Whether a pitcher is mere average or a stud like Max Scherzer, run support is mandatory and some teams haven't been getting it lately as pitching has taken over. Let's take over Friday with a couple of sharp MLB Picks.
Mets Can't Score
It's as simple as that and even though Clayton Kershaw (5-6, 3.20) is off to a very disappointing start to the season, we must find a way to incorporate the Dodgers into our daily picks.
The MLB odds are very extreme and untouchable at this point because we have been seeing aces receiving a lack of run support and losing games. Max Scherzer is a great example of this. The run-line appears to be the way to go as the New York Mets have scored a total of 2 runs or less in 12 out of their last 14 games. The Mets pitching was supposed to carry them and has done a decent job, but their offense has been non-existent whether due to injuries or poor play out of Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda.
Duda and Murphy
From what we saw last season, we were expecting Murphy to get his usual .290-.300 hitting with double figure home runs and basically be the spark to this team as David Wright is out. We were easily expecting a 30 home run, 100 RBI season out of Duda with a higher batting average.Neither of these players have numbers like Chase Utley's, but they're not coming through in the clutch. There has been a ton of one run ball games and neither player nor the rest of the Mets offense have been able to cash in.
Murphy has missed part of the season and his numbers don't look at awful at 4 HR, 29 RBI,and a ,284 BA, but he simply hasn't come through in the clutch and his decision making on the field is terrible.
Word has it that Lucas Duda has been very upset with himself for his poor play and he should be. This was supossed to be his year as a superstar and instead the Mets have gotten 10 HR, 33 RBI, and a .253 BA. I might add that most of this production was at the beginning of the season as Duda is 3 for his last 23 at bats. Michael Cuddyer is also currently out, but we see that his production came from Coors Field as he hasn't done anything as a member of the Mets. Finally, you have Curtis Granderson. The power numbers are there, especially for a leadoff hitter, but his batting average has tailed off to .254.
Kershaw hasn't been great and his team doesn't provide him with a ton of run support. The losses of Hanley Ramirez and Dee Gordon have killed the Dodgers. That said, Kershaw should be able to blow this lineup away so we're taking Dodgers with our MLB picks.
MLB Pick- Dodgers -1.5 -110 at 5Dimes
Two Teams That Can Hit
Toronto would definitelty like to get back out on the field as they trailed the Red Sox 8-0 in the 1st inning in a loss yesterday before attempting to come back. This Blue Jays lineup is sort of like the old Tigers lineup. They can change the complexion of a game in just one inning as they're simply loaded.
The Tigers on the other hand, haven't been the same hard-hitting team that they were in the past as their leadoff position hasn't been reliable bewteen Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis, Victor Martinez has been unable to re-create what he did last season, and I really think that the Tigers miss the timely hitting and veteran leadership of Torii Hunter, who is in Minnesota.
Best Hitter in the Game
One constant in the Tigers lineup has been Miguel Cabrera. I've stated before that he doesn't have the power of Giancarlo Stanton, but when it comes to overall play and ability to make contact and make things happen, Cabrera has been the best in the business for the past decade. He will definitely go down as one of the all-time greats in Major League history as long as PED's aren't attached to his resume.
For the season, Cabrera has 15 HR, 53 RBI, a .345 BA, and a .453 OBP%. This is a man that already has 405 HR, 1422 RBI, a .321 career batting average, and a .399 career on base percentage and is only 32 years old. I put him above Albert Pujols. I've never seen a hitter in which hitting comes more natural to the player.
We get a solid pitching matchup in Drew Hutchinson vs. Anibal Sanchez and I have a regular routine with Hutchinson. Take him at home in most cases and stay away from him on the road. Most of the time, if you follow this philosophy, you'll come out a winner and these MLB odds are appealing where the Tigers are concerned. Hutchinson is 8-1 on the season, but carries an ugly 8.92 ERA on the road; enough said.
MLB Pick- Detroit -106 at 5Dimes