Huge 2-Unit Play Featured In Our MLB Picks Of The Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, June 4, 2016 2:08 PM UTC

Saturday, Jun. 4, 2016 2:08 PM UTC

Lopsided pitching matchups is the story of today in the MLB. Let's provide you with the best opportunity to win with our MLB Picks of the Day for Saturday.

Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds

Stephen Strasburg Looks To Go 10-0
Although injuries have really held him back, Stephen Strasburg has had a fine career and he's finally hitting his peak this season as he's been unstoppable. Atlhough this appears to be a one-sided matchup, Strasburg faces the test of dealing with the Cincinnati Reds, who are capable of serving Strasburg his first loss of the season. The Reds are stuck in the cellar of the National League Central Division at 20-35, but have won 3 straight games and a previous trip to Colorado has given their offense some confidence.


SS or "SOS"
The Reds might need a lot of help as Strasburg has been mowing down the competition quite easily. In his last 10 starts he hasn't allowed more than 4 runs in a game, has pitched at least 6 innings, and has made at least 100 pitches in a game in 9 out of the 10 starts. This is the durable pitcher that Washington has been looking for to carry them even when their offense isn't clicking. In 7 of those 10 starts, Strasburg has allowed 2 runs or less. This is a pitcher that's capable of double digit strikeouts and has pinpoint control. This afternoon is a test, but he's passed all tests with flying colors thus far.

In the first game of this series, the Reds are coming off of a 7-2 victory. In this game, Zack Cozart continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI and Eugenio Suarez hit his 13th home run of the season to go along with 3 hits, and 2 runs scored. This is a good sign for the Reds. Even though Joey Votto's batting average is just .222, the Reds have always counted on the core of Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce. With the emergence of Zack Cozart at the leadoff position, this provides some depth to the team. Their pitching has really done them in this season,

Speaking of Zack Cozart, he's been red hot in his last 5 games. In these games, he's 10 for 26 with 3 HR and 5 RBI. This is a lifetime .250 hitter. The Reds need Cozart to keep hitting to matchup the lineup that the Nats have with Daniel Murphy, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman.

Even with the Reds nice run, you have to side with Stephen Strasburg. He's pitching too well at the moment.

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Free MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -200
Best Line Offered: at YouWager


San Francisco Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Switching Places
In essence, these two teams are switching places as the San Francisco Giants had a very disappointing season last year and the St. Louis Cardinals have ruled the National League Central Division for years. Now, the Chicago Cubs are the top team in the NL Central and the Rebirds are a .500 team with nothing much to cheer about.

From the Giants perspective, they've had a way of coming through in big games with lesser talent and good pitching and have won World Series Titles when they really weren't the best team. This year will be a major test for San Francisco (35-22), but they definitely have no concerns where the division is concerned and this is a team that plays equally well on the road (19-11) as they do at home.


Samardzija's Year?
There were plenty of seasons where Jeff Samardzija's was pitching at a high level. He just couldn't get any run support when he was a member of the Chicago Cubs. Who know's? Maybe down the road in the post-season he might face his old squad. That's just speculation and thus far Samardzija (7-3, 2.84 ERA) has done a fine job for the Giants.

It's nice to get some run support, but Samardzija hasn't really needed it too often. He's coming off of disappointing loss to the Atlanta Braves in which he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings pitched, but previous to that, Samardzija allowed 6 earned runs in a 38 1/3 innings. He pretty much held the opposition hitless and I expect a bounce back effort here from the former Notre Dame star wide receiver.

In the first game of this series, as I predicted, Johnny Cueto took care of business as he held the Cardinals to just 1 run in 6 innings and the San Francisco bullpen took care of the rest in a Giants 5-1 victory. This was a tight game all the way through, but the Giants sealed the deal with 3 runs in the 9th inning. This Giants lineup doesn't possess a ton of big sluggers, but they're quite successful at playing small ball with the likes of Brandon Belt (.422 OBP%), Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Denard Span. Look for the Giants to carry the momentum over to game 2 of this series with a victory.

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Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -108 (2 UNIT play)
Best Line Offered: at Intertops

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