Clear Edges Stack Straight-Up Betting Value On Both Blue Jays & Nationals

Josh Donaldson

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:54 PM GMT

With a handful of pitching aces getting the start tonight, teams look to position themselves for a spot in the post-season. There are some clear-cut edges on your MLB Picks of the Day for Tuesday.

Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles

He Keeps On Winning
A big reason for the Toronto Blue Jays (75-56) success this season has been the pitching of ace, J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.19 ERA). Who would have ever thought that we would be calling Happ an ace? This is an average career pitcher with a 4.01 ERA. Thanks to a good deal of run support and Happ also having his best season as a professional, he has 20 wins in his sight and the Blue Jays have the division title in their sight as they have a 2 game lead over 2nd place Boston. Games are becoming to have a greater importance as we're 2 days away from the month of September. Happ will have to be at his best as the Baltimore Orioles are at home, also a post-season contender, and Camden Yards is a "hitter-friendly" ball park.

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Canada Is Home
For superstar, Josh Donaldson, Toronto is certainly home as he's elevated his level of play since becoming a member of the Toronto Blue Jays a couple of seasons ago. There could be disputes between who is the best player on this Blue Jays squad, but in my eyes, Donaldson is the top guy as he's been consistent throughout his tenure with Toronto.

Yesterday, Donaldson helped contribute to a 5-1 Toronto win over Baltimore as he hit his 4th home run in two days. If we take it step further, Donaldson is on a home run surge, hitting 6 home runs and 11 runs batted in during his last 5 games alone. For the season, he has 34 HR, 92 RBI, and an OBP% of .407. He's simply terrorizing opposing pitchers.

As long as he's playing in Camden Yards, Donaldson is a threat to go deep and I expect him to keep playing well as the Blue Jays are a very confident baseball squad. Look for Toronto to power their way to another victory as J.A. Happ picks up his 18th "w" of the season.

Free MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -142
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Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies

Max Scherzer Gets the Start
Strikeout artist, Max Scherzer (14-7, 2.92 ERA) gets the start for the National League East Division 1st place Washington Nationals and that usually means trouble for the opposition. In this case, the Philadelphia Phillies (60-71), who have had a below average season by most people's standards, but the Fightin Phils have been competitive and this is a team that possesses a lot of young players. That said, Scherzer has been pitching well as of late and this should be a cake walk for him and the hard-hitting Nats.

Big players come through during pivotal moments and in his last start, Max Scherzer pitched 8 innings and allowed just 2 hits and struck out 10 batters en route to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. In his last 10 starts, Scherzer hasn't allowed more than 4 runs in a game and this is a pitcher that strikes out more than 1 batter per inning. One other telling statistic that appeals to me is that Scherzer has held the opposition to a mere .191 batting average. This veteran is simply too crafty for the young Phils.

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Washington D.C. Is Home
Just like home being Toronto for Josh Donaldson, home has been D.C. for Daniel Murphy. Murphy had that record-setting barrage of home runs in the playoffs last season with the New York Mets and never looked back. New York could've never imagined that Murphy would have a season like this and he has been able to sustain the excellent play. For the season, Murphy is hitting .345 with 25 HR and 98 RBI's. He leads the Nats in all offensive statistical categories and they have needed it due to a poor season exhibited by Bryce Harper. Coming off of a 2 hit game yesterday against Philly, Murphy could be a factor again in this game tonight. Take Washington as the heavy chalk as they're the far superior team.

Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -210
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