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MLB Picks: August 05

By Mitchell Blair

The stretch run is on! I think we are going to have some fantastic races down the stretch. There will obviously be a lot of eyes on the San Diego Padres after getting Juan Soto.  I don’t know if they can catch the Dodgers, but you know they would like to be the home team for the first round of the playoffs.  We will get a good look at what the new-look Padres are like as they head to LA in a huge National League West weekend series and one where you know San Diego would like to send a message.

San Diego’s starting pitching has not been a problem this year as they have worked at least six innings in 64 of their 108 games. One of the reasons for that is lefty Sean Manaea. He has struck out at least 5 in 15 of his last 19 outings.  That being said, the Dodgers have owned the NL West as they are 32-12 within the division. You know Dodger Stadium that will likely be quite the emotional place seeing this will be the first LA home game since the death of the great Vin Scully  He will be looking down on his Dodgers and he will see his team win in what should be a low scoring affair.  Despite what the Padres have done, LA is still the better team.

PICK: LA Dodgers ML -154 at Coolbet

The Baltimore Orioles are home to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Orioles are coming off an impressive three game sweep of Texas outscoring the Rangers 21-7.  Baltimore is a team that many continue to watch wondering if they can somehow find a way to land an American League wildcard spot.  The answer is likely no after the trades of Trey Mancini and Jorge Lopez, but they are a lot of fun to watch and a team to keep your eye on next year. I like Baltimore to stay on a roll against a Pittsburgh team that allows a lot of runs.

PICK: Baltimore ML at -154 at Coolbet  

One last game I am going to write about is the matchup between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.  Imagine if these teams could play a weekend series with the all-time best on their rosters. That would be something to behold.  Nestor Cortes has been something to behold for the Yankees in July going 3-0 in 5 starts with an ERA of 2.6. He will look to stay hot in St. Louis against a Cardinals team that ranks first in onbase percentage against lefthanders.  While Cortes has been good, the Yankees have been struggling as evidenced by the fact they have lost their last six against teams with a winning record.   I don’t know if you would want to term it an upset, but I am going to go with St. Louis in what should be a close, yet high-scoring game.

By the way, use the player prop bets and put some money down on hits for Paul Goldschmidt. The St. Louis first baseman is hitting .463 against lefthanders.

PICK: St, Louis ML at +141 on Sports Interaction

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