MLB Picks: Thursday Full of Appealing Dogs

Joe Catalano

Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:39 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 8, 2014 2:39 PM UTC

There’s somewhat of an abbreviated slate of MLB games for this Thursday, but still plenty of opportunity to get on the plus side when placing our bets. There’s a couple of very appealing underdogs that your handicapper with a record of 36-44 -20.96 Units will be looking at.

Colorado Rockies (22-14) at Texas Rangers(17-17)
Who needs Coors Field? The Colorado Rockies have been on an offensive tear as of late, winning their last 3 games, and 8 out of their last 10. They’ve been winning by such large margains that their seasonal run to runs against ratio is currently a +55 which is tops in the majors.

You go up and down the Rockies starting lineup and there are no weak spots. Colorado also features shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, who is having one of the best starts to a season that you’ll ever see a player have.

Elite Offense
The Rockies rank 1st in ever statistical category in the MLB. They’re first in runs, first in batting average (.310), first in on-base percentage (.356), and first in slugging percentage (.509). These are unheard of numbers. When have we ever heard of a team batting .310? This can partially be attributed to the play of Troy Tulowitzki  who is batting .414 with 9 HR, 36 RBI, and a .511 OBP%. To go along with “Tulo,” “Cargo” (Carlos Gonzalez), is batting .462 with 4 doubles, 2 HR, and 7 RBI in the month of May and we’re only at May 8.

Colorado is coming off of another beating of the Texas Rangers, 9-2 in which they belted out 16 hits. There’s nothing else to talk about besides the Colorado offense because they’re that good.

Amazingly, the Rockies are an underdog in tonight’s game. Take the Rockies for your winning MLB pick until they come back down to earth with your betting pick.

Two Free MLB Picks:  Bet Colorado +125 and Colorado/Texas 'Over'



Miami Marlins (19-15) at San Diego Padres (15-20)
This is a long trip out west for the Marlins who are coming off of a day game in which they outlasted the New York Mets, 1-0.  Marcell Ozuna knocked in the winning run, and the Marlins players were spraying water and partying like they won the seventh game in the World Series. Although this type of over-celebrating worries me, the Marlins have to feel good about their win against Zack Wheeler and the Mets.

A Live Dog?
The Marlins travel to Petco Park to face a super-weak hitting San Diego Padres team who rank 30th in runs ,batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. 

Ian Kennedy (2-4, 3.43) isn’t the 20 game winner that he once was and I don’t know how the Padres can be such a large favorite in this game, facing superstars such as Giancarlo Stanton.

The Marlins are an awful road team (2-10), and that has to be taken into consideration, but I think that it’s worth the risk to side with Miami tonight on the West coast. Kennedy gave up 11 hits in just 5 innings in his last outing to the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks and is very hittable.

Free MLB Pick: Miami +141 at 5 Dimes


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