The goal is to be on the plus side and although I’d much rather go 2-0 than 1-1 with my MLB Picks, even a 1-1 day will provide you with a profit. I was very successful with this installment last season; let’s attempt to win the bettors some money.
Every game is a must win situation for both of these teams and the Yankees came up big last night with 4 runs in the 8th inning to overtake the Baltimore Orioles. While the Yankees won, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Tampa Bay all lost in the process, making the American League Wild Card Race one big log jam.
Big Money Pitcher
At 41 years of age, Andy Pettitte isn’t the same pitcher that he once was, but when the Yankees have needed that one big win during their championship run, Pettitte was the guy to get the ball. There’s a reason why Pettitte is still on this team at his advanced age; he’s a big money pitcher.
The Yankees bullpen has let Pettitte down recently, but he’s won his last 3 decisions and has allowed just 7 runs in his last 36 inning pitched. Andy deserves the praise, but facing a fairly loaded lineup led by Chris Davis who hit his league leading 49th home run of the year yesterday, won’t be so easy. If Pettitte pitches continues to pitch well, this is a good spot for the Yankees as the underdog.
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Soriano a Hall Of Famer
After belting his 404th home run of his career last night as he went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI’s, there has been talks of Alfonso Soriano having a chance at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Soriano is a key figure on the Yankees with 32 HR and 98 RBI this season; he’s only getting better. In the past, it was a guarantee that a player with 500 HR makes the hall of fame. Time will tell, but Alfonso Soriano has been a brilliant pickup by the Yanks as he’s won a numerous amount of games for them as they attempt to pick up a wild card spot.
I like New York with their momentum off of last night’s game to win as the underdog.
MLB Pick- New York Yankees +118 at Bet 365
Is It the Beards?
It seems like almost every member of the Red Sox nation has a thick massive beard and whether it’s good luck or not, it seems to be working. Players like Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli are hitting massive home runs like Mark McGwire used to while Pedroia, Ortiz, Victorino, and Middlebrooks continue to come through in clutch situations, making Boston a dominant team. Tonight, this “dominant team” is an underdog against a team that’s fighting for their lives to make the playoffs in the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox are coming off of a fine pitching return by Clay Buchholzhi-five as they beat Tampa Bay 2-0 on Tuesday. The Rays are favorites tonight as they have a pitching advantage in an Alex Cobb (8-3, 2.99) vs. Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.79) matchup.
I always say that good pitching wins games, but against a Red Sox team that’s been tearing the cover off of the ball, that makes this an even game and adding in the momentum and attitude that Boston possesses, I would lean towards the Red Sox as the MLB odds dog.
Cobb has pitched well, but is coming off of a 6-4 loss to a weak Seattle team in which he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings. He’ll be facing a much tougher lineup with guys like David Ortiz, who only seem to get better with age.
MLB Pick- Boston Red Sox +124 at Bet 365
Good luck, everyone!