Joe C. Record
18-17 -4.07 Units
Yesterday was a total disappointment as Stephen Strasburg got beaten up by the Marlins and while Phil Hughes pitched a good game for Minnesota, the bullpen totally “spit the bit” and enough said; let’s move on to Wednesday.
Seattle Mariners (7-6) at Texas
Hernandez vs. Darvish
Texas took yesterday’s game at home as they used the long ball as their key method to victory. Today won’t be as easy as “King Felix” Hernandez (3-0, 2.11) takes over Texas as he faces strikeout machine, Yu Darvish (1-0, 0.00), in what should be a pitcher’s duel.
One thing definitely noticeable this season is that opposing pitchers don’t seem to feel threatened by Robinson Cano like they did when he was with the Yankees.
Part of what separates Cano from other 2nd baseman is his ability to mash the baseball. He’s 50 at-bats into the 2014 MLB season and Robbie has yet to hit a home run. Even though he lead’s the Mariners with a .320 batting average, the Yankees might not feel so bad that Cano left for “greener” pastures.
Darvish definitely won’t feel threatened by the lineup that Seattle puts out today. The Mariners haven’t been consistently hitting for average and Darvish won’t make it an easier.
Believe it or not, Felix Hernandez might need to use some caution when facing the right-handed hitter. Kouzmanoff has started off the season on fire with a current 6 game hitting streak and is hitting 9 for 20 on the season with 1 HR and 5 RBI’s. That home run came in yesterday’s game and never underestimate what the power of momentum can do for an individual.
I actually thought that the total would be under 7 runs and this is even more appealing as you can find it at 7 runs at Bet 365 Sportsbook.
MLB Pick: Seattle/Texas Under 7 -120 at Bet 365
Washington Nationals (8-6) at Miami
Jose Fernandez Time
I’m going to ride the backs of each team’s aces as we need a winning day today and relying on the best pitching that the MLB has to offer is a much better way to go.
Washington could be reeling after a lousy outing by Stephen Strasburg and a poor offensive showing yesterday and they’ll have to be at their best to beat ace Jose Fernandez (2-1, 3.78) of the Marlins.
With that said, Fernandez is coming off of a rare poor showing in which he allowed 6 runs and 8 hits in 4 innings in a loss at Philadelphia. The home field advantage does help, but Fernandez needs to be better as he’ll be facing guys like Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, and Bryce Harper.
Former reliever, Tanner Roark (1-0, 5.91) will also need to be his best. Giancarlo Stanton is tearing the cover off of the baseball. The Marlins superstar is coming off of a game in which he hit a home run with 5 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. Stanton has raised his batting average up to .317 to go along with his 5 home runs and 21 runs batted on the season and is clearly one of the best hitters in baseball.
Let’s roll with Miami for our MLB picks, Fernandez, and Stanton against the pesky Nats.
MLB Pick: Miami -132 at Bet 365
Chicago Cubs (4-8) at New York Yankees (7-6)
The Yankees have really found something in starter Michael Pineda (1-1,1.50). Pineda is coming off of an impressive 6 inning performance against Boston in which he could barely be touched. If he could barely be touched by the defending champions, he should be just as good against the lowly Cubbies.
I still haven’t touched a run-line (which I’ll do soon, but not yet). Lay the heavy juice as the Yankees should beat up on Chicago.
MLB Pick: Yankees -170 at Bet 365