Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, May 17

Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, May 17

Chris Jordan

My free play for tonight is on the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks, as the men in blue continue their mastery of the Snakes this season. It doesn't even matter to me that Clayton Kershaw is going tonight, the Dodgers have owned Arizona all season.

In nine meetings this season, Los Angeles is 8-1 against the Diamondbacks. Plus, the Dodgers have two shutouts this year, and both have come against Arizona. The combined final in all nine meetings is Los Angeles 53, Arizona 28.

The Dodgers have now won three of four, while the D-Backs have dropped three of four - all on their own field. Los Angeles has climbed in the standings and is four games behind first-place San Francisco, while the Snakes are in last place, 12 games under .500.

Take L.A.

4♦ L.A. DODGERS

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, May 17

Brad Wilton

My Saturday comp play winner is the Twins to hold off the Mariners one more time at Target Field.

Minny edged the M's, 5-4 last night in the series opener as Seattle lost their third in a row overall. The Mariners are also on a 2-5 series slide against the Twins, and they have not been able to figure out Minnesota starter Samuel Deduno in the two starts that he has made against them.

Deduno has won back-to-back start against Seattle, as he has fanned 15 while allowing just 5 hits in 14 scoreless frames.

Roenis Elias will counter for slumping Seattle, and he is coming off a loss to Kansas City his last trip to the hill.

I like Deduno to continue to baffle the Mariners sticks, and the Twins to add to the Mariners losing streak.

1♦ MINNESOTA

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Re: Free Picks: Service Plays for Saturday, May 17

Dave Essler

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Why is there a .30-.40 line move in this game? Makes no sense, or does it. With the ineptness of the Padres against RHP this season, you'd not expect this, especially with Lyles being more of a groundball pitcher. But, Lyles has had two straight games over 100+ pitches. He did that a fair bit early last season, and only one time late and the second time he was simply lit up at home by the Reds. Perhaps at 23 the kid just can't do that yet. And last season, at home, he was simply horrible, with a 6.60 ERA and a .297 BAA. I get that that was then and this is now, but there is no way he has turned into Sandy Koufax in the off-season. The current Padres roster has 22 hits in 57 at-bats (.386) against him, so something's got to give. Erlins' got a WHIP of 1.24 over the course of the season, which is simply quite good. The only game he was really torched was at Washington, but he too has thrown a lot of pitches, which is why I also lean to the over. If the lineups are stupid, I'll probably add that, but in the end it's the Padres bullpen that makes the difference in this game,

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