Most teams got to rest for a day during this marathon as there were only 4 games played on Monday. Now, it’s back to work for major leaguers. Which teams will be worth your MLB picks? Let's review.
Hiroki Kuroda (7-5, 2.78) is starting to turn into one of those elite pitchers that doesn’t get run support as he sports a sensational 2.78 ERA, but just a 7-5 record on the season. He faces the ultimate test in strikeout king Yu Darvish and a hard hitting Rangers lineup led by PED poster boy, Nelson Cruz.
In his last 2 starts, Kuroda has pitched 14 2/3 innings and has allowed 4 runs, but most of the outs have been in play. Darvish on the other hand, holds his opponents to just a .181 batting average and has struck out 127 batters in just 95 1/3 innings.
Talk about lack of run support; Darvish hasn’t received a decision since May 16th and in that period of time, has pitched 34 2/3 innings and allowed 8 earned runs and struck out 41 batters. This is just a matter of poor luck; Darvish should have at least 10 wins on the season, easily.
He faces a Yankees team that’s coming off of a 3-1 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays. Except for leadoff man Brett Gardner, the Yankees have hit a downward trend.
After fantastic starts, Hafner (.217), Overbay (.243), and Wells (.224) have all hit a brick wall. This team needs all of its players from last year back and healthy.
Kuroda is actually an underdog at home, but I like the UNDER 7.5 in this spot for my sports picks. These pitchers are pitching at a high level.
Los Angeles Angels (33-43) at Detroit Tigers (42-32)
An Early 4th of July?
Even though most of the Angels offensive success comes at home, we could see the Angels come out strong in Comerica Park as they face Detroit starter Rick Porcello (4-4, 4.74). Porcello got hit hard in his last start in which he allowed 6 runs and 9 hits in a 13-3 loss to Baltimore.
No, folks that’s not a typo. In Porcello’s last game versus L.A., he allowed 9 runs and 9 hits in just 2/3 innings pitched.
Point being, the Angels already have this guy’s number. Will Rick Porcello who’s supported by one of the best offenses in baseball led by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, bounce back at home is the question?
Biggest Disappointment of the Season
By no means have the Angels been anything to write home about. They can’t seem to break out of their swoon that currently has them 10 games below .500.
Los Angeles is coming off of a 10-9 loss to Pittsburgh in which, except for Howie Kendrick, their key hitters did nothing. Difficult to believe when a team scores 9 runs and Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Mark Trumbo were each 0 for 5 on the day.
It’s no big surprise that these 3 men have each hit over .300 against Rick Porcello. Tonight, should be a bounce back night for “The Big 3”.
To get the Angels at +121 MLB odds with C.J. Wilson (6-5, 3.61) is a bargain. He has a distinct advantage in the starting pitching matchup for tonight. Look for L.A. to steal one from the Tigers on the road.
MLB Pick: Los Angeles Angels +121 at Bet365
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