A couple of matchups appear to stand out to me and watch as I attempt to go for my 3rd consecutive undefeated day in a row with my MLB Picks of the Day for Friday.
Joe C. Record - 29-11-1 +16.16 Units
If All Else Fails, Pick On the Phillies
I'm somewhat joking, but on the other hand, the Philadelphia Phillies have been the laughing stock of the National League East Division the last couple of seasons and this is a division that they once ruled.
Tonight, you can't have any confidence in the Phils as they send out journeyman ,Jerome Williams, (3-5, 5.49) and he faces the ever inconsistent and former Cy Young Champion, Tim Lincecum (5-3, 3.00). While Lincecum as had a solid season, he's performed quite poorly in his last couple of outings. He might be able to get away with that here as the Phillies are loaded with aging, non-productive players.
Williams on the other hand, is a very hittable pitcher as he basically tosses out meatballs. Williams isn't a pitcher that will overwhelm the opposition with his velocity and this will enable to San Francisco offense an opportunity to put some runs up on the board. The Giants are a good team on the road, but have lost their last 5 games in a row. Will the streak continue is the question?
For many years, the Phillies have relied upon Ryan Howard (10 HR, 25 RBI,.234 BA) and Chase Utley (4 HR, 24 RBI,.206 BA), but those days are long gone as Utley has finally managed to get his batting average past the Mendoza Line. Instead, the Fightin Phils have relied on guys like Ben Revere to get on base and set the tone for the offense.
For the season, Revere is hitting .269 with 16 RBI and 11 SB. This is a player that's capable of hitting .280 during a normal season and can produce runs when the Phillies are in a drought, which is often. Even though Revere leads the team with just a .269 batting average, they're number one problem on offense if power. Aside from Ryan Howard, there are no consistent threats on this team to go deep.
This is a perfect matchup for Lincecum as there's no threats from the Philadelphia side to break this game open. The Giants have a boatload of players that can hit from the .280 -..320 range and players such as Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt who are capable of going yard. Williams is vulnerable when it comes to giving up the gopher ball and look for the Giants to defeat Philadelphia on the road and break the pesky losing streak that they've been carrying around.
MLB Pick- San Francisco -127 at 5Dimes
Los Angeles Angels (28-26) vs. New York Yankees (29-25)
Bombers Come Back Home
When something works for you, you go with it until it doesn't and that's what I've been doing in backing the Yankees on a regular basis. Granted, they'll be facing a formidable Angels team with the reigning AL MVP in Mike Trout, but Albert Pujols simply isn't the same player since signing that big contract with the Halos and Jered Weaver (4-4, 4.08 ) hasn't been the same pitcher since enduring a series of injuries.
At one point in time, Weaver was thought of as unhittable and possibly the best pitcher in the game, but those days are long gone. Yankees starter, Nathan Eovaldi, is nothing to write home about either as he's allowed an amazing .325 batting average to the opposition, but he doesn't lose, knows how to get out of jams, and keeps the Yankees in ball games. Currently Eovaldi is 4-1 with a 4.40 ERA.
Sending a Text Message
Whenever Mark Teixeira hits a home run, Yankees radio announcer, John Sterling, makes the call "Mark, sends a text message". Thus far this season, Tex has sent a lot of text messages; 16 in all to go along with his 41 RBI.
For some reason, Teixeira has been unable to hit for average the past few years and I think that it's because he's swinging for the fences. This is still a lifetime .272 hitter after some lousy batting averages.
The power of Arod, Brian McCann, and Teixeira can possibly be a factor at "home run friendly" Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have also gotten support on the road from Stephen Drew and Garrett Jones has finally found his home run swing. We will have to see if this continues, but as the Angels are coming off of a couple of losses, I'm going to give New York the benefit of the doubt with my MLB pick.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees -114 at 5Dimes