Top MLB Picks of the Day for Thursday 9/25

Joe Catalano

Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:29 PM GMT

We’re coming off of a profitable day yesterday and look to carry that momentum over for the rest of the season. The question for Thursday is “Will Derek Jeter get to play his last game at Yankee Stadium tonight?” With precipitation all day, it’s not looking good. Time to place the bets.

Capper Catalano’s Record
210-184 -17.52 Units

Yesterday was a wild day as I purposely tried to beat Clayton Kershaw. It looked good for 5 innings as San Francisco had a 1-0 lead over the Dodgers and then the roof caved in. It wasn’t a problem as I backed it up with a 3-unit play with the Toronto Blue Jays and Mark Buehrle over the embarrassing Seattle Mariners and won 1-0. A 2- unit profit for the day is a good day.

Derek Jeter Update: There are people that payed nearly 1000 dollars per seat to see Derek Jeter play his last game at Yankee Stadium. It really looks like this game won’t go off with the massive amount of rain in the forecast. The MLB is left with a problem.

 

Minnesota Twins (68-90) vs. Detroit Tigers (88-70)
Scherzer 2.0
Folks, I have no idea what that new 2.0 say means but I’m guessing that it means a stronger version and if that’s the case, you’re going to see Max Scherzer (17-5, 3.19) at a 2.0 pace as he attempts to give the Detroit Tigers that division title.

The Tigers play a very weak team in the Minnesota Twins and this is the type of game that elite teams win if they want to be World Series contenders. Detroit is 2 games ahead of a very gamed Kansas City Royals team with just 4 games remaining in the regular season.

Scherzer has been good but not great in his last 10 starts. He’s a bit inconsistent, but still the ace of the Tigers staff. More importantly, when Max Scherzer starts a game, the Tigers usually win. In his last 10 starts, the Tigers have won 9 of those starts. Detroit’s powerful offense often comes to the rescue and the hero can be any player in the lineup whether it be Victor Martinez, Torii Hunter, J.D. Martinez, or Alex Avila. There’s too much depth in the Tigers lineup and too much incentive for Detroit to win this game. I really like Detroit in this spot, but we’re going to have to lay a massive amount of juice; so be it; no run-line beats for me.

MLB Pick: Detroit -260 at 5Dimes

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Kansas City Royals (86-72) vs. Chicago White Sox (72-86)
“Big Game James Shields”
I hear this often enough and have seen Shields (14-8, 3.18) pitch enough to know that this isn’t really true, but Shields is a pitcher with major heart and a team leader and that’s who I want behind my pick as the Royals trail the Tigers by 2 games with 4 games remaining in the regular season for the AL Central Division Title. If K.C. can’t catch the Tigers, they have a wild card spot locked up.

The Royals are coming off of a disappointing 6-4 loss to Cleveland yesterday. Kansas City has benefited from all of the wild card contenders playing so poorly because they have only played .500 ball in their last 10 games. That said guys like Alcides Escobar and Norichika Aoki have really stepped up their game at the right time.

Aoki isn’t a threat to hit bombs but he’s hitting .384 in the month of September and is the leading hitter on the Royals squad. Escobar is 11 for his last 27 at-bats and always seems to get the key hits when K.C. needs him to.

This game is very important to Kansas City with Cleveland really not having a chance in the wild card race. Take Big Game Shields to come up huge even though he’s a tad overrated.

MLB Pick: Kansas City -150 at 5Dimes (These odds are disgusting-no 2 unit plays here) 

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