MLB Picks Of The Day Include Two Plays To Cash In On Sunday's Betting Ticket

Los Angeles Dodgers

Joe Catalano

Sunday, August 7, 2016 4:54 PM GMT

It's Sunday and as each team looks to finish off their respective series with a victory, we look to do the same as we present you with our valuable MLB Picks with analysis.

Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
In the rubber match of this 3 game series, the Boston Red Sox (60-49) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (61-49) can sure use a win as they find themselves each in 2nd place in their respective divisions and playing average baseball as of late. A win here, would be a nice spring board towards the upcoming week. 

No Run Support
David Price, hasn't been Boston's most valuable pitcher as expected and has fallen on hard times. Price is 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA and is allowing the opposition to hit .270 off of him. The Red Sox and the fans alike, couldn't have expected this type of production from Price as he came to Boston from Toronto.

In Price's last 8 starts, he's a dismal 1-3 with 4 no-decisions. Some of it is due to inconsistency and surprisingly, the Boston offense hasn't been giving him a ton of run support. This is a nationally televised game and more emphasis is placed on it. I look for Price to come out strong and the rest will be up to the Boston offense as they face Dodgers starter, Brandon McCarthy (2-2, 2.76 ERA).

McCarthy is another pitcher that's been bouncing around from team to team and has actually pitched well for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In McCarthy's case, he's only had 6 starts this season and although fairly unhittable (opponents hitting .158 off of him), the Dodgers offense has provided him with little or no run support.

In these 6 starts, Boston has scored a total of 15 runs. Thats a 2 1/2 runs per game average and that's not going to win Brandon McCarthy many ball games.  The one negative to McCarthy is that he's only going to pitch 80 to 85 pitches where as David Price has had a rubber arm for his entire career and can pitch up to 120 pitches on any given occasion. Look for a well pitched game by both starters.

 

No Papi, No Win?
It certainly seems like as  David Ortiz (25 HR, 87 RBI, .309 BA) goes, so do the Red Sox. This was a baseball team that was scoring in double figures regularly for a while and Big Papi was always a major contributor. Lately, the 40 year old as slowed down, hitting 2 for his last 24 at-bats (.083) and the Red Sox, who still have a ton of talent with Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Jackie Bradley Jr., just aren't the same team. Baseball is a 162 game grind and this team has hit a temporary roadblock. Look for a low scoring affair as the quality of pitching is high and both offenses are "stuck in neutral."

 

Free MLB Pick: Under 7 1/2 -118 
Best Line Offered: 
at Pinnacle​

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Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics
At the beginning of the season, the Chicago Cubs (68-41) were the MLB odds on favorite to win the World Series and it appeared that the Cubs were headed in that direction. After a brief period of playing .500 baseball, the Cubs appear to be on that same path again as they hit the final 2 month stretch of the regular season on a 6 game winning streak and are starting to run away with the National League Central Division, up by 10 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Although Chicago can't "let their foot off the gas pedal" it appears to be a forgone conclusion that they'll win this division and the games leading up until the post-season are a "tune-up" for the playoffs as they position themselves in the best manner possible.

In their last 5 games, the Cubs pitching has been outstanding, allowing a mere 8 runs to the opposition. That's less than 2 runs per ball game. This afternoon, Chicago has to feel confident as Kyle Hendricks (10-7, 2.22 ERA) get's the start against a weak Oakland offense. Hendricks has basically been "off the charts" in his last 4 starts, allowing just 3 earned runs in 27 innings pitched and in 3 of those starts, not allowing a single run. He's also coming off of his strongest outing of the season with a complete game shutout over the Miami Marlins. The only negative for Hendricks is at times, he hasn't been receiving run support. That said, he's pitched so well that he hasn't needed many runs to pick up a "W".

Frequently Getting On Base
This has been displayed by the Cubs top 4 hitters in their lineup, from leadoff hitter, Dexter Fowler (.397 OBP%) to Ben Zobrist (.384 OBP%) in the clean-up position. Out of these 4 players, the lowest on-base percentage has been Kris Bryant at .382 and he's the best player on the team. When the top-half of the lineup consistently get's on base, a team is going to be 27 games above .500 and that's what we're seeing here along with top flight pitching. You have a Cubs team that's on fire and playing their best baseball against an Athletics team that can't compete with the Cubbies. We're going to lay the juice and double down on the Cubs as our MLB pick.

 

Free MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs -154 
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