It's time to fire up that grill as the kids are home today from school on this special day and I feel a couple of winning picks ready as we provide for you our MLB Picks of the Day.
Joe C. Record 132-84 +40.93 Units
Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees: No Way the Yanks Are Losing
The Yankees have been my bread and butter all season long and are coming off of a monster comeback victory as superstar, Chris Archer, basically owned the Bombers for most of the game, throwing his sizzling 97 m.p.h. pitches and things looked hopeless losing 3-0.
All of a sudden, a couple of harmless runners got on base and Brian McCann showed why New York is his home away from home as he tied the game up with a 3- run home run.
A shaken Archer, who was mowing down hitters, then proceeded to pitch a meatball to Alex Rodriguez and Arod planted a baseball over the right-centerfield fence. Joe Girardi immediately yanked a shaky Ivan Nova with a 4-3 lead and the Yankee bullpen did the rest. New York needed that win as they are only one game out of the lost column behind the Toronto Blue Jays.
This is why I tell you, on this glorious holiday and at home against an Orioles team that has packed it in, that Baltimore has very little chance to win this game.
Pinetar Pineda With A Rebound Performance
New York looks at Pineda as one of their big guns. Lately, he's been struggling as his ERA eclipsed the 4.00 mark, but in his last start, Pineda came back with a 6 inning win against the Red Sox in which he allowed just 1 run on 4 hits. Pineda is a confidence pitcher and when he has momentum, he's fairly unstoppable and I look for him to have a big game today.
Another positive for the Yankees is the re-emergence of Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury had went 0 for his last 17, but in yesterday's victory, had a multiple hit game and that's huge. The bottom of the lineup, led by Chase Headley, has actually been leading the way. It's time for the guys at the top of the lineup such as Ellsbury and Gardner to set the tone, therefore the Yankees don't have to come from behind.
Look for Pineda to pitch to Chris Davis cautiously as Davis has been "crushing" everything with 40 HR and 100 RBI. He's been on an insane tear, but it won't be enough in this holiday affair, evidenced by their steep -160 line on the MLB odds board.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels: Greinke vs. Tropeano
This is basically all that you need to know in this game. Although Mike Trout homered yesterday and the Angels have begun to get a little momentum back, they're facing the best pitcher in the Major Leagues in Zack Greinke.
Greinke's ERA of 1.59 to go along with his15-3 will surely earn him a CY Young Award and the National League West Division leading Dodgers will be looking for more.
The Dodgers don't have the Giants breathing down their backs and they really just need to scratch out a few runs in this game. With Nick Tropeano (1-2, 5.51) starting for the Halos, that really states the status for where the Angels are at. Although the Halos are still in the playoff hunt, when you're trotting out a pitcher such as Tropeano, you're basically saying that you have nothing to offer in the form of starting pitching against your cross town rivals.
Tropeano has only 3 starts on the season, but in his last 2 starts, he's been atrocious. Overall, he's allowing opponents to hit .313 off of him. I can definitely see Mike Trout giving Greinke fits, but this Angels lineup isn't much better than the Dodgers. Were looking at Calhoun, Trout, and Pujols. This is nothing to be afraid of as an opposing pitcher, especially against the best pitcher in the game. The Dodgers are our MLB pick monday in L.A.