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Minnesota Twins vs. Tampa Bay Rays    
Play: Tampa Bay Rays

The name on the back of the uniform sometimes holds the line down on the opposing team. Francisco Liriano has one of those names, but since his injury, he simply has not been anything close to what earned him the reputation. Three years ago, Liriano looked like he was going to match Johan Santana win for win, but after surgery, he has lost three MPH off his pitches, and a whole lot of confidence to go with it. The 144 Ks in 120 innings has been replaced by less than a strikeout per inning. And the 32 walks in 120 innings, have almost been matched in 54 innings this season, as he is becoming bat shy - not trusting his stuff. Tampa will go with David Price, one of the top prospects in baseball and was nervous his first time out, but should settle down here. The Twins are the worst road team in baseball, so I'll back Tampa in this one.

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Florida Marlins vs. New York Mets    
Play: Florida Marlins

Well we know the story with Johnson and how he dominates the Mets. Redding will be looking for a bounce back against the Marlins as he struggled vs. the Red Sox. Normally I like to take pitchers in back bounce mode, but not here.

I was right when I said Pelfrey would have a dominant performance last night. However I thought the Mets would score more runs against the LHP, but they did not. I think it is a sign of things to come unfortunately for the Mets. With Reyes, Church, and Delgado out they just can't get by with a thin lineup. It will certainly catch up with them today when they face a pitcher they already struggle against.

Lastly, Redding is 1-4 in 7GS last 3 years with a 7.76 ERA vs. the marlins. He loves pitching during the day over that time, but I still like for him to struggle as Ramirez and Hermedia both are hitting over .500 vs. the RHP.

Take the Marlins

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BAL / DET Under 9

Who's the hottest pitcher in baseball right now? You can't be faulted for automatically saying Zack Greinke. But you can also argue for Justin Verlander.

Verlander is 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in his last six starts. His strikeout-to-hit count is 60-to-24. He's only allowed 10 walks during this span. Verlander has a strong track record against Baltimore, too. In four starts versus the Orioles, he's 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA. Detroit's key bullpen arms are rested.

The key to making this under work, though, is Baltimore starter, Jeremy Guthrie. He's 4-4 with a 4.90 ERA. On the surface, this isn't very impressive. But keep in mind, Guthrie has pitched against teams in the toughest division, the AL East. He has faced very strong offenses going against the Yankees three times, the Blue Jays twice while also facing the Red Sox, Rays, Rangers and White Sox.

Guthrie is off a confidence-building victory against Toronto. He is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA at home. The Tigers have scored three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games. Nobody in the Detroit lineup has more than five career at-bats against Guthrie.

I can see Guthrie matching Verlander in a well-pitched game that goes under this total.

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I had to laugh when I saw this posted on another forum

" Im in another forum that copies all the plays from here "

In that forum you can find this entire thread post for post  big_smile


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