Capper Catalano Riding the ML for Tuesday's MLB Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 12:55 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 12:55 PM UTC

The MLB had a chaotic Labor Day as Cole Hamels and three other Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. Today is a different day as we attempt to “shutout” and stifle the sportsbooks with our winning betting picks.

Capper Catalano’s Record

185-164 -20.84 Units

It was a rough Labor Day as we were selecting the few late games, but that’s no excuse. Roberto Hernandez was so bad that he gave up 2 home runs to Denard Span and the Rockies and Giants played way over the total. My Coors Field method of betting usually works out, but not yesterday. Time to move on; can’t sit on losers.


Boston Red Sox (60-77) vs. New York Yankees (70-65)
Payback At the Bronx
Let me just start by saying that these two baseball teams absolutely hate eachother. It’s like Army vs. Navy; records don’t matter; only head to head matchups matter at that particular moment.

It appears that the Red Sox have thrown in the towel and are complacent in sitting on their 2013 World Series Championship.

At the end of last season, the Sox layed a beating on the Yankees and it was Mariano Rivera’s last season. I think that teams remember this type of “rubbing it in” and this season, the great Derek Jeter retires after nearly 2 decades and 5 World Series Championships with the same baseball team. Every place that Jeter goes, he gets a standing ovation.

The Yankees will look to prolong Jeter’s career as they attempt to pick up the 2nd wild card berth in the American League. This will be a tall order and a victory over starter Joe Kelly and the Sox in game 1 of this series would be a good start in accomplishing that goal.

New York’s offense has been a complete and utter disaster. Brian McCann hits home runs on rare occasions and to the shortest area distance-wise in Yankee Stadium, Mark Teixiera can’t even hit his weight, and even Brett Gardner’s batting average has taken a nose dive.


Jacoby Ellsbury
One player that’s come on strong in the latter part of the season has been, former Red Sox outfielder and current Yankee, Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury has pretty much carried this team for the last month and he might have to do it again with Shane Greene (4-1, 3.09) starting for the Bombers.

This Yankees offense has been so bad that Ellsbury, who is a non-power hitter, leads the Yanks in RBI’s with 64.

This last week alone, Ellsbury is 12 for his last 23 with 4 HR and 9 RBI. He got injured recently and is expected to play despite a sprained ankle. Martin Prado has also been a recent contributor, but he feasts off of left-handed pitchers and Kelly is righ-handed. Look for Ellsbury and the Yankees to beat up on the already beaten Red Sox in game 1 of this series.

MLB Pick: New York -150 at Bookmaker -2 Units

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Washington Nationals (78-58) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (77-61)
Kershaw For President
If you’re expecting the Washington Nationals to put another beating on the Los Angeles Dodgers, think again because Clayton Kershaw (16-3, 1.73) gets the start for L.A. and he’s pretty much unstoppable.

If you had bet on Kershaw and his lopsided betting odds this season, you would have made a nice profit. It’s not too late to get on the “Kershaw Express” as there is plenty of room for followers.

Even facing a tough starting pitcher in Doug Fister and a Nationals team that are running away with their division, Kershaw and the Dodgers are a -210 betting favorite on the MLB odds; that’s how good Kershaw is. In his last 2 starts, he’s allowed 1 earned run on 9 hits in 16 innings pitched while striking out 20 batters; this is total dominance.


Total Collapse
At the beginning of the season, Yasiel Puig was being compared with Mike Trout. Since the All-Star Break, the Cuban defect has done absolutely nothing. This is a player with great talent, but might need to visit the minors for a short period of time.

Puig has been dropped in the batting order and is 2 for his last 17 at-bats. This guy looked like the second coming of Hank Aaron and has simply fallen off the map. I can’t remember the last time that he’s hit a home run or even knocked a player in. The Dodgers have been forced to rely on the speed of Dee Gordon and the hitting of Adrian Gonzalez and a revitalized Matt Kemp. This trio should be good enough with Kershaw to win this game.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles -210 at Bookmaker

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