Bargain Hunting with Capper Catalano for MLB Picks Today

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:10 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 1:10 PM UTC

Tuesday’s full slate of MLB games brings about a lot of even matchups. Let’s see if anything captures our interest as we go bargain hunting with our MLB Picks of the Day.

Capper Catalano’s Record: 169-151 -26.55 Units
In our past MLB picks and predictions, we have been hitting our one unit plays and losing the two unit plays. Obviously, this is not acceptable; time to deliver today with something good.


Baltimore Orioles (71-52) vs. Chicago White Sox (59-66)
Baseball’s Hottest Team?
How can one not be impressed with the Baltimore Orioles? After defeating one of the best pitchers in the league in Chris Sale, the O’s now find themselves 19 games over .500 and starting to run away with the American League East Division.

You know things are going your way when Chris Sale has a statistically favorable matchup according to the split stats and J.J. Hardy is going yard on him.

Baltimore is coming off of an 8-2 victory over the White Sox as Chris Sale’s high pitch count took him out of the game and Hardy, Cruz, and Markakis all went yard. Now, if the O’s can only get Chris Davis to revert back to last year’s form, this team would be close to unbeatable.

Baltimore is 7.5 games over the Yankees in the AL East and have won 7 out of their last 10 games. There’s nothing to lead me to believe that Chicago has any chance in this game. Although they actually have the best player playing tonight in Jose Abreu, Abreu can’t do it alone and Baltimore’s pitching has been exceptional. The Orioles send out Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68) tonight and I expect Tillman to win.

For most of the season, I was doing 1 unit plays and then eventually incorporated 2 unit plays. I don’t go higher than that, but I will make an exception because the MLB odds makers totally missed the boat here. How is it possible that this is a near-even matchup; hogwash!

Free MLB Pick- Baltimore -107 5 Dimes Sportbook – 3 Unit Play (a rare exception-don’t play with money that you don’t have, “air-bet”, etc.) (These odds are juicy)

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Houston Astros (52-73) vs. New York Yankees (63-59)
Making These Games Count
The Yankees, who don’t have the talent that they had in their championship years, have been having a lot of their star players retire during seasons in which they didn’t make the playoffs.

Last year it was Mariano Rivera and they look to avoid the same scenario as Derek Jeter completes his illustrious career this season. By the looks of things, the Bombers will need to shoot for a Wild Card spot because Baltimore seems determined on running away with the division.

Both teams have gotten a day off and should be ready to go as Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.13)  of the Yanks squares off against Brett Oberholtzer (4-8, 3.87) for the Astros. Houston is one of those unusual cases in which you expect them to lose, but they occasionally have offensive outbursts in which they score 10 runs or more in a game whether it be Jose Altuve going 4 for 4 or Chris Carter smashing 2 home runs in a game. That said, this is a good spot for the Yankees. The Bombers have post-season aspirations, are playing at home, and have the better and more experienced roster.

New York’s 3 acquisitions have been a major disappointment this season and this is a team that lacks power. Mark Teixiera is the Yankee with the most power, but he can’t hit for average and is injury prone. This is a game that I would expect the offensively deprived Yankees to grind out with a big play from Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury. Both players have deadly speed and one or two runs can be a difference in a game like this. Take New York against the bottom-feeding Astros.

Free MLB Pick- New York -162 

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