After an Undefeated Sunday, Here are Monday's MLB Picks

Joe Catalano

Monday, August 25, 2014 1:26 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 1:26 PM UTC

Coming off of a 3-0 day with 2 underdog victories in my pocket, I’m feeling quite confident as we enter a Monday slate of MLB games in which there are a lot of even matchups. See who we select as our betting picks.

Capper Catalano’s Record: 178-156 -23.17 Units
Sunday's MLB Picks of the Day came with victories in the total in the Colorado-Miami game, the Angels as an underdog against Oakland, and the underdog Mets destruction of the Dodgers, I should be feeling good. Unfortunately, I was a little gun-shy as all plays were 1-unit apiece. Scared money doesn’t win, but I’ll gladly take the undefeated day.


Colorado Rockies (52-77) vs. San Francisco Giants (68-61)
Chasing Down L.A.
The Giants find themselves a game closer after yesterday of reaching the Los Angeles Dodgers who are 4.5 games ahead of them and 3 games ahead in the loss column. After what I saw from the Dodgers yesterday against the Mets, catching the Dodgers is an attainable goal.

Tonight, they get an appealing matchup in which they’re a significant betting favorite against a Colorado Rockies team that can’t hit on the road.

Colorado is coming off of a 7-4 victory over the Miami Marlins as Coors Field suited its purpose for the home team. Nolan Arenado continued to be a hot hitter as he homered again. Arenado is hitting .388 with 5 HR and 12 RBI in the month of August. As always Coors Field comes into play as 13 of Arenado’s 14 home runs are at home.


Phony Numbers
The Rockies rank 2nd in runs in the majors, 1st in batting average, and 1st in on-base percentage. These statistics can’t be taken seriously as they’re all watered down. I’ll break it down for you.

At home, Colorado has 96 home runs and a .317 batting average. On the road, the Rockies have 54 home runs and a .236 batting average. Nothing more needs to be said.

Colorado sends out a very ineffective pitcher in Tyler Maztek (2-9, 5.38). Maztek has lost 5 consecutive decisions in his last 5 starts. He’s also allowed the opposition to a .289 batting average. With hitters like Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, and Pablo Sandoval in their lineup, the Giants should have no problem in this game despite coming off of a 14-6 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Free MLB Pick: San Francisco -178 at 5 Dimes

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Oakland Athletics (76-53) vs. Houston Astros (55-76)
Proving Your Worth
This game is very simple as Jeff Samardzija (3-3, 4.07) gets the start for Oakland against Scott Feldman (7-9, 4.37) for the Texas Rangers. Feldman is a very serviceable veteran. It’s really up to the opposing pitcher and hitters to “steal” the game away from Houston and Feldman.

Samardzija was on a team in the Chicago Cubs that never gave him run support and now he’s on a totally supportive team. Unfortunately, the move out to the West Coast has been a bit bumpy for Samardzija who allowed 7 runs in 7 hits in 3 2/3 inning in his last start against the New York Mets.

Thus far, Samardzija has been a bit disappointing for Oakland as he’s lost his last 2 starts. There are no more excuses. The Athletics lost a game at home to the Angels on Sunday Night Baseball last night in which the Angels took over the divisional lead and the best record in baseball. Even though Houston has some very formidable hitters in Jose Altuve (6 HR, 43 RBI, .334 BA, 47 SB) and Chris Carter (30 HR, 72 RBI), this is a game that the Athletics need to win and the type of game that Samardzija should prove his value with a solid pitching performance. I’m banking on the Athletics in this spot.

Free MLB Pick: Oakland at MLB odds of -159 at 5 Dimes – 2 Units

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