Cash In Saturday's MLB Picks Of The Day

Cubs vs. Pirates Odds

Joe Catalano

Saturday, July 9, 2016 5:13 PM GMT

Saturday, Jul. 9, 2016 5:13 PM GMT

Saturday's MLB offers a lot of appealing pitching matchups in the evening session. Let's expose these matchups and translate them into winning bets as we provide the beting public with our MLB Picks of the Day.

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
The Curse Is Back. The Chicago Cubs (52-34) are on a 4 game losing streak and aren't playing like the best team in baseball anymore and the first thing that a person think's is about the Chicago Cubs curse of not winning a World Series for over 100 years.

Teams such as the Pirates and Cardinals were double digit games behind the Cubbies for the division lead and all of a sudden, we're only in the month of July and Pittsburgh has grabbed ahold of 2nd place, trailing by 7 1/2 games and the Cards are just 8 games behind Chicago. There's a lot of baseball to go. Right now, Chicago desperately needs a win and it won't be easy as Jon Lester (9-4, 2.67 ERA) is coming off of a terrible outing in his last start.

 

Best One-Two Punch In the Game?
The Cubs have been sailing along with last year's NL Cy Young Award Winner in Jake Arrieta and Jon Lested flatout dominating the opposition. Last night, Andrew McCutchen and the Bucs helped serve Arrieta his 4th loss of the season and now the pressure is on Jon Lester.

 

One Bad Outing
Before Jon Lester's last outing, he had allowed a total of 8 runs in 51 innings and was 5-0 in these 7 starts. He was a strikeout machine,"k'ing" the opposition 51 times in those 7 starts. Basically this is what a manager wants. (a strikeout per inning).

Everything changed in his last start when his ERA ballooned from 2.03 to 2.67 as he allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and 3 home runs in just 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the New York Mets. Lester has always been a confident pitcher, but Pittsburgh is picking up steam and can be very streaky. Ths will be a difficult challenge for Lester as he looks to break the Cubs losing streak before it escalates.

 

Andrew McCutchen
I want to say that Lester doesn't want to wake up a sleeping giant, but Andrew McCutchen is the farthest thing from a giant in stature, however, he's starting to get on track and the perfect time, before the All-Star Break.

McCutchen is coming off of a 3 for 4 effort yesterday with a double and an RBI. His batting average is a modest .244 ,but it hasn't been this high in a long time. This is a former NL MVP that we're talking about. Against Chicago, McCutchen has had major success, hitting .317 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 41 at-bats. Look for the small man with a big bat to be a factor in tonight's MLB Odds.

Free MLB Pick:  Pirates +148
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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Washngton Nationals at New York Mets
The New York Mets might not be able to stop the veteran starter (9-6, 3.21 ERA) , but they can only hope to contain him. It's diifficut to believe with the way that the Mets pitching staff has been playing with Matt Harvey going to be out for the season and the injuries to David Wright and Lucas Duda, that the Nats only have a 4 game lead on the Mets.

As Washington is 6-4 in their last 10 games, the Mets have picked the perfect time to play well also to keep pace with the National League East Division leading Nationals. New York has won 7 out of their last 10 games despite losing to Washington last night. Tonight, comes the real test for the Amazin's as the starting pitching matchup heavily favors Washington.

 

A Crushing Blow
Yoenis Cespedes has been beasting as of late as he leads the Mets in almost every offensive statistical category, but won't be back until after the All-Star Break. That's 21 HR, 52 RBI, and a .302 BA that the Mets won't have in their lineup and these power numbers could break records for the Mets franchise in a season if Cespedes keeps up this pace.

The Mets next best hitter is Asdrubal Cabrera at .265 with 12 HR and 29 RBI. He and Neil Walker will have to pick up the slack and to me, no Cespedes, no win.

Although Cabrera has been hitting .348 in the month of July with 4 HR, this game heavily favors the Nats without the Mets major source of offense. I haven't even mentioned the Nationals boppers such as Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper and it's really not necessary. I will mention that it's not very hot in New York weather-wise and that will also benefit Scherzer as the baseball won't carry. Nats are the MLB Pick here.

Free MLB Pick:  Nationals -182
Best Line Offered:  at BetOnline

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