When handicapping Major League Baseball it is important to adjust your methods with the changing season. Since this is nearing the end of the season the picks for today focus on the end of the season and how teams are adjusting.
Here are the Free MLB Picks for Tuesday August 12th
LA Dodgers at Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves are in the thick of the playoff race and every game is an important one as the season winds down. When they host the LA Dodgers they will have the opportunity to build their confidence as they go up against one of the best teams in the league. The Braves start Mike Minor and although he has struggled of late, he fares well against the Dodgers. The Braves have won his last three starts against the Dodgers and he has allowed two earned runs or less in five out of his last six starts. The Dodgers are 2-6 in their last 8 games as a road underdog and the Braves are 24-7 in their last 31 home games when they go up against a team with a winning road record. The Braves play up to opponents at home and they will get a big win against the Dodgers.
Free Pick: Atlanta Braves -130
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
At this point in the Major League Baseball season it is important to identify what teams are still playing hard and what teams have mailed it in for the season. The Chicago Cubs have not shot of making the playoffs but have not mailed it in mainly because they are fueled by young players trying to make an impression so they will be included on a major league roster next year. Kyle Hendricks takes to the mound and he has been stellar over his last three starts. In his last 21 innings pitched he has a WHIP of .89 and keeps runners off the base paths. The Brewers are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and the Cubs are 4-1 in Hendricks' last 5 starts. The Cubs are playing tough with a young core of players and they get the win in this game.
Free Pick: Chicago Cubs +105
Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners have one thing in common. They are both in the running for the Wild Card berth in the American League. With that in mind, these two teams are battling in a big series with the winner emerging as a front runner for the Wild Card. While Chris Young has had a great year, J.A. Happ is pitching better of late. In his last three outings he has a better WHIP and ERA than Young. The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog of +110 to +150 and 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog. The Mariners are 0-4 in their last 4 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150 and 2-6 in their last 8 games against the American League East.
Free Pick: Toronto Blue Jays +115