4th of July MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Friday, July 4, 2014 1:11 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 4, 2014 1:11 PM UTC

It’s the 4th of July, and what better way to show your appreciation for America than to salute the flag, watch the fireworks and produce a couple of MLB winning bets on today’s card?

Joe C. Record: 113-111-1 -27.74 Units
We have a lot of aces taking the mound today, headed by Clayton Kershaw. The question being “Is this a good day to fade the chalk and avoid laying the heavy juice, or do we ride the aces, lay the juice, and build our bankrolls?”

Los Angeles Dodgers (49-39) vs. Colorado Rockies (36-50)

Can Kershaw Be Effective at Coors Field?
We all know the how many runs can be produced at Coors Field and Rockies hitters such as Troy Tulowitzki and Charlie Blackmon seem to really excel in Colorado, but the Rockies are facing the best pitcher in baseball and he’s been red hot as of late.

On Fire!
Clayton Kershaw is possibly pitching the best baseball of his career and that’s saying something. He’s has 3 consecutive outings in which he hasn’t relinquished a single run and has struck out 36 batters while only allowing 11 hits in 24 innings. This is as good as a pitcher can pitch.

To take it even further, Kershaw has allowed just 7 runs in his last 57 innings pitched. I know that Troy Tulowitzki is batting .441 at Coors Field and .350 overall, but Kershaw is currently untouchable.

Not that he needs it, but the Dodgers have plenty of firepower to support Clayton Kershaw offensively. Los Angeles ranks 11th in the league in runs and 10th in batting average. They also have a combination of speed and power with Dee Gordon leading off and Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, and Matt Kemp, who have the ability to drive in runs.

Extreme Odds
The odds aren’t desirable for an away team such as Los Angeles, but Kershaw is so good that we’re still siding with the Dodgers.

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers – 214 at 5 Dimes

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Seattle Mariners (47-38) vs. Chicago White Sox (40-46)

Going “All In” With a Couple of Aces
Even though Seattle has a very good record, only two things stick out to me in today’s matchup; the hitting of Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager for the Mariners and the hitting of Jose Abreu and most importantly, the pitching of ace Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) for the Mariners.

Smooth Sailing
Sale was once slated to be a reliever, but the White Sox made possibly the best decision that they’ve made in the past couple of decades in declaring Sale a starter. He’s just been eating up the opposition, while not allowing them to get on base, and striking out a lot of batters.

On the season, Sale has held opposing batters to just a .194 batting average, and has struck out more than 1 batter per inning. It’s safe to say that the White Sox will get a good start from Sale; it’s just a matter of their offense being effective.

Jose Abreu
Alexei Ramirez and Connor Gillaspie are both formidable hitters, but the brunt of the power from the White Sox offense comes from Jose Abreu and the Adam Dunn. Although Dunn can go yard, he’s a liability because he’s one of the worst players in the league in getting on base.

Where Abreu is concerned, he’s having an MVP-like season with 26 HR, 67 RBI, and a .280 BA. Imagine if he was on a team like the Detroit Tigers, and got more support. Nonetheless, he’s the backbone of the White Sox, and is a threat to go yard in each and every game.

Tonight, Abreu and the Sox face Roenis Elias (7-6 ,3.96). Elias has had a decent season, but got knocked around in his last start by Cleveland for 5 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings. We don’t know which Elias will show up, but we definitely know which Chris Sale will start tonight. Take the White Sox as Sale is a dominant starting pitcher.

Free MLB Pick: Chicago -159 at 5 Dimes for your baseball pick today.

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