Top MLB Expert Picks of the Week (August 22nd)

Top MLB Expert Picks of the Week (August 22nd)

Written by on August 22, 2016

As we get closer to the expansion of rosters on September 1, MLB betting is going to keep getting more and more interesting as some teams try to dump contracts for players via a trade (if they can clear waivers) and contenders start to get some of their injured players back. Let’s take a look at some games this week that can be real winners for you.

Take a Look at the Top MLB Expert Picks of the Week

N.Y. Yankees at Seattle (Tuesday, Aug 23rd)

The Yankees are starting C.C. Sabathia in this game, and while he has had some stellar stretches this year, he is not in one of those stretches right now. In his last start against the Blue Jays, he did go six innings but permitted seven earned runs. He is 2-2 in his last four starts but has permitted at least three earned runs in each of them and has not made it past the sixth inning. The Mariners start Hisashi Iwakuma, with his 14-8 record. He has only permitted five earned runs in his last four starts, covering 26 ⅔ innings. This will be a nationally televised game on ESPN, and the Mariners have been making a real push lately, winning 7 of their last 10 overall as they try to catch the Texas Rangers in the AL West. I like the Mariners to win this one.

Texas at Cincinnati (Wednesday, Aug 24th)

Yu Darvish has really pitched well after his return from Tommy John surgery (and a brief return to the DL because of shoulder stiffness. In his last three starts, he has gone 20 ⅔ innings and permitted just four earned runs. He’s been leaving some fastballs up early in games (which is why three of those four earned runs have come from solo home runs), but overall his slider has been devastating, giving him 22 strikeouts over that stretch. The Reds have a solid offense but tend to be free swingers, which could do them in against Darvish’s array of breaking pitches. The Reds will be sending out converted Tim Adleman, who pitched quite well against the Dodgers last time out, with five scoreless innings. However, he has not gone more than five innings since May 1 and is likely to remain on a pitch count in this start as well, and the Reds’ bullpen has been one of their problems this year. I like the Rangers to win this one.’

N.Y. Mets at St. Louis (Thursday, Aug 25th)

The Mets will start Steven Matz in this game, but his 9-8 record is a little deceiving, as he has a solid 3.40 ERA. The problem for him has been low run support and poor bullpen work behind him. In his decisions, he has dropped six of his last eight, but he has only permitted more than three earned runs in one of those, and he has only failed to make it through six innings in one game. Two starts ago, he took a loss against Arizona despite limiting them to five hits and two earned runs (both on solo shots). His last start was a gem as he threw 7 ⅓ scoreless innings against the Padres, permitting only a single hit. The Cardinals will start Adam Wainwright, who has permitted 16 earned runs in his last 18 innings, including 7 earned runs in just two innings against the Cubs two starts ago. I like the Mets to take down the Cards in this game.