MLB Picks of the Day: Underperformers & Fierce Competitors

Joe Catalano

Friday, July 17, 2015 5:08 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 17, 2015 5:08 PM UTC

We look at the schedule today and although not all aces, we see a very high level of pitching today. Stick around and find out our take on today's action with our MLB Picks.

Joe C. Record 68-43 +23.68 Units

New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals

A Repeat Performance?
It will be lights out for the 1st place Cards if Mets starter, Noah Syndergaard (4-4, 3.11), pitches anywhere close to the way that he pitched in his last outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 4-2 victory. Manager, Terry Collins, stretched Syndergaard to 116 pitches as he got a career high 13 strikeouts out of the right-handed flame thrower.

Syndergaard takes a lot of pressure off of the pitching staff as Steven Matz is out and Matt Harvey is still finding his way. Now, if the Mets could only get there offense to play more consistently as they face a tough St. Louis Cardinals team on the road and Lance Lynn is one of the better pitchers in the league.

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Keys to Victory For New York
Before the All Star Break and after Syndergaard's last start ,the Mets offense finally started to show signs of life as Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer went back to back home runs in a game and Kirk Neuwenheis hit 3 home runs in a game. Neuwenheis set a record as this was the first time a Met hit 3 home runs at home and he did it convincingly to all parts of the park.

Maybe this might set a spark in the part time player, but more importantly, New York needs Cuddyer and Duda to play much better than they did in the first half of the season. Duda has proven that he can be a 25 home run 100 runs batted in guy and if he ever came alive again, the Mets would be post-season contenders due to their pitching. Cuddyer needs to prove that it's not the Colorado air that made him appealing to the Mets, but his playing ability as he's underperformed thus far.

I don't love the price on the Mets, but I do like the total in this game as it should be low scoring. Take the under 7 and lay a bit of juice with your MLB pick.

MLB Pick- Mets/St.Louis Under 7 -125 at 5Dimes


Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Drew Hutchinson Rule is In Effect
Hutchinson, who pitches over a 8.00 ERA on the road likes to play at the Rogers Centre. Depending on his opponent, he's usually a pick at home and fade on the road. Hutchinson is 8-2 with a 5.33 ERA.

Obviously, he's been receiving a ton of run support as Toronto sports one of the best quartet of hitters in Jose Reyes (4 HR, 32 RBI, .283 BA, 14 SB), Josh Donaldson (21 HR, 60 RBI, .293 BA), Jose Bautista (17 HR, 60 RBI .381 OBP%), and Edwin Encarnacion (18 HR, 54 RBI). Donaldson has been the leader as he came over from Oakland and is looking to keep the Blue Jays contenders in a tight American League East Division. Toronto is currently 45-46, but there are no run away teams in this division.


Dominance at Home
We have to go back to Hutchinson as he is the key player in this game. He's 6-1 with a 2.12 ERA at home and 2-1 with an 8.81 ERA on the road. Those are startling numbers. The other difference in this game in the power and ability of Toronto to score runs in bunches. The Jays also have a very deep lineup and although Jake Odorizzi is a fierce competitor with a 2.30 ERA, he receives very little run support from his offense. Make the Blue Jays your pick at -144 as odds makers agree.

MLB Pick- Toronto -144 at 5Dimes

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