Free Picks: Service Plays for Tuesday October, 2

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Houston at Chicago Cubs
The Cubs look to build on their 4-0 record in Chris Volstad's last 4 home starts. Chicago is the pick (-115) according to Dunkel, which has the Cubs favored by 1/2 a run. Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (-115)

Game 901-902: Atlanta at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Hanson) 15.079; Pittsburgh (Correia) 15.580
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 903-904: Philadelphia at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Rosenberg) 15.700; Washington (Gonzalez) 15.157
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 905-906: NY Mets at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Dickey) 14.837; Miami (Turner) 14.107
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-145); 7
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-145); Over

Game 907-908: Houston at Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Norris) 14.091; Cubs (Volstad) 14.331
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-115); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (-115); N/A

Game 909-910: San Diego at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Bass) 14.716; Milwaukee (Thornburg) 15.829
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-160); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-160); Under

Game 911-912: Cincinnati at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Latos) 15.828; St. Louis (Carpenter) 15.345
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 913-914: Colorado at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Chacin) 15.797; Arizona (Corbin) 14.682
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 11
Vegas Line: Arizona (-150); 10
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (+130); Over

Game 915-916: San Francisco at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Zito) 16.089; LA Dodgers (Capuano) 16.678
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 917-918: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Peavy) 15.156; Cleveland (Masterson) 14.713
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 919-920: Minnesota at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Swarzak) 14.464; Toronto (Jenkins) 14.872
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 921-922: Boston at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Lester) 14.606; NY Yankees (Phelps) 14.306
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-160); 9
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+140); Over

Game 923-924: Baltimore at Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Gonzalez) 15.644; Tampa Bay (Shields) 16.590
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 925-926: Detroit at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Fister) 14.544; Kansas City (Guthrie) 15.078
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 927-928: Texas at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Harrison) 16.280; Oakland (Blackley) 15.647
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 929-930: LA Angels at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Haren) 15.034; Seattle (Iwakuma) 15.585
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

WNBA

Atlanta at Indiana
The Dream look to bounce back from their 103-88 loss in Game 2 and build on their 8-1 ATS record in their last 9 games following a SU defeat. Atlanta is the pick (+4) according to Dunkel, which has the Fever favored by only 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+4)

Game 671-672: Atlanta at Indiana (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta 115.332; Indiana 116.660
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 1 1/2; 160
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4; 154
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+4); Over

Game 673-674: Seattle at Minnesota (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle 109.563; Minnesota 121.044
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 11 1/2; 143
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 10 1/2; 147 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-10 1/2); Under

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Boston vs. NY Yankees
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The Boston Red Sox (69-91) take on the New York Yankees (93-67) in this matchup at the Bronx.
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Ace Jon Lester will toe the rubber for the Red Sox looking to close out his first losing season in a 7 year career. He has a poor record of 9-14 with a 4.94 ERA. He has lost 3 straight starts while posting an ERA of 4.50 with 2 QS. The Red Sox have won 6 of Lester's last 7 starts in New York including 2 this season.
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Rookie David Phelps will counter for the Yankees with a record of 4-4 with an excellent 3.34 ERA. The Yankees have won 3 of his last 4 starts including his last 2 straight. He is 1-1 vs the Red Sox this season with an ERA of 2.92.
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The Red Sox are 1-9 in their last 10 overall including 6 straight losses. The Yankees are 14-6 in their last 20 games and 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
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The Yankees lead the season series 11-5, they have a magic number of 2 for clinching the AL East and are a half game back of the Rangers for home field advantage throughout the AL Championship. The Red Sox are on the road playing for nothing more than pride. The Yankees won Monday 10-2 and I expect another victory Tuesday. Take the Yankees to win.

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San Diego Padres vs Milwaukee Brewers
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Milwaukee is an excellent offensive park which will help the San Diego attack. The Padres are 11-1 in their last 12 against the National League Central and go with top prospect Casey Kelly, who has walked 10 in 29 innings with 26 strikeouts. Milwaukee has never faced him before and the Brewers are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. Milwaukee goes with a young arm of their own in Tyler Thornburg, who has a 6.30 ERA his last three starts, so grab the dog. Play the Padres.

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San Francisco Giants vs Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Dodgers came through as Monday's free play. As long as they still have life, I'll continue to follow them as they've now won six straight. Not a bad matchup with Capuano/Zito, so right back with the Dodgers.

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Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
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NY Yankees 72-38 versus teams with a losing record in the second half of the season the last 3 seasons.Boston 18-35 versus teams with a winning record in the second half of the season and 57-78 the last 3 seasons.Take NY Yankees as your freeplay winner.

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays
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Tampa Bay will send "Big Game" James Shields to the mound tonight against Baltimore. Shields is 15-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 32 starts. The righty has allowed just 6 runs and 18 hits in his last three starts. Shields has not had good starts against Baltimore this season, but both of them came on the road. The Rays’ pitcher is 8-4 with a 3.42 ERA at home in 16 starts. Baltimore is hitting right around .222 in dome games this season. Endy Chavez (2-9), JJ Hardy (2-8), Mark Reynolds (1-7) and Matt Wieters (5-21) all have had their problems with Shields. Tampa Bay's bullpen has been great at home blowing only 4 saves in 29 chances. Miguel Gonzalez is 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 14 starts for Baltimore. Gonzalez has faced the Rays three times this season giving up 9 runs and 15 hits in those outings. The righty will be facing one of the hottest teams in baseball in the Rays. They are putting up almost 5 runs per game in their last eight games and they are 45-34 at home. They have lost just twice since September 18th as they are getting it done with timely hitting and great pitching. We like the Rays to notch another solid home win in this game on Tuesday night.

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LA Dodgers -154
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The Giants are 3-8 in Zito's last 11 starts vs. the Dodgers and 0-5 in his last 5 road starts vs. them. The Dodgers have won 6 in a row and are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. They are also 4-1 in Capuano's last 5 starts. I expect LA to show up here no matter what happens in St. Louis. Take the Dodgers.

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St. Louis Cardinals -122
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The Cards can clinch a playoff berth with a win, and I like their chances with Carpenter on the mound. He's been solid in both of his starts, and it's hard to ignore the long term numbers. The Cardinals are 60-24 in his last 84 home starts, 42-13 in his last 55 home starts vs. a team with a winning record and 12-3 in his last 15 starts vs. the Reds. The Reds are just 22-49 in their last 71 meetings in St. Louis.

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Chicago Cubs -110
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The Cubs get the call here because of the way Volstad has pitched inside Wrigley of late. The Cubs are 5-2 in his last 7 starts overall and 4-0 in his last 4 home starts. He has held the opposition to 3 runs or fewer in 3 of his last 4 home starts.
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Houston's Norris threw a gem his last time out, but that was at home. He has given up 5 runs in each of his last 2 road starts. The Astros are 4-17 in his last 21 starts, 6-20 in his last 26 road starts and 0-9 in his last 9 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
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The Cubs are 11-5 in their last 16 games as a home favorite and 8-3 in their last 11 games as a favorite of -110 to -150. They have won 7 of their last 10 versus Houston and 10 of their last 13 at home in the matchup. Take the Cubs.

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Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians
Pick: Chicago White Sox +110

The White Sox saw their playoffs hopes disappear last night, but the Cleveland Indians saw theirs vanish back in June. The Tribe is a woeful 17-44 in their last 61 games, and basically aren’t competitive against anyone. Justin Masterson has been brutal for Cleveland, pitching to a 5.03 ERA. His last 18 starts have allowed 4 or more runs in 10 of them. It has been a great comeback season for Jake Peavy who has topped the 200-inning mark for the first time since 2007, when he won 19 games for the Padres. He has put together a 3.37 ERA in the process. The White Sox are now 21-8 in their last 29 when facing an opponent that allowed 5 or more runs in their previous game. Cleveland is just 2-10 in their last 12 at home vs. a victorious team. Play the White Sox in this one.

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Kansas City Royals - over Detroit Tigers

The Tigers finally clinched the AL Central last night and there could be a letdown factor on Tuesday. The Royals have not closed the season well with losses in eight of the last nine games but starter Jeremy Guthrie continues to post great late season numbers. Kansas City has won nine of his last 10 starts and he has allowed more than two runs in just two of those starts. Since joining the Royals his ERA is only 3.18, less than half of what it was in Colorado for the first part of the season. In Kansas City Guthrie owns a 2.33 ERA with Kansas City going 6-2. The Tigers have won seven of the last eight but all that was to get to last night and the division title. The Tigers now need to worry about getting rested and ready for the postseason. Doug Fister has marginal road numbers for the year and while he set a strikeout record in his last start against this Royals lineup he has been pretty inconsistent down the stretch. Fister won't be pushed deep into this game and the Detroit bullpen owns a 6.25 ERA in the last 10 games.

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Rangers at Athletics
Prediction: Under

The Under is 5-1-1 in the Rangers' (93-67) last 7 road games against teams with a winning record. They send out Harrison for this contest who is 18-10 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP this season. The lefty has been more effective on the road where he sports a 3.03 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and .247 opponent's batting average as compared to his 3.55 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and .271 opponent's batting average at home. The Under is 7-3-1 in the Rangers' last 11 road games with Harrison pitching as the favorite. The Under is also 10-3-1 in Texas' last 14 games with Harrison facing a team from the AL West. Oakland (92-68) has seen the Under go 4-1-1 in their last 6 home games against teams with a winning record. The Under is also 10-4-1 in the A's last 15 home games as an underdog. They counter with Blackley who is 5-4 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP this year. Blackley has been better at home where he sports a 3.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and .216 opponent's batting average as opposed to his 5.37 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and .275 opponent's batting average when on the road. The Under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams. With Oakland needing a win to clinch a wild card spot, look for these team trends to continue in this pennant race contest.

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Cincinnati Reds vs. St Louis Cardinals
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Cincinnati will head into Tuesday night’s game with Mat Latos on the mound. The right-hander is 13-4 this season with a 3.52 ERA. He has given-up just one earned run on nine hits in his last 15 innings pitched. Latos is just 1-4 against the Cardinals with a 10.24 ERA. St. Louis is expected to go with Chris Carpenter has its starter for this game. This will be just his third start of the season after a lengthy stay on the DL. The right-hander only gave up a pair of runs in each of his previous two starts but came away with a no decision and a loss. He is 14-4 lifetime against the Reds with an ERA of 2.48. The Reds are 4-1 in Latos’ last five starts on the road but the Cardinals are 20-9 in Carpenter’s last 29 starts on a Tuesday. Stick with that winning formula one last time as St. Louis racks-up another win against its NL Central rivals this Tuesday night.

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Texas -145

Kudos to Oakland! who has clinched a Wild Card and trails Texas by 1 game for the division lead. They have done so with recent runs of 64-34, 16-8, 7-2, and 4-0. Their hopes for the division title end tonight. Blackley has lasted 2 or less innings in each of his last 2 starts including allowing 5 hits and 5 runs in just 1 IP in his previous outing. Clearly, something is amiss. The Rangers own the tie breaker with NYY for best record in the league and home field. They are also the best team in MLB in being resilient. In fact, they are 44-22/loss. Harrison has been outstanding the entire season and stands 6 -1 with a 3.33 ERA in 9 appearances vs. the As.

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St. Louis -127

Chris Carpenter has had a rough season. Dealing with injuries, Carpenter was able to make it back for the postseason push and he will make his third start of the season on Tuesday night with a chance to pitch the Cardinals into the playoffs. A win from the Birds and they're in. The Cardinals are peaking at the right time, winners of 13 of their last 16 games. This is a team hungry to defend their World Series crown and they're playing like it. The pressure won't bother Carpenter at all, as he is 9-2 with a 3.05 ERA in 15 postseason starts, so he knows how to pitch in big games.

Mat Latos takes the mound for the Reds and he has not fared well against the Cardinals in his career. In six starts against the Reds' chief NL Central foe, Latos is 1-4 with a 10.24 ERA. In three starts at Busch Stadium, Latos is 0-3 with an 18.82 ERA, allowing 23 runs in 11 innings. The Reds have bobbed and weaved to a 5-5 record over their last 10 games, a team just looking towards the playoffs. In their last 27 games, the Reds have scored just 80 runs.

With a veteran like Carpenter looking to punch his team's ticket to the postseason appears to be a strong play.

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Kansas City Royals -108

The Detroit Tigers just clinched the AL Central division with a win over the Kansas City Royals last night. They have nothing to play for in these final two regular season games, so I look for the Tigers to let down here Tuesday in Game 2 of this series with the Royals.

The Royals want to send their home fans out on a high note, and I certainly don't mind backing Jeremy Guthrie at this time of year. Guthrie (4-3, 3.18) hasn't lost since falling to Texas on Aug. 3, going 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA over his last 10 starts. The Royals are 9-1 in those 10 contests.

Detroit's Doug Fister is just 6-22 against the money line on the road when the total is 7 to 8.5 since 1997. The Tigers are 3-12 in road games after allowing 3 runs or less 2 straight games this season. The Royals are 6-0 in Guthrie's last 6 home starts. Bet Kansas City Tuesday.

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Philadelphia +114 over WASHINGTON

It’s been a long road for the Washington Nationals since moving from Montreal seven years ago. The Nats had consecutive 100-loss seasons and many last place finishes so last night’s clinching of the NL East was worthy of a big celebration. After a night in which the players post game T-shirts were soaked with champagne and the victory celebration lasted well into the night, it now becomes a great situational fade.

The Nats are setting their rotation for the playoffs so Tom Gorzelanny will get this meaningless start. Had they not clinched last night, Gio Gonzalez would have started. Gorzelanny has been in the pen all season. Three innings was his longest outing this season. He’s put up decent numbers as a reliever but a starting job is one he’s never been able to keep.

B.J. Rosenberg has 21 K’s in 21 innings since his call-up. He’s made 21 relief appearances and now gets a chance to start. His fastball tops off at 96 MPH. He isn’t afraid to work inside and he has shown the ability to spot it with precision. Rosenberg’s slider is nasty and he uses it as his strikeout pitch. He’ll now face a Washington team that really has no interest in this game and is likely to rest many of its starters.


MIAMI +149 over N.Y. Mets

R.A. Dickey is coming off his 20th win and the celebration that comes with that achievement. There are endless interviews, emails, telephone calls and congratulatory texts that he’s had to field. The result is a huge letdown spot here. It’s equivalent to a pitcher’s first game out after a no-hitter. It becomes anti-climactic.

Expect the Marlins to be a little extra motivated here, as the Mets have announced that Dickey will go for his 21st win on four days rest. If New York was involved in a pennant race and this was a crucial game, the Marlins could understand and accept that decision. Being 23 games out with two left and going with a guy on short rest is an insult to the Fish. They’ll do their best to respond appropriately.

Jacob Turner remains a work-in-progress but has pitched well since his trade here from Detroit. He had a 14/1 K/BB in his first 17 IP with Miami and he’s posted a 2.50 ERA over his last three starts covering 18 innings. When all is equal, Dickey has an edge on the hill over Turner. However, the Mets’ choice to start Dickey makes this is a strong situational play against a team that has dropped three in a row and one that can’t wait for this season to conclude.


Minnesota +144 over TORONTO

The Twins offer up too much value against such a raw rookie here to pass up on.

Chad Jenkins has made two starts lasting just 8.2 innings to go along with some relief appearances totalling 18.1 innings for a combined 27 innings over 10 games. The Blue Jays have lost all 10 games he’s appeared in. He’s also allowed 14 runs and walked 10 batters over his brief stay. The strikeout rate is surely a disappointment, as it has been on a downward trend since signing as a first round pick in the ’09 draft. He’s a fastball pitcher with weak secondary stuff and major league hitters feast off guys like him.   

Anthony Swarzak is a little more seasoned with 252 career innings. He’s certainly not going to dazzle many and he’s had trouble keeping his starting job at this level but what he brings is great control, a groundball bias profile and a more experience than his counterpart. This one is all about taking back a hefty tag against a minor league pitcher.


Houston -101 over CHICAGO

The Cubs lost their 100th last night to these Astros. They couldn’t avoid the embarrassing triple digit loss number and now they have nothing to play for tonight. Playing behind Chris Volstad isn’t going to motivate them much either.

Volstad’s numbers, both surface and beneath, are about as ugly as it gets. He has 43 walks and 55 K’s in 109 innings. He has a 6.64 ERA, a 1.68 WHIP and three wins in 20 starts. His xERA is 6.76, his ERA at home is 6.27 and his ERA over his past four starts is 11.22. He only has a job because the Cubbies are obligated to pay him 2.6M a year and for that money, they may as well ship him out there for one last start.

The Astros are on their NL farewell tour. They will begin next season as an AL club and they’re still giving it their all with three wins in their last four games. With all the upheaval in Houston, it's easy to forget there are a few major-league level players already on the team. Bud Norris is one of them. Norris has 161 K’s in 162 frames. His xERA is a full run lower than his actual ERA and he’s coming off a very good September. He also threw a gem his last start out against the Cardinals. Norris is a pitcher to watch in 2013 and certainly offers up more value as a pooch than Volstad does as the favorite.

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On a 16-6 Complimentary Pick run, and for the second-straight night I am going to play the Los Angeles Dodgers at home against the San Francisco Giants, as the hunt for the Wild Card continues. The Giants have wrapped up the National League West, but the Dodgers are still two games back for the second Wild Card spot, and it's all or nothing at this point.

I know it won't come easy, as the final series of the year comes against the team's most bitter rival, but for the value I'm looking at, with a team that has won six straight games, I have to believe I'm on the right side tonight. The Dodgers are playing with a sense of urgency, and though it may be too little, too late, I'm not going to be scared away.

I know the Dodgers have lost five of their last seven against the Giants, but I believe being swept in the teams' most recent three-game series at Chavez Ravine in late August could spark L.A. for a bit of revenge.

Take the Dodgers on the Run Line in a blowout tonight.

3♦ LOS ANGELES

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My free winner for Tuesdat night is going to be on the Oakland Athletics, for a second straight night, as I once again take them against the Texas Rangers. Last night I laid a cheap price, tonight I'm taking the plus-price. After last night's series-opening win, the Athletics bring a four-game win streak into Game 2 of their final series of the season, against these Rangers.

As I said last night, something tells me the four-game win streak the A's are on is an indicator of a red-hot team ready for the postseason. And what's amazing about this series, is two months ago, a month ago, even two weeks ago, there was no way I'd say the American League West could come down to this three-game set. But with two games to go, a changing of the guard could be on hand in the West.

While the the Rangers clinched a postseason berth with an 8-7 win over the Angels two nights back, the A's can  still win the division with a sweep. Last night's win secured the Athletics' first postseason berth in six years, and now you best believe they're fired up for the bigger prize.

Another win tonight and the A's know darned well how big the final game of the series - and season - will be tomorrow night.

I'll play the A's.

2♦ OAKLAND

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80-66 is my free play run.

Tuesday's free play is the Yankees on the Run Line.

They face the rival Boston Red Sox, looking to extend their win streak to three games and stretch their lead in the AL East to possibly two games... which would guarantee the AL East crown again.

They enter tonight's game with a one-game lead over the Orioles, who lost last night, 5-3, in Tampa.

David Phelps (4-4, 3.34) takes the mound for Yankees in a return to the starting rotation from the bullpen where he served the last two weeks. He was solid in his last start before going to the pen... allowing only one run in 6 2/3 innings, earning a no-decision for his efforts.

On the other side for the hated-nation, Jon Lester (9-14, 4.94) looks to snap a three-start losing streak (and it's been bad, too) as he gets the start for Boston. His last outing vs. the Bronx Bombers wasn't great but wasn't bad... just average. Back in early September he allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings of work to earn a (yep, you guessed it) no decison.

The Yanks can relax tomorrow if they can take care of business tonight and the O's lose again. Free play of the night on the Yankees run line as they roll by at least four.

2♦ N.Y. YANKEES -1.5

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