MLB Picks: Saturday's Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, May 24, 2014 2:27 PM GMT

Saturday, May. 24, 2014 2:27 PM GMT

There’s a wide range of MLB games for this Saturday featuring some matchups between the weaker teams, and other matchups between the more competitive teams. See who we choose as our picks.

Joe C. Record: 55-71 - 37.76 Units
We were so close to a perfect day of baseball picks as Seattle took care of business, but the Yankee bullpen was a different story. Onto the picks. 
 

Washington Nationals (24-24) at Pittsburgh Pirates (21-26)Sucker For Strasburg
Although he hasn’t fully lived up to his potential after a major injury, I must admit that I’m a sucker for Stephen Strasburg. For people that have pitch, Strasburg throws some of the best stuff in the game, and when you see him at +103, that’s difficult to turn down.

It’s not like Strasburg is facing the Colorado Rockies offense; he’s facing a Pittsburgh Pirates team who have been struggling this season. Even after a 3-game winning streak, Pittsburgh is still in 2nd to last place in the National League Central Division. The Bucs are a slightly below average team offensively, ranking 20th in the league in runs and 16th in batting average.
 

Josh Harrison
Andrew McCutchen is the heart of this Pirates team, but one player who has been surprising to me in his limited at bats is right fielder Josh Harrison.

Harrison is often overlooked, and in the month of May is hitting 16 for 48 with 11 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, and 4 RBI. Harrison is somewhat of a “sleeper.” If Strasburg is off of his game, look for Josh Harrison to be the catalyst as the leadoff hitter in possibly getting things going for Pittsburgh.

With all of that said, the Nats are the pick as the slight underdog with Stephen Strasburg pitching.

Free MLB Pick: Washington +103 at 5 Dimes

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Boston Red Sox (20-27) at Tampa Bay Rays (21-28): A Possible 'Under?'
These two teams battled it out yesterday to a 1-0 Tampa Bay win as Chris Archer managed to regain his control, and John Lackey pitched a fine game.

That gets to my point, and even though both of these offenses have some formidable hitters, overall the offenses have been under-producing, and we have a solid starting pitching today in David Price (4-4, 4.28) vs. Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.33). Price has been somewhat inconsistent with two really bad outings this season, which have caused his earned run average to inflate to 4.28. He allowed 8 runs and 9 hits on April 27th against the White Sox, and 5 earned runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings in his last start, a 6-2 loss against the Angels.

Price is a very resilient pitcher. Look for him to have a bounce back performance against a Red Sox team that hasn’t been playing up to their potential.
 

Defending World Series Champions?
When do you ever see the Boston Red Sox in last place in the American League East Division? The Sox have lost 8 straight games, and haven’t scored more than 4 runs in any of those games. The pitching matchup here favors the Rays. Boston simply looks complacent to live off of last year’s title.

Tampa Bay seems like an easy play here, and I’m also going to bet the 'under' 7 along with it.

Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay -135 at 5 Dimes; Tampa Bay/Boston 'Under' 7 at 5 Dimes Sportsbook

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