Let’s take advantage and make a profit today with our MLB Picks of the Day in which there are some superb matchups out there.
Minnesota (16-14) at Boston (15-16)
From a pitching perspective, the Red Sox take the field tonight with a major advantage. Clay Buchholz (2-0, 0.96) has been outstanding thus far. In 18 2/3 innings (5 starts), he’s held opposing batters to just a .167 BA and has struck out 16 batters. Boston has to feel encouraged as he’s hitting his peak with opening day coming up.
For the Twins, Kevin Correia has been hit hard in “preseason”. He’s 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA and has allowed the opposition to hit .338 off of him. Control has been another issue and hurt his cause even further. He would definitely like to go into the regular season on a positive note.
Joe Mauer will never been known for hitting home runs; he fits more into the Derek Jeter mold of team leader that gets on base. Thus far, Mauer has gotten on base at will. He has an incredible .563 OBP!!!. Mauer is 16 for 26 with 1 HR and 8 RBI. If Joe Mauer can avoid injuries, he’s one of the best contact hitters in the game. A Buchholz vs. Mauer matchup would be quite interesting.
The Red Sox have a real promising prospect in center fielder Jackie Bradley. Bradley may be wearing number 74 currently, but if he keeps up the outstanding play, Boston may issue him a legitimate number. He’s coming off of an outstanding season in the minors in 2012 and thus far has hit well this year.
In 25 games, Bradley has an OBP% of .514 with 2 HR and 11 RBI. We’re going to have to keep an eye out for this young man.
Boston is a -140 betting odds favorite in this game and with Buchholz starting, this is a no-brainer. Take Boston in this spot.
Free Pick Boston -140 at 5 Dimes
Kansas City (23-7) at Cincinnati (11-18)
Too bad for the Kansas City Royals that this is Spring Training because they’re off to a sizzling start. A good sign for the Royals is that their All Star, Billy Butler, is getting plenty of work in and hitting the ball well. Butler is hitting .306 with 2 HR and 19 RBI in this Spring Training.
6 For 6!
Another reason for the Royals success thus far has been the play of 2nd baseman Chris Getz. He’s not a major power hitter, but has gotten on base to the tune of 49.2% of the time. Getz has 36 total bases in just 26 games. He’s currently on an 11 game hit streak and is coming off of a 6 for 6 performance against Chicago. The Royals can only hope that Getz stays on a tear as the regular season hits.
He hasn’t had a great spring training, but starter, Mat Latos’ resume speaks for itself. He was 14-4 with a 3.48 ERA last season while holding the opposition to a .230 BA. I know that the Royals have been on fire and Latos is off to a slow start, but he’s capable of an outstanding performance at any time and this should be a very competitive game.
MLB Picks: Cincinnati -115 at 5 Dimes