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Joe Catalano

Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:27 PM GMT

Thursday, Sep. 29, 2016 6:27 PM GMT

Today is transitional Thursday and that means teams are giving it all that they've got as tomorrow represents the last series for each team in the MLB Regular Season. It's "Go Big or Go Home" for some teams. See who we like and how we'll play today's MLB Picks.

 

Oakland Athletics vs Seattle Mariners

Big Game For the M's
Make no mistake about it, this is a huge game for the Seattle Mariners (84-74) in their quest for a wild card berth as the Mariners are just 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the final wild-card spot with 4 games to go. In essence, this is a must-win situation as the Orioles made a miraculous comeback in their game last night. On the positive end for the Mariners, they face a weak-hitting, bottom-feeder in the Oakland Athletics (67-91). Seattle couldn't ask for a better opponent to play at Safeco Park as Ariel Miranda (5-2, 4.10 ERA) get's the start for Seattle.

While he's no "King Felix", Miranda has proven that he can keep his team in the game and leave the rest up to the combination of Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz.

In the month of September, Miranda has pitched 29 innings and possesses a 2.79 ERA during this period of time. In his last 7 starts, he held the opposition to 3 runs or less in 6 of those appearances and for the season, he's held opposing teams to a .224 BA. While he's not a household name, Miranda is certainly good enough to get the job done against the Athletics, who have lost 3 consecutive games.

 

On a Mission
Since the beginning of the season, Robinson Cano has made it his mission to prove wrong all of the naysayers,  where his decision to leave the Yankees for the money is concerned. It's much more difficult to bang out dingers at Safeco Field than Yankee Stadium and Cano took on the challenge along with the money. This season, he's proved that he's the real deal as he's hitting .299 with 36 HR and 97 RBI's. Cano's bat is needed in these last 4 games if the Mariners are to have any chance of making the playoffs.

Lately, Robbie has been on fire, hitting .462 in his last 26 at-bats with 3 HR and 7 RBI's. As usual, expect the duo of Cano and Nelson Cruz to be a factor in this game as Cruz has proven to consistently hit 40 or more home runs each season. Look for the M's to destroy the A's in a mismatch MLB pick.

Free MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners -142
Best Line Offered: at 5 Dimes 2 UNIT PLAY

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Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants

The Right Guy On the Mound
The San Francisco Giants definitely need a win against a team in the Colorado Rockies, who aren't the same team on the road as they are at Coors Field. The Giants (83-75) currently hold the 2nd wild-card spot as they're 1 1/2 games behind the New York Mets and 1 game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals. Needless to say, this is a crucial game for the Giants in not allowing the Redbirds to take away their spot. Johnny Cueto (17-5, 2.79 ERA) get's the start for the Giants and he's just the guy that the Giants want in this spot as he's a big money pitcher.

The only thing that would concern me when backing the Giants as a huge chalk would be the fact that Cueto is fighting a groin injury. Will this affect his play? Only time will tell.

In his last 8 starts, he's been consistent and nearly dominant, allowing just 14 runs in 57 1/3 innings pitched. Cueto is a pitcher that will go deep into games and provide quality outings as his 212 2/3 innings indicates this season. Cueto isn't a pitcher to allow the long ball and has also held the opposition to a .235 batting average. Barring injury, I expect Cueto to come up big in a big spot for the Giants.

 

"Coors Friendly Hitters"
I find it very difficult to find a player in the Rockies lineup that can hit when on the road like they do at Coors Field. D.J. LeMahieu is having a monster season, hitting .349 with 11 HR and 66 RBI's for the season. That said, LeMahieu has just 4 HR and 23 RBI with a .303 BA on the road. Carlos Gonzalez is another player that's non-existent on the road. He's hitting .298 with 25 HR and 99 RBI's for the season. On the road, he's hitting.276 with 7 HR and 36 RBI. Talk about a power outage!.

I can basically go from 1 to 9 in the Rockies batting order and find that every hitter is a producer at Coors Field and is virtually non-existent on the road. This is a road game for the Rockies and with Johnny Cueto pitching to this Rockies lineup, he should shut the Rockies offense down quite easily. Take San Francisco and lay the juice across the board.

Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -193
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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