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)