MLB Picks: Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Sunday, June 16, 2013 1:43 PM GMT

Lots of fun going on today as you have the NBA Finals, the U.S. Open and an entire slate of baseball games for this Father’s Day.

I’m feeling lucky, so let’s cut to the chase and serve up some winners for our baseball picks!

New York Yankees (37-31) at Los Angeles Angels (30-38)

While the Angels have been the big disappointment of the season, the New York Yankees have hit a major dry spell losing 5 consecutive games and dropping to 3rd place in the American League East Division.

All of the Yanks’ new acquisitions like Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner that were playing so well at the beginning of the season have fizzled out.

Dream Weaver

To make things worse for New York, Jered Weaver is back after a long time off from injury and he can add some more pain to the Yankees team on this Father’s Day. Weaver (1-2, 3.77) has pitched average at best since his return, but it will take time to return to his old form.

Weaver is coming off of a 4-3 loss to Baltimore in which he allowed 4 runs and 4 hits in 5 2/3 innings. We must also remember that his team isn’t great in the support department despite having a loaded roster. Weaver is a career 6-2 with a surprising 4.97 ERA in 11 starts against New York for his career.

Jered Weaver and the Angels offense will be tested by the big man, C.C. Sabathia (6-5, 4.07). This has not been your typical C.C. Sabathia year as Hiroki Kuroda has pitched more like an ace.

Sabathia got rocked in his last start, allowing 6 runs and 8 hits in a 6-4 loss to his old teammate and steroid user Bartolo Colon.

Weaver brings it everytime that he takes the mound. The question is “Which C.C. will show up?” When right, Sabathia can pitch 120 pitches easily.

Although the Yanks are tempting at +130 odds, I’m going to go with the total. Look for this to be a pitchers duel.

Pick- Los Angeles/New York UNDER 7.5 for your sports picks.

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Toronto Blue Jays (31-36) at Texas Rangers (38-30)

Sorry Folks, No Sunday Night Baseball…..

The two reasons for this are the NBA Finals are on and the 2nd reason is that I saw Chien Ming Wang (0-0, 6.14) starting for Toronto and I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

Is this guy still pitching in the majors? What a laugh. At one time, Wang was a really good pitcher for the Yankees, but he faded fast.

If you notice, a lot of these Japanese pitchers that are supposed to be the next Cy Young are major disappointments and never live up to the billing like Daisuke Matsuzaka. Let’s see how long Yu Darvish lasts; he looks like a keeper.

Check out our MLB odds page to stay on top of different books!

Texas Blowout?

Toronto certainly has the hitters to support Wang, in Adam Lind, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion, but baseball is about pitching and I have “0” faith in Wang.

In his only appearance this season, Wang allowed 5 runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings to the White Sox. Wang hasn’t won more than 5 games in a season since 2008; case closed!

Starter, Derek Holland, has been fairly reliable for Texas, but is coming off of a poor outing. This is the perfect time to bounce back.

Texas is led by hard hitters Nelson Cruz (16 HR, 44 RBI) and Adrian Beltre (14 HR, 38 RBI, .307).

While Beltre is the star of the team, Cruz has torn the cover off of the ball, but unfortunately his name is listed on the PED report with the likes of players like Ryan Braun. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth , but this is betting and Cruz should be able to take full advantage of Chien Ming Wang.

Pick- Texas -176 at Bet 365 (I would take the run-line here but the Rangers played poorly against Toronto on Saturday and I don’t want to see them winning by 1 run if the bullpens get involved)

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Happy Father’s Day. Good Luck, everyone!