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1 Unit on Houston Astros +120

The Reds are really struggling.  The Reds are 1-6 in their last 7 overall, 1-10 in their last 11 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game, and just 2-8 in their last 10 games following a loss.  The Astros are an impressive 22-8 in the last 31 meetings in Cincinnati , 8-3 in their last 11 overall, and a perfect 4-0 in their last 4 games as an underdog of +110 to +150.  The Astros have been playing some ball of late and I like it to continue tonight. 

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100* Raiders -3


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Wash/ Milw Under


Hawkeye Sports

White Sox


Jack Clayton

Braves


PlayByPlayInc.

PITTSBURGH -3


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49ers  +3

Dodgers -116


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Cubs


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Eagles +1


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Chi Cubs   


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Milwaukee -1.5   


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Milwaukee -1.5


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Cubs
Seahawks


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ARIZONA -125


#1 SPORTS

ROCKIES + 110


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CARDS+145


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OAKLAND -3


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Texas +165


HUDDLE UP

Milwaukee/Washington under 8


VEGAS STEAMLINE

SEATTLE/MINNESOTA UNDER



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YANKEES/ANGELS OVER 9.5


ARTHUR RALPH

TIGERS


K & K SPORTS

Raiders -3


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Minnesota -130


PLATINUM PLAYS

Seahawks/Vikings Over


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Orioles


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Oak/Det Over 9.5


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Dodgers/Giants  Under 8


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Cubs -155


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Marlins +124


Game Time Decision

Yankees +132


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Arizona -123


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10* Pittsburgh -1


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Yankees/Angels UNDER 9.5


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Texas/Baltimore OVER 9.5

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Dennis Macklin

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants 

Brad Penny has been awful in his L5, 0-5 with a 7.42 ERA. He's just 2-4 with a 7.34 ERA in his six road starts. Barry Zito has been somewhat better of late but his 2008 body of work 6-13 and 5.49, 2-9 and 6.79 at home. The Dodger offense on the road is not that bad (5th in NL at 4.5 rpg) and the Giants will have no excuses against a very ordinary Brad Penny.

Play on: Over

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Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals

The Twins find themselves in a pretty good situation tonight as they are 9-2 if playing with a day off this season. They are also a perfect 12-0 with an on-base percentage of .393 or better over their last three games. They’ve dominated Kansas City recently, winning seven of nine overall and five of six here in KC.

Play on: Minnesota

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Play: Philadelphia Phillies     

Since coming over to Philadelphia Joe Blanton has started three games and is 1-0 giving up 8 runs and the best part is the fact that the Phillies are 3-0 in those games. Pittsburgh traded away Jason Bay in part of the three team trade involving Manny Ramirez and got 4 good young players in return. Since that trade Pittsburgh has lost some close games after winning the first game. In this all Pennsylvania battle look for Philadelphia to show no brotherly love with a home win behind Joe Blanton and the heart of the order powering the offense for the fighting Phils. Play on Philadelphia Phillies 

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Larry Ness

Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays
PICK: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays went "Back to the Future" when they hired former manger Cito Gaston (won World Series titles in '92 and '93) and it's paid off. Toronto is 24-17 under Gaston, including a 17-9 mark since July 17 (only the Angels at 17-8, are better in all of MLB in that span). The Blue Jays just completed a four-game home sweep of the pathetic A's (have lost 10 straight and 19 of 21) and now get the Indians this weekend, who own an AL-worst 20-38 road mark. At minus-$1,741 against the moneyline on the road, only the Braves (minus-$1,771) are bigger "money-burners" away from home than Cleveland. Rookie David Purcey (1-2, 8.35 ERA) gets the nod for Toronto and about the only positive I can come up with is that he's a lefty and the Indians are 11-18 vs left-handers this year, including 4-11 on the road. However, he'll be backed by a team that's won 14 of its last 18 home games and facing a pitcher making his first start of 2008. Anthony Reyes will make his first appearance with the Indians since they acquired him from St Louis right before the trade deadline. Once upon a time, Reyes was considered one of the Cards' top prospects (he did win Game 1 of the 2006 World Series) but Reyes was just AWFUL in 2007, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA. The Cards went 4-16 in his 20 starts last year and his moneyline mark of minus-$1,449 made him MLB's 4th-biggest "money-burner" among starters in '07. In '08, he was NEVER given a start by St Louis and enters this game 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 relief appearances. Take Toronto.

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NY Yankees @ LA Angels
Play On: 1* LA Angels -130

LA Angels are 32-13 this year when the total is 9 to 9 1/2. NY Yankees are scoring only 4.4 runs per game on the road this season. LA Angels bullpen has a 3.84 ERA overall this year. Kennedy is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in all games this year, 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in all starts and 0-2 with a 7.48 ERA on the road this season. Weaver has a 3.69 ERA at home this year. We'll recommend a small play on the LA Angels

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4 Units - Chicago Cubs -155

2 Units - Minnesota Twins -135

3 Units - Eagles/Steelers Over 33.5

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Matt Fargo

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers are off a series loss in St. Louis but they were able to salvage the final game of the set to head into the bay area with some momentum. Los Angeles is just a game and a half behind the Diamondbacks in the National League West and the pitching has remained solid for the Dodgers as they have a 3.19 ERA over their last 10 games and they have allowed three runs or fewer in seven of their last nine games. The Dodgers have won 16 of the last 21 meetings in San Francisco.

San Francisco has certainly had a tough season and despite a series win at home against the Braves, this is not the best spot to be in. The Giants are 11-25 in their last 36 home games and their 22-35 overall home record remains the worst in baseball. The offense has done nothing, scoring four runs or fewer in eight straight games and 12 of their last 13, plating an average of only 2.5 rpg over that span. San Francisco is just 5-11 in series openers coming off a win.

This is the start Los Angeles was waiting for. Brad Penny makes his much anticipated return following a long stint on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. He did not have a great rehab start in Las Vegas but the only number that counts was the one on the radar gun and that one reached 98 M.P.H. Manager Joe Torre said Penny could throw around 90 pitches in this outing. Over the last two seasons, Penny has tossed five straight quality outings against the Giants, posting a 2.48 ERA.

The Giants are looking for a similar outing from Barry Zito that he tossed last time out. He pitched eight innings against the lifeless Padres, allowing no runs on just three hits in what was his best start of the season. He has definitely been pitching better over the last month but he has still been considerably inconsistent especially at home. In 11 starts at AT&T Park, he has a 6.79 ERA and 1.97 WHIP. The Giants are 1-10 in his last 11 starts as a home underdog.

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Game: Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers
Prediction: Detroit Tigers

The Athletics are 0-8 when they are off a loss in which they held the lead and the Tigers are 9-0 at home vs a team that has lost at least their last four games. Consider Detroit.

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Scott Spreitzer

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels
Prediction: Los Angeles Angels

Jered Weaver has pitched well at home and he'll be in for some instant revenge after falling to the Yanks in the Bronx last weekend. Seven of Weaver's last nine starts have been strong, overall. And, he'll now face the Yankee hitters in a situation that has seen them produce just 4.1 runs per game in 24 tries (road night tilts against righties). Meanwhile, the Angel bats should have their way with Ian Kennedy. The Yankee righty returns to the bump and that's not good news for NY playoff chances. The Yanks are 1-4 in his last five away games started. Kennedy, recalled from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre made six road appearances overall before going on the 15-day DL on May 28. He was smacked for 20 earned runs and 42 base runners, including 14 walks in just 24 2/3 IP. That adds up to a hefty, 7.30 ERA & 1.70 WHIP, to go along with a .289 BAA! The Angels are 11-3 at home since July 1, scoring a total of 86 runs, for an average of 6.14 runs per game. That's a matchup mismatch waiting to happen. I'll lay the price with the Angels on Friday.

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GREG SHAKER

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers
Play: Eagles

It is easy to look at ATS numbers for these two teams and decide that the Steelers are the right choice tonight. After all, Philly was 0-2 last year on the road in Preseason and they are just 1-7 traveling the last 3 summers. The home team is 3-0 Straightup and ATS in the last three preseason meetings between these two, and the Steelers were 4-1 straightup and 3-2 ATS last year. It is now time for this. Blah, blah, blah. If we chose preseason games just on past history would it not be easy? It is not that easy and there is much more going on with this one tonight. Pittsburgh is looking for a backup QB and because of that, Big Ben will play just one series. Batch will follow with just 3 series and then we will see Potts and Dixon the rest of the way. Dixon is OK and probably will be with Pitt on opening day. Potts is Pitts. The Steelers will be without a lot of key players tonight including safety Troy Polamalu. Philly's QB rotation is much better and they are set to go with starter Donovan McNabb playing the first quarter, followed by A.J. Feeley, who will play the middle two quarters with Kevin Kolb mopping up the fourth quarter. That gives us a decided advantage at the signal caller position. There is a lot of competition for a lot of Eagle positions and we will see better players on the field at most times. We will also see much more competition among those players for spots on the Eagle roster. Much has been said about Andy Reid Teams and how they do not play to win. this game is less about winning and more about who is playing and why they are playing. Dan Klecko vs. Kimo von Oelhoffen will battle for the fourth defensive tackle spot on the roster. Fullbacks Luke Lawton and Jason Davis will battle for the starting job. The Eagles will only keep one fullback on the roster. Correll Buckhalter, Tony Hunt and Ryan Moats will battle for the third RB spot behind starter Brian Westbrook and Lorenzo Booker. There are plenty of other in-team situations regarding who will play and who will make the roster. That is enough for me to play the Eagles tonight.

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New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels

New York Yankees have lost 8 of the last 11 games at Angel Staidum and five of Kennedy's last 6 starts, 0-4 in his last four on the road. Meanwhile, the Angels have won eight of their their last 10 games at home and five of Weaver's last 7 home starts. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees. Go with the Los Angeles Angels versus the Bronx Bombers in Anaheim.

Los Angeles Angels -130

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Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds
PICK: Over 4*

When the early markets started dropping this Total we thought we would wait a bit to see if any 9’s emerged, but it looks like the movement has stalled. That means time to play, and the lower juice offered on 9.5’s right now (+105 can be had) off ample value.

We have told the Randy Wolf story over and over this season - he was solid in Petco Park, which is not all that difficult to do, but on the road it has been another matter entirely - how about a 1-6/6.60? And in truth he is even worse than that. There are 133 pitchers that have worked at least 80 innings so far this season, and his difficulty of batters faced checks in at #126. When you factor those advantages with the number of innings he threw in Petco his overall 7-10/4.60 makes him look better than he really is, and therefore a most over-rated item in this setting, particularly with the perceived “form” he showed in working five shutout innings vs. the Mets in his last outing. Yes, he threw five zeroes, but no, he was nothing special - he allowed six hits and three walks, with nine of the 14 batters he faced reaching base.

Meanwhile Johnny Cueto has not only been a disappointment at 7-11/5.00, but now runs the risk of hitting “the wall”, which can happen to a pitcher that is not a big physical specimen (5-11/185), and is now at 135 innings. Cueto has shown signs of just that in working to a 6.56 tune since the All Star break, despite the fact that 12 of those 23.1 innings came vs. the Padres and Nationals. And in losing twice to these Astros already he has been rocked for 10 runs on 16 hits, including a pair of home runs, over 13 innings. His current form hardly dictates that the third time around becomes the charm.

These two played to an 11 last night, but the count could have been much higher - 23 runners reached base via a hit or a walk without scoring. We look for more of the same here, with both bullpens getting plenty of work after Wolf and Cueto struggle early.

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3* on Red Sox/White Sox OVER 9

Play Over - Road teams against the total (BOSTON) - with a starting pitcher whose winning percentage is better than 70%, with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.00 over his last 3 starts.  This is a 68-28 OVER System hitting 70.8% and gaining 38.0 Units over the last 5 seasons.  The Red Sox are hitting .294 and scoring 5.7 runs per game their last 7 games.  The White Sox are scoring 5.4 runs and hitting .270 their last 7 games.  With both teams hot at the plate, bet the OVER 9 runs Friday.

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Seattle/Tampa Bay over 8.5

The Mariners for some reason have started to play some inspired baseball and they have struggled in the past against Shields, but this is a different team right now as the lefthanded hitters are swinging good bats. Ichiro and Ibanez in particular are in a nice groove right now and Lopez and Reed are also making things happen. I think the Mariners will get to Shields tonight, but I KNOW that Tampa Bay will get to Silva. Silva has been an awful pickup for the Mariners and the Rays speed mixed in with the power of Longoria and Pena will produce runs quickly and often. This is a surprisingly low line in my mind because I would have it as my AL Total of the Month at 9.5, so at 8.5 this is a no-brainer

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