Joe C-2014 Record
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The MLB season is a grind. We’re going to win some and lose some, but stick with me and you’ll end up in the green come season’s end. The MLB season is a 162 game grind which there is like no other.
New York Yankees (0-0) at Houston
The last time the Yankees were in Houston was Andy Pettitte’s farewell game in front of his hometown fans as he beat up on the Astros. This time, C.C. Sabathia takes the ball after a somewhat lackluster season last year.
A New Look C.C.?
It’s been reported that Sabathia has lost a great deal of weight and that tells us that the player wants to win. In Sabathia’s case, we have a naturally big man with talent that we already knew that wanted to win.
The new look Yanks with the likes of Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, and Jacoby Ellsbury square off against Jose Altuve and an Astros team that are looking to avoid another 100 loss season. What makes this season even more special is that it will be Derek Jeter’s last season as a player. Look for New York to have a big year.
The Difference Maker?
Carlos Beltran had some big years with St. Louis and is now trying to make an impact with the Yankees as he heads towards the end of his prime.
Beltran returns to face his old team in which he had one of the best post-seasons in baseball history and will look to make the Yankees an instant contender. Carlos is coming off of a respectable 24 HR, 84 RBI, .296 season. He need’s 42 homers for 400 and expect him to reach that milestone next season. Beltran isn’t about the statistics, he’s about big hits and above average defensive play. Look for the Yanks to come into this game strong with Sabathia taking the rubber.
From being a fantasy league enthusiast, I gained a lot of respect for some of the players on the Astros offense. This is a team with great depth in including the likes of Altuve, Carter, Dominguez, Corporan, Hoes, and Jason Castro as catcher. Castro is actually an up and comer, hitting 18 HR, 56 RBI, and .276 from behind the plate last season in under 500 at-bats. Expect major improvement out of Castro this season.
This game comes down to the pitching and although Scott Feldman is capable of beating any team and is at home, he sure seems to be well-traveled. Take the better team which is the Yankees with a hungry C.C. Sabathia taking the mound.
MLB Pick: New York Yankees -140 at 5 Dimes
San Francisco Giants (1-0) at Arizona
I like to beat up on the really bad teams and although the Diamondbacks are basically a .500 team with lousy pitching due to injury, they’ve started the season off really poorly.
With Matt Cain starting for the Giants and San Francisco coming back from a 6 -2 deficit to beat the D’Backs 9-8 last night, you have to like the Giants at almost even odds on the road.
The Giants have to feel good about their offense after the 1st game of the season as their top 5 hitters all contributed with at least 1 RBI and Buster Posey is off to a good start this season.
The Giants have the edge in pitching with Cain and Wade Miley had a poor showing in Australia, but Miley is a much more formidable pitcher than Brandon McCarthy, who pitched last night. Miley has a 3.56 ERA in 54 career decisions.
A player that Paul Goldschmidt will learn to appreciate in giving him some assistance offensively is former Angel, Mark Trumbo. Trumbo can be a big-time hitter if he’s one of the lead bats on a team.
Yesterday, he had a big game, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 hits as the D’Backs belted out 16 hits. Look for Trumbo to have a big season this year in Arizona.
Good pitching wins games and I’m going to stick with the better pitcher in Matt Cain. Aside from Cain, getting the Giants at these attractive odds against a winless D’Backs team is too attractive to pass up. Take S.F. and lay the juice for your baseball picks.
MLB Pick: San Francisco -106 at 5 Dimes