As we look at Saturday, there are some really solid offerings in which we think the bettor has the edge. Time to expose these games and make a profit with our betting picks.
Joe C. Record 43-23 +16.60 Units
St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
The MLB Punching Bag
That's just wat the Philadelphia Phillies are as teams can play Philadelphia on losing streaks or just pad their records in general when they play the Phillies and expect a victory.
Philadelphia isn't just losing, they're getting blown out by muliple teams, allowing double digit runs. In their last 24 games, the Phils are just 4-20 and they're coming off of a 12-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals look to continue their dominance with John Lackey as they're 44-23 and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central Division by 5 games. this game ought to be a cakewalk for the Redbirds.
A Walking Train Wreck
We already know about Chase Utley and his battle to reach the Mendoza line, but nobody in this Phillies lineup is hitting the baseball. Ryan Howard's best days are behind him, but to his credit, he did manage to bash his 13th home run of the season yesterday. Howard can still provide some pop and knock in runs, but he doesn't get on base frequently and there's nobody to knock in as leadoff man, Ben Revere, is the only real threat from the plate for Philadelphia.
Revere is 10 for his last 26 and leads the Fighting Phils with a .279 batting average. This is a career .290 hitter, but he doesn't draws walks and is homerless. As we know, a leadoff man, needs to draw walks and get on base.
The St. Louis Cardinals are simply loaded on offense. Jhonny Peralta leads the team with 10 HR, 38 RBI, and a .306 BA. The Cardinals have 6 players in total hitting .280 or more including Matt Holiday, Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Yadier Molina, Randal Grichuk, and Peralta. The only chance that the Phillies have is if this game gets postponed as it is overcast in the Northeast part of the country.
MLB Pick- St. Louis Cardinals -165 at 5Dimes
Two Teams Going In Different Directions
As predicted yesterday, Alex Rodriguez did hit his 3000th ome run of the season as he hit a home run over the right-center field fence at Yankee Stadium and I also predicted a victory over Justin Verlander. The Yankees have been a team that's been very good to me and I'm going to stick with them until they prove otherwise.
Tonight's pitching matchup is a tough one for the Bombers as they face Alfredo Simon.
Simon (7-3, 2.58) has been one bright spot on the Tigers squad. Despite being grossly overweight, it hasn't stopped him from pitching well. He's not going to throw a ton of strikeouts, but he does entice the opposing hitter into hitting weak ground balls and pop ups. WIth Nathan Eovaldi taking the mound for New York, this is a game that really favors the Tigers where pitcing is concerned, but I'm going to stick with what's working for me and take the Yankees.
Old Timer's Day
It's Old Timer's Day at the stadium and nobody puts on a better show than New York. Willie Randolph will also have his plaque put in Monument Park. When an organization has big moments such as this, its motivates the squad. Players such as Brett Gardner, who has 2 home runs in his last 2 games, really get up for games like this.
I'm not foolish, I know that this is the heavy hitting Detroit Tigers that the Yankees are facing, but this season Victor Martinez isn't a factor, Torii Hunter has went on to play with the Twins and the leadoff spot hasn't been solidified between Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis. The one thing that Nathan Eovaldi better do is pitch around Miguel Cabrera as he's really starting to catch fire at 15 HR, 51 RBI and a .345 BA. Simply put he's the best hitter in the Major Leagues in the last decade. Even though the Tigers have lost 3 straight games, Cabrera can't be taken lightly.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees -130 at 5Dimes