Saturday's MLB Odds & Betting Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:30 PM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 3:30 PM GMT

Saturday’s MLB betting picks are going to consist of pitching aces. Well, in Steven Strasburg’s case, an “ace that was”. Stand by as I provide for you Saturday’s gems that will fill your pockets.

Capper Catalano’s Record
184-160 -17.42 Units

Washington Nationals (76-57) at Seattle Mariners (72-61)
The Day After
It will be interesting to see how the Seattle Mariners react after having their ace, Felix Hernandez, bashed around for 6 home runs in an 8-3 victory by Washington. Tonight’s game is much more important to Seattle as Washington has a 6 game lead over the Atlanta Braves for the divisional lead in the NL East Division while Seattle will have a much more difficult time making the post-season.

 

Strasburg Time
Although he hasn’t pitched up to his capabilities this season, the last pitcher that Seattle want’s to face is Stephen Strasburg. He is only 10-10 on the season with a 3.59 ERA, but this is a pitcher with some of the best stuff when he’s at his best. That alone will make the Nats the betting favorites in this game and give Washington the edge pitching-wise. Strasburg is coming off of a poor performance against the Giants in which he allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings in a no-decision. I expect Strasburg to pitch much better in this game.

While the Mariners have a respectable offense led by Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, the Nats also have the edge in their starting lineup. Depth is of great importance and you can see after yesterday’s game that the Nats have great team depth which includes power and speed at the leadoff spot with Denard Span. Something tells me that I don’t think that Wilson Ramos will have another 2 home run game, but the Nationals will take care of business against a shell-shocked group.
Free MLB Pick: Washington -125 at 5Dimes (2 Units)
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Los Angeles Dodgers ( 76-59) at San Diego Padres (63-70)
Much Improved Padres Club
I know that their record doesn’t indicate success, but the Padres are on a 3 game winning streak and .500 isn’t out of the question for the season.

This wouldn’t be a bad accomplishment being that they traded away Huston Street and contain one of the worst offenses in baseball. Lately, the Pads bats have woken up. Will it be enough to deal with Zack Greinke (13-8, 2.79) on a Saturday night in California?

The numbers look fairly good for Zack Greinke, but he started this season off like gangbusters and now is an inconsistent pitcher that you don’t what you’re going to get at times.

Much like Stephen Strasburg, odds makers resort to the pitchers reputation and of course that will make the Dodgers more of a betting favorite because Greinke is capable of shutting down an opposing offense.

In his last 4 starts, he’s been merely average, allowing 11 earned runs in 25 inning pitched. The Padres are coming off of a 3-2 win over L.A. but this isn’t Kevin Correia pitching tonight for the Dodgers.

 

Low Scoring Wins
When looking at the MLB Odds, keep in mind the Padres are overmatched offensively in this game, but they’ve been getting the job done with good pitching. Can you believe that Jedd Gyorko leads this team in runs batted in with 45? That has to be some kind of record.

Ever since the Padres traded Chase Headley away for Yangervis Solarte, they’ve improved as a baseball team. Solarte is by no means a star, but he’s played in a pressure packed situation in being a member of the Yankees and has been a consistent producer since the trade.

With all of the improvement that I’ve credited San Diego with, it still won’t be enough to defeat Zack Greinke and a Dodger offense which features, Puig, Gordon, Gonzalez, Kemp, and Ramirez.
Free MLB Pick: Make th Dodgers -140 at 5 Dimes you MLB Pick of the day.

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