Rays vs. Athletics Pick MLB – August 31st

Today is the first Saturday of the college football schedule, so I’m sure many of you will be glued to your TVs taking that all in. I will be doing that myself, but there is still money to be won on the baseball diamond. Last night was another example of how things have gone this summer for me. Another winner, and better yet, a cashed ticket where you don’t even have to sweat a little bit. Let’s move onto Saturday, where if you have been following me this season, have had tremendous success this time of the week.

Free MLB Pick

Tampa Bay Rays +115 at Oakland Athletics -125 (Total: 7)

Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.87 ERA) vs. Sonny Gray (1-2, 3.18)

Even though the Oakland Athletics are 76-58, you’ll get the smart comment from someone proclaiming, “dude, you’re betting on the Athletics?” Well, it’s safe to say that these people aren’t following baseball too closely, because the Athletics are one of the better teams in this league. Would it surprise me if the A’s made a run in the playoffs? Absolutely not. This is a team that can, if you want to call it this, upsets over the big boys of Major League Baseball.

The Athletics have gotten solid production from their offense and defense, but this is always going to be a team that will live and die on the mound. A couple of bad starts in the playoffs and they’ll certainly crumble, but we haven’t seen many bad starts out of A’s pitchers very often this season. Sonny Gray hasn’t pitched many innings, 28.1 this season, but he has showcased some great work since being brought up from the minors. In his last start he got rocked for 6 runs, but that was the only in 6 games where he got worked. Gray has yet to be hit at home, where he holds an ERA of 1.20 and spectacular 0.60 WHIP. Oakland is a pitcher friendly ballpark, which has boded well for his numbers in his young career.

Alex Cobb will be making only his fourth start since coming off the DL from that terrifying line drive shot to the head. Cobb suffered a concussion on the play, and was knocked out of commission for 50 games. When Cobb returned, however, there was minimal rust that was visible from righty. Since returning, Cobb has posted a 2.16 ERA with a 2-0 record. Not bad for a guy that nearly had his career finished several weeks ago. Cobb possesses a better ERA on the road than his overall number, where he has an ERA of 2.77 compared to 2.87 in total.

This is the time of the year where you start to see bats get a little slower, a time of the year where a no-hitter is definitely in the cards. Yu Darvish came close to that yesterday, before letting that get away, including losing the game. I don’t see a no-hitter in Gray or Cobb’s forecast, but I think they’ll pitch well enough to keep the total under 7 runs. The Rays are a good team, but haven’t been knocking the ball around the ballpark like they were earlier in the season. Getting a good price on it, I’ll make a play on the under for Saturday night and my last play of the month.

Free Pick: UNDER 7