Free Picks: Service Plays for Wednesday, September 4

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Jeff Alexander

NY Yankees -1.5 (+110)

Look for the Yankees to cover the run line behind a strong performance from Sabathia, who is 18-4 with an ERA of 3.63 in 32 career starts against the White Sox. His clubs are 7-0 in his last 7 home starts against the White Sox and have won these by an average of 4.0 runs. Chicago has lost 5 straight by an average of 3.4 runs. The Yankees have won 7 in a row at home against right-handed starters by an average of 3.0 runs. Bet New York on the run line.

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Jeff Benton

Wednesday freebie is the Jays to complete their sweep in the desert over the Diamondbacks.

Arizona's playoff pulse is pretty much done, as the D-Backs enter today's interleague finale having dropped 5 of their last 6 games, and they have been held to a grand total of just 12 runs in those 6 games.

Things don't figure to get any easier today when the face southpaw Mark Buehrle who has a 6-0 mark with a lowly 1.93 ERA the last 8 times his name has been called to make the start.

Toronto is playing the role of spoiler these days, as the Blue Jays have won 7 of their past 9 games, and those wins have come at the expense of the playoff-seeking Royals, Yankees and Diamondbacks.

Randall Delgado will make the start for Arizona, and Delgado is just 1-3 in his home starts this season.

Arizona lost by a 10-4 count last night, and appear to be on their last legs with less than 30 games left in the season.

Toronto to complete the sweep.

4♦ TORONTO

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Brad Wilton

My comp play for Wednesday is the Pirates on the Run Line to wrap up their series with the Brewers.

Pittsburgh has been putting the hammer down on Milwaukee this season, as last night's win was their 8th in their past 10 meetings this year against the Brewers.

The Bucs won by just one run last night, but I trust them to extend the margin tonight behind their ace Francisco Liriano.

Pittsburgh has won 10 of Liriano's last 13 starts, and Liriano is 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA this season when facing Milwaukee.

Liriano has gone 8-3 with a 1.68 ERA in his last 11 starts against division opponents.

You throw those stats in with the fact Milwaukee is a lowly 12-26 this season when facing southpaws, and this game will get away from the Brewers quickly tonight.

Wily Peralta will start for Milwaukee, and his ERA of 5.12 at home is among the worst home ERA for any starter in baseball this season.

Get the brooms out Pirate fans, Pittsburgh takes this one by at least 3 runs.

4♦ PITTSBURGH -1.5

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Brett Atkins

My free play for tonight - for a second straight night - is on the Angels against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. Last night I had no problem going against Matt Moore, and proved to be wrong. Tonight I want you listing Jared Weaver ONLY in this game, as I think he'll be the major factor in the Halos getting it done and this time me being right.

Weaver has looked good in rebounding from a couple of rough starts, in allowing just one run over 14 innings in back-to-back road victories over Seattle and Milwaukee. The staff-ace scattered three hits over six scoreless frames against the Brewers last Friday and now comes in with a 4-2 record and 3.93 ERA in eight career starts against Tampa Bay.

The Angels came home to Anaheim after an 8-1 road trip, and that included the Halos winning two of three at Tampa Bay last week. Despite beating the Angels last night, the Rays have still lost eight of their last 10 games.

The Rays are in on additional losing streaks of 1-6 on the road , 0-6 when installed as a road pup and 1-5 overall. The Halos, meanwhile, are in on win streaks of 5-0 against a right-hander and 39-12 when Weaver starts at home.

Take the Angels tonight, with Weaver.

4♦ ANGELS

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Chris Jordan

My free winner for Wednesday night is on the Chicago White Sox over the New York Yankees, and I want you listing Erik Johnson ONLY in this game, as I think the kid making his MLB debut will stymie the Jekyll and Hyde Yankees.

Talk about a jump from Triple-A Charlotte, this kid's 'Welcome to the Bigs' moment will take place on 161st Street in the Bronx, against the majors' most historic franchise. So be it.

Johnson, a second round pick in a deep class of college pitchers in 2011, sports four pitches and is a prototypical pitcher with plenty of potential. He leads with a fastball that hits the plate in the low 90s, and complements things with a good slider, a steady change and a work-in-progress curve.

I'm always game to play a kid in his first start, especially against a strange team like the Bombers. So one night after winning with the Yankees on the Run Line as a 500♦ play, I think the Sox get it done with this right-hander going.

2♦ CHICAGO

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Scott Delaney

My free winner is on the Los Angeles Dodgers, over the Colorado Rockies, simply on value alone. I really don't even plan on getting into this too long, as it's a simple matter of the hottest team in baseball in more than two months - since June 22, to be exact - getting a plus-price.

I know it's baseball, and I know any team can win on any given night. But when you have a chance to play a team that is normally laying a relatively high price with big juice, catching a plus-number, you have to take advantage.

Thus, I'm on the Dodgers.

2♦ LOS ANGELES

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Ray Monohan

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Sometimes good teams do weird things like with the Dodgers acquiring Edinson Volquez from San Diego. They are starting him today to give rest to others but they are doing so against Colorado, a team that has roughed him up big time in the past.

In the same game the Rox have their ace, Jorge De La Rosa on the hill, who has been dynamite on the hill. The best part is that since it is the Dodgers you can get pretty good odds on the fade even though I think it is likely L.A. probably doesn’t field its A lineup for this one either.

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Bob Balfe

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Is there any team in baseball as bad as the Rays right now? What happened? This team was winning almost every single night and now the pressure is on them by the Yankees to overtake that last AL Wild Card spot. Weaver is the better pitcher in this game and the Angels are playing better right now. Take the Angels..

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