MLB Picks of the Day for Monday Sept. 15th

Joe Catalano

Monday, September 15, 2014 1:43 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 1:43 PM UTC

With just over 2 weeks two go in the MLB regular season, teams are making a mad dash for the finish. The quality of pitching is very low today. Could we see some high totals and underdogs when providing our betting picks?

Capper Catalano’s Record
200-174 -18.28 Units

Yesterday we made up a unit by taking Clayton Kershaw on the road for 2-units and Kershaw has been money in the bank all season. The Yankees weren’t so good to us as they were unable to defeat the Orioles as an underdog. That said, I’ll take a split with a profit any time.


Miami Marlins (72-76) vs. New York Mets (72-78)

deGrom Is “Da Man”
Prospects for the New York Mets in 2015 look very good as they’ll be sporting one of the best pitching staffs in the major leagues. This season we’ve found out that Jacob deGrom is the real deal.

Everytime I expect deGrom to have a bad outing, he just puts up another quality start and it’s time to jump on the deGrom bandwagon at CitiField against a Miami team that’s without possibly the best hitter in the National League in Giancarlo Stanton.

If you remember, Stanton was hit in the face with a pitch by Mike Fiers. Prospects look good for Stanton as his orbital bone wasn’t damaged.

You look at deGrom’s record and see only 8 victories, but remember that he’s only pitched slightly over 120 innings this season and the Mets haven’t always provided him with great run support.

In his last 3 starts (21 innings), deGrom hasn’t allowed a single earned run. The only problem that I worry about is Mets manager Terry Collins giving deGrom a quick hook as he doesn’t want to see a star pitcher get injured. That said, deGrom is rarely in trouble and this shouldn’t be an issue.

The Mets are coming off of a 3-0 loss to a superior Nationals team and my other concern is “where are the runs going to come from?” David Wright is out of the lineup and Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda’s batting averages are starting to dip.

In the end, pitching wins out; especially at CitiField and like I said; deGrom is the man for our MLB picks!

MLB Pick: Mets -137 at 5Dimes- 2 Units

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Detroit Tigers (83-66) vs. Minnesota Twins (63-86)

Mad Max vs. the Twinkies
This Central Division showdown features one of the better pitchers in Max Scherzer (16-5, 3.19) and a lineup full of heavy hitters against the bottom-feeding Minnesota Twins.

The Detroit Tigers are starting to take over the American League Central Division as they now lead the Kansas City Royals by 1.5 games. With all of that said, every game is huge and even on the road this game should be an automatic win for the Tigers and the lineup that they possess against a team that has won 2 out of its last 10 games in the Twins.


Business As Usual
Detroit is coming off of a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The usual suspects were all involved in the win. Victor Martinez did have an 0 for 5 game but he’s entitled to an off- game as his average sits at .331. If it weren’t for the season that the Angels were having, Martinez might garner some consideration for the AL MVP, but it appears that Mike Trout will take that prize home.

Another Martinez that’s been playing well is J.D. Martinez of the Tigers. He hit his 22nd home run yesterday and is sort of flying under the radar as a star. In the month of September, Martinez has 5 HR, 12 RBI, and a .313 BA  and we’re only half way through the month.

Look for Scherzer, Martinez, and the rest of the Motor City Tigers to put a beating on Minny.

MLB Pick: Detroit-185 at 5Dimes -2 Units (Definitely risky to go 2 units on these MLB odds, but Detroit has everything to play for and Minnesota is a mess)

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