No Nonsense Friday Full of Profitable MLB Picks

Joe Catalano

Friday, July 25, 2014 1:54 PM GMT

Friday starts the beginning of fresh, new matchups in this last week of July and that’s good for us as we’ve hit a bit of a rough patch with our MLB betting picks. Time to regroup and as we give you Friday’s selections.

Joe C. Record: 135-127 -27.52 Units
I’m the first handicapper to tell you that I’m very streaky. We call this “No Nonsense Friday” as we’re ready to start a new winning streak with some really good betting matchups on the board.

 

Boston Red Sox (47-55) at Tampa Bay Rays (49-53)

The Price Is Right
We have a high risk, high reward game at “The Trop”. David Price, who is pitching some of the best baseball that you’ll ever see and the Tampa Bay Rays, who have won 7 straight games, face a tough Jon Lester (10-7, 2.50) and the pesky Boston Red Sox. Does Lester have the right stuff to put an end to the Rays mid-season run?

 

Dominant David
After a poor start to the 2014 MLB Season, David Price has “flipped the script” with a barrage of wins and strikeouts in the same period of time. Price has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings and has struck out 14 batters while allowing just 1 walk in his last 2 games.

In his last 10 outings, Price has pitched double figure strikeouts on 5 separate occasions, pitched 7 innings or more in every start and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a start. That’s as consistent and dominant as you’ll see a pitcher pitch nowadays. Price’s ERA for July is 0.85; that would even put Clayton Kershaw to shame.

The Rays have won their last 2 games by a total of 10-2 against the Cards and this while facing Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright. Boston must play better as they were held to just 1 hit in yesterday’s 8-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. David Ortiz has been the “Big Papi” of old, but this isn’t the same Red Sox team that won the World Championship last season.

Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay -142 at 5 Dimes -2 UNIT PLAY

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Toronto Blue Jays (54-49) at New York Yankees (53-48)

Bombers Playing Small Ball
The New York Yankees have raced out of the gates after the All-Star Break, winning 6 out of 7 games. They’ve defeated the likes of Simon, Cueto, and Darvish. The new addition of Chase Headley has immediately paid off as Headley has hit fairly well and had a game winning hit in the 14th inning a couple of games ago against Texas.

With all of that said, New York’s starting rotation is depleted, losing 4 out of their 5 starters at the beginning of the season to the IR. One starter that hasn’t managed to go on the IR is the oldest starter in the rotation in Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 3.88). Kuroda has to be considered the current ace of the Yankees pitching staff.

 

A Tough Nemesis
The Toronto Blue Jays are coming into this game with major momentum, holding the Boston Red Sox to just 1 hit in an 8-0 beating as Marcus Stroman pitched a near perfect performance and also received help from the Toronto offense. There’s no Edwin Encarnacion in the Toronto lineup, but that hasn’t stopped the Jays from winning as they’ve won 3 straight games and 6 out of their last 10.

Yankee Stadium definitely benefits the left handed hitters and luckily for the Jays, 3 of out of the top 4 hitters in their lineup are switch hitters. I wouldn’t be too worried about the other hitter. Jose Bautista with his 18 HR, 56 RBI, and .292 BA can handle a stick fine despite the decrease in power.

This game comes down to Kuroda pitching well as Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ) is having a fantastic season. New York hasn’t had much of a home field advantage this season (24-24), but in this case, playing at Yankee Stadium will help them win their 7th out of their last 8 games as they’ve been finding ways to win.

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Free MLB Pick: Yankees -126 at 5 Dimes