MLB Picks Of The Day: Play It Safe With A Pair Of Team Favs

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:27 PM GMT

We have a lot of pitchers who excelled in 2015, but are having a difficult time this season. Will tonight's game be their "springboard" in getting back on track? Check out our MLB Picks of the Day.

Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Mets

Matt Harvey Day at CitiField
Harvey (1-3, 5.24 ERA) finally picked up his first win of the season, but he's been far from stellar and need's to play well consistently if the Mets are to keep up with the surging Chicago Cubs.

I say it every time that I mention Matt Harvey. I think that he's babying his arm since the Tommy John Surgery that made him miss 18 months. He doesn't want to miss another 18 months. Before the injury, he was at the same level of Clayton Kershaw. The Mets are hoping that he can return to his old form and a good team to do that against is the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Going Backwards
The Reds (9-12) just aren't the same team that they once were when they were fighting it out a couple of seasons ago with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a wild card spot.

They do possess some hitters that are slightly below all-star standard in Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips,Jay Bruce, and even Billy Hamilton, but the Reds don't have that one superstar that can be counted on regularly.

Votto is as close as it comes where this is concerned. We mention Votto and he has just 2 HR, 11 RBI, and an abysmal .205 BA. I look for him to progress as the season goes on. In the meanwhile, Eugenio Suarez has exceeded expectations with 5 HR, 14 RBI, and a .286 BA. Cincinnati will take that from Suarez all day long. The problem for the Reds, who have lost their last 3 games, is pitching , and that's where the Mets will shine tonight as Mr. Harvey has a huge game at home and the odds indicate this thought. Make the Mets your MLB picks.

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":2993066, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,169,999996,180,139], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]
Free MLB Pick: New York Mets -235 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Oakland Athletics vs. Detroit Tigers

Sonny Gray vs. Justin Verlander

The Athletics have finally hit their stride as they're 7-3 in their last 10 games and now they get to face a psyched up Justin Verlander (1-2, 5.79), who is looking to be the Verlander of old.

In his last start, JV was on point, pitching 7 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 1 strikeouts. JV is in desperate need of run support. The Detroit Tigers have always been known for their offense, but haven't been the same the last couple of seasons. Even the best hitter in baseball in the last decade in Miguel Cabrera has had a power outage to a degree.

The Tigers have lost 5 out of their last 6 games.

Speaking of power, Jarrod Saltalamacchia leads the Tigers with 6 home runs. This is a pleasant surprise for Detroit, but on the other hand, they want their best hitters to be on the top of the list.

Miggy has 3 HR, 10 RBI, and a .254 BA. It's early in the season, but these aren't the type of numbers that anyone wants to see from Cabrera.

The Tigers have Nick Castellanos hitting .323 and picking up some of the slack. Even Victor Martinez is getting back on track, but I highly doubt that he'll be able to duplicate the career year that he had in 2014. One player that has really let Detroit down is J.D. Martinez. Martinez has 2 HR, 6 RBI, and a .278 BA. This has been the guy that has protected Cabrera and actually outhit Miggy power-wise, but J.D. is a big reason why the Tigers are just 9-10 on the season.

I know that Sonny Gray is a beast, but I'm leaning towards Verlander at Commerica Park and that will even make the MLB odds that much more appealing when we pick the Tigers.

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":2991489, "sportsbooksIds":[93,1096,169,999996,180,139], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]
Free Pick: Detroit Tigers -102 (2 UNIT PLAY)
Best Line Offered: at Bovada