Thursday's MLB Picks of the Day 8/21

Joe Catalano

Thursday, August 21, 2014 3:26 PM GMT

With a very small slate of MLB Games on “Transitional Thursday”, we look to bring home a couple of winning bets and deposit them in your betting accounts, providing  some pocket change to play with on the weekend.

Capper Catalano Record
171-154 -28.41 Units
A very disappointing ending to a day that looked like a monster day. We had the Braves at 3 Units- leading the entire game until the last inning against Pittsburgh, a Cardinals-Reds matchup that had under written all over it until late runs were scored at 2 units, and we nailed our underdog play with the Houston Astros defeating the Yankees at a whopping price of +176.

I was spot on in my analysis except for the Reds. I WILL make another run before the season is over, but yes, there’s the sour taste is in my mouth as I provide you with today’s MLB picks.

 

San Diego Padres (59-66) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (71-57)
Pitcher’s Duel at Dodger Stadium
After a 4-1 victory yesterday, the San Diego Padres are showing that they’re a much improved baseball team. Tonight, they get a chance to make a statement as Tyson Ross (11-11, 2.70) takes on Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86).

That said, both pitchers are coming off of losing efforts. This game should be very low scoring, but on the other hand, the betting total is super-low at 6 runs. 5 Dimes Sportsbook offers the total at 6.5 -115 and if we choose to bet the total, this is where the bettor should make the bet.

 

Respect
Tyson Ross has been a beast on a team that doesn’t score runs, but Kershaw is always going to get the respect where MLB odds are concerned as the Dodgers are a betting favorite of -210.

Anytime that Kershaw takes the mound, I immediately want to side with the Dodgers, but today is a day in which I might not want to lay such a great amount of juice on a game that can go either way.

The Dodgers have the far superior offense and team overall, but they didn’t play like it yesterday as the Pads were effective early in the game off of Roberto Hernandez and had 11 hits overall. San Diego still ranks last in all offensive categories, but their offensive production has picked up quite a bit.

 

Whose Laughing Now?
Yangervis Solarte started off the season quick out of the gate after spending so much time in the New York Yankees farm system. Eventually, Solarte hit a major slump. New York had decided that they had enough of him and traded him to San Diego for Chase Headley.

This trade has worked out well for the Pads as Solarte has hit a respectable 3 HR, 13 RBI, and .274 BA in nearly 100 at-bats on a team that can use the offense. From watching him play with New York, this guy can surprise people with timely hits.

This game has under written all over it as both teams’ offenses have been ineffective to some degree lately and the starting pitching is “off the chart”.
Free MLB Pick: Dodgers/Padres -115 Under 6.5 at 5 Dimes- 2 Units

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Los Angeles Angels (75-50) vs. Boston Red Sox (56-70)
Garrett Richards Injured
Just when the Los Angeles Angels had everything going their way this season, their ace, Garrett Richards gets injured in last night’s start against the Red Sox and this puts their season in jeopardy; just a crushing blow.

Tonight, is a matchup of two really up and coming pitchers in Matt Shoemaker (11-4, 3.84) for the Halos vs. Rubby De La Rosa (4-4, 3.79) for the Red Sox. The Angels have won the first 3 games of this series and would love to put the exclamation point on a series and season for the Red Sox that has been a disaster.

 

David Ortiz
A lot of people have a difference of opinions on David Ortiz, but nobody can say that this man isn’t clutch. He got caught in the PED scandal, but have you ever seen a player fly under the radar so much as Ortiz for cheating?

Ortiz’s numbers will never match Alex Rodriguez’s and he may never make the Hall of Fame due to the scandal, but when it comes to clutch hitting, David Ortiz is one of the greats in baseball history.

Big Papi has been on fire as of late, going 14 for his last 26 at-bats with 4 HR and 9 RBI. He’s a better hitter against left handed pitchers, but might we see Ortiz come up huge in a game that the Red Sox needs from a psychological standpoint?

 

Mike Trout
Mike Trout is the player with the greatest upside in baseball. He’s the MLB poster boy with a good 15 to 20 years of record breaking ahead of him. That said, Trout has been slumping lately. While leadoff man, Kole Calhoun, has been picking up most of the slack, Trout is 16 for 73 in the month of August. Expect Trout to regain his momentum; it might not be in this game.
MLB Free Pick: Angels/Red Sox Under 9 -108 at 5 Dimes

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