Baseball's Pick Of The Day for Saturday 9th

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 9, 2014 1:23 PM GMT

With a full slate of MLB games on this Saturday, there are some really appealing matchups in which we think that we’ve found the betting edge as teams are scrambling around with the post-season in the back of their mind.

Capper Catalano Record
159-137 -12.03 Units

Los Angeles Dodgers (66-51) at Milwaukee Brewers (64-52)

Greinke Pitches At Miller Field

Although Zack Greinke (12-7, 2.71) has went through a few rough patches this season after a very long streak in which he didn’t allow more than 2 runs per start, I’m inclined to side with Greinke in a matchup like this as the games are become more important for the playoff contending LA Dodgers.

From a Milwaukee standpoint, they’re one of the most improved teams this season and have managed to hold the lead in the National League Central Division over Pittsburgh and St. Louis without giving it up. Can a hard hitting Milwaukee team find a way to be effective off of Greinke in order to stay in the division lead?

Actually, Milwaukee holds a 1 ½ game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates, but these game are becoming more important and the Dodgers hold a decisive pitching edge in the starting pitching with Zack Greinke. Both of these teams have impressive offenses, but it’s the Brew Crew who are coming off of a 9-3 victory on Friday as they managed to score late and often to overtake Los Angeles.

These teams are stacked with the likes of Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig. That said, good pitching wins games and in this case great pitching with Zack Greinke.

Pick: Los Angeles -137 at 5 Dimes- 2 Unit Play

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Minnesota Twins (51-63) at Oakland Athletics (71-44)

Risk vs. Reward

You have one of the weakest offensive teams in baseball in the Minnesota Twins facing the best team in the majors in the Oakland Athletics. Not only that, the A’s send Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 3.09) to the mound against Trevor May who has no Major League pitching experience. You would expect the betting odds to be astronomical and they are. Is it worth the risk picking Oakland at -242 MLB odds?

Last night, Minnesota provided a gallant effort, but came up a bit short in a 6-5 loss yesterday to ace Scott Kazmir and the A’s. If there was a time to upset the Athletics, it could be now.

Overrated?

Both Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss are putting up huge power numbers, but both players are finding it difficult to reach base as they’re both hitting below .250.

Donaldson is hitting just .222 with 2 RBI in the month of August while Moss is hitting .045 with just 1 hit in August. This is a team that’s not as good as their record indicates. However, I always feel that good pitching wins most of the time and Jeff Samardzija will be looking to make a good impression with his new team and what better way than to defeat a Minnesota team that’s ineffective offensively and defensively?

It's also important to keep in mind when making your MLB betting picks that Minnesota is a team without power. Brian Dozier is the only player hitting in double figures in home runs and just like Donaldson and Moss, is hitting in the .240’s. The Twins lineup is very weak and that’s what their record indicates.

You can feel secure in taking Oakland Athletics at such extreme betting odds. They have the best plus/minus ratio in the majors where runs scored as opposed to runs allowed are concerned. The A’s also have the best record in the majors, they’re playing at home, and Jeff Samardzija gives them a major edge overall. Lay the juice.

Pick: Oakland -242 at 5 Dimes

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