Before opening any Dos Equis today, the first order of business on Cinco de Mayo is figuring out how to beat the sportsbooks MLB odds. You need a clear mind to do so, thus the jocularity can wait.
Plus, we want to continue our good stretch which has us at 15-6 choosing these sports picks. I have looked over the MLB Odds at Wagerweb.ag and offer these plays for you to consider.
Pittsburgh Ready To Pound Somebody
For the Pirates, it was an excruciating weekend being swept by St. Louis. Pittsburgh lost all three games to the Cardinals by one run, despite outhitting them 31-26 in the series. The frustration manifests itself by leaving a grand total of 37 runners on base, which gave them countless chances to win, but they failed to do so.
Pittsburgh returns home tied with Cincinnati at 12-13 and they are a -145 money line favorite to return to the win column. Jeff Locke (2-1, 4.76 ERA) will get the start for the Bucs and his job will be to replicate what his fellow pitchers have done of late, keep the runs low and hope the offense does the rest. Since Locke was rocked for five earned runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings of a road defeat to Chicago, the other four starters have posted a 1.74 ERA since, which has led to only one victory.
Job one for the Bucs offense is to come through in the clutch versus the Reds Michael Lorenzen, who will make his second career start. The right-hander allowed three solo homers among eight hits in five innings of an 8-3 loss to Milwaukee in his major league debut on April 29th. The Pirates are 19-5 at home after a day off since 2013 and should take care of business.
MLB Pick – Pittsburgh -145
Dodgers Have Right Pitcher to Overcome Bitter Loss
I know of a few people who placed their MLB Picks on Milwaukee against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers last evening. Kershaw took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning, but allowed a solo homer and a double and the bullpen did the rest in making a certain victory a 4-3 setback.
Zack Greinke (4-0, 1.93) will be in charge of not letting this turn into even a minor losing streak and he’s been a stopper, with his past three wins coming after a Los Angeles loss. Greinke is well-known among those placing MLB picks as a home park pitcher and when he played for Milwaukee he went 15-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 23 games at Miller Park. Since wearing the Dodgers garb, in two trips back to Brew-Town the right-hander has lost both starts and his ERA has foamed up to 8.10 there.
But the Brewers Matt Garza (2-3, 4.60) has been far from unhittable at home, allowing seven runs in 11 innings, both losses. L.A. is a substantial -160 road favorite and Greinke is 26-8 if his club is off a loss in recent years and 60-15 as a -150 or larger favorite. (Team’s record) Though the number might look like a super-sized burrito, I’ll call for the Dodgers to gobble up a victory.
MLB Pick – L.A. Dodgers -160
L.A. Angels Lean on Richards for Support
The Angels and Mariners were thought to be leading the AL West, but both are 11-15 and have to strain their necks looking up at front-running Houston. Anaheim is thought to have the pitching edge with Garret Richards (2-1, 3.00) who hasn't taken long to find his 2014 form, winning consecutive starts. He is limiting opposing hitters to a .194 batting average. He will take on James Paxton (0-2, 5.74) who is looking for his first win in nine starts.
The Halos are -140 home favorites on a four-game losing streak, but Richards is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA while completing at least seven innings in all five career starts versus the Mariners and he’s 17-3 facing a team with a losing record the last three years. (Angels’ record)
MLB Pick – L.A. Angels -140 at Wager Web