It’s a new week and time to look for an edge in Monday’s matchups for picks of the day. The city of Los Angeles has a couple of interesting matchups as the Angels and Dodgers have been two of the biggest disappointments in baseball. Let’s take a look at these games and decide where the best MLB betting value lies.
Kansas City Royals (18-16) at Los Angeles Angels (14-23)
There’s no time to get the crying towel out for Albert Pujols and company after their embarrassing effort on Sunday Night Baseball in which Chris Sale was one hit away from making history as he drove the Angels offense into the ground, allowing just one hit for the game in a 3-0 loss for the Angels.
After a 3 game winning streak, the Angels have reverted back to old form and there’s really no explanation of why? As I’ve stated many times, when you have a lineup that contains the likes of Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton, you should be dominating. That hasn’t been the case.
Could We See Some Offense?
The Angels host the respectable Kansas City Royals in a matchup of two starting pitchers in Joe Blanton and Luis Mendoza who have a combined record of 0-8 on the season. Is it possible that one of these starters finally picks up their first victory of the 2013 baseball season?
Records Are Deceiving
For an 0-6 pitcher, Joe Blanton has pitched very well as of late. He’s allowed 3 runs or less in his last 3 outings and went at least 6 innings in each game but has been unable to pick up that elusive “W”.
Blanton carries a career 3-1 record in 6 starts against the Royals with an ERA of just 1.76; He’s due for a win.
A Bullpen Call?
Things haven’t been going so smoothly for K.C. Starter Luis Mendoza. Mendoza has been unable to get into any kind of groove. For him to go 6 innings is a rarity, therefore you know that the Kansas City bullpen will have “hold down the fort”. Mendoza has a career 10.24 ERA in 5 games against the Angels.
This could possibly be a good spot for Los Angeles. They were starting to play well and ran into a buzz saw In Chris Sale. Luis Mendoza should be a pitcher that they should be able to beat up on at home. Take Los Angeles and the reasonable MLB odds offered by 365 Sportsbook.
Pick- Angels -134 at 365 Sportsbook
Washington Nationals (20-17) at Los Angeles Dodgers (15-21)
Superstar Matt Kemp might be doing good deeds by offering his gear to a terminally ill 19 year old sitting in the front row, but his performance on the field has been another story.
Kemp is on an 11 game hitting streak that’s seen his batting average steadily increase to a modest .277. He’s a threat on the basepaths with the fear of an injured hamstring in the past, but the power just isn’t there.
He has just 1 home run on the season and if you recall before he got injured last year, he had at least 11 or 12 home runs in the first month of the season. How did he turn into just a singles hitter? Something seems fishy here, but that’s just one writer’s opinion.
Kemp and the Dodgers are coming off of a 5-3 victory over the lowly Miami Marlins and are looking to get Josh Beckett (0-4, 5.13) his first win of the season.
Although the Dodgers have won 2 straight, they’re still in the basement and will be opposed by Jordan Zimmerman (6-1, 1.59) of the Nats. Zimmerman has had an outstanding start to the season.
In his last 24 innings, he’s allowed just 1 earned run on 10 hits. Zimmerman has been almost perfect with a quality start in every outing this season. This is a pitcher that can also go deep into games. Beckett will need to revert back to the mid 2000’s to match this stud.
The Nationals spoiled an outstanding pitching performance by Gio Gonzalez yesterday in a 2-1 loss. This is a team that ranks 27th in the majors in runs scored, 27th in batting average (.231), and 28th in on-base percentage (.293). Superstar, Bryce Harper, has slowed down mightily and this team needs a Herculean effort from someone to break out of this offensive funk.
Luckily for the Nats, they’re playing a Dodgers team that has their own offensive issues scoring runs and Josh Beckett is aging at a rapid pace.
The odds are decent, so lets back the Nationals with your sports picks as the slight betting favorite with a lopsided pitching matchup between and up and comer in Zimmerman and a has been in Beckett.
Pick- Washington -118 at 365 Sportsbook
Good Luck, everyone!