-37 at Progressive Field last season, to start things off with a win.

PICK: Cleveland Indians +114 (Pinnacle)