Aug. 5th MLB Picks from Capper Catalano

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 1:17 PM GMT

Tuesday’s slate of MLB betting action has some real anticipated games, highlighted by Clayton Kershaw and his quest for excellence and the debut of David Price as a member of the Detroit Tigers. See who we like as our best bets of the day.

Capper Catalano’s Record: 155-133 -11.41 Units
We hit the nail on the head with part of our daily MLB picks as Brandon McCarthy shut down the Detroit Tigers, but clearly missed with our 2- unit play as Garrett Richards shut out the Dodgers and the Great Greinke was not so great last night. Today is another day and I see some appealing picks.

 

Detroit Tigers (61-48) vs. New York Yankees (58-53)

The Price Is Right
David Price (11-8, 3.11) makes his debut as a member of the Detroit Tigers as Detroit practically stole Price from the Tampa Bay Rays for very little.

Price comes into Yankee Stadium playing at a very high level, but the Yankees are feeling good about themselves after defeating Max Scherzer yesterday with Brandon McCarthy starting by the score of 2-1. Do the Yankees carry over this momentum with Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98) taking the mound or does Price show why he was so coveted by so many major league teams?

Price is actually coming into this game on a bit of a low point as he’s allowed 3 runs in each of his last 2 starts, going 1-1 in a total of 15 innings. When David Price pitches, the Tigers know that they will get a rubber arm that will pitch 8 innings or more, he’ll pitch 100 plus pitches, and will come close to double digit strikeouts in each and every game.

Maybe he’s a bit overrated, but when he’s on top of his game, he’s untouchable. This can spell trouble for a Yankees offense that has had trouble scoring runs.

If you look at the Yankees offense, they don’t look very imposing. This is a team that has always prided themselves on being able to hit home runs, but when your leadoff hitter in Brett Gardner, who isn’t known for hitting home runs, is 2nd on the team in homers you have a problem. Add into the equation that Mark Teixiera hasn’t been able to play everyday whether it be a freak injury or an extended injury and the fact that Jacoby Ellsbury has been awful as of late, the Yankees could be in trouble here.

 

Jacoby Ellsbury
Ellsbury was supposed to be one of the Yankees prized acquisitions, but if you look at his numbers (9 HR, 50 RBI, .275 BA, 29 SB), they haven’t been so great.

Ellsbury is 4 for his last 24. The Yankees can’t be happy about the overall production of all 3 of their new acquisitions in Brian McCann, Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran. Beltran has been hitting the baseball better lately, but the Bombers expected much more.

Look for David Price to come out strong off of adrenaline alone. He’s one of the only pitchers in the majors that you expect a near complete game from everytime out. Detroit evens up the series tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Detroit -129 at 5 Dimes -2 Unit Play

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Los Angeles Angels (67-44) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (63-50)

Time For Revenge
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The Angels and starter Garrett Richards shut out and pretty much embarrassed their rivals in the Los Angeles Dodgers. Richards was simply unhittable.

Tonight the tables should be turned as the best pitcher in this generation in Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 1.71) takes the baseball for manager Don Mattingly and simply put, Kershaw might need 2 runs from his team at best to win this game.

The Angels send out Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.76) to pitch and the Los Angeles Dodgers offense which contains hitters such as Gordon, Puig, Ramirez, Gonzalez, and Kemp are quite capable of scratching out a few runs tonight against Santiago.

Look for Kershaw to continue his dominance at a costly betting price.

Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -236 at 5 Dimes

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