Saturday's O/U MLB Picks: Top Pitchers at Favorable Odds

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, July 25, 2015 2:30 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 25, 2015 2:30 PM UTC

It’s another of our MLB consultant’s “Totals of the Day” featured article for Saturday. Join us in reading this piece that covers totals in games between Nationals/Pirates & Orioles/Rays

Orioles (Miguel Gonzalez) vs. Rays (Erasmo Ramirez) 6:10 PM ET
Miguel Gonzalez has made three starts this season versus Tampa Bay. In those outings he posted a microscopic 0.84 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and each game went under the total. Baltimore has gone 14-7-2 under the total during their previous 23 games. The Orioles have scored 3 runs or less in ten of their last twelve, and amassed a total of only 22 hits in the previous four games.

Erasmo Ramirez has been outstanding in his last nine starts, posting an excellent 1.29 ERA, compiling nearly a 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio, and went 6-1-2 under the total. As a matter of fact, he allowed 1 earned run or less in eight of those nine starts. In his only start versus Baltimore this year, Ramirez pitched 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball and allowed just 3 Orioles hits. Tampa Bay has gone 7-1-2 under the total in their previous ten games, and has scored 3 runs or less in nine of the last eleven.

I like this game to be a low scoring affair and Sportsbetting has the cheapest price. Take the under as your MLB pick.

MLB Pick: Orioles and Rays under 7.0 (-105) at Sportsbetting

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Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) vs. Pirates (A.J. Burnett) 7:05 PM ET
Gio Gonzalez has been in superb form over his last four starts which is evidenced by cumulative 1.38 ERA during that time. The Nationals southpaw hurler is 6-0 in his career team starts versus Pittsburgh since 2010, and has posted a stellar 2.95 ERA in those outings. In his one start versus the Pirates this year, Gonzalez went 7.0 innings, allowed 0 earned runs, and gave up just 4 hits. Washington possesses a miserable team batting average of only .199 during their previous seven games.

A.J. Burnett has pitched extremely well in nine starts this season at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. During those outings he’s posted a dominating 1.58 ERA, and allowed just 2 home runs in 62 2/3 innings pitched. Burnett should also benefit from Ted Barrett being the home plate umpire today. Barrett can be considered a pitcher friendly umpire based on games going 48-35-4 under the total since 2013 when he’s calling balls and strikes.

This starting pitching matchup has the earmarks of a low scoring game. Heritage has a favorable total compared to other major sportsbooks.

MLB Pick: Nationals and Pirates under 7.5 (-120) at Heritage.

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