MLB Picks Of The Day : Teams Looking To Own October

Boston Red Sox players celebrating

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:52 PM GMT

In the MLB Playoffs, we have two teams that are fighting to stay alive, down 2-0 in their respective series and these are the games that we will be focusing on with our coveted MLB Playoff Picks of the Day.

Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red SoxA Big Surprise Here

The Boston Red Sox find themselves in a place that they never expect, down 2-0 and are in a must-win situation, starting a pitcher that they don’t have full confidence in with Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 ERA) taking the mound.

Boston has the most potent offense in baseball and it will be Buchholz’s job to keep them in the game while the offense does what they’ve done so many times this season and that's taking over.

Where Buchholz is concerned, he finished the season strong, but it’s the key hitters on offense that haven’t been hitting in this series.

In his last 3 starts, all of the starts have been labeled as quality starts as Buchholz has allowed 3 runs in his last 19 innings while going 2-0. If the Red Sox could get something even close to this, they would be happy, but this is a pitcher that’s had a disappointing season and the offense has to go out and win this game.

 Big Bats Gone Silent

It’s guys like Brock Holt (1 HR, 1 RBI, .500 BA) and Andrew Benintendi ( 1 HR, 1 RBI, .286 BA) that have been the only hitters that have had any success against Cleveland. After that, every hitter is hitting .250 or less. The combination of Big Papi, Dustin Pedroia, and Mookie Betts is hitting and anemic 3 for 22. This team has too good an offense to be hitting like this and the Red Sox don’t want this to be Big Papi’s last game. While the suspended game might have given them time to recollect themselves, I look for Boston to come out strong in this game  for my MLB pick and survive and win.

 

Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -144 2 UNIT PLAY
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco GiantsOne of the Best Post-Season Pitchers vs. the Best Team in Baseball

The San Francisco Giants are down 2-0 but have to feel confident in this game as they have one of the best post-season pitcher of all time starting in Madison Bumgarner. Live to fight another day is what the Giants are thinking and with Bumgarner getting the start at great betting odds, according to 5 Dimes Sportsbook.The Giants will be looking to change the complexion of this series.

Bumgarner is a great pitcher, to begin with. This season, he’s 15-9 with a 2.74 ERA on a team with limited offensive firepower as nobody has more that 17 home runs in the regular season. Bumgarner is also 100-67 for his career with a 2.99 ERA, therefore he’s proven that he’s one of the better pitchers in baseball.

In the post-season, his resume stands out as he’s 8-3 with a 1.94 ERA. The pressure is on Bumgarner to pitch well against a Chicago Cubs team led by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, which had won 103 games in the regular season, but at least for tonight, San Francisco has to feel good about their chances of winning.

 

Former NL Cy Young Award Winner

People will be focused on the excellence of Madison Bumgarner, but the deep Chicago pitching staff also has a formidable pitcher in Jake Arrieta. Although he hasn’t had the season that he did last year, he still went 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA. On most teams, that would represent the numbers that an ace would have and look for Arrieta to attempt to keep pace with Bumgarner.

Chicago has the far superior hitting, but good pitching wins games and just like I wouldn’t bet against Clayton Kershaw and I won, I won’t bet against Madison Bumgarner.

 


Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -101 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes, now offering 50% free play bonus

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