THURSDAY SERVICE PLAYS
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Lenny Del Genio's AL Total of the Month (10-4 MLB Run)
20* Play on Under Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay at 7:10 ET. All signs point to an Under. Both starters, John Danks and Edwin Jackson, bring in sterling ERAs. Danks ERA on the road is just 1.76. Over Jacksons last three starts, his ERA is 2.08. Eight of the last ten meetings between these teams have gone Under. The last two times these teams met; the losing team was shutout. Thats worth noting because, since 1997, the Rays are 63-35 Under revenging a shutout loss. Tampa has also gone Under in 20 of 30 home games thus far in 2008. Danks has seen the Under cash in 8 of 10 starts this season, while Jackson has seen the same in 6 of 9. The Rays are averaging just 3.7 runs per game vs. lefties. Under White Sox/Tampa Bay is our 20* AL Total of the Month.
Scott Spreitzer's 25* MLB Wednesday Night GRAND SLAM! (*8-1 Run!)
I'm laying the short price with the Mets on Thursday. The Dodgers are in a world of hurt in tonight's matchup. They have a pitcher in Brad Penny who has lost his stuff, and the Dodger bats have gone ice cold. May has been a very tough month for the veteran Dodger hurler. In his last four starts, Brad Penny has been rocked for 24 earned runs and 42 base runners in just 23 2/3 IP. That adds up to a horrible, 9.11 ERA and 1.77 WHIP! Now, he has to try and right the ship against his personal worst nightmare...the NY Mets. Brad Penny is 5-12 lifetime against the Mets, sporting a hefty 6.21 ERA and .307 BAA! His numbers are even worse at Shea, where he's 1-9 in 11 starts. Proving that nothing has changed, the Mets rocked Penny for 10 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings earlier this month. Then there's the case of the Dodger bats. Los Angeles has scored a grand total of eight runs in their last six games. In fact, toss out a four run "outburst" on May 25, and the Dodgers have scored ONE run or less in five of their last six games. Claudio Vargas, off to a strong start with the Mets, should have little trouble with this slumping lineup. The line is too short as far as I'm concerned, and I'll back the Mets, my 25* Grand Slam.