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MLB Picks: Aug 10

By Mitchell Blair

We have another chance to see Justin Verlander do his thing tonight. The 39-year-old has been a fantastic story again this year. In 20 starts this season, Mr. Kate Upton (sorry Justin) is 15-3 with a 1.73 ERA which are both tops in the majors. His WHIP of .85 is 2nd in the majors and his opposition batting average is .188 which is 4th best and he has won his last seven starts. Can you say Cy Young boys and girls?

Verlander and the Astros should be easy money tonight. They are usually a good bet to win when playing an American League west rival. One of the reasons why they go into this one with a 12-game lead in the division is the fact they are 31-14 against other AL West teams.   Hammer some money down on Houston.

PICK:  Houston -1.5 (-135) at Bet99

Speaking of Cy Youngs, is it safe to say Sandy Alcantara of the Marlins is the odds-on favourite to win the National League award. He heads to the mound in Philadelphia tonight.  His 1.88 ERA is the best in the National League and what amazes me in a day where starting pitchers rarely go 7 is the fact Alcantara has three complete games and has worked into the 8th inning 10 times. This guy just doesn’t give up runs. The problem is Miami doesn’t score a lot of runs. If they can get 2, they should be able to pick up the ”W”, but that could be a challenge as they average less than four runs and eight hits a game. The Phillies are favoured and that’s fine with me as I’ll go with Alcantara and Miami to take down Philadelphia.

PICK: Miami ML (+114) on Bet99

One other game has Atlanta and Boston finishing a two-game series at Fenway. The Braves are trying to catch the Mets, but I can’t see that happening while the Red Sox are just waiting for this season to end. I like the Braves here. Kyle Wright has emerged as one of the National League’s top pitchers and despite the fact he was beaten his last time out by the Mets, he should have a nice bounce back effort against a Boston team that just can’t get things straightened out.

PICK: Atlanta ML (-143) at Coolbet

Enjoy the games! 

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