Joe C. Record
22-22 -5.82 Units
Yesterday is not even worth mentioning because every bettor will have a poor day; this is the MLB marathon and grind of 162 games.
There’s an entire MLB season to saturate our bankrolls in the green and that’s what I intend to do; patience and not jumping the gun are key. Onto the our MLB picks.
Houston Astros (5-12) at Oakland Athletics (11-5)
All They Do Is Win
The Oakland Athletics remind me of the Atlanta Braves for the past few years. Both teams don’t possess the greatest rosters in the MLB, but they find ways to win on a consistent basis.
The Houston Astros are the opposite of Oakland. They have individual hitters on their team that can hit such as Jose Altuve and Jason Castro, but this team can’t win a game if their lives depended on it.
A prime example of this is yesterday’s game in which the Athletics were off a 7-0 lead in the 1st inning. It only took Oakland 3 hits to score the 7 runs and it was smooth sailing from then on in an 11-3 blowout of the lowly “Stros”.
A good sign for Oakland is the spectacular play of Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes hit 2 home runs yesterday and was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI for the game. Cespedes’ Achilles heel is his batting average, but this is a player with a lot of power as you saw in last years’ home run derby and possesses a lot of promise.
Kazmir vs. Oberholtzer
The A’s get the nod in the starting pitching matchup as Scott Kazmir (2-0,1.40) has found the right team and gotten off to a quick start while Brett Oberholtzer (0-3, 3.50) has pitched relatively well, but has gotten little run support.
In 18 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed just 7 runs. The Astros offense has let him down and we could see more of the same in this game.
I’m going to stay away from the run-line and lay the heavy juice as this should be a “slam dunk”.
Pick- Oakland -206 at 5 Dimes
New York Yankees (10-7) at Tampa Bay
Rays (1-1, 4.50)
On the Yankee Bandwagon Again?
I’ve been riding the Yankees backs for several games and a Tampa Bay comeback put a halt to the winning yesterday. I’m going to ride the Bombers again because Chris Archer (1-1, 4.50) isn’t pitching like he did last season and New York has a good shot at winning as a moderate underdog.
The Yanks bring Ivan Nova (2-1, 5.94) to the mound and you’re pretty much going to get a hit or miss with Nova.
Overall, this is an above average pitcher with a major upside and with the new Yankees bats such as Ellsbury, McCann, and Solarte. Nova has plenty of offensive support.
Player to Watch
Even though I think the Yankees are the far superior team with a well-balanced combination of offense of speed and power, Sean Rodriguez has come out of nowhere to make an impression on these games. The left-fielder pinch-hitted in yesterday’s game and proceeded to go yard for the Rays. He’s 2 for 5 in his last 2 games with 2 HR and 3 RBI. He hasn’t been an everyday player, but I could see the Rays trying to stir things up and going with the hot bat in Rodriguez.
For the Yankees, Solarte (.370) and Ellsbury (.367) lack power, but they continue to get on base and keep the Yankees in games. Expect more of the same until you see otherwise. Solarte was an undiscovered talent in the minors for many years and we all know the talent that Jacoby Ellsbury possesses.
This game should be a closer game with yesterday. Take the Yankees as an underdog as Chris Archer attempts to find himself.
Pick-Yankees +132 at 5 Dimes