Wednesday's Money-Making Baseball Picks Of The Day... Know When To Eat The Chalk

Toronto Blue Jays

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:31 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 4:31 PM UTC

While the pitching leaves a lot to be desired in today's MLB matchups, we could see a lot of runs being recorded and some good value is available on the board. Here are your MLB Picks of the Day for Wednesday.

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox

Playing For The Future
Even though the New York Yankees (56-56) kept the game competitive last night, we hit it right on the head as the Boston Red Sox (61-50), who are the team with more talent and playing for this season and not the future, overtook the Bombers 5-3. The Yankees have been hovering around the .500 mark all season long and although they say that they're playing for a post-season berth, they're really not as their trades were indicative in the direction that they're taking. They can be a good team to fade down the last couple of months of the regular season as long as they're playing a team with something to play for. Tonight, Drew Pomeranz (8-9, 3.09 ERA) faces New York as Boston looks to ultimately catch the AL East first place Baltimore Orioles.


Lack of Run Support
Pomeranz came over from the San Diego Padres to the hard-hitting Boston Red Sox and was probably thinking that he was going to finally see some run support, but this hasn't exactly happened yet.

In his last 3 starts, Pomeranz has received a total of 7 runs of support from Boston's offense. He hasn't pitched as good as he did with the San Diego Padres, but it's the same old story. With everything said, Drew Pomeranz was a stud with the Padres and I expect him to be a major factor for Boston as they're looking to position themselves for a possible division title. In his last start. Pomeranz allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 6 innings pitched in a no-decision against Seattle. The game against New York is the type of game that he was brought to Boston for and he should pitch well as the Red Sox are a heavy chalk.


"Boston Strong"
While there have been no signs of Arod yet (he's supposed to play tomorrow), David Ortiz finally showed a bit of life after a 2 for 19 slump. Last night, he picked up a hit, an RBI, and a walk in 3 official plate appearances. Ortiz has always owned the Yankees and is a clutch hitter. This could be a game in which Big Papi is a major factor. If not, the Red Sox other top 4 players in their lineup have the ability to produce and dominate a game. Young players such as Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. have been terrorizing the opposition all season long, but last night Dustin Pedroia was the go to guy, going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI, and a run scored. When one player isn't playing well, there's always someone in the Red Sox offense to pick up the slack. I suggest for you to take Red Sox with MLB odds showing -180 at Pinnacle.


Free MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox -180
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Happ For Cy Young?
I stated that I saw a ton of value on the board and I do, but the Toronto Blue Jays (64-50) hitting is difficult to resist especially when starting pitcher, J.A. Happ (15-3, 3.09 ERA) is pitching against a Tampa Bay Rays (46-66) team with very little offense to speak of. Happ has gotten a good deal of run support, but a pitcher isn't 15-3 by accident and if Happ can continue to pitch like this, the Toronto Blue Jays have a real opportunity to be a major contender as this is a fine all around ball club.


"The Big 3"
In his last 6 starts (37 1/3 innings), Happ has allowed just 6 earned runs on 19 hits. Happ has been stingy all season long, allowing the opposition to a .230 batting average and pitching nearly a strikeout per inning. He's certainly had help from his offense, but this is a career .500 pitcher having an extraordinary season.

Look for Happ to pitch well against a team with no major stars other than Evan Longoria and even he's not in the class of the Blue Jays "Big 3 " in Edwin Encarnacion (31 HR, 94 RBI, .265 BA), Josh Donaldson (27 HR, 77 RBI, .407 OBP%), and Jose Bautista (15 HR, 48 RBI).

This hasn't been one of Bautista's best years, but this is a guy who has hit 50 home runs in a season and is always capable of going deep. Bautista is hitting.306 against the Rays in 36 at bats with 2 doubles, 2 HR, 8 RBI, and 11 BB. A walk is just as good as a hit and like most players, Bautista has had his fair share of success against a Tampa Bay Rays squad that's just looking for this season to end. Toronto has all of the incentive and talent to win this game for your MLB pick and look for them to put a beating on Tampa Bay.


Free MLB Pick: Toronto Blue Jays -185 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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