Solid MLB Picks of the Day for Thursday Sept. 18th

Joe Catalano

Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:37 PM GMT

For some of us in the northern part of the United States, the weather is starting to get colder as fall and the post-season approach us. Might we see some lower scoring games due to the ball not carrying and the sting of the bat? Time for our MLB betting picks.

Capper Catalano’s Record
204-177 -19.94 Units

Yesterday was a real good day as we won with Adam Wainwright and the seemingly playoff-bound Cardinals defeated Mike Fiers and the Brew Crew, 2-0 for 2- Units and the San Francisco Giants were our chalky 1-unit play and came through with a hard-earned 4-2 victory over the pathetic Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

 

Texas Rangers (59-92) vs. Oakland Athletics (83-68)

A Calculated Risk
This game is so tempting and obviously there is risk involved as the Texas Rangers have been simply awful this season, but the Rangers have managed to win 5 straight games.

Oakland, on the other hand, has not been the same baseball team since their series with the Los Angeles Angels in which the Angels destroyed them. The Angels currently lead the A’s in the standings by an amazing 11.5 games as they’ve clinched the American League West Division. Now, Oakland is on a 2 game losing streak, have won 3 out of their last 10 games, and are scrambling for a wild card spot.

 

Is Texas the Pick?
The Rangers have beaten up on the A’s in their last 2 games, outscoring them 12-4. In last night’s game, the Rangers managed to score 6 runs in the 9th inning to defeat the A’s 6-1 and this was all done without a hit from the Rangers leader Adrian Beltre. The MLB odds are even more appealing as Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.18) takes the mound for Oakland. Gray has had 2 consecutive quality starts, allowing 5 runs in 15 innings in his last 2 starts. For all of that work, he received 2 no-decisions. In fact, Gray has lost 5 out of his last 6 decisions. We’re taking Texas with our free pick; enough said!

MLB Pick: Texas Rangers +248 at 5Dimes

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Toronto Blue Jays (77-74) vs. New York Yankees (77-74)

A Dead Heat
Both of these teams have played a total of 151 games apiece and have identical records. It would take a miracle for either Oakland or Seattle, who also have identical records, to flop and for one of these teams to make it to the playoffs. Both teams are 6 games out with just 11 to go. Is this the end for Derek Jeter?

 

The End Of Derek Jeter?
Part of the reason why the Yankees have declined lately is their lack of offense. This is a team that just can’t score runs. Even Derek Jeter is ending his career on a sour note, recently going 0 for 28 before recently getting a hit. As I stated earlier, the weather is getting cold and baseball appears to be done with in the Big Apple unless the Yankees receive a miracle.

After a Brandon McCarthy 3-2 victory over the Rays and a tough Alex Cobb, the Yankees broke their losing streak. The Yanks always have trouble with Cobb  but McCarthy has been spectacular as a member of the Yankees.

New York now faces a Blue Jays team with a ton of hitting, but have lost 4 games in a row themselves. R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball return to New York.  Ever since winning 20 games for the Mets, Dickey has been merely average. You can call him a “one hit wonder”. Even though New York’s offense has been in neutral all season, I could see them teeing off the knuckleball and into the right-field porch that Yankee Stadium possesses.

I haven’t given you much on how the Yankees offense will turn it around. Call it a “gut-call”. Look for New York to end their season strong, knowing that this could be Derek Jeter’s final games in pinstripes. Take New York at home with decent betting odds for your MLB picks.

MLB Pick: New York -115 at 5Dimes -2 Unit Play

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