MLB Picks of the Day: Wednesday's Value Plays

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 2:08 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013 2:08 PM GMT

Thanks to a New York Yankees 5 run 8th inning rally, we went a clean 2-0 yesterday and let’s look to duplicate that performance in Wednesday’s MLB Picks of the Day.

You know the old saying; “It doesn’t matter how you win, just as long as you win”. With that in mind, let's go over the day's MLB odds and look for any edges worth exploiting.

Check out our Wednesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Chicago White Sox (56-81) at New York Yankees (74-64)

Riding the Momentum

When I see a good thing, I like to run with it and at the moment the Yankees are a “good thing”. You can just look at the expression on Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura’s face and know that at this point, he doesn’t know what to do and his stubble is getting grayer every day.

If Ventura can’t put his best pitcher in Chris Sale out there to pick up the “W”, who can he send out?

Of course, yesterday’s 6-4 loss to the Yankees wasn’t Chris Sale’s fault, it was the bullpens fault. Sale was provided with 4 runs and with a poor offensive team like Chicago, that’s a lot, but the bullpen just fed into the Yankees confidence as Eduardo Nunez delivered the winning hit and the Yankees have a legitimate shot at a wild card spot.

Now Or Never

Hiroki Kuroda has carried the Yankees all season long and Ivan Nova has been the star as of late. It’s time for C.C. Sabathia to prove his value.

This is also a great spot for the hefty Sabathia. Sabathia faces a pitcher in Erik Johnson that’s never thrown a major league pitch. This is a spot in which a star pitcher doesn’t want to be shown up regardless of the playoff picture.

Sabathia has pitched better as of late, but he had a poor outing in his last start against the Baltimore Orioles. That said, the Yankees offense picked him up and he still got the win. C.C. must make a statement in this game and look for New York’s offense to come up strong. Guys like Gardner, Nunez, Rodriguez, and Soriano have all been coming up with timely hits.

The Yankees are a team that wants to make the playoffs and the White Sox are a team that’s ready to go home. Look for C.C. to deliver the knockout punch to Robin Ventura and his Chicago White Sox.

Pick- New York -1.5 +100 at Bet 365

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Early Game Alert

Texas Rangers (80-58) at Oakland Athletics (79-59)

Darvish vs. Parker

I apologize, I always seek out the late games to maximize the print time, but I’ve been hitting my MLB picks with totals like crazy and make no mistake about it; this game has UNDER written all over it. You have the biggest strikeout king in the majors in Yu Darvish (12-6, 2.73) battling it out with an underrated pitcher in Jarrod Parker (10-6, 3.59). Both of these teams are separated by just 1 game and this should be a dogfight.

Texas is coming off of a 5-1 victory in which both team belted out a combined 24 hits. Fortunately for the Rangers, they converted on their opportunities and had good pitching and good power. These are two evenly matched baseball teams. Oakland always finds a way to win and in order to be successful in this league, a team needs to have a good leadoff hitter and Coco Crisp is coming through in the clutch lately.

Don’t Let the Name Fool You

Coco Crisp is on a 6 game hitting streak in which he’s 8 for 26 with 3 HR and 5 RBI during the hitting streak. He’s not going to hit for average but he comes up with very timely hits and Crisp’s power numbers have skyrocketed this season. This will be a player that Darvish will need to proceed with caution.

Pick- Texas/Oakland UNDER 7 at Bet 365 (The total is low, but these pitchers are worthy of a total to this extreme)

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