MLB Picks of the Day: Back These Home Teams with Confidence

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 15, 2015 4:07 PM GMT

Coming off of a monster Friday, we come into the weekend with a ton of confidence and a ton of house money. See who we like as our betting picks to fill your pockets.

Joe C. Record 107-61 +52.35 Units

Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants: Falling Behind
The New York Mets have been winning, but the Washington Nationals, who are on a 4 game losing streak really need a win as they're falling behind in the National League East Division. Even when the Mets lose, the Nats can't seem to captialize. They have a tough matchup tonight against the defending champion San Francisco Giants and the Giants have a goal in trying to catch the Dodgers as they're just 2.5 games behind L.A. Although the Giants are looking to catch Los Angeles, the Nationals are getting into that "must win" type of situation as there seems to be little fight left in this team. 

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Gio Gonzalez
Gonzalez (9-4, 3.50) has certainly done his job. Now, he needs some run support against a team the level of the Giants. Gonzalez has excelled in the month of August, allowing just 2 runs in 13 innings while striking out 13 batters. He'll be tested tonight as the Giants have a whole host of hitters that can step up and do the job.

San Francisco is coming off of a victory over the great Max Scherzer as Matt Duffy was a perfect 3 for 3 with a home run and 4 Giants hitters had 2 hits or more in their 8-5 victory.

 

Well Balanced Attack
San Francisco has always been known for their pitching in the past, but their offense has great depth this season with 5 hitters hitting .275 or better with Buster Posey leading the way with a stellar .329 batting average. That's what makes this team so dangerous.

Posey can go 0 for 4 and Hunter Pence and Matt Duffy can have huge games to defeat one of the best pitchers in the league in Max Scherzer. The Giants are a well balanced team all around and will be there in the post-season as they're a notoriusly excellent post-season baseball squad.

The Nats are a slight betting favorite in this game due to their pitching, but Gonzalez has allowed hitters to hit .275 off of him and Peavy is no slouch. This game should come down to the Giants bullpen and I like the Giants in a highly contested matchup.

MLB Pick- San Francisco Giants -103 at 5 Dimes

 

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City RoyalsCueto vs. Shoemaker
Aside from the Royals being the better team, the starting pitching is the deciding factor in this game as Johnny Cueto (8-7, 2.53) is coming off of a complete game 4 hit shutout of the Detroit Tigers.

Cueto has had 3 quality starts since joining the Royals, but it was his breakout game and I expect him to have a huge game against an underperforming Los Angeles Angels (60-55) team, who are still only 2.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the American League West Division. The Halos have been lucky that the Astros have gotten cold at the same time that they have,

 

Any Incentive?
The Angels aren't a very good road team at 24-32 while the Royals are a great home team at 40-20. The only thing that I question is the Royals incentive as they have a 12 game lead over the Minnesota Twins in a very uninspiring American League Central Division.

Ever since last season's post season run, the Royals have been an elite team and I expect guys like Eric Hosmer (.317) and Lorenzo Cain (.318) to play hard as they have a top flight pitcher in Johnny Cueto who is looking to be on a winning team and has found one.

 

Mike Trout
He's the best player in the game at 33 HR, 71 RBI, and a .303 BA. Trout is coming off of a 2 for 3 game with a double and a run batted in. Trout is also hitting 8 for 15 with 3 RBI against K.C. and .329 on the road with 16 HR and 41 RBI. The MLB odds are very favorable, but Trout can't do it all by himself and the Angels have a starter in Matt Shoemaker that got blasted in his last start. The Royals should take care of business here.

MLB Pick- Kansas City Royals -147 at 5 Dimes 2 UNIT PLAY