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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

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

Cubs vs Giants Free Pick

Major League Baseball action on Monday is highlighted with a showdown in northern California when the Chicago Cubs visit the San Francisco Giants. The current line on top sportsbooks has Chicago favored at -190, San Francisco on +175 and the over/under run total on 8.

Entering the game, Chicago on the season is 58-52 overall and 29-26 on the road. The Cubs are 5-5 in their last 10 games played. San Francisco on the season is 44-69 overall and 25-31 at home. The Giants are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

San Francisco played spoiler against one team contending for the postseason in their last series and look to do the same against Chicago starting Monday. The Cubs come to the West coast leading Milwaukee by a half game in the National League Central after going 1-4 in their last five games.

San Francisco won two out of three against Arizona including Sunday’s 6-3 win. The Giants have been plagued with injuries and have brought in young players to get big league experience, but are playing well said manager Bruce Bochy. › Continue reading

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Monday, August 7th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Cubs vs Giants Free Pick

Indians vs Red Sox Free Pick

American League action on the Major League Baseball Monday calendar features the Cleveland Indians visiting the Boston Red Sox. The current line on top sportsbooks has Cleveland favored at -135, Boston at +115 and the over/under run total on 10.5.

Entering the game, Cleveland on the season is 57-46 overall and 29-22 on the road. The Indians are 9-1 in their last 10 games played. Boston on the season is 57-49 overall and 30-20 at home. The Red Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games played.

Boston with this series will now be facing two of the hottest American League teams back to back while not faring well during the first series. The Red Sox avoided being swept by winning in extra innings Saturday over Kansas City, as they lost on Sunday to the Royals.

The Indians lost 3-1 on Sunday to the Chicago White Sox to snap their 9-game winning streak, but the starting rotation gave them yet another strong showing. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 31st, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Indians vs Red Sox Free Pick

Red Sox vs Mariners Free Pick

Major League Baseball action heads to the Pacific Northwest on Monday when the Boston Red Sox visit the Seattle Mariners. The current line on top sportsbooks has Seattle favored at -150, Boston on +140 and the over/under run total on 8.

Entering this game, Boston on the season is 55-45 overall and 26-27 on the road. The Red Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games played. Seattle on the season is 49-51 overall and 28-25 at home. The Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games played.

Boston has not had much offensive production out of a number of players they have put at third base so they called up Rafael Devers a 20-year old from the minors who is expected to debut in the majors on Monday against Seattle.

The Red Sox lead the American League East by three games despite having lost three of their past four overall. Devers had 14 hits in 35 at bats with a pair of home runs while playing with Triple-A affiliate Pawtucket. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 24th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Red Sox vs Mariners Free Pick

Cardinals vs Mets Free Pick

Monday night Major League Baseball action heads to the Big Apple when the St. Louis Cardinals visit the New York Mets. The current line on top sportsbooks has New York slightly favored at -115, St. Louis at +105 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering the game, St. Louis on the season is 44-47 overall and 18-23 on the road. The Cardinals are 5-5 in their last 10 games played. New York on the season is 41-48 overall and 21-25 at home. The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

If the Cardinals want to re-enter the race for the National League Central, they must play better when on the road. St. Louis will start a four-game series Monday at New York against the Mets. The Cardinals are coming off a three-game series at Pittsburgh in which they lost 2 of 3.

The Mets started their second half of the season following the All-Star break defeating Colorado in two straight games but lost on Sunday 13-4 in the finale of their three-game series. The Mets lost two of three to the Cardinals in the last series prior to the break for the All-Star Game. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 17th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Cardinals vs Mets Free Pick

Red Sox vs Rangers Free Pick

American League action heads to the Lone Star State on Monday when the Boston Red Sox visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Boston favored at -125, Texas at +105 and the over/under run total on 11.

Entering this game, Boston on the season is 47-35 overall and 22-21 on the road. The Red Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Texas on the season is 40-42 overall and 22-17 at home. The Rangers are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Boston right-fielder Mookie Betts had 8 RBIs on Sunday for Boston in their 15-1 victory over Toronto. Betts started a bit slow this season but became the franchise’s first leadoff hitter to have eight runs batted in in one game.

Betts has 4 hits in 9 at bats during his career against Martin Perez the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rangers on Monday. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 3rd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Red Sox vs Rangers Free Pick

Rangers vs Indians Free Pick

American League action on Monday features the Texas Rangers visiting the Cleveland Indians. The current line on top sportsbooks has Cleveland favored at -170, with Texas at +150 and the over/under run total sitting on 8.5.

Entering the game, Texas on the season is 38-37 overall and 16-20 on the road. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games played. Cleveland on the season is 39-35 overall and 15-20 at home. The Indians are 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

Cleveland struggled to score during their recent weekend series and because of that is no longer leading the American League Central as they open a four-game set with Texas on Monday.

The Indians were outscored 13-2 at home during a three-game set over the weekend by Minnesota. After being swept, the Indians were overtaken by the Twins as leaders of the AL Central. › Continue reading

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Monday, June 26th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rangers vs Indians Free Pick

Mets vs Dodgers Free Pick

National League action on Monday heads west when the New York Mets visit the Los Angeles Dodgers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Los Angeles heavily favored at -300, New York at +250 and the over/under run total sitting on 7.

Entering this game, New York on the season is 31-37 overall and 14-14 on the road. The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season is 44-26 overall and 25-10 at home. The Dodgers are 9-1 in their last 10 games played.

Los Angeles needs every win possible to maintain place in the competitive NL West. The Dodgers look to win their fourth consecutive game and 10th in the last 11 overall on Monday in the first game of a four-game set with the Mets.

In their just completed 6-game road trip across Ohio, the Dodgers finished 5-1 including their sweep of three straight games over the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers are now tied for second with Arizona one game behind first place Colorado in the division. › Continue reading

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Monday, June 19th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Mets vs Dodgers Free Pick

Cubs vs Mets Free Pick

National League action in Major League Baseball heads to the Big Apple on Monday when the Chicago Cubs visit the New York Mets. The current line on top sportsbooks has New York favored at -130, Chicago on +120 and the over/under run total on 8.

Entering the game Chicago is 31-31 overall and 11-16 on the road, The Cubs are 6-4 in their past 10 games played. New York is 28-33 overall and 14-19 at home. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games played.

The Cubs are winless on the road in the past month and start on road trip of six games Monday with the first three against the Mets. Chicago has lost eight consecutive road games and has not won a road series since April 24-26, when they won two out of three at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On Sunday, Chicago ended its skid of four straight losses with a win over Colorado of 7-5 with the help of four homers. › Continue reading

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Monday, June 12th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Cubs vs Mets Free Pick

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