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Selection: San Diego Padres +105

Today the San Diego Padres will be on the road as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. We will side with the San Diego Padres! One reason why we will side with the San Diego Padres is because they will be sending to the mound the much superior starting pitcher. This says it all... The San Diego Padres Starting Pitcher (Cha Seung Baek) has a 2.08 ERA in his last 3 starts, while Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Pitcher (Zach Duke) has a 12.82 ERA in his last 3 starts. As you can see, the San Diego Padres have the much better starting pitcher on the mound. In addition, the San Diego Padres have proven they can beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, the San Diego Padres are 10-2 in their last 12 meetings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. We see the San Diego Padres getting another win today! Take the San Diego Padres!

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New York Mets -1.5 +125

The NY Mets (55-47) enter into this series against the struggling St.Louis Cardinals off a key 3-1 win against the Phillies yesterday, as they took 2 of 3 in that series. They now look to extend their lead in the NL East standings, with another victory in this spot. The Cards(57-47), are off getting swept in a 4 games series at home against the Milwaukee Brewers and could be in for another rough night, as they depend on a rookie pitcher (Mitchell Boggs 3-1, 6.59 ERA) , that is just now, returning from a minor league assignment . It is important to mention that Boggs was absolutely crushed by the Mets, in his last major league start on July 3rd, as is evident by allowing 11 runs including 10 ERs and 10 hits in just 6 innings, of less than stellar work.

Meanwhile, the Mets will return fire with the very capable Mike Pelfry (8-6, 3.81 ERA) who is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last 10 outings. The right hander in those 10 trips to the hill has allowed 2 or less ERs in 7 appearances. Pelfry received the decision the last time he faced the Mets, in the above mentioned beat down win, against todays pitching opponent Boggs.

The Mets have really been playing some strong baseball at home of late , winning 9 of their L/10 at Shea Stadium, while out scoring their opponents in those wins by an average of 3.8 RPG. I am expecting a repeat performance against the Cards.

Final notes & Key Trends: It is interesting to note that in the last 20 meetings in this head to head series, 18 tilts have been decided by multiple runs. The Mets have garnered 12 wins during that span by an average of 4+ RPG.

Play on the Mets Runline -1.5 

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
Selection: Arizona Diamondbacks -135

The Arizona Diamondbacks will use starting pitcher Dan Haren. Dan Haren has pitched well this season. In fact, Dan Haren has a 2.58 ERA on the season. In addition, Dan Haren has a 1.23 ERA in his last 3 starts. We see Dan Haren pitching another great game today.

The San Francisco Giants will use starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Jonathan Sanchez has struggled this season. In fact, Jonathan Sanchez has a 4.10 ERA on the season. In addition, Jonathan Sanchez has a 6.28 ERA in his last 3 starts. We see Jonathan Sanchez pitching another bad game today.

The San Francisco Giants have struggled when playing the role of the underdog. In fact, the San Francisco Giants are 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog.

Take the Arizona Diamondbacks

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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox    
Play: Boston Red Sox   

Huge Series this weekend at Fenway as the Bronx Bombers come in for a 3 game set. Generally, when these two hook up we zero in on the dog but tonight, we're going to lean towards the favored Bosox. Great pitching matchup featuring Beckett and Chamberlain and two teams that everyone in baseball knew would be right in the thick of things come this time of year. The Sox are tied with the Rays for 1st places in the AL East while the surging Yanks sit 3 back. David Ortiz returns to the lineup after missing 47 games and while he's not 100% his return is sure to give the Bosox an emotional lift and will have the fans in a frenzy at Fenway. Adding to the Bosox edge is their performance at home, 36-11 and 7-1 their last 8 compared to the Yankees playing .500 ball on the road and having gone 1-4 their last 5 road games. I hate playing favorites, especially when these two hook up but it looks as though the Bosox ar the right side tonight.


Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals    
Play: Tampa Bay Rays   

In a nutshell, if the Tampa Rays can't get their act together on the road, particularly against a team like the Royals, who are just 23-27 at home, then they can kiss their season good bye. You have to "make hay" at some point. It doesn't get any easier after this series as the Rays head to Toronto and these are the games and series you look back on at the end of a season when you finish just a few games out and realize it cost you the year. Can you say "must win"?. That's essentially what this game boils down to. The Rays get another crack at Brian Bannister who takes the mound for the Royals. They hammered him for 8 hits and 6 runs last time out (in Tampa). How's this......7, 7, 11, 9......that's the runs given up by the Royals in Bannister's last 4 starts where he is 0-2 with a 10.71 ERA. The Rays, a first place AL East team, one of the better teams in baseball over the first half, simply have to win games like this if they have any shot at all this year with the mighty Yanks and Bosox nipping at their heels. So, we'll use them one more time here. Take the Rays at the fair price.

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LAA Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles    
Play: LAA Angels   

Joe Saunders has cashed in 13 of his last 19 road starts and pitches in Camden Yards tonight. He's also 5-1 in his career team starts and 8-2 in his career team starts on Fridays. On the flip side, Burres is just 2-4 during July and has dropped each of his last three home starts. With that, look for the Halos to improve to 13-4 in this series against the Birds here tonight as Burres cant wait for July to end.
 

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ANGELS -135

MILWAUKEE -160

OAKLAND -125

TAMPA BAY -125

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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics    
Play: Oakland Athletics 

The A’s are back home following a miserable road trip where they went 1-5 and they look to try and get back in the race in the American League West. They are now 10 games out and they now have to worry about the Rangers creeping up on them as Texas is just a game behind them at this point. Oakland is 31-24 at home and it all starts with the pitching. The A’s starters have a 3.01 ERA at home which is 2nd best in the league. Granted, a lot had to do with Rich Harden but the bullpen sports a 3.00 ERA as well.

Texas has had a solid season thus far as it is two games over .500 but it is now two games under .500 on the road no thanks to its 2-4 start on this roadtrip. Pitching is a real issue as the team ERA is 5.22 on the season and it just keeps going up. That ERA jumps to 7.47 over the last 10 games with 7.93 coming from the starters. Over the last 17 games, they have allowed nine runs or more 10 times and have allowed an average of 7.6 rpg over those 17 games. This includes 10 runs in two straight.

The A’s go with their acquisition from that Harden deal as Sean Gallagher makes his third start since coming to Oakland. His last start was decent as he allowed two runs in five innings against the Yankees in New York. His first one was a quality outing at home against the Angels. He is not going to go deep in games but he gives good innings which is fine with the success of the A’s pen. In 10 starts with the Cubs, he posted a respectable 4.45 ERA as he allowed three runs or less in nine of his 12 starts on the season.

The Rangers go with Vicente Padilla to try and stop the bleeding but that is not going to happen. He has been a disaster of late after a very solid start to the season. He is coming off one of his best start on the year as he allowed just three hits in seven innings against the Twins. Prior to that however, he allowed 15 runs in his previous two starts and he has been up and down the last two months. After posting a 3.67 ERA in April and May, he has a 5.75 ERA in June and July. Play Oakland A’s 1.5 Units

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LAA Angels vs. Baltimore Orioles    
Play: LAA Angels     

Like Joe Saunders on the mound tonight with 1.10 WHIP and a 3.00 ERA his last 3 outings as well as a 12-5 record this year for LA. LA is 7-1 their last 8 games and by far are the better team tonight. They have taken 12 out of the last 16 in this series. Baltimore has dropped 7 out of their last 10 games, and the bullpen in the last 10 games has a whopping 5.97 ERA, and we all know LA has some hitters.

PLAY on the Angels

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Dwayne Bryant

Houston Astros at Milwaukee Brewers
Pick: Milwaukee Brewers -159

The Brewers have been good to us lately (with the exception of last night), so I'm riding them again. These two teams are heading in opposite directions. Houston is coming off being swept at home by the Pirates, while the Brewers have won nine straight and are coming off their first-ever four-game sweep in St. Louis. As Ryan Braun said, "Right now, our confidence level is at an all-time high."

Houston sends Wandy Rodriguez to the mound to try to "stop the bleeding." Rodriguez owns a mediocre 4.50 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and .350 OOBP on the road. In the last two years, Rodriguez has started four games in Miller Park. The results? Houston is 0-4 as Rodriguez allowed 19 earned runs, 24 hits and 13 walks in just 19 2/3 innings. That's an 8.69 ERA and 1.88 WHIP.

Milwaukee's Manny Parra has been overshadowed by CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, but he is quietly having a very solid season. Parra is 5-0 (team is 7-3) at home with a 2.87 ERA. Parra averages getting 5.8 runs of support in his starts at Miller Park. He has faced Houston three times this season. His two starts in Houston were not good, but his one start at home (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 K's) was very solid.

The only reason I did not make this a Best Bet is because I can see the Brewers having a letdown after that huge four-game sweep in St. Louis. But they're still worth a play tonight, as they swept the only three-game series at Miller Park between these two teams by a combined score of 19-3.

I'll take the hot hand with Milwaukee.

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Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds

Home is where the heart is for the Reds' Edinson Volquez, who not only is MLB's ERA leader, but is 6-0 in the Queen City this year with a 2.82 ERA. The Rockies are a dreadul road team, posting a 14-36 mark away from home this season, a Major League worst, including a pathetic 5-19 if coming off an Under. A win here gets Cincinnati within two games of .500 for the first time since early June.

Play on: Cincinnati

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ARIZONA-133

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St Louis Cardinals vs MYMets

NY Mets -1.5 +120

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Templer's Sports Picks

LA Dodgers


Frank Patron

Red Sox -120


Free Picks For Life

Marlins RL +1.5


Maddux Sports

Tampa Bay -122


Mighty Quinn

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Rocco Spacamuro

100* Red Sox -125


Armvin Sports

Diamondbacks -129

Athletics -124


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Jimmy Moore

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COMPUTER SPORTS

PHILLIES-120


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YANKEES +115


#1 SPORTS

PHILADELPHIA -120


PLATINUM PLAYS

WHITE SOX +120


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RAYS/ROYALS UNDER 9


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Yankees +115


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Washington +175


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ARIZONA/SAN FRANCISCO UNDER


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CINCINNATI -145


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Cincinnati -145


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SAN FRANCISCO +120


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10* Pirates -115


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Tigers -125


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WHITE SOX +115


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Tampa Bay -115


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WASHINGTON +175

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1 Unit on Twins/Indians UNDER 8.5 Runs

With two strong starters on the hill tonight, the bats will be virtually silenced in this game.  The Under is 6-1 in the Twins last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.  The Under is 4-0-1 in Lee's last 5 starts overall and 4-0 in Lee's last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record.  The Under is also 7-3 in the Indians last 10 home games and 9-1-1 in Indians last 11 when their opponent allows 5 runs or more in their previous game.  We'll take a crack at the UNDER here.

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Arizona @ Giants Under 7 (500*)

Phillies-120 (30*)

Arizona-130 (20*)

Angels-130 (20*)

Boston-130 (10*)

Tampa Bay-115 (10*) free play

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Winners Edge

DETROIT TIGERS - 130 , 2 UNITS

ATLANTA BRAVES + 110 , 2 UNITS

TEXAS RANGERS + 110 , 1 UNITS

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Tonight we take the smoking Pirates to dumpe the Padres once again.

It really doesn't seem to matter who is pitching for Pittsburgh these days, as when you are scoring 7, 8, 9 runs a game, you could trot out just about anyone and make them look good.

Pittsburgh starter Zack Duke has 4 wins for the year, and all 4 have come at PNC Park. Look for him to notch another "W" tonight, as San Diego has lost their last 3, and 9 of their last 10 games overall.

The Friars are also a weak 15-35 on the road this year, and starter Baek is just 1-5 for the season.

We have to lay it with the red-hot Pirates as they extend their current winning streak to 5 in a row.
Play on Pittsburgh.

5♦ PITTSBURGH

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Karl Garrett

Underdog winner goes tonight on Colorado.

I know the Rockies have been terrible on the road, but they are within striking distance in the NL West, winning their last pair, and 6 of their last 7.

Colorado hurler Aaron Cook is now 12-6 for the season, and is coming into this one off a home win over Pittsburgh.

Cincinnati will counter with All-Star Edinson Volquez who looks like he may be running a little low on gas these days. Volquez was less than stellar in the Midsummer Classic, and his first start back from the break was a 5 inning, 4 run no-decision at home against the Mets.

Going to go with the Rockies here to spring the upset, as Colorado did go 4-2 versus the Reds in last year's season series, and I like them to get the weekend started off with the upset win tonight.

3♦ COLORADO

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Florida +170 (5 units)
Phils -125 (5 units)
Over 9 1/2 Padres-Pirates (5 units)
Rockies +130 (5 units)
Brewers -170 (5 units)
Arizona -120 (5 units)
Over 7 AZ-SF (5 units)
Nationals +170 (5 units)
Over 7 Wash-LA (5 units)
White Sox +115 (5 units)
Angels -140 (5 units)
Jays -160 (5 units)
Twins +185 (5 units)
Over 8 1/2 Twins-Indians (5 units)
Tampa -115 (5 units)
Texas +115 (5 units)

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Matt Rivers

For Friday take a shot with the Nats in the City of Angels.

Why not? Yes Chad Billingsley has a bright future and is very good right now but John Lannan has quietly been very tough himself. The Washington lefty just looked good once again in a win in Atlanta and despite the mediocre record has a great ERA in the 3's, which most people would not even realize.

Manny Acta's boys have a terrible record and overall are not a good big league baseball team and I will not sugarcoat and say they are. But the Dodgers are far from an offensive juggernaut and we can easily see a low scoring competitive game here where one bounce of the ball or one misplay will decide it leaving me just fine with a quality takeback like this.

Ryan Zimmerman is back and that helps Washington's offense immensely. The Z-Pack is the Nats best player and a legitimate All-Star calibre player when healthy.

This is far from the lock of my life or even a steal as the Nats did just trade away closer Jon Rauch and their original closer in Chad Cordero is done for the year meaning there are problems galore with the relief corps but the price is enough for me to expect Lannan will keep the visitors in the game and I'll take my chances from there.

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