MLB Picks of the Day - Moneyline Plays Worthy Of Your Bet

Jose Reyes walking in celebration raising his arms

Friday, September 9, 2016 8:25 PM GMT

After a 2-0 day on the short slate, we come into tonight's games with some momentum. Riding the hot teams that are hungry for a playoff spot has been a common theme to our approach and see if we continue to follow this path with our coveted MLB Picks of the Day for Friday.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees

Perfect Spot and Favorable Odds
While the Tampa Bay Rays have been a thorn in the New York Yankees side, the Yankees managed to slay the beast last night with Tyler Austin's 9th inning home run. In yesterday's article, I mentioned how Austin had started to become a factor and right on cue, he went deep, giving the Bombers their 5th straight win and a season's best 74-65. Every game is vital for the Yankees where the post-season is concerned as the American League is much more competitive than the National League and New York has gotten hot at the right time.

Can Pineda Keep the Ball in the Ball Park?
There's no question that Yankees starting pitcher, Michael Pineda (6-11, 5.10 ERA) ,has fantastic stuff, but he's been plagued by the home run as he's a pitcher that always seem's to give up the gopher ball early; pitching from behind and eventually settle down.

Playing from behind catches up with a team and it's essential that Pineda gets's off to a quick start as he's facing a very weak Tampa Bay Rays lineup with the exception of Evan Longoria (31 HR, 85 RBI, 280 BA). Longoria has always owned the Yankees and this year is no different as he has 2 HR and 12 RBI in 51 at-bats. Where Pineda is concerned, he's gotten battered around by the Tampa Bay Rays. In 14 2/3 innings this season, he's allowed a massive 18 runs on 25 hits. This has to scare the Yankees and if he get's into any type of trouble, manager ,Joe Girardi, will give him the quick hook. Pineda only went 4 innings in his last start and hasn't had a win in his last 5 starts. At this point, Pineda is definitely a question mark, but not enough to deter me from siding with the Bombers.

Move Over Gary Sanchez
As Sanchez has cooled off after his record-setting start to his major league career, Tyler Austin has taken his spot as the hot young talent. Austin is 7 for his last 17 at-bats (.412 BA) with 2 HR and 5 RBI. The Yankees are filled with young talent due to their recent call-ups and trades, but guys such as Austin, are making an immediate impact.

Another player to watch is Brian McCann. McCann might have lost his catching position to Gary Sanchez, but he's hit over .300 this past week and is coming off of a 2 home run game.McCann could be auditioning for other teams and the Yankees can only benefit from this approach taken by McCann. New York is the play despite the pitching woes of "Pinetar Pineda".

Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees -141 2 Unit Play
Best Line Offered: at 5 Dimes

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New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves


Golden Opportunity For the Mets at "Amazin" Odds
Odds makers are way off where they are concerned in this game as the New York Mets (74-66), who have won 5 straight games and 14 out of their last 18 games, are facing the bottom-feeding Atlanta Braves (54-86). The Braves actually play worse at Turner Field where they're a dismal 22-44. New York has a very weak schedule the rest of the way and the makers have placed these odds with Atlanta as the favorite because Robert Gsellman (2-1, 2.87 ERA) will be starting for the Mets tonight. That said, Gsellman has pitched quite well and is certainly not a reason to not bet the Mets as your favorite MLB pick.

Home Sweet Home
It appears that Jose Reyes plays his best ball as a member of the New York Mets. Reyes rarely does interviews due to the language barrier, but I found it quite funny that he called Yoenis Cespedes his "brother from another mother". This tells me that Reyes feels comfortable with the group of guys that he's playing with and it's more about the team than it was his ego in the past.

For the season, Reyes is hitting .287 with 6 HR, 15 RBI, and 8 SB in 167 at-bats. He's also hit a home run in each of his last two games. Jose Reyes sets the tone for this team and especially the hitters behind him with his ability to get the timely hit and get on base. He's gaining confidence quickly and I can see him possibly being a factor in this game.

Nonetheless, the Mets are a team on a mission to earn a post-season berth and the best way to do so is beating up on the weak teams such as the Atlanta Braves. Due to their inexperienced starting pitching, the betting odds actually set up quite nicely and I consider it a gift. Take New York in this spot as they're the team that was in the World Series last season, they're the team that's hot and hungry, and they're playing a team with no life to themselves in the Atlanta Braves.

Free MLB Pick: New York Mets +116 - 2 Unit Play
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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