Something can be said about having home field advantage in any sport. The fans give the home team an extra boost and most teams tend to have a winning record at home. Sports bettors must take this into account especially when it comes to betting on Major League Baseball. All of the free picks will focus on home teams that have value on Wednesday.
Here are the Free MLB Picks for Wednesday August 13th
LA Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves have fallen on hard times of late but they are still a very good baseball team and they have played well at home this season. They have a 33-26 record at home and need to get back on the winning track. It will help that Ervin Santana will be on the mound since he has an 8-2 record when he takes the hill in front of the home faithful. He is also 2-0 in his last three starts with a 21 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio. The Braves are 4-0 in Santana’s last 4 starts as a home favorite and 5-2 in Santana’s last 7 starts as a favorite. The Braves protect their home field advantage and get a big win against the Dodgers.
Free Pick: Atlanta Braves -110
St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
There is no doubt about it. Up to this point the St. Louis Cardinals have played better baseball, but the Miami Marlins are at home for this series. The Marlins maybe just 32-28 at home this season, but perhaps more importantly the Cardinals are just 29-30 on the road this season. Since being traded to the Cardinals pitcher Justin Masterson has had problems allowing five earned runs in both of his starts. The Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 home games when they go up against a team with a winning record and 11-5 in their last 16 games when playing against a team with a winning record overall. The Cardinals are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road underdog and they lose this game and the series to the Marlins.
Free Pick: Miami Marlins -125
Washington Nationals at New York Mets
This game features two teams headed in different directions, but the Mets have some value in this spot. They are just 28-27 at home this year, but the Nationals are .500 at 29-29 on the road. The Mets start their ace as Bartolo Colon takes to the hill and he has only allowed more than two earned runs once in his last four starts against the Nationals. The Mets are 8-3 in their last 11 home games when they face a right-handed starter and 4-1 in Colon’s last 5 starts as a home underdog. The Mets get the win at home against a first place team as they beat the Nationals.
Free Pick: New York Mets +106