Thursday's Top MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014 1:11 PM UTC

We’re headed towards the 1st weekend of  the 2014 MLB Season, but there still are plenty of series on Thursday that will be concluding before tomorrow’s matchups begin. See who we like as our best picks of the day.

Joe C. Record

3-4 -2.20 Units

We nailed the total in the Reds game as Wacha and Cingrani were near flawless and the Yankees disappointed us yet again against an inferior Astros club. Do we dare go near that game as the Yankees are in jeopardy of getting swept?


Early Game Alert!
I tend to go for the late games to allow the maximum amount of time for printing, but there’s a limited amount of games and I like the one that’s being played at CitiField.

Washington Nationals (2-0) at New York Mets (0-2)
Zimmerman vs. Wheeler
The New York Mets came out like gangbusters on opening day, but the bullpen let them down and yesterday, Gio Gonzalez stifled their bats. Thus far, pitching in general as had a bearing on the outcome of the 2 games that were played. This afternoon, we look for that theme to remain the same as the Mets send the brilliant Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.42) to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Jordon Zimmerman for the Nats (19-9, 3.25).

You have a top flight pitcher in Zimmerman and the leader of the Mets rotation without Matt Harvey in Zack Wheeler. The weather in the New York metropolitan area is warming up, but this game has the looks of a pitcher’s duel written all over it.

The Nats defeated the Mets 5-1 yesterday thanks to 13 hits and the hitting of Jayson Werth. He looks like a member of a rock and roll group, but believe me, Werth is a fantastic baseball player that has a good a good eye at the plate and makes great contact with the baseball. He’s coming off of a 4 for 5 performance with 1 run scored on Wednesday. The fans are in for a treat at the prospect of a Werth vs. Wheeler matchup. Wheeler is a pitcher with great stuff and is known as a strikeout pitcher.

The total for this game is listed at 7 runs at +110 odds. Look for a low scoring affair.

MLB Pick: Mets/Nationals Under 7 +110 (Buying runs wasn’t an option at 5 Dimes for this game, but if you see the opportunity, you might want to buy a ½ run for security purposes. Just the same, the under looks appealing)


New York Yankees (0-2) at Houston Astros (2-0)
Third Times a Charm
I’m listening to the 2nd game of this series on the radio and what do I hear? 1st batter up for the “Stros” and the score is immediately 1-0. Hiroki Kuroda eventually settled down and I expect the new New Yankees members to start “settling down”. Thus far, they haven’t done so, but this team is too good to get swept by a bottom-feeder that lost 111 games last season.

It all starts at the top of the lineup and although Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t been able to get a hit, he finally managed to swipe a bag and it was during a crucial part of the game, but New York couldn’t cash in. Carlos Beltran managed to get a clean double, and I’m going to run with this team one more time as Ivan Nova gets the start.


Super Nova?
If you look at Nova’s overall record in the majors, you would say that he’s a very good pitcher. The only issue with Nova is consistency. He can either pitch a 1-hitter or get knocked around for 5 runs in the 1st inning.

With hot hitters like Jose Altuve facing him, he needs to bring his “A game” and that’s just what you’ll see tonight. It’s too early in the season for the Yankees to expend too much energy with their bullpen and look for Nova to come out strong in Texas.

Win or lose, odds makers always give the Yankees respect and in this case, it’s a bad thing, but the Yankees are the pick as they look to avoid the sweep to the Houston Astros.

MLB Pick: New York Yankees -138 at 5 Dimes


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