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07/23/2014 05:03 PM

Detroit/Arizona over 4.5 even: Last night in the opener of this 3 game series, Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead 2 run single that proved to be the game winner as the Arizona Diamondbacks (44-57) came from behind to edge the Detroit Tigers (55-42) 5-4 at Chase Field. Chase Anderson did not factor in the decision but hurled 6 quality innings, while Eury De La Rosa earned his second win in relief. Addison Reed pitched a scoreless 9th for his 24th save in 29 opportunities (.828) and Aaron Hill hit a solo shot while driving in 3. Rick Porcello also did not factor in the decision but lasted 7 strong yielding 3 runs on 5 hits. Ian Krol blew his 3rd save opportunity and Phil Coke took the loss falling to 1-2. These teams meet later this afternoon under the air conditioned retractable roof in game 2 with temperatures forecast to soar above 110. Manager Kirk Gibson has to feel a little more confident about his job security now that the D-Backs are well out of the NL West cellar. Trevor Cahill (1-6 5.63) takes to the mound in search of his first win since April 23rd which was in relief. Last week the 26 year old right-hander factored a no decision while giving up 3 runs on 4 hits in 5 IP, his first start since 4/13. Cahill will face a Tigers lineup that leads the AL with a .278 batting average second in the majors only behind Colorado (.281). Averaging 4.8 runs per contest, they've slacked off a bit in power as their 100 HR ranks 6th in the league. Victor Martinez (.322 21 56) will play a couple of games in this series at first base. Detroit's regular DH is 5th in the AL in batting, however is just 3 for his last 19 (.158) over the last few weeks despite having surpassed expectations with some 65 games remaining. Miguel Cabrera (.313 14 77) may not be having a triple crown caliber season, but has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 (.417) and is heating up when the Tigers need him most. Ian Kinsler (.295 11 53) shook off a recent 0 for 20 slump and has now hit in 3 straight putting up impressive numbers out of the 2 hole. JD Martinez (.327 13 44) is showing no signs of slowing down hitting around .360 in July. Torii Hunter (.275 14 59) has a 5 game hitting streak and will be one of many key pieces down the stretch determining the Tigers' postseason fate. Detroit counters with Anibal Sanchez (6-4 3.22) who is coming off a rough start in a loss to Cleveland last week. The 30 year old Venezuelan righty surrendered 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings pitched despite striking out 7. Sanchez faces a Diamondbacks lineup that is starting to shake its offensive doldrums while receiving consistent pitching winning 4 of their last 5. Arizona is hitting .256 collectively while averaging right around 4 runs per contest. Paul Goldschmidt (.307 18 65) continues to be the cornerstone of the offense even though he has struck out 100 times in 374 at bats. Montero (.263 11 58) has been hot and cold at times, but has come through with multiple game winning hits. A couple of more could narrow the gap into contention as the snakes trail the NL Wildcard by 10 games though there's still plenty of baseball left. Aaron Hill (.251 8 48) is currently on a 7 game hitting streak (.407) and seems to have turned the corner on putting too much pressure on himself that led to an ineffective first half. Martin Prado (.272 4 36) has struggled at times especially when it comes to killed rallies with RISP. Chris Owings (.277 6 21) looked to be on the trading block and has not played in almost a month due to a shoulder injury. The D Backs really need left handed pitching and despite their troubles in the rotation do have a deep bench. Another bargain of a price in the desert this afternoon as one team continues to hold their grip in the postseason chase while the other could use a run to put themselves in position. While the ball carries well indoors, the deepest part of the park to left and right center at 413 could pose a challenge for hitters, however both of these clubs have balanced power throughout their lineups. Cahill could be prone this afternoon to the meat of the Tigers' lineup, while Sanchez has been inconsistent and not nearly as sharp as earlier in the campaign. On paper this game just looks like another interleague matchup with 2 clubs heading in opposite directions. We look at it as a chance to hit our 9th win over the last 11. Best of luck however you play!

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07/23/2014 07:25 PM

Full slate includes 6 matinees. GL!

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07/24/2014 10:45 AM

I thought I would try and drum up a Trivia questions thread to see how smart we are... However With the internet at our fingertips, it would be to easy to just look up the answer and post it. So all I can ask is if you don't "Know" the answer and you have to look it up, please don't post it.. But if you "KNOW" it, please post it... (I figure as smart as the folks here at BTB are, it won't take long for someone to answer). Once we have an answer, I find another question to ask or if someone has a good stump-er out there, feel free to post it.... Let's see how smart we really are... OK... since this occurred on my Birthday (WRONG YEAR - right date) I'll start with this one: Who hit the "Homer in the Gloamin" on September 28, 1938?

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07/22/2014 07:25 PM

Full slate all under the lights. GL!

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07/21/2014 07:12 PM

12 games this evening all under the lights. GL!

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07/20/2014 07:50 PM

Matinee day includes and ESPN Sunday night telecast from Busch Stadium. GL!

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07/19/2014 07:21 PM

Full slate featues 4 matinees including a day/night doubleheader made up from a previous rainout. GL!

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07/18/2014 11:40 PM

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!

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07/18/2014 09:16 PM

The second half begins with a full slate all under the lights. GL!

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07/15/2014 06:58 PM

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

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07/18/2014 05:33 PM

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!!

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07/12/2014 10:56 PM

Braves over hits easily. ...St Louis up 10-2. ....soccer game over 2.5 finishes at 3.. . All I can say is sweet!!!

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07/12/2014 10:54 AM

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.

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07/12/2014 07:49 PM

Full slate includes 9 matinees. GL!

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07/11/2014 10:04 PM

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!

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