MLB Picks: Friday Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Friday, April 25, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

The MLB brings to you a lot of competitive matchups this weekend. Let’s take a look at the games, break the games down, and reel in some winning picks with our MLB Picks of the Day.

Joe C. Record
27-29 -10.39 Units

The Joke Is On Me?
I provided my record for you because I’ve been a consistent winner with my MLB Picks since joining SBR about 4 years back. You can check my past articles. Unfortunately, we’re off to a rocky start to this season. It’s still very early and this doesn’t deter me whatsoever; It actually motivates me even more. Stick with me and let’s ride this out to October. Let’s get that coin!

San Diego Padres (11-12) at Washington Nationals (12-11)
Riding Strasburg
Even though the Nationals lineup is much more talented, these two teams are both having a similar season, hovering around the .500 mark. Like I said, it’s early. Look for Washington to get on track and one way that they’ll do this is with pitching ace, Stephen Strasburg (1-2, 5.33).

Strasburg has gotten off to a slow start to the season, but had a fine outing in his last start. He defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in which he pitched 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and striking out 9 batters.

Sometimes Strasburg’s ability to strikeout the opponent can actually hurt the Nats because he’s only been good for 6 innings per start. He faces a Padres lineup that ranks amongst the bottom in almost every offensive statistical category in the major leagues.

The Padres are 30th in the major leagues in runs, 27th in batting average, 30th in on-base percentage, and 29th in slugging percentage. Nobody in the Padres lineup should scare Stephen Strasburg.

Where Washington is concerned, they have plenty of capable hitters. Bryce Harper may never be a Mike Trout and might not run out every ball, but he’s has great potential.

At the moment, Adam LaRoche has been carrying the Nats as he leads them in batting average (.316), home runs (4) and is 2nd in runs batted in (13). This is a deep Nationals offense and there’s absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t take care of business tonight.

I’m still sticking with the moneyline and that means laying the juice. Take Washington and feel confident.

Pick- Washington -188 at 5 Dimes


Kansas City Royals (10-11) at Baltimore Orioles (11-10)
Hard Hitting
Even though their records are similar, Baltimore is at home and the better team. They’re also coming off of a big 10-8 win over Toronto in which they beat up on the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen. Baltimore scored a combined 9 runs in the 7th and 8th innings and went on to defeat the Jays.

Cruz and Davis
In my last article, I was making fun of Nelson Cruz and PED usage, but there’s no denying that Cruz has been a monster on the field, tearing the cover off of the baseball.  He’s on an MVP-like pace with 6 HR, 23 RBI, and a .398 BA.

Along with Cruz, Chris Davis is finally getting into the groove and he can be a dangerous foe for Kansas City.  Davis is 4 for 10 in his last 2 games with 1 HR, 4 RBI, and 3 runs. Expect Davis to take off for the rest of the season. He’s finally coming up big during rallies and could be a factor tonight.

The odds are a little against the Orioles due to their pitching. Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3, 6.75) has been flatout rotten. There’s nothing to rave about where Jimenez is concerned except that he’s had some good years in the past. Look for Jimenez to keep the O’s in the game as they march on to victory and at great odds.

Pick- Baltimore – 103 at 5 Dimes

Also, expect this game to be a relatively high scoring affair with 2 questionable pitchers. Take the over.

Pick- Baltimore/Kansas City Over 8.5 at 5 Dimes

Good luck, everyone!

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