MLB Moneyline Picks of the Day for Monday Sept. 8th

Joe Catalano

Monday, September 8, 2014 1:25 PM GMT

With a little “Lobstein Luck” on Sunday, we managed to hit both of our MLB plays. Today is a different story as much of the NFL is out of the way and the betting public can concentrate on America’s pastime with our betting picks.

Capper Catalano’s Record
Attn: It has been brought to my attention by SBR’s best writer, Willie Bee (in my opinion), that I made an error with my record. He was correct. I credited myself with an Oakland Athletics win and they lost. This was not intentional as I never intend to deceive the public. I’ve adjusted the record and apologize for the mistake. Thanks Willie!

194-168 -18.88 Units (The Athletics were credited as a loss on Friday and we’ve went 4-0 over the weekend with a 3- unit play and 2- unit play included)

 

Chicago Cubs (64-79) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (73-69)

A Must Win Situation For the Jays
Normally, I wouldn’t like to lay the massive amount of juice that you can find in this game, but the Toronto Blue Jays have their backs against the wall, 5 games out of the final wild card position with just 20 games remaining in the regular season. They get a very favorable matchup against an up and coming Chicago Cubs team at the Rogers Centre.

 

Home Cooking
I don’t put rookie starter Marcus Stroman in the elite class of pitchers in the majors, but he’s a pitcher that excels at home. If you take a look at Stroman’s split stats, you’ll notice a great discrepancy from his play on the road as opposed to home. At the Rogers Centre, Stroman is 6-2 with a 2.97 ERA and on the road, he’s 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA. That’s a huge difference as Stroman allows opposing hitters to hit .307 against him on the road.

He’ll be facing a Cubs offense with some young talent in the form of Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena, and Jorge Soler. The Cubs have a bright future, but unfortunately for them, they haven’t figured out how to win on a consistent basis. The Blue Jays on the other hand, have Edwin Encarnacion back in their lineup and although they really miss Melky Cabrera, the top half of their lineup is quite imposing, headed by Jose Reyes at the leadoff position and Jose Bautista backing up Reyes. Bautista doesn’t have his usual 40-50 home runs, but home runs are down throughout the majors and “Joey Bats” is coming off of a big game yesterday in which he hit his 31st homer and drove in his 89th run batted in. Bautista is a stud that will need to come up big in the next 20 games if the Jays are to get a sniff of the post-season.

Free MLB Pick: Toronto -200 at 5 Dimes

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Baltimore Orioles (83-59) vs. Boston Red Sox (63-80)

Complete and Utter Domination
The Baltimore Orioles have really layed claim to being the best team in the American League East Division with a 9.5 game lead over the New York Yankees.

The same can’t be said for the Boston Red Sox who are in the basement of the AL East. The Sox have went from the 2013 World Series Champions to a bottom feeder. This is a team that’s had a few trades and has simply gotten older.

As usual, the Red Sox get major respect from odds makers as they’re listed at +100 MLB odds in a Miguel Gonzalez (8-7, 3.38) vs. Joe Kelly (3-3, 4.13) starting pitching matchup. Not only do the Orioles possess the better offense, they have the superior starter in Gonzalez. He’s coming off of a complete game shutout 4- hitter in which he struck out 8 batters against the Cincinnati Reds. Gonzalez has pitched exceptionally well as of late and will be supported by some big bats in the Orioles lineup.

 

Cruising Along
We all know that steroids have destroyed the integrity of the sport, but the games go on. Nelson Cruz, an admitted PED user, is having a monster season and is coming off of a huge game for the O’s. Cruz smashed 2 home runs and 7 runs batted to avoid a sweep against Tampa Bay. On the season, Cruz has 39 home runs and 101 runs batted in. We will always have questions in the back of our minds, but officially, Cruz is hitting the Orioles into the post-season and we like him and Baltimore against a Red Sox team that has called it quits.

Free MLB Pick: Baltimore -110 at 5 Dimes – 2 Units for your MLB picks

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