Friday's MLB Locks

Joe Catalano

Friday, April 4, 2014 3:30 PM GMT

It’s Friday and that means the start of new series’ and a look at different matchups. Time for today’s installment of MLB Picks of the Day as we attempt to provide you with the maximum profit that free picks can buy.

Joe C. Record

4-5 -2.20 Units

We split yesterday as the Yankees finally came through but we were unaware that Jordan Zimmerman was not going to be starting for the Nats. That said, the Nationals went on a rampage late in the game against the Mets and it wouldn’t have affected our MLB Picks; no excuses and no money lost for the day.

 

New York Yankees (1-2) at Toronto Blue Jays (2-2)

Yankees Again?

A lot of you might wonder why I’m following the Yankees so much. I thought and still think that they’re a much better team than the Houston Astros and 24-0 is no joke; It’s Tanaka night.

 

Is Masahiro Tanaka the Real Deal?
New York payed a lot of money for THIS Japanese import and for a player to go 24-0 in any league, is difficult to do. Masahiro Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Japanese League last season and in spring training, he remained undefeated with a 2-0 record and a 2.14 ERA in 5 starts.

Will Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion be the first player to brag that they took the great Tanaka yard in the majors or will Tanaka continue to do what he does best and that’s winning? We’ll find out tonight.

 

Acquisitions Not Paying Off Yet
We’re only 3 games into the start of the season and manager, Joe Girardi, has already sat Jacoby Ellsbury last night. That’s not how you treat a highly paid ball player that’s supposed to be your future. Luckily for Girardi, Ichiro Suzuki had a big night and the decision went overlooked. Ellsbury will start tonight and I expect his to get out of his mini-funk. He’s hitless on the season. That said, Carlos Beltran hasn’t been much better. It’s only a matter of time before these players display their value and it could possibly be tonight.

Toronto has been nothing to write home about in the 1st 4 games of the season. They’re 2-2 and were defeated by Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-2 last night. That’s not the kind of momentum that a team wants to have coming into their first home stand and facing a pitcher like Tanaka.

Thus far, PED poster boy, Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista have gotten off to quick starts. Cabrera is hitting .333 and has already been to the plate 18 times while Jose Bautista has let off 2 “Bautista Bombs” and is capable of going yard against anyone. Can he go yard against Tanaka?

You must go with Tanaka until he proves otherwise. That said, New York comes into this game after their first win of the season. The odds are good; look for a 2nd win.

Free Pick- Yankees -135 at Bet 365

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Los Angeles Angels (0-3) at Houston Astros (2-1)

Why Are the Angels So Bad?
I love “must win” situations and clearly, Los Angeles can’t get off to a lousy start for a 3rd consecutive season or they’ll find themselves out of the post-season again.

You look at their roster and see their core of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton, and think that this team should be world-beaters. The pitching has disappointed them whether it be starters or the bullpen, but they have to turn it around. If you look at their roster player by player, they have one of the best teams in baseball.

 

A Good Opening Series
The Houston Astros definitely got the best of the New York Yankees, taking 2 out of 3 games at home, and surprisingly their pitching staff was a huge reason for their success. However, the Astros started to fade a bit in the last game of the series and we might see them come back down to earth.

 

Fowler On Fire
One player to keep an eye on is center-fielder, Dexter Fowler. Fowler has come out of the gates like a wrecking ball, destroying New York Yankees pitching.

On the season, Fowler is 6 for 12 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and an RBI. Fowler also has 13 total bases in just 3 games. The Astros really have something special in Dexter Fowler.

The Angels should win this game, but reliever Garrett Richards isn’t necessarily who a team want’s to start a game for them. With the Angels luck, they lose with Weaver, lose with Wilson, and will most likely win with an unestablished Richards. The Angels must win this game with their bats and I look for that to happen.

 

Surprising Odds
I expected to see something near even odds but odds makers list the Angels as a -147 favorite. This is disappointing, but we’re going to go with the Halos.

Free Pick- Los Angeles Angels -147 at Bet 365

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