Monday's Money-Making MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Monday, June 30, 2014 2:11 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 2:11 PM UTC

Monday’s slate of MLB games are wide open with no legitimate aces and definitive favorites out there. See who we like as our betting picks for the last day in the month of June.

Joe C. Record: 108-109 -30.27 Units

Oakland Athletics (51-30) vs. Detroit Tigers (44-34): Kazmir vs. Sanchez
This is definitely the best pitching matchup of the night with the strongest matchup for Monday as the ever consistent Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.64) faces Scott Kazmir (9-3, 2.66) and his revived career on the best team in the majors.

Run Support
The last time that I reported to the reading audience about Anibal Sanchez, I communicated about how consistent that he was and that he didn’t allow more than 3 runs in an outing for the entire season. Sure enough, Sanchez gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in just 5 1/3 innings in his last outing against Texas.

Detroit is such a hard-hitting team that Sanchez still picked up the win despite the sub-par performance. Wouldn’t Jeff Samardzija love to be on a team like the Tigers that can score at will?

Scott Kazmir has had a banner season. Some of it is due to his fantastic pitching and part of it is because he’s on the best team in the major leagues.

Just like Sanchez, in Kazmir’s last start, he flopped as he allowed 7 runs and 8 hits in just 3 1/3 innings to the Mets of all teams. His earned run average went from 2.08 to 2.66 in one game.

Even though the A’s possess a solid offense and the Tigers have one of the best offenses in the league with Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez, look for the two offenses in this game to be contained as I expect bounce back performances from both starters. The betting total is relatively high due to the hitters that will be playing in this game. Let’s take the under here.

Free MLB Pick: Detroit/Oakland Under 8 at 5 Dimes

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New York Mets (37-45) vs. Atlanta Braves (44-38): Missed Opportunity
With Matt Harvey out of the rotation for the entire season, Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.45) was expected to step in there and be the temporary ace. Thinks haven’t worked out for Wheeler thus far. He has great stuff and can strike out players in bunches, but the consistency just hasn’t been there. Even a bloated 41 year old Bartolo Colon has been more of a force than Wheeler.

Wheeler must now face an Atlanta Braves team who has won 4 straight games and always seem to reside on top of the National League East Division. The Braves don’t have the most powerful offense in baseball, but with solid pitching and a nucleus of Freddie Freeman (13 HR, 41 RBI,.291 BA, .382 on-base %) and Justin Upton (16 HR, 46 RBI, .278), they’re able to be a top contender.

Numbers where home runs are concerned in the MLB are down due to the cracking down of illegal performance enhancement drugs, therefore numbers like the ones that Freeman and Upton possess are considered very good. Atlanta is in a good spot here at home against an inconsistent pitcher in Zack Wheeler and home field advantage.

Luke or Ike?
Obviously, the Mets made the correct decision in sending away Ike Davis and keeping Lucas Duda on a team that needs the power.

On the season, Duda has 12 HR, 41 RBI, and is batting .255. He’s improved as the season has went along and has really picked up some big hits for the Mets. In the month of June, Duda is hitting .293 with 5 HR and 17 RBI. This is a player that’s finally coming into his own and with David Wright not producing, the Mets can certainly use Duda’s bat.

The problem with the Mets is their lack of power and consistency. Daniel Murphy is the only player on the team that is truly consistent, but he’ll never be a game-changer. As one of your MLB picks, look for the Braves to defeat the Mets on Monday night.

Free MLB Pick: Atlanta -165 at 5 Dimes 

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