MLB Picks: Friday's Top Plays

Joe Catalano

Friday, May 23, 2014 1:08 PM UTC

Friday, May. 23, 2014 1:08 PM UTC

It’s time for the start of the MLB weekend series to begin and we could definitely use a change of pace as our MLB Picks of the Day haven’t been hitting. The record is listed for a reason. Time to turn it around. Let’s look at the odds.

Joe C. Record
54-70 -37.34 Units

Is It the Picks or Just Bad Luck?
I do a little self-evaluation when things aren’t going my way and I’ve been riding the backs of many aces. When you take Zack Greinke, a guy that hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in 21 starts, you expect to confident and you lay the juice against a team like the Mets.

Unfortunately, Greinke didn’t have his best stuff yesterday, and in this case, it’s bad luck. We’re going to attempt not to chase to avoid a huge deficit. I urge you to stick with me as things will turn around. There’s plenty of baseball to be played.

Houston Astros (17-31) at Seattle Mariners (23-23)
Can King Felix Be A Winner Tonight?
When you have the best pitcher in the American League over the last decade facing a bottom-feeder in the Houston Astros, you take notice. Houston will start Brad Peacock (1-4, 5.20) who has had less than a stellar season, but has managed to keep Houston in games lately and actually picked up his first win of the season in his last start against the White Sox in which he allowed 2 runs in 6 innings pitched.

A brilliant start for Peacock is considering giving up 3 runs in 9 innings of pitching, but he’s facing a pitcher that can totally shut a team out in Hernandez (5-1, 2.94).

Not only that, Hernandez will be facing an Astros team which ranks 27th in the league in runs and 29th in batting average at just .231. Players like Jose Altuve and Jason Castro do have talent, therefore it’s not an automatic win for the King.

Altuve hit a home run in his first at-bat last night in a 3-1 loss to Seattle. Neither of these offenses are top-notch and the Astros definitely want to get on the board early. If Peacock has a good game, the difference in this game could be a matter of a couple of runs.

We certainly don’t want to take the Mariners moneyline because their offense is simply not reliable enough to support it. However, I do think that Seattle will win by at least a couple of runs and were going to take the runline (laying less juice) in this spot with Hernandez.

Pick- Seattle -1.5 -115 at 5 Dimes


New York Yankees (24-22) at Chicago White Sox (24-25)
Chris Sale Isn’t Pitching Tonight
Sale was held to a strict 85 pitch count yesterday and a base hit made White Sox manager, Robin Ventura’s decision a lot easier as Sale was on the verge of pitching a perfect game.

New York just hasn’t been hitting the ball well and surprisingly, the White Sox are an actual respectable team this season.

The Yankees are 5th in the league in batting average and 12th in runs produced and Mark Teixiera’s amazing comeback from injury has had a lot to do with it.

Teixiera, who has 9 HR and 25 and possibly Yangervis Solarte (.310), are the only guys hitting on this team. After an amazing start to the season, Jacoby Ellsbury has hit a major slump. Ellsbury, who doesn’t hit for power, is just 15 for 73 in the month of May.

This needs to turn around for New York because they play their best when their speed guys in Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner are hitting the ball well. Except for Masahiro Tanaka, the Yankees new acquisitions this season have been a disappointment.

Hector Noesi
Tonight, New York starts Hiroki Kuroda (3-3, 4.61) who has been a mere average starting pitcher, but he should be able to get the job done here as he faces Hector Noesi (0-4, 7.31) of the White Sox. Noesi has gotten off to an awful start to his career, winning just 4 of 23 decisions. Until he can prove otherwise, side with the Yanks in this game.

Pick- New York -142 at 5 Dimes

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