With fifteen MLB games to choose from, this skilled handicapper has decided to focus on the Mets and Yankees matches. Both teams are heavily favored by the odds today for good reason.
Joe C. Record: 122-73 +47.11 Units
Boston Red Sox vs. New York Mets: In a New York State of Mind
The Mets are simply dominating their opponents with their offense. Whenever they're behind, they come back and take over the game. A big reason for their emergence has been their propensity to hit the long ball. I don't think I've seen the Mets hit so many home runs in back to back series since the days of Mike Piazza.
Add in the fact that they have the best pitching staff in the majors and are starting Matt Harvey 11-7, 2.57 ERA tonight against a weak Boston Red Sox team at CitiField and this game should be a wrap as quick as it gets started. One reason for this has been the play of leadoff man Curtis Granderson. Granderson is starting to hit like he did for the Detroit Tigers and his batting average has skyrocketed recently. He sets the tone for the offense and there's simply no let up in this team.
"The Grandy Man Can"
This is the home run call that radio announcer John Sterling would give for a Grandy home run when he was with the Yankees. Things have changed. Not only is Grandy pounding out dingers, he's reaching base effectively and has been one of the most productive Mets by cutting down on his strikeouts.
Granderson has his batting average up to .259 with 22 HR and 55 RBI. He's hit safely in 7 out of his last 8 games and is hitting .393 this past week. When you have a guy that gets on base such as Granderson, it makes it much easier to establish a lead with guys like Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, and David Wright, swinging hot bats, well able to knock the Grandy man home.
This is an ideal matchup for us to handicap with our daily MLB picks as Boston has nothing going for them at the moment. They'e traded away clubhouse leaders such as Mike Napoli and although it's mathematically possible for the Sox to make the playoffs, it simply will not happen. Look for the Mets to domiante at Citifield, a place where they don't lose.
MLB Pick- New York Mets -199 at 5 Dimes - 2 UNIT PLAY
New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves: In Desperate Need of a Win
I was looking at Clayton Kershaw when deciding my MLB picks today and although he looked mighty appealing, the Yankees looked more appealing with Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 3.61) against Williams Perez. Although Tanaka has been injured, he was a player that had 26 consecutive wins in Japan and he's realizing the cream of the crop play in the United States. Thus far, Tanaka has had a nice career, but this is one of those games that defines him as a pitcher.
The Yankees have been slumping whille the Toronto Blue Jays have been crushing the baseball and taken over the lead in the American League East Division. This is the type of game where Tanaka has to get out of the 1st inning without allowing a run and provide a minimum of 7 quality innings with the a top level Yankees bullpen waiting.
It's Miller Time
I'm going to do something a bit different and focus on the Yankees bullpen as the combination of Betences and Miller have been dominant. What people don't know about Andrew Miller is that he was an ineffective starter as his 32-40 record and 4.67 ERA indicates, but he's been lights out in the Yankees bullpen. Thus far this season, Miller's is 2-2 with 27 saves and only 1 blown save. His earned run average is 1.99 after a win against Houston. Manager, Joe Girardi, puts Miller in the game at the most inopportune times and Miller delivers every time. New York doesn't miss Mariano Rivera and without a good bullpen, a team has nothing. Andrew Miller is the answer for New York.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees -220 at 5 Dimes