MLB Picks: Thursday's Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:05 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 22, 2014 2:05 PM UTC

Weather permitting, there are some appealing MLB matchups and odds along the East Coast tonight. Take a look as we provide you with our picks of the day in the matchups that we think will benefit you and your bankroll the most.

Joe C. Record
54-67 -33.82 Units

Milwaukee Brewers (28-19) at Atlanta Braves (25-20)
Brew Crew is Back
Milwaukee has had a huge turn around this season and one of the most overlooked and much maligned players is leadoff man, Carlos Gomez.

Gomez has been criticized for showing off and appreciating his work. In my opinion, it’s sour grapes. Gomez has a reason to admire his accomplishments as he’s turning out to be one of the better hitters in baseball.

Gomez has turned into a 5-tool player and at the leadoff position. On the season, he has 10 HR, 23 RBI, .298 BA, 7 SB, and a .374 OBP%. Very often, Gomez will ignite a big inning and in my estimation, has been the reason along with good pitching why Milwaukee has improved so dramatically this season.

Gomez is coming off of a 3 for 5 performance with 1 HR and 2 RBI in Milwaukee’s 6-1 pounding of the Atlanta Braves and Ervin Santana on Wednesday. Tonight, Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and company, must face the awkward, but effective pitcher in Aaron Harang.

Indeed if you looked into the eyes of Aarong Harang at the pitching mound, he looks quite scary at 6 foot7 and 260 pounds; just a menacing figure that doesn’t fit your prototypical look of a pitcher in the major leagues. That said, Harang has revived his career in the majors with the Braves as he’s pitched several quality outings with a seasonal ERA of 2.98. The only thing missing for Harang this season has been run support. Nonetheless, Harang is no pushover for a Milwaukee offense who was on fire last night and a team that plays well on the road.

I like the way that Milwaukee has been playing all season. They’re a favorable team to back in your MLB picks because you know that they’ll give you a bang for your buck.

MLB Picks: Milwaukee +124 at 5 Dimes

Los Angeles Dodgers (25-22) at New York Mets (20-25)
Great Spot For L.A.
You have a Dodgers team that excels on the road with the great Greinke (7-1, 2.03) as they face a New York Mets that’s been slumping and has been spooked out by their home field, CitiField.

CitiField just isn’t a hitter’s ball park and that means that Zack Greinke will be even that much more dangerous. It will affect Los Angeles too as they face Jonathan Niese (2-3, 2.54), but the meat of the Dodgers lineup is quite imposing.

Los Angeles is coming off of a 9-4 victory over the Mets in which New York suffered their third straight loss. CitiField might be a tough place to play, but it didn’t stop Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez from all hitting home runs Tuesday night. There’s no doubt that the Mets play in a “pitcher-friendly” ball park, but part of the problem is the Mets offense.

David Wright was 3 for 5 last night and makes good contact with the baseball, but I’m coming to the realization that he’s just not a home run hitter and on a team where Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda are the only home run hitters, but don’t hit for average, it’s obvious why the Mets can’t stay above .500 as a team.

Tonight, New York will get a good pitching effort from Niese, but Greinke is on a different level where talent is concerned.

MLB Picks: 2 Bets -Los Angeles -152 at 5 Dimes and 'under' 6.5 +105 at 5 Dimes

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