We'll keep the momentum going by looking for the edges in Saturday’s MLB Picks of the Day.
Friday was a success as we keep continuing to ride the Los Angeles Angels and it paid off with a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. I also had the Atlanta Braves and that game was suspended in a 5-5 tie and to be continued.
Texas Rangers (31-17) at Seattle Mariners (20-28)
Felix Hernandez takes the mound for the Mariners and is coming off of an atrocious outing against the Cleveland Mariners in a 6-0 loss on May 19th. Hernandez gave up 5 earned runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.
Little run support is nothing new to King Felix, but this is a pitcher that can win a game on his own as he’s possibly been the best pitcher in the American League in nearly a decade.
Texas is one of the teams that Hernandez has had trouble with. Although he’s been able to keep his ERA under 4 runs in 35 career starts against the Rangers, he’s a lifetime 12-17. Seattle’s lack of run support has hampered this star for years.
In last night’s game, the Rangers overwhelmed the Mariners, 9-5. Everyone in the Rangers lineup, including pinch hitter David Murphy, picked up a hit as Lance Berkman led the way with a 3 run homerun in the 3rd inning.
One encouraging sign that Seattle can take away from this game is that they outhit the Rangers with 5 players with 2 hits or more for the game.
It’s tough enough for the Mariners to be facing the combination of Adrian Beltre and Lance Berkman and will be equally tough as Derek Holland takes the mound for Texas. Although he’s been roughed up his last 2 outings, Holland is a career 7-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 games against Seattle.
Due to King Felix pitching, Seattle is the slight betting favorite and the total for the game is a mere 6.5 runs. Look for the bats to calm down as 2 tough pitchers battle it out. Expect for this game to go UNDER the total.
Miami Marlins (13-35) at Chicago White Sox (22-24)
The White Sox have been playing better ball while the Marlins continue to struggle, losing 8 out of their last 10 games.
Veteran right-hander, Ricky Nolasco, starts for the Marlins and offers his team a legitimate chance to win on the road. Nolasco is coming off of an outstanding performance in which he went 8 innings against the D’Backs and allowed just 1 run on 5 hits with 11 strikeouts en route to a 2-1 victory.
Much like King Felix, if the Marlins expect to have a chance here; Nolasco has to be nearly perfect. He’ll be facing the tough veteran Jake Peavy (5-2, 3.31). Peavy has been outstanding at home this season, with a 2.29 ERA and undefeated. This game has the makings of a pitchers duel and both teams possess weak offenses.
A good sign for the White Sox was a 3 for 5 game with 1 RBI in yesterday’s win from star Paul Konerko. Konerko hasn’t been able to get on track this season and without Konerko’s bat, the White Sox are in trouble.
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The Marlins haven’t had any “go to” players without Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup. They rank 30th in the league in runs, batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. This is about as bad an offensive team that you’ll see. If Peavy is feeling good today, he should hold the Marlins to very little.
I’ve been playing with house money and that occasionally allows me to pick a big favorite. In this case the odds list the White Sox as a -194 betting favorite and the total is 7. I’m surprised that they’re not even a bigger favorite. Take the team from the south side.
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Good Luck, everyone!