MLB Betting Picks and Predictions TV Show Week Ending 4-27-2014

April 23, 2014

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After about 20 games we see a lot of teams bunched up. Milwaukee has the best record in baseball at 15-5. Arizona has the worst record at 5-17.

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Notable Mid-week series.
Yankees at Red Sox: New York starting pitching behind Tanaka, Kuroda and the bullpen has eleveated the team to first place. CC is coming off a good start at Tampa Bay last weekend. They lose Ivan Nova to Tommy John surgery.
New York’s everyday players Jacoby Elsbury, Solarte and Ichiro all hitting over .300.
Boston has been slow out of the gates at 9-11 and in last place in the east. Jon Lester’s contract talks are going nowhere. Team is hitting just .238 and averaging 3.8 runs per game ranking 23rd in all of baseball.
Lester an Peavy have been OK. Lackey and Doubront have ERA’s in the 5’s.
Reds at Pirates: Cincinnati near the bottom of the NL Central at 8-11. Starting pitching has been good behind Alfredo Simon, Johnny Cueto, Tony Cingrani and Mike Leake.
Pittsburgh is 9-11 as we tape. Team has struggled at the plate with a team batting average of .238. Cold weather games impacting offensive performance?
Rangers at Athletics: Oakland leads the AL West at 13-6. Fundamentality sound club. Second in the league in Team ERA at 2.55 and WHIP at 1.11 as a staff. On offense they are six in runs scored per game at 4.74.
Rangers in contention early at 12-8. Offensively led by Alex Rios, Martn and Choo all over .300. Good production from starters Yu Darvish, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross.
Notable weekend series:
Angels at Yankees: Angles are in a mid-week series with Nationals and took Game 1 with a good pitching performance. Team is 9-10 as we film and four games behind Oakland. The Angels are producing 5.32 runs per game ranking fourth best in the league. Number one team in homers at 29 this season. Pujols has six home runs this season. Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and CJ Wilson have been solid. Hector Satiago despite a 0-3 record has an ERA of 3.68 in four starts. The concern is for Jared Weaver and the Angels bullpen.
Red Sox at Blue Jays: Toronto is a game behind the Yankees at 11-8 in the standings and in second place in the AL East as we tape. This is a team that is on your radar. Veteran Mark Buehrle is out to the 4-0 start and has an ERA of just 0.64 in his four starts. At first glance at the numbers you aren’t too impressed with Toronto. The numbers are a big skewed because when the Blue Jays lose they really lose badly by giving up tons six or greater runs.
Reds at Braves: Despite early season injuries to the pitching staff the Atlanta Braves are sitting in first place in the NL East. Are they possibly the benefactor of a weak division? Atlanta is number one this season in Team ERA at 2.32.
Pirates at Cardinals: Cardinals sit four games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers at 11-9. Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly and Adam Wainwright all have ERA’s under two in their four starts. Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn have ERA’s around 3 ½. St Louis only produces 3.7 runs per game ranking 24th.
Rockies at Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw looks to have a start in the minors on Friday and should return to the rotation in early May. Other than Greinke and Ryu the Dodgers starters are having problems going deep into games and wearing out their bullpen. As we tape LA is 12-8 and holds a one game lead over San Francisco.

Colorado is over .500 at 11-10 and 1 ½ games behind the Dodgers and have won four of their past five games. The Rockies are hitting. The Rockies pitching staff is doing a great job of limiting base runners with a Team WHIP of just 1.24 and ranking 11th in the league. Jordan Lyles and Juan Nicasio have pitched well. Their starting pitching has been decent. Jorge De La Rosa in five starts has an ERA over 6.
Indians at Giants: The Giants sit one game behind the LA Dodgers in the west at 11-9. After a hot start the bats have cooled. They have played a lot of games on the California coast and looks like they were a victim of the Marine Layer we find in San Diego, San Francisco and LA this time of the year.
Cleveland is in the basement of the AL Central at 9-10 but only 1 ½ games behind first place Detroit. They have been in a lot of cold weather games. Their pitching staff is giving up too many base runners as they have a WHIP of 1.44 and allow 4.11 runs per game. Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar have three starts each and their ERA’s are over 7.
Rangers at Mariners: We see a lot of low scoring games in Seattle as the Marine layer this time of the year impacts offense as the ball doesn’t carry. Seattle has hit a major slump losing seven straight and nine of ten as they entered into play on Tuesday. They are not hitting. Seattle has averaged two runs or fewer in three straight and seven of their past ten games. The team is 7-12 and near the cellar of the AL West after a promising start. The team is 28th and third to last in team batting hitting just .224.

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