MLB Picks: Baseball Picks for Wednesday

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:33 PM GMT

With a full slate of MLB games on tap for Tuesday, we’ll focus on the the night games where there’s a few one-sided pitching matchups that we can expose and gain the edge when making our picks of the day.

Justin Verlander

Any game involving Verlander will be greatly in the Tigers favor unless the opposing pitcher has the talent of Yu Darvish.

Detroit Tigers (24-19) at Cleveland Indians (26-18)

AL Central’s Best

Justin Verlander (4-4, 3.17) and the Detroit Tigers are the expected moderate betting favorite at -150 odds. In a game like this, you have possibly the best pitcher in the majors and the best hitter in the majors in Miguel Cabrera.

That said, the Tribe and manager Terry Francona have been no pushovers this season. With the acquisition of players like Mark Reynolds and the emergence of 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis, Cleveland is surprisingly leading Detroit by 1.5 games for the American League Central Division lead.

Miggy

After winning the Triple Crown in the American League last season, Miguel Cabrera is actually ahead of where he was last year where productivity is concerned.

You look at this talent and he might very well be the most talented offensive player since Mickey Mantle. With a combination of power and ball to eye coordination, Cabrera has made a permanent indentation into baseball history.

In his last 2 games, Cabrera has hit 4 HR and 7 RBI thanks to his Sunday Night Baseball dominance. In Cabrera’s last 4 games, he’s 9 for 16 with 4 HR and 8 RBI. With his .384 seasonal batting average, Cabrera looks to be on pace to repeat as a Triple Crown winner. Having Prince Fielder as protection in the lineup helps, but this player is on his own level.

Detroit is coming off of a 5-1 victory over Cleveland yesterday behind Max Scherzer and the usually effective offense of Cleveland was ineffective.

 In a matchup of Verlander vs. Jimenez, look for “JV” and “Miggy” to tighten things up in the American League Central. Verlander got rocked by Texas against Yu Darvish in his last outing, but this is the type of player that bounces back quickly and that’s why he’s the best.

Pick- Detroit Tigers -150 at Bet 365 Sportsbook for your baseball picks.

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New York Yankees (28-17) at Baltimore Orioles (24-21)

I must admit that I’ve been riding the Yankees all season, but you have to know when to pick your spots. When Phil Hughes is starting, you might need to lay low at times, but Hiroki Kuroda (6-2, 1.99) is starting tonight for the Bombers and he’s been the MVP of this team.

Domination

Kuroda is coming off of a 2-hit shutout in 8 innings pitched in an easy win against the Toronto Blue Jays. In his last 4 starts, he’s pitched 28 innings and allowed just 4 runs on 19 hits.

Along with not allowing the opponents to score, Kuroda is stingy in allowing the opponent to get on base. The balls have been carrying at Camden Yards, but don’t expect much from a talented Orioles lineup featuring Adam Jones and Chris Davis, because Kuroda is simply unstoppable!

Key Acquisitions

The key to New York’s success this season has been their offseason acquisitions. Many people thought that with most of their starting lineup on the DL, this team would be in the cellar.

With the amazing hitting of Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, and Lyle Overbay, this team hasn’t missed the veterans at all. In fact, it’s a breath of fresh air to a high priced team that’s been underachieving.

Expect to see a lot of Travis Hafner. He’s been in the zone lately and his power game is at its peak. Hafner has hit 2 HR and 6 RBI in his last 3 games alone.

Look for the Yankees to roll with Kuroda taking the rubber. He has a decisive advantage over Jason Hammel (5-2, 5.72), who is coming off of a beating against Tampa Bay and his record has been aided by good run support.

Pick – Yankees -116 at Bet 365 Sportsbook

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Good Luck, everyone.

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