marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:14 PM

Jim Feist's FREE MLB Play for Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Take: (969) LOS ANGELES ANGELS.

A pair of struggling teams, but only one has offensive talent. The Angels are 11th in baseball in batting average and 13th in slugging. Starter Joe Blanton likes facing Houston with a 2-0 record and a 2.57 ERA against them. The Astros are 15-38 in their last 53 home games and 1-10 in Bud Norris' last 11 starts with 4 days of rest. Play the LA Angels.

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:14 PM

MATT FARGO COMP

We won with Milwaukee last night but admittedly, the Brewers were outplayed for eight innings after scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning against Justin Grimm who eventually settled down. The Rangers fell to 9-9 on the road with the loss but I feel they are in a very good position to get back over .500 on the highway tonight. Derek Holland takes the mound for Texas and he has been very solid this season. He allowed six runs in 5.2 innings against the Angels which was not a surprise as he has struggled mightily against Los Angeles throughout his career. In his other five starts, he has tossed five quality outings and even with that one blowup, the has a 2.74 ERA and 0.94 WHIP on the season. He has never faced Milwaukee which puts him at an advantage against the Brewers bats. Milwaukee snapped a five-game losing streak with the loss last night and while the offense has been potent at home, the starting pitching has a 5.61 ERA at Miller Park this year. Kyle Lohse hasn't been horrible there but he does have a 4.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in three home starts including his worst one last time out against his former team the Cardinals. While he has not faced the Rangers much of late, he has a 10.04 ERA in his last seven starts against them including a rough outing in the 2011 World Series. The Rangers are 69-27 in their last 96 games following a loss. Play (977) Texas Rangers

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:15 PM

JIMMY BOYD

Free Pick on White Sox/Mets OVER

Jake Peavy may have a history of success against the Mets but there is also a history of going over the total in his 10 career games against them. In their three interleague games the White Sox have a .300 batting average and a .325 on base percentage. Those numbers coupled in with the Mets 4.9 runs per game make the over an easy value play in this game.

Jeremy Hefner will get the start for the Mets and he brings with him an 0-3 record on the season. He is 3-2 to the over and has given up 7 home runs this season. His ERA is 4.34 but in his last three starts the Mets have lost all three games and Hefner received a losing decision in one of them. He may be in for a short outing today as I expect the White Sox bats to remain hot in interleague play.

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:15 PM

ART ARONSON

This is a 1* free play on the "under" between the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night (7:05 EST).

AJ Griffin (3-2, 3.79 ERA) gets the call for the visitors; Griffin got back on track in his last outing vs. the Yanks on Friday, holding New York to just six hits over seven frames of work to go along with four K's and one walk (note that Griffin was 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA on the road last season). Griffin will be opposed by Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.64 ERA) who is coming off an outing to forget in which he gave up five runs off eight hits with two walks over 6 2/3's innings of work vs. Minnesota on Friday, striking out five (note that Masterson finished with a very respectable 3.62 ERA in front of the home town crowd last year). After losing eight straight in this series, the Indians have taken the first two games of this four-game set including yesterday's contest 1-0: "When you pitch you have a chance to win the game,'' Indians' manager Terry Francona said last night. "We didn't do a whole lot offensively." Cleveland has won eight of its last nine by allowing an average of 2.3 runs and recording three shutouts in that span; Masterson has a big opportunity to get untracked tonight vs. this struggling Oakland team. After a quick start the A's have stumbled offensively of late; while they did take two of three from the Yanks over the weekend, they've plated 16 total runs while losing four of six since scoring 29 runs during a three-game win streak. I believe the table is set for a classic pitchers duel tonight and look for these two competent starters to battle each other into the latter frames and for this one to fall below the posted number in the end.

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:15 PM

Bruce Marshall
Free play

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays

It is becoming apparent that Tampa Bay's bullpen is a mess, with the staff depleted somewhat, partially from offseason moves that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City. And Joe Maddon's bullpen imploded again last night at The Trop when allowing the Blue Jays to rally for a 6-4 win. The best elixir for those relief corps woes might be an effort deep into the game by a starting pitcher, and who better to count upon in that role than young lefty Matt Moore, already 5-0 and almost untouchable in the early going at St. Pete, where his ERA is 0.64 and OBA .089 entering tonight's game. that's a far cry from Toronto starter Ricky Romero, who recently returned to the rotation but unable to get beyond the 4th inning last Friday vs. the Mariners and taking the loss vs. Seattle. Romero has also won just once in his last fifteen decisions.

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:16 PM

Sean Murphy
Free play

Miami vs. San Diego
Pick: Miami

The Marlins have dropped the first two games of this series - not a big surprise when you consider the Padres were priced at -190 and -175 in those two contests.

I think we'll see a far more evenly-matched affair this afternoon, as Miami looks to avoid the sweep, and turns to its 'staff ace by default', Ricky Nolasco.

Nolasco hasn't been anything special this season, but he certainly hasn't been awful either. He's worked at least six innings in five of his seven starts, and has given up more than three earned runs only twice. While he has been tagged for six home runs, he's managed to limit the damage by limiting the number of free passes handed out (only 10 walks in 41 1/3 innings). Note that Nolasco faced the Padres once last season, right here in San Diego, allowing only five hits and two earned runs over seven innings in a 6-3 Marlins victory.

Jason Marquis will counter for the Padres. After pitching well in his first three starts this season, we've seen some considerable regression from Marquis over his last three outings. That's not to say he's given up a ton of runs, in fact, he's allowed only five earned runs in his last two starts, however his walk totals have been creeping up, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio now stands at a miserable 23:19 in 36 innings pitched this season. He hasn't been a great fit here at Petco Park, posting a 5.64 ERA in 22 1/3 innings of work.

After getting outscored 10-1 in the first two games of this series, it's easy to forget that the Marlins had won back-to-back games heading in, outscoring the Phillies by a combined 16-2 score last Saturday and Sunday. They've actually played .500 ball over their last 10 games (5-5).

The Padres are rolling along nicely right now, but they're far from invincible here at home, having gone just 9-8 on the season. Look for the Marlins to find a way to avoid the sweep on Wednesday afternoon.

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:16 PM

INTPICKS
Free Pick

MLB
7:10 PM ET
Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays
Play OVER 7.5

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:16 PM

PORT PORT SPORTS --


WEDNESDAY'S ACTION --

(MLB)

*2 UNITS* SEATTLE MARINERS (-115) AND
*2 UNITS* 1ST 5 INNINGS: SEATTLE MARINERS (-115) AND
*1 UNIT* UNDER 6.5 SEA MARINERS @ PIT PIRATES (-115)
King Felix gets the start here today and once again the Mariners ace has started his 2013 campaign in a major way, posting a 4-2 record and miniscule 1.62 ERA through his first 7 starts this season. He has been even more dominant on the road, allowing 0 R in 3 of his 4 starts away from home so far this season, while lasting at least 6 innings in each. He is a dominant 3-1 on the road so far, with a mind-boggling 1.29 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and .192 BAA through 4 starts and 28 innings of work as the visitor. In fact, dating back to last season, he has allowed 2 ER or less in 9 of his L12 road starts overall. In 8 of those starts he has allowed 1 ER or less, with 5 of them being a big 0 R for the home team he is facing. Still, it is the Mariners and they have somehow managed to go 7-5 ML in those 12 games, although they are 3-1 in his 4 road starts this season. Felix has faced the Pirates franchise only once in his career and he was absolutely brilliant in leading the Mariners to a 3-0 win that day. He tossed 8 innings of shutout ball, allowing only 6 H and 1 BB, although it was back in 2007 and although pretty much everyone in the Pirates lineup that day is still in the Major Leagues, they are playing for a different team. Thus the righty doesn't have much experience against this current Pittsburgh lineup, but he has managed to keep Martin (3/17 2 RBI, BB, 6 K); Inge (4/22 2B, 5 RBI, 9 K); Sanchez (1/4 2 K) and Snider (1/9 RBI, BB) in check with a .173 lifetime average in 52 combined AB with only 1 XBH. Burnett has led his team to a 1-3 record in his L4 starts against Seattle, although he has pitched well enough to keep everyone of those games (except one) under today's total. He did square off against Hernandez in 2010 at Yankee Stadium and Hernandez made it clear that day who was the better pitcher. He pitched 8 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just 4 H and whiffing 11 Yankees, while Burnett was crushed for 6 ER and 12 H in only 7 innings of work to a team that was 25 games under .500 at the time. This one should be a nail-biter, but we'll give the edge to King Felix once again. Roll with the SEATTLE MARINERS in the 1ST 5 INNINGS and the GAME and make a smaller wager on the UNDER in this early-morning match-up........

*2 UNITS* UNDER 8 STL CARDINALS @ CHI CUBS (+105) AND
*2 UNITS* ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (-115)
Westbrook comes into this one with the lowest ERA in the National League currently at 1.07, and although his ERA is slightly inflated when he pitches at Wrigley in his career, we expect the score to stay low today. Westbrook is 2-1 in his career at Wrigley, but he does carry a hefty 6.14 ERA in those 3 outings, allowing 10 ER in only 18.2 IP on the south side. He does carry a 5-2 record overall in his 8 starts against the Cubs in his career though and he has allowed 2 ER or less in 4 of his L5 road starts, dating back to last season. He has yet to fail to last at least 6 innings in any of his road starts this season, and has only given up more than 1 R in one of his starts away from home in 2013 so far. He was 2-0 against the Cubs last season in 3 starts, all at home, allowing 5 ER in 19 IP (2.39 ERA), with the Cardinals destroying the Cubs by a combined score of 26-9. St. Louis had a 6-game winning streak snapped with yesterday's defeat and they also should come out for revenge in the series closeout game. Take the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS and the UNDER here.......

*2 UNITS* CINCINNATI REDS (-105)
The Reds picked up a huge boost with their come-from-behind victory in yesterday's affair with the Braves, capped off in huge celebration with a walk-off HR. This one being in Cincinnati and at the Great American Ballpark, we will roll with the home team Reds......

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:17 PM

CHASE DIAMOND

7* EXECUTIVE CLUB PLAY

Toronto vs. Tampa Bay
Money Line: Tampa Bay-180

marksmoneymakers Posts:9059 Followers:137
05/08/2013 04:17 PM

PAUL LEINER

100* White Sox -120

100* Angels -140