Joe C. Record
42-51 -22.06 Units
Everything is a bit inconsistent as the Oakland Athletics currently hold the MLB’s largest winning streak at just 4 games and there’s no team with a losing streak of more than 3 games.
This has made the start of the season a bit more unpredictable and nothing is a given. If Clayton Kershaw starts, he can go down just like any other pitcher. Onto the picks.
New York Mets (17-19) vs. New York
Something that the two New York teams covet very highly is the Subway Series. The New York Mets, who are considered the road team, will get to sleep in their own beds, but still have to play in front of a hostile Yankee crowd.
There are a lot of little tidbits to this series. Derek Jeter, who has owned the Mets in the past, hitting .368 in 84 games against the Mets, will be playing his last season of games against the Amazin’s. It always seems like the Mets best player plays good against the Yankees. First it was Mike Piazza and now it’s David Wright. Wright is 7 for 20 off of tonight’s starter Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43).
With that said, Daniel Murphy is the hot hitting Met as he came through in a big way yesterday with a couple of doubles and a home runs in the 9th inning to help the Mets defeat the Philadelphia Phillies.
The name of the Mets game is to get Eric Young Jr. on base, let him run wild on the base path, and leave it up to Wright and Murphy to drive him in.
A Pleasant Surprise
Mark Teixiera is playing like he did when he first became a Yankee since returning from injury. Tex is coming off of back to back games with home runs against Milwaukee and although his batting average may never be .300, he’s been coming up with some huge hits.
These Subway Series games are always hard fought, but one would think that you have to give the Yankees an edge in this game. The Mets lost 5 games in a row before yesterday’s comeback win. Expect Kuroda to have a solid outing and the Yankees bats to do the rest.
MLB Pick: Yankees -148 at 5 Dimes
Tampa Bay Rays (16-22) vs. Seattle
King Felix Gets the Start
If you look at the personnel at these teams, Tampa Bay is the superior team, but their pitching hasn’t been consistent and they’ve gotten off to a rough start.
The Mariners, who are coming off of a tough 9-7 defeat to the Kansas City Royals, are at least mashing the ball, and that’s exactly what they’ll need tonight as they have their ace and the best pitcher in the American League in the last decade in Felix Hernandez (3-1, 2.73) taking the mound.
I have written about the Mariners not being able to hit for average (.231) before, but their power has been keeping this team at .500 and holding them together. Robinson Cano has only 1 home run, but there are 5 Mariners players with at least 4 home runs or more.
The Rays have one of the better offenses in the league. They’re 9th in the MLB in runs and 6th in on-base percentage, but they’re facing a top-flight pitcher. This game comes down to Seattle’s ability to handle Tampa Bay starter, Cesar Ramos (1-1, 2.96) and it should be good enough and especially at home. Take the chalk in the form of the Seattle Mariners.
MLB Pick: Seattle -160 at 5 Dimes (You’re not going to get great odds with King Felix starting, but Seattle is the play)
Good luck, everyone!