August 20th MLB Picks of the Day from Capper Catalano

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:50 PM GMT

When you get down to the last quarter of the MLB season, teams begin to scoreboard watch and every game is very important. Here are my Wednesday’s betting picks of the day that are sure to fill your pockets.

Capper Catalano’s Picks: 170-152 -25.17 Units
In yesterday's daily picks report, we came up with a profit with our biggest play to date with Baltimore at 3 units, but a late home run in the New York Yankees game that snapped a tie in Houston’s favor, took a little wind out of our sails. The 3- unit play was a special play. Do we dare go back to the well again out of frustration and the season winding down?....

 

Cincinnati Reds (61-65) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (68-57)
Pure Pitching
You have two top flight pitchers take the mound as Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.06) and a slumping Cincinnati Reds team take on Lance Lynn (68-57) and the St. Louis Cardinals. No matter what the numbers say or what St. Louis goes through during the season, they’re always there competing for the division title and this year is no different. That said, Johnny Cueto is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball and this will be a test for the Redbirds.

 

On Fire
This is the perfect description for Johnny Cueto currently as he has won his last 7 decisions over an 8 game time period. Even more amazing is that Cueto is an underdog in this game. This is due to the disappointing season that Cincinnati has had and their offense is often inconsistent at times. Jay Bruce has had an awful season, Billy Hamilton has cooled down a bit, and the Reds have been playing most of the season without Joey Votto.

Cueto doesn’t give up a lot of hits. He’s held the opposition to just a .183 batting average. That said, he’s not going to pitch shutouts. This is a pitcher that consistently goes deep into ball games and allows 1 to 2 runs per contest. Can the St. Louis offense led by Matt Adams show any effectiveness where Cueto is concerned or at least get into the Cincinnati bullpen early is the question?

From Cincinnati’s point of view, they need someone other than Todd Frazier to display some consistent power.

Free MLB Pick: St. Louis/Cincinnati Under 7 at 5 Dimes 2 Unit Play

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Atlanta Braves (66-60) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-62)
The Wrong Time To Go Cold
The Pittsburgh Pirates picked the wrong time to stop playing baseball as they’ve lost 8 out of their last 10 games and are starting to crap their season away.

You would think that the Pirates are in a good spot tonight against Alex Wood (9-9, 3.07) with Gerrit Cole (7-4, 3.78) starting, but they’re really not. Cole has been unable to go more than 5 innings lately while Wood is coming off of an outstanding performance against Oakland on Sunday Night Baseball, giving Jon Lester his first loss as a member of the Oakland A’s.

 

Atlanta Bats Are Waking Up
After an extended losing streak almost a month ago, the Braves have been coming on like gangbusters. Yesterday was indicative of how good that the Braves have been playing. The Braves defeated the Pirates 11-3 yesterday as almost everyone in the lineup was a contributor.

Justin Upton has been going yard lately. Evan Gattis has started to swing a hot bat and even Jason Heyward is 5 for 10 in his last 2 games with 1 HR and 5 RBI while almost raising his average up to .270. I think that Atlanta is full of confidence and Pittsburgh is lost without Andrew McCutchen.

Gambling is about taking chances; risk-taking if you will. There’s still a quarter of the season remaining and I feel good about yesterday’s 3-unit win with Baltimore. I’m going to push the issue and take the underdog Braves as a 3-unit play and roll the dice.

Free MLB Pick: Atlanta +106 at 5 Dimes- 3 Unit-Play

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