Wednesday's Worthwhile MLB Picks of the Day 07/23

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:42 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 1:42 PM GMT

We can pick and choose as there are all day matchups on Wednesday’s MLB slate of games. Today is filled with well-balanced games and plenty of opportunities to make a profit.

Joe C. Record
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Texas Rangers (40-60) vs. New York Yankees (51-48)
New York Welcomes Chase Headley
I’m sure all of the local New York newspapers have a picture of newly acquired Chase Headley’s RBI single in the 14th inning that cracked a 1-1 tied of yesterday’s New York vs. Texas game as neither team could get anything going offensively.

Each respective bullpen was used up and both teams will be relying on their starters to go deep into tonight’s game.

Texas is actually the betting favorite as the great Yu Darvish (9-5, 2.88) takes the mound and is opposed by a battler by the name of David Phelps (4-4, 3.87).

The question is “Will Headley’s heroics on Tuesday give the Yankees enough confidence on Hump Day to defeat the Japanese strikeout machine known as Yu Darvish?”

In his last 3 starts, Darvish has proven that he hasn’t been able to go deep into games as he’s pitched a total of 17 2/3 innings while allowing 11 runs and striking out 26 batters. Point being, if David Phelps and the Yankees offense are on their game, Darvish is beatable.

Take a Look at Wednesday's MLB Pitching Report!

Jacoby Ellsbury
Jacoby Ellsbury is finally showing why the Yankees signed him to a long-term contract. Ellsbury has been mediocre, for his standards, for most of the year, but has started to gain a little power and has been able to get on base lately. Ellsbury is 10 for his last 21 at-bats with 2 HR and 5 RBI. On the season, Ellsbury has 8 HR, 47 RBI, .293 BA, and 27 SB. While Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran have proven to be poor acquisitions thus far, the Yankees are benefiting from the play of Ellsbury.

Phelps has been pitching well as of late. Look for this to be a pitcher’s duel. We haven’t been seeing much offense in this series.

MLB Pick: Yankees/Rangers Under 7.5 at 5 Dimes

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San Diego Padres (43-56) vs. Chicago Cubs (41-57)
The Future of Baseball?
I make fun of the Chicago Cubs a lot, but one player to be taken serious is Cubs 1st baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Rizzo is starting to emerge as one of the major talents in Major League Baseball. The lowly Cubbies actually have something to look forward to if they keep this 6 foot 3, 240 pound beast in Chicago.

Rizzo is coming off of a two home run game in a 6-0 victory over the Padres last night to raise his seasonal totals to 25 HR, 55 RBI, and a .283 BA.

For the month of July, Rizzo has 8 HR, 11 RBI and is batting over .300; the Padres could only dream of a player like this. Now, San Diego is even weaker as they traded away a player in Chase Headley who was once a 30 HR, 100 RBI guy.

 

Kennedy vs. Wada
The Padres have a slight edge in this game due to the starting pitching matchup as Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62) starts against a pitcher for Chicago in Tsuyoshi Wada, who has only 1 start in his Major League Career. In that start, Wada went 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 5 hits. I don’t expect him to go deep into this game, but Kennedy isn’t the world-beater that he was for the Diamondbacks when he won 20 games in a season.

Ian Kennedy doesn’t scare me; especially the way that Chicago handled a weak hitting Padres team yesterday with the emergence of Anthony Rizzo. Take the Cubs as a slight betting favorite at home tonight.

MLB Pick: Chicago -109 at 5 Dimes

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