Two Value Picks To Mark Down On Tonight's MLB Betting Ticket That Are Money

Brandon Crawford

Friday, August 26, 2016 5:40 PM GMT

Even though there's a ton of heavy chalk tonight, there's a lack of quality MLB starters taking to the mound. Could this mean that there's major value with some underdogs?

Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees

Successful West Coast Trip For the Young Yankees
At 65-61 and 4-2 on their latest West Coast swing, the New York Yankees have to be feeling really good about themselves. Management has shipped away older players with big contracts and the young talent is producing. Now, the Yankees have another big series ahead of them as they face the Baltimore Orioles (70-57). Although Baltimore is ahead of the Bombers in the standings, the O's have given up the lead in the AL East Division and fallen back to 3rd place. This is also a big series for Baltimore as there's less than a week remaining in the month of August and time is running out for the Birds.

Rookie, Luis Cessa (3-0, 4.01 ERA) get's the start for the Yankees and Cessa is coming off of his first successful start in which he pitched at least 80 pitches. Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, has eased Cessa into a starting role and it's paid off. In Cessa's last outing, he pitched 6 innings and allowed just 3 hits while striking out 5 batters. I don't expect Cessa to pitch more than 85 pitches, therefore the New York bullpen will need to be effective along with their offense.

Gary Sanchez's Emergence
While Yankees leading hitter, Didi Gregorius has slumped lately (.283), the Yankees have needed a player to shoulder the load on a consistent basis and rookie catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been that man.

Sanchez has set MLB hitting records and he's only 74 at-bats into his Major League career. Sanchez is hitting .389 with 9 HR and 16 RBI's in just 19 games this season. He's coming off of a game in which he went deep against the Seattle Mariners and has gotten a day's rest. I expect Sanchez to be full of energy coming into this game as he's a threat to go deep and or change the complexion of a game in general. He also call's a great game at the catcher position, and can throw runners out on a consistent basis.

Despite being the team with the weaker record, the New York Yankees are a revitalized baseball team and the betting pick in this game at home.

Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees -112
Best Line Offered:
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Atlanta Braves vs San Francisco Giants

Giants Looking To Regain Lead
While the San Francisco Giants have been leading the National League West Division all season long, they've dropped back to 2nd place, 2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Things could be worse, but the Giants salvaged their series with L.A, with a 4-0 victory last night. Tonight, the Giants have a major opportunity for another win as Jeff Samardzija (10-9, 4.17 ERA) takes the mound in a complete pitching mismatch against the lowly Atlanta Braves (47-81). The one thing that the Braves can hang their hat on is the fact that their a 28-37 team on the road as opposed to 19-43 at Turner Field. That said, Atlanta is still not good value in this particular game.

Jeff Samardzija
This is the type of pitcher with 'ace stuff' as we saw when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs but just hasn't lived up to expectations due to inconsistency. Lately, Samardzija has pitched well with 3 consecutive quality outings.

In these 3 starts (18 2/3 innings), Samardzija has allowed a mere 5 earned runs on 12 hits. His problem is receiving run support from his offense, but against an Atlanta starter who hasn't won a game for this entire season, the San Francisco offense should have an easier time and this will enable Samardzija to pick up the W if he pitches a 4th consecutive quality outing and this will be against a weak Atlanta offense aside from Freddie Freeman (26 HR, 62 RBI, .386 OBP%).

Upper Mid-Level Tier Hitters
Part of the problem offensively for the Giants is that they don't have a player like David Ortiz that's a game-changer, who will smack home runs on a consistent basis and hit .320, but one thing that the Giants do have that every other Major League team doesn't have is a cluster of hitters that hit above average and can each provide the big hit on any given day.

From Denard Span (.272) to Angel Pagan (.296), the Giants have 6 hitters that hit between these batting averages and that includes their leader, Buster Posey (12 HR, 60 RBI, .295 BA) and Brandon Belt, who has an amazing eye at the plate (.388 OBP%). This "cluster" of players should be good enough offensively along with Jeff Samardzija pitching to handle the bottom-feeding Atlanta Braves.

Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -216
Best Line Offered:
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