MLB Picks: Friday Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Friday, June 21, 2013 1:57 PM GMT

With the NBA Finals complete, MLB takes center stage.

Friday's full slate of games gives us plenty of opportunities in our search for profit with our MLB Picks of the Day.

Los Angeles Dodgers (30-41) at San Diego Padres (37-36)

Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 1.84) is still looking for some runs support as he faces a much improved San Diego Padres baseball team. The Dodgers have been playing well, but have dug a hold so deep that they’re still 8.5 games behind Arizona in the National League West Division while the Padres are right in the thick of things, just 2.5 games out of 1st place.

San Diego is coming off of a 6-3 victory over L.A. in which Pedro Ciriaco was the hero. Ciriaco had a triple and a home run to help seal the deal and push the Dodgers even further into the basement as the month of July is less than 10 days away.

The Year Of the Puig

Aside from Kershaw, the one thing that the Dodgers have to hold their hats on has been the outstanding play of Yasiel Puig. Puig was a beast in spring training and has carried it over to the regular season. He’s the present and future of this ball club.

On the season, Puig is hitting .452 with 6 HR and 12 RBI in 62 at-bats. Puig is red hot and is also coming off back to back games in which he went yard.

Los Angeles will need the offense of Puig and hopes for star Adrian Gonzalez to wake up as the Padres are a vastly improved baseball club.

Kershaw Can’t Buy a Win

As always when Kershaw starts, the Dodgers are the team to beat. Can you believe that Clayton Kershaw hasn’t picked up a win since May 20th? That’s an entire month and in that time, Kershaw has allowed just 11 runs in 34 innings; that’s criminal!

MLB odds at Bet365 place the Dodgers as a huge -159 favorite. Is this the time that Kershaw finally picks up the win?

MLB Pick: San Diego Padres +149 at Bet365

[gameodds]3/236902/43/us[/gameodds]

Atlanta Braves (43-31) at Milwaukee Brewers (29-42)

Although the Braves are coming off of a 4-3 loss to the lowly Mets thanks to two David Wright home runs, they’ve been dominant with a 6 game lead in the National League East Division and a big part of that has been the pitching of Julio Teheran.

Julio Teheran

Teheran (5-3, 3.36), has been consistently good all season as he’s pitched a quality start in 9 out of his last 10 starts. Teheran is coming off of a shutout win in which he went 6 innings and struck out 8 batters in a 3-0 victory over San Francisco. Julio Teheran isn’t going to get a ton of runs from a weak hitting team such as Atlanta, but for the most part, he’s held his own despite the lack of run support.

Even though Ryan Braun is out, Milwaukee is quite the opposite of Atlanta. They have the hitters, but have suspect pitching and that’s why they’re tied for last in the National League Central Division with the Chicago Cubs.

The Brewers got a respectable outing out of Yovani Gallardo last night, but the bullpen let them down as the Houston Astros beat the Brew Crew in 10 innings, 7-4.

Milwaukee continues to rely on the trio of Segura, Gomez, and Lucroy, but the pitching has to get better and tonight they send out another “less than appealing” pitcher in Wily Peralta (4-8, 6.08). Expect this team to stay in the basement with sub-standard pitching.

MLB Pick: Atlanta Braves -130 at Bet365

[gameodds]3/236897/43/us[/gameodds]

Good Luck, everyone!

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