MLB Betting: Tuesday's Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 2:39 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 2:39 PM GMT

Tuesday offers a lot of good pitching matchups highlighted by Max Scherzer’s quest for his 20thvictory of the season. Will we see a lot of low scores today?

Let’s take a ride along the plus side and pinpoint to you the best baseball picks that Tuesday’s MLB odds have to offer.

Check out Tuesday's Baseball Betting Odds & Lines Report for a breakdown of today's games!

Detroit Tigers (81-57) at Boston Red Sox (82-57)

Scherzer Goes For 20

Max Scherzer has had a career year and is a shoe-in to be the American League CY Young Award Winner.

Tonight, he has the heavy burden of facing the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park as a bunch of teams chase Boston for the American League East Division Championship. We could see these two teams meet again in the playoffs as they’re two of the best teams that the American League has to offer.

Scherzer is coming off his first poor start in his last 8 outings as he allowed 5 earned runs and 8 hits in 5 innings as Detroit went on to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on August 29th. Detroit is a team that can protect their pitcher’s record with major run support and Scherzer should need some runs here. Boston has a loaded lineup led by David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. The Red Sox are 2nd in runs, 2nd in the league in batting average (.274), 2nd in on-base percentage (.347) and 3rd in slugging percentage (.436).

Doug Fister shutout the Sox yesterday in a 3-0 victory and Boston will need a solid effort out of Jon Lester (12-8, 3.99). Lester is an above average pitcher, not in the class of Scherzer, but will keep Boston in the game and leave the outcome of up to the offense. Without Miguel Cabrera in the lineup, Boston has a major opportunity to hand Max Scherzer his 2nd loss of the season.

This is a tough game to call and the total is a bit high at 8 runs. Take the 'Under' for your MLB picks.

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 MLB Pick: Bet Boston/Detroit UNDER 8 (-110) at William Hill

 

Chicago White Sox (56-80) at New York Yankees (73-64)

Yankees Late Season Run

The Yankees continue to make a late season surge as both Boston and Tampa Bay lost yesterday and the Yanks are a mere 2.5 games out of the final wild card spot and have most of the injured players back on the field. Tonight, they face the unenviable task of facing Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99) but will Sale get enough run support is the question?

If any of you watched yesterday’s game that was delayed by rain, you would’ve seen that not only is Chicago an awful offensive team, but they’re also a terrible fielding team. The White Sox looked like a Single A Minor League team out on the field as they were totally confused.

Poor Timing

New York sends Hiroki Kuroda to the mound tonight. Although he’s had an outstanding season as he’s led the American League for a portion of the season in earned run average, Kuroda has faltered as of late.

Kuroda has lost his last 3 starts and has allowed 15 runs on 29 hits in 16 2/3 innings. As Ivan Nova has started to pitch well for New York, this is the worst time for Kuroda to go bad. That said, he gets to face a weak White Sox lineup that’s 29th in the league in runs scored and 26th in on-base percentage. Paul Konerko isn’t the same player that he once was and for Adam Dunn to be hitting over .200 is assessed as a good season.

New York has the better product offensively and pitching-wise when healthy and has much more incentive going into this game. For your sports picks, look to a Yankee victory on Tuesday night against Chris Sale, who gets little run support.

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MLB Pick: Pick the New York Yankees -150 on the money line at Bet365

(The run-line is a possibility, but Sale is a tough customer.)

Good luck, everyone!

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