Let's take a look at Sunday, May 10th games & break down the MLB odds on offer. I have been nearly perfect all season long with my betting picks so check out what's on my ticket.
Joe C. Record 14-2 +11.83 Units
Baltimore Orioles (13-15) vs. New York Yankees (19-12): Pinetar Pineda Gets The Start
Who can ever forget Michael Pineda and the substance that he had on the back of his neck last season? I must say, even without the "sticky substance", Pineda is an ace. He's one of the two best pitchers on the Yankees pitching staff and with Masahiro Tanaka unable to pitch, Pineda (4-0, 2.97) has been an outright beast. The same can't be said for the Baltimore team as a whole as they have been tremendously inconsistent all season long despite their 13-15 record.
A Simple Equation
It has been mentioned several times on the Yankees radio station and it is correct. New York has won with Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner as the trend setters and Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguex as the power.
Aside from Ellsbury and Gardner, nobody is hitting over .240, but Tex and Arod have been bashing timely homers. It seems like every game, Ellsbury and Gardner have been getting on base, they have been stealing, and scoring. Both players have an on base percentage of over .400. Expect this trend to continue and now Brian McCann has started to wake up a bit as his swing is a perfect fit for Yankee Stadium. The discrepancy today is in the pitching matchup between Bud Norris or the O's and Pineda for the Bombers. Until Pineda starts to show any weakness in his game, I'm sticking with him and laying the MLB odds juice.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees -162 at the Greek
Oakland Athletics (12-20) vs. Seattle Mariners (13-17): Felix Hernandez at -167?
When you think about the Seattle Mariners it's only natural to think about Nelson Cruz and the best pitcher in the American League for the last decade in Felix Hernandez.
Hernandez continues to stick with a losing team because they "show him the money". Both of these teams have gotten off to slow starts, but the Athletics aren't as good as they used to be and the Mariners lineup contains Robinson Cano and the hottest hitter in the Major Leagues in Nelson Cruz.
Nelson Cruz has been carrying this team. He was a one-time PED offender and that puts a bad taste in my mouth, but the guy has been tearing the cover off of the baseball while the Major Leagues gives random drug testing. Is it possible that he could actually be crushing the baseball without enhancement drugs?
As the Mariners look to go for the sweep of the A's, this is almost laughable as Cruz leads the M's in every offensive statistical category. He leads in batting average (.347), home runs (14), runs batted in (27), on base percentage (.398), hits (41), and runs (20). I don't think that there's any other player that is as dominant and as important to his team. As long as Cruz is scheduled to play today, Seattle is the play. Felix Hernandez is a perfect 5-0 on a lousy team with a 1.73 ERA. What more can you ask for? Place your MLB pick on the M's and lay the juice.
MLB Pick- Seattle Mariners -167 at 5 Dimes