These MLB Picks Of The Day Will Make Your Friday!

Joe Catalano

Friday, May 20, 2016 11:00 AM GMT

We enter a full fresh slate of MLB games on Friday. Let's keep the momentum going with our analysis as we provide you our MLB Picks of the Day.

New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
We have now won 7 straight games and 9 out of our last 10 as we're hitting those streaks that were promised as we enter a full fresh slate of MLB games on Friday. Sabathia is coming off of his best outing in a few years as he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles on May 4th in a 7-0 win. It marked the first game that the Yankees offense started to hit after a rotten funk to the beginning of the season and Sabathia looked like the Sabathia of old.

Although I don't see Sabathia going anything over 7 innings in this game, if he can have a decent outing and carry that confidence over from May 4th.The Yankees have some of the best set up men and closers in the entire MLB. We also have to remember that this is a poor hitting Athletics team at 19-23 and the Yankees are coming off of an easy 4-1 victory over the A's with Ivan Nova pitching.

New York wasn't overwhelming last night, but every player chipped in and that's the type of play that they need to be successful all season long. Jacoby Ellsbury has been hitting well going 4 for 7 and reaching base safely 6 out of his last 9 at bats and last night it was Bret Gardner and Carlos Beltran's turn to contribute.

Beltran had gotten his 400th home run out of the way at Yankee Stadium and that's where he wanted to accomplish that feat and last night, he hit his 401st home run along with 2 hits and 3 RBI's to seal the deal for Nova and his superb start. Gardner also reached safely 4 ouf of 5 at bats, going 2 for 3 with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks.

Another player that I had mentioned in my Yankees MLB picks yesterday, Chase Headley, continued his hot hitting as he also picked up 2 hits. Headley couldn't buy a hit at the beginning of the season and now he's full of confidence. The bottom of the Yankees order looks very secure with Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley and now they face the challenge of a tough pitcher in Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.84 ERA).

Although Gray is the better pitcher over Sabathia on MLB odds, he's pitched poorly lately and I'm going to side with the Yankees and the momentum that they're carrying. 

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Free MLB Pick:  Yankees +111
Best Line Offered:  at Bookmaker /2 Units

 

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
You could see it from last season as the Braves were replacing players with all guys from the minor league that weren't ready. This is an incomplete team with no pitching and basically one good player in Freddie Freeman.

For the Philadelphia Phillies, it's the opposite scenario as their young players have turned into legitimate Major League players and you can see it in their outstanding 24-17 record. Tonight, the Phillies send a spectacular young pitcher to the mound in Aaron Nola (3-2, 2.89 ERA) and at -160, the Fightin Phils actually look like a very appealing betting pick.

 

How Good Is He?
In his last 5 starts, Nola has been red hot. He's allowed just 5 earned runs in 34 innings while showing a spectacular walks to strikeouts ratio, issuing 6 walks and striking out 35 batters. The Phillies should get 6 to 7 strong innings out of Aaron Nola as Odubel Herrera takes care of the rest offensively. Herrera is leading the Phillies with a .333 BA and has and has the ability to draw the free pass with a .433 OBP%. With other contributions from players such as Maikel Franco (7 HR, 23 RBI), the Phillies have been able to show dramatic improvement.

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Free MLB Pick:  Phillies -160
Best Line Offered:  at Heritage