Adding Red Sox & Mets To Today's Ticket Will Get You Results

Jonathon Niese

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 5:21 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 5:21 PM UTC

With hot weather affecting the Nation, pitching has been leaving a lot to be desired in the past few days. Will the trend continue today? Read on for our Wednesday picks of the day.

Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles

"Dead Heat"
We're 118 games into the MLB season as the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles square off and both are tied at 66-52, just 1 game behind the front-running Toronto Blue Jays. The Red Sox have a ton of young talent, good pitching, and are on a 5 game winning streak. The Red Sox are a streaky team that could easily put a 10 spot up on any given night. They also come into this game with a ton of momentum as Baltimore has relinquished the American League East Division Lead that they've been holding for most of the season.

Bet on Betts
It's plain and simple that Mookie Betts has become a superstar and leading candidate for American League MVP. Although small in stature, this is a guy that's hit 2- 3 home run games in a short period of time and has other multiple home run games to his credit. He's actually coming off a 5-3 Boston victory over Baltimore on Tuesday in which he hit 2 home runs and had 5 runs batted in. For the season, Betts is hitting .315 with 28 HR and 89 RBI. In the month of August, he's batting .390 with 7 HR, 20 RBI. He's one of those players that when he's in the zone, he's simply unstoppable and at just 23 years old, he can stamp his mark, so to speak, as one of the best players in the MLB for the next 15 to 20 years. Betts could be a threat in tonight's game and when he's a threat, the game get's out of hand quickly.

A Workhorse
David Price (10-8, 4.29 ERA) get's the start for the Red Sox tonight and maybe all of the innings that he's logged in his career are starting to catch up with him. Price is the type of pitcher that's gone 120 pitched deep several times in his career and eventually this will catch up with a starting pitcher.

One would figure that David Price would excel on a hard hitting baseball squad such as the Boston Red Sox, but he's been merely average. In fact, he's allowing the opposition to hit .272 off of him and has allowed double-figure hits in 4 out of his last 10 outings. Price can still have a great start, but he can't be counted on consistently as Rick Porcello has been the real ace on the Boston squad.

Look for David Price to turn things around tonight as he's pitching in a "home run-friendly" stadium in Camden Yards and facing a hard-hitting team in the Baltimore Orioles. The Red Sox are the team with the momentum and it will carry over into this game.

Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -120 
Best Line Offered: 
at Pinnacle 

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New York Mets vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Mets Need Wins
This has been a very disappointing season for the New York Mets (60-59). With injuries to some key players and Matt Harvey not in the mix, this is a completely different team than the one that was in the World Series last season. The Mets were always known for their outstanding pitching staff and now they're relying on 43-year-old guys such as Bartolo Colon and Jonathan Niese (8-6, 5.20 ERA), who is back in a New York Mets uniform. Against an underachieving Arizona Diamondbacks team, this is a game that the Mets should and need to win.

Even at 1 game over .500, the Mets are just 3 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the final wild-card spot with a cluster of teams ahead of them. Beating up on bottom-feeders is the way that some teams get back into the playoff hunt and this is an opportunity that New York need's to take advantage of. Noah Syndergaard set the tone yesterday. Along with winning the game, he hit one of the farthest home runs that you'll ever see a pitcher hit. Now, New York has a bit of momentum.

As for Niese, he must pitch better. He's coming off of a 9-0 loss to these same Diamondbacks in which he allowed 6 runs on 6 hits in just 1 inning pitched. It can't get any worse.

Finding A Home In the Desert
Even though Paul Goldschmidt (18 HR, 74 RBI, .298 BA) is the best player on the Diamondbacks squad, Jean Segura has really been the go-to guy on this team this season and most consistent player. After going through losing a child as a member of the Brewers, Segura has bounced back in a major way.

He's not a power hitter, but can still produce an extra base hit and is a speed demon on the basepath. He leads the D'Backs in hitting with a .312 batting average to go along with 10 HR, 45 RBI, and 24 SB's. Segura is also 11 for his last 29 at-bats (.379) with 5 doubles and 1 triple. Look for Segura to remain consistent.

I'm a believer in momentum and the Mets are good value here despite Niese's first outing against Arizona. Look for a bounce back performance from Jonathan Niese.

Free MLB Pick: New York Mets +114 
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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