MLB Free Picks: Tampa Bay vs. Texas & Detroit vs. New York Game 3s

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Monday MLB picks continue the 2011 MLB playoffs odds, and we are all set to tackle the best games on the horizon this week! Check out our Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Game 3 picks and our Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees Game 3 picks!

MLB Predictions: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers
Date: Monday, October 3rd, 5:07 ET
Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
MLB Playoffs Odds: Tampa Bay -135, Over/Under 7.5 (over -115)
MLB Playoffs TV Schedule: TBS

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We’re going to make a rare ‘total’ play in this game. The first two games in this series have gone past the number, and though typically, the playoffs present us with some lowering scoring games, we just don’t see how these two pitchers are going to keep this one with fewer than eight runs in total. David Price hasn’t proven that he can win the big game, as he should have lost on the last day of the regular season against a New York Yankees team that, quite frankly, didn’t give one hoot about winning the game. And on top of that, he was beaten twice against the Rangers last year in the ALDS. Of course, the good news is that the he isn’t going against Cliff Lee. Colby Lewis isn’t the greatest pitcher in the postseason, as he only went 14-10 with a 4.40 ERA. We also have to keep in mind that over the course of the last 19 innings, the Rays have 23 runs scored. That’s good enough for us. Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers Game 3 Predictions: Tampa Bay/Texas Over 7.5 -115

MLB Predictions: Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees
Date: Monday, October 3rd, 8:37 ET
Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
MLB Playoffs Odds: Detroit -130, Over/Under 7.5 (over -105)
MLB Playoffs TV Schedule: TBS

And we’re going to use the exact opposite logic in the late game! It goes without saying that Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia are both particularly awesome. They’re going to finish as the winner and runner up in the Cy Young Award voting this year in all likelihood. The only reason why this game has a ‘total’ that is oh so high is because of the way that both of these pitchers threw in their first shot at playing in Game 1. Verlander allowed a run in his only inning of work, and Sabathia conceded a run in his two innings. That being said, Detroit’s offense really isn’t all that great, and the Yankees were stymied less than 24 hours ago against Max Scherzer. This isn’t Max Scherzer on the mound anymore, and the game isn’t in the Bronx. Don’t look for either offense to play that well in this one. Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees Game 3 Predictions: Detroit/New York Under 7.5 -115

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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