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Milwaukee at SAN DIEGO

I hate to state the obvious, but this CC Sabathia has been a monster since putting on a Milwaukee uniform.

All Sabathia has done is go 6-0 in 7 starts with the Brew Crew, 4 by complete game victory. CC has won all 3 of his Milwaukee road starts, sporting an ERA just over 1.

To think that San Diego is going to be able to scratch more than a run off this guy is not reality, so the G-Man is going to lay the smaller road wood, and play Milwaukee on the RUN LINE.

The Brewers have a 7 game winning streak, and they are 12-2 on the road since the All-Star break, which is the best in the majors.

San Diego counters with a woeful 4-17 mark their last 21 at home, and starter Josh Banks is not likely to be able to hold the hot-hitting Brewers at bay for very long in this start.

RUN LINE play on the Brewers tonight.

5♦ MILWAUKEE -1.5

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Philadelphia +105 at LA DODGERS

Take the Phillies for the road win over the Dodgers.

Joe Blanton will start for Philly and he’s looked good in his first few games with his new club.  The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his last three starts, including seven scoreless innings his last time out in a no-decision. 

The Dodgers will counter with Brad Penny, who just hasn’t been himself this year, even before he was injured.

The right-hander is just 6-9 with a 5.66 ERA in 16 games.  As his ERA has ballooned this year, that’s how far his strikeouts have dropped.  Penny has just 47 punchouts in 90 2-3 innings this year.

The Philadelphia lineup is more than capable of catching up to Penny’s heat and putting the runs up tonight.

Take the Phillies as your free winner.

3♦ PHILADELPHIA

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Baltimore -120 at CLEVELAND

Tonight we like Baltimore to end Cleveland's 5 game winning streak, as the Orioles do send out Jeremy Guthrie who has been in the zone lately.

Guthrie has won his last 3 assignments, and he has done so by firing 22 innings of 3 run ball!

Cleveland goes with Anthony Reyes who they picked up from the Cardinals. Reyes was impressive in his first Cleveland start, tossing 6 innings of 1 run ball in a win at Toronto, but we expect his to struggle tonight.

Baltimore's bats have been able to get it going through the first 2 games, as they have scored 13 runs, but it has been the pitching that has let them down.

That won't be the case tonight with Guthrie continuing his impressive run.

Play on the O's.

5♦ BALTIMORE

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St. Louis (66-56) at Florida (63-57)

Braden Looper (10-9, 4.20 ERA) takes the ball for the Cardinals against Ricky Nolasco (11-7, 3.92) and the Marlins in the third game of a four-game series between two playoff hopefuls at Dolphin Stadium.

Florida held on for a 4-3 victory Tuesday to even the series. However, both teams have been inconsistent, with the Cards 5-7 in their last 12 games and the Marlins 11-11 in their last 22 outings. St. Louis has struggled against winning teams, dropping 13 of its last 18 and going 2-12 in Looper’s last 14 starts against squads playing above .500 ball. On the flip side, Florida is on an 18-8 run at home against winning teams and is 12-4 in Nolasco’s last 16 starts overall.

These teams are seeing each other for the first time in 2008. However, the Cardinals have owned this rivalry in recent years, winning 11 of the last 15 meetings overall and seven of the last nine in South Beach.

The Cardinals are 2-5 in Looper’s last seven starts, with the right-hander going 1-4 with two no-decisions in that span. On Friday against the Cubs, he threw a solid seven innings, allowing two runs (both solo homers) on six hits, but he got a no-decision in a 3-2 road loss.

The Marlins were on a 9-2 tear behind Nolasco before his outing Friday against the Mets. The right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings and got no offensive support in a 3-0 loss in New York.

Looper is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 11 road starts this season and 3-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 18 appearances (two starts) against Florida. Nolasco is 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 12 home starts this year, and he’s 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against St. Louis.

For St. Louis, the over is on streaks of 11-5-1 overall, 10-3-1 on the road and 7-3-1 versus the N.L. East. On the other hand, the under is 8-3 in Florida’s last 11 overall, 9-3 in Nolasco’s last 12 home starts and 7-2 in the last nine Cardinals-Marlins clashes.

ATS ADVANTAGE: FLORIDA


Philadelphia (64-55) at L.A. Dodgers 60-59)

The Dodgers, who have already won the first two games of this four-game home set, send Brad Penny (6-9, 5.66 ERA) to the hill against Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.71) and the Phillies.

On Tuesday night, Los Angeles rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring once in the eighth and once in the ninth to steal a 4-3 victory. The Dodgers are on runs of 10-3 at home and 6-0 against the N.L. East. On the flip side, Philly has lost four of its last six overall and is 1-4 in its last five as a road underdog.

In this rivalry, the Dodgers have won four in a row overall and are 4-1 in the last five clashes in L.A.

On Friday, Penny returned from a nearly two-month stint on the disabled list and snapped his five-game losing skid in a 6-2 victory at San Francisco. The right-hander, who was out with a shoulder injury, allowed one run on one hit in five innings, getting his first win since May 2.

Blanton has three no-decisions in four starts since being traded to Philadelphia, the latest coming on Friday against Pittsburgh when the burly right-hander three seven shutout innings of one-hit ball, but the Phillies lost 2-0 at home to the Pirates in 12 innings. Prior to that defeat, the Phillies had won three straight games behind Blanton.

Penny, making his first home start since June 8, is 3-5 with a 5.07 ERA in nine outings at Dodger Stadium this season, and he’s 8-4 with a 3.33 ERA in 19 career starts against Philadelphia. Blanton is 4-3 with a 5.33 ERA in eight starts on the highway this year, and he’s 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his lone career start against Los Angeles, an interleague contest when he was with Oakland.

For Los Angeles, the under is on streaks of 8-3-1 overall, 27-12-1 at Dodger Stadium and 10-1 in Wednesday outings. The under is also 5-1-1 in Philadelphia’s last seven games. However, the over is still 8-2-2 in the last 12 meetings between these teams and 7-0-2 in the past nine battles at Dodger Stadium.

ATS ADVANTAGE: L.A. DODGERS

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Play : 2 * Twins -110

The Twins come into this game (20-6) in their last 26 games as a favorite and they send Kevin Slowey to the Hill to get another W today .He will be opposed by Yankee starter Darell Rasner .The Yanks up until last night haad been playing lousy ball and looked comletely lost at the Plate .I'm not so sure that isn't still the case even with last nights Win .They certainly received some fortuitous calls and a Twin error didn't hurt .The Yanks were (4-6) their last 10 games going into last night something that should make Steinbrenner very proud .The Twins Kevin Slowey has been a nice surprise this season especially in his last 3 starts going (2-1) with a 2.61 ERA .Rasner has been going in the opposite direction and  doesn't seem to like the road where he is (2-5) and has given up 56 Hits in 40 Innings of work .His last start vs. the Twins was a losing cause against Nick Blackburn back on June 1st . I think he gets another "L" today against a surging Twins team that is (40-22) at the Dome .


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Orioles / Indians

Play :  2  * Under 9.5

I think tonight we have an easy Under in this one as both pitchers have pitched well this season ,
and I believe Jeremy Guthrie to be highly underrated .His record is decent at (9-8) on the year with his ERA reflecting the true story at 3.26 .He has allowed only 147 Hits on the year in over 160 Innings pitched .On the road his ERA drops further to 3.06 , and in his last 3 he is (3-0) with a 1.21 ERA .This will be the first time the Orioles face Reyes since he has come over from the Cards`which will also work in our favor .In his last start he completely shut down the Bluejays over 6.1 Innings allowing only 1 Run.I think mit will take the O's a few times through the rotation to get used to his delivery and that will buy us further time to stay Under here .Guthrie will get his first stab at an Indian team that has gone (7-3) to the Under in their last 10 .I think this trend will continue today as this one stays under the number .

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Minnesota Twins


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Baltimore at Cleveland
Pick: Cleveland -104

This game is about who's hot and who's not. The Birds certainly aren't the hot team coming into this one. They have dropped three straight including the first two in this series. They have given up 35 runs over the three games so the bullpen is a mess and overworked, having logged 13 innings of work over the three games. Jeremy Guthrie has pitched over his head of late, but his only outing against the Tribe in his career left him with a 40.50 ERA. OUCH! Anthony Reyes came out of the pen to make his first start of the season and allowed just a single run on the road against Toronto in 6.1 innings. The Indians' bats have caught fire and with that has come a five-game winning streak. We will ride them while they are hot at home against the O's.

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1 unit on Baltimore Orioles -103

After back-to-back defeats to the Tribe, I like the O's to pull off a win tonight.  The Indians are 1-10 in their last 11 Wednesday games, just 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, and 12-28 in their last 40 games as an underdog.  The Orioles are a perfect 5-0 in Guthrie's last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance, 4-1 in Guthrie's last 5 starts overall, and 8-3 in Guthrie's last 11 starts as a favorite.  Take the O's to get a little revenge tonight.

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EZWINNERS

3 STAR: OVER 9.5 (-$115) NY Yankees @ Minnesota
(Listing Rasner and Slowey)
(Risking $345 to win $300)

2 STAR: (906) WASHINGTON (+$130) over NY Mets
(Action)
(Risking $200 to win $260)

2 STAR: (907) ST. LOUIS (+$119) over Florida
(Listing Looper only)
(Risking $200 to win $238)

2 STAR: (909) SAN FRANCISCO (+$141) over Houston
(Action)
(Risking $200 to win $282)

1 STAR: (914) SAN DIEGO (+$178) over Milwaukee
(Action)
(Risking $100 to win $178)

1 STAR: (929) SEATTLE (+$137) over LA Angels
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Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
PICK: Over

The D'backs are atop the NL West because the team has dominated its fellow division foes, going 30-15 against NL West opponents. The D'backs have completely dominated the Rockies in '08, going 9-1 against Colorado, while outscoring them 67-37. Arizona, which is hitting .252 as a team on the season (26th in MLB) and averaging 4.52 RPG, has hit .321 in the season series vs Colorado, averaging 6.70 RPG. Last night's win makes them 4-0 in Coors Field this year, having outscored the Rockies 24-7. There is little reason to think the D'backs won't continue their hitting prowess against the Rockies tonight, as Jeff Francis makes his second start since coming off the DL. Francis was a dominant pitcher in the last two-thirds of last season for Colorado, ending the season 17-9 (4.22 ERA), with the Rockies going 22-12 in his 34 starts. His plus-$1,094 mark against the moneyline, made him MLB's second-biggest "money-maker" in 2007. However, not much has gone right for Francis in 2008, as he'll enter this game 3-8 with a 5.81 ERA in 18 starts. The team is 5-13 in those starts and his moneyline mark of minus-$916 ranks him 271st of 275 pitchers (talk about dropping off a cliff!). Francis returned from a five-week stay on the DL (with left shoulder inflammation) on July 28 and lasted 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits and five ERs. Do not expect much better here, as he's posted an 11.25 ERA in losing all three of his starts against Arizona in '08, allowing 32 hits and 20 Ers in just 16 innings. As for Arizona, the D'backs turn to lefty Doug Davis. Davis flirted with a perfect game back on July 29 but in his two starts since, has lasted only six innings, while allowing 15 hits and 12 ERs (18.00 ERA). While the Rockies have been inconsistent at the plate this year, their mark in home night games vs left-handed starters is 13-3, while averaging 7.3 RPG. Take the over.

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New York Mets @ Washington Nationals
PICK: Washington Nationals

The Mets are road favorites here against a hot pitcher with their own starter just coming off the DL and a gasoline bullpen.

I'm not buying it. Give me the home 'dog Nationals.

Washington starter Jason Bergmann continues to fly under the radar screen. He has yielded two earned runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts. He is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA in four career starts against the Mets.

John Maine is expected to come off the DL and start for the Mets. He's been sidelined since July 28 with a sprained right rotator cuff. Maine has a 4.44 lifetime ERA versus Washington in nine starts. Maine isn't a great fit pitching at this ballpark being a flyball pitcher.

Maine can expect no help from a bad bullpen that is without a closer until Billy Wagner comes of the DL.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Los Angeles Dodgers Aug
PICK: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Phillies have really struggled offensively as of late relying too much on the long ball. While that's been a problem all season it's really showing up as of late. In the last 10 games the Phillies are hitting just .222 vs right-handers, and they could be in for a long night against Brad Penny.

Penny has been suffering through injuries all season but he pitched well coming off the DL. Keep in mind that Penny had been a 16 game winner each of the last two years in LA and he posted a terrific 3.03 ERA last season. If he is healthy he is one tough pitcher to beat, and the way the Phillies are swinging the bats compounds their problems.

Los Angeles has come to life since the addition of Manny Ramirez and they are hitting a robust .299 the last 10 games vs right-handed pitching. Joe Blanton is not an overpowering pitcher and the Dodgers should find success against him. Dodger stadium has come to life as of late and we can't stand in the way of this team on a mission. This is a cheap price for the host in an electric atmosphere.

PLAY LOS ANGELES

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Oakland Athletics Under 7.5

The Oakland Athletics upset the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 here last night, and while they may not win again tonight, we do expect another low-scoring affair.

Justin Duchscherer has quietly pitched as well as any pitcher in baseball this season in the obscurity that is Oakland, as he has a 2.51 ERA and a fantastic 0.99 WHIP in 132.2 innings. If he pitched for a team that could score any runs whatsoever, he would be a lot better than 10-7 right now. Duchscherer is also facing the Rays for the first time ever, which is to his advantage.

Meanwhile, Andy Sonnanstine is 11-6 for Tampa Bay, albeit with a mediocre 4.40 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Still, the Oakland offense can make even an average pitcher look like a Cy Young candidate, as the Athletics are hitting a pathetic .211 as a team over their last 10 games while averaging an anemic 2.20 runs in those contests.

Also, both of these bullpens are ranked in the top 10 in the majors in pen ERA, which should limit any late tack-on runs, and both clubs have been very Under-friendly in general. The Under is now 68-48-2 in all Tampa Bay games this season, and an even better 69-42-7 in all Oakland contests.

Pick: Rays, Athletics Under 7.5


Milwaukee Brewers @ San Diego Padres Under 7.0

Yes, this is a low posted total between the Milwaukee Brewers and the San Diego Padres, but we feel it is warranted given the combination of these stating pitchers and this spacious ball park.

C.C. Sabathia is a perfect seven for seven in Quality Starts since putting on the Brewers uniform, with a 1.58 ERA and an incredible 0.91 WHIP in 57 National League innings. He has actually already faced the Padres once this season while with the Cleveland Indians in interleague play, allowing three runs on only six hits with 10 strikeouts in eight innings. He should love pitching at San Diego for the first time, given that the Padres at batting a terrible .217 vs. southpaws at home this year.

Now Josh Banks is an average pitcher in reality, but like most pitchers, this stadium makes him seem better than he is. Banks actually has a nice 2.30 ERA when pitching at home, and he is facing a Milwaukee lineup that has hit significantly lower vs. right-handed pitching on the road (.246) than vs. left-handers (.273) this year.

The Under is also 8-1-2 in the last 11 Milwaukee games overall, and we see no reason why that will not continue given these circumstances.

Pick: Brewers, Padres Under 7

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Houston Astros RL (- 1.5) + 115 , 2 units

TB D-Rays + 115 , 2 units

Twins/Yankees Over 9.5 , 2 units

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4 UNIT PLAY

BOSTON RL (-118) over Texas

Last night's game was wild as Boston started out with a 10-0 lead and then they watched Texas come back and take the lead, before Boston finally won it 19-16. To score 16 runs yeat still lose on the RL is not good. Tonight the Rangers will send Luis Mendoza to the mound and he has been horrible this year as a starter, going 3-5 with a 7.50 ERA in his overall starts, including an 0-3 mark with an 11.57 ERA in 5 road starts on the year. Get this, the Rangers are 0-5 in his road starts this year and have been outscored by a whopping 9.6 rpg in his road starts, while they have been outscored by 4.4 rpg in his starts overall. when the Rangers lose on the road they usually don't do it by 1 run, especially lately. In the last 11 Ranger road losses only 1 was by 1 run and they were outscored by 6.4 rpg in those losses. Texas really hits righties well this year, but tonight they are up against a tough lefty and they are scoring just 4.9 rpg vs them on the year and they have been outscored by 1.8 rpg on the year in those games. John Lester has been super at home this year for the Sox with a 6-1 record and  2.87  ERA, while the Sox are 10-2 in his home starts and have outscored opponents by 3.4 rpg in the process. Boston overall is outscoring teams by 1.7 rpg at home and have outscored opponents by 4.3 rpg in their last 21 wins overall. The Texas staff is just atrocious this year and I do not see them keeping this one close, as Boston will not let a big lead slip away again. This one is over early.


3 UNIT PLAY

Cleveland/ Baltimore Under 9.5

The Under is 22-8-2 in Orioles last 32 games as a road favorite and 6-1 in Guthries last 7 starts vs. a team with a losing record, while the Under is 42-16-1 in Indians last 59 during game 3 of a series and 17-7 in their last 24 vs. American League East, plus the Under is 16-5 in Estabrook's last 21 games behind home plate. Jeremy Guthrie comes in on a roall, as he has a 1.21 ERA in his last 3 starts overall and he has pitched well on the road this year with 3.04 ERA, including a 2.03 ERA in his last 5 starts away from home. Jeremy has allowed no more than 1 ER in his last 3 starts overall and no more than 1 ER in his last 4 starts on the road. Anthony Reyes pitched very well in his lone start for the Tribe as he allowed just 1 ERA in 6.1 innings of work. Both offenses has been good of late and normally I wouldn't take an Under with a couple of hot offenses, but I really feel that the pitching matchup is very good tonight, plus we have a solid Under ump behind the plate and that will help keep the score way down.


2 UNIT PLAYS

Baltimore -110 over CLEVELAND

The 5-0 in Guthries last 5 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance and 8-3 in his last 11 starts as a favorite, while the Tribe is 12-28 in their last 40 games as an underdog and  1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series. I know the Orioles have traditionally struggled in Cleveland, but I feel they have the clear cut pitching advantage in this one and that will lead to a nice win here. Jeremy Guthrie comes in on a roll as you can see by his stats from above.  The Cleveland offense has been hot of late, but they do struggle vs righty starters as they are hitting just .258 and scoring 4.7 rpg vs them on the year. The Baltimore offense has also been hot of late, as they have scored 6.4 rpg  and hit .317 in their last 7 games.  Anthony Reyes was solid in his only start for Cleveland, as he gave up just 1 ER in 6.1 innings of work. I feel he will have some trouble tonight vs this offense, while Guthrie will hold the Cleveland offense in check. Take the O's to get the road win here.   


Milwaukee RL (-114) over SAN DIEGO

5 of CC's 6 wins since he has come to the Brewers have been by 2 runs or more. The Padres are 4-17 in their last 21 home games and have been outscored by 3.2 rpg in the process, and they have lost by 2 runs or more in 15 of those 17 losses. The Brewers are 14-3 in their last 17 road games and they have outscored opponents by 3.5 rpg in those 14 road wins, plus they have won by 2 runs or more in 19 of their last 22 road wins overall. The Brewers staff has allowed 1.6 rpg in their last 7 games and are facing a San Diego team that can't score at home (2.6 rpg in their last 11 at home). Milwaukee has scored 6 rpg in their last 7 games, outscoring teams by 4.4 rpg in the process. Milwaukee should win this one easily.


1 UNIT PLAY

PITTSBURGH RL (+130) over Cincinnati

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