MLB Picks: Thursday Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:31 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 1:31 PM UTC

The weather is improving as we draw closer towards the month of May. The winds are howling and the baseball is carrying. Let’s see if that comes in to play for Thursday’s MLB Picks of the Day.

Joe C. Record
27-27 -7.94 Units
The only gripe that I have yesterday is that I selected Pineda and the Yankees and the Yankee starter got caught with pine tar, which led to the demise of New York for the night. That said, John Lackey was “lights out” and the Red Sox were going to win the game anyway. We have some work to do today.

Baltimore Orioles (10-10) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (11-10)
A High Scoring Affair?
After the barrage of long balls yesterday at the Rogers Centre, people might expect today’s game to go over the total. Both of these teams possess a lot of capable hitters. Chris Davis, the reigning home run champion, is finally starting to regain the touch while Jose Reyes has returned and he’s made an immediate impact for the Jays.

In yesterday’s game, Baltimore managed to put up a 6 spot in the 5th inning to defeat the Blue Jays 10-8. There were a lot of contributors, but I want to focus on 2 players in particular in Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera.

No PED’s and Still Going Strong?
The problem with taking PED’s is that once a player starts taking them, they’re never trusted for the rest of their careers.

Two key players in today’s game, Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera, are prime examples of this. It was commendable that Cabrera gave an award back after  “being caught” and he’s come of the gates this season with a lot of momentum. Melky is hitting .351 with 5 HR and 8 RBI after a 3 for 5 performance yesterday.

Are we supposed to believe that Melky isn’t taking PED’s? When he played for the Yankees, he sure didn’t hit like this. Nevertheless, Cabrera could be a key factor in today’s game; he’s on fire.

Nelson Cruz is another player to keep an eye on today. He’s coming off of a 2 home run game with 5 runs batted in. On the season, Cruz is hitting .301 with 6 HR and 21 runs batted in this season. He is another player that can be a key factor tonight along with Chris Davis.

The integrity of the game is ruined, but Cabrera and Cruz’s on-field play certainly seems to be just as good as it was when they were “using”.

We take a look at today’s staring pitching and Drew Hutchinson is being a bit underestimated. He’s coming off of a victory in which he allowed 2 runs and 8 hits with 9 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings in a victory over Cleveland. The bottom line is the kid had good stuff and I’m leaning towards Toronto in giving Baltimore a little payback.

MLB Pick: Toronto -135 at 5 Dimes


New York Yankees (12-9) vs. Boston Red Sox (10-12)
Who Will Be Cheating For New York Today?
All jokes aside, nobody can tell me that Michael Pineda didn’t know that he was cheating by using the pine tar.

Tonight, the Yankees look to redeem themselves as they send  C.C. Sabathia ( 2-2, 5.19) to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Felix Doubront (1-2, 5.48). The Yankees surely have the edge in starting pitching, but they’ve been very inconsistent as of late.

Sabathia is coming off of a huge performance in which everyone was siding with David Price and the Rays and the Yanks destroyed Tampa Bay, 10-2. The outing previous to that, Sabathia pitched well, but relied on the Yankees bullpen to strand the runners that he left on base and the bullpen disappointed him. The statline looked much worse than his actual outing in that game. Look for C.C. Sabathia to pitch well tonight.

The Yankees offense comes into this game, beaten up after John Lackey had them guessing while striking out 11 batters in 8 innings. Mark Teixiera has really been a disappointment and I think that this guy is really overrated. Tex is coming off of an  0 for 4 performance, striking out all 4 times. While Teixiera was inept, Yangervis Solarte was relegated to the bench. Solarte had been such a surprise with his exceptional play early in the season. Is this the end of the road, so to speak, for the former minor league veteran?

Look for this to be a low-scoring affair. Both pitchers are quite capable of stifling each of these offenses.

MLB Pick: Yankees/Red Sox Under 8.5 at 5 Dimes

Good luck, everyone!


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