We went 3-1 yesterday. We over analyzed our loss by picking the Pirates to beat the Cubs, however we are trending back in the right direction after a rough start to the week. 8-9 on the week so far and 35-26 on the season. Here are five picks for Saturday.
Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs (Cubs Moneyline -260)
Pirates (Locke 1-2, 4.68) Cubs (Arrieta 6-0, 1.13)
A lot of juice with -260 odds, but still taking the Cubs and Jake Arrieta. No over thinking here, just take the Cubs.
Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox (Over 9.5 runs -115)
Astros (McHugh 4-3. 5.50) Red Sox (Buchholz 2-3, 5.90)
The over has now won in five consecutive Red Sox games. During the five game stretch the Red Sox have scored 57 runs by themselves. The over is 19-13-5 in Astros games this season. Red Sox hitters have a .329 career average against Colin McHugh who has been up and down so far this season. Clay Buchholz has only allowed less then four runs in two of his seven starts this season. I like this game to go over 9.5.
Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (White Sox Moneyline -145)
White Sox (Quintana 5-1) Yankees (Nova 1-1, 4.34)
Jose Quintana has been great this season. The Yankees are only 4-9 against left handed pitchers this season. With Ivan Nova on the mound, the starting pitching match-up clearly favors the White Sox. Chicago is a better team and I am picking them to win.
Oakland A’s at Tampa Bay Rays (Rays Moneyline -150)
Athletics (Graveman 1-4, 5.74) Rays (Andriese 1-0, 1.29)
The Athletics are a struggling team, dropping 9 of their last 11 games. With a struggling pitcher in Kendall Graveman starting I like the Rays to win.
Atlanta Braves at Kansas City Royals (Royals Moneyline -180)
Braves (Foltynewicz 0-1, 5.06) Gee (0-0, 2.61)
Braves are 4-17 in last 21 games. I like the Royals to win.