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MLB Picks: Aug 29

By Mitchell Blair

It’s a quiet Monday in MLB with just eight games on the schedule.  After going 3-3 with my picks yesterday, let’s try to improve. 

The game that looks the most attractive to me is the one at Target Field as the Minnesota Twins continue a homestand against Boston.  The Twins are 3 back of the last wildcard spot in the American League while Boston is 7 games back and that may be too big of a hill to climb.  One has to think if the Red Sox are going to have a legitimate shot at being a playoff team they need to start getting on a roll and getting on one now.  They take on a Twins team that had a series sweep at home against San Francisco.  I think the key to this game is when does Minnesota get to what has been a very bad Red Sox bullpen.  They have the better squad and should win this game at home.  Once they get into that Boston pen, their chances should increase as Boston is 27-13 when their starter goes at least 6.  I’m going to go with the Twins here on the moneyline  

PICK: Minnesota Twins ML (-120) at Bet365 

I just don’t know what to think of the Toronto Blue Jays.  They go into New York and Boston to take six of seven from their American League East rivals to strengthen their chances of being one of the wildcard teams and then they go home to take on a Los Angeles Angels team that they should have dominated.  Instead, they got dominated as they were outscored 22-3 in what was a 3-game sweep for the Halos. Toronto just can’t get on a roll and now a Chicago Cubs team that they should beat rolls into Rogers Centre.  The starting rotation for Toronto is a big question mark as the season wears on.  While Jose Berrios has had some encouraging starts his last couple of times out, he is still a question mark as far as I am concerned.  I’m a big Cubs fan and I would love nothing more than to see them add to Toronto’s misery. I’m not sure where this game will go, but some runs should be scored.  I’m going with the over in this one even though that 9.5 number is high.  

PICK:  Cubs/Blue Jays over 9.5 (-120) at Bet99 

One last game I will look at sees the Padres and Giants meeting in San Francisco.  As mentioned earlier, the Giants were swept by Minnesota on the weekend and they have a tough time scoring runs. They need to make up some ground on San Diego as they are 7.5 back of the Padres and a wildcard spot.  They have Carlos Rodon on the mound and he has been throwing some gas of late.  He goes into this game with a record 4-0 in his last 5 starts with a 1.44 ERA and has now recorded 8 double-digit strikeout games this season after striking out 10 in Detroit in his last start. He is also 6-1 at home this year.  Take the Giants here and if you want to take a risk, take this team that struggles to score to cover the runline and win by two or more.  

PICK: San Francisco Giants -1.5 (+160) at Bet99

Enjoy the games!  

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