MLB Picks of the Day: Faves to Shade & Faves to Fade

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 1:50 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2015 1:50 PM GMT

Be very careful when preparing your MLB picks today as a lot of ace pitchers are getting hit hard and early; Max Scherzer case in point. It's time for MLB Picks of the Day!

Joe C. Record  61-40 +18.59 Units

Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees: A 290 Pound Cheerleader
C.C. Sabathia has done all of the right things.....off of the field this season as he's been a really leader in the clubhouse, but let's face it, his arm has a ton of a mileage on it and he's gased out. If the Yankees make the playoffs, you can bet that Sabathia will be sent to the bullpen and we won't be seeing a lot of action.

In the games in which he pitches decently, it always appears that an opposing hitter gets a big hit at an inopportune time and Sabathia leaves the game. If you watched from last night's game with Nathan Eovaldi, manager Joe Girardi, has a short leash and will give the starter the hook too early. In Eovaldi's case, Girardi took a possible win away from him

C.C. Sabathia is 3-8 with a 5.59 ERA and has won just one game since May 16th. He faces a tough pitcher in Scott Kazmir, but Sabathia does face a weak Athletics team and the MLB betting odds are good.

The Yankees have been crushing the baseball all season long. Alex Rodriguez might have gotten an All Star Game snub, but he, Mark Teixeira (20 HR, 59 RBI) and Brian McCann (13 HR, 53 RBI, .261 BA) have had huge seasons powerwise and driving in runs. Kazmir has pitched exceptionally well at 5-5 with a 2.56 ERA, but if you don't get the proper run support, it's meaningless and I don't think that Oakland has the arsenal to support Kazmir on this muggy, humid, evening in New York.

MLB Pick- New York Yankees -101 at 5 Dimes

 

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox: Drew Hutchinson Rule Is In Effect
This means fade the Jays and Hutchinson when he's on the road. Of course, with an a productive offense such as Toronto's anything can happen, but most of the time, the bettor will benefit from fading Hutchinson, who carries an ERA over 8.00 on the road. For the season, Hutchinson is 8-2 with a 5.23 ERA and he can thank Reyes, Bautista, Encarnacion, and Donaldson for that as he's been getting a ton of run support as Toronto has one of the best offenses in the MLB.

 

John Danks
John Danks ,at this point in his career, doesn't exude confidence in me, but Hutchinson is so bad on the road, I live with the lesser of two evils.

Danks is a dismal 4-8 with a 4.95 ERA. His career numbers aren't much better. He provides innings and an occasional good outings like his last outing against Baltimore in which he pitched 7 scoreless innings, but that's the most that you can say about him. Fading the Jays with Danks is a benefit, because the odds will be more appealing due to the pitching of Danks. It's a win-win proposition.

Chicago is currently in the AL Central basement, 11 games behind the Kansas City Royals and nobody expects much out of them. One person that I do expect something out of from the Sox is Jose Abreu as he leads the White Sox in every statistical offensive category. For the season, he has 14 HR, 45 RBI, while hitting .291. It's been a good but not great season for Abreu who has very little protection in the White Sox lineup. 

With all of the negative said about Chicago, I'm placing my MLB picks on the Hutchinson rule is in effect and Chicago should win this ball game.

MLB Pick- Chicago +142 at The Greek 

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