Braves over hits easily. ...St Louis up 10-2. ....soccer game over 2.5 finishes at 3.. . All I can say is sweet!!!
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White Sox, Boston (41-51) begins a brief 3 game series this evening at Minute Maid Park against Houston (39-54) who no longer represents the AL West thanks to a sweep of Texas.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!
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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!
12 games today including 4 matinees. GL!
Full slate includes 4 matinees. GL!
Full slate includes a makeup from a previous rain-out as part of a day/night doubleheader. GL!
14 games this evening all under the lights. GL!
Matinee day includes an ESPN Sunday night telecast from Comerica Park. GL!
Miami/St. Louis over 4 even: St. Louis (45-40) used a 3 run 6th including an RBI ground rule double by Oscar Taveras that made 6 strong innings by Lance Lynn hold up as the Cardinals edged the Marlins 3-2 in the first of 3 at Busch. Miami (41-45) also got 6 effective innings from Nate Eovaldi but got no run support. Trevor Rosenthal survived a shaky 9th and notched his 26th save in 29 opportunities (.897) while Lance Lynn improved to 9-6. The win helped the Cardinals move to within 4 games in the NL Central of Milwaukee while Miami dropped 7 games back of Atlanta in the East. Andrew Heaney (0-3 5.29) takes the ball in this afternoon's matinee and is coming off a loss to Oakland last Tuesday. The 23 year old rookie southpaw yielded 4 runs on 8 hits in 6 IP and has had trouble retiring batters since his debut 2 weeks back which was a quality start against the Mets. Heaney faces a Cardinals lineup who has struggled on a consistent basis despite remaining within striking distance of the postseason. Hitting .250 overall, St. Louis is averaging only 3.7 runs per contest slugging just 49 HR. That's tied for the least in the majors with their state rivals Kansas City. Matt Adams (.317 9 33) has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 and is 4th overall in NL batting. Matt Carpenter (.289 4 32) is on a 9 game hitting streak (.444) and has seen his average soar some 28 poitns since a 2 for 22 slide (.091). Yadier Molina (.292 7 29) had a couple of hits in yesterday's win and snapped a .161 clip over his last 10 contests. Jhonny Peralta (.238 12 38) homered for the first time in a week on Thursday and leads the club in that category. Matt Holiday (.265 5 40) and Allen Craig (.252 6 40) are tops in RBI but are having sub-par seasons in the first half. No room for excuses for a team that normally puts up superb offensive numbers especially since overall healthy to this point. The Cards counter with Shelby Miller (7-7 4.10) who looks to capture his first win in nearly a month. The 23 year old right-hander has yielded 13 ER over his last 14 IP including a 6-0 loss in LA where the Dodgers pounded him for 6 ER on 7 hits in 5 IP. Miller faces a Miami lineup hitting .254 averaging about 4.3 runs per contest. Casey McGhee (.313 1 50) has found new life since is days struggling with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Yankees. He currently owns an 11 game hitting streak (.333) and is 6th overall in the NL in RBI despite the power failure. Giancalo Stanton (.309 21 62) is having a career season currently 8th in the NL in hitting and leads the league in HR and RBI despite 93 K's in 324 AB's. Marcell Ozuna (.271 14 47) extended his hitting streak to 10 games but hasbeen hobbling of late with a hamstring/leg injury. Garrett Jones (.257 10 36) seems to be coming around after enduring an 0 for 14 slump several weeks back. Christian Yelich (.264 6 26) is versatile given the playing time and leads the fish with 11 stolen bases. Another bargain of a price in this spot as we look to extend the winning streak to 6 this afternoon. With both pitchers trying to find their rhythm we feel there will be more offense this afternoon in the ideal summer conditions that allow the ball to carry especially towards the corners and left-center where the fences are exactly at 400 feet. You almost feel like if you're a Cardinals fan that you're expecting to see a breakout game until the pitching helps save an otherwise below average offensive effort. St. Louis will get their chance this afternoon to take out their doldrums on Heaney who could use a quality start and win to stay in the rotation. Miller may need to make adjustments against a Miami squad that has shown balance in power all season long. The Marlins could be a sleeper if they could just get their starters in order consistently as well as the bullpen which at times has been another costly achillies heel. Best of luck however you play!
Full slate features 10 matinees including a makeup as part of a day/night doubleheader from yesterday's rainout. GL!