2013 MLB Betting – MLB Weekend Picks For Games On Saturday, August 17

Game 1: San Francisco Giants @ Miami Marlins – Saturday, August 17

The online sportsbook reality behind this game is that it will be very hard to pick against the Marlins here. Yes, that’s not a misprint. Miami has been a better team than San Francisco over the past two and a half months. The Marlins outplayed the Giants when these teams met in San Francisco earlier this season. Matt Cain, San Francisco’s starting pitcher, has endured a miserable season, while Miami starter Henderson Alvarez has a 3.18 ERA in eight starts and is faring reasonably well against National League hitters. The Giants have one of the worst and most listless offenses in all of baseball, so the Marlins have the right setup here. Miami is in good position to take this contest on Saturday.

MLB Betting Pick: Miami

Game 2: Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays – Saturday, August 17

In a perusal of 5dimes reviews, one might find that this Saturday’s pitching matchup does not point to a clear winner in this American League East encounter. It’s true that Toronto starter J.A. Happ (5.11 ERA) and Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson (4.93 ERA) are not separated by much, but the fact that the pitching matchup is inconclusive is a net-plus for the Rays. Tampa Bay is generally a better team than Toronto, so as long as the pitching matchup does not clearly cut against the Rays, they should be favored against the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay’s hitting has been much better than it was last season. After a bad road trip to Arizona and Los Angeles, the Rays should be ready to feast on Toronto’s pitching.

MLB Betting Pick: Tampa Bay

Game 3: Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers – Saturday, August 17

No matter what kind of betting software you use, the premier online betting sites in the country would probably pick the Mariners in this game. If the Mariners look like a good choice against the Rangers in Texas, you know that only one reason exists to support such a claim: Felix Hernandez is pitching for the Mariners. The Cy Young Award contender is pitching like a Cy Young winner. Hernandez has allowed a total of five earned runs in his last six starts. Moreover, in five of his last six starts, King Felix has conceded a combined total of just two earned runs. That’s right – in five separate starts over the past month, Hernandez has been almost untouchable. He allowed one run apiece in two separate starts, and he posted shutouts in three different starts. His only real hiccup occurred a week ago against Toronto, when he gave up three earned runs (six total) in five innings.

Texas starter Martin Perez has done a great job in his first full season in the bigs, registering a 3.44 ERA and giving stability to the Rangers’ rotation. However, Hernandez owns a 2.28, tops in the American League, and it’s hard to bet against him here. Take Seattle in this tilt, even though Texas has enjoyed a great three-week stretch and has retaken the lead in the American League West.

MLB Betting Pick: Seattle

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Jess Kelm is a Canadian sports betting expert and part of the famed Canadian Crew betting syndicate. Email contact@joeduffy.net

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