MLB Picks: Thursday MLB Betting Twin Pack

Joe Catalano

Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:41 PM GMT

With the help of riding a hot team and looking for a bounce back performance from a lockdown pitcher, we went an easy 2-0 yesterday and let’s look to “repeat that feat” for Thursday’s slate of MLB games.

Seattle Mariners (55-64) at Tampa Bay Rays (67-51)

On the Comeback Trail

We haven’t heard the name Alex Cobb for a while and he’ll be looking to re-establish himself as he faces an inferior Mariners squad tonight.

Tampa Bay has not been playing their best baseball as of late as they’ve only won 3 out of their last 10 games and sit 3 games behind the Red Sox for the American League Division lead. Luckily for the Rays, the Sox have been a mere average team as of late.

Out of Action For 2 Months

It’s been exactly 2 months to the day since Cobb (6-2, 3.01) has pitched his last game and he didn’t go out well. When in the groove, this is one of the best 2nd-tier pitchers in the game and on a team loaded with talent.  Seattle is at a major disadvantage as they start the often used Joe Saunders (10-11, 4.69).

Saunders allowed 4 runs and 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings in a 10-5 loss to Milwaukee in his last outing. I expect the Rays to tee off on this journeyman.

Cobb on the other hand, has pitched very well at home this season, going 4-0 with a 3.02 ERA in 8 starts. Don’t look for him to be overused, but he should present a solid accounting of himself to give the Rays the edge.

Seattle will be looking for a little revenge as they let down their MLB betting backers in a 5-4 loss yesterday to the Rays in which Tampa Bay scored 2 in the ninth to pull out a much needed victory. The heart of the lineup of Longoria, Myers, and Loney are really starting to produce and they came through for Tampa yesterday. Loney set the tone early with a 2 run single and Myers capped it off later on with a 2 run home run with Longoria on base.

Look for Tampa Bay’s offense to take advantage of a weathered pitcher in Saunders.

MLB Odds makers have went overboard in making the Rays a -205 favorite. That’s too steep for my blood, therefore I’m going to risk the runline with the return of Alex Cobb.

Free Pick- Tampa Bay -1.5 -105 at Bet 365

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New York Mets (54-64) at San Diego Padres (54-66)

Steamrolled

The New York Mets have to feel bad as they travel south down to San Diego after a 9th inning comeback from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are on one of the best runs that you’ll ever see. I believe  that they’re 39-8 in their last 47 games; that’s simply unstoppable.

New York must forget about what might have been as Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63) takes the mound and the Mets are attempting to turn Wheeler into their number 2 man in the rotation. A Harvey-Wheeler combination is very formidable, especially after the way that Wheeler has been pitching as of late.

He’s coming off of a 4-1 victory over Arizona in which he allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Wheeler will need to sustain the momentum as the Mets offense leaves a lot to be desired. Without David Wright in their lineup, they’re missing an identity. Sure, Marlon Byrd can put up a big game like he did last night, but he’s not David Wright.

From a Padres perspective, they’re coming off of a disappointing 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies . One bright spot has been the play of 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko.

Jedd Gyorko

He’s not a household name, but Gyorko has been doing the job as of late for the Pads. In his last 4 games, Gyorko is 6 for 13 with 3 runs, 3 doubles, 2 HR and 2 RBI. He’s a slightly above average major leaguer that comes up with big hits and people don’t know much about him. Zack Wheeler better not take Gyorko for granted because he can be a major player in this game.

I love the price with the Mets as a +129 underdog. They’re the better team with the better starting pitching.

Free Pick- New York Mets +129 at Bet 365

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Good luck, everyone!