MLB Picks Of the Day: Baseball Oldest Rivalry & Tempting Plus Odds

Joe Catalano

Monday, September 28, 2015 2:01 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 28, 2015 2:01 PM UTC

Watch as we try to keep the momentum continuing as we look for the best picks on the board to provide for the betting public as the season turns to fall and the weather starts to drop.

Joe C. Record 155-98 +57.65 Units


Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees: Hated Rivals
There isn't two teams in baseball that hate eachother more than the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees and although it appears that the Yankees are locked into the top wild card spot in the AL, they still have aspirations of winning the division as Toronto currently leads by 4 games with 7 games remaining on the schedule.

If the Sox win here, it's pretty much over unless Toronto loses their next game and the Yankees will need to rely on the inconsistent pitching of Ivan Nova ( 6-9, 4.87). 

Manager Joe Girardi, is treating Nova like C.C. Sabathia. If there's the slightest sign of trouble, Girardi gives them the quick hook, in fear of losing that respective game. Nova had a decent outing in his last start. He pitched 5 innings and gave up just 1 run on 4 hits. New York would take that all day long from Nova, but would like to squeeze an extra inning out of Nova in order to give the bullpen a break.


Tower of Power
One thing that I noticed right away with the Yankees offense is that some players were having very good years and it didn't show in the numbers.

Jacoby Ellsbury has been hot lately. He was hot early in the season and got injured. His batting average dipped below .260 and now Ellsbury is starting to hit again. Brett Gardner is also at the .260 mark. Power hitters such as Alex Rodriguez are hitting around .250 and Brian McCann, who has had a spectacular season in pinstripes, has seen his average dip below .240.

There's not one player on this team hitting for average, but they're still a a very clutch team. This is a case of the numbers not telling the story. Tonight, they have an opportunity to pick up 1/2 game on the Jays and lift some of their batting averages up as they have a decisive advantage in this game and are a productive team at home.

Where Boston is concerned, they have some good young prospects such as Xander Bogaerts and Big Papi is still hitting a ton, but their season is done and the motivation simply isn't there. Our MLB pick is for New York to take the 1st game of this series.

MLB Pick: Yankees -138  at 5Dimes 2 UNIT PLAY

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco: Spoiler Role?
There really is nothing to spoil as the Dodgers will win the National League West Division and the Giants have come up short this season. The Giants, however, would like to spoil Zack Greinke's chances of winning the NL CY Young now that Jake Arrieta has notched his 21st win last night and you really could give the award to either player as Greinke has been a beast at 18-3 with a 1.65 ERA. I look for manager, Don Mattingly, to treat kid Greinke with kid gloves as the playoffs are here and that's much more important than an award.

Being that Greinke was hurt, I'd be shocked to see him go more than 80 or 90 pitches even if he pitches very well. This will give the Giants offense a chance against the Dodgers bullpen and maybe the odds on the Giants will look a tad more appealing. Greinke has held opposing hitters to just a .189 batting average this season and San Francisco would love to see his pitch count be limited. Nonetheless, the Dodgers are still a heavy -160 on the MLB odds and that appears to be listed to high for my liking.


Posey and Duffy
Look for the Giants to count on the 1-2 punch of Buster Posey (19 HR, 94 RBI, .324 BA) and Matt Duffy (11 HR, 74 RBI, 299 BA). Altough both guys are capable of going yard, this isn't a combination or team that's a power hitting club. In fact, their home park is designed for the pitcher and small ball is fine with them as their numbers indicate. Greinke will have his hands full. I'm going for the upset tonight.

MLB Pick: Giants +150 at 5Dimes

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