Monday's Easy Fades & Chalky Money-Making MLB Picks Of The Day

Texas Rangers

Joe Catalano

Monday, August 8, 2016 4:29 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016 4:29 PM UTC

Not a huge slate of MLB games for a Monday, but certainly enough to make a sizeable profit as we look to provide you with best picks on the board. Here are your MLB Picks of the Day.


Texas Rangers vs. Colorado Rockies

Coors Rules Not In Effect
This is for a very good reason as the American League West-leading Texas Rangers (65-47) come to Denver along with starting pitcher, Cole Hamels (12-3, 2.89 ERA), who is having an outstanding season. Some of Hamels' talent was wasted when the Phillies were a non-competitive baseball team and now he get's to play on a contender in the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have made significant moves in picking up Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy as they think this is their chance to win a World Series. Most of the time, the air quality affects the final outcome in Coors Field, but with Hamels pitching, I look for the pitching to take "center stage" in Denver.

Hamels is coming off of a tough 3-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, but in his last 4 starts, he's pitched 28 1/3 innings and allowed just 5 earned runs on 19 hits. Hamels is also 3-1 during these starts and is a pitcher that will go deep into ball games, strike out a batter per inning, and not allow a ton of hits. This is the perfect pitcher for a team the caliber of the Texas Rangers and look for him to give the Rockies trouble.


Living Up To Expectations
It's been a short sampling, but Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy have both played well for Texas. Thus far, Beltran is hitting .333 with 3 doubles, 1 HR and 3 RBI in 21 at-bats and Lucroy has been a beast, hitting .300 with 3 HR and 5 RBI in 20 at-bats.

It appears to me that Jonathan Lucroy is a player that needed the incentive to play on a great team as he played for a Milwaukee Brewers team that was a perennial loser. Look for Lucroy, in particular, to only get better while Beltran has been known to be a clutch hitter during the post-season. Both of these players are a threat to go deep at Coors Field.

For the Rockies, they're coming off of two wild, high scoring games against the Miami Marlins in which 17 and 18 runs were scored respectively. Sunday was a disappointment for the Rockies as the Marlins defeated them 10-7. Ichiro Suzuki picked up his 3000th hit with a triple and for the Rockies, Nolan Arenado hit two rockets over the fence, but it wasn't enough in the end to win the game. In this game, Cole Hamels will be the difference in a Rangers win.


Free MLB Pick: Texas Rangers -110  
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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San Francisco Giants vs. Miami Marlins

Jose Fernandez vs. Johnny Cueto
It doesn't get much better than that as you have two of the finest starting pitchers in all of the baseball. Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.73 ERA) has definitely gotten his swag back after a rough season as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Now, he's playing for another team in the San Francisco Giants (63-48) who can win it all. Cueto faces a tough Marlins offense and the starting pitching is even tougher as Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.87 ERA) takes the mound and Fernandez are coming off of 2 tough losses in which he didn't pitch his best. Where Cueto is concerned, he's pitched a bit better than Fernandez lately but hasn't picked up a "W" in his last 4 starts. This should be a very competitive and low scoring game regardless of recent performances.

Time To Make a Move?
The Miami Marlins (59-52) find themselves 7 games behind a Washington Nationals team that has been on fire as of late. Once it hits August, the importance of games for post-season contenders magnifies and with their ace on the mound, the Fish need the offense to play well. Yesterday was a great start as they scored 10 runs. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 495 foot bomb and Ichiro Suzuki made history.

I look for Stanton, in particular, to start improving. This hasn't been a career year for Stanton as he's hitting just just .242 with 24 HR and 65 RBI. What Stanton has worked in his favor is that he's hit a home run in each of his last two games and is a career 5 for 13 off of Johnny Cueto with a triple, 2 HR and 4 RBI. We could see Stanton explode and hit the trifecta (a home run in 3 consecutive games), but Marlins Stadium is a lot tougher to hit homers than Coors Field.

Christian Yelich and Martin Prado
Let's not forget the play of Christian Yelich (11 HR, 63 RBI, .324 BA) and Martin Prado (5 HR , 48 RBI, .323 BA). Both players have setup Stanton nicely all season as they've been on base often. Yelich has an OBP% of .397 and Prado at .376. When a team such as the Marlins has a combination of power and players that can get on base, they're going to improve in the win column and that's just what they've done this season.

The bottom line is that Jose Fernandez rarely ever loses at home and I'm siding with the Marlins for my MLB pick.


Free MLB Pick: Miami Marlins -151 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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