Monday presents some unusual pairings in interleague play that we haven’t seen much this season. They should be interesting to watch and -better yet- good to make some coin on as we make our MLB Picks of the Day.
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Trout Invades New York
Whenever New York and Los Angeles are involved, there’s usually fireworks. Despite a gallant effort from New York against Detroit, at this point neither the Yanks nor the Halos are contenders.
The Yankees are coming off of a huge series against Detroit in which they took 2 out of 3 games. Mariano Rivera blew 3 straight saves, but ultimately Brett Gardner saved the day as he won Sunday’s game with a powerful home run into the short Yankee Stadium right handed porch. Can New York carry over this momentum?
Kuroda vs. Richards
The Yankees certainly have the pitching matchup that they want as Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 2.45) has been the best pitcher on their roster and sports the 2nd best earned run average in the American League.
Kuroda is coming off of a bitter loss to the Chicago White Sox in which he didn’t get the run support needed for the victory.
In his last 6 starts, Kuroda has allowed 5 runs in 40 innings. Kuroda has excelled at home, going 6-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 10 starts.
He’ll have the task of facing the imposing threesome of Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Mark Trumbo. Only Hamilton is left-handed, but being right-handed didn’t stop a hobbling Miguel Cabrera from bashing a couple of home runs in Yankee Stadium this past weekend.
MLB Pick: Choose New York -155 at William Hill
The Mets have played very well without David Wright, having won their last 2 games against a good D’Backs team and also having won 6 out of their last 10 games. They face a Dodgers team that’s been on fire, winning their last 5 games and 9 out of their last 10. After the All-Star Break, Los Angeles has really started to run away with the National League West Division with a 7.5 game lead.
The Mets are a good price in this game at +182 in the MLB odds. Do they have any chance in this game?
A Mejia (1-1, 1.96) vs. Nolasco (8-9, 3.65) matchup brings about some hope for the Metropolitans as Ricky Nolasco is no sure thing. New York comes into this game outscoring the Diamondbacks in their last 2 games, 13-6. The offense has been productive with even Ike Davis getting into the act.
Nolasco hasn’t been losing lately, but he’s only shown the ability to go 5 innings in his last few outings. He’s also a career 5-8 with a 5.13 ERA in 23 starts vs. the Mets career-wise. The Dodgers should still be a considerable favorite, but they can be beaten.
Carl Crawford might not be what he one was for the Rays, but at the leadoff position, he’s been very effective for the Dodgers. In his last 6 games, Crawford is 11 for 22 with 7 runs scored. He’s not a power hitter, but the leadoff man’s job is to get on base and Crawford has set the tone nicely for Gonzo and Puig.
Mejia has pitched well in a short sampling on the road, allowing 3 runs in 13 innings. I’m going to roll the dice and take the price with the Amazin's for my sports picks.
MLB Pick: Pick the Mets +180 at Bet365
(Los Angeles is a very good team, but not as good as their record indicates and can be knocked off easily by a team like the Mets)
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