MLB: Picks of the Day
Friday night is packed with MLB betting action and we’re determined to pack your bankroll as well.
Swinging Johnson – MLB Record (0-0, 0.00 units)
*Games assigned 1 to 5 units.
I don’t care about the smell of the grass in the outfield or the pop of the hardball colliding into the shiny leather of a new baseball mitt or even the crack of the bat as it echoes throughout a ballpark near you. I care about winning.
It’s not that I’m not nostalgic or sentimental but to me, the game is tedious unless I’ve got action on it! When I plunk a few bucks down, baseball magically morphs from a slow grind to a measured symphony of skill, strategy and every once in a while, a feat of pure athletic brilliance. And that’s why I love baseball.
Let’s play ball with our MLB picks starting right now!
Braves (13-2) vs. Pirates (7-8)
As tempting as it would be to lay the lumber on the road with Tim Hudson and the Braves I will abstain. I believe that the Bravos, though a solid baseball team, are playing over their collective heads and will get their comeuppance sooner than later. However, I’m unwilling to bet that the Bucs will do just that tonight.
So, what the hell do I like in this one? I like Under 7 because you’ve got one outstanding pitcher in Tim Hudson and the other whose pitching has been outstanding in Wandy Rodriguez. I still shudder when I think of some of Rodriguez’s early outings in an Astros uniform but the guy can hurl. He pulled up lame in the 3rd inning against the Diamondbacks on April 8th and has been shelved since. But he will be back tonight and there’s no reason to believe his hammy will be bothering him after the cautious approach the Pirates medical team has charted for his return.
Pittsburgh is 22nd in runs scored and should be immobilized by Hudson while Atlanta may find getting into a groove against Rodriguez on the road a bit daunting as well. The total has gone under in 10 of the past 12 meetings between these clubs.
Play UNDER 7 (-105) for 3 units at Pinnacle in your MLB betting odds.
Marlins (3-13) vs. Reds (9-7)
Even if you’re not impressed with the Reds four-game winning streak and the fact they have mashed 22 runs in their last two contests (with the most recent being an 11-1 victory over the Marlins last night) then you just might be inclined to fade the Marlins.
I’m not going to lay the -1 ½ runs because Kevin Slowey has been more than solid this season so this could come down to a one run kind of game. I don’t think it will as Slowey will tire and the Marlins bullpen will blow up but just in case, we’ll lay the lumber in a parlay with the Under 7 ½ in this one.
Parlay: Reds -230 and Under 7 ½ (-105) for 2 units at Pinnacle
Also, have a peek at Ron Patrick's series blog, following the Mets and Nationals!
Twins (6-7) vs. White Sox (7-9)
Let’s not overthink this one boys. If you’re adamant about not laying the lumber then you’ll want to take a pass on this game but if you’re like me, then this is a green light all the way. We’ve got a lousy pitcher on a lousy team in Vance Worley and the Twins, against a guy like Jake Peavy who can be unhittable when he’s on.
Peavy has had one bad outing against the Nationals sandwiched around two excellent efforts (both victories) over the Royals and Indians respectively. The White Sox are 4-2 at home while the Twins are 2-4 on the road this season. I understand those who point to Minnesota’s most recent performances, which were 8-2 and 8-6 wins over the Angels, as indicators that the boys from the Twin Cities may be coming alive but don’t forget just how anemic this offense has been this season coupled with a pitcher (Worley) who got knocked out of the box after the first inning in his last appearance.