Thursday's Top MLB Picks of the Day 7/03

Joe Catalano

Thursday, July 3, 2014 1:20 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014 1:20 PM UTC

We have a limited amount of matchups on this transitional Thursday, but a lot of really good matchups. We’ve been hot as of late and I look to give the public the profit making picks that they deserve.

Joe C. Record
112-110-1 -27.60 Units

New York Yankees (41-42) vs Minnesota Twins (38-45)

New Yankee vs. Old Yankee
Masahiro Tanaka (11-3, 2.10) comes off of a hard luck loss in which the Yankees just didn’t giving him enough run support. It seems like Tanaka has to be picture perfect to get a victory and he’s as good as it gets.

The Yankees, who have dropped below the .500 mark, will be facing former Yankee Phil Hughes (8-4,3.58).

Couldn’t Take the Heat in the Bronx?
This appears to happen to many former Yankees; Much is expected of them in New York and they never measure up. Upon leaving New York for another baseball team, they end up flourishing and this is happening to Phil Hughes.

Hughes was the same pitcher that would be up to 100 pitches by the 4th or 5th inning when he was a member of the Yankees and now he’s the pitcher that beat the Yankees at Yankees Stadium.

In tonight’s matchup, Hughes gets to face the slumping Yankees on his home turf but the only issue is that he’ll be facing the best pitcher in baseball in Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka has an innings to strikeout ratio of more than 1 strikeout per inning. He’s also never let up more than 3 runs in any outing this season and has held opponents to a .217 batting average. It’s pretty difficult to be coming off of 2 consecutive losses while allowing just 5 runs in 16 innings.

The Yankees offense will need to step it up as this offense lacks power. Brian McCann picked up his 10th home run on a “Yankee Stadium friendly” home run yesterday, but in mostly any other ball park, it would be a flyout.

Brett Gardner
One source of offense that the Yankees have been able to rely upon has been Brett Gardner. Gardner has knocked Ellsbury out of the leadoff spot and has been a major force with his combination of power and speed.

On the season, Gardner is hitting .288 with 8 HR, 33 RBI, and 15 SB. He’s also coming off of a big 3 for 5 performance in a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay in which he went yard. Could Gardner go yard off of his former teammate? The Yankees will only need to scratch out a few runs for Tanaka.
Pick: Yankees –144 at 5 Dimes

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Texas Rangers (37-47) vs Baltimore Orioles (45-39)

Will the Tides Turn?
I’ve been making some serious coin for the public this entire series as odds makers proceed on making the odds low and I keep siding with the Orioles.

Thanks to superior pitching and hitters like Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz, and Adam Jones, these have been the easiest betting wins all season long. Now things change as strikeout king Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42) takes the mound for Texas. Can the Rangers scratch out a win here as they’re actually favorites in this game?

Adrian Beltre
He recently picked up his 2500th hit and many people might not consider him a candidate, but Adrian Beltre is slowly creeping up on hall of fame status.

Beltre is a consistently hot hitter who has hit safely in his last 6 games. He’s hitting .409 with 1 HR and 6 RBI in the last week and possesses a .335 batting on the season. This guy is an impossible out and Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen could find that out tonight. Pitching is everything and I'm taking Texas as my MLB betting pick in this spot.
Pick: Texas -114 at 5 Dimes

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