Top MLB Expert Picks of the Week

Posted by Peter Boysen on August 29, 2016 in

As the calendar moves toward Labor Day, some of the 30 Major League Baseball teams are about to expand their rosters to 40 men in order to see just what they have in terms of prospects, so that they can contend next year, while others are trying to assemble the very best postseason roster that they can. Let’s take a look at some of the very best picks we’ve found to help your MLB betting this week.

Take a Look at the Top MLB Expert Picks of the Week (Aug 22-28)

Monday: Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh

Remember back in June and July when the unhittable Jake Arrieta started looking like he was just throwing batting practice when he went to the hill? Well, he’s found the right course again, as the Cubs have wins in his last four starts. He threw eight shutout innings against the Padres the last time out, and he has only permitted six earned runs in his last 27 1/3 innings (four starts) — and one start featured five of those. He faces Steven Brault for the Pirates. Brault has not appeared since his July 29 start in Milwaukee when he limited the Brew Crew to three earned runs in six innings. I see Brault exhibiting a lot of rust, so even if Arrieta has a hiccup or two, the Cubs should win easily.

Wednesday: Cleveland over Minnesota

The Tribe dropped three of four in Texas this weekend, but I see them taking out a lot of frustration on the lowly Twins. On Wednesday, they’ll start Corey Kluber, who has been automatic for the Indians as of late. His last six starts have all led to Cleveland wins, with an impressive streak of 39 2/3 innings permitting just eight earned runs and only walking more than two men in a start one time. He fanned seven Rangers in Cleveland’s 12-1 victory on Friday night.  The Twins will start Pat Dean, who got torched for six earned runs in just four innings up in Toronto on Friday night. The Twins have lost the last five games in which he appeared, although Friday was his first start since June 12. So I see Cleveland rolling big in this one.

Thursday: Chicago Cubs over San Francisco

It might sound like a no-brainer to pick the Cubs on just about every night of the week. However, in this matchup they get to face the Giants’ Jeff Samardzija. It’s true that the San Francisco hurler held the Atlanta Braves scoreless for seven innings his last time out, but the Braves aren’t quite the offensive powerhouse that Chicago has. If we look at his two starts before that, Samardzija took losses against the Mets and the Pirates, showing solid control but giving up clutch hits at the wrong time. The Cubs start Jason Hammel, who has gotten absolutely torched his last two times out, leaving his Saturday start against the Dodgers after just 2 1/3 innings and getting shelled in Colorado for six earned runs the start before that, but before that he had hurled 20 consecutive scoreless innings in three starts. I like Hammel to get over this blip in his season and lay down the law against the Giants.