MLB Picks: Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:51 PM GMT

After a 2-0 start to the week, we look to continue the success today as there’s plenty of opportunity with a variety of games to make some coin.

Let’s take a closer look at the betting odds on offer tonight, as we try to decide where bettors can find the biggest edge with their MLB picks.

Check out our Tuesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Cincinnati Reds (27-18) at New York Mets (17-25)

The New York Mets have been a very inconsistent baseball team this season, while the Reds offense has become a force with their pitching has done a good enough job to put them just 1.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League Central Division.

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Starting pitching

After a 3-2 loss to Cincy yesterday, things don’t seem to get better for the Mets as they send out ineffective starter, Jonathan Niese (3-4, 5.40) to the mound. From his overall body of work, Niese has been a disaster, but he is coming off of a rare decent performance in which he picked up a 5-2 victory over St. Louis on May 16th.

The Mets have been awful at CitiField; 9-13 to be exact. This is a pitchers ballpark and David Wright in particular has never adjusted to this ballpark. Surprisingly, Niese has had a losing record there too this year.

Niese faces right-hander, Mike Leake (3-2, 3.72) and although Leake has been merely average this season, he’s been better than Niese and has a legitimate offense with the likes of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce backing him. Leake is also coming off of a solid outing in which he went 6 scoreless innings while giving up 9 hits.

Offensive Powerhouse

Leadoff hitter, Shin Soo-Choo has had an MVP-like season, but has struggled as of late. It hasn’t mattered for the Big Red Machine as Joey Votto has been on fire. Votto has been a staggering 19 for 37 in his last 9 games with 2 HR and 7 RBI. He’s also hit Mets pitching well in the past as he carries as lifetime .352 batting average against the Amazin’s.

Lately, Jay Bruce has joined in on the fun as he’s been killing the baseball also. Along with being on an 11 game hitting streak, he’s 18 for 41 with 5 HR and 14 RBI in that period of time. Bruce is coming off of back to back games with a homer.

Niese can’t handle this offense and the he’ll learn the hard way tonight as Cincinnati should run away with this game.

Pick- Cincinnati -123 at Bet 365 Sportsbook

[gameodds]3/227379/43/us[/gameodds]

Boston Red Sox (27-18) at Chicago White Sox (20-23)


The Boston Red Sox have been a real surprise this season with their combination of solid pitching and exceptional hitting. So much that they carry a 14-8 record on the road as they face the disappointing Chicago White Sox. Paul Konerko has led to the demise of the boys from the South Side as his offense has been atrocious. This is a player that expects to provide 30 HR, 100, and a .300 BA, but instead looks like an automatic out every time that he steps to the plate.

For Boston, it’s been a team, effort as David Ortiz has regained the form that he possessed in the mid 2000’s. Ortiz is a liability on the field, but has a .353 batting average with 7 HR and 29 RBI. This offense is pretty loaded from top to bottom. Even catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia got in on the action last night as he planted one over the centerfield wall in the 3rd inning of a 6-4 Chicago win.

Adam Dunn

This is a player that you really don’t know how to look at. He supplies the White Sox with the longball, but with a .172 BA, he’s almost an instant out at the plate. This is the highest that his average has been in a while and quite frankly, I’ve never seen a hit-or-miss player such as this ever. I think that he’s a negative to the club. A team needs consistency and he’s far from consistent.

Look for Boston to payback the White Sox at some reasonable MLB odds. The pitching matchup is basically a wash, but Boston is the better team and their hitting has been outstanding overall. The ball has been carrying and we might be seeing some more longballs leave the park tonight.

Pick- Boston  -101 at Bet 365 Sportsbook

[gameodds]3/227385/43/us[/gameodds]

Good Luck, everyone!