Monday's Top MLB Picks: Cubs vs. Giants & Reds vs. Dodgers

Joe Catalano

Monday, May 26, 2014 2:04 PM UTC

Monday, May. 26, 2014 2:04 PM UTC

Coming off of a much needed 3-0 day, I’m feeling good about some Memorial Day betting picks. Today is a time to remember and a time to provide you with the best free picks that money can buy. Let's look at the possiblities for today's MLB.

Joe C. Record
59-73 -35.76 Units
Masahiro Tanaka picked up right where he left off where his winning ways are concerned and we doubled up on the Cards on Sunday night with the moneyline and run-line.

Chicago Cubs (18-30) at San Francisco Giants (3-1, 4.76)
Will Samardzija Get His First Win?
When a pitcher pitches to an ERA of 1.46 in his first 10 starts of the season, he should be considered one of the best pitchers in the league. Jeff Samardzija is doing this, but the lowly Cubbies have disappointed him where run support is concerned and he’s still looking for his first win of the season.

Samardzija only gets better. In his last start, he shutout the Yankees in 7 innings while allowing just 4 hits. The Giants have played exceptionally well this season, but this appears to be a tall order for their offense.

Division Leaders
San Francisco is coming off of a 4 game winning streak and their offense, which is known for being weak in the past, has delivered as the Giants are coming off of a 8-1 victory over Minnesota and ranks 11th in runs scored in the league.

Hunter Pence and Michael Morse are coming off of huge games and have become the leaders of this Giants squad. They went a combined 7 for 8 yesterday as Morse had 3 doubles, 3 runs, and 4 runs batted in and Pence was also 3 for 4 with a home run off of Ricky Nolasco in the 3rd inning.

I haven’t even mentioned Pablo Sandoval, who has been coming on as of late. The Giants offense faces the ultimate test as the former University of Notre Dame star wide receiver Samardzija takes the mound.

I’m leaning towards the 'under' because the Cubs offense has done nothing for their star pitcher and San Francisco’s offense is average at best.

MLB Pick: San Francisco/Chicago 'Under' 7 at 5 Dimes

Cincinnati Reds (22-26) at Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24)
Ryu vs. Cueto
Although the Los Angeles Dodgers offense is star-studded, this matchup comes down to this premiere pitching matchup.

Much like Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto doesn’t get the run support (4-3, 1.86) from an underproducing Reds team this season while Hyun- Jin Ryu (4-2, 3.00) is coming off of a solid start against the Mets and should be able to hold the Reds offense in check at home.

Of course, Cueto has guys like Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and Hanley Ramirez to worry about. People talk about Mike Trout being the best player in the league, but I’m starting to think that an argument could be made for Yasiel Puig (.349, 10 HR, 38 RBI, .438 OBP, 5 SB). Troy Tulowitzki isn’t in the conversation as he plays at Coors Field.

The total is very low in this game at a mere 6 runs. After Josh Beckett’s no-hitter, I’m thinking that this is possible, but the Dodgers' offense worries me. Let’s buy ½ run for insurance.

MLB Pick: Cincinnati/Los Angeles 'Under' 6.5 -130 at 5 Dimes (1/2 run bought)

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