MLB Predictions August 5th – Giants vs Braves, Rangers vs Mariners

Rough day yesterday after a solid Tuesday.  Looking to get back on track today (Thursday, August 5th) with our free MLB predictions!  I have four plays for today, which includes a run line play on the 12:10 PM EST start between the Twins and Rays, NL total play, road underdog and a home favorite pick.  I rarely have back to back losing days, and am confident I have some MLB winners here today!  Check out the MLB predictions below, and be sure to check out the chart I am posting below that lists the best online sports betting sites (including special free money bonuses for new sign ups)!

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MLB Predictions for August 5th:

Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays – The Tampa Bay Rays have taken 2 of the first 3 games in this four game set, and the Twins look to even things up this afternoon with an early noon Eastern game time.  The Twins go with Kevin Slowey who is 10-5 on the year with a 4.44 ERA, and has been exceptional in his last three starts going 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA.  Tampa Bay will counter with Wade Davis who has also been great in his last 3 going 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA.  This is a huge game for the Twins who sit 1.5 games back in the AL Central, and they are rolling lately winning 9 of their last 11.  This afternoon should be a tight game, so I am taking the run with the Twins on the run line.  PREDICTION – TWINS +1.5 (-150)

Colorado Rockies @ Pittsburgh Pirates – The Rockies head to the Pittsburgh to take on the NL’s worst Pirates, as they try and climb back into the Wild Card and Divisional race.  Pitching for the Rockies is left Jeff Francis who is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last 3 games.  The under is 7-2 in Francis’ last 9 road starts.  The Pirates struggle against lefties, as they are 2-6 in their last 8 games vs a left handed starter, and the under is 29-14 in the Pirates last 43 home games vs a left handed starter.  Colorado may be worn down from their three game series with San Fran and I like this game staying relatively low scoring.  PREDICTION – UNDER 8.5 RUNS (-110)

San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves – When these two teams met in San Fran earlier this season the Giants managed to take 2 of the 3 games.  San Francisco has been rolling lately winning 21 of their last 27 games, as they fight right back into the thick of things only one game back in the NL West.  Today Giants send their ace Tim Lincecum to the mound.  Lincecum is 11-4 on the season with a 3.10 ERA.  The Braves, who always play tough at home, have Jair Jurrjens on the mound.  Jair is 3-4 on the season with a 4.62 ERA.  Although Lincecum hasn’t been pitching his best as of late, I think he can get things done today in a big game against the Braves as a slight underdog.  PREDICTION – GIANTS TO WIN (-103)

Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners – Tonight is the final game of the three game set between these two teams, where each team has taken a game.  Tonight the Rangers send Tommy Hunter to the mound who is 8-1 on the season with a 3.31 ERA, but has an inflated 6.06 ERA in his last three starts.  The Mariners have their ace, Felix Hernandez, starting tonight who is 7-8 on the season with a solid 2.90 ERA.  The Mariners are 13-3 in Hernandezs last 16 home starts vs a team with a winning record, and I think they will take this series vs the Rangers with a win tonight.  PREDICTION – MARINERS TO WIN (-119)

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