JD’s Pick & Methodology
Took a personal day yesterday to drown out my sorrows, because every-time I begin to gain momentum, I lose a few games and get right back into the red. It’s frustrating. As a general rule of thumb, I prefer to see the first game of series and see what happens because it gives me a better idea of what I want to do. Let’s get a little crazy today and shoot for the moon. I’m parlaying both New York teams today, the Mets and Yankees.
The Yankees are in the midst of a dominating spell against the Twins, rolling off 18 of 23 at Target Field. No team seems to be as streaky as The Bronx Bombers, rattling off 4 or 5 wins at a time with ease and then giving it right back with a streak of losses. Michael Pineda has pitched well of late, with a 2.89 ERA (Earned Run Average) over his last three starts. With the depth and talent at the back end of the Yankees’ bullpen, the Bombers just have to keep it close. Pretty dominating.
The New York Mets face rookie starting pitcher Aaron Blair, who hasn’t pitched deep into a game yet, making it to the sixth inning only once. Albeit a small sample size, Blair’s numbers are nothing short of ugly. With an 0-4 W/L record, 25 Walks to 23 Strikeouts and an astronomical 1.82 WHIP; its easy to see why I am confident that the Mets will be able to put a few runs on the board. Although the Atlanta Braves have won 3 in a row, I don’t see them overcoming a power arm in young lefty Steven Matz. I’m simply picking the Mets because they have much more talent. Period.
I’m also taking the over in the Chicago Cubs / Pittsburgh Pirates game today, with the line currently at 7.5 runs. The Pirates will hopefully cause havoc on base-paths because Jon Lester has shown a complete inability to control the opponents’ running game. Meanwhile, the Cubs’ lineup is absolutely stacked with right-handed hitters, which should bode well because they are facing lefty Jonathon Niese. With the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, look for this game to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-4.
I’m betting $50.00 on both the parlay and the Over in the CHC/PIT game. If both the Yankees and Mets are able to win, the parlay would pay-out $60.00. Meanwhile if 8 or more runs are scored at Wrigley today, the pay-out would be $45.00.
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Foreward & Editing By: Thomas L. McLaughlin