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Padres vs Cardinals Free Pick

National League action on the Wednesday Major League Baseball calendar features the San Diego Padres visiting the St. Louis Cardinals. The current line on top sportsbooks has St. Louis favored at -175, San Diego at +145 and the over/under run total on 8.5.

Entering this game, San Diego on the season is 56-69 overall and 23-39 on the road. The Padres are 5-5 in their last 10 games played. St. Louis on the season is 63-62 overall and 4-6 in its last 10 games played.

San Diego has won 5 of its past 8 games with help from Yangervis Solarte who belted a home run of 445 feet and drove in six runs, a career high, in the Padres 12-4 win on Tuesday over the Cardinals.

Solarte had three hits giving him six multi-hit games during August, which helped San Diego break out of an offensive slump. Prior to Tuesday’s offensive outburst the Padres had scored only six runs during their four prior games.

St. Louis, which has lost three straight, is 4 ½ games behind the Chicago Cubs for first-place in the NL Central, and are 5 games behind Colorado for the second and final NL wildcard spot. Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer giving him seven home runs in his last seven games against his former team the Padres.

San Diego will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound to face the Cardinals. The Padres right-hander is 11-8 with an ERA of 3.98. St. Louis will counter with Luke Weaver. The Cardinals right-hander is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.31.

Chacin has not won in his past three starts, losing the first followed by two straight no-decisions. On the road, Chacin is 4-6 with an ERA of 6.90. In four starts and one relief appearance against St. Louis, Chacin is 0-4 with an ERA of 5.81.

Weaver is making just his third start this season filling in for Adam Wainwright. Weaver, who is just 24, could start regularly the rest of this season.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina hit a home run Tuesday.

San Diego first baseman Wil Myers is hitless in his last 13 at bats.

San Diego is 3-9 in its last 12 games versus opponents with a record over .500.

St. Louis is 7-3 in its last 10 games against NL West opponents.

With this free pick, we like St. Louis to win.

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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Padres vs Cardinals Free Pick

Nationals vs Astros Free Pick

Interleague play in Major League Baseball between two tops teams in each league highlights Tuesday’s calendar when the Washington Nationals visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at -175, Washington at +160 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering this game, Washington on the season is 74-48 overall and 39-32 on the road. The Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Houston on the season is 76-48 overall and 36-27 at home. The Astros are 5-5 in their last 10 games played.

The Astros and Nationals both have huge leads in their respective divisions but both continue to focus on playing well during the final six weeks of the season. This series will be test for both to see how they fare against a possible World Series opponent.

Washington started its current road trip with three wins in four games against San Diego as its pitching staff allowed just six runs during the four-game series.

The Nationals placed Max Scherzer, their ace, on their disabled listed but have a deep staff that has given up three runs or fewer in seven consecutive games and 10 of the past 11.

Houston pitched strong during its weekend series giving up only one run in its two wins against Oakland in its games Friday and Saturday. However, on Sunday, defense let down the pitching in its 3-2 loss. The Astros are 4-2 over their past six games played.

Washington will send Tanner Roark to the mound on Tuesday. The Nationals right-hander is 9-8 with an ERA of 4.70. Houston will counter with Charlie Morton. The Astros right-hander is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.69.

Roark pitched effectively versus the Angels in his last outing last Wednesday, but was not given support by the offense to win while giving up four hits and three runs. He has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past three outings.

Morton in his past five starts is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.53. The Astros veteran has 119 strikeouts over 107 innings pitches and eight more Ks will give him a career high for a season.

Washington is 2-5 in its last 7 games against American League West opponents.

Houston is 9-1 in its last 10 games versus National League East opponents.

With this free pick, we like Houston to win.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Nationals vs Astros Free Pick

Rangers vs Angels Free Pick

American League West action is featured on Monday’s Major League Baseball calendar when the Texas Rangers visit the Los Angeles Angels. The current line on top sportsbooks has Los Angeles favored at -145, Texas at +135 and the over/under run total is on 8.5.

Entering the game, Texas on the season is 61-62 overall and 26-33 on the road. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season is 64-60 overall and 33-26 at home. The Angels are 8-2 in their last 10 games played.

Los Angeles is looking to build from its successful road trip when they start a four-game set with AL West rival Texas. The Angels have won 9 of their last 11 and are sitting in a tie for the second AL wildcard, while the Rangers are not far behind trailing the Angels and Twins by just 2 ½ games.

The Angels ended a road trip where they were 7-2 with a 5-4 win on Sunday over Baltimore with Kole Calhoun hitting his third home run for the week and Cameron Maybin’s pinch-hit single knocking in the go ahead run.

Los Angeles hit 11 home runs during its weekend series at Baltimore including two by Luis Valbuena. Over his last 21 games played, Valbuena has 9 home runs and 19 RBIs.

Texas is 5-2 over its last seven games played, but lost on Sunday 3-2 to the White Sox. Joey Gallo collided in the game with Matt Bush during the eighth inning, with both Rangers’ put on concussion protocol. Rougned Odor, the Rangers second baseman has batted .387 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs over his past 8 games.

Texas will send Cole Hamels to the mound on Monday. The Rangers lefthander is 8-1 with an ERA of 3.48. Los Angeles will counter with Tyler Skaggs. The Angels lefthander is 1-3 with an ERA of 3.63.

Hamels was a winner last Wednesday over Detroit despite giving up eight hits and four runs in six innings. He has won four straight decisions and is 6-1 with an ERA of 2.93 since the start of July.

Skaggs is coming of the team’s bereavement list and will make his fourth start since a stint on the disabled list with an oblique strain in which he missed 85 games. He is 2-1 with an ERA of 5.46 against Texas in five starts during his career.

Texas is 8-3 in its last 11 games overall.

Los Angeles is 4-0 in its last 4 games versus AL West opponents.

With this free pick, we like Texas to win.

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Monday, August 21st, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rangers vs Angels Free Pick

Cardinals vs Pirates Free Pick

National League Central action highlights the Sunday calendar of Major League Baseball when the St. Louis Cardinals play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The current line on top sportsbooks has the game as nearly a tossup with St. Louis on +100, Pittsburgh -110 and the over/under run total on 9.5.

Entering this game, St. Louis on the season is 63-60 overall and 28-33 on the road. The Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games played. Pittsburgh on the season is 59-64 overall and 33-28 at home. The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 games played.

Starling Marte has five consecutive multi-hit games entering this game for the Pirates. Marte hit a home run amongst his three hits on Saturday as Pittsburgh snapped its six-game losing streak by beating St. Louis 6-4. The Pirates gave up 46 runs over their six-game losing streak.

With the loss on Saturday, the Cardinals dropped to 2 ½ games behind the Chicago Cubs, the first-place team in the NL Central. In the first two games against Pittsburgh in this current four-game series, St. Louis scored 11 runs in each game.

Cardinals’ rookie Paul DeJong is continuing to impress hitting home run No. 20 in just his 70th game in the majors. DeJong enters this game riding a hitting streak of nine games going 17-for-35 over that stretch.

St. Louis will send Mike Leake to the mound on Sunday. The Cardinals right-hander is 7-11 with an ERA of 3.88. Pittsburgh will counter with Ivan Nova. The Pirates right-hander is 10-10 with an ERA of 3.77.

Leake has no won any of his last four starts, giving up 18 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings. On Tuesday, Leake gave up eight runs in a loss to Boston.

Nova gave up two runs of which just one was earned last Tuesday in six innings but was the loser for the fourth time over a winless streak of five games. In his last eight starts, Nova has given up 11 home runs.

St. Louis center fielder Dexter Fowler has 7 hits in 14 at bats over his past four games, but missed the game on Saturday with a bad back. Fowler could return to play Sunday.

St. Louis is 4-1 in its last 5 games versus opponents from the NL Central.

Pittsburgh is 1-4 in its last 5 games against opponents from the NL Central.

With this free pick, we like St. Louis to win.

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Sunday, August 20th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Cardinals vs Pirates Free Pick

Diamondbacks vs Twins Free Pick

Interleague action on Saturday highlights the Major League Baseball calendar when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Minnesota Twins. The current line on top sportsbooks has Arizona favored at -150, Minnesota at +130 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering this game, Arizona on the season is 67-54 overall and 28-31 on the road. The Diamondbacks are 4-6 in their last 10 games played. Minnesota on the season is 60-59 overall and 28-35 at home. The Twins are 7-3 in their last 10 games played.

Young outfielder Byron Buxton has started to hit better for Minnesota. The 23-year old doubled, tripled and homered in the Twins 10-3 victory over Arizona in the first game of three between the two teams. Buxton is hitting .464, with three home runs during his current hitting streak of eight straight games.

The Twins are winners of 9 of their last 12 overall and are tied for the second wildcard spot in the American League with the Angels. › Continue reading

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Saturday, August 19th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Diamondbacks vs Twins Free Pick

Brewers vs Rockies Free Pick

National League action highlights Friday’s Major League Baseball calendar when the Milwaukee Brewers visit the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The current line on top sportsbooks has Colorado favored at -170, Milwaukee at +150 and the over/under run total on 12.

Entering this game, Milwaukee on the season is 63-59 overall and 28-29 on the road. The Brewers are 4-6 in their last 10 games played. Colorado on the season is 67-54 overall and 37-23 at home. The Rockies are 3-7 in their last 10 games played.

Milwaukee sits in second place in the NL Central just one game behind the first place Chicago Cubs and trails Colorado in the wildcard race in the NL by 4 ½ games. Milwaukee ended a home stand of seven games with four consecutive wins and now has nine games on the road.

Colorado is tied with Arizona for the top NL wildcard spot but has lost 7 of its last 10 overall. The Rockies could be without Nolan Arenado the RBI leader in the majors. The Colorado third baseman left Thursday’s loss of 10-4 to Atlanta after a ground ball hit his left hand. › Continue reading

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Friday, August 18th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Brewers vs Rockies Free Pick

Rays vs Blue Jays Free Pick

American League East action highlights Thursday’s Major League Baseball calendar when the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Toronto Blue Jays. The current line on top sportsbooks has Tampa Bay favored at -160, Toronto at +145 and the over/under run total on 9.5.

Entering this game, Tampa Bay on the season is 60-62 overall and 29-32 on the road. The Rays are 3-7 in their last 10 games played. Toronto on the season is 58-62 overall and 33-29 at home. The Blue Jays are 6-4 in their last 10 games played.

Josh Donaldson a former MVP in the AL played poorly during July, but of late has been an important factor in helping keep Toronto close to a wildcard spot in the AL. Donaldson has two or more hits in four straight games.

In July, Donaldson hit .216 and rumors were he might be traded. However, in August he is hitting .383 with 7 home runs and 9 hits in 17 at bats during his current hitting streak of five games after his two hits helped the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday.

Toronto has won 9 of 14 games in August and is just 3 ½ games back in the race for the second and final AL wildcard spot.

Tampa Bay lost for the ninth time in its last 12 games and sits only one game ahead of Toronto in the wildcard race. The Rays have scored two or fewer runs in 9 of those 12 games, while stranding 9 baserunners and going hitless in six at bats with running in scoring position in Wednesday’s loss.

Tampa Bay will send Chris Archer to the mound on Thursday. The Rays right-hander is 8-7 with an ERA of 3.84. Toronto will counter with Chris Rowley. The Blue Jays right-hander is 1-0 with an ERA of 1.69.

Archer snapped a streak of 15 straight games pitching into the seventh inning in his last start Saturday. This season Archer is 5-3 in road games.

Rowley was victorious in his debut in the majors last Saturday against the Pirates allowing five hits and one run over 5 plus innings.

Tampa Bay is 1-4 in its last 5 games versus opponents from the AL East.

Toronto is 4-1 in its last 5 games played.

With this free pick, we like Toronto to win.

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Thursday, August 17th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rays vs Blue Jays Free Pick

Yankees vs Mets Free Pick

The Battle of the Big Apple highlights Wednesday’s Major League Baseball calendar when the New York Yankees visit the New York Mets. The current line on top sportsbooks has the Yankees favored at -145, the Mets at +125 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering this game, the Yankees on the season are 63-55 overall, 28-33 at home, and 6-4 in their last 10 games played. The Mets on the season are 53-64 overall, 26-32 at home, and 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Gary Sanchez has reminded many why he was one of the Home Run Derby contenders by hitting home runs in two consecutive games and four over the past seven games during his hitting streak of the same length.

This is the third game of a four-game set, with the first two played in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium and the next two in Queens at Shea Stadium in this Subway series. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Yankees vs Mets Free Pick

White Sox vs Dodgers Free Pick

Interleague action highlights the Tuesday Major League Baseball calendar when the Chicago White Sox visit the Los Angeles Dodgers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Los Angeles favored at -350, Chicago at +270 and the over/under run total on 8.

Entering this game, Chicago on the season is 45-70 overall and 20-39 on the road. The White Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season is 83-34 overall and 49-14 at home. The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last 10 games played.

The Dodgers will try to maintain their incredible run of great play when they host the American League’s worst team for the first game of a two-game series on Tuesday. Los Angeles is 16-0-3 in its last 19 series dating back to June 7 and is 48-9 overall during that period.

Justin Turner, who is batting .346 for the Dodgers, hit two home runs in Sunday’s 6-4 win against San Diego. Turner has hit 6 home runs and knocked in 12 runs over his last 8 games. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on White Sox vs Dodgers Free Pick

Braves vs Rockies Free Pick

National League action in Mile High City highlights Monday’s Major League Baseball calendar when the Atlanta Braves visit the Colorado Rockies. The current line on top sportsbooks has Colorado favored at -150, Atlanta at +130 and the over/under run total on 12.

Entering the game, Atlanta on the season is 52-63 straight up and 26-33 on the road. The Braves are 3-7 in their last 10 games played. Colorado on the season is 65-52 overall and 35-21 at home. The Rockies are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Colorado’s starting rotation will be helped on Monday when starter Chad Bettis take to the mound for the first game of four between the Rockies and Braves a Coors Field.

Bettis won 14 games last season, but will be making his debut of this season after a battle with testicular cancer required surgery during the offseason along with chemotherapy earlier in 2017. › Continue reading

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Monday, August 14th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Braves vs Rockies Free Pick

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