We are a perfect 11-0 on the season with our MLB picks, but I must say that Sunday, May 3rd isn't the easiest set of pitching matchups to navigate through when making my picks of the day.
Philadelphia Phillies (8-17) vs. Miami Marlins (12-12): Miami On a Major Tear
You wouldn't think by looking at the Marlins .500 record that they were anything special and the MLB odds would be high, but Miami has won 4 games in a row and 9 out of their last 10 games.This is a much improved Miami team with the talent of Dee Gordon leading off and Giancarlo Stanton, who could be considered to have the best talent and most power in baseball.
What's even better for Miami is that they're playing a bottom-feeder in the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are a veteran club, led by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard that has seen better days as this is an old team. It's old vs. young and my preference is young in a Marlins team at home and feeling a great deal of confidence.
Stanton is far and away the best player on the Marlins squad, but the Dodgers made a huge mistake getting rid of Dee Gordon as he's a great hitter where contact is concern and has sizzling speed.
Marlins Stadium, a pitcher friendly park, is a perfect place for Gordon to play as he's a doubles and triples hitter. For the season, Gordon is hitting .440 with 11 RBI and 11 SB in 100 at bats. When I heard about Gordon coming to Miami, I knew that it would be the perfect match and he has exceeded expectations. Gordon is an amazing 16 for his last 23 at bats. That's nearly perfect.
Turn to the flip side and you see Chase Utley, who was once a great hitter, hitting .115 to go along with his 3 HR and 14 RBI. I think that it's time for Chase to hang his cleats up. Miami should have an easy time of it with the "Fightin Phils".
MLB Pick- Miami Marlins -164 at BookMaker
New York Yankees (15-9) vs. Boston Red Sox (12-12): Derek Jeter Who?
We certainly couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to play this well, but maybe having a legend such as Derek Jeter taking up a roster spot for a season and underperforming was a bad thing.
Thus far, the Yankees, who have won 8 out of their last 10 games, have owned Boston and have exceeded expectations. Things couldn't have went better for the Bombers as Alex Rodriguez hit his 660th home run as a pinch hitter in Boston and New York management didn't have to deal with it and refuse to pay Arod the $6 million dollars that they owe him.
In my personal opinion the guy has been a superstar for his entire career and I've never seen a player get slammed by so many people. PED's were prevalent in baseball and now Rodriguez is proving that he's a better player at almost 40 years old than Derek Jeter was. Most importantly, he's doing it clean. For the season, Rodriguez has 6 home runs and 14 RBI's.
Ellsbury Back In Boston
I'm talking a lot about Arod, but Jacoby Ellsbury has returned to the old form that made him a hot commodity when he played for the Boston Red Sox. Ellsbury leads the Yankees with a 323 BA and 9 SB.
He's not going to hit for power, but players such as Mark Teixiera fill that role quite admirably for New York. Ellsbury is 10 for his last 22 at bats and with the combination of Ellbury and Gardner at the top of the Yankees lineup, speed is not an issue. Both players have been managing to set the trend by getting on base and that's been a major reason why New York has been winning.
I like the way that Yankees starter, Adam Warren, pitched in his last game, allowing just 1 runs in and striking out 6 in 5 2/3 innings and the Yankees get the edge in a Warren vs. Joe Kelly matchup. I also love the price. Make the Yankees your underdog MLB pick of the day.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees +127 at 5 Dimes