MLB Picks Of The Day Lists Profitable Road Favorites

Joe Catalano

Friday, June 3, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

Let's see what our MLB handicapper likes for our MLB Picks Of The Day, as there are some appealing games on the board, and some money to be make on the MLB Odds Board.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins
Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (2-3, 3.36 ERA) had a really good thing going against an ineffective New York Yankees offense in this last outing as the Yankees couldn't touch him. The only thing preventing him from a possible perfect game was a couple of innings remaining and an error committed by the Rays, but he still had a no-hitter working with a man on base in the 7th inning.

That all changed when Starlin Castro proceeded to go yard and break up what looked to be a spectacular outing. Not only did Odorizzi have a no hitter going in which he looked like a machine, but the Castro 2- run home run gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead en route to a Yankees victory.

New York had a total of just 1 hit for the game. Now, Odorizzi looks to bounce back against possibly the weakest offense in the majors in the Minnesota Twins (16-37) and this is a very good spot for the Rays (22-30).

With all of that said, the Rays find themselves in the basement of the American League East Division following a 5 game losing streak. If they want to break their losing streak, Odorizzi will need to be at his best again as they have no momentum coming into this game and any team can win on any given day. The MLB Odds still list the Rays as a slight betting favorite and for good reason.

Minnesota has already taken the 1st game of this series, 6-4. The Twins had a total of 15 hits as every player in their starting lineup had at least 1 hit in this ball game. Eduardo Nunez led off and continued his hot hitting as he went 2 for 5 with a home run. Nunez leads the team with a .331 BA to go along with 6 HR and 21 RBI.

In the last week alone, Nunez is 13 for 32 with 6 runs, 2 HR and 2 RBI. Minnesota needs Nunez to continue his hot hitting as this is a weak offensive club. One other player in the Twins lineup that draws fear from opposing pitchers is Joe Mauer. Mauer is a career .312 hitter, but has slowed down in the last few years due to vision problems. He's still managed to hit .283 with 6 HR and 18 RBI this season and at this point in his career, that's all that the Twins will get out of him as he's suprisingly not a huge power hitter for his size.

I don't expect Minnesota to have a repeat performance of Thursday; especially against Jake Odorizzi. Look for the Rays to break their losing streak.

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Free MLB Pick:  Rays -113
Best Line Offered:  at Bookmaker

 

San Francisco Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals
There's no mistakening that Johnny Cueto (8-1, 2.31 ERA) is a National League pitcher as he dominated with the Cincinnati Reds and is now dominating with the San Francisco Giants. His contributions have enabled the Giants to grab the top spot in the National League West Division with a 34-22 mark. When Cueto was a member of the Kansas City Royals last season in the American League, he got his World Series ring, but was not nearly as good in such a hard hitting league.

Tonight, Cueto has an appealing matchup on the road against an underachieving St. Louis Cardinals baseball squad. At 28-26, the Cards are no longer the best team in this division as that distinction goes to the Chicago Cubs. Things appear quite bleak for the Redbirds, who are just an average baseball team.

The San Francisco Giants aren't a team with a bigtime slugger such as David Ortiz, they possess a very deep offense with guys that make contact and can hit for average and an occasional home run. They're your typical small ball National League team led by Brandon Belt.

Belt leads the Giants with 6 HR, 27 RBI, and a .305 BA. He's also carries a .425 OBP% with a deadly eye and I always say OBP is the thing that counts the most as he's reaching base 42.5 % of the time. He's not a very intimidating power hitter, but can decipher a ball from a strike.

In his last 2 games, Belt is 5 for 7 with 2 doubles, 3 walks, 1 HR and 1 RBI. He's also had multiple hit games in 5 out of his last 6 games. That's quite impressive and for an MLB Pick I expect him to play well here as the Giants win one on the road.

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Free MLB Pick:  Giants -108
Best Line Offered:  at Intertops