Monday's Money-Making MLB Picks 7/21

Joe Catalano

Monday, July 21, 2014 2:06 PM GMT

Monday, Jul. 21, 2014 2:06 PM GMT

I’m excited as we get a fresh slate of MLB matchups in which we think that we can cash in on. “Show me the money!” The opportunity to make some loot is here with our betting picks for Monday.

Joe C. Record: 132-122 -21.43 Units
Recap

The opportunity was there on Sunday. We won a unit for the day as we doubled down and were lucky to cash in on the Los Angeles Dodgers. We also went for the price and took a Mariners team as an underdog who took the Halos to the limit and couldn’t seal the deal in the end as they lost by a run after leading for most of the game. All in all, a profitable day is a good day. 
 

Texas Rangers (39-59) vs. New York Yankees (50-47)
A Favorable Matchup

The New York Yankees come fast out of the gates after sweeping the Cincinnati Reds after the All-Star Break. These were big wins as they defeated Alfredo Simon and knocked superstar Johnny Cueto out of the box. Even with an inexperienced Shane Greene (2-0, 1.32) pitching tonight, there’s no reason why the Bombers can’t handle a Texas Rangers team which has lost 9 out of their last 10 games.
 

Jacoby Ellsbury 
For a while people were starting to think that the Ellsbury acquisition was a poor one as Brock Holt is flourishing in the leadoff spot for the Boston Red Sox and Ellsbury has been average. Lately, Ellsbury has stepped up his game and when Jacoby Ellsbury plays well, the Yankees win; plain and simple.

Ellsbury is coming off of a 4 for 4 effort on Sunday and has raised his batting average up to .289 along with 7 HR, 45 RBI, and 27 stolen bases. 

In the last week, Ellsbury is 6 for 12 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. When he gets on base, he’s deadly and the Yankees need every run that they can get with their anemic offense. The Yanks have even been relying on 40 year old Derek Jeter and that shouldn’t be necessary. With all of that said, this is a very favorable matchup and it might only take New York a few runs to win the game as they’re facing a “dead duck” in the Texas Rangers despite the effort of Adrian Beltre.

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Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees -167 at 5 Dimes – 2 UNIT PLAY

I was looking to pick on the Chicago Cubs who haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years, but unfortunately they’re not on the schedule.
 

Detroit Tigers (54-41) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-56)
A Favorable Spot For “JV”

There have been many favorable spots for Justin Verlander (8-8, 4.88) this season, but instead the Tigers have had to rely on Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, and Anibal Sanchez as Verlander has been a major disappointment to this Tigers club. 

JV gets a matchup in the desert against an Arizona team who is only 20-31 at home. This is a great spot for Detroit and the odds are somewhat favorable. Time for Verlander to regain his old form against a bottom-feeder.

The Tigers offense which is 4th in the major leagues in runs, 2nd in batting average, and 3rd in batting average, get to face a suspect starter in Vidal Nuno. 

Nuno was traded for Brandon McCarthy to New York. Thus far, McCarthy has played exceptionally well for the Yankees. As for Nuno, his test comes tonight as he faces the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Ian Kinsler. You have to give the edge to the Tigers who lead the American League Central Division by 5 ½ games.
 

“AJAX”
Detroit certainly blundered earlier in the season when they took Austin Jackson out of the leadoff spot. Now AJAX is back in the leadoff spot and is on fire. In the month of July, Jackson is hitting .354 and coming up with timely hits. Look for Jackson to completely regain his old form as his confidence is back as the leadoff hitter in an intimidating Tigers lineup.

Look for Verlander to pitch well as the Diamondbacks are totally overmatched in this game and series.

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Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers -130 at 5 Dimes

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