Let's continue to stay in the green with our MLB picks of the day. Today's slate features some early games, but we will be focusing on the late ones as we attempt to make a profit for our readers.
Joe C. Record 34-14-1 +17.16 Units
Mr. Dead Arm
Matt Harvey (6-3, 3.05) has been a bit inconsistent in his last few outings, but the last thing that I think that he has is a "dead arm". Harvey had been labeled as having a dead arm after a subpar start a few starts back.
This is a player who has the potential to be one of the top two pitchers in the game, but had to put that on hold for a year and a half while he was pitching his best due to Tommy John Surgery. I don't think that Harvey is all the way back as he could be thinking too much, in fear that he'll re-injure his arm, but thus far, he's done a fairly good job this season. Luckily for the Mets. they have the deepest pitching staff in the majors.
Harvey will be tested tonight as he faces the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Last night, Noah Syndergaard felt the wrath of the Giants offense as they peppered him with base hits and into submission as Chris Heston pitched a no-hitter against the Mets in a 5-0 San Francisco victory. Heston pitched one of the more impressive no-hitters that you will see as he struck out 11 batters.
The Mets are a legitimate -150 betting favorite due to Harvey starting, but my one fear here is in the Mets last 7 games, they have had 5 games of 3 runs or less and 4 games of 2 runs or less. This is far from an imposing offense. Michael Cuddyer (6 HR, 24 RBI, .267) has had a disappointing season and Daniel Murphy (4 HR, 29 RBI, .283) and Lucas Duda (9 HR, 25 RBI, .272) have been far from overpowering. New York was definitely expecting more out of Duda power-wise after the season that he provided for them last year.
Tonight, the Mets face veteran, Tim Hudson (3-5, 4.41) who has had 2 consecutive solid starts, but possesses a 5.64 ERA on the road in just over 22 innings. Even though Matt Harvey has been inconsistent, I expect a big performance out of him and for the Mets offense to wake up.
MLB Pick- New York Mets -150 at 5 Dimes
Los Angeles Angels (29-29) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-28)
Glad To Be Out of Yankee Stadium
The East Coast hasn't been too kind to the Los Angeles Angels as they ran into a buzzsaw in the name of the New York Yankees. Mike Trout's trip home to the New York-New Jersey area included some dingers, but the Angels were swept and a player's ultimate goal is to win.
Now, the Angels face another top team in the American League East Division in the Tampa Bay Rays. Thus far the trip to "The Trop" has been a success as the Halos defeated Tampa Bay 8-2 last night. Tonight, Jered Weaver (4-5,4.60 ERA) will be looking to continue the momentum for L.A. in a very winnable game against a very average Rays team as Erasmo Ramirez takes the mound for the Rays.
Why the Decline?
Josh Hamilton could've really brought something to the table for the Angels before his injury, but the loss of Howie Kendrick, a player that get's little credit, is a huge reason why the Angels have declined this season. With the loss of Kendrick and starter, Garrett Richards, trying to get back on track after a tough injury, the Angels just haven't been able to be consistent as a squad.
Even Mike Trout; Trout is looking to have another MVP season as he has the most talent offensively in the league and with the glove, but Trout has vowed to cut down on his strikeouts and hasn't managed to be able to do so.
The Angels will be relying on Trout and Albert Pujols to lead the way this season. Pujols has been on a major hot streak as his 16 HR and 30 RBI indicate.
He may never be the same player since his MVP days, but if Pujols can continue to put up numbers like those, the Angels will be contenders for the post season. As for Trout, he leads the Halos with 16 HR, 33 RBI, .286 BA, and .373 OBP%. Trout has picked up some really timely home runs this season and expect his batting average to reach .300 by the end of the season.
MLB Pick- Los Angeles Angels +103