MLB Picks Of The Day: Top-Flight Pitching & Interleague Play A Lock

Joe Catalano

Thursday, April 28, 2016 2:29 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016 2:29 PM GMT

I'm once again on a major run and this is the time to keep the momentum rolling in order to play with house money. Time to collect 2 more victories with our valued MLB Picks of the Day.

Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox
The Good Ole' Braves
The Atlanta Braves, as expected with our seasonal win total article, were expected to be a disaster this season. I had them penciled in for 100 plus losses and at 4-17, it appears that they'll exceed my expectations. 

This club is no better than a AAA Minor League squad as Atlanta doesn't want to pay for high priced players and are looking to turn lemons into lemon-aide with the young roster that they possess. Braves fans, who have been used to winning for the last couple of decades, must be pulling their hair out as there's no relief in sight.

 

Sox Hanging Tough
Tonight, the Braves play a Boston Red Sox teams that is playing rather well at 12-9 in an American League East Division which is up for grabs. David Ortiz is 40 years old, this is also his last season for his career, and he's still a better baseball player with the bat than any player that the Braves will send to the plate.

For the season, Ortiz has 3 HR, 13 RBI, a .313 BA, and a .418 OBP%. This means that he has a good eye at the plate and opposing pitchers still fear throwing the ball over the plate to Big Papi. He should consider playing another season, mentoring studs such as Mookie Betts and Travis Shaw.

This Red Sox team is for real and now it's Clay Buchholz's turn to get on track as Buchholz (0-2, 6.33 ERA) has started off the season very poorly. As bad as Buchholz has been, the Braves are so bad, they are an insta-fade at any odds. If you fade them all season, you're going to make money. Currently, Boston is on a 4 game winning streak and we're going to stick with 1 unit due to Buchholz's ineffectiveness and expect the Sox to deliver.

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Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -195
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

 

Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Fading Jose Fernandez?
When placing your bets, this is a crazy thing to do, especially with Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup as Fernandez is a top-flight pitcher. However, Fernandez (1-2, 4.37 ERA) has taken time to recover from an injury and plays on a poor team. The trips out West rarely benefit the East Coast teams and in this case, the fish are facing a machine in Kenta Maeda (3-0, 0.36).

As of now, it's too early to say that Maeda will be one of the elite pitchers in the league, but a pitcher simply can't pitch better than this. All the Dodgers have to do is put up 2 to 3 runs against Fernandez and the Marlins bullpen and Maeda is money. The MLB odds are also favorable as Fernandez provides some resistance as he's a top-notch pitcher himself.

I want to break these numbers down to show you just how good this Japanese import has been. Maeda has pitched 25 1/3 inning, allowed 17 hits and just 1 run. One run folks! He also has a splendid walks to strikeout ratio, allowing just 5 free passes and striking out 23 batters. Quite simply, this guy is a beast. We can talk about Gonzalez and Puig, but this game is about what Kenta Maeda brings to the table.

2 Picks
Los Angeles Dodgers -121 at Bookmaker 2 UNIT PLAY
Los Angeles Dodgers/Miami Marlins 'Under' 6.5 -110

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Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 6.5 -110
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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