A Pair Of AL Road Warriors With Big Time Tuesday Betting Value

Cleveland Indians

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:54 PM GMT

The MLB playoff race is getting hot and heavy as respective offenses are really tearing the cover off of the baseball. See who we like as our MLB Picks of the Day in some highly anticipated matchups as teams seek a post-season berth.

N.Y. Yankees vs Seattle Mariners

Inconsistent But Good Price
The New York Yankees (63-61) aren't having one of the banner years as they look towards the future as their players from the Minor Leagues have gotten the call-up and have just been tearing it up. That said, even at two games over .500, the Bombers are still in playoff contention and have publicly said that they're playing for this year.

C.C. Sabathia (7-10, 4.49 ERA) takes the mound for the Yankees and he should be able to keep the Yankees in the ball game and leave it up to the young bats of players such as Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. Sanchez has been on fire as of late.

The Next Johnny Bench?
I know we're going back decades making Johnny Bench references, but catcher, Gary Sanchez, can not only crush the baseball, but he can play superb defense and that's a rarity for a catcher. Last night in a 7-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Sanchez proceeded to go 3 for 4 with 2 more home runs. Teammate, Starlin Castro, also went deep twice last night. It wasn't enough to win the game, but very promising from a New York Yankees perspective.

In his last 22 bats alone, Sanchez has 12 hits, 6 HR and 9 RBI. He's also hitting .385 with 8 HR and 15 RBI for the season in his first real call up from the minors to the Major League level. It just doesn't get better than that. It's also not a fluke. This kid has the size and talent of Mike Piazza but can actually play defense; something that Piazza was unable to do. As long as Sanchez is in the lineup, the Yankees are a threat to any opposing pitcher as talent and confidence are powerful attributes to possess.

The Yankees need their hot players to keep hitting and 2nd baseman, Starlin Castro, has become a big part of the offense. Castro bashed his 16th and 17th home runs of the season last night and he's been on a tear as of late. Castro is hitting a sizzling .360 in his last 25 at-bats with 3 home runs. This is the type of player that won't carry a team, but will come up with the big hit out of nowhere and that's an asset for a ball club.

The starting pitching matchup from both teams leaves a lot to be desired, but C.C. Sabathia has had some good moments this season despite his overall record. Sabathia got hammered in his last outing, but still managed 12 strikeouts and that's no small feat for a pitcher that people considered "finished". This is a bit of a gut call, but take the Yankees as the underdog. They've managed to stay above .500 and look for them to play inspired baseball with the emergence of players such as Sanchez and Judge.

Free MLB Pick Yankees +125
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Cleveland Indians vs Oakland Athletics

Fade the Athletics at All Cost
I'm going to keep fading the A's as I went 2-0 overall yesterday with my picks. I previously mentioned about the dissension in the clubhouse with Billy Butler and Danny Valencia scuffle. A team can't have that and win consistently as they need to be unified in most cases. Although there are exceptions to the rule, the Athletics simply don't have the talent to be a team that doesn't play or act like a team.

Oakland (53-72) who has lost 3 straight games, faces a Cleveland Indians (72-51), which is "living large and in charge" as the Tribe are 7 1/2 games ahead of the 2nd place Detroit Tigers for the lead in the American League Central Division and find themselves in another great spot against the weak-minded and weak playing Oakland Athletics squad.

It's a toss up whether Corey Kluber or tonight's starter, Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.57 ERA) is the ace of the Cleveland Indians pitching staff, but Salazar definitely has the edge in tonight's starting pitching matchup. He hasn't pitched a ton of innings as of late, but has held the opposition to a .222 batting average all season long and has struck out 134 batters in 118 1/3 innings. While I don't know how many innings Salazar will pitch for, look for him to make the most of his time out on the mound and stifle the Oakland offense.

Cleveland is coming off of a 1-0 victory yesterday off of a Carlos Santana home run, but look for there to be more offense tonight as Francisco Lindor (14 HR, 64 RBI, 15 SB, .313 BA) and Jason Kipnis (20 HR, 67 RBI, .290 BA) have been outstanding all season long. Look for Cleveland to outclass Oakland tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Indians -145
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