Thursday's Daily MLB Betting Odds & Picks 8/14

Joe Catalano

Thursday, August 14, 2014 3:20 PM GMT

Yesterday was a nice little comeback day and yet again, there’s a bunch of lackluster matchups for Thursday. Do we point our attention on the underdogs when making our betting picks is the question?

Capper Catalano’s Record
164-144 -18.53 Units

A winning day was all that I was looking for yesterday and I got one. Baltimore displayed a nice comeback against the Yankees while the Dodgers lost a tough one against Atlanta as an underdog, but the Cardinals and much maligned starting pitcher Justin Masterson came through for us as a betting underdog. Let’s look at Thursday and have a repeat performance or possibly better.

Most of the aces start very early today and that’s a shame as I elect to provide the later games so readers can have an ample amount of print time to digest the article.

 

Washington Nationals (65-53) vs. New York Mets (57-64)
Strasburg vs. Gee
This should be a very good pitching matchup. I was hoping for the betting total to be in the 7 range and that’s just what it is. Although Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68) hasn’t lived up to expectations, he’s due for a good outing and facing the inconsistent New York Mets at a pitcher friendly CitiField, is just the place to show off his raw talent.

The Mets counter with Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.54). Gee doesn’t have half of the pure talent that Strasburg possesses, but he’s a gamer and a grinder. Don’t look for a lot of runs to be scored in this game especially the way that David Wright has been playing.

 

Stop Whining!!
It’s pretty sad when the captain of a respective team such as David Wright is the third best player on the team and after signing a huge contract, there have even been talks of trying to make a deal and getting rid of Wright. I can remember Wright being interviewed at the beginning of the season with his new deal and captaincy and saying that he couldn’t wait to have a huge year. I was thinking that this is a player that has warning track power and couldn’t survive with the dimensions at CitiField.

On the season, Wright has 8 HR, 56 RBI, and .276 and we’re halfway through the month of August. Who was “right”? CapperCatalano or David Wright?

The Mets have survived on the power of Lucas Duda, good pitching, and spectacular play of Daniel Murphy. As I stated before, take the under as Strasburg takes care of the Mets offense.
Free MLB Pick:  Mets/Washington Under 7 -106 at 5 Dimes

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Tampa Bay Rays (59-61) vs. Texas Rangers (47-73)
Ready To Go Golfing
The Texas Rangers are ready to call it a season while the Tampa Bay Rays still have enough time to at least make a run for the 2nd wild card in the American League.

At 6 games behind with 42 games remaining in the regular season, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the Rays get back into the wild card race. A good start would be to “sting” the lowly Texas Rangers as the Rays have a distinct advantage in starting pitching tonight with Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89).

 

Jake Odorizzi
He doesn’t get a lot of press, but Odorizzi is a very formidable pitcher. He’ll basically give the Rays 5 to 6 solid hard worked innings and in tonight’s game, it should certainly be good enough.

Odorizzi is coming off of a 6 inning performance against the Chicago Cubs in which he held the Cubs to just 3 hits while striking out 9 batters, which is valuable to consider when looking at the MLB Odds. His pitch count seems to rise quickly, but that’s due in part to being a strikeout pitcher and it’s something he’ll have to work on. Against, Texas starter Robbie Ross (2-4, 5.61), there should be no issue for Odorizzi.

Tampa Bay is coming off of an impressive 10-1 victory against Texas on Wednesday and we should see another solid effort out of the Rays tonight.
Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay -137 at 5 Dimes -2 Unit Play

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