When you're up 50 games over .500 and have had the success that we've had, you wait for the momentum to swing back your way and I don't expect it stop.
Joe C. Record 134-84 +45.93 Units
Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees: If I Can Make it There, I Can Make It Anywhere
Those are a few lines from the song "New York, New York" and if you look at my picks, you will see that I've certainly made a ton of profit with New York, therefore why stop now?
If the MLB betting odds are reasonable in regards to the Yankees, who have won 8 out of their last 10 games, I'm going to ride them again like I did earlier in the season as Masahiro Tanaka faces Kevin Gausman in a game that totally favors the Yankees.
The Great Tanaka
Although he didn't have Tommy John Surgery, Masahiro Tanaka had a reported tear and was possibly slated to have the surgery. Instead he's been pitching and pitching fairly successfully. Not only that, his agent didn't require a pitch count.
Thus far this season, Tanaka is 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA. We must remember that the National League pitchers faces pitchers in the batting order and the hitting is better in the American League with the designated hitter.
Tanaka has won his last 2 games, but it's definitely due to run support as he's allowed 7 runs in 13 1/3 innings. This is not awful pitching, but not the dominance that he's capable of. New York made a game up on Toronto yesterday and must keep pace with the Blue Jays for the divisional race.. When facing hitters such as Chris Davis, Tanaka will be very careful as he'd rather give the free pass than the gopher ball that can change the complexion of the a ball game. For the season, he's given up 21 HR, but isn't a pitcher that will give up a ton of hits. This is a good spot for the Japanese import.
New York will need the offense of Rodriguez and McCann to continue. Both are headed for 30 home run seasons and Yankee Stadium is the perfect stadium for Brian McCann's swing while Alex Rodriguez has a major shot a comeback player of the year. New York is the easy pick here.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
I highly doubt that Clayton Kershaw is thinking this in regards to Zack Greinke as Greinke has been the best pitcher in the majors this season, but Kershaw follows Greinke in the pitching rotation and if the Dodgers can hit like they did for Greinke on Labor Day, I don't think anyone can stop them.
The Dodgers belted out 16 hits and 7 runs in a 7-5 victory that we picked over the Halos of Anaheim. Greinke wasn't great, but Scott Van Slyke was as he went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI. I don't expect the same thing from Van Slyke tonight, but Kershaw could possibly pitch better than Greinke and the Dodgers won't need as much offensive support.
Los Angeles can get by with the duo of Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez as they've been consistent all season long in the meat of the order and Chase Utley is showing that he's not done yet as he had 2 hits yesterday.
Utley is a native Californian and maybe the change of scenery could revive his career, but that's a longshot. Nonetheless, you get Clayton Kershaw and a surging 1st place Dodgers team against an overmatched Angels team with reasonable odds and the Dodgers appear to be the obvious MLB pick off of past performances.