Let’s calm down, collect our thoughts, and collect some dough as we make our way to the pay window by analyzing the baseball betting odds for our MLB Picks of the Day.
New York Yankees (36-26) at Seattle Mariners (27-36)
The one time that a baseball team doesn’t want to play the Seattle Mariners is when “King” Felix Hernandez is pitching.Today’s the day as the Yankees send out David Phelps (4-3, 4.15) to the mound.
I can recall a Yankees radio broadcast in which Phelps was getting shelled and the announcers stated that if George Steinbrenner was alive, Phelps would be “cut”, not dropped, to the minors.
Since then, Phelps has answered the bell as he came up with a huge win against Cleveland in his last start in which he pitched 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit. The Yankees will be looking for Phelps to give a half reasonable performance as Hernandez has been more than hittable this season.
Both teams are coming off of another low scoring game, a 3-1 Yankees victory. Andy Pettitte delivered and discovered that his son was drafted by the Bombers. Brett Gardner continued his hot streak with a 3 for 5 day while Vernon Wells managed 2 hits. Wells has been on an enormous slump.
New York will look for Gardner and Teixeira to provide some offense as both have hit Hernandez well in the past. Teixeira has 5 HR and 9 RBI in the 61 times that he’s faced Hernandez.
Tinkering With the Lineup
The Mariners have a very weak hitting ball club. They’ve come to the point where they’ve put Jason Bay as the leadoff hitter. That in itself speaks volumes.
Seattle will need offensive support from players like Kyle Seager (.290) and Kendrys Morales (.298, 8 HR, 35 RBI). Morales was a big hitter with the Angels until he got injured; the potential is there.
As always for the Mariners, the question will be “where will they find runs?”
Pick- Yankees/Mariners UNDER 7 at Bet 365 (Bet 365 is one of the only book in which you can get the total at 7 and not 6.5. Both of these teams have proven that they’ve been challenged offensively)
Sunday Night Baseball
St. Louis Cardinals (40-22) at Cincinnati Reds (37-25)
You get a top-level matchup for the sole night game between two teams that can pitch and hit.
In this game, Lance Lynn (8-1, 2.76) takes the mound for the red birds as he faces veteran Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.38). Arroyo might not be a top tier pitcher, but he’s capable of shutting a team down. Tonight will be a tall order for the right-hander as he faces the likes of Matt Holiday, Carlos Beltran, and Allen Craig.
Arroyo is also a lifetime 8-15 in 33 games started against the Cards with a 4.54 ERA. He’ll have his hands full as there are no weaknesses to St.Louis’ offense.
If you’re a Cardinals fan or bettor, you look at their lineup and you can’t help but salivate. From 1 to 6, the Cardinals are a hitting machine. Matt Holiday and David Freese are the only players hitting under .300 and both have been hot as of late.
Aside from his 6 game hitting streak, Holiday is a career 15 for 49 off of Arroyo with 4 HR and 10 RBI. David Freese hasn’t hit Arroyo well, but is on an 18 game hitting streak. Something has to give.
Even though the Cards are on the road against a good baseball team, they look like a tough beat in this nationally televised game.
Pick- St. Louis -111 at Bet 365 (Getting Lynn at this price is a bargain)for your sports picks.
Good Luck, everyone!