MLB Picks: Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, April 20, 2013 12:50 PM GMT

Saturday, Apr. 20, 2013 12:50 PM GMT

Although it’s a little chilly outside in some parts of the country, my picks have been red hot. Let’s continue the pattern and create some more heat for Saturday’s MLB Picks of the Day.

Washington Nationals (9-7) at New York Mets (8-7)

The Mets have been playing so well that I’m actually surprised to see them at only 1 game above .500.

Yesterday, they layed a 7-1 beating on the Nats by one of the most promising pitchers in the majors in Matt Harvey. Not only that, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis each went deep twice. People weren’t talking about the highly touted Bryce Harper; it was Duda and Davis blasting their team to victory while Harvey was unhittable.

Davis and Duda

Ike Davis put up some big power numbers last year, but it all came towards the end of the season. He seems to have his confidence back. This isn’t a player that’s going to hit .320; he’s a player that will see a lot of gold gloves in his future and has major power with the bat. There’s a lot of potential in Ike and you saw it yesterday. Lucas Duda is another powerhouse. He might not be as skilled as Davis but this is a player that gives the Mets some needed pop that David Wright lacks.

Look for this combination to be more of a difficult out as they’ve gained “national attention”.

Starting Pitching

You look at today’s starting pitching matchup between Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 4.50) for the Nats and Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 7.20) for the Amazin’s and this looks like a one sided matchup in favor of Washington.

I don’t necessarily have confidence in Hefner, but Gonzalez has pitched average at best and the Mets have been hitting. Expect both bullpens to see a lot of action in this game.

I didn’t mean to slight Bryce Harper earlier. He’s gotten out of the gates fast and is the present and future of baseball.

On the season, Harper has 5 HR, 11 RBI, and a .339 BA. My best advice to Hefner is to pitch around this young phenom.

I like the OVER 7.5 betting total in this game. The Mets are hitting well and Gonzalez hasn’t pitched like an ace.

Free Pick- Mets-Nationals OVER 7.5 at 5 Dimes for this MLB pick.

[gameodds]3/225246/1096-43-19-238-93/us[/gameodds]

Oakland Athletics (12-5) at Tampa Bay Rays (6-10)

The A’s have had the better start to the season, but the Rays are a -128 baseball odds favorite at home. I actually like this price because quite frankly, Jarrod Parker has pitched like a dog for the A’s this season.

In his last start, he was tagged for 8 runs and 9 hits in just 3 1/3 innings at home against Detroit. That surely doesn’t gain my confidence. I also think that the Rays are way better than their record indicates.

Confidence Booster

The Rays are coming off of a 8-3 victory in the opening game of this series on Friday. All of their top hitters, led by Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist, contributed to the victory. Individually, most Rays hitters have proven that they can hit off of Parker (in short samplings).

As a side note, Evan Longoria is currently on a 6 game hitting streak and he’s hit a home run in each of his last 2 games. Expect him to play well here.

Jed Lowrie in Beastmode

Tampa Bay starter, Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 4.91), will need to be careful when dealing with A’s infielder Jed Lowrie. Lowrie went 4 for 4 in yesterday’s game and has been tearing the cover off of the baseball.

On the season, Lowrie is hitting .413, with 4 HR, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored. Lowrie hasn’t had tons of success off of Hellickson, but this is a new and improved Jed Lowrie. Eventually he’ll slow down, but for now, the A’s are enjoying the ride with Lowrie leading the way.

Tampa Bay made an immediate impact with Longoria in game 1 and Parker doesn’t provide anything in making the A’s your betting pick. Look for Parker to flop again and for the Rays to take the 2nd game of this series at decent betting odds.

Free Pick – Tampa Bay -128 at 5 Dimes

[gameodds]3/225250/1096-43-19-238-93/us[/gameodds]
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