Valuable MLB Picks of the Day for Monday August 18th

Joe Catalano

Monday, August 18, 2014 3:50 PM GMT

We have just surpassed the “dog days of summer.” It’s a new week and time to belt out a few winning bets for the betting public to cash in on. What are we waiting for?

Capper Catalano’s Record
168-150 -24.65 Units

I don’t make excuses, we took one on the chin yesterday. We took Philadelphia as a big underdog and nearly missed out, the Coors total was a complete miss and Jon Lester suffered his first loss with the Oakland A’s.

The only thing that you do in a situation like this is move on to the next day and look to build off a winning day like we have done before. A winner is a great cure.

 

Baltimore Orioles (70-52) vs. Chicago White Sox (59-65)

Chris Sale vs. a Division Leader
Something has to give in this matchup as you have the a Baltimore Orioles team that is starting to run away with the American League East Division with a 7 game lead as they face a Chicago White Sox team that is going nowhere, but are starting one of the best pitchers in baseball, Chris Sale (10-2, 2.01).

Being that Baltimore is so good and Chicago is below .500, the odds are more desirable if you so choose to go with Sale, as I think good pitching wins out in the end.

Sale had a couple of “Un-Sale” like starts and then came back with a huge game against the San Francisco Giants in which his team gave him no run support. He pitched 8 innings and allowed just 4 hits and struck out 12 batters. I’m not worried about Chris Sale facing the likes of Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, and Nick Markakis, I’m worried about his team scoring a couple of runs for him.

 

Jose Abreu
Abreu is putting up huge numbers. If he was on a better team, he could possibly be an MVP candidate in the American League. Abreu also hits Baltimore well. He’s 5 for 13 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Let’s hope that Abreu goes deep tonight because I’m backing the Chicago White Sox as my betting pick.

MLB Pick: Chicago -147 at 5Dimes -2 Unit Play

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Atlanta Braves (64-60) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (64-60)

Back On the Saddle
You have two teams here with identical records and both shooting to make the post season. I was thoroughly impressed with Atlanta on Sunday Night Baseball as they gave Jon Lester his 1st loss as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Justin Upton was really dialed into Lester and we’ll have to see if there’s any carryover as he faces Vance Worley (5-2, 2.51) tonight.

The ERA looks spectacular, but I’m not sold on Worley. He’s coming off of a really poor performance against Detroit and he does allow the opposition to hit .258 off of him. Atlanta sends Ervin Santana (12-6 ,3.66) to the mound and he’s more of a battle-tested pitcher. Santana struck out 9 batters in just 6 innings against a great Dodgers offense in his last start and that’s making a statement. Simply stated, I think that Worley is soft and the edge goes to Santana.

One concern for Atlanta is star Freddie Freeman. Jon Lester made Freeman look lost at the plate and although Freeman is a good hitter, he has the tendency to look bad when the pitching matchup doesn’t suit him.

 

Josh Harrison
Atlanta also has to be concerned about Josh Harrison. Since Andrew McCutchen has been out, Harrison has been the best player on the Pirates squad. He’s hitting .309 with 10 HR, 38 RBI, and 17 SB in 366 at-bats. Harrison is a lot better than Pittsburgh ever thought that he would be and is the future of this team to go along with McCutchen.

This is a tough matchup, but I’m going to side with the better pitching and the momentum from beating Jon Lester.

MLB Pick: Atlanta +104 at 5Dimes

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