Joe C. SBR
18-15 -1.37 Units
Although the Cincinnati Reds game was suspended in a 7-7 tie due to rain, we nailed the New York Mets as an underdog with Zack Wheeler defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Washington Nationals (8-5) at Florida
It’s Strasburg Day!
The gambler doesn’t want to hear that it’s tax day, we’d much rather hear about Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.24) taking the mound because that means bad news for the Miami Marlins.
Although Miami got off to a quick start to the season, it hasn’t lasted and they’re as bad as they’ve been in the past. If Strasburg is “right” he should mow his inferior opponents down on the road.
In Strasburg’s last start, he faced these same Marlins and went 6 2/3 innings while allowing 1 earned run and striking out 12 batters. I see no reason why he shouldn’t dominate Miami again.
Washington has opened up this series, coming off of a 9-2 victory on Monday in which they belted out 16 hits against Marlins pitching. Miami has a respectable offense. With the exception of Jose Fernandez, it’s their pitching that’s holding them back.
The Total Package
Giancarlo Stanton leads the way of 4 Miami hitters who hit .300 or better. On the season, Stanton is dominating, with 4 HR, 16 RBI, and a .305 BA. He’s only hit .267 in the last week, but Stanton has displayed power and is coming off of a 2 for 4 night with an RBI. If there was anyone on the Marlins roster that could touch Strasburg up, it would be Stanton.
Look for Strasburg to be full of confidence for our MLB picks as he’s already destroyed this team once before and is supported with a strong lineup featuring Bryce Harper.
MLB Pick: Washington – 170 at Bet 365
Not the most desirable odds for a road team, but this should be a “slam dunk” for the Nats.
Toronto Blue Jays (7-6) at Minnesota
Opportunity For the Dog
Toronto comes into this game as the better team, featuring the likes of Melky Cabrera (4 HR, 5 RBI, .328 BA), Jose Bautista (5 HR, 9 RBI, .446 OBP %), Adam Lind (.313) and a potentially dangerous hitter in Edwin Encarnacion.
Tonight, the Blue Jays face a very inconsistent pitcher in Phil Hughes (0-0, 7.20). Hughes has done in his last start pretty much what has defined his career in Yankee pinstripes. He pitched 5 innings (over 40 pitches in the 1st inning), got off to a terrible start early in the game, and by the time that the opposing team couldn’t hit him, his pitch count was too high to go any further.
This is a pitcher that can dominate, but has not lived up to his potential. Hughes gets a decent spot at home and the price is right. Look for the inconsistent Hughes to keep Toronto in check as he’s due for a good outing.
Minnesota has won 3 straight games and has a good combination of solid hitting in Jason Kubel (.385 BA), Trevor Plouffe (8 RBI, .326 ABA), all-star Joe Mauer, and the power hitting Brian Dozier (4 HR and 6 RBI). Hughes actually has the edge in starting pitching and Minnesota is the play on Tax Day.
MLB Pick: Minnesota +115 at Bet 365