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Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 3:47 PM UTC

In an abbreviated slate of MLB game on this "Transitional Thursday", Capper Catalano provides for you a few hidden gems with his valuable betting picks

Capper Catalano’s Record
182-158 -18.95 Units

No harm, no foul on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw came through for the easy win and the New York Mets, who were a betting underdog, lost by a run to the Atlanta Braves, unable to complete the comeback and we’re even for the day.

Oakland Athletics (78-54) at Los Angeles Angels (79-53)
Is It Finally C.J. Wilson Time?
Angels starter C.J. Wilson has done a great job of flying under the radar after getting paid a good sum of money. Let’s face it, if Wilson lived up to the hype of his contract, the Halos would be world beaters . Instead Wilson (10-8, 4.45) is having another one of his average seasons in which he’s lucky to pitch 5 or 6 innings by the time he gets to 100 pitches.

Wilson will need an “A+ effort” as he faces one of the top teams in the majors in the Athletics. In essence, these are the two top teams in the majors right now.

In his last 3 starts, Wilson has improved, allowing just 4 runs and going 2-0, but he’s still been unable to get past 6 innings. Luckily for the Halos that they have the late season acquisition of Huston Street from the San Diego Padres to clean up the mess.

One other significant issue in this game is superstar Mike Trout. Trout had been on a horrendous streak, but has managed to step it up in his last 2 games going 5 for 7 with 1 HR and 3 RBI. Trout is hitting only .257 in the month of August and without a consistent effort from the Vineland, New Jersey native, the Angels won’t go far in the post-season. Expect Mike Trout to go on a huge run during the stretch drive of the season.

Although the starting pitching matchup tends to favor Sonny Gray (13-7, 3.00) of Oakland, I like the Halos in this game and at great MLB odds.

MLB Pick- Los Angeles -108 - 2 Units

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Minnesota Twins (58-74) at Kansas City Royals (74-58)
People Aren’t Used to K.C. Winning
I looked at this matchup and nothing looked appealing about it and I realized that the Royals are 16 games over .500 with just over a month to go in the regular season and the MLB odds list them as a -144 betting favorite at home against a poor Minnesota team.

Bottom line is that the Royals are getting absolutely no respect from anybody. This is the type of team that could possibly sneak into the playoffs and do damage.

Thus far in this series, Kansas City has won both games and look to go for the sweep after allowing Minnesota to just 2 runs in 2 games. Minnesota has a very weak and inexperienced offense. Royals starter, Jeremy Guthrie (10-10, 4.32), should have no problem in this spot. Guthrie is coming off of a fantastic outing in which he allowed just 1 run in 8 innings to in a victory over the Texas Rangers. Guthrie has won his last two decisions and most likely will make it 3 when tonight’s slate of games are complete.

Kansas City really has no legitimate star on their team, but they find a way to get the job done whether it be a big hit from Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, or Salvador Perez. Nothing about this team excites me, except for their win total and that’s all that matters. When selecting your MLB picks take the Royals at home at decent odds to defeat and overmatched Twins club.

MLB Pick- Kansas City -144 at 5 Dimes

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