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MLB Picks: Aug 28

By Mitchell Blair

We are just over a month away from the baseball playoffs beginning and while we know teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Astros are in, there are a lot of teams looking for a division title or a wildcard spot.  These last few weeks should see some great baseball.  Let’s look at three games that interest me today.  

Two teams on the outside looking in finish off a weekend interleague series at Target Field as the Minnesota Twins are home to the San Francisco Giants.  I really liked what the Twins did at the trade deadline, but they haven’t been able to put it together.  As for the Giants, they are a team that has really been disappointing after winning 100 plus games last year.  When I look at the numbers, I see the Giants have a tough time scoring runs on the road and they haven’t had a lot of success from their starting pitching as the rotation has an ERA of over 5 in August which is 26th in baseball.  

If you can’t score runs and your starters are giving up runs, it isn’t a good equation for San Francisco.  I will take Minnesota to take this one,  

PICK: Minnesota Twins ML (-115) at Coolbet

The Baltimore Orioles are trying to make the playoffs.  They are right on the verge of doing so and they will try on Sunday to sweep a three-game series from the AL best Astros in Houston.  I’m not really sure how the Orioles are doing it, but they are.  They keep finding a way to get the “W”.  However, they must face Justin Verlander today.  If you’ve been following baseball this year, you know Verlander has been a level above most. He comes into today leading MLB in ERA and WHIP.  He has struck out 148 while walking just 25. He seems to be a shoo-in for the American League Cy Young award.  How can you not like Houston here?  Barring an outstanding pitching performance from Austin Voth, one has to think the Astros will win this one and win it handily. 

PICK: Houston -1.5 (-115) at bet365 

Two of the best teams in the National League will meet in the Sunday night game as the Atlanta Braves are in St. Louis.  I don’t know how things are going to shake down in the NL when it comes to playoffs, but if there is a team who might be able to topple the Dodgers it might be one of these two squads.  Both do a lot of things right and St. Louis will have some momentum after a big comeback win on Saturday.  St. Louis is a tough team to beat at home and I will take them to take a second straight game from the Braves 

PICK: St. Louis Cardinals ML (-122) at Coolbet

Enjoy the games!  

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