MLB Picks: Friday's Top Plays

Joe Catalano

Friday, May 16, 2014 1:34 PM GMT

It’s Friday and that means a bunch of new series in the MLB. Let’s see if we can take Mike Trout’s 3- run walk off home run last night and carry that momentum over to today with our betting picks.

Joe C. Record
48-56 -22.08 Units
Thanks to the Trout home run and the Yankees winning another game at CitField, we have another winning day and it’s a step in the right direction.


Toronto Blue Jays (21-21) vs. Texas Rangers (20-21)
Yu Darvish at Home
When you get a scenario like this in which Darvish isn’t facing a division leader and the odds are well below -200, you have to lean his way because he’s that good.

Darvish (3-1, 2.33) faces a tough customer in Drew Hutchinson (1-3, 4.37), whose better than his record indicates. To top things off, the Jays are coming off of a solid win with J.A. Happ starting against a Cleveland team that’s been hitting well.

Darvish is coming off of an exceptional outing in which he allowed just 2 hits in 8 innings to the Boston Red Sox while striking out 12 batters. Darvish is known for the “K” and the Blue Jays could be in for a long night as Texas will rely on the excellence of the Japanese import.

“EE”
These initials aren’t letters on your baseball scorecard when following a game at the park; they stand for Edwin Encarnacion, a major threat in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup.

Last night, “EE” proceeded to produce two home runs to go along with 3 runs batted in to help the Blue Jays defeat Cleveland 4-2. Encarnacion hasn’t hit for average thus far (.253), but when you’re talking about pure power and the way that the baseball leaves the bat, “EE” has one of the most violent swings in the majors with the most power off of the bat in the MLB.

Maybe the 2 home run game will get him going, but Encarnacion will have to earn it because Yu Darvish can bring it. After his last performance, I’m siding with Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers. You have to lay some juice, but the Rangers have some capable hitters in Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus who can make things happen.

Pick- Texas -166 at 5 Dimes

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Tampa Bay Rays (18-14) vs. Los Angeles Angels (22-18)
Mike Trout Saves the Day
Trout’s 3 run walk-off home run in last night’s game against Tampa Bay gave the Halos a victory over the Rays. The Angels didn’t have one of their better nights as it took them a good 6 innings to start hitting, but this is a team that’s definitely headed in the right direction at 4 games over .500.

Jered Weaver
Even though Jered Weaver (4-2, 3.22) has never been the same pitcher since his injuries, in a must win situation for the Angels, he would be the pitcher that I’d want to see trotting out to the mound.

Over the last half decade, Weaver has been one of the best pitchers in the American League. This season, he’s managed to remain healthy and has had a fairly good start to the season.

He only gives the Halos 6 innings, but in his last 5 starts, Weaver has failed to allow more than 2 runs in any ball game; now that’s impressive. The Rays are an above average offensive team, but Chris Archer (2-2, 5.16) hasn’t been as effective as last season. Look for Mike Trout to break out of his slump and for the Angels to carry over the momentum of last night’s game into tonight with the dependable Jered Weaver pitching.

The odds at 5 Dimes Sportsbook are fairly decent and we’re going to side with Los Angeles in this game.

Pick- Los Angeles Angels -135 at 5 Dimes

Good luck ,everyone!

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