Saturday's Early Game Best Bets in Baseball

Doug Upstone

Saturday, July 29, 2017 3:44 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 29, 2017 3:44 PM UTC

When looking at the Saturday MLB card, the two 1:00 EDT games do not, at least to this handicapper, appear to have much value. When we look at next segment of contests, that is where the action is. 

L.A. Dodgers On Run Line is Enticing

At 1:05 PDT, the Los Angeles Dodgers were big -270 money line favorites over the stumbling San Francisco Giants. For those making MLB picks, you know where these teams have stood almost the entire season, especially the Giants who must be feeling like the Life Alert commercials, "I have fallin' and I can't get up."

We have covered how anemic the San Francisco offense is prior articles here; which has been the majority of the season and this has placed a lot of pressure on the Giants starters to be almost perfect.

Today's San Fran starter Ty Blach (6-6, 4.50 ERA) is a serviceable starting pitcher, lacking any one really defining pitch that hitters fear. When he is getting good downward movement of his fastball and breaking pitches, he is effective, when he's not, hits come in bunches against him.

The Dodgers Rich Hill (7-4. 3.48) is settling into a nice groove with a 1.96 ERA in his past three starts. How you can tell Hill's assortment of curves is working, in his last 18 1/3 innings, 26 strikeouts and only two walks.

With L.A.'s offense, Hill pitching and backed with superb bullpen, have little trouble thinking the Dodgers do not cover the -1.5 run line.

Free MLB Pick: Mariners -1.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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The Mets deGrom is the Da-Answer in Coffee Town

With all the injuries to the New York Mets this season, particularly the starting rotation, the Metropolitans have lost their way. The one beacon of light has been Jacob deGrom (12-3, 3.30), whose won his last eight starts, averaging very close to eight innings each time out.

In those 61 2/3 innings, the right-hander has permitted a mere 39 hits, fanning 58 and walking only 12. He will oppose Seattle's Yovani Gallardo (4-7, 5.58), who has lost his fastball, tilt on slider and curve and no longer has ability to consistently go through an opposing lineup two or three times per start.

At last look, the MLB odds had New York as a -140 favorite in Seattle and while the Mets are below .500 on the road, I will take my chances with a scalding hot hurler who is 22-6 versus teams whose hitters strike out seven or more times a game in the second half of the season the last few years. (Mets Record) 

Free MLB Pick: Mets -122Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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