Saturday's MLB Action Offers Two Valuable SU Picks That Can't Be Missed

Mookie Betts

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 27, 2016 3:57 PM GMT

Coming off of an easy undefeated day, we're looking for the same results with our MLB Picks of the Day for Saturday as there are a handful of appealing matchups in which to profit from. 

Atlanta Braves vs San Francisco Giants

Momentum Swing
Teams run hot and run cold. This is the cycle for every Major League team that plays 162 games. The San Francisco Giants (70-58) are a perfect example of this as they dominated the National League West Division for almost the entire season and then went into a slump and lost possession of 1st place. The Giants have since taken the last game of their series with the Dodgers and won last night against the lowly Atlanta Braves (47-82). This was a game in which I backed the Giants and as long as the odds are below -200 in a complete mismatch, I will continue to back San Francisco as they are now a single game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and looking to regain their lead in the division.

The starting pitching matchup of Mike Foltynewicz (6-5, 4.55 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (5-9, 5.55 ERA) leaves a lot to be desired. Peavy hasn't been used as a starter and he's still getting hit hard. In his last outing, Peavy pitched a mere 2 innings and allowed 2 home runs, 5 earned runs on 5 hits. This was once a top flight pitcher , but those days are long gone. If San Francisco wants to extend their winning streak to 3, it will be up to their offense, which doesn't possess a major star, but is very deep incompetence.

 

Freddie Freeman
One star in this game that will have to be looked at with caution from the opponent is Freddie Freeman. Freeman has had a very solid season despite being on a bottom feeder. If he was on an average team or better, his RBI total would be somewhere close to 80 or 90, but he has no support and less opportunity to knock guys in due to the lack of talent on this Atlanta Braves squad.

Freeman is hitting .321 in the month of August with 8 HR, 20 RBI. For the season, Freeman is at 26 HR, 62 RBI, and .290. That said, Freeman draws a lot of walks as the opposition would much rather face someone else in this Atlanta lineup. Freeman's OBP% is .387 and getting on base is the name of the game. Look for Freeman to play well against Peavy and the San Francisco bullpen, but will it be enough?

 

Free MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants -170 
Best Line Offered:
 at BetOnline

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Kansas City Royals vs Boston Red Sox

Red Sox Must Stop the Bleeding
Remember that cycle of winning and losing that I was talking about earlier? The Boston Red Sox (71-57), who are 1 game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the lead in the AL East Division, are hitting the losing part of this cycle as they've lost 3 consecutive games. What's worse is that 2 losses have come against the last-place Tampa Bay Rays. Boston has all of the talent in the world with the likes of Mookie Betts, David Ortiz, and Xander Bogaerts, but the season is like a marathon and the race is about who comes strong down the last couple of months of the season.

The Red Sox offense has hit a wall as they've scored just 9 runs in their last 4 games. 

 

Bet on Betts!
Mookie Betts is a rising star in this league as he's hit several multiple home run games including 2 recent 3 home run games. His power numbers have   been down lately as he's still stuck on 28 home runs and hasn't hit a homer in his last 28 at-bats, but he play's all facets of the game well. Betts is an asset in the field that can throw runners out, He get's on base frequently and sets up guys such as Big Papi to knock in runs, and he get's timely hits. In those 28 at bats, Betts is hitting a .393. For the season, Betts and Ortiz are tied for the team lead at .320. Betts also has the 28 home runs that I mentioned along with 93 RBI's. Add in guys like Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, and Jackie Bradley Jr. and this team is deadly.

 

Duffy To The Rescue
The Kansas City Royals (67-61), who are the defending World Series Champs, haven't been nearly as effective as they were last season. They started off the season slow and have had to pour it on during crunch time. I don't know if the Royals have enough talent and gas left in the tank. That said, the Royals have their ace, Danny Duffy (11-1, 2.66 ERA) starting and he's pitched out of this world. In his last 7 starts, Duffy has pitched 50 2/3 inning and has allowed just 9 earned runs. He's also a road warrior with a 2.04 ERA on the road. Look for K.C. to serve the Sox their 4th straight loss behind the pitching of Duffy.

 

Free MLB Pick: Kansas City Royals +151 
Best Line Offered: 
at 5Dimes

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