This capper is back to his winning ways and as July appoaches, we want to finish off strong going into the MLB All-Star Break as it's rapidly approaching. Here are your winning betting picks for Monday.
Joe C. Record - 51-30 +18.07 Units
Milwuakee Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
If you get anything remotely "in the ball park" where MLB odds are concerned, you must fade the Phillies. Coincidentally last night, I couldn't sleep and I was looking at each teams' statistics as a team and individual players.The Phillies haven't hit 50 home runs this season, Ryan Howard is under the .230 mark as usual with his runs batted in down, and Chase Utley has a long way to go before he gets to the Mendoza Line and he's a career .281 hitter.
The only person on this team that's showed any kind of pulse is leadoff man Ben Revere. The problem for Revere is that he's a leadoff man and he won't knock many players in and he contains no power. For the 27-50 Phillies, Ben Revere is the man with a .289 BA, 1 HR, 19 RBI, and 18 SB. Revere has hit .354 in the month of June.
Something Else To Cheer About
As a Yankee fan, I got to see a good bit of Mikael Franco and this guy can hit. In 161 at-bats, Franco has 10 HR, 32 RBI, and a .304 BA. Luckily for Philly, Franco is only 22 years old. I don't think that he's a flash in the pan like Dominic Brown. The Phillies must nurture this kid because in reality, they don't have the hitting and aside from Revere, he is all that they have. They must treat him like gold. Franco is hitting .374 in the month of June with 8 HR and 24 RBI and is the real deal.
The problem is when facing even a Brewers club that's having a really poor season, the Phillies are overmatched like they are in all games and you have to side with the Brewers.
Jimmy Nelson (4-8, 4.34) has had a poor season for the Brew Crew, but he's coming off of a stellar outing in which he defeated the Mets, allowing 1 run on 2 hits in 8 innings. Look for Nelson to gain some confidence, especially when being supported by the likes of Braun, Ramirez, Gomez, and Lind against a bottom-feeder.
MLB Pick- Milwaukee Brewers -143 at 5Dimes
Keeping Pace With the Division Leaders
Wipe the slate clean. C.C. Sabathia isn't the same pitcher and although he's a leader in the dugout, he's been a disaster on the field. He get's a huge game tonight in Anaheim to right the wrong as the Yankees trail the Orioles and the Rays by just a .5 game in the American League East Division.
The Angels are a beatable team. They have a legitimate pitching staff and a nice tandem in Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but it hasn't equated to wins. My first instinct is to side with the Angels, who have won 2 straight games, but the Yankees have one of the most potent offenses in the Major Leagues led by the hot hitting of Brett Gardner.
Gardy Goes Yard?
It seems like every time I turn on a television and miss the first bat, Brett Gardner has already accomplished enough for an entire game as he is always on base, a threat to run, and now a threat to smash a baseball out of the park.
C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92) is coming off of another atrocious outing after a good one and is the definition of inconsistent. He's the type of pitcher that this Yankees lineup can take advantage of. Mostly everyone in the lineup, including Chris Young, is hitting well and a threat to go deep.
Getting back to Gardner. He's reached the .300 plateau and is playing some of the best baseball of his career. In the last week alone, he's 13 for 26 with 2 HR and 6 RBI's. The Yankees are the much better team and have great odds in this game. C.C. Sabathia just needs a decent pitching performance and the Bombers should win a game that is very important to them.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees +120 at 5Dimes