Let’s get the jump on the weekend with some early profit and a couple of wins for MLB Picks of the Day.
Some 4 games series have started on Thursday and other teams get a fresh look at their opponents in their respective 3 game series starting today. Time to decipher the teams with adavantages, value,or momentum and their baseball odds.
San Francisco Giants (34-31) at Atlanta Braves (39-27)
The Atlanta Braves host the San Francisco Giants with their impressive 21-7 record at home and they start the series with “The Old Kris Medlen”(3-6, 2.87) as he faces a tough competitor in Madison Bumgarner (5-4, 3.58) for the Giants.
I haven’t been impressed with Bumgarner as of late. He’s pitched 3 consecutive outings that aren’t considered “quality”. In his last game, he picked up the “W” thanks to the Giants offense in a 10-5 victory. Bumgarner went just 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 5 hits.
Bumgarner is 1-3 in his last decisions dating back to May 17thin which he got rocked for 7 runs and 8 hits in 4 2/3 innings by Colorado.
San Francisco is coming off of a 10-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in which Gregor Blanco and Buster Posey each went 3 for 5. But the Atlanta Braves are a tough team to beat, especially at home.
With a 2.87 ERA I don’t know that Kris Medlen ever failed the Braves, but due to lack of run support and being outpitched, he hasn’t been the 10-1 pitcher that he was last season; that was until his last 2 outings.
Medlen has been a beast in his last two outings. He’s 2-0 and has pitched 13 innings without giving up a run and has walked 2 batters while striking out 12.
I like the Braves in this spot despite San Francisco’s recent success. Atlanta always finds a way to win, is unstoppable at home, Jason Heyward has found his stroke, and Kris Medlen is the man that they want taking the rubber.
Pick- Atlanta -145 for your sports picks.
Chicago Cubs (26-38) at New York Mets (24-37)
Shawn Marcum (0-7, 4.96) has yet to pick up a victory this season and the perfect team has come into CitiField.
This won’t be automatic as the Mets offense has been fairly weak for the entire season. Matt Harvey pitched a gem yesterday afternoon, only to be outdueled by Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. The Mets thought that Ike Davis was the problem and they finally had the guts to send him to the minors. Even David Wright hasn’t been hitting like a player that was paid a crapload of money with his new contract.
The Mets really didn’t expect much from Marlon Byrd this season; maybe a role player at best. Byrd has been one of the Mets power hitters with 10 HR and 31 RBI and although he hits just above. 250, he comes up big in big spots like in yesterday’s game when Wright was out.
Byrd has hit home runs in 2 consecutive games and is the perfect complimentary player to David Wright if he keeps hitting like this.
Wright has had a problem with CitiField since its inception, but Byrd, with his 6 foot 245 pound body, has the strength to give the ball a jolt and keep the Mets in close games. The Mets need Marlon Byrd to keep hitting. Home run leader, John Buck, has stopped hitting home runs and someone has to do it.
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If you look at Shawn Marcum’s resume before this season, he’s 20-11 in his last 2 season with the Brewers with his ERA well into the 3.00’s. Marcum has also pitched way better than an 0-7 pitcher; he just happens to pitch for a team that lacks hitting.
Marcum has pitched 6 innings or more in his last 5 starts and hasn’t given up more than 4 runs in any outing. What does that say? The offense is letting him down. Tonight, he faces a weak Cubs lineup with 2-8 Edwin Jackson starting and I expect him to pick up his 1st win of the season.
Pick- Mets -125 at Bet 365
Good Luck, everyone!