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The suddenly hot New York Yankees (68-61), winners of five straight games, will look to keep their momentum going as they head to Detroit for a three-game set. On Monday, the Yankees offense scored four runs in the seventh inning en-route to an 8-1 victory of the AL Central leading Kansas City Royals. The Yankees tagged James Shields, Kansas City’s ace, for six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Derek Jeter, who made his last appearance at Kauffman Stadium, drove in two runs. The Yankees received a strong pitching performance from the resurgent Michael Pineda. Pineda struck out five hitters over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Despite their recent string of success, the Yankees will need a strong showing to chase down one of their AL Wild Card foes, the Detroit Tigers. 

The Detroit Tigers (70-59) have won two straight games including a 13-4 beat down of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The Tigers currently trail the Kansas City Royals by 1.5 games in the AL Central and lead the Yankees by two games in a race for the second Wild Card berth. Earlier this month, the Yankees won three-of-four at home against the Tigers. Tuesday’s starter, Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10 ERA) was a hard luck 1-0 loser in one of the games. Porcello is coming off a complete game shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his last six starts. Porcello carries a 4.08 ERA at home and has given up seven earned runs over his last two home starts. Porcello will be opposed by Yankee starter, Brandon McCarthy (8-12, 4.01 ERA). Alike Porcello, McCarthy is coming off of a complete game shut out of his own. Last week, McCarthy tossed a complete game shut out at home against the Astros. McCarthy beat the Tigers, 2-1 earlier this month. He struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings.

Current MLB odds list the Tigers as a small home favorite (-114). The Yankees have been traveling a lot recently, so I’m going to fade their recent hot streak. Take the Tigers with your MLB Picks!

Free MLB Pick: Detroit Tigers -114

Expect a physical battle when the Jets and Giants square in a battle between the Big Apple’s two major football teams. Trash talk has already begun as Giants’ rookie RB Andre Williams claimed that the Giants were ‘the real New York team’. Jets’ veteran offensive lineman did not respond to Williams’ trash talk. He’d rather let his play do the talking. The Jets and Giants are collectively 5-0 so far this pre-season, but as we’ve seen years past, pre-season performance does not correlate to regular season success. Both teams must fix issues on both sides of the ball.

For the Jets, establishing an offensive early on will be critical. All signs point towards Geno Smith starting under center, so Rex Ryan and Co. will want to see the offense move the ball. In addition, Ryan is hoping his team will clean up some of their play. The Jets were flagged for seven personal fouls last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, who scored 40 points on the Jets last year. The Jets first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor will get the start on defense. The Jets are hoping wide receiver, Eric Decker will suit up for the first time this season.

For the Giants, the first team offense must play better! Eli Manning is just 7-for-16 for 49 yards in his three pre-season games. The Giants are installing a  new ‘West Coast’ offense under first year coordinator, Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was the quarterbacks’ coach in Green Bay last season. Many are citing Manning’s physical limitations as the main issue surrounding the offense. However, Manning hasn’t had the luxury of star WR Victor Cruz or first round WR, Odell Beckham at his disposal. Beckham (hamstring) will not play on Friday night.

Current NFL odds list this game as a straight up Pick’Em. Overall, I like the Giants in this game. The offense needs to have a big showing and I think the team will play with a sense of urgency. Take the Giants with your NFL Picks!

Selection: New York Giants -ML

The Tampa Bay Rays (61-61) are playing great baseball…and will look for their sixth straight win over the New York Yankees (61-59) on Saturday afternoon in St. Petersburg. Tampa Bay’s starting pitchers have not allowed more than two runs over a 7-2 stretch, which is easily the best in the Majors. The Rays will send their most recent acquisition, LHP Drew Smyly (7-10, 3.73 ERA), to build on their recent string of strong starts. Smyly was Tampa’s main return in a three-team trade that sent ace LHP David Price to the Detroit Tigers. Smyly is coming off a dominant seven inning, nine-strikeout performance on Monday against the Texas Rangers. Smyly only has one career start against the Yankees that happened during 2012. Smyly only allowed one run in six innings in a 7-5 win.

The Yankees will counter Smyly with RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89). Greene hasn’t pitched since August 7th when he tossed eight innings a 1-0 victory over the Tigers. It’ll be interesting to see if Girardi opts to use Greene’s main battery mate, Francisco Cervelli, or opt for Brian McCann, who is coming off the disabled list.

The Yankees have lost five straight games and a loss on Saturday will give the Yankees their first six-game losing streak. The Yankees have only scored five runs during the losing streak. Jacoby Ellsburgh and Carlos Beltran have just one hit in their last 30 at-bats.

Current MLB odds slate Tampa Bay as a comfortable -140 home favorite. Baseball is a game all about streaks and trends. The Rays always play well against the Yankees in the Trop. Roll with Tampa Bay for your MLB Picks!

Today’s Pick: Tampa Bay -ML

After taking three of four games against the rebuild Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees (60-54) will look to keep the momentum going against the Cleveland Indians (57-57). After Thursday’s victory, the Yankees moved within one game of the American League’s second Wildcard berth and moved into a second place tie in the American League East. The Yankees trail the first place Baltimore Orioles by five games. The Indians split a four-game set against the Cincinnati Reds earlier this week, but only sit four games out of the American League’s second Wildcard spot. 

If the Yankees want to keep their winning ways up, they’ll need a strong start from RHP Esmil Rogers (0-0, 5.84 ERA). Rogers has made two appearances out of the bullpen since joining the Yankees. Friday night will mark his first start in pinstripes. Cleveland will counter with RHP Trevor Bauer (4-6, 4.20 ERA). Bauer, who was once a highly touted prospect with the Arizona Diamondback, has had an up-and-down career. Bauer is only 23-years-old and has shown flashes of brilliance. Bauer has given up at least three earned runs in his last four starts. Bauer pitched seven innings and gave up only two runs a month ago against the Bombers.

Current MLB Odds slot the Yankees as a slight home favorite. The Yankee offense is coming through with timely hits and I expect that to continue. Take the Yankees with your MLB picks this evening!

MLB Pick: NY Yankees -ML

 

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The Yankees sorely miss the presence of their aces, RHP Masahiro Tanaka and LHP CC Sabathia. However, ace-like performances have become common for one of their most recent acquisitions. RHP Brandon McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA as a member of the Yankees. Even though opponents are hitting .260 against McCarthy, he’s been excellent in generating outs in high leverage situations. McCarthy’s will look to duplicate his most recent victory, a home win against the Texas Rangers, tonight in Arlington. 

While McCarthy’s performances have been impressive, the Yankee offense has staked McCarthy with early leads. The Yankee offense has averaged seven runs per start while McCarthy’s old club, Arizona, only scored three runs per start. Despite his recent string of strong starts, McCarthy has struggled in Arlington. McCarthy is 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA in four starts. 

The Yankees have dropped three straight games including a 4-2 decision on Monday. The Yankees currently sit 4.5 games behind the first place Baltimore Orioles. Texas hasn’t won back-to-back games since June 28-29. Texas RHP Nick Martinez won’t make things easy. Martinez is winless in eight starts with a 0-5 record and 6.98 ERA. Martinez did hold the Yankees scoreless over 5 1/3 innings in his start. 

The Yankees are a road favorite according to MLB Odds. Take the hot pitcher on a team desperate for a road win. Take the Yankees with your MLB picks.

Official Pick: New York Yankees 

The New York Yankees (50-47) and Texas Rangers (39-59) have dealt with injuries to their starting rotation. Whenever teams deal with injuries, young pitchers must step-up. Two younger pitchers will square off on Monday evening. Texas will send out RHP Miles Mikolas (0-2, 10.05), who has struggled recently, while New York will counter with RHP Shane Greene (2-0, 1.32 ERA). Greene will make his Yankee Stadium debut looking for his third straight victory. Greene dominated during his last start, tossing seven scoreless innings while striking out nine as the Yankees topped Baltimore, 3-0. Unlike Greene, Mikolas hasn’t found his groove. Mikolas gave up four earned runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Angels during his last start. 

The Yankees are coming off an impressive three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 to help complete the sweep. Ellsbury has five extra base hits over his last eight games and went 8-for-19 against Texas as a member of the Red Sox last season. Record-wise, Texas is baseball’s worst team. The Rangers are 4-24 since June 17th. Texas’ biggest free agent acquisition, Shin Soo Choo, is on an 0-for-21 slide. 

Current MLB betting odds list the Yankees as an overwhelming -160 home favorite. Baseball is a game based on trends and momentum. I’m rolling with the young New York RHP and the Yankee offense that has shown signs of waking up. Take the Bombers today with your MLB Picks!

Free MLB Pick: NY Yankees -160

Major League Baseball’s top player will squad off in the 85th annual All-Star. The game will begin at 8:00PM EST in Minnesota. The American League won last year’s Mid-Summer classic, but the National League notched wins in the three prior years. The American League’s victory ensured home field advantage for the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Needless to say, a lot will be on the line when these two star-studded clubs square off tonight.

The American League will start Seattle Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.12 ERA) while the National League will counter with St. Louis Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (12-4, 1.83 ERA). Expect both of these aces to pitch 2-3 innings. Both squads boast an impressive bullpen arms, but the National League carries a sizable advantage. The National League can give the ball the LHP Clayton Kershaw and RHP Zack Greinke during the middle innings while handing it over to RHP Craig Kimbrel and LHP Aroldis Chapman to close it out. The American League can trot out RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Max Scherzer, and LHP Chris Sale, but it’s back end of the bullpen isn’t as strong as the National League’s. RHP Fernando Rodney and RHP Koji Uehara could be late game options.

Both lineups feature power and speed. The National League lineup consists of Andrew McCutchen, Yasei Puig, Troy Tulowitzki, Paul Goldschmidt, Mike Stanton, Aramis Ramirez, Chase Utley, Jon Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez. The American League lineup consists of Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Robbie Cano, Miggy Cabrera, Joey Bats, Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Josh Donaldson, and Sal Perez. 

The American League has some serious pop and speed on its bench. Jose Abreu, HR Derby Champ Yoenis Cespedes, and Adrian Beltre are just three options while ML hit leader Jose Altuve is also an option. 

Current MLB All-Star game odds have the American League as a small -108 favorite. Take the AL as a small home favorite for your MLB picks.

Official Pick: American League -108

Germany crushed host country Brazil, 7-1 in the first World Cup Semi-Final. Expect a much more competitive Semi-Final when Argentina squares off against the Netherlands. Argentina and the Netherlands have only faced each other once in the 1978 World Cup final. Argentina prevailed 3-1 to win their first and only World Cup title. The Netherlands reached the World Cup final in 2010, but dropped the match to the heavily favored Spanish club. Thursday’s clash marks the fourth time Argentina has reached the Semi-Finals. 

Argentina will play without one of their star players, Angel Di Mara. Argentina only notched one goal and sorely missed Di Mara in their quarterfinal win over Belgium. Still, Argentina has the lethal Lionel Messi, who is arguably the best player in the world. Argentina went a perfect 3-0-0 during the group stage, but were tested in the knockout round. Argentina was able to prevail over the Swiss squad, but had to work hard to earn the victory in extra time. Messi set-up Di Mara’s game winning goal, but the match nearly went to penalty kicks. Argentina notched an early goal against Belgium, but the game was a grind. 

The Netherlands started the World Cup off with a bang by thrashing defending champion Spain, 5-1. The Netherlands finished the group stage by beating Australia, 3-2 and Chile, 2-0. In the knockout round, the Netherlands notched two very late goals to escape a scare from Mexico. The Netherlands needed penalty kicks to put away a very pesky Costa Rica club in the quarterfinals. The Netherlands have excelled in high leverage situations, but will that be enough to beat a World Class Argentina club?

Current World Cup odds have Argentina installed as a +140 outright winner while the Netherlands are slotted as a +240 outright winner. For either bet to cash, clubs will need to win the game in regulation. This game will be tightly contested, so I’m going to side with the Orange Crush as a value bet in this showdown. I’m worried about Di Mara’s absence and the Orange Crush have been great in high leverage situations. Lionel Messi is the pivotal player in this showdown, but the Netherlands pressure should somewhat slow down Messi. Take the Orange Crush at a discount for your World Cup picks.

Pick: The Netherlands +240 

Carlos Beltran’s fifth inning, three-run home run proved to be the difference as the New York Yankees (41-42) edged the Minnesota Twins (37-45) in the first game of a four-game set, 7-4. The fifth inning blast was Beltran’s 367th career home run, placing him fourth all-time among switch hitters. With 367, he’s behind Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), and Chipper Jones (468). Beltran’s home run gave RHP Masahiro Tanaka (12-3, 2.82 ERA) his major league leading 12th win. Tanaka has been worth every dollar so far this season.

Rookie RHP Chase Whitley (3-2, 4.70 ERA) will look to follow Tanaka and add another win. This will be Whitley’s tenth start of his rookie season. Whitley will be opposed by RHP Kyle Gibson (7-6, 3.77 ERA). On the surface, Gibson’s numbers aren’t very good, but after reviewing his splits, he has dominated at home. In six home starts, Gibson is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA. Opposing hitters are hitting just .213 against him at home. 

Current MLB odds have the Twins posted as a small -115 home favorite. Given Gibson’s dominance at home, I like his chances against a struggling Yankee lineup. Whitley is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA away from Yankee Stadium. Expect a bounce back performance from the Twins as they even this series.

MLB Pick: Minnesota Twins -115