MLB Picks, September 18


It’s Week 2 of the NFL season, but there are still baseball games happening. There are still September playoff races and interleague matchesups. Plus, there is money to win. Check out my picks for the MLB lineup on Sunday.

Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals

Time: 1: 35 p.m. EST Moneyline: Marlins -175, Nationals +160 Run Line: Marlins -1.5 (-105), Nationals +1.5 (-115) Total: Over 7.5 (-120), Under 7.5 (+100) Odds from WynnBet Sportsbook.

My pick: Miami Marlins ML (-175)

Anibal Sanchez was once the best pitcher in baseball. The Tigers won his ERA title less than a decade back. After pitching to a 4., he’s now an empty shell. 56 ERA, a 6. 35 FIP, and -0.4 fWAR.

Sanchez has been half a run less than any other replacement pitcher you could throw at the plate. Given his average of four walks per nine innings, and

The Marlins’ terrible offense, it should not be surprising that he is unable to score a win today. These are dead teams in baseball, but the Marlins have Sandy Alcantara and that is something they can fight for.

Alcantara still has three chances to win. To win the Cy Young award, he must pitch just slightly better than average. Two of the final three games are against the Nationals. This is a good thing, considering that seven of his eight previous starts were against playoff teams. Sandy will win the game.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants

Time: 7: 08 p.m. EST Moneyline: Dodgers -175, Giants +150 Run Line: Dodgers -1.5 (-110), Giants +1.5 (-110) Total: Over 7.5 (-110), Under 7.5 (-110) Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.

My pick: San Francisco ML (+150)

We don’t know who is starting or playing for the Dodgers down the stretch. They have the division title. They’ve got about a 10-game lead on the Mets for the top seed in the National League with only 18 games left to go. They’ve already won 100 games.

If you care to fade the Dodgers, fade them now.

I like the Giants to be frisky today. Alex Cobb’s season has been extremely unlucky for a pitcher, pairing his 2. 48 ERA with a 3. 09 xERA and a 2. 83 xFIP. His last four games were shutouts.

The Giants’ offense continues to collapse, but I show value on them at this price, considering the context.

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