MLB Picks: Baseball Picks of the Day for Friday

Joe Catalano

Friday, May 31, 2013 1:07 PM UTC

Friday, May. 31, 2013 1:07 PM UTC

We had an undefeated day yesterday with an underdog so let’s carry that momentum into the weekend.

TGIF and I see  a couple of matchups that stand out for our Picks of the Day. Time to make some coin.

Washington Nationals (27-27) at Atlanta Braves (32-21)

Pitchers Duel?

This matchup immediately stood out as Stephen Strasburg and Julio Teheran are both coming off of monster performances.

Strasburg went over the 100 pitch mark in a dominant 6-1 victory over the Phillies. He started off slow, but was a strikeout machine as the game went on and the manager was forced to leave him in even though they tend to “baby” the ace.

Strasburg pitched 8 innings and gave up 1 run on 5 hits with 9 strikeouts. This game showed glimpses of his greatness and he’ll look to carry it over against a tough Atlanta Braves team with hitters like Freddie Freeman who have come up with some big hits in leading to Atlanta victories.

Sunday Night Delight

Ultimately, the Mets came out on top because Julio Teheran was taken out early. I’m sure that this mistake won’t be made again as Teheran stifled the Mets while holding them to 1 run and 5 hit in 6 1/3 innings at CitiField.

Teheran will have a bigger test. The Nats are coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Orioles and aren’t one of the better hitting teams in the majors, but do have players like Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman that can change the complexion of a game with one swing of the bat.

I was hoping that the betting odds wouldn’t have the total in the 6’s and it doesn’t. The total for this game is 7 runs. I’m all over the UNDER in this spot with these pitchers starting and the lack of offense that comes from these two teams.

Pick- Washington/Atlanta UNDER 7 at Bet 365


Seattle Mariners (23-31) at Minnesota (23-28)

I haven’t been on many Twins games as they recently went through a double-digit losing streak, but they’ve managed to turn it around. Minnesota is on a 4 game winning streak and are coming off of an 8-6 victory over the Brew Crew. In this game, Minnesota hit 4 home runs alone in the 3rd and 4th innings and without Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham contributing.

Mauer Power

Catcher, Joe Mauer, has always been more of the Derek Jeter type in being a leader and hitting for average. He hasn’t been a major source of power that the Twins have relied on , but lately things have changed.

In his last 9 games, Mauer is 12 for 36 which actually equates to his .333 batting average on the season. In his last 6 games, he’s hit 3 HR and 4 RBI. This is a player that has gotten on base 41.2% of the time this season and is a major run producer. Now that the Twins have players on the team like Brian Dozier hitting homers, they have become unstoppable.

Minnesota takes on a very weak offensive team in the Seattle Mariners.

Pitching vs. Hitting

This game will come down to the pitching of Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1, 2.35) of the Mariners against the Twins offense. Iwakuma has flown under the radar on a below .500 team to have an outstanding season.

My only question is are we looking at another Felix Hernandez who has to pitch 8 innings and gives up just 2 or 3 runs and still gets a no-decision like in Iwakuma’s last start against the Texas Rangers?

Due to the pitching of Iwakuma, the Mariners are made a -131 betting favorite in this game. I’m a believer in momentum and I like the Twins in this game. That said, I urge you to bet lightly in this game as Iwakuma is a tough cookie.

Pick- Minnesota +121 at Bet 365 for your baseball picks.


Good Luck, everyone!!!

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