Miami Marlins vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB Prediction: Under 6.5 -110 odds (May 11th 2013)
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This is a Free MLB prediction on the Marlins vs. Dodgers to go UNDER the total.
There are only two teams in Major League Baseball that have scored fewer runs than the offensively inept Dodgers. L.A. will host one of those teams tonight, taking on the Marlins in Game 2 of this series, with the Fish coming off a win in Game 1.
Miami sends Kevin Slowey to the mound, and he’s having himself a fantastic season so far. Slowey (1-2, 1.81 ERA) allowed just a pair of hits while shutting out the Phillies over seven innings in a 14-2 win his last time out. Prior to that he went eight innings, allowing one run on four hits in a 2-1 win over the Mets. He has held opponents to one run or fewer in five of his seven starts this season.
The Dodgers hand the ball to Hyun-Jin Ryu, he’s looking to bounce back from a loss to San Francsico his last time out. Lucky for Ryu, these Marlins aren’t quite as dangerous with the bats as the Giants are.
Ryu is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA at home this season, while he’s 1-1 with a 4.68 ERA on the road.
I don’t expect to see a lot of scoring between these two clubs, especially with a couple of above average pitchers on the mound.
Take the UNDER.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Mets
MLB Pick: Mets -111 odds (May 11th 2013)
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The Mets have won six of their last ten games at home against the Pirates, and they should win again on Saturday afternoon.
The Mets will get to see their third lefty in a row as Francisco Liriano makes his 2013 debut. Liriano made three starts for the Pirates AAA team giving up 6 runs and 15 hits in 16 innings. The southpaw’s worst start came in his last outing when he gave up 4 runs and seven hits in five innings. Only three Mets’ hitters have seen the former Twins’ pitcher before with Marlon Byrd getting three hits in four at-bats against him. The Mets are hitting .227 in the daytime and they are putting up over 4 runs per game in those contests.
Jon Niese enjoys pitching at home. He has allowed 8 runs and 21 hits in four starts in Citi Field. Niese beat the Pirates last year in Pittsburgh, and he has yet to lose to the Pirates in three career starts against them. Gaby Sanchez (4-19) has faced Niese the most with Russell Martin (1-8) and Neil Walker (1-6) also struggling against him. The Pirates are hitting .200 in nine games against left-handed starters. The Mets have won six of their last ten games at home against the Pirates, and they should win again on Saturday afternoon.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox
MLB Pick: White Sox -108 odds (May 10th 2013)
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Free MLB Baseball Prediction From Doc’s Sports: Take Chicago White Sox over L.A. Angels (8 p.m., Friday, May 10) Here we just have two bad teams, playing bad baseball, facing off in an under-the-radar game. But I like the home team here because, at the very least, they have a hot pitcher on the mound. Dylan Axelrod has notched four straight quality starts, giving up just eight runs in the 26 innings. The White Sox have lost three of those four starts, but that hasn’t been his fault. The Angels are going with Tommy Hanson, who has been decent in adjusting to the American League. But Hanson’s problem is that he isn’t going deep into games. He hasn’t gone past the sixth in any of his five starts. That is going to give Chicago a crack at Los Angeles’ terrible bullpen. He can be victimized by the home run ball against a Chicago lineup that swings for the fences. The White Sox are a pretty good home team. But they have played 19 of their last 27 games on the road, which has kind of muted their value. I think Chicago will play with a little urgency this weekend as they are already sagging in the Central standings. I’ll go with the sharper pitcher and the motivated home team as the White Sox will steal this game with some late runs.
Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners
MLB Pick: Oakland +122 odds (May 10th 2013)
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I think this is an excellent spot for Oakland to break out of its slump. The A’s have lost four straight games after getting swept in Cleveland which was a huge disappointment after winning two of three games against the Yankees in New York.
After a white hot start to the season, Oakland have dropped back down to .500 including a game under .500 on the road. They split their opening season series with Seattle and look to open this series with a win behind Daniel Straily. This will be his fourth start of the season and his third on the road. He tossed a quality start against the Astros while pitching a decent game against the Yankees last time out as he was two-thirds of an inning away from a quality outing. In seven starts last season, he posted a 3.89 ERA so his addition into the starting rotation is no accident. The Mariners have been a bit of a pleasant surprise this season even though they are still three games under .500 overall. They got off to a slow start and have rebounded but they are just 4-10 in their last 14 games following a win. One of the biggest surprises has been the emergence of Hisashi Iwakuma who has a 1.61 ERA and 0.76 WHIP through seven starts, six of which have been quality. He did have a solid season last year but nothing like this however I do not see it lasting here. The A’s were one of the teams that he shut down but the lineup getting another look at him is an edge for the offense. Look for Oakland to open the series with a victory. Play (977) Oakland A’s