MLB Picks of the Day Feature Two NL Moneyline Bets to Crush the Books

Joe Catalano

Sunday, August 14, 2016 4:09 PM UTC

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 4:09 PM UTC

Quality starting pitching is a key ingredient to winning games. We're going to provide you with our MLB Picks of the Day in which the starting pitching will affect the matchup in the bettor's favor. Here are your picks.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

Sunday Night Regulars

Usually when teams are showcased on Sunday Night Baseball on a regular basis, it means that they're two of the top teams in the MLB and in this case it's true. Although the Cardinals are just 5 games over .500 at 61-56, they're always a contender to be in the post season and in this case, are 33-23 on the road.

For the Chicago Cubs (73-42), they were expected to win the World Series for the first time in over a century this season and are on track to play in the Fall Classic if they keep playing outstanding baseball. This should be an outstanding matchup as starting pitcher, John Lackey (9-7, 3.56 ERA) pitches against his former squad.


Back on Track
After going through a rough patch of not receiving run support and losing 5 straight decisions, Lackey appears to be back on track and at the right time. He's a pitcher that will always give the Cubs 6 innings minimum win, lose, or draw (in this case, no decision) and in his last 4 starts, has allowed 8 runs in his last 27 innings pitched.

Surprisingly, being on a great team, one would think that Lackey get's a ton of run support, but the 37 year old veteran has come up on the short end of the stick where run support is concerned. Regardless, this is a favorable matchup for Lackey and the Chicago Cubs at home as the betting favorite.

The Cubs had won 9 straight games, but lost to the Cardinals on Saturday, 8-4. That will have no effect on this game whatsoever.


Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant
These two stars are the offensive leaders on this Cubs squad and they both are very similar in production. Both players currently have a .286 BA and both get on base nearly 40% of the time per at-bat. For the season, Bryant has 28 HR and 72 RBI and Rizzo has 24 HR and 82 RBI. These are the two players that make this team tick aside from and outstanding pitching staff and they should be effective against St. Louis starting pitcher, Mike Leake (8-9, 4.79 ERA).

Chicago is the clear cut pick in this matchup.

MLB Picks: Chicago Cubs -177
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle Sports

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Baltimore Orioles vs. San Francisco Giants

Huge Game For Both Teams
Both the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants had been cruising along and now the O's find themselves 1/2 game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the American East Divison lead and the San Francisco Giants, who were once 7 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, find themselves just 1 game ahead of L.A. . San Francisco has to feel a bit shaky with Johnny Cueto taking the mound despite his outstanding 13-3 season and sub 3.00 ERA as Cueto hasn't won a game in a while.


Johnny Cueto
This has been an outstanding 2016 for Cueto and he has a chance to go to back to back World Series, but lately he hasn't pitched up to his potential. Cueto hasn't won a game in his last 5 starts. His last win was on July 6th if you can believe it. Some of it is due to lack of run support, but in his last 2 starts, Cueto simply hasn't pitched well. In these two starts, he allowed 9 runs and 4 home runs in 12 2/3 innings pitched. When you're a pitcher that doesn't receive a ton of run support, the margin for error becomes less.I expect Cueto to pitch well here as this game is very important and he's facing a team that's traveled thousands of miles to the West Coast. These West Coast trips can be taking on a baseball team and that's the case for Baltimore.


No Definitive Superstar
At this point, we can't define Buster Posey (12 HR, 54 RBI, .288 BA) as a superstar and this San Francisco Giants is loaded with a ton of .260 to .280 hitters that can lead the way in any particular game.

Last night, Denard Span led the way in a 6-2 San Francisco win over the O's. Span was 2 for 5 with 4 RBI's . Brandon Belt also "belted" a home run which contributed to the win. Belt has the ability to draw a lot of free passes and although his batting average sits at .278, he has a .394 OBP% and getting on base is the name of the game when it comes to winning and he's a major reason why the Giants sit atop the National League West. Cueto hasn't pitched well, but San Francisco is still the MLB pick and at home.

MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants -140
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle 2 UNIT PLAY

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