Free MLB Pick of the Day: Pirates vs. Rangers MLB Picks 9/9/13

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The 2013 MLB betting season is off and running here at Cappers Info, and we are set to make more of our patented MLB picks for one of our favorite times of year. On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be led onto the field by Gerrit Cole, as they play host to the Texas Rangers, who will be countering with Yu Darvish. The first pitch from Rangers Ballpark is set to be thrown out at 8:05 p.m. ET

Monday Baseball Picks: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Texas Rangers
Date: Monday, September 9th, 8:05 ET
Location: Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX
Pirates vs. Rangers On TV: MLB Network


MLB Odds & Probable Starting Pitchers
Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole) +171
Texas Rangers (Yu Darvish) -180
Total: 8

From an emotional standpoint, this is a really important series for both of these teams to essentially prove that they belong in the discussion to win the World Series. Both teams are almost certainly going to make the playoffs in some respect this year, but there’s a big difference between being division winners and Wild Card teams. The pitching matchup here couldn’t be much better. RHP Gerrit Cole has been excellent since getting called up to the majors. He’s 6-7 with a 3.74 ERA, and had he gotten just a tad bit more help on a regular basis, he would be winning games. RHP Yu Darvish is going to counter him, and we just don’t get what the oddsmakers are thinking here. Sure, we understand that Darvish, when at his best, is one of the best pitchers in baseball. However, the bottom line is that he has led the team to just a 14-13 record on the season in his 27 starts, and he has guided the Rangers to losses in four games in a row, including as -185, -250, and -330 favorites. There’s just no way that we can back a man like that under this circumstance against a team that is going to be in the second season. The Bucs need a rebound game after a bad series over the weekend. This very well could be that game.

Pirates @ Rangers Pick 9/9/13: Pittsburgh Pirates +171
Pirates @ Rangers Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 5 – Texas 2

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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