MLB Picks: Baseball Best Bets for Saturday

Joe Catalano

Saturday, September 14, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 14, 2013 2:11 PM UTC

After a barrage of home runs by playoff contending and non-contending MLB teams, we take it to Saturday in which teams are fighting it out for a post-season berth with just over 2 weeks remaining in the regular season. See who we think are the top MLB picks.

Miami Marlins (54-92) at New York Mets (65-81)

Despite 2 home runs from Giancarlo Stanton, New York was able to come away with a well deserved 4-3 victory by Jonathon Niese and the Mets bullpen last night. Lucas Duda’s 3 run home run in the 6th inning gave the Mets the lead and they never trailed after that. We could possibly see some more of the Mets bullpen tonight as Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00) takes the mound as he faces Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) for the Marlins. This is not an attractive pitching matchup.

He’s Still On the Team?

Surely after a 13-5 loss against Atlanta on September 2nd in which Matsuzaka allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings, I thought that his tenure with the Mets would be over, but that wasn’t the case.

In his last outing, Matsuzaka allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians. Make no mistake about it; one decent outing doesn’t mean that the Japanese import’s spot on the rotation is secure. Daisuke’s best days are behind him and he can implode at any time. If you’re a bettor, you can’t rely on him in this game; he’s been on the downward trend for quite some time.

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Franchise Player

Giancarlo “Mike” Stanton is the star of an uninspiring Miami Marlins team and he proved it last night as he drove Jonathon Niese out of the game with 2 no-doubters (HR’s). Stanton doesn’t have much protection in the lineup or his numbers would even be better than his 22 HR, 52 RBI, and .256 BA in 367 at-bats.

September has been kind to Stanton as he’s carrying a .306 BA with 4 HR and 10 RBI and we’re just about half way through the month. This is a player that could eventually be moved by the Marlins, but for now, they desperately need his offensive contribution.

Matsuzaka has been so bad that he’s actually the underdog at -104 in this game, but the Mets will have a little momentum coming into this game. New York is the free pick.

MLB Pick- New York Mets -104 at Bet 365

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Philadelphia Phillies (68-79) at Washington Nationals (78-69)

The Nats Are Red Hot!

I took the Nats as with the runline yesterday and they have continued to come through as they’re currently the hottest team in baseball, winning 7 consecutive games and 9 out of their last 10. Washington has picked up the pace very late in the season and the question is “Will it be enough to get them into the playoffs?”

The answer is most likely no, but the Nats look unstoppable currently and they face a pitcher in Cole Hamels (7-13, 3.45) who had a dreadful start to the season, but has since been on fire himself. In his 8 out of his last 10 starts, Hamels has allowed 2 runs or less per start. If anyone has a chance at breaking Washington’s winning streak it would be Hamels, but he’ll need help from an inept Phillies offense.

Ryan Zimmerman

One player for Hamels to be cautious of is Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman has excelled in the 2 spot as he’s 11 for his last 31 over the last 7 days with a mind blowing 7 HR and 9 RBI. Zimmerman is coming off of a 3 for 5 performance last night against Philly in which he hit a home run. He’s the main reason why the Nats are on this run and there seems to be no end in sight.

With Gio Gonzalez and Cole Hamels starting tonight, one would have to think that the UNDER is the way to go. I’m go to buy a ½ run and take the UNDER for my baseball picks here.

MLB Pick- Washington/Philadelphia UNDER 7.5 -153 (buying a ½ run) at Bet 365

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