Labor Day Picks Of The Day For The Late Games Feature Two Sharp Selections

Mike Fiers after pitching

Monday, September 5, 2016 4:59 PM GMT

Coming off of an easy 2-0 day yesterday, we head into this Labor Day Holiday with some momentum and look to continue the progress as we present you with the best profitable picks for the holiday. Here are your MLB Picks of the Day.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Pressure on Zack Greinke
The question in this game is will the pressure on Zack Greinke (12-4, 4.17 ERA) as he faces his former team on the road, affect him in a positive or adverse manner?

Los Angeles Dodgers fans are a little more layed back than New York fans, but there will surely be a lot of L.A. Dodgers fans looking to "ride" Zack Greinke if he were to pitch poorly. After all, he took the money after being runner-up to Jake Arrieta for the NL Cy Young Award  last season and joined a team in the Arizona Diamondbacks (58-78) who have totally underachieved while his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) , are 3 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants for 1st place in the National League West Division.

 

Model of Consistency
In the second half of the 2016 MLB Season, the Los Angeles Dodgers overtook the San Francisco Giants for the lead of the division and have been the model of consistency. That said, the model of consistency that I'm referring to tonight is starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda.

Maeda is 13-8 with a 3.38 ERA this season along with holding the opposition to just a .223 BA. Not only that; in his last 7 starts, he hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in any start. Maeda is 5-1 in his last 6 decisions and we should see more of the same from the native of Japan. The question is "Will Zack Greinke bring his "A Game?" The Arizona Diamondbacks are a substantial betting favorite and although Greinke sports a nice record, he's surprisingly had run support as his ERA leaves a lot to be desired for a National League pitcher.

This is also a Dodgers team with an average offense at best. Corey Seager (23 HR, 62 RBI, .313 BA) and Adrian Gonzalez 16 HR, 76 RBI, 293 BA) are very respected hitters but this lineup lacks a little bit of pop and a real established consistent superstar. I look for Greinke to pitch well and for this game to go under the betting total for my MLB pick.

 

Free MLB Pick: Under 7 +110 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Houston Astros vs Cleveland Indians

Another Title In Cleveland?
This was a city that couldn't buy a title for decades and all of a sudden, Lebron James brings home an NBA Title to the city of Cleveland with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Cleveland Indians are having a dominant season at 79-56 and leading the American League Central Division by 5 1/2 games over the gamed Detroit Tigers.

This is a team with young talent, but no major superstars. A combination of timely hitting and solid starting pitching has done the trick as Cleveland is currently on a 6 game winning streak. Tonight will be a tall order to keep this streak going for the Tribe as they face a fierce Houston Astros (72-64) offense led by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa and the Astros are looking to nail down a playoff spot themselves. This ought to be a tough battle on Labor Day.

 

Advantage Astros?
I mentioned the strong pitching that Cleveland possesses, but that's not the case for tonight as Mike Clevinger (2-1 ,5.30 ERA) get's the start and he hasn't seen 90 pitches in his last 5 starts as his work has been limited. Having Andrew Miller in the bullpen is an asset, but the Indians need to get to the 7th or 8th inning in order to see Miller and this Houston Astros lineup has meant business all season long.

WIth players such as Jose Altuve (22 HR, 90 RBI, .346 BA, 26 SB), Carlos Correa (19 HR, 90 RBI, .274 BA), and Geroge Springer (26 HR, 75 RBI) at the top of the lineup, this will be a tough lineup for Clevinger to navigate despite Altuve slumping as of late. Altuve is still a .398 hitter on the road and a threat every time that he steps to the plate. Cleveland has caught the powerful Houston Astros at an opportune time, but I like Mike Fiers and (9-6, 4.31 ERA) and the Astros in this game. Fiers has allowed just 5 earned runs in his last 18 1/3 innings (3 starts) and good pitching wins ball games. 

 

Free MLB Pick: Astros -117 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes 

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