Here are the Free MLB Picks for Saturday August 23rd:
Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays
When the Tampa Rays traded away All Star stud pitcher David Price to the Detroit Tigers, they basically sent a message to their fans that they had thrown in the towel. Now they are headed north of the border to take on the Toronto Blues Jays who are fighting for their playoff lives. So why back the Rays in this spot? Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has looked great in his return to the mound for the Rays. He has posted a minute ERA of 2.00 in his starts and he has excelled against the Blue Jays in the past, posting a 3-1 record in his last four starts. The Rays are 10-3 in their last 13 road games when going up against a team with a winning record and the Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Rays get the win and beat the Jays on the road.
Free Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +100
Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds
If you want to see a team that has collapsed down the stretch to become a nonfactor in the playoff race, look no further than the Cincinnati Reds. This team started the season with so much potential only to see it quickly fade away down the stretch. These two teams seem to be headed in opposite directions, but this game is actually pointing towards playing the home team. Despite playing good baseball, the Braves are just hitting .238 on the year against righties which is not impressive at all. The Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150 and 0-7 in their last 7 road games with the total set at 6.5 or lower. The Braves are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Cincinnati and they will continue to struggle as they lose this game to the Reds.
Free Pick: Cincinnati Reds
Over 8 +100
Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies
The Miami Marlins will try to the Mile High City to go up against the Colorado Rockies. Both teams are playing out the string, so it may be tough to handicap a game like this as it is important to discover motivation. The Rockies have not given up winning three of the last four games and they will be ready for this series against Miami. The Marlins are 1-4 in Tom Koehlers last 5 starts as an underdog and they will just be going through the motions in this game.
Free Pick: Colorado Rockies -110