Picks Of The Day August 5th

Jay Pryce

Friday, August 4, 2017 7:14 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 7:14 PM UTC

Our MLB Picks of the Day backs a pair of postseason contenders playing at home. Check out why the Rockies will pad their NL Wild Card lead with a win over the Phillies, and if the Indians are in a good spot to ride a healthy Danny Salazar to victory over the Yankees.

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Phillies vs. Rockies

The Rockies own the third best home record in MLB, going 33-20 SU at Coors Field as of Friday. They have won six of pitcher Jon Gray’s last seven outings in Denver, including his only three appearances in 2017. The right-hander’s recent form is suspect, however. Gray has allowed 17 earned runs on 28 hits in 20 innings through his last four starts.

Nick Pivetta commands the hill for the Phillies. The team is 5-10 SU behind the rookie this season, losing 19 percent of one’s investment at +154 average odds. Against the league’s best, the numbers dip drastically. Versus opponents with a winning record, the Phils are 1-7 SU and RL, losing by 2.75 runs per game. The lineup supports Pivetta with just 2.62 runs per game in this spot. Overall, the right-hander is 4-6 with a 5.42 ERA and 4.99 FIP.

Pending the Phillies result on Saturday, the Rockies are a perfect 7-0 SU at Coors Field versus teams with a winning percentage less than 40 percent. Winning by 3.86 runs per game, the playoff contenders have covered the run line in all but one. Pick Colorado to cover the spread in this mismatch and erase a little of the heavy chalk.

Free MLB Pick: Rockies RL (+105)Best Line at 5Dimes 

Yankees vs. Indians

Not including Friday night’s result, the Yankees are 3-6 SU in their last nine games as road underdogs in the MLB Odds. Run production is minimal. The lineup is crossing the plate 3.78 times per game, scoring more than 4 in just two contests. Pitcher Jordan Montgomery hopes for greater support coming off his worst outing of the year. The 6-foot-6 southpaw recorded his only bad start of the season in 20 appearances, gifting 4 earned runs on 6 hits in 2.2 innings pitched in a 5-3 loss to Tampa on Sunday.

Danny Salazar gets the nod from Indians skipper Terry Francona. The right-hander has been scintillating in a pair of appearances since coming off the DL for a two-month stint due to a sore right shoulder. Salazar has struck out 16, walked 2, and allowed a pair of earned runs on 4 hits in 13 frames.

Salazar saves his best stuff for big-hitting clubs. The Indians are 5-1 SU versus teams averaging greater than 4.0 runs per game on the season entering the matchup, Salazar and the pen holding them to 3.33 runs per game. Against lesser hitting clubs, Cleveland is 0-5 SU, allowing 4.8 per tilt. Expect the right-hander to keep the Pinstripers tame in this one. Eat the chalk and back the Indians.

Free MLB Pick: Indians RL (+155)Best Line at Heritage
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