12 games this evening all under the lights. GL!
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12 games this evening all under the lights. GL!
Matinee day includes and ESPN Sunday night telecast from Busch Stadium. GL!
Full slate featues 4 matinees including a day/night doubleheader made up from a previous rainout. GL!
ChiCubs/Arizona over 4.5 -125 With 2 teams basically playing for pride representing the NL Central and Western Division cellars, the Cubs (40-54) and Diamondbacks (40-56) begin a 3 game series this evening at Chase Field. As there's not much on the line for either club, the second half of the season kicks off with Chicago taking to the road losing 8 of their last 10 games. Arizona has split their last 8 contests, but Kirk Gibson's days could be numbered as manager as the season slowly but surely winds down. Luck these days cannot seem to follow Edwin Jackson (5-10 5.64) who looks to be headed for his 4th consecutive season as a sub .500 starter. The 30 year old right-hander who currently resides in Germany has not recorded a win since June 20th. Jackson will look to bounce back facing an snakes lineup that is hitting .254 overall averaging just 3.9 runs per contest. Part of the Arizona achilles heel have been star veterans underachieving at the plate squandering run scoring opportunities. That's also evident by their lack of power as the DBacks have slugged just 76 HR thus far. Paul Goldschmidt (.308 16 61) leads the club in batting and is tied with Andrew McCutchen for second in the NL in RBI. Miguel Montero (.262 11 52) was elected to the All Star team and has done a fine job behind the plate. Aaron Hill (.275 7 45) may not be meeting career power averages due to a lack of protection in the lineup, but continues to be a threat in run scoring situations. Chris Owings (.277 6 21) was one of the more efficient table setters in the lineup before nursing a shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined over the past few weeks. Martin Prado (.275 4 36 has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 (.360) but because of team performance could be mentioned on the trading front. Mark Trumbo (.250 7 19) didn't seem like the offseason trade affected his psyche, however he was just activated since late April suffering from a foot injury. Trumbo crushed 95 HR's over the last 3 seasons with Anaheim. Arizona counters with Trevor Cahill (1-6 5.66) who was just activated from AAA Reno will return to the starting rotation this evening. Having not won since April 18th, the 26 year old righty faces a Cubs lineup hitting just a paltry .237 with 84 HR averaging about 3.8 runs per contest. Starlin Castro (.276 11 52) leads the team in hitting and RBI despite being the cornerstone of trade rumors the past couple of weeks. Power first basemen Anthony Rizzo (.275 20 49) made the All Star team and has hit in 5 of his last 6 (.333). Junior Lake (.218 9 25) has shown pop in his bat but has been mired through a 3 for 20 slump (.150) since experiencing head and knee injuries colliding into an outfield wall at Wrigley. Mike Olt (.144 13 29) has mightily struggled despite showcasing power when given the opportunity, however he must cut down on his 76 K's in 180 plate appearances. Luis Valbuena (.250 5 25) is coming off a successful June but is trying to snap a 2 for 20 slump (.100) over the past week. The Cubs have several valuable sources of production in their lineup but have struggled to put together big innings especially away from Wrigley. We get an expensive price this evening in a ballpark that given it's design, retractable roof and dimensions clearly favors the hitters. Only about 330 to each corner and 413 straight away, Chase Field in it's history has been conducive to plenty of balls leaving the yard given the power sources on home and opposing teams. With one pitcher having a tough time finding its stride and a second looking to re-familiarize himself with starting games, both teams could be in line to go toe to toe with each other and solve their offensive doldrums. Both teams have more potential on paper than what they've shown to this point. Just before the ASB we ran into a loss that stopped a 7 game winning streak. Still at 61% efficiency, what better time than this evening to start up another one? Best of luck however you play!
The second half begins with a full slate all under the lights. GL!
Who are you taking? American League SS Derek Jeter, Yankees LF Mike Trout, Angels 2B Robinson Cano, Mariners 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers RF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles CF Adam Jones, Orioles 3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics C Salvador Perez, Royals Starting pitcher: RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners National League CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates RF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks DH Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins 3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers 2B Chase Utley, Phillies C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers LF Carlos Gomez, Brewers Starting pitcher: RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
I have reset the streaker so you can go 7 days before making another pick without losing your streak - we have to do this every year at the all-star break so anyone with a current streak going you should be fine until Friday or Saturday before having to make another pick..... Also for the POD I have changed the minimum picks from 20 to 18 since we will have 4 days without anything to use unless you wish to make a play on the all-star game..... Hope everyone enjoys the break!!
Braves over hits easily. ...St Louis up 10-2. ....soccer game over 2.5 finishes at 3.. . All I can say is sweet!!!
MLB Atlanta vs. Chi Cubs, 07/12/2014 16:05 Atlanta -130 Units: 4 of 10 MLB Chi White Sox vs. Cleveland, 07/12/2014 15:05 Over 9/-102 Units: 1 of 10 To see more of slacker's plays click here.
Full slate includes 9 matinees. GL!
Boston/Houston over 4 -120: Following a series split with the Chicago White Sox, Boston (41-51) begins a brief 3 game series this evening at Minute Maid Park against Houston (39-54) who no longer represents the AL West thanks to a sweep of Texas. As bad as things have been for the defending beantown champs, they trail first place Baltimore by just 9.5 games. Houston continues to play for respectability out of the race since losing 11 of their last 16, but they are on pace to win 68 games which is an improvement from 2013. As the road gets easier for neither team, both still have some 60 games to make a late season push given their misfortunes. The Red Sox send John Lackey (9-6 3.84) to the hill who alongside Jon Lester has been fairly efficient. In fact, given the proper run support he may have 11 or a dozen wins officially. However the 35 year old righty has been battered for 16 ER over his last 14 IP going 1-2 (10.29). Lackey faces a Houston lineup that certainly has some pop in their bats throughout the roster despite averaging just 3.9 runs per contest. Hitting only .239 collectively, they are tied with Anaheim for 3rd in the AL with exactly 100 HR considering their lack of success has contributed to most coming by the way of the solo variety. George Springer (.238 19 50) is in the AL ROY talks and would enhance his chances if he brings up his otherwise mediocre batting average. Chris Carter (.198 17 37) is actually on a 6 game hitting streak (.375) and is looking to eclipse the mendoza mark with his weight the next obstacle to overcome. Perhaps cutting down on the 96 strikeouts in only 262 plate appearances will help. Matt Dominguez (.235 11 39) has played well at the hot corner and just saw a 5 game hit streak come to an end. Jose Altuve (.339 2 27) leads the league in steals with 41 while only caught 3 times (.932). Altuve only trails Adrian Beltre (.341) in the AL batting race. The Astros really miss Dexter Fowler (.270 6 24) who is eligible to come off the DL tomorrow after suffering an intercoastal strain. Jason Castro (.228 7 34) has struggled through an otherwise subpar season but hopes to turn it around after hitting safely in his last 4 games (.412). Houston counters with Scott Feldman (4-5 3.86) who has shown signs of mid-season form after an otherwise rough start. In a no-decision against Anaheim the 31 year old righty from Hawaii yielded 2 runs on 6 hits over 6 IP in an 11-5 comeback win for the Angels. Feldman faces a Bosox lineup that is worlds apart from their traditional mashup of AL pitching over years' past. Hitting just .242 and averaging only 3.8 runs per contest, Boston's 66 HR second to last in the AL only ahead of Kansas City. David Ortiz (.258 19 58) far and away leads the club in power and production, however he is just 3 for his last 17 (.176) and is some 30 percentage points off his career mark. Mike Napoli (.265 10 34) is also struggling as of late with just 4 hits in his last 25 plate appearances (.160). Brock Holt (.306 2 16) has been one of the few bright spots despite not possessing power from the hot corner. Dustin Pedroia (.279 4 34) is showing signs from a rough start, but lacks protection at the top of the lineup. Xander Bogarets (.237 6 21) has otherwise been up and down and reports have him moving back to SS. The good news is that Shane Victorino will likely be back after the ASB after a couple of stints with Lowell and Pawtucket. The 33 year old 11 season veteran has been out since June 24th with back issues. We get a fairly expensive price this evening, but we have to feel fortunate this matchup wasn't taking place several seasons ago. The Sox possessed some of the more balanced hitters in the past before dealing with injuries while Houston would have possibly been improved even more still playing in the NL. There's plenty of advantages for hitters at Minute Maid Park, with perhaps the only exception being straight away in dead center. There's a tricky mound out there where you'll need at least 435 feet of real estate before clearing the fences. Down the corners and especially in left center the ball carries very well when hitters eclipse the famous train high above the facade. Lackey would love nothing more than to right the ship heading into the ASB. Houston has put up some quality and productive innings, however Lackey could very well bear down against opposing hitters if he has his best stuff working quickly. Feldman could use some run support from the middle of the lineup as well. Consistent hitting always aids dominant pitching, and while Boston has been considerably dormant compared to years' past, their personnel cannot be underestimated at the very least. We go for a season high 8 straight this evening as the success has really started to come together as of late. Best of luck however you play!
Have to say I'm pretty surprised...
On Monday we will be launching the new design for the Forum and our blog so get ready for some big changes! Since there is a chance for issues we figure doing it during the break will allow us to fix any issues found before it gets busy again. Please post any issues you find in this thread! Then in about a month there will be another new addition to the site, one I am really excited about and I think everyone will love and a new mobile version of the site. The current one I believe is now is pretty old and in need of a update!
Full slate includes a matinee from Wrigley. GL!
Detroit/Kansas City over 4.5 even: After a 6-3 home stand, the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers (50-37) head into the ASB on a 4 game road trip to Kansas City (47-43) who just finished up a 9 game road trip at 5-4. The Royals trail the Tigers by 4.5 games and are looking to gain some momentum and ground in the divisional chase. KC may actually have something to cheer about this season especially since their last postseason appearance was way back in 1985 nearly 30 years ago. The Tigers are looking for their 4th consecutive postseason appearance and send Drew Smyly (4-8 3.89) to the mound. the 25 year old southpaw can sure use a quality start as he's been battered for 9 ER over his last 8 IP which resulted in both losses. Smyly yielded five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Friday night in a loss to Tampa Bay. He faces a Kansas City lineup that is hitting a respectable .264 overall averaging just over 4 runs per contest. However the futility lies in the production and power departments where their 53 HR as a team ranks dead last in the majors. Salvador Perez (.284 11 35) has been solid behind the plate hitting the game winning 3 run HR yesterday against Tampa Bay. Perez has hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games. Mike Moustakas (.193 10 36) has come around nicely in an effort to bring his average up to his weight going 8 for his last 24 (.333). Alex Gordon (.268 9 44) is mired in a 5 for 29 slump (.172) and will not participate in the ASG due to a wrist injury. Omar Infante (.272 5 44) is tied with Gordon for the team lead in RBI and just returned last week from back spasms. Alcides Escobar (.283 2 28) just had an 8 game hitting streak snapped but leads the team with 21 steals in 23 attempts (.913). Most fans however are wondering what has happened to Billy Butler (.272 2 34) who is 7 for his last 16 (.438) but has not left the yard since May 2nd. The Royals counter with Jeremy Guthrie (5-7 4.10) who has endured a rough ride over the last few weeks yielding 11 ER over his last 18 IP. The 35 year old 12 year veteran righty gave up 6 ER on 11 hits in 5 IP in a 7-3 loss to Cleveland last week. Guthrie faces a Tigers lineup hitting .278 which is tops in the AL and second in the majors only to Colorado (.279). Averaging about 4.8 runs per contest, their 94 HR ranks 5th in the AL and you can bet to see an increase as the lineup has a tendency to come along just after the All Star break. Victor Martinez (.328 21 55) has already exceeded expectations in the first half. Martinez is 3rd in the league in hitting and 4th in HR. Miguel Cabrera (.312 14 70) is nowhere near his triple crown caliber type season but remains dangerous in run scoring situations. Ian Kinsler (.303 11 47) has found new life from his tumultuous days in Texas, and Torii Hunter (.271 11 49) just saw a 6 game hitting streak go by the waist side (13/26 .500). J D Martinez (.329 12 38) has certainly shined during an 8 game hitting streak in a limited role and continues to impress given the playing time. We get another bargain of a price this evening in beautiful Kauffman Stadium where the dimensions favor the hitters depending upon the breeze which normally blows from left to right. The waterfall has been a signature landmark out in right center where it starts out at 388 feet and peaks in dead center around 410. The corners are relatively easy each at 330, and given both pitcher's struggles over their last few starts we could find some opportunities to score runs early. While KC doesn't possess the power and run producing you'd normally expect from a team right in the middle of a division chase, they are young and do have some talent within their starters and position players. The Tigers are a veteran well-oiled machine who cannot be counted out given their offense as well as their depth in the starting rotation. While they have shown lapses in the lineup they need to be taken more seriously even by the likes of the other division leaders who cannot afford to look back. Tonight we shoot for our 7th straight and look to go into the All Star Break on a high note. Best of luck however you play!