Let’s see if we can squeeze a couple of wins out of this Tuesday game schedule for our MLB Picks of the Day.
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Cleveland Indians (67-58) at Los Angeles Angels (55-69)
It’s clear that the Los Angeles Angels are a beaten team. Albert Pujols wasn’t much of a help when he was in the lineup and now Mr. Baseball, Mike Trout, is out of the lineup.
The brunt of the load has been put on the shoulders of Mark Trumbo and Trumbo has answered with 3 consecutive games with a home run. Can this inferior team deal with a Cleveland Indians team that’s fighting it out for a post-season berth?
C.J. Wilson Takes the Ball
You would figure that starter C.J. Wilson has a clear cut advantage against a pitcher in Danny Salazar, who has only had 3 starts in his entire career.
In those starts, Salazar has been serviceable, but merely average at best. If Wilson (13-6, 3.40) can pitch halfway decently, Los Angeles should have a clear edge in this game.
Wilson gave up a staggering 11 hits in his last start, but only gave up 1 run in an 8-4 victory over the Yankees. One strong point to Wilson’s game is that he can pitch 120 pitches per game and keep the Angels in the game if it’s relatively close. Look for Wilson to pitch well here. It’s all a matter of will Los Angeles provide enough offense for the left-hander to pick up the “W”?
Time Is Running Out
Cleveland has had a very impressive season under manager Terry Francona, but they still sit 4.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics with 37 games to go in the season. A win against a team like the Angels, that are laboring, is necessary.
Cleveland offense will need to provide some production in this game. Expect Wilson to grind out about 7 innings and provide the Tribe with a chance to beat him. Cleveland’s offense really doesn’t have a go to guy. When Cleveland play’s well, it’s usually a collective effort. Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, and Michael Brantley are all capable players, but there’s no Mike Trout on this team.
Atlanta Braves (76-48) at New York Mets (57-66)
It’s scary how good a team that the Atlanta Braves are. They have a 16 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East Division and these games are basically a warm up for the postseason. If you have read my articles, I’ve always said that even though the Braves don’t possess an elite personnel, they find ways to keep winning. Their pitching staff is also top rate and good pitching is the key to winning.
The Braves face young Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.43) for the Mets. A pitcher like Wheeler is dangerous because he’s super-talented and oblivious to the Braves amazing record. Wheeler has also pitched well as of late. He’s coming off of a 12 strike out performance against the San Diego Padres in which he allowed just 1 run, but received a no-decision. Wheeler is the perfect number 2 man to Matt Harvey. Look out for the Mets in the future because these two pitchers are top notch.
Wheeler faces a Braves team with an amazing +132 run differential. This is also the best in the majors as the Braves allow the fewest runs due to their solid pitching.
Without David Wright, New York doesn’t have much to offer in the way of consistent offense. Marlon Byrd has been their main source of production as he’s hit the 20 home run plateau and you get guys like Daniel Murphy who are fairly good players that are gamers, but nothing that Atlanta starter, Brandon Beachy (2-0, 4.50) can’t handle.
This game comes down to the pitching of Zack Wheeler. If he pitches well, the Mets will grind a few runs out and they’ll win the ball game. For my sports picks, I look for Wheeler to pitch well and for New York to pull off the upset. Wheeler is a very hungry pitcher.
Good luck, everyone!
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