MLB Picks: Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:25 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 2, 2013 1:25 PM GMT

There’s some good totals on the board. This is where we’ll be headed when making our picks for MLB Picks of the Day for Thursday.

Inconsistency

Yesterday afternoon was a good example of inconsistency that’s been going on in baseball. Let's look at today's MLB odds.

Starting pitcher, Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers is a good example of this. Sanchez pitched a 17 strikeout shutout against Atlanta on the 26th of April and then proceeded to come out with a lackluster 41 pitch 1st inning against the Twins. Sanchez hung in there, but eventually lost to the Twins, 6-2.

Another example is Roy Halladay. Halladay had seemed to get his swag back and pitched well for the Philadelphia Phillies in his last couple of starts. In his most recent start, that changed as he proceeded to give up 8 runs and 9 hits in 3 2/3 innings to the Cleveland Indians.

It’s still early in the season and unexpected surprises are going to happen; don’t bet your rent money on a game!

Boston Red Sox (19-8) at Toronto Blue Jays (10-18)

Ryan Dempster (1-2, 3.30) is set to take the mound for the Sox as they face J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.86) and the Jays.

Boston has been the big success story of the season as they’re coming off of a 10-1 victory over Toronto along with leading the American League East Division and they have the best record in baseball. A 19-8 record leads the majors. This shows you the level of mediocrity that’s being displayed.

Finding a Home

One player that hasn’t been mediocre is starter, Ryan Dempster. Don’t let the record fool you. Dempster  has had his best stuff in a long time with 43 strikeouts in 30 innings while pitching a quality outing in every start this season.

Dempster is a veteran that’s confident at the moment and I would expect him to hold the Blue Jays offense in check. Edwin Encarnacion is just 1 for 11 against Dempster for his career while Jose Bautista is just 2 for 10 against the right hander. This seems to be a good spot for Boston and Dempster.

From Toronto’s perspective, starter, J.A. Happ should be able to give Dempster a run for his money. Happ has pitched two consecutive quality starts, allowing 3 earned runs in 12 innings against legitimate teams such as the Yankees and Baltimore.

I like the under and I think that J.A. Happ will be the key to this game. Boston’s bats have been red hot, but look for Happ to do just enough to keep this game UNDER the total.

Free Pick- Boston/ Toronto UNDER 8.5

[gameodds]3/225944/43-999997-192/us[/gameodds]

Detroit Tigers (15-11) at Houston Astros (8-20)

Detroit is coming off of a very disappointing loss to the Minnesota Twins, 6-2. Anibal Sanchez had a rough first inning and although he hung tough nearing the 120 pitch mark, the Tigers could never catch up and it was a disappointing loss. You can never let your guard down in the majors, but Detroit has to feel good about a series with the lowly Houston Astros starting tonight.

A Short Outing?

Houston sends right-hander Jordan Lyles to the mound and the Tigers offense has to be licking their chops. Lyles has yet to pitch this season, but hasn’t had a successful major league career. In 2 seasons, Lyles carries a 7-20 record with a 5.20 ERA.

That said, the Tigers can’t feel great about sending starter Rick Porcello to the mound. Porcello has been rocked this season. On the road, Porcello is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA. The ERA is somewhat bloated due to getting blasted by the Los Angeles Angels, 10-0, but make no mistake about it, he’s shaky at best.

Stacked

The advantage is obviously going to go to the Tigers here. When you have a lineup of Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder, you have the capability of putting up double digit runs on any team.

-173?

Even though the Tigers are the far superior team, one can’t feel confident about laying this kind of juice with Porcello taking the rubber for our MLB picks. Look for this to be a high scoring affair. The quality of pitching in this game is very low and suggests that you take the OVER when placing your bet.

Free Pick- Detroit/Houston OVER 9 at BET 365

[gameodds]3/225948/43-999997-192/us[/gameodds]

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