MLB Picks Aug 8-11, Story Time with Coach Belanger

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Jeffrey “Coach” Belanger gives his MLB Picks for August 8th-11th in Podcast number 73 the Larry Little episode . Coach is then joined by his brother Dan for story time with Coach Belanger and the curse of the Greg Brady taboo tiki idol, getting crabs and a shark chase (ok it was really a dolphin). You can contact Coach with any sports or gambling related comments and questions at or on twitter @coachbelanger.

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MLB Picks W L Win Pct.
4/4-4/10 4 4 0.500
4/11-4/17 14 3 0.824
4/18-4/24 14 11 0.560
4/25-5/1 13 8 0.619
5/2-5/8 14 9 0.609
5/9-5/15 19 16 0.543
5/16-5/21 7 3 0.700
5/22-5/29 10 6 0.625
5/30-6/5 7 8 0.467
6/6-6/12 8 3 0.727
6/13-6/19 19 11 0.633
6/20-6/26 7 8 0.467
6/27-7/3 11 12 0.478
7/4-7/10 18 8 0.692
7/14-7/17 3 4 0.429
7/18-7/24 13 5 0.722
7/25-7/31 9 15 0.375
8/1-8/7 7 3 0.700
197 137 0.590
MLB Picks
Monday August 8th
Brewers over Braves The Brewers have won 4 of 5 Zach Davies last starts. The only loss was the 1-0 defeat to the Reds on July 17th (he gave up no runs in 7 innings earning a no decision) Davies ERA splits for home and away are almost the same 3.50 home/3.69 away. He is much tougher to hit at home .230 compared to .278 on the road. The Braves have trouble hitting home or away. Rob Whalen makes his second career start for the Braves. He was touched up for 4 runs in 5 innings in his debut. The former Mets farm hand pitched well in the minors the past 5 years with a sub 3 ERA and almost 8 strikeouts per nine innings. Take the Brewers at home.
Tuesday August 9th
Red Sox over Yankees The Red Sox most consistent killer P, Rick Porcello pitches at home versus the Yankees. Luis Severino has pitched out of the pen recently but will rejoin the Yanks rotation. He seemed to get his act together in the minors going 7-1 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He is facing a Red Sox line up that might be without Dustin Pedroia but is still pretty formidable.
D-Backs over Mets Zach Greinke returns from the DL and gets to face the Mets. In 4 starts versus the Mets the past 3 years Greinke has given up 6 earned runs in 26 innings. The Mets Steven Matz has lost 5 of his last 6 starts. He has been hit hard and often. Take the D-Backs.
Wednesday August 10th
White Sox over Royals Jose Quintana after a June slump has it going again like he did at the start of the year when the White Sox looked unstoppable. The Pale Hose are 5 -1 in his last six starts. (only loss was 2-1 to the Twins) He is unfortunately 0-2 against the Royals in starts this year giving up 7 runs in 14 innings. This year is par for the course against the Royals for Quintana, in the previous 3 season he is 1-5 in 15 starts giving up 47 runs in 99 innings. This could be the game where Quintana gets revenge on the Roayals because Ian Kennedy takes the hill. The Royals have lost 10 of Kennedy’s last 12 starts. The White Sox shelled Kennedy earlier this year for 9 hits and 7 runs.
Thursday August 11th
Pirates over Padres Jameson Tallion might only be 2-2 in his rookie season through nine starts but the Pirates are 6-3 in those games. In his last 5 games he has learned how to last a little longer going 6 innings in each start. Christian Friedrich has not gotten the job done for the Padres with an ERA every month in June of 5.08 and 6.29 of July. The month of August did not start well either when he gave up 4 runs in 7 innings agaisnt the Phillies. Take the youngster to win for the Pirates.
Astros over Twins Doug Fister string of getting a decision in a start ended at 10 against the Blue Jays on August 1st. He should get a decision against the Twinkies and it will be a W. The last 3 years he has faced Minnesota 3 times and is 2-1 in those starts holding the Twins to just a .231  average.  Jose Berrios has returned from the minors and is pitching just like he did when he was demoted, bad. The only positive in this match up is that Berrios best start this year was agaisnt the Astros when he went 5 and 1/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits. The bad news is this was on May 2nd and Houston is a much different team and playing with a sense of purpose. Take the ‘Stros.

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