MLB Picks — Sept. 15 (Oakland @ Tampa Bay; Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore)

These are the condensed versions of picks for Saturday’s MLB games between the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, and Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles for Winners and Whiners.

Links to the full previews are below, and confidence rating is in parentheses. Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Writer’s Note for Sept. 15 — The A’s-Rays game will feature two “openers” facing each other for the first time since Tampa Bay started the trend earlier this season. Thus, there is admittedly some guesswork involved in picks specific to this game.

Game 1: Oakland at Tampa Bay:

Side Prediction/Full Game: Rays -111 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 8.5 runs (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Uner 26.5 runs+hits+errors (4/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Rays -0.5 runs (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 4.5 runs (5/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to 1st-inning run (4/5)

Game 2: Chicago White Sox at Baltimore:

Side Prediction/Full Game: White Sox -115 (5/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 9 runs (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: White Sox over 4.5 runs (4/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: White Sox -0.5 runs +110 (4/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Over 4.5 runs (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: Yes to 1st-inning run (3/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 1-11 (.083)
September Record: 69-87 (.442)
Season Record: 146-172 (.459)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          (0-0 (.000) in September)
2-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)          (1-0 (1.000) in September)
3-Star Pick Record: 86-106 (.448)     (42-50 (.457) in September)
4-Star Pick Record: 37-44 (.457)    (15-24 (.385) in September)
5-Star Pick Record: 22-21 (.512)     (11-13 (.458) in September)

MLB Picks — Sept. 9 (L.A. Angels @ Chicago White Sox; Texas @ Oakland)

These are the condensed versions of picks for Sunday’s MLB games between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago White Sox, and the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics for Winners and Whiners. Links to the full previews are below, and confidence rating is in parentheses. Note: The 5/5 does not represent the best overall pick of the day’s games, simply the best pick of each individual game.

Game 1: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox:

Side Prediction/Full Game: White Sox +125 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Over 8.5 runs (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: White Sox +2.5 runs -215 (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: White Sox +125 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Over 4.5 runs -125 (5/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: White Sox 3-way 5-inning +155 (3/5)

Game 2: Texas at Oakland:

Side Prediction/Full Game: Athletics -210 (5/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 9 runs -115 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Athletics -2.5 runs +135 (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Athletics -0.5 runs -165 (4/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 5 runs -120 (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: Athletics 3-way after 5 innings -155 (3/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 5-7 (.417)
September Record: 44-46 (.489)
Season Record: 121-131 (.480)

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0 (.000)          (0-0 (.000) in September)
2-Star Pick Record: 1-1 (.500)          (1-0 (1.000) in September)
3-Star Pick Record: 70-83 (.458)     (26-27 (.491) in September)
4-Star Pick Record: 32-33 (.492)    (10-13 (.435) in September)
5-Star Pick Record: 18-14 (.563)     (7-6 (.538) in September)

MLB Picks — Sept. 3 (Min @ Hou; NYY @ Oak)

These are the condensed versions of picks for Monday’s MLB games between the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics for Winners and Whiners. Link to the full previews are below, and confidence rating is in parentheses.

Game 1: Minnesota at Houston

Side Prediction/Full Game: Astros -245 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Over 7.5 runs -105 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Over 25.5 R+H+E -115 (4/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Astros -0.5 runs -175 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Over 4 runs -115 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to 1st-inning run -140 (5/5)

Game 2: New York Yankees at Oakland

Side Prediction/Full Game: Athletics -124 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 8.5 runs -120 (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Athletics -1.5 runs +160 (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Athletics -0.5 runs +105 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 4.5 runs -125 (5/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to 1st-inning run -125 (4/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 4-8
September Record: 8-16
Season Record: 85-101

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0           (0-0 in September)
2-Star Pick Record: 1-1           (1-0 in September)
3-Star Pick Record: 49-64      (5-8 in September)
4-Star Pick Record: 24-26      (2-6 in September)
5-Star Pick Record: 11-10      (0-2 in September)

MLB Picks — Sept. 2 (Min @ Tex, Sea @ Oak)

These are the condensed versions of picks for Sunday’s MLB games between the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers, and the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics for Winners and Whiners. Confidence rating is in parentheses.

Game 1: Minnesota at Texas

Side Prediction/Full Game: Twins -118 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Over 12 -105 (2/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Under 34 R+H+E -125 (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Twins -115 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Over 6.5 runs -120 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to 1st-inning run +165 (3/5)

Game 2: Seattle at Oakland

Side Prediction/Full Game: Athletics -150 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 9 runs -110 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Under 28 R+H+E -125 (4/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Athletics -0.5 runs Even (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 5 runs -120 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: A’s 1st-inning 3-way win +237 (4/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 4-8
September Record: 4-8
Season Record: 81-93

1-Star Pick Record: 0-0           (0-0 in September)
2-Star Pick Record: 0-1           (0-0 in September)
3-Star Pick Record: 46-59      (2-3 in September)
4-Star Pick Record: 24-23      (2-3 in September)
5-Star Pick Record: 11-10      (0-2 in September)

MLB Picks — August 28 (Oak at Hou; Det at KC)

These are the condensed versions of picks for Monday’s MLB games between the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros, and the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals for Winners and Whiners. Confidence rating is in parentheses.

Game 1: Oakland at Houston

Side Prediction/Full Game: Astros -210 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 8.5 runs -110 (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Under 27.5 R+H+E -120 (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Astros -235 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 4.5 runs -110 (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to first-inning run -110 (5/5)

Game 2: Detroit at Kansas City

Side Prediction/Full Game: Royals -117 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 9 runs -125 (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Under 27.5 R+H+E -105 (5/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Royals -0.5 runs +105 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 4.5 runs -115 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to first-inning run -105 (3/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 3-3
Season Record: 54-66

1-Star Pick Record: N/A
2-Star Pick Record: 0-1
3-Star Pick Record: 31-44
4-Star Pick Record: 16-15
5-Star Pick Record: 7-6

MLB Picks August 23 — Oakland vs. Minnesota

Here is the condensed version for Thursday’s Oakland-Minnesota game at WinnersandWhiners.com. Confidence in parentheses.

Side Prediction/Full Game: Athletics -170 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Over 9 runs -105 (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Over 28 runs+hits+errors -115 (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Athletics -0.5 runs -125 (4/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Over 5 runs (5/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: Yes to first-inning run -120 (3/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 9-3
Season Record: 37-35

1-Star Pick Record: N/A
2-Star Pick Record: 0-1
3-Star Pick Record: 22-23
4-Star Pick Record: 11-8
5-Star Pick Record: 4-3

This is the link to the A’s-Twins game.

MLB Picks for August 17

Writer’s Note: In addition to EPL previews, I also do other sports previews for the site WinnersandWhiners.com.

Condensed version (confidence in parentheses):

Game 1 — Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox

Side Prediction/Full Game: Royals +118 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 8.5 runs (Even) (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Under 27.5 runs+hits+errors (-105) (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Royals Money Line (Even) (4/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 5 runs (-130) (3/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: Yes to 1st-inning run (-110) (3/5)

Game 2 — Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

Side Prediction/Full Game: Athletics +134 (3/5)
Total Prediction/Full Game: Under 8 runs (-120) (5/5)
Prop Prediction/Full Game: Under 25.5 runs+hits+errors (-105) (3/5)
Side Prediction/Half Time: Athletics +0.5 runs (-110) (3/5)
Total Prediction/Half Time: Under 4 runs (-105) (4/5)
Prop Prediction/Half Time: No to 1st-inning run (-135) (4/5)

Previous Day’s Record: 6-6
Season Record: 13-17

1-Star Pick Record: N/A
2-Star Pick Record: 0-1
3-Star Pick Record: 8-11
4-Star Pick Record: 3-4
5-Star Pick Record; 2-1