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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction from Brandon Shively: April 17th 2014

BREWERS VS. PIRATES BETTINGMilwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Prediction: Milwaukee -101 odds (April 17th 2014)

Milwaukee (Gallardo) @ Pittsburgh (Volquez)—–The Brewers are coming off a confidence building win yesterday vs. Saint Louis and will travel to Pittsburgh and have their ace, Gallardo, on the mound for the first game in this series. The Brewers just swept the Pirates last week and this is a rematch of the same pitching matchup. The Brewers won the game 3-2 as both pitchers tossed solid games. The difference was a RBI by Lucroy in the 8th after Ryan Braun had reached base on a single. Ryan Braun was given the day off yesterday to get him rested for this game. Braun is 11-for-31 career vs. Volquez. The current Brewers roster is hitting .259 vs. Volquez with a .427 SLG%. Volquez has a 4.74 career ERA vs. the Brew Crew and while he has only given up 2ER this season in 14 IP, I still have my doubts about this guy.

Gallardo will take the mound for the Brewers with a 2.61 career ERA vs. the Pirates in 21 starts. Gallardo is off to a blazing start this season with a 1.07 WHIP in 3 starts. The Brewers are 8-2 over their last 10 games and are 6-0 on the road. The Brewers have 5 guys in their starting lineup hitting .300+ vs. Volquez. Look for them to get 4+runs across the plate and for the Brewers 2.50 team ERA to hold true in this one here tonight.

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Braves vs. Phillies Betting Odds & Pick from Rob Vinciletti: April 17th 2014

BRAVES VS. PHILLIES BETTINGAtlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Betting Pick: Philadelphia +110 odds (April 17th 2014)

On Thursday the Free MLB Afternoon system play is on the Philadelphia Phillies. Game 952 at 1:05 eastern. These two played a low scoring thriller last night with the Braves winning 1-0. The game was rare in that both teams had 2 or less runs scored and one team had 10+ hits anon had less than 4 or hits. When going to the database we see that since 2006, road teams like the Braves are on an 0-7 run if they are off a 1 run road win, while scoring 2 or less runs on 10+ hits, vs an opponent off a 1 run home loss and scored 2 or less runs on 4 or less hits. The Phillies are 12-2 at home off a home loss where they scored 2 or less and had 4 or less hits, and have won 4 of 6 in day games. They are averaging 5.7 runs and hitting .295 under the sun. They are also 7-1 of late in home games vs leftys. Atlanta is scoring 2.8 runs on .206 hitting in day games . The Phils have A.J. Burnett going and he has won 12 of his last 14 home starts in April. Atlanta counters with A. Wood who has allowed 5 earned runs in 10 innings here. We will back the Phillies for this matinee Play. Solid Thursday card has Powerful MLB System plays and the 5* NHL Game off the Month from a 100% Dominator angles and a historical Database system specific the NHL Playoffs. for there free play take the Phillies. RV

Red Sox vs. White Sox MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Art Aronson: April 17th 2014

RED SOX VS. WHITE SOX BETTINGBoston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
MLB Betting Pick: White Sox -114 odds (April 17th 2014)

Despite winning yesterday, the Red Sox are reeling a little bit to start the season with injuries to key players and I think their free fall resumes on Thursday. Boston will send lefty John Lester (1-2, 2.57 ERA) to the hill for the second game of this three game set with Chicago. Lester has struggled versus the White Sox over his career with a rather pedestrian 4-5 record and 5.43 ERA. Chicago sends its ace Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66 ERA) to oppose the Red Sox; the lefty is coming off his worst start of the season to date as he gave up three earned runs in just five innings of work but still managed to get the win. Sale has never started a game against Boston in his career but has given up zero runs in 5 2/3 relief innings vs. it. He didn’t get the run support he deserved last season but this White Sox team has a few more potent bats in 2014 and they’ve come up big for him so far. The White Sox are still a strong 6-3 in home games and have won four of their last six overall. Boston meanwhile has lost four of six coming into this contest and is just 4-6 on the road. I think Sale is worth the price of admission in this one.

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick from Doc’s Sports: Apri 17th 2014

ROCKIES VS. PADRES MLB PICK APRIL 17TH 2014Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres
MLB Pick: San Diego -127 odds (April 17th 2014)

Thursday MLB Free Play from Doc’s Sports Take #956 San Diego Padres over Colorado Rockies (Thursday, 6:40pm EST) Two middling teams from the NL West battle it out in San Diego as the Rockies and Padres close out a four-game series on Thursday. We’re less than three weeks into the 2014 season, but it hasn’t taken long to get some separation amongst the competitors in the NL West. The Dodgers and Giants have distanced themselves at the top, the Diamondbacks are the worst team in baseball at the bottom, and that leaves the Pads and Rockies right in the middle. There isn’t a lot that separates these two teams as far as overall ability, but San Diego has some value today for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, they have the edge on the mound with Ian Kennedy. The veteran right-hander is rounding back into his old form from his Diamondback days where he had three very good seasons. He’s cut his walks down significantly so far and his strikeout rate is better. He’s also getting a few more groundballs. Add it all up, and we should see a pitcher with an ERA in the low 3’s if he can keep it up. Franklin Morales goes for Colorado and is getting a second chance in the rotation due to the injury to Brett Anderson. Morales has had trouble maintaining consistency his entire career and so far in 2014 he’s been plain bad. He comes in with a 6.39 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in three appearances. But most troubling is his excessive walk rate at five batters per nine innings. Both of these offenses are comparable when you adjust for park effects. Colorado is a team that has thrived on home field advantage is Coors over the years, but they don’t have that here today. The Padres are a bit better overall, have the better pitching matchup and are playing in Petco. Put it all together and we should get a victory from San Diego.

Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals Betting Prediction: April 15th 2014

Brandon Shively - MLB PickHouston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals
Betting Prediction: Kansas City -150 odds (April 15th 2014)

Kansas City (Ventura) @ Houston (Harrell)—-The Royals will call on the rookie Yordano Ventura to get them a win tonight. Ventura throws a 100+ MPH fastball and has now learned how to throw his breaking ball and changeups for strikes. He went 6 strong innings in his MLB debut striking out 6 and walking 0 while only scattering 2 hits in 6 IP. The Astros will have their worst pitcher on the mound, Lucas Harrell who has now given up 14 hits in 7.1 IP this season with a 5K/ 6BB mark. Kansas City’s offense is not up-to-par, but the Astros are even worse with a .189 BA as a team which is obviously the worst in the Majors. Their strikeout rate is again near the highest in the AL, while the Royals only have struckout 58 times this season (5 K’s a game). The Royals clearly have the more patient hitters and I look for them to rough up Harrell in this game.

While both offenses are struggling, I give the Royals the advantage with veteran hitters that can ignite the offense. I really like the fact they are leading the Majors in the least number of strikeouts a game. That tells me they are good contact hitters and they will break out of their slump soon. I see them breaking out tonight as Lucas Harrell gives them the best chance.

In closing, we will be laying the chalk on the road with a rookie pitcher which can be scary. In this situation though, I like how Ventura matches up against these Houston hitters. I would not be surprised to see him strike out in between 9-12 batters tonight. All the Royals need in this game is 4 runs of support and they will have no problem winning. They will get this easily as I see them getting 4+ runs across the plate by the 5th innings. Look for the Royals to get off their losing streak tonight with a win on the road vs. the Astros.

Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls Betting Odds & Prediction: April 14th 2014

Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls
Prediction: Under 185 -110 odds (April 14th 2014)

Orlando (23-57) has dropped two straight and fell to 4-36 on the road with Sunday’s 97-88 loss to Brooklyn. Tobias Harries came off the bench to score 18 points, while Oladipo added 14.

The Bulls (47-33) are tied with Toronto for third, but the Raptors hold the tiebreaker by virtue of winning the Atlantic Division. Chicago would have to win this contest and Wednesday’s finale against Charlotte, while Toronto would have to drop one of its final two in order for the Bulls to finish with the third seed. The Bulls let a big chance slip away when they lost to the Knicks yesterday. Coach Thib came out after the game and said that he wasn’t happy with the defense of the Bulls in that game. You’d better believe the Bulls will be playing tighter defense here against the Magic.

Both teams are big UNDERs teams on the season. The Bulls are 33-47 O/U on the season while the Magic are 34-46 O/U. Both teams like to play slow paced half court offense. With this game a must win for the Bulls, we expect them to control the tempo which will be slow. This game looks like an UNDERs game.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Chicago. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Orlando’s last 5 games on the road. The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Orlando’s last 15 games when playing Chicago. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando’s last 5 games. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago’s last 8 games at home.

Mets vs. Diamondbacks Betting Odds & Pick from Heath Mac: April 14th 2014

Heath Mac - MLB PIckNew York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Betting Pick: New York +114 odds (April 14th 2014)

The Mets have lost three of their last five games and just lost two of three from the Los Angeles Angels. The Mets pitching staff hasn’t been great recently, allowing 25 runs in their last three games, while Curtis Granderson has just seven hits in 44 at bats. Zack Wheeler hopes to get the Mets on track, but he’s 0-2 on the season with an ERA of 5.73 despite striking out 12 batters in 11 innings. Wheeler is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.42 in his only career start against the Diamondbacks.

Wheeler was outstanding in his only start against the Diamondbacks, yielding one run over 6 1/3 innings in a 4-1 victory at Chase Field on Aug. 10.

After consecutive 81-81 seasons, the Diamondbacks (4-11) hoped to take a step forward and at least compete for a playoff spot in 2014. While there’s still plenty of time left for that to happen, the team will need to find some solutions for a struggling rotation that has posted a major league-worst 7.18 ERA thus far.

The Diamondbacks are already in panic mode and have already made a change to their pitching rotation with reliever Josh Collmenter coming into the rotation and he starts this one. Collmenter. is 13-12 with a 4.03 ERA in 35 career starts. He prepared for this switch by throwing 55 pitches in four scoreless innings of relief Wednesday at San Francisco. The right-hander also had a six-inning stint out of the bullpen in June against Miami. This will be Collmenter’s first start in over 2 years and there’s generally a reason for that – they’re not good enough to start in the majors.

The Mets won four of seven against the Diamondbacks last season, taking the final two of a three-game set in Arizona in August. The Mets are 4-0 in Wheeler’s last 4 road starts vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts. The Diamondbacks are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. National League East. Arizona is 5-15 SU in its last 20 games. The Mets are 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road. Arizona is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home.

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Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Betting Prediction for April 13th 2014

Brandon Shively - MLB PickOakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners
Betting Pick: Seattle +122 odds (April 13th 2014)

Oakland (Kazmir-L) @ Seattle (Young)—–Kazmir will be on the mound this afternoon for Oakland as the A’s try to take 2 of 3 from the Mariners before they meet the LA Angels for a series tomorrow. Kazmir is a southpaw and the Mariners are hitting lefties very well this season. They are hitting .293 vs. lefties with a .473 SLG%. The Mariners have a lineup full of left handed hitters and lefties are hitting Kazmir better this year then right handed batters so that is a BIG advantage for the Mariners in this game. It can be noted that the Mariners are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a left handed starter as well.

The Mariners will call on Chris Young who will be making his first start of the season after his scheduled start last week was postponed due to bad field conditions. Young had a promising spring and is a big, tall 6’10″ pitcher that stifles batters. His delivery is tough to pick up on and I give Young the advantage over the A’s hitters as this will be their first time seeing Young for the most part.

The public will be on Oakland today as a small road favorite, but the true value is with the homedog that plays their best against left handed starters and who will be putting a pitcher on the mound who Oakland is not familiar with.

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Raptors vs. Pistons Odds & Prediction from Stephen Nover: April 13th 2014

Stephen Nover - NBA PickToronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons
NBA Prediction: Toronto -6.5 -110 odds (April 13th 2014)

Toronto has been gold in this type of spot all season. The Raptors are off a 108-100 home loss to the Knicks this past Friday, just their second loss in their last nine games. They are 16-4-1 ATS the past 21 times following a defeat. Toronto also is 15-6-1 ATS versus foes with a winning percentage of less than .400 and 20-5-2 ATS after giving up triple digits during its previous game.

The Raptors have clinched the Atlantic Division title, but are just one game behind the Bulls for the No. 3 seed in the East. So they have motivation. They have a healthy Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson, too. Lowry may be the most underrated point guard in the Eastern Conference.

While the Raptors have the third-best ATS mark in the NBA covering 58 percent of their games, the Pistons have the second-worst spread record covering only 43 percent. This dreadful mark is even worse at home where Detroit has covered only 37 percent of its games at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit has failed to cover in its last five home contests.

The dysfunctional and disinterested Pistons are playing the string out having lost 12 of their last 16 games. They are surrendering an average of 110.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting from the floor during their last nine games while missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Detroit could be minus Josh Smith for a fourth straight game, too. Smith is dealing with left patella tendinitis.

Toronto has covered six of the last seven in the series, including winning both games against the Pistons this season by an average of 17.5 points.

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Grizzlies vs. Lakers Over-Under Betting Odds & Pick from Heath Mac: April 13th 2014

Heath Mac - NBA PIckMemphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Betting Pick: Under 207.5 -110 odds (April 13th 2014)

The Memphis Grizzlies are still fighting for a play off spot and will bring the intensity to this game to make sure they take the W away. The Grizzlies are currently tied for 8th spot with the Phoenix Suns.

Memphis (47-32) is seeking a third straight win after knocking off Miami 107-102 on Wednesday and rolling past lowly Philadelphia 117-95 on Friday. The Grizzlies main strength is their formidable defensive pressure and structure. The Grizzlies are 19-4 as the visiting team when giving up 93 points or fewer compared to 2-14 when they don’t.

This Total has been set too high and is at least 9 points higher than the previous totals in the last 3 match ups. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis’s last 5 games when playing on the road against the Lakers. The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Memphis’s last 11 games on the road. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Lakers last 5 games.

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