Friday's MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Friday, June 20, 2014 12:51 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 20, 2014 12:51 PM UTC

With the Kansas City Royals 10 game winning streak out of the way, the other MLB teams can breathe a sigh of relief. Time for some Friday Picks of the Day as the weekend is here. Let’s place our bets.

Joe C. Record
95-99 -31.53 Units

San Francisco Giants (43-29) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (31-45)Favorable Odds
If I can get the 1st place National League West Division San Francisco Giants as an underdog against a bottom-feeder such as the Arizona Diamondbacks, I’m going to take it. The D’Backs are also a poor home team at just 13-27. If Tim Lincecum (5-4, 4.81) can get his act together, this looks like a winner. That said, any baseball team can win at any time, but we’re giving ourselves the best chance to win.

Poor Play All Around
Even though the Giants lead their respective division by 4 games over the Dodgers, they’ve lost 5 games in a row and have lost 8 out of their last 10 games.

From a Diamondbacks perspective, they haven’t fared any better, losing 7 out of their last 10 games and sitting in the National League West’s basement as they trail San Francisco by 14 games. 

The Giants pitching, which usually is an asset, has been a liability to this team as they’ve allowed an average of 7 runs per ball game in their last 5 games.

Amazingly, they haven’t been able to hold a team to under 5 runs in that period of time. Tim Lincecum will look to stop the bleeding. The former back to back NL Cy Young winner has had 8 quality outings in his last 10 starts. In his last 2 starts, Lincecum has allowed 5 runs in 12 innings pitched. It’s not top-rate pitching, but during their losing streak, San Francisco will take those numbers all day long.

The over is 6-2 in Arizona’s last 8 games and that indicates to me that the totals weren’t placed high as Arizona’s offense has been sputtering as of late. Arizona hasn’t scored more than 5 runs in a game since June 8th.

Chris Owings
While Paul Goldschmidt is clearly the leader of the Diamondbacks team, Chris Owings has been on fire as of late. In his last 5 games, Owings is 8 for his last 16 with two doubles and a triple. He’s also hitting .345 in the month of June with 3 home runs and 11 runs batted in. Look for Owings to be a possible factor in this game against a vulnerable Giants team.

Even though the Giants are going through a tough time, the Diamondbacks have shown nothing at home and can’t score runs. Take the underdog Giants and Lincecum as your MLB betting pick.
MLB Pick: Giants +106 at 5 Dimes

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Baltimore Orioles (37-34) vs. New York Yankees (38-33): Chasing Toronto
They play in a very weak division, but both the Yankees and Orioles have been playing very well as of late. Baltimore has won 6 out of their last 10 games and the Yankees have won 7 out of their last 10 games. New York’s games were of major importance because they were with Toronto and each game carried a two game swing. Now, one of these two contending teams could be knocked down in the standings depending on the outcome of this series.

Nick Markakis
While he’s certainly not the most intimidating hitter in the Orioles lineup, he’s been the hottest hitter as of late. Markakis, who seems to like the leadoff position, is hitting .300 in the month of June with 3 HR and 10 RBI. His splits look good as he’s a .321 hitter on the road and is also hitting .364 in 22 at-bats against New York starter, Hiroki Kuroda. Adam Jones and Chris Davis can both go off at any time, but Markakis has shouldered the load as of late.

“Small Ball”
The Yankees don’t have the power-filled lineup that they used to have. They’ve been acting more like a National League team, playing small ball with guys like Jeter, Ellsbury, and Gardner.

Although he’s had a very inconsistent year, Jacoby Ellsbury could play a very important part in what’s expected to be a close game. Ellsbury is coming off of a 2 for 4 performance with 2 stolen bases against Toronto. He’s hitting .309 in the month of June and manufacturing runs could come into play here and that’s right up Ellsbury’s alley.

You get the Yankees at a decent price at home and with a superior pitching staff. I’m leaning towards New York for today's MLB betting pick
MLB Pick: New York -130 at 5 Dimes
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