MLB Picks of the Day: Celebrate Tanaka's Return with ML Plays

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 2:40 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015 2:40 PM UTC

'Baseball all day' is what the fans and bettors want to hear. Today we have a lot of appealing MLB games to choose from when providing our betting picks, especially after a very satisfying winning day yesterday. 

Joe C. Record- 27-11-1 +13.16 Units
We were 1-0-1 on the day as the Yankees came back in the 9th inning off of Fernando Rodney, took the game into extra innings and prevailed with a Garrett Jones blast.

In the other game, we took the under as Chris Archer had been red hot for the Rays. He continued to be hot, but the Rays offense was also effective against the Angels and a meaningless run in the 9th inning forced a push. A winning day is good day, especially after a losing streak. I'm looking to go on another winning streak and I see some good offerings today.


New York Yankees (28-25) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-28): Tanaka is Back
I remember the last time that Masahiro Tanaka pitched at Safeco Field and he was unstoppable. I don't know if there will be a pitch limit in this game for Tanaka, but the Yankees are really starting to gain confidence, especially from this series, and I expect it to continue at appealing odds. 

For the season, Tanaka has pitched 13 1/3 innings on the road and has an ERA of 0.68 .This guy knows how to win. If I recall, before the Yankees obtained Tanaka, he was 26-0 in his most recent season. The MLB is a little more difficult than the Japanese League, but the Yankees have the pitching edge as Seattle starts Taijuan Walker (2-5, 6.18). Although Walker pitched a shutout in his last start, he's been a disaster for most of the season, allowing the opposition to hit .284 off of him. Before his most recent win, Walker hadn't had a win since April 27th and the Mariners are coming into this game a beaten bunch..

For the Yankees, role players such as Stephen Drew and Garrett Jones have come up big in pressure-filled spots. Except for a base running blunder, Didi Gregorius has also started to hit well and this is a definite help for players who have been producing such as Brian McCann, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixiera. Teixiera is on pace to hit 45 home runs this season and his batting average has improved greatly.

Look for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka to extend their winning streak as a -106 betting favorite.

MLB Pick- Yankees -105 at The Greek--- TWO UNIT PLAY


Cincinnati Reds (22-28) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (20-33): The Streak is Broken
After losing 7 straight games, the Phillies came out on top last night as Darin Ruf picked up his first career game winning hit. Now the Fightin Phils look to make it two straight as they have their ace take the mound in Cole Hamels (5-4, 2.91) and Hamels has been a beast this season on an aging, losing squad in the Phillies. If you put Hamels on a top contender, he could be contending for a Cy Young award .


In his last 10 starts, Hamels has pitched at least 6 innings and has allowed 1 run or less in 6 out of those 10 starts. He's a guy that's going to give the Phillies at least 110 pitches and this is a great matchup for Hamels as he faces Dan Haren.

I look at Haren as the pitcher that got major hype and was just average. Not only that, he's lacks consistency. In any Phillies game, you're going to get a good MLB odds price if you back the Phils. Unless they're on a huge winning streak, I would only back the Phillies with Hamels starting ,but he has to face some tough hitters in the form of Joey Votto (9 HR, 26 RBI, .286 BA) and Todd Frazier (16 HR, 31 RBI, .280 BA).

Frazier has been on fire lately as he's batting .500 in his last 20 at-bats with 3 HR and 5 RBI. For the Phillies, it's the same old thing and that's relying on veterans Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Although Ben Revere has proven to get on base, the Reds have the far superior offense. That said, I'm placing my MLB picks with Hamels and the Phillies at home, who are coming off of a big win.

MLB Pick- Philadelphia Phillies -128

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