Tuesday's MLB Picks of the Day 6/24

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 1:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 1:41 PM UTC

With a full slate of baseball games there are plenty of games to choose from. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound after his perfect game. Is this something to take into consideration when placing our bets?

Joe C. Record
100-103 -31.73 Units

Los Angeles Dodgers (42-36) vs. Kansas City Royals (40-36)
Kershawmania Takes Over the State of Missouri
Maybe I’m overdoing it a tad, but there’s no mistaking the fact that Clayton Kershaw is coming off of a no hitter against the hard-hitting Colorado Rockies.

This just wasn’t any no-hitter, this was the greatest no-hitter in the history of Major League Baseball as he struck out 15 batters and didn’t allow a walk. The MLB should really consider this a perfect game. It wasn’t Kershaw’s fault that Hanley Ramirez committed an error in the 7th inning. I definitely don’t like that rule.

The Dodgers are facing a tough Kansas City Royals team. The Royals embarrassed the great Zack Greinke last night as they had 5 runs off of 11 hits in just 5 2/3 innings off of Greinke. You hardly ever see that happen. Will Kershaw be K.C.’s next victim?

A Collective Team Effort
The Royals consist of a bunch of gamers. You won’t see any superstar on their roster. Any player can have a big game at any time, but not on a consistent basis.

One player to look at is former all-star Billy Butler. The power numbers aren’t there for Butler, but he’s starting to make great contact with the baseball after slumping for the first two months of the season.

Butler is hitting .342 in the month of June. Another player to look at for the Royals is Lorenzo Cain. Cain is another player who lacks the power, but can reach base safely often. He leads the Royals in hitting with a .314 batting average in 188 at-bats. Cain also hit well off of Greinke, but Kershaw is an entirely different beast.

Let’s not beat around the bush. The Dodgers record might not be what it should be, but they’re a far superior offensive team with a great leadoff hitter in Dee Gordon and possess a bunch of bats that can back him up and and they have the best starting pitcher in baseball starting tonight, coming off of a no-hitter. Because he’s on the road, the odds are extra-desirable. I love L.A. in this spot.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles -143 at 5 Dimes – 2 UNIT PLAY

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St. Louis Cardinals (42-35) vs. Colorado Rockies (34-42)
Are We Looking At Another Over the Total?
You have Shelby Miller (7-6, 3.56) taking the mound after a “rocky outing” in which he allowed 4 runs and 7 hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Cards face Jorge De La Rosa (6-6, 4.75).

In his last start, De La Rosa was rocked by the Dodgers for 7 runs on 6 hits and 5 walks in just 3 1/3 innings pitched. Lance Lynn proved last night, that a team can be shut down at Coors Field as the Cardinals defeated the Rockies 8-0 as Colorado was held to just 3 hits. Which way (total-wise) will this game go as it’s listed at 10.5?

Matt Adams
I want to say fade the over, but not the way that Matt Adams is hitting. Adams is coming off of a 3 for 5 performance in which he had 2 home runs and 6 runs batted in. Adams has been a hitting machine in the month of June as he’s hitting .342 with 5 HR and 14 RBI. The Rockies are a poor overall club and the Cardinals offensive numbers aren’t what they should be, but both of these teams have enough ammunition to make tonight’s game go over the total and that’s how we’re playing it.

MLB Pick: Colorado/St. Louis Over 10.5 at 5 Dimes

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