MLB Picks: Wednesday Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:00 AM GMT

Good pitching is the key to victory and some starters that have gotten off to a slow start have started to improve in their last few starts.

Have the odds makers adjusted the odds accordingly? Let’s find out with our MLB Picks of the Day for Wednesday.

St. Louis Cardinals (42-22) at New York Mets (22-36)

St. Louis has been dominant as they’re #1 in the major in runs scored as opposed to runs given up; a whopping +105 and no other teams come close. The Cards have the best record in the majors due to a proper combination of good pitching and good hitting.

Tonight, the beat goes on as St. Louis starts Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91) in pitcher friendly CitiField against Dillon Gee (4-6, 5.20) for the Mets.

Miller has been a huge fantasy league choice as he’s been undervalued all season long. Along with pitching a quality start in every outing this season, Miller has given up just 2 runs in his last 2 starts which equates to 13 innings. The Mets haven’t been able to get their offense going this season. Players like Ike Davis were sent down to the minors while David Wright is good, but he’s not a top level superstar.

Finding the Strike Zone

If Dillon Gee can continue his solid pitching, this game is headed for an UNDER, despite a tough Cardinals offense.  Although he’s had a disappointing season, Dillon Gee has allowed just 2 runs in his last 2 starts with just 1 walk and 19 strikeouts. Gee has come out on the winning edge of both decisions. If he pitches like his last 2 starts, this game will come down to the wire.

The total for this game is a respectable 7.5 runs according to Bet 365 Sportsbook. Considering the ball park and the way that these two pitchers have pitched lately, expect a low-scoring affair.

Pick- Mets/Cardinals UNDER 7.5for your sports picks.

[gameodds]3/236243/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

New York Yankees (37-27) at Oakland Athletics (39-27)

Which Hughes Shows Up Tonight?

Yankees starter Phil Hughes is one pitcher that baffles the mind and is also a question mark when it comes to betting. One game he can totally shutdown a team as he did in his last start against Seattle and then a month earlier he pitches 1/3 of an inning to the same Mariners club and allows 7 runs and 6 hits.

This is a pitcher that when his stuff is right, is a top level pitcher. Of course, consistency is the problem.

Tonight, Hughes (3-4, 4.80) and the Yankees face a tough Oakland Athletics team. As I always say, the Athletics are one of those teams that find ways to win like the Atlanta Braves no matter what their statistics tell you.

Cespedes Listed As Day to Day

This could be a blow to the Athletics as Cespedes has started to play well. Take a look at Matt Kemp and we all know what a hamstring injury can do to a baseball player.

Aside from the Cespedes injury, the Athletics still have players like Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson that can come through in the clutch. Crisp isn’t a power hitter, but he hit a home run in yesterday’s 6-4 win over New York.  C.C. Sabathia was a nightmare as a known steroid taker, Bartolo Colon, outpitched Sabathia en route to his 8th victory of the season.

For Oakland, the player to keep an eye on is Josh Donaldson. He’s been dominant this season with a .322 batting average, 9 home runs, and 42 runs batted in. Donaldson has only faced Hughes 3 times and come up hitless, but that’s a limited amount of plate appearances and Donaldson can’t be measured by that.

The Yankees have been getting contributions from new Yankees and old Yankees such as Brett Gardner. Gardner sets the tone for the lineup in the leadoff spot, possessing great speed.

This game will come down to the pitching of Phil Hughes. Simply put, “Which Phil Hughes Will Show Up Tonight against the A’s?”

Pick- New York Yankees +120 at Bet 365

[gameodds]3/236249/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Good Luck, everyone!