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MLB Free Picks Weekend Games On Saturday, July 20

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 23:36

Baseball Free Picks The Major League Baseball season resumes this weekend after the All-Star Break. How will teams deal with the rest they’ve been given? That’s the foremost question on everyone’s mind.

Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays – Saturday, July 20

When making your next play at any of the premier sports betting sites on the market, it is going to be hard to make a pick in this tilt. It’s quite true that Tampa Bay is a lot better than Toronto; the Rays have established themselves as a favorite for a playoff spot in the American League, if not the A.L. East championship. It’s just as true that Toronto, after making a brief push in the month of June, was unable to sustain momentum and played its way out of the playoff race. The Blue Jays will need to be uncommonly good over the remaining 65 to 68 games of the season in order to have a say in the playoff conversation, and that’s just not likely to happen.

However, in one baseball game, anything can and does happen, and the overall reputations of these teams don’t matter as much.

 

One thing to always keep in mind about baseball games played just after the All-Star break is that pitchers perform on extended rest, at least one day more than usual and sometimes more than that. Toronto lefthander Mark Buehrle struggled in the first half of this season, but he’ll be pitching on extended rest in this game. A bit of time away from the sport could be just the thing to recharge Buehrle’s batteries, and since he’s opposing one of the Tampa Bay starters who has underperformed this season – Jeremy Hellickson – Buehrle actually has a good chance of winning this pitching duel. There’s ample reason to think that Toronto can take this contest.

My Pick: Toronto

Game 2: Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Mets – Saturday, July 20

In bet online reviews, you will certainly want to lean to the Phillies in this tussle. A pay per head bookie service that takes business on this game will value what Philadelphia has done to climb to the .500 mark by the All-Star break. The Phillies have inserted themselves into the National League wild card race, though they are well behind the Cincinnati Reds for the final playoff spot in the Senior Circuit. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel knows how to ride his team over the course of a full season, and that has to count for something as the Phillies begin the second half of the season. Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels will be motivated to pitch a lot better than he did before the All-Star break. He should be able to outpitch the Mets’ young starter, Zack Wheeler. Take the Phillies here in New York.

My Pick: Philadelphia

Game 3: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox – Saturday, July 20

Sportsbook lines will gravitate to the Red Sox here… not because New York’s pitcher is deficient, but because Boston’s pitcher is sufficient. New York starter Hiroki Kuroda has been one of the best pitchers in the American League, but so has Boston starter John Lackey. The fact that Boston has a much more potent and balanced lineup than the Yankees is what will make the difference here.

My Pick: Boston

 
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