Two Solid Favorites Are The Best MLB Picks Of The Day

Joe Catalano

Friday, June 10, 2016 1:43 PM UTC

Friday, Jun. 10, 2016 1:43 PM UTC

The aces hit the mound this "powerful" Friday as there's a ton of big-time matchups with productive offenses and a handful of top pitchers headed by Kershaw. See our MLB Picks of the Day.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

Clayton Kershaw vs. Johnny Cueto
It doesn't get any better than this as the best pitcher in the last decade in the MLB in Clayton Kershaw (8-1, 1.46 ERA) takes on a revitalized Johnny Cueto (9-1, 2.16 ERA) and the National League West Division leading San Francisco Giants (36-25). This is a huge game as the Giants hold a 4 game lead over the Dodgers and this game holds a 2 game swing to go along with it. What better way for the Dodgers to cut into a divisional lead than with the best pitcher in baseball and Kershaw can also be considered one of the best pitchers in baseball history at his current age.


How Good Is Clayton Kershaw?
Kershaw is so good that a pitcher who's back at ace status in the National League in Johnny Cueto, has won 9 out of 10 decisions this season, is playing at home, and is still a betting underdog as the Dodgers are a -157 betting favorite. These pitchers are pitching so well that the betting total for the game is listed as a measley 5.5 runs. I don't ever remember a lower total.

Clayton Kershaw got a bit of a break as the Dodgers played the lowly Atlanta Braves in their last game and he went just 6 innings. 6 innngs was enough as Kershaw allowed just 3 hits in 96 pitches. He wasn't overpowering with just 4 strikeouts, but even during just an average to slightly above average pitching performance, Kershaw just shuts a team down.

Thus far this season, opposing hitters have hit a mere.168 BA off of Kershaw. He's providing Bob Gibson-like numbers that he's so dominant and I don't expect his excellence to end in this game as the Giants don't possess an overpowering offense. Buster Posey is a shell of what he was last season in which might have been the best year of his career.

Where Johnny Cueto is concerned, I've mentioned this several times and came up on the winning edge when backing him. He's a National League pitcher that doesn't want to deal with the heavy hitting in the American League. Proof in point; Cueto was the go to guy on the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff and he decided to go to the American League with the K.C. Royals. He won a World Series, but was average at best. Going to the Giants might lead him back on the trail to the Hall of Fame. That said, this is a tale of two weak offenses and I'm not about to fade Clayton Kershaw.

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Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -157
Best Line Offered: at Heritage


New York Mets vs. Milwaukee Brewers

The Old Matt Harvey Returns
Let's remember, this was a pitcher that was starting the MLB All Star Game a few years ago until he needed Tommy John Surgery. In his last 2 games, Harvey has pitched a total of 14 innnings and allowed a total of 1 earned run. Unfortunately for Matt Harvey in his last start, the Mets do what they usually do and that's provide Harvey with little to no run support. With key offensive players being injured, this will even be more of a test for the New London, Connecticut native.

If Harvey pitches well, manager, Terry Collins will keep a close eye on Harvey so he won't lose his confidence and if therhe e any signs of trouble, he'll get the hook. Harvey is 4-8 with a 4.95 ERA, but for his career, hepossesses a 2.86 ERA. He's still as stud and MLB odds makers won't give him respect until he continues to pitch well over the long haul.

A good sign for Harvey and New York is that they're coming off of 2 consecutive victories and beat this Milwaukee Brewers club yesterday by a score of 5-2.

While Michael Conforto (.241 BA) is marred in a slump, Curtis Granderson had a huge game on Thursday as he was 2 for 4 with 1 HR and 2 RBI. I expect Grandy to come on strong starting now. He's not the type of leadoff hitter that will hit for average, but the Mets could be leading 1-0 after the first pitch of the game as Granderson possesses a lot of "pull power". Yoenis Cespedes is also starting to hit the ball again and if he doesn't hit, the Mets will go nowhere where the post-season is concerned. Cespedes is hitting .318 in his last 22 at-bats. The Mets don't need to worry about his power as it will eventually take care of itself. Can Matt Harvey get that much elusive run support is the question? We will find out tonight.


Keep An Eye On the Runner!
We know what we'll see from Ryan Braun (9 HR, 33 RBI, .321 BA) and Jonathan Lucroy (9 HR, 28 RBI, .304 BA), but Jonathan Villar is the wild-card that sets the tone for the Brew Crew offense. Thus far this season, Villar is hitting an even .300 with some pop and 22 SB's. I expect him to keep playing well. Milwaukee's pitchng has always been the problem for years and continues to be the problem. Take the Amazin's to make it 3 striaght wins.

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Free MLB Pick: New York Mets -116 (2 Unit Play)
Best Line Offered: at YouWager

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