Let’s see if we can attack this Wednesday schedule, which features both early and late games. It’s our MLB Picks of the Day.
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Philadelphia Phillies (37-41) at San Diego Padres (39-39)
Even though the Phillies aren’t within reach of the Atlanta Braves, this game is important as we realize that every game counts when October hits and these could be two teams in the mix.
Philly expected a lot out of Cole Hamels who was their ace last season.
Hamels has had an above average career and is coming off of a Cy Young-like season in 2012. This season is a different story as he’s accounted for more than ¼ of the Phillies losses.
It’s plainly clear that the Phillies haven’t scored for him, but Hamels hasn’t been even close to his usual form. In his last 10 starts, Philadelphia has scored 2 runs or less in 6 of these games. This means that Hamels needs to be nearly perfect and he’s only been simply average.
In his last 4 starts, Hamels has gotten into a groove, allowing 10 runs in 26 innings pitched. The Phillies can only hope that Cole Hamels can keep them in tonight’s game which is winnable.
The Phillies are coming off of a 6-2 victory over the Padres in which the Phillies touched starter Jason Marquis up for 6 runs and 6 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Dominic Brown was the hero again as he hit a huge 3-run tone setting home run in the 3rd inning to take the lead and never give it back. Brown has been the Phillies MVP this season in which he’s cracked a team high of 20 home runs.
Hamels has always been a very good pitcher. This game comes down to the pitching of Cole Hamels and can he turn his season around?
The Padres are a light hitting team without the leadership of Chase Headley who’s had just an awful season. Take Hamels and the Phils and pick up a nice price on the MLB odds.
MLB Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -117 at Bet365
I had the UNDER on this game and was correct as Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda pitched to basically a stand still.
Darvish was decent, but not nearly the highly touted pitcher that he’s been all season long. The Yankees finally got some offense with home runs from Hafner, Gardner, and a walkoff 9th inning home run from an aging Ichiro Suzuki. The Yankees have lived by the moniker “By Any Means Necessary” this season and until they have a healthy baseball team, they’ll continue to do so.
Leadoff hitter Brett Gardner hasn’t nearly used all of the speed that he possesses (11 SB), but for the most part, he’s been the most reliable hitter for the Yankees this season and that’s saying a lot when Robinson Cano is in your lineup.
On the season, Gardner is hitting a respectable .285 wth 7 HR, 29 RBI, and 11 SB. Gardner has hit safely in 8 out of his last 10 games and although his on-base percentage is quite low for a leadoff hitter, he’s provided plenty of big hits for the Bombers.
Big Spot For Andy
We can see that Andy Pettitte isn’t the pitcher that he once was, but on occasion, Pettitte is still capable of coming up with a huge performance. I think that this is one of those games. The Yankees have to be feeling good about themselves after yesterday and Texas starter Justin Grimm (6-5, 5.57) has been slumping and lucky to get run support.
Take Pettitte and the Yanks at home for your sports picks.
MLB Pick: New York Yankees -128 at Bet365
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