Top MLB Picks & Betting Odds of the Day for Tuesday 9/9

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 3:41 PM GMT

We are now 6-0 in our last 6 games and looking to extend this September run right into the MLB playoffs. The pitching matchups are somewhat average today and we’ll have to rely on the best offenses when providing our betting picks.

Capper Catalano’s Record
196-168 -15.88 Units

Monday was a perfect day as we took Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles on the road against a worn out Boston Red Sox team. Both the Orioles and the Blue Jays didn’t allow a single run. It doesn’t get any better than that, folks.

 

Los Angeles Angels (88-55) vs. Texas Rangers (54-89)
In Search of the American League’s Top Spot
There really isn’t much more for the Los Angeles Angels to do in the regular season. They’ve dominated the Oakland Athletics in the head to head matchups and will win the American League West Division. The only other thing left for them to do is record the best record in the American League.

As it stands now, the Angels are have a 4.5 game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for best record. Los Angeles is on a 5 game losing streak and facing a Texas Rangers team that is one of the worst teams in baseball.

 

One Concern
My only concern in this matchup is that the Angels are on the road and starting Hector Santiago (4-7, 3.46).

In his last start, Santiago allowed 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings to a below average Minnesota Twins team. That said, Santiago starting makes the MLB betting odds more tolerable and the Angels have scored a total of 26 runs in their last two games. Jered Weaver ,who in my mind isn’t the same pitcher, still managed to also notch his 16th win of the season and that’s simply amazing.

Albert Pujols is also proving that he’s not washed up. In his last 3 games, Pujols is 8 for 14 with 8 runs scored, 2 HR and 7 RBI. Pujols being sharp will come in handy for L.A. as Mike Trout has been far from perfect lately. Regardless, the Halos should defeat the Rangers and at a decent price.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles -133 at 5 Dimes – 2 Units

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Tampa Bay Rays (69-75) vs. New York Yankees (73-68)
He’s Still Got It
Last season, Hiroki Kuroda pitched a dominant first half of the season and got tired in the 2nd half and it really affected the Yankees in a major way. This season, New York has occasionally given the 39 year old Kuroda some extra days of rest and it’s made all the difference in the world as the Japanese import has sustained a level of excellence on the mound. Kuroda has won his last 3 decisions and in his last 4 starts, hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs.

 

Run Support
The key for a New York win to remain in the playoff race will be run support. This has been a thing that Kuroda has lacked for his entire career and the Yankees offense hasn’t helped. Kuroda is an even 78-78 for his career with a brilliant 3.45 ERA.

New York is coming off of a 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Derek Jeter Day. It seems like every time the Yankees honor a player, the team forgets that they have a game and it reflects in the standings. There is no Yankee that’s actually hot at the moment, but as a collective team, look for them to find a way to grind out a few runs  of support for Kuroda and win this game. Teams have long memories and the Rays were the team that pretty much eliminated New York last season in Mariano Rivera’s final season. New York is the MLB pick at home.

MLB Pick: New York -134 at 5 Dimes

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