MLB Betting: Thursday's Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:14 PM GMT

There’s a lot of day game action plus, we’ll set you up for the night with our winning baseball picks.

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There’s a couple of intriguing matchups in Thursday’s installment of MLB Picks of the Day.

Miami Marlins (56-96) at Washington Nationals (81-71)

Running the Table

After a disappointing 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, the Nationals will need to just about run the table or close to it as they’re 5.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final wild card spot in the National League with 10 games to go. The Nats have put up a gallant effort and they have a small opportunity here, as they have a series against the worst team in the National League, the Miami Marlins.

The Right Man

The Nats can only take it game by game and they have the right man for the job tonight in starter Gio Gonzalez (10-7, 3, 40).

Although this hasn’t been his best season, Gonzalez has been the Nationals best pitcher over the last couple of seasons and good pitchers come up big in crucial situations. To come to Gonzalez’s defense, he sports an attractive ERA and hasn’t gotten the run support earlier in the season to have a huge win total.

In his last 4 starts, Gonzalez has allowed just 5 runs and that should be good enough against an inferior pitcher in Henderson Alvarez. Alvarez is coming off of a 7 inning shutout against the Mets in his last outing; but let’s remember, this is a depleted Mets offense that we’re talking about.

Washington has been getting a lot of production from its top 7 hitters; that’s a scary looking lineup. Jayson Werth continues to tear the cover off the ball, Ryan Zimmerman continues to hit the ball out of the park, Bryce Harper is nearing superstar status at 20 years of age, and Denard Span is currently on a 29 game hitting streak; let’s not jinx him.

This is Washington’s game to win or lose at home, so feel confident adding them to your sports picks.

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MLB Pick: Take the Nationals run line -1.5 (-115) at Ladbrokes

 

New York Yankees (80-72) at Toronto Blue Jays (69-82)

Living On the Edge

The Yankees are in the thick of the playoff race and need to beat up on a team like this. Thus far this series, they’re 1-1 and had to score 4 runs in the 8th inning on Wednesday to pull out a comeback win in a 4-3 victory.

The much maligned Vernon Wells may have very well earned his contract this season with an 8th inning double that knocked in Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano while keeping New York in the playoff hunt, just 2.5 games behind Texas and Tampa Bay with 10 games remaining in the regular season.

Breaking the Slump

Hiroki Kuroda (11-11, 3.13) has been the backbone of the Yankees pitching staff all season, but he’s hit the skids at the wrong time. Kuroda has lost his last 4 decisions and even if the Yankees make it into the playoffs, they don’t have a legitimate ace to turn to.

Against a Toronto team that’s ready to call it a season, this is the game where Kuroda need’s to show his value to the team. He’s allowed 23 runs in his last 29 innings. MLB odds suggest you look for Kuroda to come up big in a spot like this with the likes of Cano, Soriano, and Granderson backing him for run support.

Toronto starter, Todd Redmond (3-2, 4.10) has been definitely serviceable, but he hasn’t proven that he can go deep into games and the Yankees have proven that they can get out to a lead or come from behind late in games.

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MLB Pick: Take then New York Yankees to win outright, -122 on the money line at Bet365

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