Joe C. Record
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Tampa Bay Rays (16-23) vs. Seattle Mariners (20-18)
The Mariners are coming off of a huge offensive output in a 12-5 victory over the Rays with Felix Hernandez starting and now they have another top-flight pitcher starting tonight as Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 2.45) makes his 3rd start of the season. In his last start, Iwakuma, held the Kansas City Royals to a mere 4 hits in 8 innings pitched with 7 strikeouts while using pinpoint control.
Currently, the Tampa Bat Rays reside in a place that they’re not used to in the basement of the American League East Division. The Rays have lost 2 straight games and have won just 3 out of their last 10.
While it’s still a question whether Tampa moves up the division, their defense and pitching has failed them thus far. The Rays are coming off of a game in which they committed 4 errors and usually reliable pitchers such as David Price and Chris Archer, have gotten off to a poor start this season.
This is a team led by James Loney (1 HR, 22 RBI,.319 BA) and Evan Longoria (4 HR, 21 RBI, .376 OBP%) that doesn’t lack offense. The Rays have 8 players with 3 home runs or more and compare quite favorably to the rest of the teams in the major leagues in most offensive statistical categories.
David Price (3-3, 4.53) must get back on track tonight for the Rays to have a chance in this game. This is one of the better pitchers in the American League over the last couple of seasons.
Although Price scares me a bit, he’s been less than intimidating this season and the Mariners have simply been the better ball club for our MLB picks.
MLB Pick: Seattle -107 at 5 Dimes
New York Mets (18-19) vs. New York
Round 1 Goes To the Mets
The Yankees are always a team that I don’t like to fade, but I’m coming to the realization that this isn’t the same ball club as they were in previous years. The Yankees got off to a quick start last night with a Brett Gardner grand slam and the Mets still managed to come back and win the game 9-7. I wonder if the Mets home ball park was Yankee Stadium, would they be a home run hitting team?
A Hitter’s Ball Park
Yankee Stadium is indeed a hitter’s ball park as Eric Young Jr. picked up his 1st home run of the season, Curtis Granderson managed to homer in his return to the stadium and Chris Young and Travis D’Arnaud both managed to go yard. In all, the Mets outhomered the Yankees 4-1.
Tonight, the Mets are the underdogs and have the pitching advantage with the raw talent of Zack Wheeler (1-3, 3.89). Wheeler is a tough strikeout pitcher that’s coming off of a 6 inning performance against the Marlins in which he allowed just 2 hits and 7 strikeouts.
Look for this to be a low scoring game with Wheeler leading the way for the Mets against an inconsistent Yankees offense.
MLB Pick: Mets +118 at 5 Dimes
Good luck, everyone!