Sunday's MLB Picks Of The Day Will Build Your Sportsbook Balance

Joe Catalano

Sunday, April 17, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

It's time for some Sunday MLB Picks of the Day. It's the last day of the week as we're nearing the month of May and time to really bare down and nail some winners for the betting public. 

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Grudge Match in the West
The San Francisco Giants have evened the score and we have a tie atop of the National League West Division. The tie will be broken on America's grand stage, Monday Night Baseball, and the Giants come into this game with the momentum as the betting underdog and Jeff Samardzija (1-0,3.38) gets the start for the Giants.

With Samardzija going to the rubber against Japanese import, Kenta Maeda (1-0,0.00), we have quite an interesting matchup. Is Maeda the real deal? Playing in front of millions of people around the world could decifer if he's legitimate or just another pitcher from Japan that doesn't deliver.

The Giants are coming off of a stellar win in which Johnny Cueto got his swag back as he retired every batter in the 1st 4 innings of a 4-3 victory.

I picked Cueto with my MLB Picks of the Day as I knew that he was due to snap out of it. It's only one game, but an inter-division game of this magnitude, speaks volumes.


Pitching Outweighs Hitting
When we look at the San Francisco Giants, we look at a very deep squad with a lot of small ball hitters that can hit for average and hit the occasional dinger. That hasn't been the case this season as Brandon Belt (.302)  is the only member of the Giants to be hitting above .300.

This should change throughout the season with players such as Buster Posey, who had a career season last year; hitting well over .300 and surving multiple purposes. I look for the Giants to have a much improved season from last year and this is the type of game that defines them.

From the Dodgers perspective, Enrique Hernandez (2 HR, 8 RBI, 414 BA) is off to a blazing start and this is a lineup quite similar to that of the Giants. These are two teams that mirror eachother. Good pitching and solid hitting with nothing done exceptionally.

I happen to like the road team here as they're the ones with the momentum and the pitcher that I can count on.

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Free MLB Pick:  Giants +130 
Best Line Offered: at Bovada


Kansas City Royals at Oakland Athletics
Picking Up Where They Left off
They might be the underdogs in this game, but the defending Champions Kansas City Royals are a red hot 8-3 and with Kris Medlen (1-0, 3.60) taking the mound, the MLB odds might imply that they're at a slight disadvantage, but I happen to disagree with that theory.

The Royals had won 4 straight games, holding their opponent to just 2 runs per game and then lost yesterday, 5-3 against Oakland. Every game is close with Kansas City and you, the bettor, are going to get your money's worth.

I also like the fact that Oakland's home ball park is "pitcher friendly" with huge spaces of foul ground. This will create a lower score and when the Royals play small ball, the advantage goes to them.


Picking Up the Slack
Everyone knows that the Royals offense is based around Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer. Thus far, Cain hasn't been able to get it together, hitting just .244 with 2 HR and 6 RBI. That said, Eric Hosmer has been able to continue to hit well. Hosmer is hitting .318 and tied for the team lead in total bases with 20.

Hosmer is the player that comes up with the big hits as this is a team that comes up with timely hits and this is the reason for their overall success. Their numbers don't define them as they don't have guys putting up massive statistics.They simply know how to win and expect a "W" behind the pitching of Medlen.

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Free MLB Pick:  Royals +109
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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