MLB Picks: Saturday Baseball Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, June 15, 2013 2:02 PM GMT

Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013 2:02 PM GMT

We call today “pitchers with purposes” as there are a bunch of starting pitchers that were once good and are either slumping or had a bad outing.

Let’s either expose this or jump back on their bandwagon when making MLB Picks of the Day.

Kansas City (32-33) at Tampa Bay (35-32)

Bounce back for Cobb?

Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.95) has been chomping at the bits (no pun intended) to get back on the baseball field.

In his last start, he allowed 6 runs on 7 hits to the Boston Red Sox in the 1st inning at home and then was flawless for the next few innings. The problem was that Cobb used up so many pitches in the 1st inning that, even pitching flawlessly, he wasn’t allowed to go much further.

I expect Cobb to come racing out of the gate and giving the Royals trouble.

Kansas City starts Jeremy Guthrie (7-3, 3.60) will give Cobb and the Rays a run for their money.

Guthrie has pitched 3 consecutive stellar outings; 2 were victories and one was a no decision. He’s also a career 7-10 with 4.40 for his career against the Rays in 19 career starts. Look for Guthrie to pitch well here. He’s recovered from a couple of bad seasons a couple of years ago with Colorado and Baltimore.

The Royals have won 9 out of their last 10 games and have outscored the Rays 17-3 in this series thus far.

Catcher, Salvador Perez, has been on fire on a 10 game hitting streak and hitting 1 HR and 10 RBI in these games. Perez is a fantasy league favorite because he produces and is underpriced due to his lack of “star status”. He’s also 3 for 7 with 2 RBI in his career against Alex Cobb.

Along with with our Picks of the Day, check out the Betting Odds Report!

Longo

For the Rays, look no further than superstar Evan Longoria. Longoria is on a 7 game hitting streak of his own in which he’s hit 3 HR and 5 RBI. Longoria has hit well against Cobb in the past and this should be a good matchup.

The quality of pitching is high and expect a low scoring game. Take the UNDER.

Pick- Tampa Bay/Kansas City UNDER 8 at Bet 365

[gameodds]3/236428/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

St. Louis (43-24) at Miami (20-46)

Best Meets Worst

This matchup is relatively easy to handicap as the hard hitting Cardinals and Lance Lynn (8-1, 3.00) face off against a Marlins team that upset the Cards on Friday, 5-4. I don’t expect this to happen again.

St. Louis is laced with good pitchers, guys like Lynn and Wainwright, and you can’t go 162-0.

Lance Lynn

I don’t remember the exact number, but Lynn is one of the pitchers that has gotten the most run support by his team. Although this is a luxury, he’s done fine on his own , holding opposing batters to just a .213 batting average. He’s is no flash in the pan. Lynn was 18-7 last season and is one of the hottest young pitchers in the league.

St. Louis sports 4 hitters over .300 and this doesn’t even include hard hitting Matt Holiday.

Yadier Molina leads the league in hitting (.351), Matt Carpenter is a run producing machine (52 runs), and Allen Craig has been the Cards hottest hitter and can do it all (6 HR, 50 RBI, .318).

Miami Starter Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.91) will really need to be sharp when facing Craig. In his last 4 games, Craig is 7 for 12 with 2 HR and 6 RBI.

Look for the Cardinals to avenge last night’s loss.

Pick- St. Louis -185 for your sports picks (I know it’s laying a lot of juice, but St.Louis’ egos can ill-afford to lose 2 consecutive games to such an inferior team with Lance Lynn on the mound)

[gameodds]3/236422/43-349-192/us[/gameodds]

Good Luck, everyone!

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