It's Friday and today you'll see some very appealing odds where the MLB Picks are concerned as there are a lot of even matchups to start off the weekend series.
Joe C. Record 35-17 +14.66 Units
Testing the Boundaries
There are maybe a handful of times when I will take a heavy chalk because I think it's a perfect spot and will somewhat "test the boundaries". Some will say that it's poor handicapping, but if the game wins, it's more money for the people that have been following me and you've been playing with house money if you've been following my picks.
Kershaw vs. Despaigne
You can't get a better matchup if you're a Dodgers backer. Yes, the Dodgers aren't as good as they were last season and this is a road game in where anything can happen. Add in that San Diego is coming off of an extra innings victory against Atlanta in which Matt Kemp was hit with a baseball and has a little fire in his belly and this could become very interesting. I have no faith in Despaigne and I have no faith in Matt Kemp ever since he suffered a quad injury a few seasons back. Kemp has went from a power hitter to a hitter that can't a home run.
You add in Clayton Kershaw to the equation and you say "Joe C., he hasn't had the best of years." This is true, but from watching Kershaw's last start, it appears that he's the old Clayton Kershaw again. Kershaw is coming off of a victory against the Cards in which he went 8 innings and allowed just 1 hit while striking out 11 batters. This is Kershaw's 3rd consecutive victory. I have total faith in the pitching of Clayton Kershaw.
We take a look at Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4, 4.72) and this is a streaky pitcher. He started off the season very poorly, then had a few good outing and is coming off of another poor outing. He's unreliable and I wouldn't want him on my pitching staff if I was a manager.
You have a poor pitcher for the Pads, a weak underachieving offense for the Pads, and Clayton Kershaw, who is the best pitcher in baseball. l'll lay the ridiculous amount of juice and take the win with Kershaw.
Pick- Dodgers -225 at 5 Dimes
The Price is Right
I have said that many times, but if you can get David Price at -122 betting odds at Commerica Park, you take it. There's two variables that make this risky and that is that the Tigers have went into one of their worst hitting slumps in the past few years and they face a starter in Danny Salazar (6-1, 3.60) who has been red hot for the Tribe.
In his last 4 starts, Salazar has allowed 7 earned runs in 24 innings pitched. He's 2-0 during that period of time and can pitch 110 pitches like Price if need be. This is a simple matter of me thinking that the Tigers are due for a big performance at home and they need Price to pitch like he did when he was a member of Tampa Bay.
It's a great advantage when you have the best hitter in the majors over the past decades. Even during a poor season, he's still hitting .325 with 12 HR and 39 RBI. This is a player that could hit a golf ball if you pitched it to him because his hand to eye coordination is the best in the business.
Miggy can change the complexion of a game with one swing of the bat. The power numbers have been down, but they've been down for the entire MLB. It could be PED's, but I don't know. I do know however that Miguel Cabrera is a great baseball player and nothing illegal has been proven since he got rid of the booze.
The Tribe have a very formidable lineup with Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis, but this game will come down to David Price dictating the action and the Tigers will win this game at the best odds that you'll ever get David Price at home unless he was facing a Clayton Kershaw. Take Detroit as your MLB pick.
Pick- Detroit Tigers -122