MLB Picks: Sunday Picks of the Day

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:50 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 12:50 PM UTC

Swinger takes a look at the MLB odds for Sunday April 20th to see if he can look through his crystal ball and put some green in our pockets with his MLB picks.

Swinger's 2014 MLB Record (3-6-1, -16.05 units)
It's been a nightmare so far in this young season. I really screwed the pooch the last time out when I manufactured a romance with Under in the Brewers/Pirates game this past Thursday. I say manufactured because in retrospect, was this game really worthy of a four unit play? I suppose had it won I would have been grinning like a Cheshire Cat and patting myself on the back until I dislocated a shoulder. But it went down in flames as did my second leg of this disastrous doubleheader, the Milwuakee Brewers themselves as -105 road pups in MLB odds.

So boys if you decide to jump off the bandwagon I completely understand but we've got plenty of baseball left and I have historically made oodles of cash during hardball season. So let's dust ourselves off and get back to work. Keep the faith.

Orioles vs. Red Sox
I'm not going to mince words and make a case for the Orioles here. They've decided to hand the ball to Ubaldo Jiminez, he of the 0-3 record complemented splendidly by a 7.31 ERA and finished off to an absolutely abysmal 2.06 WHIP. He will be opposed by Jake Peavy who has performed admirably this season though he has a 0-0 record to show for his efforts. Peavy has a 1.93 ERA and a 1.18. WHIP to boot.

This is the third game of a four-game set with the series even at one game apiece headed into today. The O's lit up John Lackey in the opener but last night the Sox rebounded with a 4-2 victory. Tonight will be more of the same as Jiminez has not only been a disaster this far this season but has also gotten drilled more often at Fenway than Jenna Jameson at an AVN convention. Jiminez sports a bloated 10.27 ERA in five starts against Boston and with the heart of the Red Sox lineup beginning to hit, that number is likely to increase. It's a blowout in Beantown boys!

Play Boston -170 for 4 units at

Play Boston -1.5 runs (+130) for 3 units at


Phillies vs. Rockies
No screwin' around today boys. If layin' the lumber makes you weak in the knees then I suggest you move on. The Rox are tops in Major League Baseball in runs scored while the Phillies have barely averaged a run per game over their last four. Colorado has won four of their last five while Philadelphia has dropped four of their last five. Yesterday was more of the same for each as Colorado pitched their way to a 3-1 victory over the Phils and took the second game of this four-game set.

Philadelphia has one thing going for them today and that comes in the form of Roberto Hernandez who has pitched solidly this season, averaging almost a strikeout per inning pitched and a 3.86 ERA thus far this season. However, Señor Hernandez did get torched in his only career appearance versus the Rockies, surrendering seven runs in a little over four innings of work.

The Rockies trot out their prized pony this season in Juan Nicasio, he of the undefeated record and leading his team to a 4-0 record over his last four starts. Philadelphia is 0-4 in their last four meetings in Colorado.

Let's not overthink this one boys and avert your eyes from the heavy lumber in MLB odds as we bravely lay it and like it!

Play the Rockies -170 for 4 units

Play the Rockies - 1.5. Runs (+130) for 3 units at

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