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NY Mets at Philadelphia   
The Mets have dropped five straight at Citizens Bank Park and face a tough assignment against Philly starter Cole Hamels, who allowed only one hit over seven innings in his last start against the Cubs on Saturday.  Philadelphia is the pick (-110) according to Dunkel, which has the Phillies favored by 1.  Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-110).  Here are all of today's games.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Game 901-902: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Snell) 15.129; Cubs (Hill) 14.934
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1/2; 11 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-130); No Run Line
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (+120); N/A

Game 903-904: NY Mets at Philadelphia
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Santana) 14.752; Philadelphia (Hamels) 15.832
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-110); Over

Game 905-906: Washington at Florida
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Redding) 14.542; Florida (Miller) 13.899
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Florida (-120); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+110); Under

Game 907-908: Milwaukee at Cincinnati
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Sheets) 14.552; Cincinnati (Arroyo) 15.035
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-130); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+120); Over

Game 909-910: LA Dodgers at Atlanta
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Lowe) 15.044; Atlanta (Carlyle) 14.667
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-125); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-125); Over

Game 911-912: Colorado at Houston
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Morales) 15.365; Houston (Sampson) 15.232
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Houston (-115); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+105); Under

Game 913-914: San Francisco at St. Louis
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 14.529; St. Louis (Wellemeyer) 15.492
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-135); Under

Game 915-916: San Diego at Arizona
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Maddux) 14.363; Arizona (Haren) 16.172
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 917-918: Detroit at Toronto
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Rogers) 14.165; Toronto (Purcey) 15.331
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 919-920: NY Yankees at Baltimore
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Hughes) 15.828; Baltimore (Cabrera) 14.981
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-135); 10
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-135); Under

Game 921-922: Texas at Boston
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Mendoza) 14.675; Boston (Matsuzaka) 15.552
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Boston (-205); 10
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-205); Under

Game 923-924: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Vazquez) 15.104; Tampa Bay (Niemann) 15.471
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-105); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-105); Under

Game 925-926: Cleveland at Minnesota
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Lee) 15.025; Minnesota (Liriano) 14.539
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-105); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-105); Over

Game 927-928: Kansas City at Oakland
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Bannister) 15.186; Oakland (Gaudin) 14.415
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (-120); Under

Game 929-930: Seattle at LA Angels
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Dickey) 14.563; LA Angels (Saunders) 15.623
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 8
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-155); 9
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-155); Under


NHL

NY Rangers at New Jersey
The Rangers have beaten the Devils 10 of the 12 times they've faced this season and look to close out the series tonight on New Jersey's home ice.  New York is the pick (-105) according to Dunkel, which has the Rangers favored by 1/2 a goal.  Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-105).  Here are all of today's games.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Game 17-18: Nashville at Detroit
Dunkel Ratings: Nashville 11.135; Detroit 12.044
Dunkel Line & Total: Detroit by 1; 5 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: Detroit (-265); 5
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-265); Over

Game 19-20: NY Rangers at New Jersey
Dunkel Ratings: NY Rangers 11.134; New Jersey 10.619
Dunkel Line & Total: NY Rangers by 1/2; 4
Vegas Line & Total: New Jersey (-115); 5
Dunkel Pick: NY Rangers (-105); Under

Game 21-22: Dallas at Anaheim
Dunkel Ratings: Dallas 12.032; Anaheim 11.439
Dunkel Line & Total: Dallas by 1; 4 1/2
Vegas Line & Total: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

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20 Dime - D'Backs

10 Dime - Indians
10 Dime Dog - Reds

Free Pick - Mets Under

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San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks
PICK: Arizona Diamondbacks

REASON FOR PICK: While the Arizona Diamondbacks were enjoying a day off on Thursday, the San Diego Padres were playing a marathon game against the Colorado Rockies that extended into Friday. They are going to be a tired team traveling to Arizona.

Making it worse for the Padres is they face Dan Haren, who has some of the nastiest stuff in the majors. Haren is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA this season with three quality starts in three outings. He's especially tough on teams that have never seen him before such as the Padres.

The Diamondbacks are playing well, having won 10 of their last 12 games. They are 16-5 during their past 21 home contests. They are leading the majors in runs scored and home runs.

Chris Young goes for San Diego. He's a great home pitcher, but struggles on the road. His road ERA was 4.52 last season. He looked terrible in his last start, which was at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers got to him for six earned runs in three innings, hitting two home runs.

Young has had more trouble versus Arizona than any other team. The Padres lost all three of Young's starts to the Diamondbacks last season. He has a 7.32 lifetime ERA versus the Diamondbacks.

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MILWAUKEE -130     

CLEVELAND -115       

KANSAS CITY -115     

ARIZONA -140     

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Insider Sports Report

5* L.A. Dodgers (Lowe) -130 over Atlanta (Carlyle)
Range -115 to -150

3* Washington (Redding) +100 over Florida (Miller)
Range +115 to -120

3* Kansas City (Bannister) -125 over Oakland (Gaudin)
Range -105 to -140

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YANKEE CAPPER

3 Units - Arizona Diamondbacks

2 Units - New York Rangers

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DARK HORSE

Milwaukee -130


Insider Sports Report

Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay UNDER 9.5


Las Vegas Sports Advisors

Detroit -0.5


Buck Shot Boys 

Pirates


Head Waiter Sports

Philadelphia Phillies -108


MIKE WYNN

Kansas City w/Bannister -115


TOTALS 4 U

YANKEES/ORIOLES OVER 10


TV HOTLINE

N.Y. YANKEES -140


RAZOR SHARP

MILWAUKEE/ CINCINNATI UNDER 8.5


VEGAS STEAMLINE

Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay 9.5


ARTHUR RALPH

NY METS


NICK JONES

Detroit/Toronto OVER 9.5


Glen Mcgrew

San Jose AFL


MIGHTY QUINN

NY RANGERS


Joe Wiz

Dbacks
D Rays


Gamblers Data

Twins -105

Jennifer Barry

San Francisco/St. Louis Over 8 runs


Donald Tran

LA Dodgers -115


Chad Jordan

Washington Nats +115


Jim Feist

Indians


Scott Spreitzer

Tigers


PRIORITY SPORTS INFO

Arizona -130

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Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels
PICK: Seattle Mariners

The Mariners will send former Texas Ranger knuckleballer RA Dickey to the hill tonight in Anaheim. He has a career 2.84 ERA against the Angels. Dickey has developed a few different versions of his knuckleball and it may take the Angels a while before they figure him out.

Joe Saunders takes the mound against the Mariners for the second time in six days. While he fared pretty well in that outing the M's beat him up pretty well a year ago. Saunders permitted the Mariners a .340 batting average in two starts against them in 2007. Having just faced them less than a week ago the advantage goes to the hitters and we expect Seattle to have their way with him tonight.

On the season Seattle is hitting .315 vs lefties and averaging 7.07 runs per game. They are on a 30-13 run vs left-handed starters. We get a nice payoff here for what could be the better team.

PLAY SEATTLE

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New York Rangers

In all honesty, the New York Rangers should have swept their opening round series vs. the rival New Jersey Devils already, as the Devils’ lone win came on a lucky bounce in overtime. Look for the Rangers to officially put the Devils out of their misery tonight.

The Rangers actually bear a strong resemblance to the Devils’ Stanley Cup winning teams this season. They have a defensive mindset and a great goaltender in Henrik Lundqvist, in fact allowing the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference at just 2.32 goals per game. This has more than offset the fact that the offense is averaging a rather ordinary 2.60 goals per contest.

However, that approach has worked to perfection vs. a Devils team that is also offensively challenged. The Rangers went 7-1 vs. New Jersey during the regular season, with the Devils not even managing a point against them until that lone victory, a 3-2 shootout win in the second-to-last games of the season.

Now the Rangers only average 2.56 goals on the road, but again, that is offset by the fact that the Devils only average 2.47 goals per game at home. Thus, it is not a total shock that the Rangers have yet to lose here in New Jersey all year, going 6-0 in the regular season and playoffs combined.

It was thought before this series began that the Rangers were the worst possible first round matchup for the Devils despite New Jersey owning the home ice advantage. Well, it appears that those fears were correct and we look for the Rangers to end the Devils’ season tonight by concluding a season sweep in New Jersey.

Pick: Rangers +100

Seattle Mariners +150

Joe Saunders of the Los Angeles Angles was a popular fantasy baseball sleeper selection before this season, but it appears that the value on him is gone at this price vs. the Seattle Mariners.

Yes, Saunders had an outstanding spring, and that has carried over to his first three starts as he has a 1.27 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 21 innings with the Angels winning all three of his starts. However, has he really done enough over his brief career to merit this much favoritism over a capable opponent? Besides, he has just one Quality Start in four outings vs. the Mariners, falling two-thirds of an inning short of a QS last week when he allowed two runs in 5.1 innings against Seattle despite allowing nine men to reach base.

Now R.A. Dickey is making his first start as a Mariner, and he was mediocre at best when he started for the Texas Rangers in recent seasons. However, Dickey has had some success here in Anaheim, going a perfect two for two in Quality Starts here while allowing a total of four runs and 14 baserunners in 14 innings. If we add in his home starts vs. the Halos while he was with Texas, Dickey is actually four for five in Quality Starts against them in his short career.

All things considered, this price seems inflated to us, so we will go with the value play on Seattle at the generous number.

Pick: Mariners +150

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VEGAS EXPERTS TIP OF THE DAY

San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals 

The Giants’ Matt Cain may the worst value on the road in all of baseball. Over the last two seasons, San Francisco has lost 13 of his 16 starts away from home, including all ten where the total was between 7 and 8.5. Cain also doesn’t perform well in night games, owning a 4-19 team start record. The Cards’ Todd Wellemeyer, on the other hand, has led his team to wins in 11 of his 14 outings, including two wins over the Giants.

Play on: St. Louis

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EZWINNERS

3 STAR: (307) MILWAUKEE (-$128) over Cincinnati
(Listing Sheets and Arroyo)
(Risking $384 to win $300)

2 STAR: (320) BALTIMORE (+$128) over NY Yankees
(Listing Cabrera only)
(Risking $200 to win $256)

2 STAR PARLAY: (306) FLORIDA (-$123) and (302) ST. LOUIS (-$143)
(Listing Miller and Wellemeyer only)
(Risking $200 to win $416)

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SPORTS ADVISORS

N.Y. Mets (8-6) at Philadelphia (8-8)

Two of the top southpaws in the game square off at Citizens Bank Park, as the Phillies’ Cole Hamels (2-1, 0.82 ERA) opposes Johan Santana (1-2, 2.91) in the opener of a weekend series between division rivals.

The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals with Thursday’s grueling 3-2, 14-inning victory. New York went 6-3 during its nine-game homestand, including 2-1 against the Phillies. Also, the Mets have won six straight games against division rivals and four straight road games against left-handed starters.

Philadelphia has alternated wins and losses in its last five outings, including crushing the Astros 10-2 on Thursday. The Phillies are 4-2 on their current homestand, 19-8 in Hamels’ last 27 starts overall, 15-5 in his last 20 outings at home and 5-0 in their last five games on Friday.

Prior to winning the final two games of last week’s series against the Phillies, New York had lost nine straight to its rivals, including going 0-5 in its last five contests at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels has been virtually unhittable through his first three starts, giving up just three runs (two earned) on 11 hits in 22 innings. In his most recent start, Hamels allowed just a single hit over seven scoreless innings of a 7-1 home victory over the Cubs. In his lone road start this year, the hard-throwing lefty beat the Reds 5-3, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits in seven innings.

Hamels is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, with Philadelphia splitting the four contests, going 1-1 on the road and at home.

Santana suffered his second straight loss on Saturday, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits (three home runs) in 6 2/3 innings, falling 5-3 to the Brewers. In two road outings, the former Cy Young winner is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA. Santana’s lone career start against the Phillies came way back in 2002 in an interleague game when he was with the Twins.

The under is 6-0 in Hamels’ last six starts overall and 5-0 in his last five outings at home, but the over is 3-1 in his four career games against the Mets (2-0 at home). Meanwhile, the over is 4-1 in Santana’s last four starts going back to last season when he was with Minnesota.

The over is 19-9-1 in New York’s last 29 overall and 10-2 in its last 12 on the road (4-1 this year). However, the under is 5-2 in Philadelphia’s last seven overall and 7-3-1 in the last 11 series meetings between these clubs (3-0-1 in Philadelphia).

ATS ADVANTAGE: NONE


San Diego (8-8) at Arizona (11-4)

Just hours after completing the longest game in franchise history, the Padres kick off a five-game road trip with their first visit to the desert in the opener of a three-game weekend set. San Diego will hand the ball to future Hall-of-Famer Greg Maddux (2-0, 2.00 ERA), while the red-hot DBacks will counter with Dan Haren (2-0, 2.50).

San Diego went 22 innings last night against Colorado and came up empty in a 2-1 loss with the game lasting more than six hours. The Padres have dropped two in a row and six of their last 10. Also, they’ve split their six road games so far this year, alternating wins and losses in the last four, including Sunday’s 1-0 win at the Dodgers.

The DBacks, who took Thursday off, have won 10 of their last 12 since starting the season 1-2, and three of their four losses have come by a single run. Arizona, which leads the majors in runs scored (93) and team ERA (2.98), is off to a 5-1 start at home and is 16-5 in its last 21 at Chase Field dating to last season. Finally, Bob Melvin’s squad has won 10 of its last 12 regular-season contests against N.L. West rivals.

Arizona has been a house of horrors for the Padres in recent years, as they’ve lost 54 of their last 79 games at Chase Field. Last year, the DBacks won the season series from San Diego 10-8, which proved to be the difference in the N.L. West race, as Arizona finished 1½ games ahead of the Padres and a game ahead of Colorado.

Maddux has been phenomenal in his last two outings, giving up a total of one run, five hits and three walks over 12 innings, beating the Giants 8-4 and the Dodgers 1-0, both on the road. Last year – his first with San Diego – the veteran right-hander went 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 18 road starts.

On the downside for Maddux, his worst career numbers by far have come against the DBacks, as he’s 2-10 with a 4.88 ERA in 18 lifetime starts, including 1-6 with a 5.37 ERA at Chase Field. Last year, though, Maddux was 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three outings versus the Snakes, with the Padres winning the one no-decision.

Haren, who was acquired from Oakland in the offseason, has been spectacular through three starts in a DBacks uniform, including in Saturday’s 10-3 rout of the Rockies. In that contest, the right-hander gave up just a single run on five hits in six innings. In fact, going back to last September, Haren has pitched exactly six innings in five straight starts, posting a 2.40 ERA during this stretch.

Haren’s last two starts have come at home – his only career appearances at Chase Field –as he’s 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA. Also, he’s started against San Diego twice in his career – once when with the Cardinals in 2003, once with the A’s in 2006 – and he’s posted a 1.69 ERA. He didn’t get a decision in either contest, but the Padres lost both games.

Maddux’s 1-0 win at L.A. on Sunday easily stayed under the total, snapping a 5-0-1 “over” streak in Maddux starts that dated to last September. The over is still 4-2-1 in his last seven efforts on the highway and 3-1 in his last four against Arizona. Also, the over is on streaks of 3-0 in Haren’s three starts this year. 23-8-1 for the Padres on the road, 19-7-2 for the Padres on Fridays, 5-1 for the DBacks overall, 5-1 for the DBacks at home this year, 4-0 overall in this rivalry and 5-0-1 in the last six clashes in Arizona.

ATS ADVANTAGE: ARIZONA and OVER

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300* Indians

300* Astros

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Chicago White Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays
PICK: Tampa Bay Rays

REASON FOR PICK: We began our support of Rays rookie starter Jeff Niemann in his MLB debut. We’ll continue it here, in his second MLB start The 6-9, 280 pound Niemann was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft. He quickly rose through the minors and enjoyed a tremendous spring with Tampa Bay: 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts. Manager Joe Maddon didn’t have a roster spot for the promising youngster, but injuries to Scott Kazmir and Matt Garza have paved the way for Niemann to get his first shot last weekend against the Orioles. The results were stellar: six innings of one run, six hit baseball, striking out five while walking only one. From all accounts, this is one young hurler who should be successful right from the get-go.

Meanwhile, the Rays offense has started to come around (47 runs scored in their last eight games), despite the early season struggles of big bats Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. Ultra hyped rookie third baseman Evan Longoria is finally in the lineup, living up to expectations. Another top prospect, center fielder BJ Upton, has settled in nicely at the cleanup spot. Perhaps most importantly of all, the Rays have gotten solid work out of their bullpen in early season play, a unit that was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster last year. Joe Maddon’s squad is a young team with a strong recent history of playing much better at home than they do on the road. We’re getting a very reasonable price here to support an ascending team with a young phenom starter on the hill. Take the Rays.

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Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs
Pick: Pittsburgh +125

Rich Hill has really struggled with his command so far walking seven and hitting a batter, lasting only nine combined innings in two starts. The Pirates have won all three games Ian Snell has pitched thus far. Snell has completed at least six innings in all of them running his streak to eight straight getting through the 6th inning. The Pirates are now 8-3 over his last 11 starts dating back to last year including 5-1 on the road. The Cubs have been streaky early winning and losing games in bunches, and they are coming off a loss, and we like the Pirates here.

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1 Unit on Florida Marlins -120
(listing Redding and Miller)

9-6 Florida was blown out yesterday 8-0 by the Braves.  The Fish will come storming back today against the 4-12 Nats.  The Nationals are 1-12 in their last 13 overall and  0-7 in their last 7 road games.  They are only 6-20 in their last 26 games as an underdog of +110 to +150.  The Nationals are also 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in this matchup.  The Marlins are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the National League East, an impressive 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, and  7-3 in their last 10 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.  Take the Marlins in this bounce back spot against the struggling Nats.

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1 Unit on Oakland A's -104
(listing Bannister and Gaudin)

After getting crushed last night by the Mariners, I like the A's to bounce back at home with a big win.  The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game, 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog, and 13-5 in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.  The Royals are 0-7 in their last 7 Friday games, 1-5 in their last 6 games as a road favorite, 5-12 in their last 17 road games vs. a right-handed starter, and  4-10 in their last 14 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.  This is the Royals 5th straight game on the road and long road trips are especially tough early in the year.  We'll take the A's in this bounce back spot.

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Dallas at Anaheim
Pick: Dallas +130

Turco is playing fantastic right now, completely frustrating the Ducks. The Stars are feeding off his play. The Ducks have scored one third period goal in this series! ONE GOAL! Anaheim has never rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in franchise history. Dallas is 4-1 in its last five games on the road. Dallas is also 9-4 in its last 13 games when playing Anaheim. No doubt about it - the defending champs have their hands full. Dallas has been the better team in this series and they play well on the road. Look for the Stars to pull out the 4-1 series victory tonight. Take Dallas as a dog against Anaheim.

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Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics

Play: Kansas City Royals     
If you followed our selections then you would know for the last two evenings we have faded the Oakland A's in their last two meetings against the Mariners, a team they have struggled with at home recently. Well the Mariners might have left town but the A's struggle haven't, and we find them in a fade situation again this evening when the surprise Kansas City Royals and one of their young aces, Brian Bannister visit for the first of a three game set.

The A's offense is struggling right now to say the least. In their last five games they have a record of 1-4 and are averaging 1.4 runs/gm in that span. Tonight won't bring any relief as they face a pitcher who has been outstanding so far this season. Brian Bannister is 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA in three starts. He will be opposed by Chad Gaudin for the A's who will be taking the mound for the first time at home this year, but has struggled in his only two starts on the road this year. Gaudin in those two starts has an ERA of 7.20 in just 10 IP and lost his last outing against the Royals in Oakland giving up 5 ER and 10 hits in 6 IP of a 7-3 loss last season.

The Royals come into this game with confidence having won four of the their last five in Oakland. The Royals are 7-1 in Bannisters last 8 road starts while the A's are just 1-4 in Gaudins last 5 starts as a home favorite and 3-9 in Gaudins last 12 starts on 4 days rest. I think the Royals are the better team with the better pitcher on the hill tonight, and recommend a play of 2 units on the Royals. Best of luck!

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Colorado Rockies vs. Houston Astros
Play: Colorado Rockies 
   
Ai Simulator 3* graded play on Colorado. Supporting this graded play is a system that has produced a record of 34-8 and has made 30.1 units since 1997. Play on road teams when the money line is +125 to -125 that is a poor NL offensive team scoring <=4.1 runs/game and is now facing a team with a bad bullpen sporting an ERA>=5.00 and starting a well rested pitcher who is working on 5 or 6 days rest. Well, as this system points out the only rested players will be the starters after last night’s epic game lasting 22 innings. By the way, that was one of the winners yesterday along with a 5* Monster winner on Philadelphia and a 10* Monster Game of the Month winner on Boston. Houston is in several poor roles for this game and I will note a few of them. Houston is just 4-12 (-13.0 Units) against the money line in home games versus terrible power teams that are averaging 0.75 or less HR's/game over the last 3 seasons; 12-22 (-17.3 Units) against the money line versus teams outscored by opposition by 1 or more runs/game on the season over the last 3 seasons. Speaking of home runs, Colorad0 is 30-19 and has made 16.1 units after 2 straight games with no home runs. Take Colorado. 

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