Another winning week last week makes it 7 out of 8 non-losing weeks with a record of 33-22. Aside from that, I went 2-0 this past week during the weekdays ( in other articles that you can check out). Let's continue the consistency and excellence as we approach the month of August, when things get serious.

Here's some MLB weekend picks for July 30th and July 31st.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New York Mets at Washington Nationals

New York MetsCarlos Beltran has been traded to the San Fransisco Giants and the New York Mets continue to play well without him. They've won 5 consecutive games at 55-51 while their opponent the Washington Nationals have lost 6 consecutive games. The Mets defeated the Nationals 8-5 on Friday. Taking the mound for New York is knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-8, 3.74).

Dickey hasn't had the same kind of year as last season but is always a major threat to throw a shutout whenever he takes the mound. Dickey picked up the victory in his last outing, a 4-2 defeat of the Cincinnati Reds in where he gave up 2 runs and 8 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The Mets have been running on all cylinders since the return of David Wright. Since his return, Wright is 17 of 38 with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 12 RBI. This is a good spot for New York.

Pick-  Mets -105 (great odds-- I really like this pick)

Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been mighty tough and have been the surprise in baseball with a 54-50 record. On Saturday, they'll be tested by pitching great Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05). The Phillies have the best record in the majors at 66-39 and are home. With their pitching staff and a solid group of hitters, they're the best team in baseball and should win the World Series.

In tonight's matchup Pittsburgh sends James McDonald (7-4, 3.95) to the mound. McDonald has won 2 consecutive decisions, shutting out the opposition in both games. He doesn't go deep into games but he hasn't given up a run in his last 11 2/3 innings.while striking out 16. This pitcher's matchup will keep this a low scoring game. The total (7.5) is fairly high considering the way that McDonald has been pitching and the fact that Cliff Lee is starting.

Pick-  Pittsburgh-Philadelphia under 7.5

Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers

Dan Haren takes the mound for the Angels against 2009 1st round pick (selected number 9) Jacob Turner. Turner has yet to pitch a ball in the major leagues. His first test is against the 58-49 Angels and Haren (10-6, 3.01). Haren lost a tough one in his last outing, when the Angels were defeated by the Indians 3-2. Haren gave up just 1 run on 3 hits with 10 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.

Detroit at 56-50, leads the American League Central Division. They also crushed the Angels 12-2 on Friday.behind the hitting of Victor Martinez and Carlos Guillen. I think this game will come down to the offensive production of the Angels. Dan Haren will pitch well, and I like the Angels to get payback against the first time starter Turner. The Angels look good here on the road.

Pick - Los Angeles Angels  -118

Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians

It will be interesting to see if the Tribe can bounce back from a 12-0 defeat at the hands of the 45-61 Kansas City Royals. The Indians started off the season well, but have totally tailed off as of late. The offense has been subpar to say in the least. Can they wake up against Kansas City starter Felipe Paulino (1-8, 4.54)? If there was ever an opportunity that presented itself, this would be it for Cleveland.

The Indians have lost 3 in a row and scored 7 runs in their last 6 games. I don't trust the Indians in this spot after getting thrashed on Friday night. However, I do trust them not to produce offensively. Look for K.C. to simmer down and for this game to be low scoring.

Pick - Cleveland-Kansas City under (8 in some books and 7.5 in some others) I prefer the 8 but would take either

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

San Fransisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds

Normally, I would say that this is a good pitching match between Johnny Cueto of the Reds and Barry Zito of the Giants, but both have been hit hard as of late. The total should still stay fairly low due to the overall brilliance of Cueto and his sub 2.00 ERA. In Zito's last 2 starts, he's given up 14 runs and 13 hits in just 10 2/3 innings. That's certainly not good enough for any team, nevertheless the San Fransisco Giants who rank towards the bottom in all offensive categories. Pitching is usually the Giants strength but not in this game.

The odds will favor Cincinnati too much. There will be no value and Cueto had a rare poor performance in his last outing. I can see Jay Bruce and Joey Votto giving Zito a tough time.

I'm also lack confidence in Cueto, who gave up 6 runs and 7 hits in 5 innings in a 8-6 defeat to the New York Metropolitans. Taking an over with Johnny Cueto is a risk, but I think this is one that can't be passed up.

Pick-  Cincinnati - San Fransisco over 8

Los Angeles Angels at Detroit Tigers

On Sunday, we go right back to the Tigers and Angels as two of the best pitchers in the league in Justin Verlander and Jerrod Weaver face off. Odds aren't available as of yet but I'm focusing in on the total and I'm assuming that it will be very low. Let's say as low as 5.5 to 6.5. Not much needs to be said except for the fact that the Tigers are a good hitting ball club but these pitchers should dominate this game. The White Sox managed to get 4 runs and 7 hits off of Verlander in his last outing but now he's playing at home.

The Angels need the game more than the Tigers. The Tigers lead their division by 2.5 games while the Angels are 2nd in the American League West. Jerrod Weaver has pitched about as good as a pitcher can pitch. He's given up just 7 runs in 60 2/3 innings. I'm going to make 2 picks here and rely on the arm of Mr. Weaver.

Picks-  L.A. Angels (odds to be determined)

           L.A. Angels - Detroit under the total (and it should be very low-big risk)

Sunday Night Baseball

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis CardinalsI haven't taken any heavy favorites and I think that I'm entitled to take one for the week. The Chicago Cubs will always find a way to disappoint the bettors and their fans. Various times, they've held late inning leads and coughed them up. This is a team that I have no faith in whatsover (I'm not going big into statistics on this).

Ryan Dempster is a decent starter for the Cubs. He's a lifetime 7-8 against the Cardinals, which happens to be the same record that he has on the season,  with ERA's nearing 5.00. Jake Westbrook has pitched well for the Cards. He's given up 5 runs and 16 hits in his last 19 innings. His last 2 outings have been victories. On Friday, the Cardinals defeated the Cubs 9-2. Look for Holliday, Pujols and company to make easy work of the lowly Cubbies.

Pick - St Louis moneyline ( sorry to disappoint. I usually go big but playing it safe on a Sunday night)

There you have it. Looking for another winning week. Aside from that I wish you all luck as we enter August. See you next week.