Saturday MLB Betting: “3-Pack” of Games

All 30 teams will be in action this Saturday with no interleague affairs on the menu. Not to worry, there are still plenty of other great games. See the three highlighted matchups below for picks.

San Diego Padres vs Atlanta Braves Prediction

Odrisamer Despaigne has been fantastic since the San Diego Padres gave him the green light on June 23. The Cuban posted a 1.31 ERA and a WHIP of 0.90 while compiling five consecutive quality starts. The Braves have yet to see him throw, so that should benefit San Diego.

However, it’s hard to back the Padres on the road (or anywhere for that matter) given that they are the league’s lowest scoring road team. They average 2.9 runs in road games; no other team in the Majors averages less than 3.5. Instead, take the under. With Julio Teheran on the mound for the Braves, we should see a pitcher’s duel. Teheran’s 3-1 at home this season with a 1.23 ERA and a sparkling 0.79 WHIP.

Pick: Under

Baltimore Orioles vs Seattle Mariners Pick

The Mariners have had a really tough time scoring runs in the month of July, and we’ll bank on that continuing one more night. Entering Thursday, they had scored the fewest runs of any team this month with just eight home runs (27th in MLB). On Saturday, they’ll take on Bud Norris of the Orioles, who has been very effective over the last month except for one bad start. Norris was rocked for five earned runs in four innings against the Washington Nationals on July 9. Aside from that blip, he has allowed one earned run or less in of his other four starts.

The Mariners will counter with Chris Young, who has been very steady for the Mariners. Opponents are batting just .232 against him. He has a 2.45 ERA at home this season and has posted a WHIP of 0.98. That’s far better than his road numbers, which include a WHIP of 1.29.

All of this points to what should be bet as the under in this contest, which you can wager easily – our recommended sportsbook here at Picks.org.

Pick: Under

Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Pick

The Rangers have had a really tough time at home this season. They were 18-30 entering Friday and have already lost three times to the A’s this season. They were swept in the three-game series from April 28-30 as the A’s outscored them 25-4.

Saturday’s pitching matchup is a complete mismatch as Sonny Gray has been fantastic for the A’s while Miles Mikolas has really struggled for the Rangers. Gray has won all four of his starts in July (A’s have won in each of his last six starts), lasting at least 6.2 innings each time. He has an ERA of 0.79 and a WHIP of 0.93 this month. As for Mikolas, he’s given up 19 runs in 21.2 innings pitched this season. He’s given up three homeruns in his four outings.

Pick: Athletics

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