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Free Picks: Service Plays for Sunday, August 3

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Tom Barton

San Diego vs Atlanta
Pick: San Diego -125

Tyson Ross has been simply ace worthy lately and at home he has always been exactly that. Ross toes the rubber at Petco Park once again tonight and that has been money all year, but like I said Ross has been money lately no matter where he pitches. Ross has won 3 straight starts and has the 2nd lowest ERA in July with a 1.10 mark. He has not allowed more than 2 runs in a game since mid June, 8 starts, and in 14 of his 17 starts he has held teams to 2 runs or less. At home Ross has allowed 1 run in his last 22 innings and is 3-0 over that span. In his last 10 home starts only one team even reached 3 runs. Now he takes on Aaron Harang. While Harang has been a feel good story this season he hasn't been as sharp lately. The Braves have lost his last 3 starts and while Harang has allowed just one team to cross 3 runs in his last 8 starts he is coming off of a 4 run, 6 innings bad game. I expect both to pitch well but it's hard to go against Ross who just looks tremendous right now.

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Chicago Cubs @ LA Dodgers 
Play: LA Dodgers -1.5 +116

The Chicago Cubs travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.  The Chicago Cubs are 46-63 overall this year while the LA Dodgers are 63-48 overall on the season.  LA Dodgers have won 7 of their past 8 games overall.  LA Dodgers are allowing only 2.9 runs per game their past seven games overall.  Edwin Jackson is 5-11 with a 5.72 ERA overall this year, 1-7 with a 5.97 ERA on the road this season and 0-1 with a 6.28 ERA his last 3 starts.  Josh Beckett is 6-5 with a 2.82 ERA overall this year and has a 3.22 ERA at home this season.  LA Dodgers are 6-2 at home vs Chicago Cubs the past 3 years.  Dodgers should blow Jackson out.  We'll recommend a small play on the LA Dodgers on the Run line today!

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DODGERS -1 -145

The Dodgers too care of business yesterday and we like them again today. Edwin Jackson has been terrible this year, especially on the road. His road ERA is 5.97 and WHIP is 1.56. He is also 1-7 on the road. Beckett hasn’t been great in 3 of his last 4 starts but he has been very good this year and we expect a strong effort against the Cubs weak offense. Beckett has been phenomenal during day games this year. In 26 innings pitched he had a 0.69 ERA and 0.65 WHIP. The Dodgers are the much better team with the better pitcher and the have won 7 of 8. Dodgers should win easily today.


Tyson Ross at home is as good as it gets. At home on the year he owns a 1.86 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP and has 85 K’s over 82 innings. He is even better in day starts with a 3-1 record, 1.00 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. We are taking the first 5 innings over the money line here because his average start is typically only 6 innings and this truly is a play on Ross and his superb home numbers.

PHILLIES RL (-1.5) +240

Seems crazy going up this hard against Strasburg with the Phillies but Hamels has been so incredible of late that we have to hit the Phillies hard here. Hamels has not allowed more than 3 runs since May. He also has allowed 2 runs combined over his past 3 starts (0.74 WHIP, 0.78 ERA). Strasburg has fallen on some hard times with a 4.19 ERA over his past 3 starts with only 1 solid game in those. Philadelphia has taken 2 of the first 3 games in this series and have won 6 of their past 10 overall. A LOT of value here.

BLUE JAYS -1 -133

The Jays power surge has cooled off but we think they get to Feldman the righty today. More importantly we have an incredible amount of faith in phenom Marcus Stroman to give the Jays an amazing outing – as he has done since being a starter (and an even better last 3 starts 0.71 WHIP, 0.43 ERA). Look for Toronto to split this series here against the Astros.


We need to take Darvish at this price. He has continued his dominance this season posting a 10-6 record with a 2.90 ERA and has 167 strikeouts in 133.1 innings. The Indians counter with Trevor Bauer who has also been pitching well lately but still sports average numbers with his 4-6 record with a 4.25 ERA. Even though the Rangers are playing mediocre ball they have still managed to be 16-7 in Darvishs last 23 starts overall and today we take the much better arm at a great price.

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