Two teams with a week off spells trouble for timing and outside shooting. Just as we saw in game 1 of East Conference Finals teams take at least a half to get their feet under them. Lakers are coming off a series in which they played another run and gun team in UTAH and they slowed them down and really took advantage of them. Look for LAL to run the triangle offense and use close to control this game. PHO will make shots late but not enough to push this one over! Enjoy the under and don’t forget check out Craig’s huge NBA side play!
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Free MLB Pick: Athletics vs. Angels Over 8.5 (Big Al McMordie)
At 3:35 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Angels and A’s to go ‘over’ the total. These two teams combined for 15 runs last night, a 12-3 Angels win, and I look for another high-scoring game on Sunday afternoon. This will be Trevor Cahill’s fourth start of the season, while his mound opponent, Joel Pineiro, will be making his eighth start. Neither pitcher is in particularly good form: Cahill’s ERA this year is 4.59, with a mediocre WHIP of 1.40, while Pineiro’s ERA over his last three starts is an awful 6.32, with a 1.78 WHIP. And, away from pitcher-friendly McAfee Coliseum, Cahill’s ERA balloons to 6.75! Additionally, Pineiro has not had much success vs. the A’s (he’s lost seven of his last eight), and his career ERA in his starts vs. Oakland is 4.87, with a WHIP of 1.53. Look this game to sail ‘over’ the total. Good luck, as always…Big Al McMordie.
Free MLB Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -133 (Jeff Alexander)
The first time the Rays saw Lee this season, they peppered him pretty good in an 8-3 win. Considering the Rays are 8-1 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter, I like their chances against Lee again today. Plus, the Rays are in good hands with Garza, going 7-2 in his last 9 home starts and 4-0 in his last 4 starts with 5 days of rest. The Mariners are just 3-11 in their last 14 overall and 5-22 in their last 27 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150. Take the Rays Sunday.
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10:10 AM 951 NY METS, P: J NIESE-L +1½-135 o8½-115 +158
952 FLA MARLINS, P: R NOLASCO-R -1½+115 u8½-105 -178
10:10 AM 953 STL CARDINALS, P: B PENNY-R -1½+125 o8-115 -135
954 CIN REDS, P: B ARROYO-R +1½-145 u8-105 +115
10:35 AM 955 ARI D’BACKS, P: D HAREN-R +1½-205 o8-120 +101
956 ATL BRAVES, P: T HUDSON-R -1½+175 u8EV -121
11:20 AM 957 PIT PIRATES, P: R OHLENDOR -R – - +215
958 CHI CUBS, P: T LILLY-L – - -255
12:10 PM 959 WAS NATIONALS, P: S OLSEN-L +1½-175 o10EV +111
960 COL ROCKIES, P: J FRANCIS-L -1½+155 u10-120 -131
1:05 PM 961 LA DODGERS, P: BILLINGSLEY-R -1½+150 o7½EV -115
962 SDG PADRES, P: W LEBLANC-L +1½-170 u7½-120 -105
1:05 PM 963 HOU ASTROS, P: B MYERS-R +1½-135 o7-120 +160
964 SFO GIANTS, P: B ZITO-L -1½+115 u7EV -180
5:05 PM 965 PHI PHILLIES, P: C HAMELS -L -1½+110 o10-105 -151
966 MIL BREWERS, P: D DAVIS-L +1½-130 u10-115 +131
10:05 AM 967 TEX RANGERS, P: C LEWIS-R -1½+130 o8½-120 -129
968 TOR B-JAYS, P: B MORROW-R +1½-150 u8½EV +109
10:05 AM 969 MIN TWINS, P: N BLACKBUR-R +1½-155 o10½-115 +135
970 NY YANKEES, P: S MITRE-R -1½+135 u10½-105 -155
10:05 AM 971 BOS RED SOX, P: J LACKEY-R -1½+110 o9½EV -150
972 DET TIGERS, P: A GALARRAGA-R +1½-130 u9½-120 +130
10:35 AM 973 CLE INDIANS, P: WESTBROOK -R -1½+140 o9-120 -120
974 BAL O`S, P: D HERNANDEZ-R +1½-160 u9EV EV
10:40 AM 975 SEA MARINERS, P: C LEE-L +1½-180 o7-110 +115
976 TB RAYS, P: M GARZA-R -1½+160 u7-110 -135
11:10 AM 977 CHI W SOX, P: G FLOYD-R +1½-210 o9-115 -107
978 KC ROYALS, P: B BANNISTER-R -1½+180 u9-105 -113
12:35 PM 979 OAK A`S, P: T CAHIL-R +1½-150 o8½-120 +137
980 LA ANGELS, P: J PINEIRO-R -1½+130 u8½EV -157
Tampa Bay is rarely this small of a home favorite, but they are up against Cliff Lee which will be a test but not one they can’t overcome. In fact, this is pretty much a wash on the mound with Matt Garza going for Tampa Bay, but the edge certainly goes to the Rays with a much better offense than the Mariners. Plus, Lee and Garza squared off earlier this month in Seattle, with the Rays winning that game 8-3 on May 5th. Garza allowed just 2 earned runs and 6 base runners in 8 innings to get the win, while Lee allowed 4 earned runs on 10 hits in 8 innings to get the loss. Garza is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA this season and he just keeps getting better each year. The Rays are 67-25 (+29.9 Units) against the money line as a home favorite of -125 to -175 over the last 3 seasons. Seattle is hitting .233 and scoring just 3.4 runs/game this season, while the Rays are putting up 5.5 runs/game this year. Tampa Bay has been crushing lefty starters, averaging 5.9 runs/game. The Mariners are 5-22 in their last 27 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150. Take Tampa Bay on the Money Line.
Milwaukee has the same problems year after year. The Brewers have no problem putting up runs offensively, but their pitching is just horrendous. The Brewers rank 28th in the league in team ERA with a 5.24 mark. Milwaukee ranks 6th in the league offensively with a .271 average and second in the league in runs scored with 197 total runs. Philly ranks third in the league with 196 runs scored. So we have two of the top three offenses in the game in terms of runs scored tonight, which makes it no surprise that the first two games of this series have gone well OVER the number. The Brewers and Phillies combined for 14 runs in Game 1 and 16 runs in Game 2, and the OVER is now 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
Pitching doesn’t appear to get any better tonight as the Phillies start Cole Hamels and the Brewers throw Doug Davis. Hamels is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA and 1.824 WHIP through three road starts this season. Davis can’t seem to get anybody out, going 1-4 with a 7.56 ERA and 1.980 WHIP in 2010. Davis has allowed 48 hits and 18 walks in 33.1 innings, so essentially he is putting 2 batters on base each innings. The OVER is 7-1-1 in Davis’ last 9 starts overall. Milwaukee is 23-10 to the OVER in all games this season, and 36-14-5 to the OVER in their last 55 contests overall. The Phillies are 5-0 to the OVER in Hamels’ last 5 road starts and 13-3 to the OVER in their last 16 road games with the total set at 9.0-10.5. Roll with the OVER on ESPN tonight as Sunday’s free pick.
System Play. We’ll Play Against – Road underdogs with a money line of +100 or higher (PITTSBURGH) – team with a poor OBP (<=.310) against a very good starting pitcher (WHIP<=1.250) -NL, with an overused bullpen that pitches more than 3.2 innings per game. This is a 55-11 ML System hitting 83.3% over the last 5 seasons while gaining 37 units. Simply put, after losing the first two games of this series, we cannot see the Cubs getting swept at home against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s why we’re willing to lay this heavy juice knowing that Chicago is going to give their best effort Sunday to try to avoid this embarrassment. Bet the Cubs at home.
On Sunday the free play in MLB Action is Over the total in the Oakland at LA. Angels game. Rotation numbers 979/980 at 3:35 eastern. Oakland has played over all 5 times this year as a road dog from +125 to+150 and 4 of 5 times on Sunday. The Angles have played over 4 of the last 5 times as a home favorite in this range. Both teams have poor bullpens this year nearing an era of 5. The bullpens may be busy today too. Oakland has T.Cahill on the mound and he has a 6.75 road era and the Angels J.Pineiro has a 6.52 era over his last three starts. Even worse he has allowed 20 runs in 10+ innings vs Oakland. Look for this one to play over the total today. On Sunday I have a 91% NBA Smasher system in Game 1 of the Eastern Conf. Semi finals. Our team also applies to a 100% Power Angle. In MLB Action I have a Huge 100% totals system that has cashed EVERY time this year and applies today. Jump on and end the week Big. We split out in Bases on Saturday. However we did cash in the Preakness with Lookin at Lucky and are 2 for 2 in the Triple Crown. Today’s plays are Guaranteed. For there free play on Sunday take the over in the Oakland at LA. game. RV
Look for the Cards to take this series with a Game 3 win behind Brad Penny. Penny has been terrific with an ERA of only 1.70 on the season. Plus, Penny is 7-3 lifetime when starting against Cincy with an ERA of 3.27. The Cards have not supported him very well at times this season, but I like their chances of doing so against Arroyo, who has a lofty ERA of 6.50 at home. Arroyo is 6-8 lifetime when starting against St. Louis with an ERA of 4.24. It is also worth noting that the Reds are only 5-15 in Arroyo’s last 20 starts vs. a team with a winning record. Plus, Sunday has been the day to fade him as the Reds are just 3-13 in his last 16 Sunday starts. Lastly, St. Louis is 12-3 in road games when revenging a one run loss to an opponent over the last 2 seasons, winning these games by an average score of 7.0 to 4.2. Cash in with the Cards.
The 135th running of the Preakness Stakes is set to go late Saturday afternoon from historical Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, MD. The second leg of the Triple Crown will be the 12th race to go out of 13, which can be seen on NBC, May 15th 2010 from 4:30 to 6:30 ET. Below you will find current 2010 preakness stakes odds and horses post positions.
Jockey Calvin Borel will once again be on the back of potential Triple Crown qualifier Super Saver. He led the equine to a Kentucky Derby victory two weeks ago. Borel has now captured wins in three of the L/4 Triple Crown races, so the Preakness Stakes odds of him winning this race don’t offer up the greatest of returns. However, if you are of the belief that Super Saver is legit and can become the 12th equine to win the Triple Crown, a number of sportsbooks are offering a +600 return if he wins the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and follows it up with a victory at the Belmont Stakes. He would become the first horse since Affirmed won all three races to win the Triple Crown back in 1978.
Super Saver is one of 12 horses that will run in the Preakness Stakes. Others include #1 Aikenite (+2000), #2 Schoolyard Dreams (+1400), #3 Pleasant Prince (+2000), #4 Northern Giant (+2800), #5 Yawanna Twist (+2800), #6 Jackson Bend (+1200), #7 Lookin at Lucky (+300), #8 Super Saver (+175), #9 Caracortado (+900), #10 Paddy O’Prado (+450), #11 First Dude (+2000), and #12 Dublin (+1000).
Along with the aforementioned Super Saver, Lookin at Lucky is the only other contender oddsmakers believe have a solid shot of winning the Preakness Stakes. If you’re of the belief that neither of those two horses pull off the feat, BetUS Sportsbook is offering Preakness Stakes odds of -250 on the rest of the field to win Saturday’s race.
Horse bettors looking to just wager on which horses finish in the money have to pay a lofty amount for both Super Saver (-450) and Lookin at Lucky (-300), as well as top three finisher Paddy O’Prado (-200).
One of the most exciting couple minutes in sports is almost here. Don’t be one of the few with no action on the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes!
2010 Preakness Stakes Odds & Post Positions
(Post Position – Horse – Jockey – Trainer – Current Odds: May 14th 2010)
1. Aikenite (Javier Castellano, Todd Pletcher , 20-1)
2. Schoolyard Dreams (Eibar Coa, Derek Ryan, 15-1)
3. Pleasant Prince (Julien Leparoux, Wesley Ward, 20-1)
4. Northern Giant (Terry Thompson, D. Wayne Lukas, 30-1)
5. Yawanna Twist (Rick Dutrow, Edgar Prado, 30-1)
6. Jackson Bend (Mike Smith, Nick Zito, 12-1)
7. Lookin At Lucky (Martin Garcia, Bob Baffert, 3-1)
8. Super Saver (Calvin Borel, Todd Pletcher, 5-2)
9. Caracortado (Paul Atkinson, Mike Machowsky, 10-1)
10. Paddy O Prado (Kent Desormeaux, Dale Romans, 9-2)
11. First Dude (Ramon Dominguez, Romans, 20-1)
12. Dublin (Garrett Gomez, Lukas, 10-1)
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Free MLB Pick: Florida Marlins -115 (Big Al McMordie)
At 7:10 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Florida Marlins over the New York Mets. Nate Robertson gets the start for the Fish, and he’s dominated New York bats in his career. The veteran lefty is 1-0 in his starts, with a 2.13 ERA and a sparkling WHIP of 0.86! That’s one reason I like Florida. Another is that the Mets have been dreadful in nighttime road games over the past couple of years. They lost 7-2 to the Marlins last night, and 2-1 on Friday, and have now dropped 47 of their last 63 in this situation! John Maine has also struggled on the road this year, with an 0-1 record in three starts, and a dismal 7.71 ERA. Take Florida to win the 3rd game of this series. Good luck, as always…Big Al McMordie.
Free MLB Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -103 (Rocky Atkinson)
Philadelphia is 32-15 the past 3 years on the road with the money line -100 to -125. Milwaukee is 4-12 at home this year. Milwaukee is 2-7 this year at home when the total is 9 to 9 1/2. Milwaukee has lost 4 in a row. Philadelphia has won 7 of their last 9 games overall. Philadelphia is scoring 5.5 runs per game overall this year, 5.6 runs per game on the road and 5.6 runs per game against left handed starters this year. Philadelphia has a 3.50 ERA on the road this year. Milwaukee bullpen has a 5.68 ERA overall this year and a 6.67 ERA at home this season. Blanton is 2-1 overall vs Milwaukee since 1997. We’ll recommend a small play on Philadelphia today! Thanks and good luck, Rocky
Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees -129 (Dave Price)
The Yankees have owned the Twins. Over the last 3 seasons, New York is 17-4 against Minnesota, including a perfect 10-0 at home. The domination doesn’t stop there either. The Twins are just 16-51 in the last 67 meetings overall and only 5-28 in their last 33 meetings in New York. Pettitte is off to a sizzling 6-0 start on the money line and the Yankees are 6-1 in his last 7 starts vs. the Twins. The Yankees are now 49-11 in their last 60 home games. I’ll back them at home again Saturday.
Free MLB Pick: Phillies vs. Brewers Over 9.5 (Jeff Alexander)
We saw these two teams put a total of 14 runs on the board Friday and I expect another high scoring game today. Blanton (4.97 ERA) and Narveson (5.06) have both been higher ERA pitchers this season. Plus, Milwaukee has been an overs machine, playing to the Over in 9 of its last 11 games. The Over is 10-1 in the Phillies’ last 11 road games with the total set at 9.0-10.5 and 5-0 in Blanton’s last 5 road starts. The Over is 15-4-3 in the Brewers’ last 22 home games and 23-5-4 in their last 32 games vs. a right-handed starter. Bet the Over.