MLB Picks of the Day: Sunday, July 13

Joe Catalano

Sunday, July 13, 2014 1:26 PM GMT

It’s the last day of scheduled MLB games until the All-Star Break. Some teams are on fire and others are limping into the break. Let’s see who offers us the best chance at profiting with our bets.

Joe C. Record: 127-118 -23.03 Units
Print time is limited on a day where most of the games are early, therefore we’ll take a look at the later games for our sports picks after a 2-0 day yesterday.

 

Los Angeles Angels (56-37) vs. Texas Rangers (38-56)
In the Zone
At one point, the Los Angeles Angels couldn’t win a baseball game, but now they can do no wrong winning 9 out of their last 10 games and possessing the best record that they’ve had in a few years.

They go into the break with another opportunity to pick up a win as the Texas Rangers, who have lost 7 straight games and 9 out of their last 10 games, have seemed to give up.

Texas appears to have little chance in this game as the +163 underdog on MLB odds. The only thing that makes this a matchup as both teams are sending subpar pitchers to the mound in Tyler Skaggs for the Angels and Scott Baker for the Rangers.

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Finding A Way To Win
Even in a game like yesterday in which Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun weren’t hitting, the Angels bottom of the order picked up the slack as they scored 4 runs in the 6th inning to secure a 5-2 win.

Howie Kendrick, who has been ole’ reliable all season, was 3 for 4 yesterday with a run and an rbi and Hank Conger produced a timely double as he went 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in and a run scored. Jered Weaver isn’t the same pitcher anymore, but the Angels have pitchers that will keep them in the game while their offense takes over.

The only thing undesirable about today’s game are the lopsided odds. I don’t like taking Skaggs at -172 on the road, but Texas is so awful and L. A. is so hot, it’s still the proper call.

Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles -172 at 5 Dimes

 

Sunday Night Baseball: New York Yankees (47-46) vs. Baltimore Orioles (51-42)
Last Game Before the Break
You get a real unattractive pitching matchup before the break as Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.51) takes the mound for the birds while Chase Whitley (4-2, 4.94) gets the start for the Bombers.

Whitley has been leaving games early and I expect the Yankees bullpen to get involved before all is said and done. Baltimore has taken a bit of control of the American League East Division with a 3 game lead over Toronto while the Yankees are hanging tough despite all of the injuries that their starting pitching has continued to endure. The outcome of this game will be determined by each team’s respective offense.

 

Brian McCann
I’m expecting Brian McCann to play despite having fouled a ball off of his foot yesterday. The Yankees simply can’t afford to sit anyone. They also are looking for that 2nd power bat to rely on and McCann seems to be the man.

Although he’s struggled this season and teams have been shifting on him, McCann is finishing off the first part of the season strong as he’s 14 for 40 in the month of July with a homer and 3 runs batted in. McCann is 5 for his last 8 at-bats. Look for McCann to have a big second half of the season as his swing is made for Yankee Stadium’s short porch.

 

Chugging Along
He hasn’t had one of his patented Derek Jeter type of seasons, but this is his last year and Derek Jeter has proven that he can be an effective part of this Yankee offense.

The captain is coming off of a 2 for 5 performance in a 3-0 Yankee victory yesterday and Jeter is 10 for his last 32 at-bats with 4 runs batted in. Jeter has the flair for the dramatics. It’s possible that he can be a key player in tonight’s game as the Yankees want to go into the break on a high note.

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Baltimore’s Go To Guys
For Baltimore, it’s very simple. The meat of their lineup in Steve Pearce (11 HR, 31 RBI, .319), Nelson Cruz (28 HR, 74 RBI, .285), and Adam Jones (16 HR, 54 RBI, .303), all have a chance to play a major role in this baseball game. I didn’t even mention last season’s home run king in Chris Davis. Davis has had a disastrous first half of the season, but he’s always a threat to go yard.

The Orioles have the offensive edge, but this game can go either way. The AL East has been very unpredictable and just when you think that something will go one way, it goes the other. I’m taking the Yankees as the live underdog for one of my baseball picks today.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees +130 at 5 Dimes