MLB best bets of the day: July 25, 2012

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My mother always told me “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all”. So, for this reason I won’t get into yesterday’s Best Bets, and hopefully you won’t either. Before we get into things I’d like to first mention that the MLB trade deadline is coming up quickly and you should checkout Jason Zemcik’s two-piece coverage on the happenings surrounding the deadline.

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There has been one big trade, and no it has nothing to do with Ichiro but rather the Dodgers acquisition of Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez should give the Dodgers, and Matt Kemp, some extra ammunition while trying to regain the division lead from the Giants. L.A. sent Nate Eovaldi and minor leaguer Scott McGough in the deal. Now then, let’s get to it.

Cincinnati at Houston 8:05 PM Bailey vs Norris

Homer Bailey is on the mound today for the Reds and that is a very good thing for Cincinnati fans. In his last four starts Bailey has allowed just six earned runs in 30.2 IP and the Reds have won all four games. Bailey will likely continue his hot July against the abysmal Astros as he will look to go for his third straight game of eight innings pitched.

While Bailey has been hot, and owns a .231 BAA when facing the Astros, Houston’s starter has been quite the opposite. Bud Norris has had a terrible month of July, allowing nearly an earned run for every inning pitched. With owing a 7.27 ERA in July and allowing a nearly .800 OPS to the Reds’ hitters, this one could get ugly.

Picks: Reds -1 ½ (+110) and Over 7 (EVEN)

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