MLB Pick of the Day Record: 49-46-1 -312 units
GAME: Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 20 – 4:05 PM EST
WHERE: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
PITCHING MATCHUP: BAL - Kevin Gausman (R) vs OAK - Sonny Gray (R)
LATEST ODDS: Oakland -160 Total 7.5
One of the reasons why the Athletics are the best team in baseball is their base stealing. The Oakland Athletics are 54 for 66 which correlates to 81.8% in stolen base attempts, which is the 2nd best percentage in the majors (Washington Nationals 84.5%). Oakland’s opponents have been successful in 53 of their 63 (84.1%) attempts, which is third highest in Major League Baseball. Another reason is their pitching. Oakland’s staff has only have allowed 1 run or fewer in 8 of the last 11 games and are 7 and 3 with a 1.47 earn run average equating 12 earn runs in 73.1 frames over that period of time.
In the last 33 games since June 9th, the Baltimore Oriole’s rotation has recorded a 3.18 earn run average and that is 198.0 inning pitched which equates to 70 earn runs, slicing a half of a run off the starter’s earn run average and lowering it from 4.61 to 4.09 for the season.
Pick: Oakland -160 Under 7.5
GAME: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 20 – 8:05 PM EST
WHERE: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
PITCHING Matchup: LA - Clayton Kershaw (L) vs STL - Carlos Martinez (R)
LATEST ODDS: Los Angeles -175 Total 6.5
Los Angeles won 3 out of 4 from St. Louis at Dodger Stadium at the end of June, outscoring the Cardinals, 17 to 4. There are 3 players who have good history here. Carl Crawford (.452, 14-for-31, five runs battered in, 7 runs scored), Yasiel Puig (.400, 6-for-15, four walks) and Adrian Gonzalez and he has a .338 average in 22 games is tied for the 6th highest batting average at new Busch Stadium all-time (minimum 80 plate attempts).
The Cardinals’ run production has risen quite a bit in recent games and the Cardinals are 5-1 in Martinezs last 6 starts. Can St. Louis sweep? You bet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pick: St. Louis +165 Under 6.5