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Day full of Stud Pitchers makes for safer Sports Picks

Posted by Jeff Rudzinski on 4/22/2013 7:19:14 PM

This Tuesday marks the day that a handful of potential CY Young winners take the mound for their team in hopes of covering the sports book set spread. What will help some of these pitchers even more in their games is the opposing pitcher, who in some cases is a player lucky to be on a big league roster instead of playing down in AAA.

Kansas City Royals @ Detroit Tigers
Tuesday April 23, 2013 – 7:08 PM ET
Odds: Tigers -1.5

The Detroit Tigers will be sending their surprise CY Young candidate, Max Scherzer, to the mound vs. the Royals in hopes that his 30 strikeouts in 19 innings and 2.84 ERA on the year are both trends that continue in this game. The Tigers are not only favored in this matchup because of Scherzer, but also because they have one of the best offenses in baseball led by Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers’ lineup will be going against pitcher Wade Davis, who despite getting off to a good start this year shouldn’t expect the success to last as he has never had an ERA under four in a full season as a starter before. Combine the Tigers offense with Scherzer’s pitching, and the Tigers look like one of the safer gambling picks of the day.

Pick: Tigers

Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets
Tuesday April 23, 2013 – 7:10 PM ET
Odds: Dodgers -1.5

The New York Mets have gotten off to a great 9-8 start to the year, but shouldn’t expect to keep winning at this pace throughout the season. The reason to expect a sharp downfall from the Mets soon is because of the inflated stats of some of their players thus far in the year. John Buck for example has seven home runs through 17 games, highly uncharacteristic from a guy whose season high is 20. While the Mets have gotten more out of their players than expected so far this year, the Dodgers on the other hand have seen a slow start from All-Star Matt Kemp that has hindered them to an 8-10 record so far. The deciding factor in this game will be Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Kershaw looks to be putting in another CY Young type year as his ERA is still under two, and he is averaging over a strikeout per inning, meaning it will be a tough task for the Mets players to continue their high level of play against him on Tuesday.

Pick: Dodgers

Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros
Tuesday April 23, 2013 – 8:10 PM ET
Odds: Mariners -1.5

Although most sports bettors would immediately think of Felix Hernandez as the Mariners’ lone CY Young candidate, second year man out of Japan, Hisashi Iwakuma, is poised to have his breakout season after a solid rookie year in which he started 16 of the 30 games he appeared in. Iwakuma isn’t a household name yet, but if he is able to sustain his 2-0 record and 1.69 ERA, the Mariners will have a second ace on their staff and new All-Star. Although it may mean something that the Astros are sending Bud Norris to the mound, the bottom line is that the Astros have one of the worst lineups in the league, and despite their recent surge in offense, they are still a pushover and Iwakuma shouldn’t have any trouble continuing his dominance this season.

Pick: Mariners

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