Stand by as I give you an interesting perspective on some games that look appealing for MLB Picks of the Day.
New York Yankees (68-59) at Tampa Bay Rays (72-53)
This is a big series and game as the Rays lead the American League Wild Card and the Yankees are making a late season run on a 5 game winning streak and just 3.5 games out of a wild card spot, behind the Oakland Athletics.
The starting pitching matchup is top rate as Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 2.41) who sports the best ERA in the American League, faces off against Chris Archer (6-5, 2.95).
In just a short sampling, Archer is a lifetime 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA against the Yanks in 2 starts. He’s coming off of a complete game 2 hit shutout against the Yankees on July 27th, but that’s when the Yankees were a different team. It will be interesting to see if he can duplicate that performance as guys like Alfonso Soriano and Alex Rodriguez are a threat in the current Yankees lineup. Robinson Cano has also started to hit and he’s picked the perfect time to hit his peak.
Cano leads the Yankees in all major offensive statistical categories and in his last 5 games, is 11 for 21 with 3 doubles, 1 HR and 5 RBI.
The Yankees need Cano’s bat in this game because he’s easily the most consistent player on the team. We might also see a spark from Ichiro Suzuki as he’s picked up his 4000th hit including the Japanese League. Peter Rose has already stated that Suzuki won’t catch his record for total amount of hits. At this point, Suzuki is just looking to contribute as the Yankees make a late playoff run.
If the Yankees were to have anyone start an important 1st game to a big series like this, it would be Kuroda. That said, he’s coming off of a poor effort in which he allowed 5 runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss to Boston in his most recent start. Look for Kuroda to rise to the occasion as the Yankees have a ton of momentum.
Free Pick- New York Yankees -105 at Bet 365 (According to the betting odds, odds makers are siding with New York, who are on the road)
Detroit Tigers (74-53) at New York Mets (58-67)
In an interleague matchup that you won’t see often, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder take their talents to CitiField and look to put on a show in front of the National League, New York-based fans. Standing in their way is newly acquired Daisuke Matsuzaka. Can Matsuzaka spark up some old magic in dealing with one of the best offenses in baseball in Detroit?
As do most Japanese players, they never live up to the billing when coming to the United States and Matsuzaka is nothing different. Look for the 32 year old pitcher to be rusty; he was 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 2012 with the Red Sox. The Mets don’t have the guns to compete with Detroit and Doug Fister (10-6, 3.63) offensively. This is an easy sports pick as Detroit should come into New York on Friday and embarrass Matsuzaka. Take the runline as Detroit has the arsenal to put double figures on the scoreboard.
Good luck, everyone!