MLB Picks: Baseball Picks for Sunday

Joe Catalano

Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:53 PM GMT

There are many early games on Sunday’s slate of MLB matchups. No time to waste; let’s exploit the opportunities and poor odds listed by the odds makers.

Recap:

Yesterday, I told you that with Clayton Richards starting for the Padres and Patrick Corbin starting for the D’Backs, odds makers were way off in making this game a near pick’em and just as I stated, Arizona blew San Diego right out of the water. Hopefully we’ll find something similar today.

Boston Red Sox (20-10) at Texas Rangers (19-11)

With Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.33) and Jon Lester (4-0, 3.11) taking the mound  for their respective teams, this game appears to be an easy under. I know that both teams contain a lot of firepower offensively, but you’re talking about 2 of the best pitchers in the American League.

We look at the odds and the total is listed at 8 runs. I think that this is a good opportunity. I was expecting the odds to be in the 7 range and every run surely makes a difference.

After 13 consecutive innings of shutout ball, Darvish had a not so splendid outing against the White sox in which he gave up 4 runs and 7 hits in 6 innings and still managed to pick up the win. If he pitches the same way against Boston and Lester, he won’t be so lucky.

Lester is coming off of a poor outing in which he deserved the loss, but got a no-decision. He gave up 5 runs and 6 hits in 6 innings of work. He’s tailed off a bit lately, but when 2 top-flight pitchers matchup against eachother in a game like this, they bring out the best in eachother.

Who’s the Best 2nd Baseman in Baseball?

Some say that it’s Robinson Cano and some say that it’s Ian Kinsler. Kinsler is multi-dimensional talented player. He can hit for power, run, and hit in the leadoff spot. Texas is coming off of a 5-1 victory over Boston yesterday and Kinsler, on cue, went yard.

Kinsler is just 5 for 23 against Jon Lester in his career, but does have 2 home runs off of Lester. With Kinsler leading off, the Texas lineup is always a threat to have a big game as it’s fairly deep in talent.

Look for both starting pitchers to bounce back and for this to be a pitcher’s duel. 8 runs should be plenty.

Free Pick- Texas/Boston UNDER 8 at Bet 365

[gameodds]3/226089/43-999997/us[/gameodds]

Miami Marlins (9-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (14-17)

Legendary pitcher, Roy Halladay get’s his chance to redeem himself after a disastrous outing against Cleveland on the 30th of April.

Halladay had been strolling along, starting to pitch like he did when he was with the Toronto Blue Jays and BAM! Halladay gave up 8 runs and 9 hits in just 3 2/3 innings in a 14-2 loss.

 Obviously, Halladay isn’t the pitcher that he once was, but the Miami Marlins are a team that he should be at up on, or at least start a “1 game winning streak”.

The MLB odds don’t make it much better as the Phillies are a heavy -184 favorite for “Doc” or the Phillies bullpen to pick up the “W”.

Big Man is Back

Chase Utley has been the best hitter in the Phillies lineup, but slugger Ryan Howard has gotten back on track and does what he does best and that’s hit home runs.

On the season, Howard is hitting a respectable .280 with 5 HR and 18 RBI. He’s hit 2 home runs in his last 3 games. Look for this undervalued fantasy league slugger to have a big season. He’s healthy and along with Utley, are the backbones of this baseball team.

Not So Fast!!!

The Miami Marlins will be sending out right-hander, Kevin Slowey, to the mound and Slowey has pitched well this season. He carries a 2.15 ERA and has held the opposition to just a .232 BA with pinpoint control.

The problem is that Slowey plays on a lousy team and gets absolutely no run support.  Slowey is 0-10 since 2011. Is this day that he gets the elusive win?

The odds aren’t appealing, but look for Roy Halladay to bounce back from an awful performance as this is a game that the Phillies should win despite the solid pitching of Slowey.

Free Pick- Philadelphia -184 for your MLB picks

[gameodds]3/226088/43-999997/us[/gameodds]

Good Luck, Everyone!

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