MLB Expert Picks April 23-29

MLB Expert Picks April 23-29

MLB Expert Picks April 23-29

My MLB expert picks this week begin on Friday, April 27th. The Oakland A’s battle the Houston Astros. Can A’s ace Sean Manaea out duel Houston ace Dallas Kuechel?

On Saturday, the Yankees take on the Angels in Anaheim. Who wins when NYY and LAA throw down on Saturday?

The Angels and Yankees finish their series on Sunday night in ESPN’s nationally broadcast game. Will Yankee starter CC Sabathia do what he’s done for close to 20-years, lock down top MLB hitters?

MLB Expert Picks April 23th-29th

Oakland at Houston
When:  Friday, April 27 at 8:10 pm ET
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX

Analysis: Houston pitcher Dallas Kuechel is scheduled to take the call on Friday versus Oakland. Kuechel’s 3.10 ERA isn’t bad. His 1.38 WHIP is okay. But, his 1 and 3 straight up record is horrendous.
The A’s are listed as starting Sean Manaea. Manaea’s 1.23 ERA and .60 WHIP are terrific. His record is only 3 and 2. That means in most games Manea’s not getting the run support.

Houston on Friday is Manaea’s next start after throwing a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 21. He might be over bet in this. Even if he isn’t, there’s a good chance that Oakland’s horrible offense doesn’t do enough to beat Houston.

Pick: Houston

NY Yankees at L.A. Angels
When:  Saturday, April 28 at 9:07 pm ET
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
TV: FS1

Analysis: Masahiro Tanaka gets the call for the pinstripes on Saturday. Tanaka’s been cold from the mound. His ERA is a 6.45 while he’s got a 1.25 WHIP.

The Yankees batting lineup is so powerful that even though Tanaka’s got a bad ERA and a so-so WHIP, his record is 2 and 2. Could the Yankees’ bats bail out Tanaka once he gets into trouble on April 28?

I don’t think so. Why? Angels’ starter Garrett Richards has a great 3 and 0 record to go along with a nice 3.46 ERA. The Yankees have only faced Richards 17 times. They won’t know what pitches to look for.

The Angels should win by 2 runs on Saturday.

Pick: L.A. Angels

NY Yankees at L.A. Angels
When:  Sunday, April 29 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
TV: ESPN

Analysis: The Angels haven’t decided who starts for them on Sunday, April 29. No worries. We know who the Yankees will send to the mound, CC Sabathia. CC’s 2.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP means that he’s back, right?

Not so fast. CC’s only pitched 13 innings in 3 games. He lasted 5 innings versus Toronto on March 31. Then, he lasted 4 innings against Baltimore and 4.1 innings against Toronto in his next couple of starts.
CC can still provide more innings. He won’t happen on Sunday versus the Angels. Then, once CC leaves, the Angels should have no trouble lighting up NYY’s relievers.

Pick: L.A. Angels