A lot of aces will be starting tonight as it’s the first day of the week. Who will be our eventual picks? Find out as we analyze the games and give our MLB Picks of the Day.
Atlanta Braves (39-24) at San Diego Padres (29-34)
The Next Great Atlanta Pitcher?
I’ve witnessed Julio Teheran pitch a few times now and this guy is the real deal. MLB TV does wonders as I got to see Teheran simply crush the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 5th of June. Teheran went 8 innings and allowed just 1 hit while striking out 11 batters.
Another game that I saw Teheran pitch was against the Mets on Sunday Night Baseball. He was dominating, the Braves took him out of the game, and the lead was blown; enough said.
Teheran and the Braves take on Jason Marquis (7-2, 3.13) and a San Diego Padres team that let one slip away on Sunday to the Colorado Rockies, 8-7. The Padres had a 7-4 lead going into the 9th and the Rockies eventually won in the 10th inning.
This game should be more low scoring as Colorado is a big-time offensive team and they play in altitude that enables teams to score often. The Braves are a team that comes up with big hits, pitch well, and grind out wins on a regular basis.
That said, Marquis has pitched well this season. Even during a couple of poor outings, he managed to get lucky and pick up no decisions. Marquis is coming off of a solid outing against the Dodgers in which he picked up the victory while allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Along with Jason Heyward, 2nd baseman Dan Uggla has had a trying season in which both players have hit well under .200.
Sunday, Uggla woke up as he proceeded to smash 2 dingers in an 8-1 Braves victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Power isn’t one area where Uggla is lacking and with players like Freddie Freeman who hit for average, Uggla is the perfect fit for the Braves even if he were just a .240-.250 hitter.
No matter how you slice it, the Braves keep figuring out how to win ball games and that’s what the bettors and the fans want.
Pick- Atlanta -128 at Bet 365 for your sports picks (Teheran is a beast).
Los Angeles Angels (27-36) at Baltimore Orioles (35-28)
If baseball was based on offense alone, the Baltimore Orioles would be somewhere around 50-13. This is a team that is productive offensively on a regular basis and it doesn’t matter where you hit in the batting order.
The O’s have 5 players in their lineup hitting .287 or better. Even J.J. Hardy, who started off the season in the low .200’s, is now batting .270 with 13 HR and 39 RBI. He was a fantasy dud that turned into an underpriced fantasy league stud. One player in particular who is having an MVP-like season as he lead’s Baltimore in all major offensive categories is Chris Davis.
Sultan of Swat
Chris Davis is hitless in his last 12 at-bats and still carries an average of .338 with 20 HR and 52 RBI this season. He’s a player that makes great contact with the ball and comes up with big hits. The combination of Chris Davis and Adam Jones (12 HR, 40 RBI, .306 BA, and 9 SB) are enough to leave any opposing pitcher shaking in their cleats.
The Orioles are coming off of a dominant offensive display in a 10-7 win over Tampa Bay. The O’s are just in 3rd place in a tough American League East Division and need to keep pace as they face a disappointing Angels team, but the task is tough as Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.13) takes the mound for the Halos.
Jered Weaver is back and looks like to be in full force. The Angels desperately need his leadership. Weaver is coming off of 2 outstanding performances against the Cubs and Dodgers in which he’s pitched 12 innings and allowed just 2 runs. Manager Mike Scioscia looks like he’ll only be letting Weaver pitch 6 innings per game and this could be a problem for this troubled team.
Pick- Los Angeles Angels -135 at Bet 365 (The fact the Angels are such a big favorite against a superior ball club should tell you about the greatness of Weaver).
Good Luck, everyone!