Valuable MLB Picks of the Day for Saturday August 16th

Joe Catalano

Saturday, August 16, 2014 2:18 PM GMT

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 2:18 PM GMT

The MLB is starting to get hot and heavy as teams like Tampa Bay are starting to get on a roll, proving that they want to be a part of the post-season. This is a great time in the schedule and some teams are ripe for the picking; bet picking that is.

Capper Catalano’s Record
167-145 -17.77 Units

I nailed the under the total pick as the Rockies faced Johnny Cueto at Coors Field. Coors Field has been very good to me. Unfortunately, we went for the jugular with the Dodgers with our 2-unit play. L.A. allowed 5 late runs in the 7th and 8th inning and pretty much ruined our parade. That’s okay. Today is here and there’s opportunity to capitalize on some interesting matchups.

 

Milwaukee Brewers (68-55) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (70-54)
Has Kershaw Met His Match?
There’s nothing that I’d love to do more than to fade Clayton Kershaw as the National League Central Division leading Milwaukee Brewers are +177 odds. Kershaw will eventually lose a ball game and the Brewers have the power and depth in their lineup to put the squeeze on the Dodgers ace.

Milwaukee sends a very capable Yovani Gallardo (7-6, 3.44) to the mound and this is a pitcher that’s been pitching very well as of late. If you eliminate one “so-so” start against the Giants on the 6th of August, Gallardo has allowed 1 run in 3 starts, which equates to 21 2/3 innings. His career record of 88-59 with a 3.69 ERA indicates that he’s no joke. This will be a major test for Los Angeles.

 

The Leadoff Role
If any of you are old enough to remember Rickey Henderson, you know that the leadoff man sets the tone for the rest of the team and it’s a huge job.

Lately for Los Angeles, Dee Gordon has been a beast on the basepaths and has shown a great ability in getting on base. He’ll never hit homers, but this player is a game-changer even at 172 pounds. In his last 3 games, Gordon is 7 for 13 with 6 runs and 5 stolen bases. His job is to get on base and set Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez up to knock him in; it has been working!

The betting total is 6 which is way too low for my liking. You are a sucker to fade Kershaw at the present time. Take L.A. and lay the juice.

MLB Pick: Los Angeles -194 at 5Dimes

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Seattle Mariners (66-55) vs. Detroit Tigers (65-55)
Matchup of the Year?
Pitching-wise you have the matchup of the season as David Price (11-8, 3.21) will look to impress with his new team as he face the unstoppable “King” Felix Hernandez (13-3, 1.95). Hernandez is pitching at very high level knowing that he actually has stars like Robinson Cano to provide him with offensive support.

Detroit is in 2nd place in the American League Central Division and to me this isn’t the same Tigers team. Players like J.D. Martinez and Victor Hernandez have had a tremendous impact on the Tigers squad, but Miguel Cabrera has lost his ability to smash dingers just like many other major leaguers. Is this a PED issue?

On the season, Cabrera has put up fine numbers. He has 17 HR, 86 RBI, and a .309 BA. Any other major leaguer would die for these numbers, but 17  home runs at this time in the season quite light for the slugger Cabrera.

 

Possible MVP Candidate?
Seattle made easy work of the Tigers yesterday 7-2 and the catalyst was Robinson Cano. Cano has finally found the power and displayed it yesterday at Comerica Park. This is a .330 hitter that we’re talking about. Seattle has plenty of firepower and add in the fact that Hernandez hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any of his last 17 starts and I like Seattle as my pick.

MLB Pick: Seattle Mariners -110 at 5Dimes – 2 Unit Play

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