Let’s see if we can duplicate the success with our MLB Picks of the Day for Thursday.
Thursday’s are a bit unpredictable because there’s usually a small slate of games and you never know when a team will be looking ahead to a weekend series that might influence their spot in the standings.
Cincinnati Reds (58-44) at Los Angeles Dodgers (53-47)
I was hoping to ride the Dodgers some more and guess what? They’re playing. After another comeback and scoring outburst, the Dodgers travel cross country back home to face Mat Latos (9-3, 3.53) and a tough Cincinnati Reds team.
We don’t know if the travel will affect the Dodgers, who have won 6 straight games and have outscored opponents 41-17 in their last 4 games alone. Are they going to provide another double-figures scoring output?
He didn’t make the All-Star Game, but Yasiel Puig has made a major positive effect on this baseball team. He hit a late home run in last night’s game against the Blue Jays to seal the deal and this guy is getting tweets from the likes of Earvin Magic Johnson; not bad for a 22 year old kid from Cuba. Are we seeing the next Miguel Cabrera here?
Puig is a massive 6 foot 3, 245 pounds and has started to pick up steam again. In his last 2 games, he’s 5 for 8 with 4 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 1 SB. This kid’s enthusiasm for the get is contagious.
Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez have regained their old form and have been tearing the cover off of the baseball. Add in Adrian Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers in all major offensive categories, and this is a 1st place team in the division.
Nucleus is Producing
By no means is my praise for the Dodgers a disrespect to the Reds. The Reds have had a superb season and are coming off of a 8-3 beating of the San Francisco Dodgers in which Votto, Bruce, and Frazier were all involved.
This has the makings of a very entertaining and competitive baseball game.
I’m on the Dodgers bandwagon for the extent of this massive run. Take L.A. against the formidable Reds.
Free Pick- Los Angeles Dodgers -130 at Bet 365 (Find the best odds; you might be able to find better)
New York Yankees (53-48) at Texas Rangers (56-45)
7 Games Behind Boston
Time is starting to slip away and although not much was expected from an injury-plagued Yankees team this season, they’re just 7 games behind the Boston Red Sox and 3.5 games behind the Orioles for the 2nd Wild Card spot in the American League East.
This is a game in which Hiroki Kuroda (9-6. 2.65) is pitching is a “must win””.
The Yankees keep battling no matter what the deficit is and the no-namers that saturate their starting lienup.
If the offense could put up a possible 3 spot or more, they should have a decent shot in this game with Kuroda. Kuroda is 2-0 in his last 3 starts and looked outstanding against Boston in a 5-2 victory (his most recent start).
In his last 19 innings, Kuroda has allowed just 2 runs on 14 hits. He has been consistent and that’s what the Yankees need when they have guys like Overbay, Nunez, Lillibridge, Mesa, and Stewart in their lineup. This is the New York Yankees?
Texas might have won last night, but they’re starting to see the Oakland Athletics steal away the division. The A’s have a 3 game lead over Texas and the Rangers need this game just as bad as N.Y.. Texas sends Derek Holland to the mound and Holland has pitched much better as of late.
In his last 2 starts, Holland has allowed 4 runs in 15 innings pitched. This was also against two hard-hitting teams in Baltimore and Detroit.
That said, Texas has some game changers in Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. The Yankees will rely upon Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki, and Brett Gardner. You give the Rangers the slight edge in offense, but Kuroda gets the nod where starting pitching is concerned.
Bet 365 gives you +105 odds where most books have more unappealing odds. Take the UNDER 8.5 in this pitching duel.
Free Pick- New York Yankees/Texas Rangers UNDER 8.5 at Bet 365
Let’s bang this out and get some momentum for the weekend matchups!
Good luck, everyone!