Mining the Diamond: Betting Odds Analysis & Free Picks On Sat May 20th Action

NY Yankees

Luis Chaves

Saturday, May 20, 2017 3:35 PM GMT

Mining the Diamond has cashed eight of its last nine MLB picks, including a pair of winners yesterday. Let's keep crushing your bookmaker as we come up with two more gems today.

Giants (18-25, -7.8 units) vs. Cardinals (21-18, -0.4 units)

* St. Louis is 12-3 (+7.7 units) when playing against a team with a losing record this season.

* St. Louis is 4-1 (+2.8 units) when playing on a Saturday this season.

* St. Louis is 18-13 (+2.6 units) against right-handed starters this season.

* St. Louis is 144-108 (+13.7 units) in night games over the last three seasons.

* San Francisco is 2-4 (-2.5 units) on the road when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season.

* San Francisco is 1-5 (-5.2 units) when playing on a Saturday.

* San Francisco is 7-15 (-8.1 units) on the road this season.

* San Francisco is 8-15 (-9.8 units) against right-handed starters this season.

The Giants bounced back from a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night in the series finale and rallied in the ninth inning to claim a 6-5 win over their hosts last night. Nevertheless, the MLB odds are favoring the Cardinals again tonight and this second game of a three-game set should yield different results. Carlos Martinez is on the hill for the Redbirds and he is 2-0 when starting against the Giants with an ERA of 3.27 and a WHIP of 1.091.

St. Louis has won in Martinez's last four starts and tonight should be no exception as the Giants have Jeff Samardzija and his 1-5 record accompanied by his 5.26 ERA. Samardzija is 3-3 against the Cardinals over his career but let's not forget that the 32-year-old veteran has seen better days and has dropped his last pair when facing St. Louis. Jhonny Peralta is back from the DL for the Cardinals and St. Louis is poised to avenge their defeat from last night. Let's back the home chalk in our MLB picks for Saturday night.

Free MLB Pick: Cardinals -142Best Line Offered: at BetPhoenix

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Yankees (24-15, +7.2 units) vs. Rays (22-22, +1.1 units)

* Tampa Bay is 7-15 (-7.3 units) after a win this season.

* Tampa Bay is 7-14 (-11.6 Units) in home games in May games over the last two seasons.

* Tampa Bay is 46-69 (-20.5 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last two seasons.

* New York is 8-4 (+4.0 units) in days games this season.

* New York is 12-8 (+3.3 units) when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season.

* New York is 4-1 (+3.4 units) when playing on a Saturday this season.

Masahiro Tanaka has had two miserable outings this season which have skyrocketed his ERA to a misleading 5.80. However, before his last performance where he got lit up for eight runs in a little over an inning of work against the Astros, the Japanese import had won five straight and he will return to form against the overmatched Rays tonight. Tanaka is 6-1 when starting against the Tampa with an ERA of 3.79 and a WHIP of 0.947 while his team's record is 8-1 (+6.9 units) in these starts.

Conversely, Tampa Bay will send Matt Andriese to the mound who is 1-2 when starting against the Yankees with an ERA of 5.59 and a WHIP of 1.655 while his team's record is 1-3 (-1.9 units) in these starts. I am not going to count on Evan Longoria pulling his team's feet out of the fire like he did last night with four hits including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. And I am certain Tanaka will rebound with a fine performance and continue to dominate Tampa Bay as he has done throughout his career. Back the Bombers in the Bay tonight.

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -113Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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