MLB Picks of the Day: Early Games Offer Top Valuable Plays on ML & Totals

Joe Catalano

Saturday, July 18, 2015 1:12 PM GMT

It's not too late to hop aboard the winning train as there is plenty of baseball to be played during this season. Let's keep hammering home some winning picks for the betting public.

Joe C. Record 70-43 +25.68 Units

 

Recap
Just a quick recap. We went with the Mets/Cards under 7 yesterday and it was an easy win as the level of pitching was high as predicted and we also followed the Drew Hutchinson rule. He played at home and that equates to a victory for Toronto. We're on another major run as you can see and hope that it continues. I always claimed to be streaky. When I'm on a winning streak, the best thing to do is enjoy the ride and the profit in your pocket.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals"Power Outage"
After yesterday's 3 delays due to a power issue, you can bet that these teams are itching to get back on the ball field. They still have to finish the 1st game and in the 2nd game, the very disappointing Clayton Kershaw gets the start against Doug Fister.

Kershaw, who is labeled as the best pitcher in baseball and for good reason, has not been anywhere close to the best this season,. He's not even the best pitcher on his team and this is a team that lacks offensive firepower as quality players such as Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez have left the Dodgers.

The total is and that's a good number for a Kershaw game because you never know when he's going to have one of those "lights out" performances. I better not mention lights out after the power situation in D.C. yesterday. (a little inside humor, folks)

 

Picking Up Momentum
Although he'll face some formidable foes such as Yunel Escobar and Bryce Harper, Kershaw's pitching has taken a dramatic turn for the better as he's 6-6 with a 2.85 ERA.

Let's remember he's on a team that gives him very little run support except for Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez. Kershaw has only allowed more than 3 runs in 1 out of his last 10 starts. He goes fairly deep into games and leaves the outcome of the game up to the Dodger bats. Kershaw is coming off of a complete game win in which he allowed  8 hits and struck out 13 batters against the bottom-feeding Phillies.

I think these two teams will be burnt out from the electric situation and you'll see less fireworks in game 2 than game 1. This happens often if more than one game is played.  7.5 is a great number as Doug Fister is no slouch. Take with confidence the under as your MLB pick.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles/Washington Under 7.5 -115 at Pinnacle 

 

Seattle Mariners vs. New York YankeesEverything Going Yankees Way
Last night, Masahiro Tanaka pitched 7 solid innings and was given a gift by an Alex Rodriguez home run that lifted the Yankees over the M's 4-3. Once the Yankees get to the 7th inning, it's pretty much and automatic win at this point as their bullpen is the best in the business.

This afternoon, Michael Pineda (9-5, 3.64) will be looking to go the entire 9 innings, weather permitting, as he capable of doing so as he faces Hisashi Iwakuma.

July has been very kind to Pineda. In 2 starts,he's allowed just 1 run in 13 2/3 innings while striking out 16 batters and only allowing one walk. Part of his game is pinpoint control and I highly doubt that Kyle Seager will go yard against Pineda twice. The Mariners have been relying on the best free agency pickup in Nelson Cruz, but unfortunately for them, Robinson Cano has been battling a health issue and aside from Cruz, there's nothing in the offense for Pineda to be afraid of.

 

Comeback Player of the Year
He blasted another home run last year and should've made the all-star game, but it's undeniable that ARod has been better than anyone would've thought as he approaches 40 years of age.

The Yankees management are starting to get their money's worth and Rodriguez is starting to get his respect back. I wouldn't be surprised if he goes on a major tear as he's one of the best players of all-time in Major League Baseball whether the Hall of Fame allows him in or not. ARod is on pace for a 30 plus home run season, about 100 runs batted in, and about a .280 batting average. Not bad for 40 years old! Look for the Yankees, behind the arm of Pineda, to beat up on Seattle in the Bronx today.

MLB Pick: New York Yankees -153 at 5Dimes