After winning our only MLB pick yesterday, here are four picks for today. We are picking two underdogs to win straight up
Thursday May 5 Picks
Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians
Two picks: Tigers Moneyline+115 and Over 8.5 Runs -115
Tigers: Fulmer (1-0, 3.60 Indians: Bauer(0-0, 5.28)
The Detroit Tigers have had the Cleveland Indians number in recent years, that has not been the case this season. Cleveland is currently 5-0 on the season against the Tigers, a streak that I expect to end soon. Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer is 2-2 with a 6.94 ERA in seven career starts against Detroit. Bauer did pick up a win in relief against the Tigers on April 24, allowing two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched.
Tigers prospect Michael Fulmer will get his second career start after winning his debut against Minnesota, allowing two runs in five innings.
The Tigers are 14-7 against every other team besides Cleveland this season, the Indians are 7-12 when they are not playing the Tigers. Despite the recent struggles in the rivalry, Detroit is an appealing underdog here.
With a Fulmer vs Bauer pitching match-up, I also like this game to go over 8.5 runs scored. Tigers have had 17 out of 26 games go over this season.
New York Mets at San Diego Padres (Mets Moneyline -178)
Mets: deGrom (3-0, 1.02 Padres: Rea 2-1, 4.61)
It is hard to predict what to expect from Padres rookie Colin Rea. Over his first five starts this season, he has been very good at times, but there have been shaky moments as well.
Jacob deGrom has only allowed two earned runs overall in his three starts this season, but also has not pitched more then six innings in any of his starts. The Mets however, are third in the National League in ERA (2.75), she the Mets are in good hands when deGrom comes out. The Padres bullpen ranks 14th in the National League with a 5.03 ERA. I like the Mets to win here.
Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants (Rockies Moneyline +125
Rockies: Rusin (1-0, 1.69) Giants: (Cain 0-3, 7.00)
Matt Cain is 17-9 in his career against Colorado, but is off to a poor start this season. The Rockies are 8-5 overall this season as an underdog on the road an 11-9 overall as underdogs.
With the Rockies dangerous lineup and Matt Cain’s early season struggles, I like the incentive take the Rockies as a moneyline underdog here.
Record for the week: 6-4
Get Sports Strong Season MLB record: 19-11