MLB Expert Picks Sept 26 – Oct 2Josh Bailey
It’s the final week of the 2016 MLB Regular Season and you can make some sports betting bucks by using my MLB expert picks.
Can San Francisco turn away Colorado on Wednesday in its bid for an NL Playoff berth? How will Detroit fare against rival Cleveland in a game that they must win this Thursday? Can Toronto beat Boston at Fenway?
MLB Expert Picks Sept 26 – Oct 2
Colorado at San Francisco
When: Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10:00 pm ET
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Listed Pitchers: COL-Tyler Chatwood vs SF-Matt Moore
Analysis: Don’t sleep on Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies’ ace has an ERA of 1.88 in away starts this season. That’s about as good as it gets. Not only that, but AT&T Park is known to help hitters. What it means is that Chatwood’s teammates, the at times hot hitting Rocky batters, could have a decent night against San Francisco starter Matt Moore.
The last time that Moore faced the Rockies, he only lasted 2.2 innings. Moore gave up 6 earned runs in only 5 hits. That’s what happens when 2 of the 5 hits you give up are home runs. Moore allows Colorado to bat .286 against him.
I’m all over the Rockies in this battle.
Cleveland at Detroit
When: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 1:00 pm ET
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Cody Anderson vs DET-Daniel Norris
Analysis: Cleveland is 7 games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central Division Standings. That doesn’t mean that Detroit won’t have a shot at a wildcard playoff berth next week. The Tigers could sneak in if teams ahead of them fall apart in the last week of the regular season.
Detroit pitcher Daniel Norris only gave up a single earned run in 5 innings of work against Cleveland on Sept. 18. Overall, the Indians bat .262 against him.
Cody Anderson is listed to battle Norris this Thursday. Anderson hasn’t been able to throw more than 35 pitches in a single game. It’s unlikely that he lasts more than 2 to 3 innings in this matchup. It may not matter. On Sept. 17, with Anderson starting the game and only pitching 2 innings, the Indians beat the Tigers 1 to 0.
Since Cleveland figures to go to its bullpen early in this game, they actually have the advantage. I’m with Cleveland getting it done on Sept. 29 against the Detroit Tigers.
Toronto at Boston
When: Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:10 pm ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Listed Pitchers: TOR-J.A. Happ vs BOS-Eduardo Rodriguez
Analysis: In a game that could determine whether or not the Toronto Blue Jays make it to the AL Postseason, Toronto sends out its ace this season, J.A. Happ. Happ has been better than any other pitcher in Toronto’s starting rotation in 2016.
The Blue Jays are counting on Happ to close the door against its competition for a wildcard playoff berth. Going into Sunday, Sept 25, the Blue Jays are only 4 games ahead of Houston and Seattle, 3 games ahead of Detroit and 1 game ahead of AL East rival Baltimore for a wildcard berth.
Can Happ do it? Happ has a decent 3.47 ERA in away games this season. More importantly, the powerful Red Sox only average .207 against Happ. They have 31 hits from 150 at-bats. I love Toronto’s chances this Saturday game.