Monday's MLB Picks Of The Day Bring Two Winning Tickets For You

Joe Catalano

Monday, June 20, 2016 1:00 PM GMT

Time to start digging deep in building a large bankroll for the bettors as we provide you with in-depth analysis on Monday night baseball action. Here are your MLB Picks of the Day.

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Right now, it only June 20th, but you can certainly say that the Chicago Cubs (47-20) are "at the top of the food chain" as the best team in Major League Baseball. The Cubs have won 7 out of their last 10 games, 3 straight games, and are putting on a show for the fans at Wrigley Field with a 25-8 mark.

Tonight, the Cubs host the team that used to own the National League Central Division in the St. Louis Cardinals (35-33). A wild card spot is the only thing on the Cardinals minds as they're 12 1/2 games behind Chicago in the division. For the Cardinals to start thinking divsion title in June, they need to sweep the Cubbies as these games carry a two game swing.

 

Experience is An Asset
While the Cubs do have young talent in Kris Bryant (17 HR, 47 RBI, .273 BA), Ben Zobrist (9 HR, 41, .420 OBP%), and Anthony Rizzo (17 HR, 53 RBI, .272 BA), experience is also important and that's where their pitching staff really comes into play. While Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester have plenty of Major League experience, tonight's starter, John Lackey, is the senior member on this ball club at 37 years of age and he still has a lot to offer this team.

Lackey, a pitcher with a career 172-129 mark and with over 2000 strikeouts to his credit, is flourishing as he receives run support, but also holds up his end of the bargain with some solid pitching.

Thus far this season, Lackey is a dazzling 7-2 with a 2.66 ERA. This means, he hasn't needed the offense as much and this will put major pressure on a Cardinals team that needs to win this game. In the month of June, Lackey has been near perfect with a 0.92 ERA in 19 2/3 innings pitched. His strikeouts to walks ratio is on point as he's struck out 24 batters and walked a mere 4. I see John Lackey and the Cubbies coming into this game with a ton of momentum and the MLB Odds are reasonable.


 

Wrong Time For A Slump
The St. Louis Cardinals come into this series on a 5 game losing streak. The Redbirds have really put themselves "behind the eight ball" as they've been inept offensively in their 5 consecutive losses, scoring a mere 10 runs total. That's 2 runs per game and that's not going to win many games. The only excuse that I can make for St. Louis is that Texas has been hot lately.

 

Matt Carpenter
The ammunition is there where the Card offfense is concerned. Now it's time to use it. Matt Carpenter is the leadoff hitter and he's set the tone really well for this squad. For the season, Carpenter has 10 HR, 42 RBI, .301 BA, and a .419 OBP%. These are impressive numbers. It's guys such as Matt Holiday (12 HR, 38 RBI, .257 BA) that need to be more consistent and knock Carpenter in and in order to get the immediate advantage.

This is a story of two teams going in two different directions. The Cubs are the easy winner here.

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Free MLB Pick:  Cubs -157
Best Line Offered:  at Bookmaker

 

Washington Nationals at Los Angeles Dodgers
The total is a measley 5.5 runs and it doesn't get any better than this as you have the two best pitchers in baseball. I'm actually a bit shocked that the Dodgers, who have the inferior record (38-33) and offense are such a large betting favorite at -181. Clayton Kershaw 10-1, 1.58 ERA) garners so much respect, that odds makers drool over him.

Let's not forget that Kershaw is facing Stephen Strasburg and Strasburg has won 10 out of 10 decisions with a 2.90 ERA. While it's never wise to fade Kershaw, I might break that golden rule as the value is there and the Nats have an offense that is simply superior to that of the Dodgers and Washington is a better overall team at 43-27.

After all of my praising of the Nationals, they've lost 2 games in a row, but this is a team that can beat any team in the MLB, including any pitcher.

 

For What It's "Werth"
For what it's worth, Daniel Murphy, who is having a career year with his new team, has seen his batting average slip below .360. For what it's worth, Bryce Harper, who is supposed to be the future of baseball along with Mike Trout, is batting  a dismal .255, but does carry a .406 OBP% out of respect from opposing pitchers. For what it's worth, Jayson Werth has been able to shoulder some of the load in June as he's hitting .327 with 2 HR and 11 RBI. Werth has been able to be effective off of Clayton Kershaw for his career as he's 9 for 29 with 2 HR and 2 RBI.

I know people are in love with Kershaw here, but I'm going to fade him with a small MLB Pick on Washington, hoping that the Nats can take the Dodgers into their bullpen.

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Free MLB Pick:  Nationals +169
Best Line Offered:  at BetOnline