It’s time for MLB Picks of the Day and with some teams needing to win in order to stay in the playoff hunt, players like Alfonso Soriano are coming through at the big moments. Let’s see if that holds true today as we share our favorite sports picks for the evening.
New York Yankees (70-62) at Toronto Blue Jays (59-74)
The Playoff Run
Even though Oakland won yesterday and New York gained no ground on the A’s for the final wild card spot, the Yankees continue to win and are starting to catch up to the teams ahead of them such as Cleveland and Baltimore.
After a 2 home run explosion from Alfonso Soriano, the Yankees have now beaten the Blue Jays 11 out of their last 12 games after a 7-1 victory. The home run was Soriano’s 400th of his career but the Yankees come away from the game losing yet another player as Robinson Cano was hit on the hand with the baseball and had to leave the game early.
The Yanks will rely upon ace, Hiroki Kuroda, to bounce back from a sub-par performance in which he allowed 4 home runs in a 7-2 loss to Tampa Bay on the 23rd of August. Kuroda has been has been a star all season, but is coming off of 2 consecutive losses and every game is important as we draw nearer to September.
The Jays start right hander Todd Redmond (1-2, 4.44) and Redmond is coming off of a pure beating at the hands of the lowly Houston Astros. In order for Toronto to win this game, their bats will need to wake up without Jose Bautista. Nobody on their squad has any major success against Kuroda in the past. Edwin Encarnacion is a lifetime 2 for 8 with 1 HR and 2 RBI off of Kuroda and the Blue Jays will need to convert with runners in scoring position.
Can Arod Catch Mays?
With his future in doubt, we might not see Arod for a while or possibly ever. After a home run yesterday, Rodriguez is just 9 home runs short of Willie Mays at 660. Could we see a big month out of Arod, knowing that this might be the end of his career? Look for Alex to continue to keep playing well, especially with Cano out of the lineup.
Pick- Yankees -134 at Bet 365
Cincinnati Reds (74-59) at St. Louis Cardinals (78-54)
With Pittsburgh and Cincinnati both on 3 game losing streaks, the Cardinals look to separate themselves from the pack with a victory tonight as they start Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.58). The ace has regained his old form in his last 2 starts with 2 impressive victories, allowing just 2 runs in 16 innings pitched.
The Reds send Homer Bailey (8-10, 3.71) to the mound and Bailey is capable of throwing a no-hitter like he did on July 2nd or being an inept performer. Nevertheless, Bailey will provide innings for the Reds and give their offense a legitimate chance against whoever they face.
Anytime a team can defeat Mat Latos, it’s a success story. The Cards are coming off of a 6-1 victory over Latos as everyone in their lineup picked up at least one hit. This could possibly be the deepest lineup in the majors and Bailey will need put forth one of his better performances to have a chance in this crucial game for both teams involved.
St. Louis has touched Homer Bailey up in the past as Matt Carpenter is a career 5 for 6 with 1 RBI off of Bailey and Carlos Beltran is a lifetime 2 for 6 with 2 HR and 3 RBI off of the Reds starter.
St. Louis has the momentum, winning 8 out of their last 10 and with Adam Wainwright pitching. Look for a clear cut St. Louis win tonight.
Pick- St. Louis -148 at Bet 365