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Game: San Diego at Los Angeles Dodgers (10:10 PM Eastern)
Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -135 (moneyline)
The San Diego Padres have done most of their heavy lifting at home where they are an above .500 team. It has been a different story on the road where the Padres are just 10-17 on the season. Yasiel Puig's entry into the bigs was huge as he had 2 hits and recorded an outfield assist. Hanley Ramirez should also be back in the lineup tonight, so the Dodgers' attack is getting upgraded. The better news is the fact that Gonzalez, and Ramirez are a combined 17-20 against Padres' starter Richard. The Dodgers also have Ted Lilly on the mound and his career ERA vs. the Padres is 2.51 with a WHIP of 1.05. Richard has led the Padres to a woeful 2-15 mark in his last 17 starts on the road to a total of 7-8.5. Go with the Dodgers.
2 UNIT = Toronto Blue Jays @ San Francisco Giants - BLUE JAYS TO WIN (+120)
Listed Pitchers: Johnson vs Lincecum
(Note: I’m risking 2.00 units to win 2.40 units)
The Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants both avoided a sweep on Sunday with a victory, and both enjoyed days off yesterday. The Blue Jays beat San Diego on Sunday 7-4 and are now 24-33 on the season and 10-17 on the road. The Giants beat St Louis 4-2 and are 30-27 on the season and 20-10 at home. These two teams had a two game set in Toronto in May with the Blue Jays winning both games by scores of 10-6 and 11-3. Tonight’s starter for Toronto is Josh Johnson who is coming off a DL stint. Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA this year, .329 OBA and 1.88 WHIP over just 4 starts. Johnson had posted sub 4.00 ERA’s in his last 5 seasons and it is only a matter of time before he starts to pitch well. He has been working on a new change up and that should help him. Tim Lincecum is on the mound for San Francisco and is 3-5 on the year with a 5.12 ERA, .259 OBA and 1.48 WHIP over 11 starts. After a pretty good April Lincecum struggled going 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA in May. Over his last three starts he has allowed 6, 4, and 5 earned runs against. Note that the Giants are just 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games, 0-4 in their last 4 vs AL East opponents, and 1-4 in Lincecum’s last 5 starts. At +120 we’ve got value on Toronto tonight and I think they come out with a victory in Game 1 of this two game set.