Let’s go for the trifecta as we dissect today’s slate of Major League baseball games in Friday's MLB picks of the Day.
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We took the Mets as a moderate underdog against the San Diego Padres and it payed off as Zack Wheeler was a strikeout machine and I also took the Rays with the return of Alex Cobb and the run-line included and he didn’t disappoint as the Rays took care of business.
Last season, I went on a monster run; kind of like the one that the Dodgers are currently on. Let’s see if we can duplicate that as the season draws to a close with less than 2 months ago. This is the where you see defining moments.
Cincinnati Reds (69-52) at Milwaukee Brewers (52-69)
Don’t look now, but after a 5-game winning streak, the Reds are steadily creeping up on the Bucs and the Cards. Cincy is just 2.5 games out of first place in the National League Central Division and just half a game behind the inconsistent Cardinals. The Reds have to feel good about themselves as they have a well- balanced combination of pitching and hitting.
At 10-5 and with a 2.86 ERA, starter Mike Leake has been a reliable pitcher all season. He’s excelled on the road with a dazzling 7-1 mark with an eye popping 1.94 ERA in 12 games started. Some pitchers pitch better in enemy territory without the pressure of the home crowd and Leake is one of those types of pitchers.
He faces a Milwaukee Brewers team that after 2 consecutive losses, have sole possession of the basement in the NL Central Division. This looks to be the perfect spot for Leake as the Reds have held their opponents to just 7 runs during this 5-game winning streak.
There’s not much that can be said about the Brew Crew without star Ryan Braun. They’re a team that possesses great speed and a productive offense overall. It’s their pitching that has let them down and they’ll have to rely upon Tom Gorzelanny (3-4, 2.51) to keep them in this game. Gorzelanny is coming off of a 10-0 win over Seattle in which he held the Mariners to just 3 hits in 7 innings. If he duplicates his previous performance, the Reds winning streak will be over.
Cincy has everything to play for and with Leake taking the rubber, they seem like a solid sports pick.
Houston Astros (39-81) at Los Angeles Angels (54-66)
Even with starter Jerome Williams (5-8, 4.85) taking the mound for the Halos, this is a game that they should dominate. It’s a true enigma why this team has the record that it does and the Angels will need to call the ’78 Yankees if they were to come back from 14 games behind with 42 to go in order to make a wild card. This team has all of the talent in the world, but the standings don’t lie, and the MLB odds reflect that.
I look at this starter sort of like a Bruce Chen of Kansas City. They both have very little velocity on their fast ball and opposing teams get ready to tee off on them. The only difference is that Chen wins and Williams doesn’t.
Jerome Williams couldn’t have a better opportunity to win a baseball game such as tonight. The Angels got a much needed win in their last game against a gamed Yankees team with C.J. Wilson picking up the victory.
Look for L.A. to get on a bit of a run as we come down the home stretch of the 2013 baseball season.
The Angels have totally rode the back of superstar Mike Trout, but now it’s time for players like Josh Hamilton to start earning their contracts.
Game of His Life
One other bright spot for the Halos besides Trout is third baseman Chris Nelson. Nelson is coming off of the best performance of his career in the Angels’ last victory over New York. He belted out 2 home runs and 5 runs batted in at a home run friendly Yankee Stadium. Could this possibly be the springboard that the Washington DC native needs in order to take it to the next level?
(Let’s be a bit bold and take the run-line. Houston is awful and the Angels have the arsenal to destroy them)
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