Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, June 8

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NHL

Los Angeles at Chicago
The Kings look to bounce back from their 3-2 loss in Game 5 and build on their 14-6 record in their last 20 games after scoring 2 goals or less in the previous game. Los Angeles is the pick (+155) according to Dunkel, which has the Kings favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+155)

Game 17-18: Los Angeles at Chicago (8:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Los Angeles 12.181; Chicago 11.270
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 1; 5
Vegas Line & Total: Chicago (-175); 4 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (+155); Over


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Minnesota at Washington
The Lynx look to take advantage of a Mystics team that is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing with 0 days rest. Minnesota is the pick (-11) according to Dunkel, which has the Lynx favored by 14 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-11)

Game 601-602: Phoenix at Indiana (3:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 97.454; Indiana 119.417
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 22; 155
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 4 1/2; 161 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-4 1/2); Under

Game 603-604: Minnesota at Washington (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota 117.959; Washington 103.323
Dunkel Line & Total: Minnesota by 14 1/2; 162
Vegas Line & Total: Minnesota by 11; 158
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (-11); Over

Game 605-606: Tulsa at Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tulsa 100.845; Los Angeles 123.970
Dunkel Line & Total: Los Angeles by 23; 167
Vegas Line & Total: Los Angeles 17 1/2; 171
Dunkel Pick: Los Angeles (-17 1/2); Under

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San Francisco at Arizona
The Diamondbacks send Trevor Cahill to the mound and look to take advantage of a San Francisco team that is 0-6 in its last 6 road games against a right-handed starter. Arizona is the pick (-110) according to Dunkel, which has the Diamondbacks favored by 2 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-110)

Game 901-902: Miami at NY Mets (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Fernandez) 14.892; NY Mets (Harvey) 14.403
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-210); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+180); Over

Game 903-904: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Burnett) 14.485; Cubs (Samardzija) 15.868
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-120); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (+100); N/A

Game 905-906: St. Louis at Cincinnati (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Lyons) 16.573; Cincinnati (Latos) 14.376
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 2; 9
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-150); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (+130); Over

Game 907-908: Philadelphia at Milwaukee (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Kendrick) 14.106; Milwaukee (Gorzelanny) 15.503
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-115); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-115); Under

Game 909-910: San Diego at Colorado (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Stults) 16.372; Colorado (Francis) 15.402
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1; 11
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 911-912: San Francisco at Arizona (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Bumgarner) 14.735; Arizona (Cahill) 17.072
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 2 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Arizona (-110); 8
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-110); Under

Game 913-914: Atlanta at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Medlen) 15.689; LA Dodgers (Fife) 16.525
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-145); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (+125); Over

Game 915-916: Texas at Toronto (1:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Darvish) 15.717; Toronto (Buehrle) 14.259
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Texas (-150); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-150); Under

Game 917-918: Cleveland at Detroit (4:08 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Masterson) 14.382; Detroit (Porcello) 16.336
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 2; 8
Vegas Line: Detroit (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-130); Under

Game 919-920: Oakland at Chicago White Sox (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Milone) 15.819; White Sox (Danks) 13.971
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 2; 9
Vegas Line: Oakland (-130); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-130); Over

Game 921-922: Baltimore at Tampa Bay (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Gausman) 15.800; Tampa Bay (Hellickson) 17.100
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-135); Under

Game 923-924: NY Yankees at Seattle (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Pettitte) 15.795; Seattle (Saunders) 14.223
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-135); Over

Game 925-926: Houston at Kansas City (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Bedard) 15.289; Kansas City (Santana) 16.675
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-180); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (-180); Under

Game 927-928: LA Angels at Boston (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Wilson) 16.129; Boston (Buchholz) 15.038
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 9
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 929-930: Minnesota at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Correia) 14.371; Washington (Gonzalez) 15.752
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Washington (-175); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-175); Under

Game 931-932: LA Angels at Boston (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Hanson) 15.783; Boston (Doubront) 15.348
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1/2; 11
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

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On Saturday we have another UFC card in Brazil, marking the third stop in South America this year. Besides the United States there are currently more Brazilian fighters represented today in the UFC than any other country in the world. For UFC on Fuel TV 10 there are no less than 18 Brazilian competitors in the 13 scheduled matches.
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This UFC card was put together to showcase a main event featuring Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Noguerio, but it is also used to give many of the Brazilian fighters that have been away from competition due to injury, or lack of notoriety a chance to get back in the octagon. Making it difficult handicapping the event, we have noticed there are nine fighters which have not fought in over 320 days. I've never seen such a card with these giant layoffs.
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Karlos Vemola (9-3, 2-3 UFC) last fought in July of 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 4. He lost to the now middle-weight contender Canadian Francis Carmont, who is on a tear with a 12 fight winning streak and has won five in a row in the UFC. Vemola grappled well through the first round, forced a takedown, and threw several power punches but then he found himself in a bad spot along the cage and was submitted by Carmont in the second round. Prior to that Vemola won versus Mike Massenzio and lost to Ronny Markes by decision. Markes is on this card and is a solid stand up fighter that is a -240 favorite against Derek Brunson who sports a 10-2 record.
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Caio Magalhaes (5-1, 0-1 UFC) is a Ju-Jitsu specialist. He lost his first and only fight in the UFC to Buddy Roberts. Roberts is a tall skinny middle weight that gets taken down plenty but has decent cardio. After that loss, Magalhaes was scheduled to face Michael Kupier at UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He withdrew with an injury and has not fought since June of 2012.
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Vemola was once considered in MMA circles to be a potential champion. The UFC threw him in the octagon against a very solid class of fighters and has by far faced the tougher competition compared to Magalhaes. He is in a must win situation. Fighters that have three losses in a row or three out four losses tend to get cut by the UFC. We expect Vemola with his superior wrestling and power to ground and pound Magalhaes to a submission or decision win.

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Tyler Lyons (2-1, 2.66 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Lyons gave up four earned runs off eight hits in a 4-2 setback to San Francisco on Sunday; it was the 25-year olds first major league loss. Lyons did not allow a single run in either of his first two outings, going through seven frames in both, and did manage to go 6 1/3 vs. the Giants; despite the loss Lyons' ERA sits at a spectacular 2.66. He'll be opposed by Mat Latos (5-0, 2.90 ERA) who gave up two runs off three hits with two walks while striking out seven over seven frames of work vs. the Pirates on Sunday, unfortunate to get saddled with a no-decision after his bullpen let him down late (was the fourth time this year that Latos has been the victim of a blown save). While past success guarantees nothing in the future, Latos will be throwing with the added confidence today in knowing that when he faced the Cards in late April he'd strike out four over six scoreless innings. Just like yesterday's starters in Game 1 of this series, here are a couple of pitchers who come in with considerable momentum and confidence. "Recent performance" always plays a big part in my handicapping repertoire, so when you also take into consideration the rest of the factors listed above, I definitely feel the stage is set for a classic "pitchers duel" tonight.

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The White Sox and Athletics resume their scheduled four-game series at Comiskey Park Saturday afternoon where John Danks takes the hill for the Pale Hose in strong KW form with 12 strikeouts and 2 walks in his last three starts.  Danks is also 5-1 his last team starts at home during June, and 4-2 here in his career team starts in this series.  With Oakland's Tom Milone 0-3 in his day starts this season, look for this host in Danks' team starts to improve to 4-0 this season.  We recommend a 1-unit play on Chicago.

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Pittsburgh is in a pennant race, 10 games above .500. Starter A.J. Burnett is a dog but throwing well with a 3.22 ERA striking out 94 in 81 innings and only 62 hits allowed! He faces a bad Chicago offense, 20th in runs scored, 25th in on base percentage. The Cubs are 28-57 in their last 85 games vs. a right-handed starter. Burnett is 6-2 with a 3.21 ERA against the Cubs and the Pirates are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Play the Pirates.

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The Marlins don't win many games, but they haven't had much trouble with the Mets. They have won two of three series with New York this season, including a sweep in Miami last week. Jose Fernandez was very sharp in that series, tossing seven scoreless innings allowing just three hits in an 8-1 win on June 1. That wasn't his only start against the Mets this season, he also allowed two runs on just three hits in four innings in a game that Miami won 4-3 in extra-innings back in April. Funny enough, the opposing pitcher on that day was none other than Matt Harvey. He didn't get charged with the loss, just as he wasn't saddled with the loss last week when the Marlins chased him from the game, tagging him for four runs on 10 hits in five innings. Harvey is still undefeated, and he's still getting a lot of respect from the bookmakers, coming in as a 2-1 favorite in this game. He's hardly looked untouchable lately though, with just one win in his last eight starts. Then there is the not so mighty Mets offense, that ranks 29th in the Major Leagues in batting average, just ahead of the lowly Marlins. It's tough to say that the Mets are any better offensively than the Marlins, and Fernandez has been far better than Harvey in recent starts. The Marlins seem to have the Mets number, and I expect to see another close game between these two teams in New York tonight. Take the Marlins +1.5

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JEFF BENTON

Your Saturday freebie is the Under in the Cardinals-Reds game.

Last night the teams combined for 11 runs in a rare Over.

Even with last night's Over, the Under in this series is still 3-1, and 7-3 the last 10 series meetings dating back to last year.

Should be another Under on Saturday night in the Queen City when Tyler Lyons and Mat Latos match pitches.

Redbirds southpaw Tyler Lyons looks like a keeper, as he has made 3 starts this season while going 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA. The Under is 2-0-1 in his 3 efforts at this level.

Mat Latos has allowed 2 runs or less in 6 of his last 9 starts, and his ERA when he starts at night is 1.83.

Gonna look for these 2 hurlers to be tough on the hitters, and for the Cardinals-Reds battle for Central bragging rights to not see too many runs scored.

Under we go Cards-Reds.

3* ST. LOUIS-CINCINNATI UNDER

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CRAIG DAVIS

Today's free play of the day is on the Toronto Blue Jays at home over the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers have dropped out of the AL West lead for the first time in nearly seven weeks. Can it be? Yes, it's true. With Oakland's win combined with Texas's loss, the Oakland A's are now in first place in the AL West.

After losing 6-1 in the series opener Friday, Texas fell to 36-24, one-half game behind the A's after their ridiculous win over the White Sox.

The Rangers simply can't find any offense right now, having scored just three runs or fewer seven times during a recent 4-7 stretch of play. Ugly.

Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.77 ERA) will try to help get Texas out of this funk today, and while he's pitching well he's not getting the run support a top pitcher would like to get (and should be getting).

Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42) counters for the Blue Jays, and while he wasn't at his best in last Saturday's 4-3 loss at San Diego, he's battling deep into ball games and giving this bullpen some much-needed rest.

He's gone through six innings in seven consecutive starts, and if all goes well today he should make that eight straight.

Buehrle is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in his last three outings and part of that is because he's not surrendering the long ball lately. He hasn't allowed a home run in any of his last five starts after giving up nine in his previous four.

The Blue Jays are still bringing up the rear in the competitive AL East, but they have won nine of 13 at home while Texas has lost six of its last seven on the road.

Take Toronto as your free play of the day.

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SCOTT DELANEY

Tonight's freebie is going to be on the Under in the Anaheim/Boston clash at Fenway Park. And even though the pitchers are automatically listed on totals and run-line plays, I want you to be sure the pitchers of record on your ticket are C.J. Wilson and Clay Buchholz, as this play is based solely on these two pitchers.

I know the Over has cashed in six of the last seven times Buchholz has faced the Halos, but that can't scare me away in this one, as the right-hander rolls in ready to get back on the hill after firing five scoreless innings against the Yankees in game that followed a missed start due to soreness in his clavicle.

Buchholz, who earned a complete game shutout after rain halted the Yankees game in the sixth inning, is 8-0 with a 1.62 ERA this season, and is pitching quite well.

And while the Angels have stayed low in 9 of their last 13, we have a pitcher who has quite a history against the Crimson Hose. Wilson is 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA lifetime against Boston. This is a game he will be up for.

I'm not going to dare pick the winner in this one, but I do think it stays low.

4* UNDER Angels/Red Sox

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CHRIS JORDAN

Alright Goose, it's time to get this first win.

Speaking of Baltimore Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, who is still looking for his first professional win. Today is the day I'm pretty certain he's going to do it, as I like he and the O's at Tropicana Field.

Three years ago around this time he had made his way to Las Vegas from Colorado, where he's from, and was donning a Team Vegas uniform. He had been drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but planned on going to Louisiana State on scholarship. He was known for his 100-mile per hour fastball and precision in carving out strike zones. The guy, in a word, was a prodigy in the making. I was involved with Team Vegas, and spent the summer driving the media relations to help out the manager of the team. I saw and spoke with Gausman daily, watching his work ethic along the way.

Here we are three years later, and after a stellar career at LSU, and being drafted last summer by Baltimore, and with the O's needin help in the rotation, the 22-year-old right-hander is still trying to prove to be the answer to some of Baltimore's prayers.

Gausman, who was the fourth-overall selection out of LSU, made the jump from Double-A Bowie, where he was 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA in eight starts. He recorded quality starts in five of his eight outings down there, and has shown signs of brilliance since his debut a couple weeks ago.

The key to remember about this kid, he has remarkable fastball command and uses pinpoint control to dictate how things go with hitters. Gausman has gotten away from his 100-mile-per-hour heater, and now uses a plus-changeup to complement a mid-90s fastball. Tonight, I expect to see an exceptional arsenal and a stellar performance in what should be an exciting first win in the bigs for young Kevin Gausman.

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Chicago Cubs -123

The Cubs have the edge on the mound with Jeff Samardzija, who enters this contest in top form. The right-hander is carrying an ERA of just 1.61 over his last 3 starts. Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett, on the other hand, has an ERA of 5.50 over his last 3 starts. Pittsburgh hasn't been able to figure out Samardzija, who is 3-1 with an ERA of 0.84 and WHIP of 0.438 in 4 starts against the Pirates. Burnett has a solid 3.21 ERA in 9 starts versus Chicago. However, he's 0-2 in his last 2 starts against the Cubs while giving up 10 runs in 10 2/3 innings. The Pirates are 0-5 in Burnett's last 5 starts versus a team with a losing record. The Cubs are 5-1 in Samardzija's last 6 starts as a home favorite. Take the Cubbies.

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Chicago Cubs -123

The Cubs are the play in this game against Pittsburgh. They will have their ace, Jeff Samardzija, getting the start. Samardzija has a 2.96 ERA in 12 starts for the Cubs. He has 91 strikeouts in just 79 innings pitched. In his last 3 starts Samardzija has been lethal posting a 1.61 ERA with a 0.851 WHIP while averaging 7.4 innings per start.

Pittsburgh will also have their ace on the mound with A.J. Burnett. This is a pitcher that is really struggling right now. In his last 3 starts he has posted a 5.50 ERA and has a 0-2 record. In just 18 innings pitched he has 9 walks and has allowed 4 home runs. With Burnett playing so poorly I expect the Cubs to score a decent amount of runs today. Chicago is averaging 6.1 runs per game on a .255 batting average compared to 1.7 runs per game with a 0.179 batting average for the Pirates in their last 7 games.

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New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners    
Play: Seattle Mariners

There are times to fade Joe Saunders. And there are times to take a price with him. This is the time to back him as a home underdog.

I'm not a fan of Saunders - unless he's pitching at Safeco Field and taking a price like this against a struggling, rusty pitcher.

Saunders is 10-1 with a 2.18 EA in 15 career games at Safeco. He has a 2.25 ERA in six starts at Safeco this season. It's not a fluke since Saunders, a flyball pitcher, is helped by Safeco's spacious dimensions. Saunders is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA the past five times he's faced the Yankees.

Andy Pettitte is making his second start since coming off the DL this past Monday. The 40-year-old showed rust and arm fatigue giving up four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings against Cleveland. Pettitte hadn't been pitching that well before going on the DL either with a 6.31 ERA in his last five starts.

The Yankees are 0-6 the past six times they've faced AL West teams with Pettitte on the mound. The Mariners have beefed up their right-handed hitting with Michael Morse back in the lineup.

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Yankees / Mariners Over 8

The OVER is 4-1 in Pettitte's last 5 starts as a favorite of -110 to -150. The OVER is 7-3 in Mariners last 10 home games vs. a left-handed starter. Pettitte just doesn't seem like the same pitcher as he was a year ago before his injury. He is throwing a lot of pitches and not going long into games. With the additions of Teix and Youkilis back in the lineup the Yanks are starting to hit the ball better. Joe Saunders has a 5.04 ERA in his career against the Yanks. We like the over in this one.

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The Angels come to Fenway and face Felix Doubront at the wrong time. The Red Sox southpaw has pitched better in his last four starts and will now face a Halo lineup that has barely made a blip on the radar against left-handers in 2013. Tommy Hanson goes for the Angels. The righty has allowed 7 earned runs and 3 home runs in his last two starts, spanning just 11 1/3 IP and his strikeout rate is not good. Bad news for the hurler against a Red Sox team that plates 5.6 rpg against righties. The Angels have enjoyed themselves at Fenway, winning six straight at this venue. But those Angel teams were playing a better brand of baseball and this one has dropped 5 of their last 6 games, topping 4 runs just one time. Boston is on a 20-9 run against teams with a losing record. I'm backing the Red Sox on Saturday.

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The Cleveland Indians haven't been playing well lately, nor have they played well at Comerica Park in Detroit the last several seasons.  Therefore, after the Tribe lost Friday's opener to the Tigers 7-5, I don't think it's really going out on any kind of limb here to expect the home team to prevail once again.
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1.  Homefield Advantage - This is a big one. The Indians have lost 30 of their last 39 games in Detroit.  They have also lost nine in a row overall away from Progressive Field.  The Tigers are now 20-10 at home this year, averaging nearly six runs/game.  They are batting over .300 as a team here at Comerica.
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2.  Indians Slumping - Cleveland has lost five in a row and 13 of its last 17.  Probably not a team you want to be on right now.
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3.  X-Factor - While the Indians' Justin Masterson has a better ERA than the Tigers' Rick Porcello, that doesn't tell the full story.  Porcello has pitched better lately as Masterson was roughed up for seven runs by the Yankees earlier this week. Masterson's ERA on the road is 5.12.  Porcello allowed zero runs in eight innings his last start here at home.

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We'll continue to play along with the streaks involved with these two, which means another Oakland recommendation on Saturday at The Cell. The current streak numbers present a clear case for the A's, who have now won 18 of their last 21 after  Friday's 4-3 comeback win, while the Pale Hose have dropped 10 of their last 11.  Chicago is also asking a lot from starter John Danks, whose efforts upon his recent return from the DL (5.63 ERA, .270 OBA) leave much to be desired, especially since the Chisox have not scored more than 4 runs in regulation nine innings during their recent 11-game slump.  Danks should help Oakland provide its usual run support for starter Tommy Milone, as the A's have won in his last four starts, including his last three on the road.

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Cincinnati Reds -153

The Reds have been a phenomenal investment with Mat Latos on the rubber. They are 21-6 in his last 27 starts overall, 17-4 in his last 21 home starts and a perfect 9-0 in his last 9 home starts as a favorite of -151 to -200. The Reds are also 3-0 in his last 3 starts versus the Cards. He allowed just 2 earned runs in 17 innings in those starts. Bet the Reds on the moneyline.

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The Cubs are showing some solid value at home with their ace Jeff Samardzija on the mound. Don't be fooled by Samardzija's 3-6 record. He's got a 2.96 ERA and 1.101 WHIP over his 12 starts in 2013. It's only a matter of time before the wins start to pile up. Samardzija has been brilliant of late, posting a 1.61 ERA and 0.851 WHIP over his last 3 starts.

Pittsburgh will counter with A.J. Burnett, who has also struggled to a 3-6 record despite pitching well. Burnett has a 3.22 ERA over 13 starts. The problem for Burnett is that he has really struggled on the road. He's just 1-3 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.412 WHIP in five starts. Burnett has especially not performed well on the road against another quality starter. He's just 1-13 over his last 14 road starts in a game where the total is 7 or less.

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