Capper Catalano’s MLB Picks of the Day for August 2nd

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 2, 2014 2:39 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 2:39 PM UTC

At this point, absolutely everything is going our way as we our 17-3 in our last 20 games and finding ways to win games in which we’re behind. It’s time for Capper Catalano’s MLB Picks of the Day.

Capper Catalano’s Record
152-130 -9.20 Units

After a great pitching performance by Vidal Nuno, Pittsburgh comes back like gangbusters to gives us the win. With extreme odds, we back the pitching of Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox and win that game and then we nail our 2 unit selection of the Angels over the Rays as I thought moral would be low in the Tampa Bay clubhouse and I was right as Los Angeles pulled out that game. Just an amazing day. What obstacles do we have to overcome today to stay on this amazing roll?


Milwaukee Brewers (61-49) vs.St. Louis Cardinals (57-51)
Regaining Their Grip
After a major losing streak, the Milwaukee Brewers have come back to once again to grab a secure lead in the National League Central Division over the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St.Louis Cardinals. These games are huge because they have a 2-game swing involved. Milwaukee has done it mostly with their offense, defeating top-flight pitchers such as David Price and most recently Adam Wainwright.

Tonight, the Cardinals send out recently acquired Justin Masterson (4-6, 5.51) and although he’ll have the backing of the crowd, he’ll have a large task at hand facing the Milwaukee offense and being opposed by a very consistent Kyle Lohse (11-5, 3.07).

In his last 9 starts, Lohse hasn’t let up more than 4 runs in a ball game. Masterson will have to pitch a “masterpiece” in order for the Cardinals to win tonight.

You have to love the top of the Brewers lineup. In yesterday’s game, their first 4 hitters combined to go 8 for 17 with 5 runs and 7 runs batted in. This includes an Aramis Ramirez 2- run 2nd inning home run. Simply stated, the Cardinals offense has let them down this year while Milwaukee’s offense has come out in full force in 2014. This is why the Brewers have been one of the most improved clubs in the majors this season.

MLB Pick: Milwaukee -115 at 5 Dimes

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San Francisco Giants (59-50) vs. New York Mets (52-57)
Can deGromm Come Up Big In a Tough Spot?
After managing just 1 run and 2 hits yesterday against the Giants at CitiField, the Mets send out breakout star Jacob deGromm (5-5, 2.79) and he’ll be opposed by a 1-10 Jake Peavy.

Although deGromm has been a flatout beast, allowing 7 runs in his last 46 innings while winning his last 4 starts, I’m a little bit apprehensive where the Mets offense is concerned. One day they crush the Philadelphia Phillies and the next day, they can only manage 2 hits against the Giants at home. Just the same, you have to like deGromm at home, with good betting odds, and against Peavy who has had a dreadful season.


The Beast From the East
Although Lucas Duda was born in California, he’s currently making a name for himself on the East Coast and in a major way. Duda was responsible for the Mets sole run yesterday to raise his seasonal total to 20 HR, 61 RBI, .263 BA.

Duda is getting stronger as the season goes on and could make a difference in a game like this being that David Wright has been a disaster this season. The Mets captain is hitting a measley .270 on the season and hasn’t even cracked the 10 home run mark. I call this wasted money. Look for Duda to bail the Mets out once again behind the spectacular pitching of Jacob deGromm.

MLB Pick: New York Mets -128 at 5 Dimes

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I’m not loving today’s slate of games, therefore we pick our spots and these picks appear to be very respectable. Let’s have another undefeated day!

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