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Tom Freese Guaranteed Pick
Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles starter Greg Maddux is 14-6 in his last 20 August starts. Maddux has a 9 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio in his last 3 starts while his counterpart Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies has more walks than strikeouts in his last 3 starts. The Dodgers are 12-5 their last 17 games vs. the Phillies. Philadelphia is in a 39-13 Play Against Super System that says to Play Against teams who score 4.3 to 4.8 runs a game if they are facing a starter with an ERA of 3.70 to 4.20 if their starter has a WHIP of over 2.00 in his last 3 starts. 10' "NO BRAINER" PLAY ON LOS ANGELES +
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Jimmy The Moose Guaranteed Pick
MOOSE'S NL "TOTAL OF THE WEEK" MONEY MAKER
Game: Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies
The Reds have played the under more than the over this season but when over Harang's last few starts the runs have been plentuful. The over is 5-1 in his last 6 starts. The over is 4-1 over his last 5 road starts. In his last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record the over is 4-1-1. His ERA in his last 3 starts is 16.97 and all three played over the total. The over is 5-1-1 in the Rockies last 7 games vs. NL Central opponents. The over is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Rockies have played over the total in Cook's last 6 starts. In his last 17 home starts vs. a team with a losing record the over is 13-3-1. The Rockies have played the over in his last 4 home starts. The over is 4-1 in Cook's last 5 starts vs. the Reds. The way these two starting pitchers have been throwing lately this has high-scoring written all over it. Play the over.
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Houston/Dallas Over 41.5 (POD)
The first lean that popped out in this game was the over, think about it, this is the first game this season (pre) to have a total over 40, it sits at 41.5. This is a rivalry, an in-state rivalry with Texas owners that have a lot of pride and each would love to up-each other despite this being the preseason. Having been in Texas, Texas has a lot to do with pride as does everywhere, but especially in the south. Note, that the line came out as -6 and has gone down to -5.5, roughly 57% are backing the Boys here. Rosenfels and Schaub are both ballers, remember, Rosenfels filled in incredibly for Schaub when he was out last year as this team with one or the other will always have a potent offense, heck, this team showed a lot of gusto by taking DeMario Williams in the draft if you remember and he has done well for this squad, Dallas is 0-2 thus far in the preseason, having scored 13 and 17 points and giving up 23 and 31 points. I know the total is high, but I wouldn't be surprised to see both teams pop 20 points here and have a decent shot at a sound over. Remember, Dallas is 0-2 thus far and returns back home, despite it being preseason, pride, pride, pride, will likely yield to an active dog all game longc and consequently some love for the over.
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AL Game of the Week: 184-95 run
These two division leaders have met seven times this year (all in Tampa). The White Sox won two of three in mid-April (before the Rays 'found' themselves in '08) but when they returned in late May, lost the final three games of the four-game series after beating the Rays 5-1 in the opener. Tonight, the teams open a three-game series in Chicago, where the White Sox are almost as dominating as the Rays are in Tropicana Field. The Rays sport a home mark of 47-18 (plus-$2,379), while the White Sox are 45-19 (plus-$2,033) at U. S. Celluar Field. The Rays are 30-31 on the road this year, as they've won seven of their last nine away from home. However, winning games at Seattle, Oakland and Texas hardly prepares them for the challenge of winning in Chicago, where the Rays are 13-24 all-time. Edwin Jackson has bounced back nicely from LY's 5-15 (5.765 ERA) season (Rays went 8-23 in his 31 starts). He'll enter this game 9-8 with a 3.97 ERA in 24 starts in '08 (team is 13-11) but in two starts vs the White Sox this year, he's allowed 17 hits and 10 ERs over 10.1 innings (8.71 ERA) while losing both. He's only made only one other career start vs Chicago (a no decision), giving him a lifetime mark of 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA vs the White Sox (team is 0-3). Chicago has dominated most right-handers at home this year, going 29-14, while averaging 6.1 RPG, so Jackson figures to be in for a long night. Meanwhile, the Rays will have to get to Chicago lefty, John Danks. Tampa Bay is a modest 20-18 (averaging just 3.8 RPG) against all lefties this year and in two tries vs Danks in '08, has scored just one ER (nine hits) in 13 innings (0.69 ERA for Danks) while Danks has struck out 16 Rays with only one walk (Danks has also won his only other career start vs the Rays). Danks takes a 10-5 mark with a 3.11 ERA into tonight's game non the season. He did struggle right after the break but over his last three starts, he's allowed just four ERs (12 hits) over 19.2 innings, for a 1.83 ERA. The lefty is 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA over his last 15 starts, with the team going 10-5. AL Game of the Week on the Chi White Sox (6*).
Larry's NFLX Game of the Year (won L2 yrs)
The last time the Cowboys played a game here at Texas Stadium was January 13th of last year when they lost 21-17 to the Giants in the NFC's divisional round. The Cowboys have opened the '08 preseason with consecutive losses, dropping a Week 1 game at San Diego (31-17) and a Week 2 game at Denver (23-13). By the time the Cowboys took the field against the Broncos last Saturday, the team had been away from Dallas for 25 days, with just two or three days off during that time. That's two pretty tough venues (preseason or regular season), not to mention the travel, plus Dallas didn't use its starters for much of either game. That's expected to change tonight, in keeping with its tradition of doing so in the preseason's third game. Dallas head coach Wade Phillips has called this year's camp "Camp Marshmallow." He specifically hasn't wanted to overwork his team, with plans of having a fresh one come the team's season-opener at Cleveland on September 7. However, he does want to see the Cowboys clean up their sloppy play of the first two games (16 penalties). "I do think we need more playing time to come together as a team at this point," Phillips said. Don't be surprised to see the starters play into the third quarter tonight. QB Tony Romo (9-of-12, 66 yards in the preseason), RB Marion Barber (9 carries, 46 yards) and WR Terrell Owens (3 catches, 20 yards) will all play well into the second quarter (if not longer). In comparison, the Texans have little prove, having opened with wins over the Broncos (19-16) and the Saints (31-27) so far. QB Matt Schaub (18-of-21, 216 yards, 2 TD) has a 141.3 passer rating and backup Sage Rosenfels is 16-of-23 for 231 yards (1 TD / 0 INTs )but these guys will be facing more first-teamers in this game than in their first two outings. Head coach Gary Kubiak wants to sort out his RB situation, as ex-Titan Chris Brown gets the start but he's said he wants to see rookie Steve Slaton get more time. Ahman Green (groin) is listed as doubtful and rumor has it, could be in danger of being released. WR Andre Johnson (groin) has been upgraded to probable but he's too important to the team to play very much. Teams 0-2 SU and playing at home for the first time in the preseason are 10-4-2 ATS since 1998 and this looks like a great spot for the Cowboys. NFLX Game of the Year on the Dal Cowboys (9*).
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