MLB best bets of the day: July 26, 2012

NY Mets at Arizona 9:40 PM Harvey vs Miley

This game features two future aces in Matt Harvey and Wade Miley. Harvey, 23, makes his Major League debut today, and I’m not so sure he’s ready. Not because he doesn’t have the stuff, but rather because he’s facing the hottest hitting team in baseball. While the Diamondbacks did lose yesterday, they were on a five-game win streak, and have won seven of their last ten.

This one isn’t about the phenom Harvey, but rather the Diamondbacks bats, and Wade Miley. Miley has been an absolute stud at home; in the eight games he has started at Chase Field, Miley sports a 2.55 ERA and a 7-2 record. As far as the bats are concerned, well, there shouldn’t be any concern, while at home. Diamondbacks hitters are batting nearly 40 points higher at home and have hit 27, 17, and 24, more doubles, triples, and home runs respectively, at home…in just two games more than away! Harvey had a 3.68 ERA for the NY Mets AAA affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. After this one, Harvey will be lucky to get south of a 5.00 ERA for the remainder of the 2012 MLB season.

Pick: Diamondbacks -1 ½(+125)

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MLB 6 pack: National League mid-season award winners

Rookie of the Half-season Award: P Wade Miley, Diamondbacks

Runner-Up: OF Bryce Harper, Nationals

Halfway through the 2012 baseball season, it may be a surprising choice that I’ve chosen the Diamondback lefty over the 19-year-old phenom Nationals’ outfielder. Despite a horrible outing this past Saturday against the Brewers (3.2 IP, 8 ER), Miley has still posted outstanding numbers in his rookie season, accumulating a team-best 9 wins (6th in N.L.), and a 2.87 ERA (16th). Miley’s outstanding play has helped the Diamondbacks get back into the playoff scene at the 2012 half-season.

Manager of the Half-season Award: Terry Collins, Mets

Collins (above) has nearly the rest of the N.L. East division looking up at his overachieving Mets in the standings

Runner-Up: Davey Johnson, Nationals

A tough call for N.L. Manager of the Half-season, both Terry Collins and Davey Johnson are “1-A” and “1-B”. Although the Nationals looked to be one year away from contending with the assumption that the Phillies, Marlins, and Braves would dominate the N.L. East, the Mets were projected to be NOWHERE near the top of the N.L. East standings in 2012. The Mets may not hit the long ball too often (66 home runs-12th in N.L.), but they score by playing small ball (376 runs-3rd in N.L.). Even though the Mets’ fielding is an issue (63 errors-2nd worst in N.L.), the pitching has been efficient (3.83 ERA-6th in N.L.), and guys are playing the right way at the right time. Overall, Collins has done significantly more with less (see R.A. Dickey) halfway through the 2012 season. Read more here…