Fatten Your Wallet With These Father's Day MLB Picks

Joe Catalano

Sunday, June 19, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

Sunday, Jun. 19, 2016 2:00 PM UTC

There's a lot going on this Father's Day. We have the NBA Finals Game 7, PGA's U.S. Open, and of course, some great MLB. Speaking of America's Pastime, Here's two winning MLB Picks!

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chcago Cubs
Chicago Cubs fans have been waiting for over 100 years for a World Series title. Last season, they were swept by the New York Metsin the NL Championship League Series, but this season, it's an entirely new "ball game" as the Cubbies were expected to win and currently have the best record in the majors at 46-20. This is also a team that's 26-8 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago was projected to win 91 games this season where future betting is concerned and it appears that they will eclipse that mark. This team has a real shot to win it all and, unlike the Boston Red Sox winning the big one after such a long period of time, the Cubs would be winning PED-free. 


McCutchen Slumping
Tonight, the Cubs host a Pittsburgh Pirates team (33-35) that has been a major disappointment. They've lost 9 out of their last 11 games. Their pitching has been average, led by Francisco Liriano, but the major culprit for the Bucs demise has been former NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen.

Although we still have 4 months remaining in the regular season, McCutchen would have a lot of ground to make up for Pittsburgh to be post-season contenders and for him to reach his usual standards.

There's no doubt about him saving runs in the field with his outstanding fielding, but he's batting .244 this season, McCutchen hasn't gotten on base enough to be a factor. Another thing that I find shocking is that McCutchen has always been known for his ability to swipe bags. He's has just 2 stolen bases this season. Guys such as Starling Marte (.332), Gregory Polanco, and Josh Harrison have had to shoulder the offensive load for the Bucs as Pittsburgh is just hoping that McCutchen can get on track.


Jameson Taillon 
Normally, I see this MLB Pick as a "slam dunk"; no pun intended for the Chicago Cubs, but newcomer, Jameson Taillon (1-0, 1.98 ERA) looked like Cy Young in his last start as he totally stifled the New York Mets at CitiField, holding the Mets to just 2 hits in 8 innings pitched.

Even though Dexter Fowler has went down with a hamstring injury, the Cubbies offense, led by Kris Bryant (16 HR, 46 RBI, .274 RB), Ben Zobrist (9 HR, 40 RBI, .315 BA, .426 OBP%), and Anthony Rizzo (16 HR, 50 RBI, .394 OBP%), could have their hands full on national television if Taillon produces back to back outstanding performances.  With all of this said, the bettor would have to side with the best team in baseball at home and lay the juice.

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Free MLB Pick:  Cubs -152
Best Line Offered:  at BetOnline


Washington Nationals vs San Diego Padres
The Washington Nationals are cruising along in the National League East Division with a 43-26 mark and 6 games ahead of the 2nd place New York Mets. This afternoon, the Nats look to avenge a disappointing 7-3 loss yesterday to the lowly San Diego Padres (28-42) in which Washington allowed 6 runs in the 8th inning to spark a Padres rally. These thing occasionally happen in the MLB, but are not "the norm".

This afternoon, we have a starting pitching matchup of two pitchers who haven't received a ton of run support in Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.96 ERA) for the Nats vs. Drew Pomeranz (5-7, 2.88 ERA) for the Pads. Petco Park is a pitcher-friendly park and might we see a pitcher's duel as both starting pitchers are capable of this happening.

Gonzalez is the more established pitcher, but in actuality, Pomeranz has been the better pitcher this season. Throw out his last two outings, which were two of his poorest, but not the worst that have ever been displayed on a baseball diamond. Pomeranz plays well at home. He possesses a 2.60 ERA with 40 strikeouts in just 34 2/3 innings. Pomeranz will need to be at his best as he's lost momentum and more importantly, he faces a very intimidating Washington Nationals lineup. Daniel Murphy (12 HR, 46 RBI, .365 BA) and Wilson Ramos (11 HR, 38 RBI, .335 BA) are having career years and there's always Bryce Harper (.404 OBP%) lurking.


Will Myers
The one player that the Padres have to hang their hats on is Will Myers. This is the one player that Gio Gonzalez will need to fear as Myers has been a flatout beast, coming through in clutch situations.

For the season, Myers has 16 HR, 44 RBI, and a .291 BA. Myers has been on fire in the month of June with a .373 BA, 9 HR and 22 RBI. He's simply tearing the cover off of the baseball. In his last 4 game, he has 2 HR and 7 RBI. If Myers can get a little assistance from John Jay (2 HR, 23 RBI, .299 BA) and Matt Kemp (15 HR, 46 RBI, .255 BA), the Padres could give the Nationals a run for their money. That said, the correct bet is to side with the Nats as they're the far superior team and the MLB Odds are super-attractive.

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Free MLB Pick:  Nationals -116  /2 Units
Best Line Offered:   at Bookmaker

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