If you've been following along I have gone 3-1 over my last four baseball sports picks and have another article penned for today's' Yankees/Red Sox tilt which you will find here. But this article is special because today my esteemed editors have taken the shackles off and allowed me, yes me, to select any and all of my favorite plays on today's MLB slate of games. I'm as giddy as JJ Gold during a Men in Motion performance at the Ramrod Lounge. So without further ado, let's get down to it.
Diamondbacks vs. Pirates
Arizona pitcher Trevor Cahill has gotten lit up like a mofo in his previous two outings, getting tagged for six runs in only five innings against the Nats and again in his latest appearance where was banished even quicker when he toiled for only 4 1/3 innings, getting drilled again for six runs in another stinker against the Braves.
The Bucs have Jeff Locke chuckin' today after a 6-2 win last night in the opener of this three-game set with the D-Backs. Locke looked sharp in his last outing as he hurled his way to three hit, one earned run ball against the Rockies last week but alas, it was not enough as he was tagged with the 3-2 loss in the Mile High city.
So what do we have? We've got a struggling pitcher and a middling at best ballclub in enemy territory against a very good pitcher in Jeff Locke leading one of the best teams in major league baseball today.
Dodgers vs. Phillies
Mismatch. There is no reason to bet Philadelphia unless you are a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian. The Dodgers have been hotter than Kate Upton in a steam room and they have their ace Clayton Kershaw on the hill. Oh and by the way, I don't give a rat's ass that they're in Philadelphia. The fact that they are the visitors just makes them easier to play on the run line because they are guaranteed all 27 of their at-bats.
Kyle Kendrick is a converted starter and though the results were decent early on, his arm is starting to get ragged. Recently, he's gotten drilled like a crack whore at a swinger's party. He got wrecked by the Nationals in his last start when he allowed six runs (four earned) and 11 hits over just four plus innings of work. Before that the Cubs tagged him for five runs (four earned) in six innings. And three starts ago the Giants teed off on Kendrick for seven runs (six earned) in only two innings.
This has massacre written all over it. Don't be afraid to lay the 1 ½ runs against the MLB odds here because Kershaw will shut down this Phillies lineup and the Dodgers will feast on Mr. Kendrick.
New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres
Explain to me again why the Padres should be a favorite here or anywhere else for that matter? They're awful and though the Mets are no bargain, they sure look like one here. Jenrry Mejia may have one of the oddest sounding names on the planet but the kid can pitch. He's been through tough times with a bum elbow but it appears he's finally healthy. He scattered six hits and allowed two earned runs in a loss to the streaking Dodgers in his last performance but his command has improved as has his velocity.
Edinson Volquez was blasted by the Rockies in his last trip to the hill where he surrendered eight runs, all earned, and nine hits in just 4.3 innings of work. The Padres have lost five of their last six and six of their last eight. The Mets are 2-0 at Petco this season having won the first two of a four-game set. They win a third this afternoon.
In another of my MLB picks I am playing NY Mets +115 at WilliamHill.com