Saturday’s MLB Picks of the Day poses interesting propositions. Check it out in this installment.
Detroit Tigers (43-35) at Tampa Bay Rays (41-39)
Opportunity For Verlander?
Ace, Justin Verlander, (8-5, 3.90) has been widely considered as the best pitcher in baseball, but has struggled as of late.In his last 2 starts, Verlander has allowed 9 runs and 14 hits in 10 innings pitched. He’s also provided only 5 quality outings out of his last 10 appearances; this is very un”Verlander”-like.
Verlander appears to have the right situation in this ball game. Not to mention being -140 on the MLB odds boards. He’s facing an inexperienced pitcher in Chris Archer (1-2, 4.80) and Detroit is coming off of an inspiring 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Friday.
Best Player On the Planet?
I used this term for Lebron James as a basketball player and possibly because of Miguel Cabrera’s hefty build and previous wild ways, you might not think of him as a super athlete.
When it comes to baseball, nobody has better eye to hand coordination than Miggy. Most players buckle under the pressure with 2 strikes. Cabrera doesn’t feel pressure.
He’s coming off of a 2 home run game against Tampa Bay and Prince Fielder also had a round tripper of his own. Fielder is “The X Factor”. If he’s hitting, this team is unstoppable despite the pitching.
Look for Detroit to have a lot of confidence coming into this game and the Tigers should fare well with JV on the mound.
Due to Verlander’s poor pitching lately, we’ll just go moneyline instead of runline with this. Add in the fact that Tampa Bay is a good baseball team at home.
Pick- Detroit -139 for your sports picks.
Milwaukee Brewers (32-46) at Pittsburgh Pirates (49-30)
Finally, A Winning Season…
Pittsburgh Pirates fans are in shock. Not only have the Pirates have the chance to break the trend of decades of consecutive losing seasons, but they’ve passed the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central Division for the lead and are on a 7 game winning streak.
The Pirates appear to have the advantage in tonight’s game. They’re starting Francisco Liriano (6-3, 2.30) and facing a pitcher in Donovan Hand (0-0, 2.37) who has only been used in relief.
Liriano might not be as good as his earned run average indicates, but he keeps the Bucs in the games and leaves it up to players like Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Pedro Alvarez to do the rest.
In his last outing, Liriano was the hard luck loser in a 4-1 loss to Cincinnati. He allowed 2 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings pitched.
Liriano isn’t a pitcher that’s going to blow the opposition out of the water, but he can give the Pirates 6 solid inning almost everytime out. He also carries a career 5-2 mark with a 3.50 ERA against the Brewers.
Without the leadership of Ryan Braun, the Brewers are a sub-.500 team that can provide an occasional good game. Moral is quite low with all of the negative publicity that Braun has brought to the team.
Players like Jean Segura (.334, 11 HR, 32 RBI, 24 SB), Carlos Gomez (.313, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 15 SB), and Jonathan Lucroy (.274, 8 HR, 42 RBI) are being overlooked due to the lack of winning. The offense is certainly there for Milwaukee; it’s the pitching that’s letting them down.
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Thrown Into the Fire
The Brewers enter this game having been beaten handily by the Pirates on Friday, 10-3. Andrew McCutchen had a huge 3 for 5 game with a home run and 3 runs batted in. Starling Marte was also 3 for 5 with a triple and 2 runs batted in.
Both offenses are lethal, but the Pirates have a tremendous amount of momentum and the Brewers pitching is simply awful.
Pick – Pittsburgh -1.5 +110 at Bet 365 (expect a blowout here)
Good Luck, everyone!