Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

DUNKEL INDEX

MLB

Seattle at Boston
The Mariners look to build on their 5-2 record in Felix Hernandez' last 7 starts against the Red Sox. Seattle is the pick (-105) according to Dunkel, which has the Mariners favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-105)

Game 901-902: NY Mets at Miami (12:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Harvey) 15.982; Miami (Koehler) 14.494
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1 1/2; 5
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-165); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-165); Under

Game 903-904: St. Louis at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Kelly) 15.421; Pittsburgh (Morton) 14.368
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-120); 8
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (+100); Over

Game 905-906: San Francisco at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 13.660; Philadelphia (Hamels) 13.041
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (+105); Under

Game 907-908: Colorado at Atlanta (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Bettis) 13.677; Atlanta (Teheran) 17.140
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 3 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-220); 8
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-220); Over

Game 909-910: LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Nolasco) 16.076; Cubs (Rusin) 14.306
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 2; 9
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-150); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-150); N/A

Game 911-912: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland (12:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Sale) 16.904; Cleveland (Masterson) 15.975
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 6
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-145); 7
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (+125); Under

Game 913-914: Kansas City at Minnesota (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Shields) 15.433; Minnesota (Diamond) 16.195
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-145); 8
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+125); Under

Game 915-916: Houston at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Lyles) 13.578; Baltimore (Norris) 15.116
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-260); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (-260); Over

Game 917-918: Seattle at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Hernandez) 16.116; Boston (Dempster) 15.152
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Boston (-115); 8
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-105); Under

Game 919-920: Toronto at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Johnson) 14.459; LA Angels (Richards) 15.856
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-125); Over

Game 921-922: Arizona at Texas (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Spruill) 14.035; Texas (Darvish) 15.537
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Texas (-220); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-220); Under

WNBA

Indiana at Connecticut
The Fever look to take advantage of a Connecticut team that is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 Thursday games. Indiana is the pick (-1 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Fever favored by 5. Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-1 1/2)

Game 651-652: Indiana at Connecticut (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Indiana 112.764; Connecticut 107.637
Dunkel Line & Total: Indiana by 5; 137
Vegas Line & Total: Indiana by 1 1/2; 141
Dunkel Pick: Indiana (-1 1/2); Under

Game 653-654: Phoenix at Seattle (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Phoenix 109.394; Seattle 112.154
Dunkel Line & Total: Seattle by 3; 157
Vegas Line & Total: Phoenix by 2; 153
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+2); Over

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Marc LawrenceFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota TwinsFREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Prediction: Kansas City RoyalsFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
The Royals and Twins wrap up a three-game division series at Target Field in Minnesota Thursday afternoon where James Shields opposes Scott Diamond. Shields toes the slab 6-1 in his last seven team starts versus Minnesota, including 3-0 the last three. Shields is also 12-2 his last fourteen team starts during August, and 5-1 his last six overall away team starts. On the flip side, Diamond is 2-7 with a 6.06 ERA in his home team starts this campaign, and 3-12 his last fifteen overall home team starts. Look for more of the same today. We recommend a 1-unit play on Kansas City.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Jimmy Boyd

Philadelphia Phillies -121

With both of these teams struggling at the plate, this game is going to come down to the starting pitcher's performance. Cole Hamels has a 3.60 ERA in his last three starts, while Matt Can has a 4.26 ERA. Cain has been a big disappointment this year and the Giants are 3-6 in his nine road starts.

The San Francisco Giants are 1-5 in Cain's last six starts and they are 0-5 in his last five starts against a team with a losing record. Those numbers are a big indicator of how bad Cain has pitched this season. The Phillies are 4-0 in their last four home games against a right-handed starter and they are the smart play in today's matchup.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Freddy WillsFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Cleveland Indians -137FOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Justin Masterson comes into this start with a 1.27 ERA over his last three along with a 0.75 WHIP. He will face off against the White Sox ace who is also posting a solid ERA of late with a 2.28, but has a 1.27 WHIP. Masterson has flat out dominated the White Sox hitters with two complete game shutouts this year allowing 2 ER over 25 IP in three starts. They have just a .606 OPS in over 280 at bats against him. Meanwhile Chris Sale has somewhat struggled against the Indians posting a 1.55 WHIP over his last three starts and a .709 OPS in his career.
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Masterson has been dominant all year at home posting a 2.63 ERA and during his day starts with a 2.06 ERA. That should benefit him because the Indians are #2 in the league in OPS during day games. The Indians are also red hot scoring 8.19 runs per 9 over their last 10 vs. LHP and are scoring more than 1.5 runs per 9 vs. LHP than the White Sox are against RHP this season. White Sox are 5-16 in their last 21 vs. RH starter while Cleveland is 35-17 in their last 52 home games. I'll take the value we get with Masterson against Chris Sale who is nasty in his own right but is on his 3rd straight start on 4 days rest while throwing an average 117 pitches in his last two.
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Notable Hot Starters L3 GS:
Julio Teheran (2-1, 18.1 IP, 0.98 WHIP, 2.95 ERA)
Chris Sale (1-2, 23.2, 1.27 WHIP, 2.28 ERA)
James Shields (1-2, 19 IP, 1.53 WHIP, 2.84 ERA)
Matt Harvey (2-1, 22 IP, 0.73 WHIP, 1.23 ERA)
Joe Kelly (2-1, 17.2 IP, 1.25 WHIP, 2.55 ERA)
Felix Hernandez (2-1, 23 IP, 0.74 WHIP, 0.39 ERA)
Yu Davish (1-2, 18.1 IP, 1.15 WHIP, 2.95 ERA)
Chris Rusin (2-1, 15.1 IP, 0.98 WHIP, 2.93 ERA)
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Notable Cold Starters L3 GS:
Jordan Lyles (0-3, 15.1 IP, 1.95 WHIP, 9.98 ERA)
Bud Norris (0-3, 17 IP, 1.71 WHIP, 8.47 ERA)
Josh Johnson (0-3, 13.2 IP, 1.83 WHIP, 12.51 WHIP)
Garret Richards (0-3, 17.2 IP, 1.47 WHIP, 6.11 ERA)

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Brad Diamond

Blue Jays vs. Angels
Play: Over 8½

When we started our analysis overnight we noted that the line was 8 1/2. If you research the obvious the Angels are averaging 4.4 runs per game at home, while the Blue Jays were pushing 4.1 runs across the plate on the road. Overall this series has gone OVER in 4 straight before Wednesday night action. Although Toronto hurler Johnson is catching 4+ days of rest, the OVER has been the play when he is in action at 5-1. So, with the Angels 6-1 OVER vs. RHP, I will take a ticket with the high side game.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Rob Vinciletti

Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox    
Play: Seattle Mariners

Seattle has staff ace Felix Hernandez on the Mound and he has much better current form than his opponent Ryan Dempster. Hernandez has a 0.39 era in his last 3 starts and has won 8 of 12 on the road. He has won 3 of his last 4 August road starts, allowing just 4 earned runs in 25 innings in that scenario of late and has won 4 of his last 6 here in Boston. Seattle has won 4 of his last 5 road starts. Dempster is 7-7 at home but has a 5.79 era in his last 3 starts. Also of note is that road favorites like Seattle have won 12 of 15 when the total is 8 or less and they are off a road dog loss and scored 4 or less runs on 10+ hits, and are taking on an opponent that won as a home favored of -140 or higher. Based on the system and the Pitching we will back Seattle.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Art Aronson

Blue Jays vs. Angels
Play: Over 8½

Josh Johnson (1-7, 6.08 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Johnson continued his dismal season by giving up seven earned runs off seven hits including three long-balls with two walks in a loss to the soft-hitting Astros on Saturday. Johnson has lost five straight starts and given up 19 earned runs over his last three outings spanning just 13 2/3's innings of work. Johnson will take his horrible 5.91 ERA road record into LA to throw opposite Garrett Richards (2-4, 4.33 ERA) who went five scoreless frames vs. the A's on Saturday, earning a no-decision in his team's eventual 3-1 setback. It was his first start since April 30th; take note though that Richards has struggled in this spot already this season, going a pedestrian 1-2 with a ballooned 4.89 ERA in all "night games" thus far. Four of these teams last five in their series have flown above the posted number and with the inconsistent Richards facing off against the confirmed "gas can" in Johnson in the opener of this four-game set, all signs do indeed once again point to a higher-scoring affair; consider a second look at the "over" in this one.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Jim Feist

San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies

San Francisco gets it done at home but is a terrible road team and this is a long road trip. Starter Matt Cain just hasn't had it this season with a 4.79 ERA and a .500 record. The Giants are 7-20 in their last 27 vs. a team with a losing record and 8-20 on grass. Philadelphia has home field and ace Cole Hamels going, a guy with a bad record but some sizzling all around numbers, few walks, a lot of strikeouts and fewer hits than innings pitched. He has a 5-3 record in his career against the Giants while Cain is 1-4 against Philadelphia, so grab the home field with their ace.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Bruce MarshallFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
New York Mets at Miami MarlinsFREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Pick: Miami MarlinsFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
It's admittedly tough to pick against Mets starter Matt Harvey these days. But let's remember that Harvey and the Mets are winless in his two previous starts in Miami this season. And the Mets offense is hardly providing its starting rotation with a lot of run support these days, scoring just 13 runs over the past six games. If Marlins starter Tom Koehler pitches as well as he did in a 4-game stretch (when he posted a 2.74 ERA) prior to last Saturday's loss vs. the Pirates, Miami has a chance as it does most games lately with its excellent pitching that has posted a 2.64 ERA in its last ten games and hasn't allowed a homer in its last eight games.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Don Best ConsensusFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Giants at PhilliesFREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Pick: UnderFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
The Under is 4-0 in Hamels' last 4 home starts. Four of Cain's last 5 starts vs. the Phillies have gone under. The Under is 4-1 in Hamels' last 5 starts vs. San Francisco.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Will Rogers

Arizona vs. Texas
Pick: Under

After a rare high-scoring effort, Texas returned to its recent low-scoring ways yesterday. But they did win nevertheless, 2-1, finishing off a sweep of the Angels. Meanwhile, Arizona shut out Tampa Bay 7-0. With a pitching matchup of Randall Delgado vs. Yu Darvish, I see an Under on the horizon tonight.

Here are my keys to the game:

1.  Delgado - He is coming off a complete game shutout of San Diego in his last start.  He allowed only three hits.  He also didn't allow any runs in his previous start before that, though he went only 5 2/3 innings, yet again he gave up just three hits. Over the last three seasons, the Under is 21-9 in all of Delgado's starts.  This includes a 19-7 mark when the number is 8.5 to 10.

2.  Darvish - He has had some really bad luck in recent starts. This includes his last start, a 1-0 loss to Cleveland. He finished with 11 strikeouts and allowed only three hits in six innings.  His previous start saw him allow zero runs over 6 1/3 innings, giving up only two hits in a 3-0 win over the Yankees.

3.  X-Factor - Texas has become a Under team.  This was not the norm the last several seasons.  But this year has seen them go 64-38 Under in all games (excluding pushes), including 34-14 when installed as a home favorite on the money line.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Jesse SchuleFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Seattle vs. BostonFREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Pick: SeattleFOR FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
The Red Sox defeated the Mariners at Fenway last night, but it took 15 innings and they used six different pitchers. Both teams will be shorthanded in the bullpen for the series finale tonight, but that's likely to be more of a concern for the home team.
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Felix Hernandez will toe the rubber for the M's, and he can usually be depended on to go deep into ballgames. Hernandez (11-4, 2.34 ERA) went nine innings allowing just a single run in a 2-1 loss to the Twins his last time out. Prior to that he tossed six scoreless innings in a blowout win over Houston.
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
He's faced the Red Sox once already this year, and he allowed just two runs on six hits in a victory at home. He came into this season with a record of 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA versus the Red Sox since 2010.
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
Boston will hand the ball to veteran Ryan Dempster, who often tires in the early innings. Dempster (6-8, 4.24 ERA) allowed a pair of runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Orioles his last time out. He has pitched well of late, but he hasn't gone six innings in any of his last three starts.
FOR THE LARGEST SELECTION OF FREE SERVICE PLAYS VISIT THESPREAD.COM
The Mariners hammered him for seven runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings earlier this season. There was a time in his career when Dempster could rise to the challenge in a pitcher's duel versus one of the best in the game, but I'm afraid that time may have passed.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Ray Monohan

Philadelphia -115

Matt Cain vs Cole Hamels is supposed to be a pitchers duel. Not so much this year with both pitchers struggling way more than they have at any other point in their careers. The numbers may not show it but Hamels has been much better of late. As disappointing as things have been in Philly the situation with the Giants is worse - they are in last place having dropped behind even San Diego in the NL West. Hamels may be 4-13 but the Phillies have won 4 of his last 6 starts. He ain't pitching great but he has often been the victim of bad luck too. A strong outing by the lefty will lead the Phillies to a win in the closing game of the series.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Matt Fargo

St Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Play: St Louis Cardinals   

Winners of four straight games, the Pirates have overtaken first place in the National League Central. It has helped that all four of the wins have come against the Cardinals, the team that they have passed in the standings and while momentum is clearly on their side, I think the streak comes to an end tonight. Pittsburgh has allowed only seven runs to the best hitting team and the most run producing team in the National League which is very impressive. The Pirates look to continue that with Charlie Morton on the hill but I do not see it happening. Morton has been very solid since entering the rotation as her has a 3.59 ERA through eight starts with the Pirates going 6-2 in those games. This includes wins in each of the last three games but all of those were against teams with a losing record and going back to last season, Pittsburgh is 1-5 in his last six starts against teams with a winning record. Additionally, he has had a nightmarish time against the Cardinals, going 2-7 with a 6.17 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in 11 career starts. Helping the Pirates is the fact that St. Louis has dropped its last seven games to fall 2.5 games back in the division. The Cardinals have not dropped eight straight games since 2007 and while they are in a slide, they are 37-17 in their last 54 games following a loss. Joe Kelly gets another shot in the rotation after an impressive outing in his last starts as he held the Braves scoreless for 6.1 innings last weekend. In four starts overall, he has a 2.31 ERA and in 27.2 innings under the lights as a starter and a reliever, he has a 2.93 ERA. The Cardinals need a win to end the drought and they finally get it done.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Steve Janus

St Louis Cardinals +107

The Cardinals have surprisingly lost seven straight and are on the verge of getting swept by the Pirates in a rare 5-game series. I think it's pretty safe to say that this is a must win game for St Louis with another brutal 3-game series at Cincinnati coming up this weekend.

I definitely like the Cardinals chances in this one. They will send out a very underrated Joe Kelly, who has been a surprisingly good spot starter. Kelly made his first start since July 12 last Tuesday and threw six shutout innings at Atlanta. He's now got a 2.31 ERA over four starts and 0.77 ERA in two trips to the mound on the road.

Kelly will be opposed by Charlie Morton, who has been a little off here of late. Last time out, Morton allowed 4 runs on 9 hits in just 5 innings against the pathetic offense of the Marlins. While the Cardinals offense is averaging just 1.4 runs over their last 7 games, they showed signs of breaking out of the slump last night. While they managed just 4 runs they had 13 hits but were doomed by 11 runners left on base. Considering Morton has a career 6.17 ERA and 1.871 WHIP over 11 career starts vs St Louis, I expect the Cardinals offense to put up a big number tonight.

It's hard to believe given the Cardinals current losing streak, but they are still an impressive 30-14 following a loss this season. They are also 44-18 off a loss to a division rival as a favorite over the last 3 seasons!

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Dave Price

Seattle Mariners +102

The Mariners have the edge on the mound with Felix Hernandez. The ace right-hander is 11-4 with a 2.34 ERA on the season, including 7-2 on the road where he has a 2.25 ERA. He's been nearly unhittable of late, posting a 0.39 ERA over his last three starts. Ryan Dempster hasn't been nearly as good for Boston, as evidenced by his 6-8 record and 4.24 ERA. His ERA is 5.79 over his last three starts. It is also worth noting that Hernandez has an outstanding track record against Boston. He's 7-2 (9-4 on the money line) with a 3.13 ERA in 13 starts against the Red Sox. Take Seattle.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

SPORTS WAGERS

PHILADELPHIA -1½ +198 over San Fran

The Giants have dropped five of Main Cain’s last six starts. Cain has made four consecutive starts at home and over that stretch he’s lasted just 15 innings combined and walked 12 batters. Cain was knocked out in the first inning against the Mets and he was knocked out of the third inning by the Dodgers in two of those four starts. Cain does not have a strong profile for a hitter-friendly venue like Citizens Bank Park. His 38%/22%/45% groundball/line-drive/fly-ball split on the year plays at a big risk at this park. Cain isn’t as bad as his numbers suggest but the Giants are a struggling ball club and it would appear that they have a completely different mind-set recently. San Fran has been in a pennant race for several years in a row. This season they are in last place in the NL West, 10 games back of the Dodgers. It’s not that they are 10 games back that makes it too difficult to catch up, it’s that they have to leapfrog over four other clubs that makes it near impossible and it’s simply not going to happen. Those pennant races and championship seasons require high intensity and focus and for the first time in many years, these Giants pitchers are taking a bit of a breather and who could blame them? Matt Cain is among that group.

Cole Hamels is 4-13 with a 4.09 ERA. That’s bordering on ludicrous because outside of a rough April, Hamels has posted ace-like skills since. Over his last five starts, Hamels has walked six batters and struck out 25 over 30 frames. Over his last 10 starts, he has an elite 1.09 WHIP. Hamels has started 22 games this season. If you throw out his first four April starts, 15 of his past 18 have been of the pure quality variety. Hamels has lost five games this season in which he held the opposition to two runs or less. Hamels surface stats are among the most misleading in baseball but underneath he is still an ace. This is a great buy-low opportunity and while we could lay a cheap 10 cents on Hamels, the reward of laying the runs is worth the risk.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Jason Sharpe

Toronto (+110) over L.A. Angels

Not many folks like this Toronto Blue Jays team. But even though they look to be out of the playoff race, I still like this squad and the talent level it has. Toronto has been one of the top hitting teams in all of baseball the last few weeks, and for the first time all year they look to have all of their offensive guys on the field at the same time. In fact it wouldn't surprise me at all if this team started to go on a nice little run here later in the season. Josh Johnson takes the hill for the Blue Jays, and he's another Toronto guy who hasn't lived up to expectations this year. However, I still like Johnson, and I see a guy whose faced most of the best offense's in baseball of late being his biggest downfall. This is still someone with some very strong strikeout-to-walk numbers, and that is the biggest indicator of future success for any pitcher.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Bob Balfe

San Francisco Giants +115

This Phillies team is finished. There is so much internal conflict behind the scenes and when it comes down to it just are not that good and clearly have given up. Hamels never gets any run support and until they prove otherwise why not go against them at this value? Take the Giants.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Thursday, August 1

Red Dog Sports

Malaysia vs. Iran
Play: Iran -150

Take Iran as a big favorite on Thursday. They are one of the favorites with China and the Philippines. Haddidi plays inside for Iran and he should dominate the game. He has some NBA experience.  Iran beat them 121-36 back in 2011. Iran also beat Uzbekistan by 132-38. Iran can name the score in this opener of the Asian Championships. Hopefully, we see a 104-42 type of score.

Blade
useravatar
Online
198899 Posts
Administrator has disabled public posting

Board Info

Board Stats:
 
Total Topics:
43366
Total Polls:
2
Total Posts:
267244
Average Posts Per Hour:
4.1
User Info:
 
Total Users:
3354
Newest User:
Robert Rae
Members Online:
1
Guests Online:
3351

Online: 
Blade

Forum Legend:

 Topic
 New
 Locked
 Sticky
 Active
 New/Locked
 Sticky/Locked

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com