Saturday's Top Value MLB Picks

Joe Catalano

Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:25 PM UTC

Saturday, May. 31, 2014 1:25 PM UTC

After an action filled night of baseball, we’ve hit the last day of May. Time to pick some winners as there’s a lot of interesting matchups as we sort out the schedule for Saturday.

Joe C. Record

67-79 -33.86
Another push as the Milwaukee Brewers destroyed the Chicago Cubs while we lost with the underdog Mets as they lost in 14 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Early Matchup Alert
Minnesota Twins (25-27) at New York Yankees (28-25)
When Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound, especially at home, it gets my attention and I don’t fade him in my MLB picks.

Tanaka has won 35 out of his last 36 decisions and is coming off of a 7-1 victory over the White Sox in which he allowed just 1 run in 6 2/3 innings pitched; just an average day from the Japanese import.

Take the Yankees, who have not been playing well, and the runline solely off of the fact that Tanaka is pitching. He’s that good!

Free MLB Pick: Yankees – 1 ½ -115 at 5 Dimes

Pittsburgh Pirates (25-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (29-27)
L.A. Should Have a Better Record
The Dodgers shouldn’t be dropping 2-1 decisions like last night to a team like the Pirates with the offense and pitching that they possess. Tonight, they take another crack at the Bucs as Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2, 3.10) takes the mound and he’s had a solid season.

Although Ryu started off the season like gangbusters, he’s tailed off a bit as of late. Even at average effectiveness, Ryu will keep L.A. in a game like this. He’s coming off of 2 straight wins in which he allowed 5 runs in 13 1/3 innings. That should be plenty if the trio of Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, and Hanley Ramirez play to their potential, against a pitcher like an inexperienced Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 3.35).

For the Pirates, they have the reigning National League MVP in Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is a 5-tool player, with his strength and his speed and is one of the best outfielders in baseball. He can be a key figure in any Pirates game.

Along with McCutchen, it’s either “sink or swim” with 3rd baseman Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez is good for about 30 bombs per season, but strikes out at a rapid pace and can’t hit for average.

This should be an interesting game. If Ryu is on top of his game, he should outpitch Cumpton.

Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -143 at 5 Dimes

Los Angeles Angels (30-24) at Oakland Athletics (33-22)
They’re Just That Good
I was keeping a close eye on yesterday’s game and the game was never in doubt as the Athletics tagged the Angels for 5 runs and 5 hits in the first inning alone.

Oakland has passed Colorado in some offensive categories as they’re 1st in the MLB in runs and 1st in on base percentage. Even though Mike Trout is the future of baseball and also went yard yesterday, his team simply isn’t as good as Oakland’s.

Coco Crisp
He doesn’t have the prettiest stats, but as the leadoff hitter, Coco Crisp is the table-setter for this baseball team. When he plays well, the A’s play well. Crisp was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a walk. He’s currently on a 5 game hitting streak in which he’s hit 7 for 21with 4 runs, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI.

After Crisp, you have the 2 players in which Oakland gets most of their production, in Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss. Yesterday, Moss and Donaldson were a combined 4 for 6 with 3 HR and 8 RBI and Moss was taken out of the game early in a 9-5 Oakland victory. When Oakland has a good game, they can tag a team for 12 or 13 runs.

Los Angeles sends Tyler Skaggs (4-2, 3.97) to the rubber tonight and he’s capable of pitching well, but the Angels do get a lot of inconsistency from the left-hander.

He’s coming off of a 5-1 loss to Seattle in which his statline looked good, but the Angels defense committed some unearned runs with their poor play. Look for Skaggs to keep L.A. in the game tonight and I expect this game to be close.

Free MLB Pick: Oakland -123 at 5 Dimes

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