Thursday's Top MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:17 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 29, 2014 1:17 PM UTC

After another 3-0 MLB day, the momentum is starting to swing back in my direction with my betting picks and with the June coming up, it couldn’t happen at a better time. Stand by for today’s picks.

Joe C. SBR: 65-77 -33.78 Units
We made some gutsy moves with taking an under 6 in the Mariners/Angels game and picked the White Sox with Hector Noesi as the starter and it all payed off.  We’ve won 8 out of our last 10 games .Time to keep the ball rolling!

Take It Easy!
There are 10 games on today’s MLB slate, but nothing stands out and I certainly want to pick my spots. I must admit, I don’t love today’s slate, but let’s see if we can find the edge in a couple of these matchups.

Pittsburgh Pirates (23-29) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (29-25)
West Coast Swing
After facing the Mets at CitiField and losing the rubber match, the Pirates travel to Los Angeles and this is a quick and long turn in just 24 hours. Of course, players are used to the travel, but the Pirates can’t be 100 % in such a short period of time. Let’s remember, the Mets could’ve swept the Bucs if it wasn’t for the poor pitching of reliever Jose Valverde. Yesterday, 41 year old Bartolo Colon made easy work of Pittsburgh. How will Pittsburgh do as they face an explosive offensive team in the Dodgers? 

Yasiel Puig, The Best Player In Baseball
A lot of people are going to say Mike Trout, but after another home run yesterday, I’ve seen all that I need to see. Puig is a massive man in stature that can field and throw with the best of them and can tear the cover off of the baseball.

On the season, Puig has 11 HR, 39 RBI, .344 BA, and a .442 OBP%. This guy is simply the best and he’s surrounded by talent in Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon, and Matt Kemp. It was said that Puig had to deal with sharks to get to the United States. Well, we see who the winner was…. 

The only disadvantage in taking the Dodgers today is a Cole vs. Haren pitching matchup; I’m not a fan of Dan Haren, but the odds and the Dodgers hitting are on point. Take L.A.

MLB Pick: Dodgers -108 at 5 Dimes


New York Mets (24-28) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (23-27)
New York Swag
As I stated, I watched the Mets-Pirates series closely and after the Mets changed hitting coaches, they seemed to pick up a bit of confidence. Even David Wright went deep at CitiField yesterday.

Daniel Murphy
He might never be in the class of a superstar, but 2nd basemen, Daniel Murphy, is a very smart hitter and it’s showing this year in his production. Murphy, who is hitting .313 on the season, has arguably been the best player on the Mets. He can field, is good where directional hitting is concerned, and is fairly clutch. I like the swag that Murph is bringing into this series against the Mets hated rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The Mets pitching leaves a lot to be desired, especially in the bullpen. Tonight’s starter, Zack Wheeler, has all of the tools to be a great number 2 man in the pitching rotation, but hasn’t shown it thus far this season. This season, Wheeler is 1-5 with a 4.63 ERA. He’s only shown that he can be a 6 inning pitcher and his inconsistency has hurt the Mets. I like his raw skills and just like I took Hector Noesi yesterday, I’m picking Zack Wheeler today. The Mets have gained a lot of confidence in the Pirates series and are a good underdog bet.

MLB Pick: Mets +101 at 5 Dimes


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