Wednesday Service Plays

Wednesday Service Plays

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Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees    
Play: Over   

The Red Sox and Yankees are set to do battle in game two of this series, as the Red Sox will likely visit the Stadium for the last series. Sir Sidney Ponson will take the mound for the home team and he was terrible the last time he faced the Red Sox giving up 10 hits in just four innings of work. He gave up seven earned runs in that game and that is the same amount he gave up in his last start against Toronto. He lasted just two innings on Thursday and he is just on the roster based on necessity and not actual quality. He is 7-4 on the season meaning the team scores lots of runs for him and thus this sets up for a perfect situation with the over. Paul Byrd will be his counterpart and he is coming off back-to-back poor starts with the Red Sox in which he allowed four runs in each outing. Byrd does not have the stuff to blow it past the Yankees and expect him to struggle early and often. We will not worry about who wins this pick’em game and just collect with the over.

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BASEBALL FREE B's FOR WEDNESDAY
   
Detroit -180 and Verlander over Carmona and the Indians

ChiSox and Danks -200 over Liz and the Orioles

Twins -185 and Perkins over Seattle

Lincecum -250 and the Giants over the Rockies and Livan Hernandez

St.Louis -155 and Wainwright over Parra and the Brewers at Busch

Houston -260 and Oswalt over Cincinnati and Josh Fogg

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Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
Prediction: Cleveland Indians

The red hot Indians have won 9 in a row and are 15-3 in their last 18 games overall. With last night's win in Detroit the Indians have now won 8 straight on the road. Cleveland has won 8 straight vs. a team with a losing record. The Indians are 16-5 in Carmona's last 21 starts vs. NL Central team's. Detroit has now lost 7 of their last 9 home games. The Tigers are 5-15 in Verlander's last 20 starts vs. divisional opponents. The Tigers are 1-5 in Verlander's last 6 starts vs. the Indians. Cleveland is 6-1 in Carmona's last 7 starts vs. Detroit. Play on the Cleveland Indians +.

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1 Unit on Washington Nationals +165

Washington pulled off the big upset over the struggling Dodgers Tuesday and I like the Nats to do it again Wednesday. The Dodgers have now lost 7 straight road games and five straight against the NL East.  Redding always gives Washington its best chance to win.  The Nationals are 10-4 in Redding's last 14 starts vs. a team with a losing record,  6-1 in Redding's last 7 home starts vs. a team with a losing record, and 6-2 in Redding's last 8 home starts overall.  We'll take the Nats at a solid price.

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Milwaukee Brewers at St Louis Cardinals
Prediction: St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals and Brewers conclude their two-game series in St. Louis when Adam Wainwright takes on Manny Parra at Busch Stadium. Wainwright has been extra sharp at home this season, compiling a 2.76 ERA, Meanwhile, Parra has struggled on the road with a 5.13 ERA, more than a run and a half worse than his 3.40 home ERA. With Parra off an 'inside-out' win (5 innings, 10 men on base), look for the Red Birds to salvage a series split here tonight.

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N.Y. Mets -150 at PHILADELPHIA 

Today we've got a winner coming on the Mets as they take on the Phillies in Philadelphia in a key N.L. East matchup.

It took 13 innings but the Phillies got the best of the Mets Tuesday night and got an 8-7 vicotry to take over first place in the N.L. East. But tonight we're going to take the Mets behind their ace Johan Santana (12-7, 2.64 ERA).

It's reasons like today the Mets went out and got Santana in the offseason. He has to deliver in games like this, against rivals, in importand divisional games. Santana has been on fire lately, going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and holding opponents to a .242 batting average. He's thrown back-to-back shutouts, going seven innings against the Astros on Friday in a 3-0 win and tossing a complete game at Pittsburgh on August 17 in a 4-0 win.

The Mets have won four straight starts and seven of Santana's last nine. He's started three games against the Phillies this season and pitched well in all three, allowing a combined seven runs in 23 innings but the Mets have lost two of the three.

Kyle Kendrick (11-7, 4.87) is just 1-2 in his last three starts with a whopping 9.95 ERA. He hasn't gotten out of the fourth inning in two of his last three starts. He looked good in his last start against New York but lost when he didn't get any run support.

Play the Mets behind Santana in this one. He will deliver in the clutch.

4♦ N.Y. METS

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1 Unit on Chicago White Sox -185

The Sox crushed the O's Tuesday night and I like them to deal Baltimore another home loss Wednesday.  The White Sox come to play on Wednesday at 12-2 in their last 14 Wednesday games.  The White Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 37-15 in their last 52 vs. a team with a losing record, and 5-1 in Danks' last 6 starts during game 3 of a series.  The Orioles are just 11-26 in their last 37 during game 3 of a series, 17-36 in their last 53 games vs. a left-handed starter, and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.  Take the Sox!

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Chicago White Sox vs Baltimore

Chicago White Sox-1.5

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At 7:05pm our complimentary selection is on the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox. Two pitchers that probably no one would have expected to see in Red Sox and Yankee uniforms prior to the beginning of the 2008 season are veterans Paul Byrd and Sidney Ponson. Byrd is a 37-year-old righthander who has now played for nine Major League teams and who started this season as a member of the Cleveland Indians before they had their yard sale and shipped him off to the Red Sox to help bolster Boston's injured staff. Although it seems like righthander Ponson has been around at least as long as Byrd, he is actually six years his junior and he has now made the Yankees his sixth Major League team after beginning the sesaon as a member of the Texas Rangers. Many people may not remember that this is actually Ponson's second time around with New York as he spent a brief period in pinstripes back in 2006. Despite a 1-1 record since coming over, Byrd has been unimpressive in his two starts so far with the Red Sox. If you throw out Ponson's last start, which was a disaster in Toronto on August 21, he has four quality starts in a row and he is undefeated this season at home with a 3-0 record and 4.18 ERA at Yankee Stadium. Even with their victory in the Bronx on Tuesday, the Red Sox are still only 4-7 in their last eleven trips to New York. Take the Yankees. As always, good luck...Al McMordie.

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Dave Cokin

LA Dodgers and WAS Nationals
Take WAS Nationals

Is Manny-mania wearing off for the Dodgers? The future Hall of Fame LF is still hitting at a remarkable rate and added three hits Tuesday in the loss at Washington. But the rest of the Dodgers have suddenly hit a big wall, and LA is now mired in a five-game losing streak. The Nationals are clearly awful, but they're catching a huge price tonight against a team that's on a substantial skid. The Dodgers should eventually get themselves straightened out, but for tonight I'm willing to take a chance with the Nationals as big home dogs.

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TOR Blue Jays and TB Rays
Take Over

Cito Gaston is still a hitting instructor at heart. That attention to the team's brightest offensive prospect shows in the seemingly light-hearted pep talks he gives. Toronto is also getting healthy on offense and they've been hot, going over the total in 4 straight games. The offense scored 34 runs in those 4 games! Tampa Bay was an under machine in the first half of the season, but oddsmakers have caught up. The Rays are on a 5-2 run over the total. The Rays have a fine balanced offense, one with speed and power. They will get plenty of base runners against Toronto lefty David Purcey, who has a 6.55 ERA, walking 21 in 34 innings. In fact, he's allowed 53 base runners in those 34 innings! Tampa Bay is an excellent hitter's park, so look for plenty of runs. Play the Blue Jays/Rays over the total.

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Oakland Athletics vs. LAA Angels    
Play: LAA Angels   

The Angels are the best team in the American League and the overall favorite to win the World Series. They were struggling through a mini-slump earlier this month, but turned things around this past weekend with back-to-back home wins versus the Twins. This apparently left the Angels a bit flat on Monday night when they overlooked Oakland and suffered a surprising 2-1 loss as a -225 favorite. The Angels bounced-back with a solid 5-1 win last night and they should remain focused again this evening against an Oakland squad that stands a terrible 9-30 SU in their past 39 games. My pitcher performance ratings predict a solid bounce-back effort from Anaheim’s Joe Saunders who has not won either of his past two starts, but still has a fantastic 3.37 ERA and 1.21 WHIP this season in 25 starts with a fantastic 18-7 SU team record. Meanwhile, Oakland’s rookie Gio Gonzalez has been terrible in his first four major league starts with a miserable 6.52 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. It is no surprise as Gonzalez was only mediocre in the minor leagues and is undersized by today’s standards at just 5’11” and 185 pounds.

Play L.A. ANGELS

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Cincinnati +230 at HOUSTON 

What can I say, I’m one to take chances, so we’ll grab the big money with Cincinnati and Josh Fogg against Houston and Reds-killer Roy Oswalt. You want premium, I have higher-rated plays. This is a comp pick and I am taking a shot with a guy who’s been disastrous all season, and has a 7.86 ERA on the road. He’s 2-6 with an 8.44 ERA. So why bother? Because it’s seems too easy to say Roy Oswalt on the run line. And every time something looks too easy, and every one else is touting the same blowout, it blows up in your face. You’ve seen the lines lately, they’re astronomical. And each day one big favorite has to fall – like the Diamondbacks last night.

Tonight I’m banking it’ll be the ‘Stros, and Oswalt. Let me get back to Fogg momentarily, as I’ve noticed his earned-run allowance shrink this month, from a sky-high six on Aug. 7 to these same Astros, to a respectable-low three at Wrigley Field against the front-running Cubs. That’s not too shabby. Tells me he is improving. With Oswalt, he could easily overlook this team and toy around once too often and pay the price. Let’s play the dog here, and then grab my premium selections where the real value is at for tonight.

2♦ REDS

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Take Cleveland Indians +161 over Detroit Tigers.

The Indians are trying to complete a perfect six-game road trip for the first time in three years. If they do that, they'll also win 10 straight contests for the first time since April 3-13, 2002. This is a great price for a team that has won nine in a row. Detroit has underacheived all year and have seemingly quit on manager Jim Leyland. This is certainly worth a small play on the Tribe.

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Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels
Prediction: Los Angeles Angels

After dropping Game One of this series, the Angels got one back last night behind a solid pitching performance from John Lackey. Los Angeles dropped its first two games of this homestand against the Twins but it has now won three of its last four games to improve to 18-7 over its last 25 home games. The pitching has gotten progressively better over the last five games, allowing nine runs, then five, three, two and finally one last night. The ERA sits at 3.50 over the last 10 games.

Oakland continues its inconsistent play and most of that is due to a lethargic offense. The A?s have a .192 average over their last 11 games and over this span, they have averaged only 2.5 rpg. They have hit .219 or worse in nine of those games. Of their last six losses, all have been by at least two runs and have been by an average of 5.8 rpg so the runline is in good shape here. Also, Oakland is 3-13 on the road against the runline when facing a starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.50 or better.

The pitcher in question here is Joe Saunders who has quietly had a spectacular season thus far. He is 14-6 with a 3.37 ERA and while coming off a horrible start, he is in a good spot to rebound. Previous to this last game he had allowed four runs or more four times and followed that up with a quality outing next time out with the Angels going 3-1 in those games. This season, he is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two starts against Oakland who is 5-15 in its last 20 road games against a left-handed starter.

Oakland counters with Gio Gonzalez who has not pitched very well this season. He has a 6.52 ERA in his four starts, none of which have been quality, and Oakland has gone 1-3 in those games. He has a 1.76 WHIP as well and on top of that, the A?s are giving him only 2.3 rpg of support. On the flip side, the opposition has plated 8.8 rpg in those four outings. The Angels are 14-6 in their last 20 home games against a left-handed starter while hitting a solid .281 at home against lefty pitching. Play Los Angeles Angles -1.5 Runs 1.5 Units

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DUNKEL

Milwaukee at St. Louis   
The Brewers look to build on yesterday's 12-0 win over the Cardinals and take advantage of St. Louis' 9-16 record when playing against a winning team in the second half of the season.  Milwaukee is the underdog pick (+145) according to Dunkel, which has the Brewers favored straight up by 1.  Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+145).  Here are all of today's games.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

Game 901-902: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago Cubs (Marquis) 14.869; Pittsburgh (Duke) 15.029
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1/2; 11
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-180); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (+170); Over

Game 903-904: Arizona at San Diego
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Johnson) 14.379; San Diego (Baek) 15.145
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Arizona (-210); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+190); Under

Game 905-906: NY Mets at Philadelphia
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Santana) 15.233; Philadelphia (Kendrick) 15.877
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-150); 8
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+140); Over

Game 907-908: Florida at Atlanta
Dunkel Ratings: Florida (Johnson) 15.285; Atlanta (Hampton) 14.009
Dunkel Line: Florida by 1; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-115); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Florida (+105); Over

Game 909-910: LA Dodgers at Washington
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Maddux) 13.658; Washington (Redding) 14.693
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-175); 8
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+165); Under

Game 911-912: Cincinnati at Houston
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Fogg) 14.184; Houston (Oswalt) 15.862
Dunkel Line: Houston by 2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Houston (-250); 9
Dunkel Pick: Houston (-250); Under

Game 913-914: Milwaukee at St. Louis
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Parra) 15.492; St. Louis (Wainwright) 14.341
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-155); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+145); Over

Game 915-916: Colorado at San Francisco
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Hernandez) 14.938; San Francisco (Lincecum) 14.597
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-250); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+225); Under

Game 917-918: Minnesota at Seattle
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Perkins) 15.523; Seattle (Feierabend) 14.758
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Minnesota (-175); 9
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-175); Under

Game 919-920: Chicago White Sox at Baltimore
Dunkel Ratings: Chicago White Sox (Danks) 15.457; Baltimore (Liz) 15.706
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1/2; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-180); 11
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+170); Under

Game 921-922: Cleveland at Detroit
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Carmona) 15.318; Detroit (Verlander) 14.838
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Detroit (-170); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+160); Over

Game 923-924: Boston at NY Yankees
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Byrd) 15.729; NY Yankees (Ponson) 16.722
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1; 11
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-115); 10
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-115); Over

Game 925-926: Toronto at Tampa Bay
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Purcey) 15.825; Tampa Bay (Garza) 17.025
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-200); 9
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-200); Under

Game 927-928: Texas at Kansas City
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Harrison) 14.048; Kansas City (Bannister) 13.274
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-110); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (+100); Under

Game 929-930: Oakland at LA Angels
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Gonzalez) 14.308; LA Angels (Saunders) 17.060
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 2 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-230); 8
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-230); Under

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Boston @ NY.Yankees
Play on BOSTON +110

Boston comes into this series determined to put the proverbial stake into there arch rivals wild card chase.Paul Byrd takes the mound for the Sox, who has gone 2-1 in his last 3 starts, with an era of 4.03. He has faced the Yankees 2 times this season and is 1-1.The Yankees counter with Sidney Ponson, who has gone 0-2 in his last 3 starts with an era of 7.31. His only appearance this year vs the Sox was a 9-2 thumping in which he went 4 innings giving up 7 earned runs. Career wise he is 3-12 vs Boston

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STEV JANUS

BOSTON REDSOX

One of the best rivalries in all of sports, Yankees versus Red Sox might be lacking in terms of post-season implications compared to the last few seasons, but that doesn't mean this isn't an important series, perticularly for the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox are currently holding on by a slim margin in the AL Wild Card standings, 2.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins at the time of this writing. A quick look over the schedule will show you that the Twins have a slightly easier September to look forward to, meaning the Red Sox need to win now, and they need to win often.

Boston has been doing what they can to stay in the top spot in the Wild Card as of late. They've won 5 of their last 7 on the road and 4 of 5 against right-handed starters. They catch a break this season against a New York team that has suffered from a lack of quality starts, as well as problems in the bullpen. The Yankees come into Wednesday's game just 2-7 in their last 9 games against opponents with a winning record, and behind their starter, Sidney Ponson, they are just 1-4 in his last 5 starts in the same situation.

A trend you'll find me coming back to again and again as we near the end of the season is motivation. The Yankees still have a chance, however unlikely, to make a run at the AL Wild Card, but you don't get that sense of urgency when you watch the team play. The Red Sox, on the other hand, don't look like they are going to be able to track down the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East Pennant, so their only chance at the playoffs is to hold onto their current position at the top of the AL Wild Card rankings.

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SCOTT DELANEY

Today we're playing Chicago in a matinee run line blowout.

The Cubbies never cease to amaze me, and today will be no different with a blowout win over the Bucs. Jason Marquis has done respectable against the Pirates in the past, pitching well enough to win his last four starts against them, including an Aug. 1 clash. He lost that game, despite tossing a quality start, giving up just three earned runs over six innings.

In those four games he's 2-1 and has given up just nine earned runs over 23 innings of service. On the other hand, Zach Duke has been horrendous for the Pirates this year, posting a 4-12 mark in 25 starts, and has a 5.29 ERA. Seventeen of his 25 starts have gone over the posted number, so you know teams are belting the ball against him and the bullpen when he leaves the game.

He's 0-3 in his last five starts against Chicago four of which were this season. In the 2008 games he's been belted around for 14 earned runs over 21 innings, and he rolls into this one off back-to-back losses against the Mets and Brewers, both of which combined to tally 10 earned runs over 12 frames. Duke has lost seven of 11 home decisions, what's another one to a team he's used to losing to Lay it with Chi-town.

1 DIME CUBS RUN LINE

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JEFF BENTON

For Wednesday, we'll keep the ball rolling and stay in the National League, playing the Nationals as a big home underdog vs. the Dodgers.

I used Washington as one of my two premium selections last night, and the Nats came through with a 2-1 win as a +180 underdog! The main reason I backed Washington last night is the same reason I'm backing them tonight L.A. cannot score runs right now. After getting outscored 27-5 in losing four games in Philadelphia, the Dodgers headed to D.C. and promptly lost 2-1 to the lowly Nationals.

The Dodgers have now scored three runs or fewer in eight consecutive ballgames, losing seven of those battles. And in just the last three days alone, L.A.'s hitters have left 37 runners on base, proving there isn't a clutch hit to be found in the team's lineup right now.

Throw in the fact that Washington starter Tim Redding is coming off one of his best outings (one run, three hits allowed in six innings of a 4-3 win at Philadelphia), while new Dodger Greg Maddux got torched his last time out (seven runs surrendered in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-1 loss in Philadelphia), and there's just way too much value to be had on the home team!

3♦ WASHINGTON NATIONALS

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