New York Mets (10-13) at Miami Marlins (6-19)
The New York Mets certainly haven’t been world beaters, but this is a no-brainer as young pitching phenom, Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.54), makes the start for the Mets and he’ll be opposed by winless starter Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50).
Right off the bat, you know that Fernandez can barely go 5 innings and it will be up to the Marlins bullpen to take care of business. Harvey on the other hand, is coming off of his worst performance of the year, allowing 3 runs and 4 hits with 7 strikeouts in 6 innings. Pretty impressive if that’s his worst start.
Exactly What Was Expected
Except for catcher, John Buck’s power, the Mets offense has been very predictable. David Wright is hitting above .300 with little power, Daniel Murphy is hitting .300 with just 2 HR, and Ike Davis and Lucas Duda represent the power on the club, but can’t hit for average.
A lot was expected out of Davis after the Mets were going to send him to the minors last season because of his inability to get on base. Ike came back with a huge last couple months of the season, but has seemed to stop hitting again this season. He’s unreliable; it’s almost an automatic out at this point.
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Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton
A lot was expected out of Stanton this season after coming off of a big 2012. Thus far, Stanton has gotten off to a slow start, but had a huge 2 home run day in a 6-4 victory over the lowly Cubbies.
Could this be the spring board that Stanton needs to get this Marlins team winning? A Harvey vs.Stanton matchup will certainly prove to be interesting.
Even on the road, the Mets are a heavy -150 betting favorite thanks to Mr. Harvey and the fact that the Marlins are an awful baseball team. Lay the juice; Harvey is that good!
Free Pick- Mets -150 at BET365
Houston Astros (7-18) at New York Yankees (15-9)
The Yankees are a heavy -245 MLB betting odds favorite with Andy Pettitte taking the mound against his former team. Under most circumstances, I would either take a runline or the underdog. Being that I’m playing with house money with all of the wins that I’ve accumulated, that affords me the ability to take the Yankees at a simple moneyline.
The New York Yankees have proven with all of their off-season acquisitions that they are indeed a contender. Even with Kevin Youkilis injured, the Yanks have managed to win 4 in a row and keep pace with the Boston Red Sox. By the time all of the injured players come back, this team will be a playoff contender yet again.
The Houston Astros have little payroll so to speak and you get what you give; a bottom feeding 7-18 team with no prospects of post-season or excitement. The Astros will be betting underdogs all season long.
The Yankees are coming off of a 3-2 victory against Toronto in which they only picked up 4 hits. Fortunately for them, they made the hits count and all hits were produced by 1st year Yankee players.
Andy Pettitte keeps racking up the wins and he should have a lot of incentive, facing his former team and home town. Look for Pettitte to come up huge in this spot while stifling the Astros bats.
Take the Yankees in an easy victory here for your MLB picks (weather permitting).
Pick- Yankees -245 at Will Hill
Let’s keep this momentum going. Good luck, everyone