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Free Pick: Tampa Bay Rays (Big Al McMordie)
At 1:40 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Tampa Bay Rays over Chicago. The Rays have emerged as perhaps the best team in Major League Baseball this season and have already put together win streaks of 7, 6, and 5 games (twice). Not surprisingly, the Rays are a solid 24-10 this year off a win, so that bodes well as Tampa bested Chicago on Saturday. Today, they’ll go up against veteran Jake Peavy, who has looked NOTHING like his former self this season. Peavy brings a 7.08 ERA over his last three starts into Tropicana Field (and his ERA for the season isn’t much better at 6.05). James Shields will get the ball for the Rays, and he’s been superb in 2010, with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 10 starts. Peavy has struggled mightily in his career vs. Tampa Bay, with a 5.56 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP, and we’ll look for the Rays to triumph over Chicago and Peavy in this Sunday afternoon contest. Lay the price with Tampa Bay. Good luck, as always…Big Al McMordie.
Free Pick: Pirates vs. Braves Under 9 (Ben Burns)
After Friday’s opener finished with 10 runs, yesterday’s game finished with nine, landing right on the number. I feel that this afternoon’s finale has a good shot at being the lowest-scoring of the bunch. Kawakaimi is an awful 0-7 on the season. However, he’s been better than that record indicates recently, as he has a very solid 3.31 ERA and 1.225 WHIP his last three starts. Over that stretch, he has 14 K’s to just three walks. In his last home start, he tossed six shutout innings. He should be happy to see a Pittsburgh team which ranks near the bottom of the league offensively. Maholm has been very sharp lately. In his last three starts, he has a stellar 2.70 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. All three of those games stayed below the total, finishing with scores of 2-1, 4-3 and 4-3. Maholm has made four career starts vs. Atlanta. He has an outstanding 1.33 ERA in those games, all of which stayed below the total. Those games averaged a mere 4.5 combined runs, finishing with scores of 3-1, 3-0, 5-1 and 3-2. Consider the Under
Free Pick: Arizona Diamondbacks +105 (Steve Merril)
Ian Kennedy has been one of the best pitchers for the Diamondbacks this season. Kennedy is in good current form as he is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA over his last three starts. He takes the mound on Sunday as Arizona wraps up a series with San Francisco. Kennedy defeated the Giants in Arizona ten days ago as he gave up just one run and three hits in eight innings of work. In that game, he struck out nine and walked only three with Giants hitters going 5 for 29 against Kennedy. San Francisco’s Todd Wellemeyer was on the other end of Kennedy’s win in Arizona. He gave up five runs and four hits in five innings of work in that game. With that loss, he fell to 1-3 with a 5.57 ERA in four career starts against the Diamondbacks. Stephen Drew (7-11) and Conor Jackson (3-10) have had the most success against the righty. Arizona is averaging 5.7 runs per game in the 15 day games they’ve played this season. We’ll recommend a play on Arizona plus the short price in this game this afternoon.
Free Pick: San Diego Padres -140 (Black Widow)
It’s hard to argue that Jon Garland has resurrected his career in San Diego. The righty is 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA this season, and 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 5 home starts this year. The Padres are 7-1 in Garland’s last 8 starts overall. Livan Hernandez has also resurrected his career in Washington, but recent signs point to a big drop-off from Hernandez the rest of the way. Hernandez is 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in his last 3 starts, giving up 7 earned runs and 16 base runners in 11 innings in road losses to both the Giants and Rockies. In two 2009 starts against San Diego, Hernandez went 0-2 giving up 10 earned runs and 20 base runners in 13 innings. The Nationals are 13-42 in their last 55 road games with the total set at 7.0-8.5. Washington is just 2-8 in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Nationals are 0-6 in Hernandez’s last 6 starts vs. National League West foes, including 0-4 in his last 4 starts vs. San Diego. The Padres are 21-6 in their last 27 home meetings with Washington. Take San Diego on the Money Line.
Free Pick: Cincinnati Reds -1.5 +106 (Craig Trapp)
Better than even money with this huge mismatch, thats just too hard to pass up. The last two days have seen the Reds with double digit offensive explosions. Not likely to stop the tide today with Paulino going for HOU. He is 0-7 with a 5 plus ERA. Even worse for him is HOU has only averaged a little over 2 runs scored in his starts. On the other side we have CIN best pitcher so far Leake is 4-0 with a sub 3 ERA. HOU has not beat CIN in first 5 head to head matchup and even worse they have not been close losing by two or more in every game. This one smells like another blowout as the super hot bats of the Reds carry them once again!
Free Pick: Texas Rangers +127 (Rob Vinciletti)
On Sunday the free MLB Play is on the Texas Rangers as a nice dog play tonight. Texas fits a nice dog system that pertains to certain teams at home off a big home favored win. Texas has Lefty Holland, making the start and he has been solid thus far with a 2-0 2.86 record vs the Twins. The Rangers have been very profitable in this range as a dog the past few years. The Twins counter with S. Baker tonight. Baker is 2-2 with a 5.25 era vs the Rangers thus far. On Sunday we are fresh off the 3-0 Sweep. I have Huge MLB System Blowout play that has won every time and wins by over 4 runs per game. I also have a solid offshore steam play. These Steam plays have done real well so and cashed again on Saturday with Milwaukee. Jump on now and Cash big as we continue the torrid run. For the free play tonight take the Texas Rangers. RV
Free Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -114 (Jeff Alexander)
The Cards have an excellent opportunity to win this series behind Wainwright (2.37 ERA, 0.986 WHIP) today. Wainwright has been one of the best road pitchers in baseball and the Cardinals are 20-7 in his last 27 road starts as a result. They are 4-0 in his last 4 road starts vs. the Cubs as well. It is also worth noting that the Cards are a perfect 8-0 in Wainwright’s last 8 road starts vs. a team with a losing record and 23-6 in his last 29 starts following a team loss in their previous game. When in the underdog role it has been best to stay away from Dempster as the Cubs are just 6-18 in his last 24 starts as an underdog. Plus, they are 0-7 in Dempster’s last 7 starts during game 3 of a series. Take the Cards this afternoon.
Free Pick: New York Mets +122 (Jimmy Boyd)
The Mets have struggled on the road this season, but I like their chances today against a Brewers club that has struggled at home. Wolf takes the hill for Milwaukee this afternoon, and I expect his struggles to continue. He has an ERA of 5.89 over his last 3 starts and the Mets are hitting a solid .269 against southpaw starters and scoring 4.6 runs per game. As a result, they are 8-3 in their last 11 games vs. a left-handed starter. Dickey is coming off an excellent outing, pitching a shutout against the Phillies. In 2 appearances against the Brewers last season, Dickey threw three shutout innings as a reliever. Expect the knuckleballer to keep the Brewers off balance today. Lastly, the Mets are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog of +110 to +150, and I’ll back them showing solid value here.