Mining the Diamond: Windy City Winners in Saturday's MLB Picks

Mining The Diamond August 12th

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, August 12, 2017 6:12 PM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 6:12 PM GMT

The Mets and the Marlins both cashed as we went 2-0 last night in our MLB picks but today is another day. Let's take a look at Saturday's slate of games and connect on another twin killing.

Cubs (60-54, -18.8 Units) at Diamondbacks (64-51, +11.1 Units)

* Arizona is 8-10 (-4.0 Units) when playing on Saturday this season.

* Arizona is 6-9 (-1.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season.

* Arizona is 12-14 (-0.9 Units) against left-handed starters this season.

* Chicago is 19-9 (+7.8 Units) against left-handed starters this season.

* Chicago is 19-8 (+7.7 Units) as a road favorite of -125 to -175 this season.

* Chicago is 11-6 (+1.3 Units) against the Diamondbacks over the last three seasons.

The Cubs took the first game of this three-game set with the Diamondbacks and are looking to insure they win the series with a victory today. Jon Lester has gotten back into a groove after a few rough patches while Arizona's starter Patrick Corbin has gotten ripped over his last two appearances, allowing a whopping 14 runs (10 earned) in only nine combined innings of baseball.

In addition, the Cubs have hit lefties well this season, averaging six runs per game. The MLB odds reflect Chicago as a narrow favorite because Corbin's been such a mess, so let's back the Cubbies in what should be another mismatch tonight.

Free MLB Picks: Cubs -109Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Royals (57-58, +5.2 Units) at White Sox (45-68, -6.5 Units)

* Chicago is 10-9 (+5.2 Units) as a home underdog of +125 to +175 this season.

* Chicago is 22-23 (+6.6 Units) after a win this season.

* Chicago is 4-0 at home against the Royals this season.

* Kansas City is 5-10 (-6.0 Units) after three or more consecutive losses this season.

* Kansas City is 2-9 (-7.6 Units) in August games this season.

* Kansas City is 25-31 (-3.7 Units) after a loss this season.

Two teams going in opposite directions here. The White Sox may be hopelessly out of the playoff picture but at least they're putting together a winning streak which falls under the too little too late column. On the other hand, the Royals are fading fast, having dropped five consecutive games and going nowhere. James Shields is in the box for the White Sox and he owns a 7-2 career mark when starting against the Royals with an ERA of 4.02 and a 1.21 WHIP.

Let's grab the home dog in our MLB picks with the Chicago White Sox getting way too much juice from the oddsmakers.

Free MLB Picks: White Sox +135Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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