Free MLB Picks for Tuesday's Baseball Action

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:22 PM GMT

We’re not nearly seeing the amount of longballs that we’ve seen in the past in the MLB. That said, the league is starting to be played on a more even playing field. Check out Tuesday's MLB Picks of the Day.

Joe C. Record

59-75 -38.11 Units
I had the right idea in buying runs in the well-pitched Dodgers game, but instead of buying a ½, I should’ve bought an entire run. As we get near the month of June, the feeling process will be complete. We don’t want to get too far behind with 4 months left to go in the season.


Cleveland Indians (24-28) at Chicago White Sox (26-27)
Smooth “Sale-ing”
After returning to play and crushing the Yankees in his last start, one has to feel good about backing Chris Sale. That said, he was relegated to an 85 pitch count and manager Robin Ventura almost had to let him pitch longer because Sale was pitching a no-hitter and striking out almost every Yankee along the way.

Chris Sale will be tested here as the Indians are streaky offensively and some individual players on the Tribe have gotten the best of Sale in the past.


Owned?
Since the beginning of last season, Chris Sale is just 1-4 with an 8.04 against Cleveland, covering 5 starts. Both Nick Swisher (5 for 10, 2 HR) and Carlos Santana (9 for his last 20), have been locked in where Sale is concerned. Fortunately for Sale, both players are injured and it looks like he might get off the hook.

In contrast, Michael Brantley, who is a very reliable hitter, is 2 for 18 with 9 strikeouts against Sale. Brantley has a 10 game hitting streak against the Sox while batting .425, but hasn’t been able to figure Chris Sale out.

The White Sox are coming off of a 6-2 victory over the Indians on Memorial Day and most of their success can be attributed to their offense. They rank 4th in the league in runs scored and 7th in batting average. Sale and the White Sox were the pick before, but without Swisher and Santana, Chicago looks even more appealing.
2 Free MLB Picks: Chicago -157 at 5 Dimes & Chicago -1.5 +130 at 5 Dimes.
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Cincinnati Reds (22-27) at Los Angeles Dodgers (28-24)
Good Things Must Come To An End?
After setting a record of 21 consecutive starts of 2 runs or less, starter Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.01) appeared to be lost in his last start as he faced the Mets at CitiField.

New York wasn’t scoring a ton of runs off of Greinke, but guys like Curtis Granderson were making excellent contact and it seemed like every pitch that Greinke threw, had a chance of leaving the ballpark. Greinke looked puzzled on the mound as he threw 101 pitches in just 5 innings.

In this game, Greinke appears to be lucky as he faces a Reds team that ranks 29th in runs and 23rd in batting average. Jay Bruce and Joey Votto haven’t been able to measure up to past seasons. While Billy Hamilton has all of the speed in the world at the leadoff position, but can barely make contact with the baseball.

Hamilton has 18 SB on the season, but his .294 OBP% leaves a lot to be desired. This Reds' squad has a lot of big names that simply are having an off-year.

This is a great spot for Zack Greinke and look for a talented Los Angeles offense of Gordon, Ramirez, Gonzalez, and Puig to beat up on the Reds behind Greinke.
2 Free MLB Picks: Dodgers -169 at 5 Dimes & Dodgers -1 ½ +135 at 5 Dimes.
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