MLB Picks: Baseball Value Picks for Saturday

Joe Catalano

Saturday, June 8, 2013 2:15 PM GMT

Saturday’s slate of MLB games is filled with a lot of early games due to rainouts, but I’ll lean towards the later games and give you time to digest the picks as we look for maximum profit in Picks of the Day.

Let's have a look at two big games and analyze the MLB odds to capitalize!

Atlanta Braves (37-24) at Los Angeles Dodgers (27-33)

In the late West Coast game tonight, Kris Medlen (2-6, 3.14) looks to make it two consecutive wins after a really poor start to the season as he faces relatively unknown Stephen Fife (1-0, 4.50).

Don’t look at the records here. Medlen has had little run support, is coming off of a 10-1 season last year, and has a clear advantage in the starting pitching matchup.

These are two teams at the opposite ends of the spectrum. The Braves have a 6.5 game lead in a weak National League East Division while the Dodgers are riding a two game winning streak, but currently reside in the basement of the National League West Division.

Matt Kemp has had a disastrous season and is currently battling hamstring injuries, but Los Angeles has recently discovered magic in a bottle.

Tune in to Steven Suarez Betting Odds & Lines Report, right here.

Yasiel Puig, MLB’s Next Superstar….

The pronunciation is Puig, not pig, and this leadoff hitter has made his mark in the majors. Puig is the real deal. He tore it up in Spring Training and the Dodgers waited a while to bring Puig up.

In 5 games, Puig has a .417 batting average with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in. He’s already hit a grand slam this season. This will boost a weak Dodgers offense and give help to Adrian Gonzalez who leads the Dodgers in every offensive category.

Medlen has never faced the Cuban sensation and Puig could possibly have a bearing on the outcome of the game.

While the Dodgers are ecstatic about Puig, they have to feel good about Fife after his last start. He only went 5 innings, but allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 batters. Stephen Fife will need a repeat performance in dealing with some legitimate hitters in Freeman, Heyward, and McCann.

Pick- Dodgers +124 at Bet 365 ( the enthusiasm from Puig has lit a fire under L.A.) for your sports picks.

[gameodds]3/235960/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

New York Yankees (35-26) at Seattle Mariners (27-35)

The New York Yankees have owned the weak hitting Mariners in the past, but you wouldn’t know it by last night’s performance.

Jeremy Bonderman and the Mariners defeated the Yankees, 4-1 as the Yanks scored 1 run in the 1st inning and could hardly hit get good wood in the next 8 innings.

You know that you played poorly when Jason Bay outproduced your squad.

Sayonara New York

Jason Bay might never be the player that he was with the Red Sox, but the Mets have to be really upset about signing him. Throughout his tenure with the Mets, Bay was injured and didn’t produce when he played. With Seattle, Bay has been serviceable as he currently resides in the number 2 spot of a weak Seattle lineup.

On the season, Bay is hitting just .224 and has 8 home runs and 17 runs batted in. He looks like a much improved player with the Mariners and being back in the American League.

Ole Reliable

In this afternoon’s game, the Yanks start Andy Pettitte (4-3, 4.17). Pettitte hasn’t had his best stuff this year, but there’s no better big game pitcher than the almost 41 year old Pettitte.

Andy is coming off of a couple of abbreviated outings against Cleveland and Seattle and looks to come up big for New York here.

While Robinson Cano has seen his average slip to .276, leadoff speedster, Brett Gardner has started to be more consistent as a leadoff man. This is a guy that the Yanks want on base because he has unparalleled speed.

Gardy is currently riding a 5 game hitting streak in which he’s 6 for 15 with 1 home run and 5 runs batted in. Look for Gardner to possibly be a factor in today’s game.

Pick- Yankees -124 at Bet 365

[gameodds]3/235963/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Good Luck, everyone. It’s a beautiful day. Let’s play ball!