Free Picks: Service Plays for Tuesday, September 24

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Jack Jones

Toronto Blue Jays +150

The Baltimore Orioles have no business being this heavily favored over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight. They trail the Cleveland Indians by five games for the final Wild Card spot in the American League with six games to play.

The Orioles have played themselves out of the postseason over the past week. They have lost five straight games coming in after getting swept by the Rays last series. Now, they will have a very hard time getting motivated to play the Toronto Blue Jays in this series.

I look for the Blue Jays to steal Game 1 tonight behind Todd Redmond, who is 4-2 with a 3.82 ERA and 1.103 WHIP in 12 starts and three relief appearances this year. Redmond is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.655 WHIP in his last three starts as well.

The Blue Jays are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Toronto is 4-1 in its last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Orioles are 2-8 in their last 10 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. Baltimore is 1-4 in its last 5 games as a home favorite. The Orioles are 1-6 in Chris Tillman's last 7 starts when working on 4 days or rest. Bet the Blue Jays Tuesday.

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Jeff Alexander

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The Rangers, who are fighting hard for a wild-card spot, have owned a Houston club that has lost 10 in a row by an average of 4.5 runs. With yesterday's 12-0 loss, the Astros have dropped nine straight to the Rangers by an average of 4.2 runs. Texas has won 4 of Darvish's 5 career starts versus Houston, and he has nearly no-hit the Astros twice this season. Take the Rangers on the run line.

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Cincinnati -1½

NY Mets are 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Cincinnati is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
Cincinnati is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing NY Mets

Lets face it the Mets season has been over for a while now why the Reds are fighting for a division title. This game is a clear mismatch when we compare lineups. The Mets have brought up a bunch of their young talent to see what they have for the future while the Reds reamin with what has been workion gall year. The Reds own the Mets 4-0 SU this year and 9 out of their last 10 dating back to last year. We are all over the Reds today on the RL as this one shouldn’t be close.

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Craig Davis

Now, as for today's free play, I'm taking the Tampa Bay Rays to knock the Yankees out of the playoff race.

New York should be absolutely embarrassed with this payroll and their non-comparable record. This is the worst team the Yankees have put on the field since the 1993 season... seriously. New York has been a regular staple in the post-season, but after tonight's loss, they will have pretty much knocked themselves out of the picture.

The Yankees are simply too inconsistent, with either a lack of solid pitching or absolutely no bats... and they just can't seem to put them both together.

Tonight's starter, Hiroki Kuroda, was the best pitcher in baseball in the month of July and appeared to be headed to a direct competition for the Cy Young Award with Max Scherzer and possibly a few others.

Since then, though, his ERA is over 5.00 and he just can't seem to give the Yankees a quality start. Kuroda's season ERA is 3.17, but that's highly deceiving based on what he did in June and July vs. what he's done since.

He's trying to avoid his first eight-start winless streak since 2008. Over his last seven starts, Kuroda is 0-5 with a miserable 6.37 ERA since the end of July and was beaten in his last start vs. lowly Toronto, 6-2. Horrible.

Matt Moore (15-4, 3.34 ERA) counters for Tampa Bay, and is hoping to keep his hot road record going. Moore, who has been up and down this year, is 8-1 with a 2.76 ERA in 14 road starts during the 2013 season, with the Rays taking 12 of them.

Take the Rays as your free play of the day.

4♦ TAMPA BAY

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Jeff Benton

Your Tuesday freebie is the Indians on the Run Line over the White Sox.

Cleveland can feel it. Cleveland can taste it. The Indians are right on the brink of a wild card berth next week, and they will not let the lowly White Sox stand in their way this Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians just swept a 4 game set off of the Houston Astros, and now they will look to sweep this 2 game set from a Chicago team they have won 15 of 17 off of this year.

Most recently, the Tribe picked up a 4 game sweep over the Pale Hose on the 12th through the 15th in the Windy City, Cleveland winning ALL 4 of those games, and winning them all by 2 runs or better.

Hector Santiago will oppose Ubaldo Jimenez.

Jimenez sports an ERA of just 1.65 over his last 10 starts, while Santiago enters with an 0-2 mark his last 3 starts, including a loss to the Indians his last trip to the bump, working 4 innings while allowing 6 hits and 3 runs to score.

Chicago is just playing out the string right now, and with Cleveland having so much on the line, I do not see the White Sox giving much resistance based on their season series mark versus the Indians this year.

Play the Tribe on the Run Line.

4♦ CLEVELAND -1.5

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Brad Wilton

My Tuesday night free play winner will be for the Red Sox and the Rockies to get their hitting shoes on, as the Over comes through tonight at Coors Field.

Boston has clinched the A.L. East division title, and they are in good shape to clinch the best record in the junior circuit, so look for them to be swinging free-and-easy tonight when they face Rockies' hurler Tyler Chatwood.

John Lackey will go for Boston, as he will look to erase some suspect road starts since the All-Star break. Lackey has been lights-out at Fenway Park this season, but is just 1-4 with a 5.45 ERA in his 5 road starts since the break.

Chatwood just gave up 4 runs over 6 innings in his last assignment, and does sport a 4.34 ERA in his September starts this season.

Boston has been playing them low of late, going under the total in 5 of their last 6 games overall, but Colorado does counter those numbers with a 10-3-1 Over mark their last 14 games played at home.

I think the bats bop tonight.

Red Sox-Rockies to play Over the total.

3♦ BOSTON-COLORADO OVER

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Brett Atkins

My free play for Monday night is on the L.A. Dodgers getting it done in San Francisco against their N.L. West-rival Giants, and I want you listing Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is back in the rotation and will pitch for the first time since Sept. 16.

Though manager Don Mattingly's recent comments would indicate he's basing everything around Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, make no mistake Ryu has been the No. 3 guy in this rotation and has been solid for the Dodgers.

Tonight he may be out to prove himself, and with a career 2.81 ERA against the Giants, I think his confidence will be on high.

Though it's a longshot, the Dodgers are still in line to get homefield advantage throughout the N.L. Playoffs. The Cardinals have a tough series with Washington on their hands, while the Braves have been slumping lately. Nothing would surprise me, so I'll look for the Dodgers to be at their best.

1♦ LOS ANGELES

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Chris Jordan

My free play for tonight is on the Miami Marlins getting it done over the Philadelphia Phillies, who have sunken back into slump-mode and look horrible during this five-game losing streak.

These two teams just met last week, and the Marlins closed the series out by snapping a seven-game win streak in the series, with a 4-3 upset win. Last night the Phils handed the ball to right-hander Roy Halladay, who I told you was suffering through a miserable campaign that has been marred by injuries and inconsistency. Then the Marlins won.

Tonight I am right back on the Fish, as I think they're going to continue Philadelphia's demise, and will have no trouble getting the win in this game. Point blank, the Phillies aren't exactly playing the best baseball right now.

The Phils have lost 21 of their last 28 on the road. I'm taking a shot here with Miami.

1♦ MIAMI

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Scott Delaney

My free play for Tuesday night is on the Texas Rangers on the Run Line over the Houston Astros, and while I know we're having to lay money in this game by playing the run line, I still will do it in this Texas Tussle.

The Rangers have dominated this series, having won nine straight over the worst team in baseball. During the nine-game win streak, Texas has outscored the Astros, 64-24, an average final of 7.1-2.6.

Houston arrived in Arlington after losing four straight in Cleveland, then lost 12-0 last night. Tonight will be its sixth consecutive road game in as many days and their 12th game overall in as many days.

Texas, meanwhile, returned home after a seven-game tour that took them to Tampa Bay and Kansas City. This series couldn't have come at a better time, as the Rangers are struggling terribly this month and are flirting with danger of missing the playoffs. It was just last month the Rangers had a 78-56 record, led the AL West and had only two fewer victories than American Leading-leading Boston.

Now it's time to make one last surge, and it continues against a team the Rangers have dominated.

1♦ TEXAS -1.5

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