After a memorable NBA Finals game 6 between the Heat and the Spurs, the spotlight can go back on baseball. With multiple sports going on in June, the goal each day is to make a profit and that’s what we’re going to do with our MLB Picks of the Day for Wednesday.
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Chicago White Sox (29-39) at Minnesota Twins (31-36)
The Chicago White Sox have been a disappointing baseball team this season with the exception of ace Chirs Sale. Sale has only managed a 5-5 record from a superb 2.43 ERA because his team can’t hit for a lick.
Paul Konerko has been a superstar the last decade and has completely fallen off the map this season. Who do the White Sox depend on? Adam Dunn, who can’t hit the weight of a fairly small sized lady?
Out For Blood
At one point, the Sox had Sale pegged for a relieved role, but once he became a starter, he fit in the rotation like a comfortable pair of pants.
Although only 5-5, Sale has held opponents to just a.189 batting average and averages a strikeout per inning.
He’s coming off of a loss to Houston in which he pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, and struck out 14 batters. The offense, which is located near the bottom of every statistical category, is letting Chris Sale down. He will need to be nearly perfect against the Twins on the road.
12 runs in a game is an explosion for these two weak offenses.
Minnesota defeated the White Sox 7-5. Paul Konerko managed to wake up with a 4 for 4 performance, but Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit were the stars of the game as they each picked up 3 hits and 2 RBI’s. Mauer , who isn’t known for his power, blasted his 7th home run in the 1st inning and set the tone as Minnesota scored 4 runs in the 1st inning.
Minnesota has a lineup with more depth and this game will come down to can guys like Mauer, Morneau, and Doumit to crack the code known as Chris Sale?
The MLB odds list Chicago as a -136 betting favorite simply because Chris Sale is on the mound, and I’m going to stick with the ace in this case.
Pick- Chicago White Sox -136 at Bet 365
New York Mets (27-40) at Atlanta Braves (42-30)
Winless in Late June
After an 0-8 start to the season to go along with a 5.43 ERA, I’m coming to the realization that nothing will help Shawn Marcum at this point.
The Mets are happy to be out of the confines of CitiField and proved it with a surprising 6-1 victory over the Braves on Tuesday, but Marcum is atrocious.
The Braves send Kris Medlen (3-7, 3.09) to the mound and he hasn’t gotten the run support that he deserves.
In his last outing, Medlen got off track a bit, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings pitched. Medlen is an underestimated pitcher due to his team’s lack of offense. He possess a 2.85 ERA at Turner Field this season, but just a 1-4 record; could things change for Medlen against a bottom feeder such as New York?
In their matchup yesterday, the bullpen let Atlanta down as Zack Wheeler picked up his 1st win in the major and was impressive. With a combination of Wheeler and Harvey, the Mets have a spectacular future ahead of them. For one game, the bats delivered as 5 players, led by Marlon Byrd’s 3 hits, had 2 hits or more.
Most people think that Daniel Murphy is the 2nd best hitter on the Mets. I happen to think that its Marlon Byrd. Byrd possesses the power of a Lucas Duda as he leads the Mets in home runs and he can hit for a respectable average. This allows a single and doubles hitter like David Wright some backup and the ability to get driven in. If Byrd continues to hit well and the Mets keep sending Wheeler and Harvey to the mound, they’ll be in good shape.
Aside from hitting 5 for 8 in his last 2 games, Byrd has 11 HR, 33 RBI and a rising .264 BA.
Medlen has had lapses at times and the Braves don’t score for him; the odds are extreme. Take the Mets and the value as they have a bit of momentum.
Pick- New York Mets +183 at Bet 365