MLB Picks of the Day for Monday 7/7

Joe Catalano

Monday, July 7, 2014 1:03 PM GMT

We are on a huge roll as the MLB All-Star Break approaches. Tonight features a bunch of number 3 and 4 pitchers in their respective rotations. Could we see a lot of over the betting totals?

Joe C. Record
120-113 -22.81 Units

It’s unfortunate that we got off to such a rough start to the season because we’ve been 25 games over .500 and cut our deficit nearly in half in just the last month and a half. Let’s continue to grind away as we have momentum and confidence in our favor.


Toronto Blue Jays (47-43) vs. Los Angeles Angels (51-36)

A New Angels Team
The Los Angeles Angels are on their biggest run of the last few years. They’re currently on a 4 game winning streak, are 30-14 at home, and their “Big 3” in Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton are starting to be effective as a collective unit. Their role players such as Kole Calhoun and Howie Kendrick are playing better than actual role players. There’s nothing about this team not to like.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Toronto Blue Jays have lost 4 straight games and 7 out of their last 10. Jose Reyes is having a disastrous season at .258 and the Blue Jays suffered a major blow as Edwin Encarnacion will be out of the lineup for at least two weeks due to injury.

Encarnacion had been amongst the league leaders in home runs and runs batted in. Now, there will be more pressure on Jose Bautista as the Angels have the starting pitching advantage tonight as Jered Weaver (9-6, 3.56) gets the start for the Halos while J.A. Happ (7-4, 4.38) gets the nod for the Jays.

Both pitchers are coming off of poor outings, but Weaver is the far superior pitcher. On the other hand, Happ is allowing opposing hitters to a .271 batting average. The odds are steep, but L.A. is most certainly the right betting pick here.
Pick: Los Angeles Angels -167 at 5 Dimes

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Pittsburgh Pirates (47-41) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (47-42)

A Serious Rivalry
For the last couple of seasons, these two teams always seem to mirror eachother in records with the Cards getting the slight upperhand, but there’s a real rivalry going on here.

Pittsburgh started the season off slow and has picked up steam while the Cards offense has underperformed, but has still managed to stay above the .500 mark. The only difference this season is that the Milwaukee Brewers own the National League Central Division.


The Difference
If the St.Louis offense can scratch out a few runs, there should be no problem as they have the decisive pitching advantage as Adam Wainwright (11-4, 1.89) takes the mound for the redbirds.

Wainwright has been a killer as of late as he’s allowed just 2 earned runs in his last 4 starts (30 2/3 innings). Although Pittsburgh possesses one of the best overall players in the game in Andrew McCutchen, Wainwright is the key to victory here.

When you have a lineup that possesses Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, and Matt Adams, you should win some ball games. The offense hasn’t been clicking like it should, but the Cardinals have a major advantage in this game and always seem to get the best of Pittsburgh.
Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -161 at 5 Dimes

As former NBA star Charles Barkley would say; “The odds are turrible”, but these are the proper picks and we have a good amount of momentum going our way with our recent selections.
 

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