MLB Picks: Betting Lines & Baseball Odds Report

Steven Suarez

Saturday, August 31, 2013 2:05 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 2:05 PM UTC

There are four games that we are examining closely today. Are your MLB picks in line with what our cappers are thinking?

Cardinals (Lynn) vs. Pirates (Burnett)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Another spectacular performance from Francisco Liriano – he's now shut down the Cardinals on three separate occasions this season – led to a comfortable win for Pittsburgh last night.

What that means is the Pirates are now dead even with their division rivals in the playoff race. With two more home games in this series left, Pittsburgh seems to be in the driver's seat to take the lead in the highly-contested NL Central.

The pitching advantage has to go to A.J. Burnett as well, since he's recorded a 2.42 ERA at home this season, as opposed to Lance Lynn, who owns a 4.96 ERA in 13 road starts. That doesn't matter to Ron though – he's adding St. Louis at +118.


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Orioles (Feldman) vs. Yankees (Nova)

Covered by Willie Bee

Last night's win for the Yankees has resulted in them being just a half-game back of the Orioles. Still, there's still a considerable gap between those two and Oakland and Tampa Bay for the two Wild Card spots.

Scott Feldman has yet to face the Yankees this season, but his career numbers against them leave a lot to be desire. The Bronx Bombers have hit a combined .322 against the right-hander (Curtis Granderson has three homers in 11 at-bats) heading into today's matchup at Yankee Stadium.

So the edge appears to be on New York's side here. Ivan Nova, who's 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA at home in 2013, has given up just four earned runs in 14.2 IP against Baltimore this season. But, Willie stills sees the value on Baltimore (+121) this afternoon.


White Sox (Danks) vs. Red Sox (Peavy)

Covered by Ross Benjamin

Jake Peavy makes only his second start of the season at Fenway tonight. Having the home support behind him has been a big plus, as the righty is 6-0 with a 2.59 ERA in seven home starts in Chicago and Boston.

For Chicago, southpaw John Danks (4-10, 4.15 ERA) picks up the start and he's only won once on the road this season. Danks has a pretty decent record against Boston though, holding them to an overall batting average of .222.

What kind of MLB pick is Ross looking at for Saturday? He's going to bes on the Red Sox on the run-line, which can be found at +100 at a number of sportsbooks.s


Padres (Cashner) vs. Dodgers (Capuano)

Covered by Ron Patrick

Another day, another easy win for the Dodgers. Perhaps San Diego can make a better game of it tonight against Chris Capuano, who hasn't lasted more than five innings in four consecutive outings. For the year he's 4-7 with a 4.74 ERA.

Capuano has been dreadful at home (2-5, 6.14 ERA) and has had his fair share of struggles versus San Diego too, but L.A. is still a heavy favorite at -160. Yes, even in spite of the fact Andrew Cashner has posted three quality starts in a row.

Ron isn't buying the Dodgers at this number though and we don't blame him. Capuano has been incredibly shaky, so Ron has decided that the best MLB betting value is on Cashner and the Padres at approximately +150.


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