Our MLB Picks of the Day has an interesting twist to it for Tuesday as a few former aces scheduled to take to the mound tonight. Will they show flashes of their old form, and should we trust them when it comes time to place our MLB picks?
Cleveland Indians (21-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-21)
Former ace, Scott Kazmir, has put together a few strong outings, proving that he is quietly returning to form. Kazmir has sustained many injuries and has been out of the public eye for some time, and people forget quickly that he was once one of the better pitchers in the majors.
Kazmir as had 3 consecutive quality starts, and he is coming off of a dominating performance against Oakland to pick up his 2nd win of the season, allowing just 1 run and 5 hits in 6 innings while striking out 10 batters.
Favorable Odds For Philly
MLB odds makers have taken notice of Kazmir’s recent form as the Indians are a -119 betting favorite. The Phillies have actually won 2 straight games and right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.63) is taking the mound tonight against the Tribe.
Pettibone has had reasonable success this season. He’s not going to blow the opposition away with a barrage of strikeouts, but Pettibone has been effective. Philadelphia deserves a look with your sports picks, as they send a decent starter to the mound at home, and while Kazmir has pitched well, we don’t know if he can be trusted to maintain his form.
Philadelphia is coming off of a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in 10 innings. In this game, Chase Utley was 4 for 5, while Ryan Howard was 1 for 5 with 2 RBI. Those runs batted in by Howard were the game winners in extra innings. When this duo is playing well, Philadelphia warrants much more respect.
Cleveland has won 7 out of their last 10 games and this should be a highly contested matchup.
Look for Kazmir to pitch well, but expect Philadelphia to stay in the game and remain effective after Kazmir pitches his usual 6 innings. The odds give this game extra appeal from a Philadelphia perspective.
Pick- Philadelphia +109 -103 at Bet 365 (shop around as the Phils are an underdog at almost every other book)
Seattle Mariners (18-20) at New York Yankees (24-14)
C.C. vs. King Felix
The Yankees are coming off of a split in yesterday’s doubleheader with Cleveland. They had a lot of new players with little experience implemented into the lineup for game 1, but proceeded to come back with vengeance in game 2 with a 7-0 victory. Vernon Wells continues the offensive onslaught and the Yankees hierarchy looking like geniuses by picking Wells up in the off-season.
In tonight’s game, you’re going to get a pitchers duel, as King Felix Hernandez (5-2, 1.53) squares off against C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 3.23). Although Sabathia is good, Hernandez is better, but Hernandez has been haunted by playing on a sub.500 team for his entire career, and one wonders why he’s never looked to switch teams.
Nevertheless, Felix Hernandez has pitched exceptionally well as of late. In his last 5 outings, he hasn’t given up more than 1 earned run in any matchup. With Hernandez, the Mariners know that he’ll pitch at least 8 innings per ball game. He’s simply one of the best pitchers in the game and it will be up to Sabathia to keep up the momentum that the Yankees have gained over the last month.
Sabathia is a career 12-4 with a 2.46 ERA in 20 career starts against the Mariners. The problem with this stat is that for most of those 20 starts, he wasn’t facing Hernandez.
Look for 3rd baseman Jayson Nix and superstar Robinson Cano to possibly give the ole mighty king some problems. Nix is a career 5 for 10 against Hernandez while Cano is 15 for 41 with 2 HR and 5 RBI. When I look down the Yankees lineup, they’ve had some success against Hernandez.
Look for both pitchers to pitch well and for the Yankees to pick up the victory in a tight game.
2 Bets- Yankees -114
Yankees/Mariners UNDER 7 at Bet 365