Picks of the Day for May 3rd

Mark Lathrop

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 12:42 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 3, 2017 12:42 PM UTC

The board is so good on Wednesday that our MLB handicapper, Mark Lathrop, picks out 3 games that should be played on the card. Read on as he makes the case for three selections on this evening's card.

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Hisashi Iwakuma has started struggling over his last three starts, and Ricky Nolasco has given up a home run in each of his last three against the Mariners. Our handicapper thinks one of these pitchers gets blown up on Wednesday night in Seattle.

First of all, tomorrow night will be the warmest night of the year in Seattle so far, which should knock down the marine layer a bit. Both starters, Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle and Ricky Nolasco for Anaheim, have struggled with the long ball this year and the weather won’t help.

Iwakuma has put up a 5.79 ERA over his last three starts, and his last start against the Angels was a loss in a 9-10 game on the road. Nolasco gave up only two runs in his last start in early April, but his 17.1% HR/FB rate and 5.26 FIP indicate a pitcher that can’t be trusted. I’d go ahead and say that neither one of these pitchers can be trusted, leaving the Over of 8 the value play at Heritage for Wednesday night.

Free MLB Pick: Over 8Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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Cleveland Indians vs Detroit Tigers

This pick couldn’t be easier if it slapped you in the face. Consider this a virtual slap in the face.

Matt Boyd starts this game for the Tigers and has put up a 2.08 ERA and 0.923 ERA at home over 13 innings pitched this year. Still, he finds himself a run line dog at Pinnacle at -104 odds. That line is crazy pants.

Carlos Carrasco starts this game for the Indians, and he has put up a 3.59 FIP and 2-2 record on the season. He is running his highest HR/FB rate since 2009 at 17.2% and his BABIP of .198 is over 100 points below his career average. This game will be closer than people think. Take the Tigers and +1.5 runs at Pinnacle on Wednesday as one of your Wednesday MLB Picks.

Free MLB Pick: Detroit +1.5 Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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New York Mets vs Atlanta Braves

Bartolo Colon will let you rue the day you sent him to the Braves, as his 2.61 career ERA against the Mets shows. This is one of those lines where you have to hold your nose and take the home team no matter what.

This is one of those games where you have to consider the worst side of the board and take the opposite side. Jacob DeGrom has been very good this year, but susceptible to the long ball. His offense behind him is poor and banged up at the moment.

Enter in senor Colon, who has owned the Mets in his career and has put up a 2.61 ERA against them over 6 starts. He’s personally 4-1 in those start and his team is 5-1 overall. Given that Colon just beat DeGrom on April 7th of this year 3-1 I don’t think that it is a stretch to take a spotted run here and think it is a good idea. I’m taking Atlanta +1.5 -130 at Pinnacle as another Wednesday MLB Pick.

Free MLB Pick: Atlanta +1.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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