MLB Picks: Baseball Odds & Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:52 PM GMT

Thursday’s slate of MLB action has some interesting pitching matchups; one’s that we’ll look to expose as we make our MLB Picks of the Day. Let’s make some money.

Chicago White Sox (7-8) at Toronto Blue Jays (6-9)

Things haven’t started out like Toronto was to have expected. They were supposed to compete for the American League East Title. The Jays can still do so, but they’re off to a sour start. LEt's have look at the MLB betting odds that have been set forth for us in this one.

Jose Reyes had been playing some fantastic baseball and got injured while R.A. Dickey had gotten off to a very slow start and people had wondered if signing him was a mistake off of one signature season in 2012 with the Mets.

The Real Deal?

The knuckle ball pitch is difficult to master, but with the Mets, R.A. Dickey more than mastered it and with unusual speed. I don’t think that this was a fluke.

After an embarrassing performance against Boston, Dickey had proved that he still “has it” in his last start in which he defeated Kansas City, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up 1 run and 5 hits. Dickey isn’t completely back to his old form, but look for a positive outing out of him as the Jays host the White Sox.

Much can be said about Chicago starter, Chris Sale, as was said about Dickey. He had a big-time season last year, going 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA. This season, Sale has gotten off to a slow start with a 1-1 record and a 5.21 ERA. Sale was expected to be a reliever last year and he had a career year for Chicago.

Something has to give in this matchup of two pitchers trying to regain their old form.

Chicago has to feel good coming into this game. They’ve taken 2 of 3 from Toronto this season and are coming off of a 7-0 victory. Tyler Flowers was the unlikely hero in that game with a homer and 3 RBI.  A hot J.P. Arencibia couldn’t get going and without Jose Bautista in the lineup the Jays went cold.

Today’s a different day and while Bautista is listed as day to day, I expect R.A. Dickey to have a big performance and look for Toronto to bounce back.

MLB Pick-Toronto -114 at 5 Dimes for your basbeball picks today.

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Boston Red Sox (10-4) at Cleveland Indians (5-8)

What a difference that a year makes! The Boston Red Sox are tearing the cover off of the ball and until the Yankees injured players return, the Sox are the class of the American League Eastern Division.

The Red Sox have also won 5 games in a row and are looking to come back to a shattered Boston area after the Boston Marathon Bombing having swept their old manager, Terry Francona, in the process.

Boston sends Jon Lester to the mound. Lester has had an outstanding start to the season thus far. He’s 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA. Lester also carries a career 5-1 mark against Cleveland with a 3.34 ERA.

Although he’s not the caliber of pitcher that Lester is, Cleveland will be starting Zach McAllister (1-1, 2.19). McAllister is coming off of nice win against the White Sox and has shown pinpoint control in his first 2 starts.

As long as the first 5 hitters in the Red Sox lineup keep carrying them, most teams won’t stand a chance. Last night, all 5 hitters had 2 hits or more while the rest of the lineup has been unproductive. Jacoby Ellsbury is starting to get on base more often, Dustin Pedroia is staying consistent as a hitter, and Mike Napoli is one of the better hitting catchers in baseball.

Shane Victorino

The “X” factor is Shane Victorino. Victorino is coming off of a 3 for 3 performance and is hitting .333 on the season with 7 RBI. The tandem of Ellsbury and Victorino provides unmatchable speed and both players are making good contact at the moment. Look for Boston to keep their winning streak intact. This is a team that’s full of confidence at the moment and playing in remembrance of some that lost their lives during the Boston Marathon bombing. (incidents do bring teams closer together and better results come from it)

MLB Pick- Boston -129 at 5 Dimes

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Good luck everyone and let’s bring this home!