MLB Picks: Saturday Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, May 18, 2013 1:53 PM GMT

Let’s take a look at MLB Picks of the Day and see if we can pick apart the games and translate them into a couple of wins.

Saturday proposes a lack of premiere pitching matchups and we could possibly see a lot of high scoring affairs. Let's look at the MLB odds for two games tonight. 

Lack of Quality Pitchers

If you look at the board, you’ll notice that Jordan Zimmerman (7-1, 1.69) is the only legitimate standout pitcher that’s been an ace this season. Of course when taking Washington, you’ll be laying a lot of juice on the road. Is it worth it?

Washington Nationals (23-19) at San Diego Padres (18-23)

Ace in the Hole

It surely is worth a look at Zimmerman as good pitching wins games. The Nationals will be hard pressed to repeat the season that they had last year, but Jordan Zimmerman has emerged into one of the best pitchers in the National League.

On the season,  Zimmerman has been dominant by holding the opposition to just a .197 batting average and allowing a mere 2 home runs in 58 2/3 innings pitched. He hasn’t given up more than 3 runs in any outing and goes deep into games. What more can you say? Washington is set up nicely against a Padres team that ranks near the lower half of the majors in all offensive categories.

Washington is coming off of a 6-5 victory over the Pads in extra innings in which Adam LaRoche was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI. Bryce Harper has slowed down since his amazingly quick start to the season, but the Nationals possess enough offense along with Jordan Zimmerman in what should equate to another victory. Lay the juice and take the Nats as your betting pick.

Pick- Washington -132 at Bet 365 Sportsbook

Get the rundown on today's betting lines with Steven Suarez!

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Houston Astros (11-31) at Pittsburgh (25-17)

Pittsburgh definitely has the edge with A.J. Burnett (3-4, 2.73) taking the mound against Erik Bedard (0-2, 6.67), but the Pirates have a habit of not providing enough run support for Burnett.

Bedard was once a very good pitcher, but those days are long gone and he’s been used in different situations and you’re lucky to see 4 or 5 innings out of him. That said, Bedard’s last 2 outings were much stronger and the Astros have to feel encouraged about that.

Andrew McCutchen

The little man put up huge numbers last season and is the only legitimate offensive star in this baseball game.

McCutchen is having a tougher season this year, but is finally starting to put it together. He set the tone of a 5-4 victory over Houston yesterday with a 1st inning homer along with 3 hits and 2 runs in yesterday’s game.

In his last 4 games, Andrew McCutchen is 6 for 18 with 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB, and 6 runs scored. This is a 5-tool baseball player and we might see him be a factor tonight against a weak pitcher in Bedard.

With Jose Altuve out of the Astros lineup, I don’t see much, especially when facing a pitcher of the quality of Burnett. The Pirates are too big a betting favorite in this spot to look appealing. The total is the way to go for your baseball picks here. Take the UNDER as both of these offenses are somewhat weak .

MLB Pick- Pirates/Astros UNDER 7.5 at Bet 365 Sportsbook

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