MLB best bets of the day: July 22, 2012

Lance Lynn Cardinals

After a less than stellar day yesterday we hope to put that pain behind us and move on.  We have some decent pitchers going today, and some, well, terrible ones… Jeremy Guthrie will be making his Kansas City Royals debut; Jordan Lyles will be looking to improve upon his 6.81 road ERA; Lance Lynn is going for his 12th win; Philip Humber and the White Sox will be looking to regain the division lead.

Houston at Arizona 4:10 PM Lyles vs Collmenter

As mentioned, Jordan Lyles doesn’t perform well on the road and luckily for the Diamondbacks, they’ll be facing the righty and the putrid Astros offense at home today. Arizona hitters haven’t faced Lyles much, but when they have they’re hitting .524 with an OPS of 1.190 – Not a great sample size, but a little is better than nothing.

Look for Justin Upton, Gerardo Parra and Miguel Montero to have some run-producing at bats today.

Picks: Diamondbacks -1 ½ (Even) and Over 9 (-120)

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis 2:15 PM Wood vs Lynn

Since giving up five earned runs or more in three consecutive starts in June Lance Lynn has been dominant. Lynn is sporting a 0.69 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in July and has recorded 17 strikeouts in just 13 IP. Furthermore, current Cubs are hitting just .227 against the 25-year-old red bird. Read more here…