MLB Games of the Week Feature Dodgers vs Tigers and Cardinals vs Pirates

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

By Tom Wilkinson
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MLB Games of the Week feature the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Detroit Tigers on Saturday in a game that can be seen on FS1 and the St. Louis Cardinals at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night on ESPN. The Dodgers have the best record in the league and should be favored in their game against the Tigers, while the Cardinals and Pirates are trying to stay close to the Cubs in the NL Central. Let’s look at both games and MLB picks.

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Dodgers vs. Tigers ATS Picks

he Los Angeles Dodgers could be headed for a historic season, as they have a chance to break the record for the most wins in a regular season, which is held by the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners at 116 wins. Oddsmakers have realized just how good the Dodgers are, as Los Angeles has been favored in every game since mid-June. That is more than two months of a team being favored in every single game. The Dodgers don’t figure to have much trouble in this series against a Detroit team that is out of contention in the AL Central.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Detroit Tigers

Date and Time: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET

Location: Comerica Park

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Dodgers vs. Tigers TV Coverage: FS1

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The Dodgers were 34-20 in their first 54 road games, with 24 games going over, 29 going under, with one push. They are scoring 5.1 runs per game and giving up 3.1 per contest.

The Tigers were 29-28 in their first 57 home games, with 29 games going over, 26 going under, with two pushes. They are scoring 4.8 runs per game and giving up 5 runs per contest.

Probable Pitching Matchup

The Dodgers should be going with Hyun-Jin Ryu who was 4-6 in his first ten decisions with a 3.63 ERA, while the Tigers go with Matthew Boyd who was 5-6 with a 5.68 ERA in his first 11 decisions. Ryu faced the Tigers in 2014 and allowed 7 runs in 2.1 innings.

Key Stat

The teams had split their last ten meetings before this series began, although they hadn’t played since 2014. The Tigers had won five of the eight meetings at home in the series.

Dodgers vs. Tigers Free Picks

I want no part of the Tigers, even at home. I will take the Dodgers and the game over the total. Make sure to check back for game odds at BetCris.

Dodgers vs. Tigers ATS Pick: Take the Dodgers and over the total at BetCris

Dodgers vs. Tigers Score Prediction: Dodgers 7, Tigers 4

Cardinals vs. Pirates ATS Picks

The Sunday night game on ESPN has the St. Louis Cardinals at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals are right with the Cubs for the lead in the NL Central, while the Pirates are still in the picture, just a few games back. This will be a huge series for the Pirates to show they are serious contenders in the division.

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Date and Time: Sunday, August 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET

Location: PNC Park

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Cardinals vs. Pirates TV Coverage: ESPN

The Cardinals were 26-30 in their first 56 road games, with 27 games going over, 26 going under, with three pushes. They are scoring 4.7 runs per game and giving up 3.8 per contest.

The Pirates were 32-26 in their first 58 home games, with 22 games going over, 31 going under, with five pushes. They are scoring 4.2 runs per game and giving up 4.2 per contest.

Probable Pitching Matchup

It should be Mike Leake against Ivan Nova in this contest. Leake was 7-10 with a 3.48 ERA in his first 17 decisions, while Nova was 10-9 with a 3.87 ERA in his first 19 decisions. Leake has given up 6 runs in 17.1 innings against Pittsburgh this season, while Nova allowed two runs in eight innings against the Cardinals early this season.

Key Stat

The Cardinals had won six of the last ten against the Pirates before this series began with the last three going under. The Cardinals had also won six of the last ten in Pittsburgh with the last four going under.

Cardinals vs. Pirates Free Picks

I will take the Cardinals and also play the game over the total. Make sure to check back for game odds at BetCris.

Cardinals vs. Pirates ATS Pick: Take St. Louis and Over at BetCris

Cardinals vs. Pirates Score Prediction: Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

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