MLB Picks of the Day: Wednesday, July 9th

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:12 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 9, 2014 1:12 PM UTC

Tanaka was human on Tuesday and it’s was a major blow after a nice run. Today start’s a new run as we get right back up on the saddle with some winning betting picks for Wednesday.

112-105 -25.37 Units
We took a major hit yesterday, as we doubled the ante with a 2- unit play with the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka, and it was a disappointment. The Los Angeles Angels run finally came to an end, and simply put, it was a “terrible” day. Let’s move on quickly!

We have a lot of good pitchers taking the rubber on this Wednesday.

New York Yankees (45-44) vs. Cleveland Indians (44-45)
It’s McCarthy Turn
Vidal Nuno couldn’t do anything right for the New York Yankees but when he was traded to the Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy, he flourished and had one of the best outings of the season.

Now, Brandon McCarthy gets his first shot as a Yankee on the road against an inconsistent Cleveland Indians squad. Thus far this season, McCarthy has been a flatout disaster with a 3-10 record and a 5.01 ERA. This isn’t just one season, McCarthy has had a poor career. Will putting on the pinstripes change his luck? I don’t think that he can get any worse.

New York is coming off of a devastating loss to Cleveland in which Masahiro Tanaka is starting to lose his effectiveness and that’s the last thing the Yankees need with Nova and Sabathia out of the pitching rotation for extended periods of time.

New York also has a major problem hitting home runs. Former Yankee and current Indian, Nick Swisher, has had a tough time since leaving New York, but he’s feasted off of New York pitching and made Tanaka look not so immortal.

“Small Ball”
When you have two of the fastest men in baseball in Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, this is something that a team who lacks power can take advantage of. When Gardner and Ellsbury play well, the Yankees seem to win often. Gardner can offer a little power (8 HR) at the leadoff spot and if he gets on base, the Yankees usually get off to a fast start.

New York has the ammunition to win this ball game. Indians starter, Josh Tomlin, (5-6, 4.11) is ordinary at best and got roughed up in his last start, allowing 5 runs and 10 hits in just 5 2/3 innings in a loss to Cleveland. I expect the same thing to happen here with the Yankees using small ball as their method offense; the rest is up to McCarthy.

I’m not a big fan of McCarthy, but New York will find a way to win this game either through McCarthy or the bullpen.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees +108 at 5 Dimes

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Philadelphia Phillies (39-51) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (52-39)
You Can’t Win Them All…
That said, the Milwaukee Brewers don’t want to lose a 3rd consecutive game to a subpar team such as the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brewers have dominated the National League Central Division all season long and the St. Louis Cardinals are starting to creep up on them. Milwaukee can ill-afford to lose to a team like the “Fightin Phils”.

Pitching Mismatch
He can do whatever he wants and change his name from Fausto Carmona to Roberto Hernandez (3-8, 4.48), but Hernandez is still the ineffective pitcher that allowed 5 runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in his last start in a loss to Pittsburgh.

Hernandez has lost his last 3 decisions as he was up to 117 pitches in his last outing. Now, he must face the likes of Carlos Gomez (13 HR, 45 RBI, .303, 15 SB), Jonathan Lucroy (9 HR, 44 RBI, .327), Ryan Braun (11 HR, 49 , .291), and Aramis Ramirez ( 11 HR ,41 RBI, .282).

The Brewers offense is loaded and while they’re a major reason why Milwaukee has been so successful this season, the pitching has also increased its level of quality.

Tonight, the Brew Crew send out Kyle Lohse (9-3, 3.18) and he’s been sensational this season. Looking at some of his splits, Lohse has loved “home cooking”. At Miller Park, Lohse has pitched to a 2.10 ERA and has struck out 39 batters while allowing a mere 4 walks. Although Philly possesses some hot hitters like Chase Utley, I like Lohse and the Brewers against Roberto Hernandez tonight. Milwaukee is the far superior baseball team with the better starting pitcher by a great margain.

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