MLB Picks Aug 5-7, Olympics Viewing Guide

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Jeffrey “Coach” Belanger gives his MLB Picks for August 5th-7th in Podcast number 72 the Carlton Fisk episode . Coach gives his views on the MLB trades at the deadline and gives his Olympics viewing guide suggestions for the next 2 and a half weeks. 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 4 1 0.800
194 135 0.590
MLB Picks
Friday Aug 5th
no games of interest Maybe the Rays and Blake Snell over the Twins Ervin Santana.
Saturday Aug 6th
Astros over Rangers Lucas Harrell has bounced around between the majors and minors the past 6 years since making his debut with the White Sox in 2010. This is his first game against the Astros his former from 2011-2014. He hasn’t done much in his career to wow anyone and now is thrust into a pennant race for the Rangers. The Rangers must think something good about him they actually gave him a legitimate uniform number (38). All his previous stops in baseball he was  a number of a player who will not be with the big club to long in the 50’s and 60’s. Doug Fister has pitched well against the Rangers this year allowing 3 runs in 12 innings of work. Fister has been up and down this year with his performance and the Astros need him at his best in this one if they are going to make a run at the AL West division title. Take the Astros the desperate team to win in this one.
Indians over Yankees Corye Kluber  has improved as the season has moved along and looks more like the guy who won the CY Young award in 2014. He threw an 8 inning, 5 hit, 1 run gem against the Yanks earlier this year. Those stats are not a one time thing in 25 career innings covering 4 starts he has done very well against the Yankees allowing 8 runs (6 earned) while striking out 32 and only walking 4. CC Sabathia has had a rough time on the mound lately and his former team the Indians are batting over .300 against him the past 3 years. Take Hans Kluber to find the detonators and beat the Yankees.
Tigers over Mets Matt Boyd has pitched well enough for the Tigers to win since the start of July. He has enjoyed success while pitching in Comerica Park. The soft Mets line up should also work in his favor in this one. Logan Verrett has not done anything special since joining the Mets rotation. He has only thrown over 100 pitches twice and is usually yanked after about 5 innings. The Tigers are hot and their offense is starting to get into full form with the return of JD Martinez. Take the Tigers.
Sunday Aug 7th
Rays over Twins Matt Andriese has pitched really well for the Rays this season. In May and the start of June he was in the rotation and had a 5-0 record and 2 no decisions in his 7 starts. The trade of Matt Moore to the Giants provides an opportunity for him to get back into the rotation and put up some more great numbers.  Kyle Gibson has been unpredictable for the Twins this year. He looks like he has his shit together and then throws up all over his shoes giving up 6-8 runs in a start. The last 3 years against the Rays he is 0-4, allowed 20 runs in 20 innings of work while the soft hitting Rays have batted .360. Take the Rays.
Reds over Pirates Dan Straily has had his A game on in his past 6 starts. If not for a horrendous June  he might have an ERA below 3.00. In 3 games versus the Pirates this year they have batted a whopping .188 and have scored 4 runs. The previous three seasons they batted a lowly .229 against him you just home he can keep the walk total done. The Pirates will not admit it but they are doing a re-boot of their team, especially the pitching staff. The youngsters like  Jameson Tallion and Tyler Galsnow getting some hype. They have another young pitcher that is only 25, Gerrit Cole who has pitched the past 3 seasons and has been their Ace all year. Cole lost earlier this year to the Reds and is 0-5 against Cincy in his career giving up 23 runs in 37 innings. Cole Train is off the tracks against the Reds.


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