Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday September, 12

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday September, 12

Jeff Benton

Your Wednesday freebie is the Under in the Atlanta-Milwaukee contest.

The Braves have been having a very tough time manufacturing runs these days, as they have been held to just one run through the first two games played at Miller Park this week, and have played Under the total now in each of their last three games and eight of their last nine games played overall.

The Braves and the Brewers have now stayed Low in three of the last four this year, and four of the last six meetings overall since last year.

Paul Maholm was able to shake off a shaky start with five-plus innings of scoreless ball his last start against the Mets, while Milwaukee hurler Yovani Gallardo has been murder on the Bravos, going 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his six starts versus Atlanta. A closer look shows Gallardo with a 0.81 home ERA and a 2-0 mark at Miller Park versus the Braves in his last three home assignments.

With Atlanta struggling at the plate, and Milwaukee thinking they still have a shot at the second wild card spot, I will look for another low-scoring game for these two teams.

Braves-Brewers Under the total.

3♦ ATLANTA-MILWAUKEE UNDER

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday September, 12

Chris Jordan

I swore off the Philadelphia Phillies more than a month ago, and I never thought I'd be saying this, but they're still in the playoff hunt and you cannot count them out just yet. Last night I told you I thought they'd have an easy time matching their season high with a sixth straight win, and sure enough they got it.

Now at .500, the Phillies can continue their quest toward a winning season and postseason berth. They're currently in third place in the National League East, 17 games back of the National League East-leading Washington Nationals, but only four games back in the Wild Card hunt.

When I was ready to throw in the towel on them - and I still won't play them with a premium selection - they were 14 games under .500, and it appeared they would endure a losing record for the first time since 2002.

Today they hand the ball to Cliff Lee, who is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his past five starts, and has looked much better than he did at the start of the season. With their prize-left-hander on the hill, the Phillies are on winning runs of 4-0 against the National League East and 8-3 when he's hosting a losing team.

He'll oppose Josh Johnson in this early start, and the Marlins are mired in losing streaks of 1-4 when he's pitching on the road and 1-5 in his last six overall.

Take the Phils on the run line tonight.

2♦ PHILADELPHIA

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday September, 12

Matt Rivers

13-9 with my comp plays, and tonight's comp play will be the Cincinnati Reds.

The Pirates are in jeopardy of slipping off the October playoff radar, as they have lost their last five games, and are mired in a 9-22 slide their past 31 games overall.

Cincinnati is on the verge of a three game series sweep, and they have won five of the past seven season series meetings versus Pittsburgh.

While A.J. Burnett is 3-0 with an ERA just over 2 versus the Reds this year, the fact remains Burnett is winless in his past four starts, and has an ERA well over 5 for his last six starts!

Homer Bailey will oppose with a 6-2 mark and an ERA of 3.00 in his ten starts against Pittsburgh.

Pirates backslide continues. Take the Reds.

1♦ CINCINNATI

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