MLB Picks: Baseball Picks for Saturday

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 24, 2013 2:33 PM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 2:33 PM GMT

Surprisingly no early games for Saturday and not an overwhelming list of baseball games, but one very good one.

18-1 Max Scherzer vs. Matt Harvey at CitifField could possibly be the best matchup of the season. Let’s break everything down with MLB Picks of the Day.

Detroit Tigers (75-53) at New York Mets (58-68)

It Doesn’t Get Any Better!

Max Scherzer has been getting better as the season has gone along, not needing the Tigers offense as much and is putting up one of the greatest seasons of all time. Scherzer hasn’t missed a beat.

Whenever he has a somewhat lackluster game, the Tigers have picked him up, but for the most part, it has been all “Mad Max”.

The Best

Matt Harvey doesn’t have to have the best record or the best earned run average in the league, but he has the best raw skill of any pitcher in the league and also possesses a fighting spirit to go along with his talent that is 2nd to none.

It’s difficult to believe that Harvey hasn’t reached the 10 win plateau at 9-4 with a 2.25, but we have to remember that he play’s on a losing baseball team that gives him no run support. When Marlon Byrd is your best offensive player and David Wright is on the disabled list, you’re not going to have a 18-1 record like Scherzer.

The Mets outhit Detroit yesterday, but it was the Tigers with the big blows in a 6-1 victory. Austin Jackson and the best player in the world, Miguel Cabrera, both hit home runs to help the Tigers pick up the victory.

Despite an 18-1 record, Max Scherzer isn’t going to pitch a lot of shutout ball. He gives about 2 runs per game in 7 to 8 innings. If Matt Harvey can be flawless, the Mets can serve Scherzer his 2nd loss of the season.

MLB Pick- New York/Detroit UNDER 6.5 (I want to buy a ½ run here); the total is 6 runs and I don’t dare touch the side and underestimate Matt Harvey. Look for the best price at a good A+ sportsbook in the SBR ratings guide)

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Boston Red Sox (75-55) at Los Angeles Dodgers (76-52)

The Run of a Lifetime

You’ll never see a team go on as good a run as the Dodgers have went on over the last 50 games. They’ve been unbeatable and players like Hanley Ramirez have revived their careers over on the West Coast. Magic Johnson is happy and Don Mattingly could see some votes for Manager of the Year. If LA continues to play like this, Mattingly might win that elusive World Series trophy, but as a manager.

After Ricky Nolasco held the Sox to just 2 hits in a shutout last night, the Dodgers come back with South Korean import, Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-4, 2.95). Pitching wins ball games and Ryu has been a beast on the mound. He’s pitched 8 quality starts in his last 10 outings and although coming off of 6-2 loss to Miami, Ryu will make the Red Sox work hard. He’s also 6-1 with 1.78 ERA in 11 starts at home.

Gonzo

It’s obvious after his stint with Boston that Adrian Gonzalez is a west coast player. While Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig might be the Dodgers most intimidating hitters at the plate, Gonzalez is the most consistent as he leads the Dodgers in home runs (16), runs batted in (78), and batting average (.297). Look for Gonzo to be a possible factor against his old team.

The hitting is fairly even, but the Dodgers have a major amount of momentum and an edge in starting pitching. “I love L.A.”, here.

MLB Pick- Los Angeles -116 at Bet 365 (These are fantastic odds)

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Good luck, everyone!

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