Cash in with Capper Catalano's MLB Picks of the Day 8/1

Joe Catalano

Friday, August 1, 2014 1:20 PM GMT

We’re coming off yet another winning day. Each game becomes increasingly important to the contending teams in the MLB as we hit the month of August. Time to cap these games & provide you with more of Capper Catalano’s best bets.

Joe C. Record: 149-130 -13.20 Units
Right away, while preparing today's MLB picks of the day, notice that the aces are out in full force as there are a handful of games with odds of -200 or higher.

 

Los Angeles Angels (64-43) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (53-55)
Moral Crusher
When a team gives up the caliber of a player such as David Price for virtually nothing to a top contending team such as Detroit, I expect the moral around the clubhouse to take a dramatic drop.

Tampa Bay had been playing some good baseball, but the fear of Price leaving after his contract made them make this trade. Nonetheless, it was a boneheaded move and they still have to play baseball games.

The Los Angeles Angels are having one of their best seasons in years and my gut says that they will be like a shark sensing blood and attack their foe in this matchup.

The Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson has had 2 starts this season and has been quite effective, but this was in a limited amount of innings. L.A. sends out Matt Shoemaker (8-3, 4.13) and he’s had a very solid season despite an ERA slightly above 4.00.

In his last start, Shoemaker pitched a gem against the Detroit Tigers, holding the Tigers scoreless in 7 innings. The only thing that worries me about Shoemaker is that most of his successful outings have been at home.

 

Game Changer
Now that Kole Calhoun has successfully positioned himself as the leadoff man on a productive Angels offense, Mike Trout can shoot for the AL MVP Award with just 2 months left to go in the season.

When all is said and done, Trout will be one of the all-time greats in baseball history. He’s already the best player in baseball and he’s a week away from being just 23 years old. On the season, Trout is hitting .300 with 24 HR and 76 RBI. The crazy thing is Trout started the season off in a slump and he’s not even close to playing to his fullest potential.

This isn’t a numbers pick to me, this is a pick from the gut that says that David Price will be sorely missed.

Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles -108 at 5 Dimes – 2 Unit Play at 5 Dimes

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Minnesota Twins (48-59) vs. Chicago White Sox (53-56)
Smooth Sailing
It came down to which ace do you take as Chicago has the weakest team out of a bunch of aces such as Sonny Gray, Adam Wainwright, and even Justin Verlander on a Tigers team that made out like bandits. I decided to ride Chris Sale. Sale is the most effective starter out of the bunch with his sub 2.00 ERA while allowing opposing hitters to just a .194 batting average.

The other thing to take into consideration was that Sale was at home and playing the lowly Minnesota Twins. Minnesota is one of the weakest hitting teams in the majors and going absolutely nowhere.

Sale has been a monster. In his last game, he played these same Twins and shut them out for 8 innings while allowing just 5 hits and striking out 12 batters. Sale hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in a start since June 18th. There’s no fear here even with such a costly price as Sale has an offense that’s led by the leading home run hitter in the majors in Jose Abreu.

Abreu has been a flatout beast hitting .374 with 6 HR and 19 RBI in the month of July and on the season, is hitting .305 with 31 HR and 83 RBI. Abreu should really be the MVP in the American League, but Chicago’s overall record might affect the outcome; time will tell.

Free MLB Pick: Chicago White Sox at MLB betting odds of -281  (I’m not crazy; Minnesota is DIRT)

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