Grading Pitchers to Perfect MLB Picks: Sunday, May 10th

Doug Upstone

Sunday, May 10, 2015 1:42 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 10, 2015 1:42 PM UTC

This Sunday in baseball, we have starting pitchers holding a clear advantage over their opponents. Take advantage of the edge & back those teams with MLB picks today.

But that is fine as long as we wager what we can afford, that is what is important and moms know that for sure. Today we will looking the prospects of a trio of chalky favorites according to sportsbooks and see if they are as enticing as the MLB odds say they are.


Michael Pineda Living up to Yankees Expectations
It has taken a while since tearing his right labrum, but Michael Pineda (4-0, 2.97 ERA) is starting to mature into the kind of pitcher New York was hoping for after trading for him with Seattle. The big right-hander has been the Yankees most consistent starter after six starts throwing a team-high 39 1/3 innings, striking out 38 and walking three and has been particularly sharp of late with a 1.27 ERA in his past three outings.

At Yankee Stadium, Pineda and his teammates are a -170 money line favorite at places like Wagerweb over Baltimore as they attempt to secure a series victory in this four-game matchup. Besides a victory, manager Joe Girardi would enjoy seeing Pineda pitch deep into this contest since the New York bullpen is tied for third in usage at 105 2/3 innings in the AL. The Yankees pen has been terrific with the third-best ERA but Girardi knows this will not last unless innings are reduced. Pineda is averaging 6 2/3 innings per start and has pitched into the eighth in two of his past three outings.

Most MLB baseball handicappers might shy away from the high number on this confrontation, but Pineda is 2-0 with 2.84 ERA in five outings versus the Orioles and looks like a fairly secure wager for sports picks.

Grade – B (For New York)


Can Kershaw Heat Up in Denver?
It has been a brutal weather week in Denver, as the Rockies have has three postponements due to weather and this morning at Coors Field temperatures were hovering around 30 degrees and field was covered with snow. However, the sun is coming out and it is supposed to be a balmy 45 by game time which will melt the white stuff.

The Rockies have been a lot like the weather, just awful, having only played three games this week their losing streak is up to eight and having to face Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.72) today. The left-hander has not hit his stride yet and has failed in his three previous tries to reach his 100th victory. Kershaw has been off in not quite hitting his preferred locations and is allowing nearly a hit and inning and opposing hitters have not been swinging at his tosses just off the plate and working the count, which is partly why he has only lasted into the eighth inning once in six starts.

Yesterday’s cancellation gives Kershaw one extra day’s rest and he is 14-5 lifetime against Colorado. In his last four starts at Coors, he has a 2.00 ERA and owns a six-game winning streak over the Rocks with a puny 1.62 ERA. With how the Dodgers are hitting, the -180 number might be too good pass up for MLB picks with Kershaw.

Grade – A (For Los Angeles)


Felix Hernandez After 6-0 Start
Seattle goes for the sweep of Oakland and what better hurler for them to start than King Felix. Hernandez (5-0, 1.73) is off to the best start of his career and could tie Freddy Garcia and Aaron Sele from 2001, as that pair of Mariners won their first six decisions. The M’s are a -170 choice and Hernandez also has a personal goal, as with five strikeouts he could become the fourth youngest pitcher in history to reach 2,000 K’s.

The righty is 19-7 lifetime against the A’s and at home this season he has a sick 0.78 ERA in three outings. The only reason Seattle is not a larger favorite in MLB betting odds is because Oakland’s Jesse Chavez has a 1.80 ERA either starting or coming out of the bullpen and the Mariners are not exactly an offensive juggernaut averaging 3.8 RPG.

Nevertheless, hard to imagine Seattle and the King do not lift their record since last year to 11-0 in day games.

Grade – B (For Seattle)

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