Tuesday's MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:33 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014 1:33 PM UTC

With scorching hot temperatures on the East Coast, we could see the baseball carry a lot farther tonight. Let’s see how this will affect us when placing our betting picks for Tuesday.

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Toronto Blue Jays (41-30) at New York Yankees (35-33)
All Over Tanaka
Everyone who reads my articles should know by now that when Masahiro Tanaka (10-1, 2.02) pitches, I side with the Yankees. Thus far, it’s led to many wins as Tanaka is hands down the best pitcher in the major leagues.

In his last start, Tanaka had Seattle hitters guessing as he pitched a full game, allowing 2 runs and 6 hits while striking out 11 batters.

The final score wasn’t indicative of Tanaka’s dominance as Robinson Cano managed to hit a meaningless 9th inning home run and spoiled the shutout. Tanaka and the Yankees are a big favorite in this game, but not as big as I thought that they would be at home as they’re a -167 betting favorite. Even though they’re playing the division leading Toronto Blue Jays, I figured that they would be closer to -200.

In 12 starts this season, Tanaka hasn’t let up more than 3 runs in any outing.

The Blue Jays send out Marcus Stroman (3-1, 5.18) and ever since Stroman has become a starter, he’s provided quality innings for the Jays. That said, he’s only been able to hold opposing batters to a .327 batting average collectively.

Heat could play a factor in this game as the temperature will be near 90 degrees fahrenheit. We could see the ball carrying a lot farther at a “hitter friendly” Yankee Stadium more than usual.

With the quartet of Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Adam Melky Cabrera in the beginning of the Jays batting order, this could be a test for Tanaka.
Pick: Yankees -167 at 5 Dimes

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Colorado Rockies (34-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (38-34)
Greinke Goes In For the Kill
I had a tough time getting off of the Kansas City Royals game as the Royals are on fire lately, but with Zack Greinke pitching at home for a talented Dodgers team, I had to stick with the pitcher that I knew would deliver.

Greinke has allowed 9 runs in his last 3 starts and for him, that’s considered a slump. He faces a Rockies team who benefits from Coors Field, but is usually lost when they‘re in enemy territory.

Have you ever seen the split stats of Troy Tulowitzki when playing at home and on the road are concerned? He can’t be considered anywhere near the elite players in baseball such as Miguel Cabrera because he’s ineffective on the road.

The Dodgers are coming off of a 6-1 win over the Rockies in which they belted out 15 hits. Leadoff man, Dee Gordon is a fiend on the basepath, but has a problem getting on base. Last night, this wasn’t the case as Gordon went a perfect 4 for 4. Gordon sets the tone for this talented Dodgers offense and if he can continue to contribute, this could spell trouble for the Rockies.

Yasiel Puig
When you think of a complete baseball player, a few players come to mind. One of those players is Yasiel Puig. Puig has it all. He has size, power, great fielding ability and the best arm in the game. Last night was just another day for Puig at the office as he went 3 for 5 to raise his average to .325 with an .417 on-base percentage.

Opposing pitchers fear him because this guy is loaded with talented and imposing. He’s so imposing that the Dodgers are having difficulties fitting Matt Kemp into the outfield.

Look for Zack Greinke to pitch a gem as the Dodgers beat up on the Colorado Rockies.
Pick: Dodgers -169 at 5 Dimes 

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