Tuesday's MLB Picks of the Day 7/08

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 1:56 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 8, 2014 1:56 PM GMT

Folks, get out the fire extinguishers because we are scorching hot! We’re 13-4 in the month of July and 27 games over .500 in the last 40 days. Let’s get to Tuesday’s MLB betting picks before we cool off!

Joe C. Record
122-113 -20.81 Units

When you’re hot, you ride the hot streak. My gut says to stick with the one unit plays unless we see something really good and we’ll increase it while staying away from the run-lines.


New York Yankees (45-43) vs. Cleveland Indians (43-45)

Made In Japan
We get the matchup we want and at the right time. The Yankees offense is finally starting to hit the baseball and superstar Masahiro Tanaka (12-3, 2.27) takes the mound in a complete mismatch against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer (2-4, 4.42).

The only problem is that Tanaka might be getting a bit tired. In his last start, he allowed 4 runs for the first time in a start. Cleveland can also tear the cover off of the ball with hitters such as Lonnie Chisenhall. That said, I have a feeling that this is going to be a similar performance to an earlier start that Tanaka had against Seattle in which he made the opposing team look like little-leaguers.

Tanaka has a tendency to give up an early run or two. If he can avoid that scenario, the Yankees will be looking good as Tanaka can go deep into games while Trevor Bauer is a 5 to 6 inning pitcher.

New York’s offense has lacked power and that’s been the problem all season long. In their last 2 games, they’ve managed 26 hits. Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, and Ichiro Suzuki all managed 3 hits apiece in last night’s game as Shane Greene notched his first win in the majors. Greene had no trouble handling the Cleveland offense and Tanaka should shut them down.

Pick: New York -153 at 5 Dimes- 2 Unit Play (Not the kind of odds that I want, double the stakes and triple a possible loss, but this is a good time to take a chance)

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Toronto Blue Jays (47-44) vs. Los Angeles Angels (52-36)

Contenders?
I took the Angels as one of my betting picks yesterday and it almost came back to bite me as Jered Weaver had to leave the game early with a back injury. It simply didn’t matter as this Angels team is playing out of this world.

Los Angeles has won 5 straight games and 8 out of their last 10 games while the Jays have lost 5 straight and 8 out of their last 10 games. Without Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup, Toronto isn’t the same team.


R.A. Dickey
Dickey gets the start against the Halos and this can be a good thing for Toronto as the knuckleball is fairly difficult to hit, and it can also be a bad thing. If the opposing team is having success against the knuckleball pitcher, they can run away with the game. R.A. Dickey (6-8, 4.10) is fairly unpredictable. He had a 20 win season with the Mets a couple of seasons ago and has been nothing better than a .500 pitcher with Toronto. He has moments where he can revert back to his days with the Mets and that’s the one and only thing that worries me.

Leadoff man Jose Reyes doesn’t worry me as he’s having a disastrous season, while L.A.’s leadoff hitter, Kole Calhoun has been on fire as of late.

Calhoun has finally reached .300 and what makes the Angels so deadly is that they have possibly the best player in the game following Calhoun in the lineup in Mike Trout, and then Pujols and Hamilton protecting Trout.


Howie Kendrick
Another player that Dickey will have to worry about is Howie Kendrick. Kendrick is coming off of a 3 hit game and is hitting .467 in the month of July. Confidence is key to success and Kendrick is oozing with confidence.

We don’t need to go any further, you see where this is leading up to.
Pick: Los Angeles -150 at 5 Dimes

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