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The big lefty fanned a season-high 12 batters in his last outing, allowing just a single run in a 7-2 win over Oakland. In his last three starts, he has allowed three earned runs, walked just three, and has a complete game under his belt. He’s 5-2 in 14 starts against the Yanks.
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees (4-0, 4.15 ERA)
Sabathia shares the mound with Price Wednesday and is also riding a hot streak. He has thrown eight innings in each of his last three outings and has struck out 21 batters over that span. You’d like to see the ERA a little lower right now, but it’s hard to argue with 43 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.
Kevin Correia, Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2, 3.38 ERA)
The Reds touched Correia for five runs and nine hits in a 6-1 win the last time he toed the rubber. The 31-year-old also served up back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning and has just 12 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings so far this year. The Pirates are averaging 2.8 runs in his starts.
Jason Marquis, Minnesota Twins (2-1, 5.40 ERA)
With only six games on tap Thursday, we struggled to find slumping starters. Even though Marquis walked six batters during a 7-0 loss to Seattle last week, he only gave up two earned runs on four hits over six innings. Still, the veteran seems to be holding on by a thread right now. He has only eight strikeouts this season and has a 1.54 WHIP.
Thursday’s betting tips: Umpire Jerry Meals loves road teams
NBA: The 76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
NBA: The Hawks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog.
NBA: The Nuggets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall.
MLB: The Blue Jays are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Minnesota.
NBA: The Bulls are 0-4 ATS in their last four playoff games as an underdog.
NBA: The over is 4-10 in Boston's last 14 games playing on one day of rest.
NBA: The Lakers are 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
MLB: The Indians are 5-12 in the last 17 meetings in Boston.
1 – Umpire Jerry Meals, who is scheduled to work Thursday’s Texas-Baltimore matchup, has seen just one home team win in his last 11 trips behind the plate.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks – The 6-foot-11 forward has been out of the lineup since April 13 with a sprained left foot but is now at least questionable for Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. Pachulia put up 7.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in the regular season. The Hawks are set as 6.5-point underdogs Thursday.
Game of the day
Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (-1.5, 199)
"It was do or die. Nobody wants to get eliminated at home. You battle until you can't battle no more. I'll do everything in my power to play," he said. "I have all summer to lay back if we lose, so I'm going to lay it on the line." – Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson about leaving Game 5 with a sprained ankle only to return in the fourth quarter. Gibson battled hard with Elton Brand and finished with eight points seven rebounds and four blocks in Chicago’s 77-69 victory.
Notes and tips
So much for the Blue Jays' new and improved bullpen. The Blue Jays did not do much during the offseason, but they sure did rearrange their relievers. After all, last year's bullpen blew 25 saves. Some were in the same game and some in games the Blue Jays won. But they were only 33-for-58 in save opportunities. A little more than a month into this season, the new, improved bullpen has seven blown saves already. After Francisco Cordero, who has 329 career saves, coughed up his third save opportunity in five chances on Tuesday, the Blue Jays are now 4-for-11 in save opportunities. That has forced the team to move Casey Janssen into the closing role for now.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles says that his left knee is “80 percent” recovered from ACL surgery. "I feel I can do the same thing my teammates do," he said. "I do it without the coaches around. I catch the ball, I cut, I do a lot of drills and I've been doing this for two months." The Chiefs are set around +450 to win the AFC West.
Diamond Trends - Thursday
May 10, 2012
By Vince Akins
SU TREND OF THE DAY:
The Pirates are 0-11 since April 19, 2011 when playing a night game as a 140+ dog when they are off a win in which they never trailed for a net profit of $1100 when playing against.
OU TREND OF THE DAY:
The Red Sox are 10-0 OU since April 08, 2011 as a home favorite after a loss in which they were shut out in the last 6 innings for a net profit of $1000 when playing the over.
STARTER TREND OF THE DAY:
The Red Sox are 13-0 since July 07, 2009 when Josh Beckett starts as a home 140+ favorite after going at least 6 innings and giving up 6 or fewer hits for a net profit of $1300.
MLB BIBLE TREND OF THE DAY:
The Twins are 0-16 (-3.4 rpg) since May 10, 2011 at home after a loss and it is the first game of the series.
The Yankees are 9-0 since April 17, 2011 when CC Sabathia starts vs a team that won their starters last two starts for a net profit of $900.
The Indians are 9-0-1 OU since May 28, 2011 as a dog after a 5+ run loss in a night game for a net profit of $900 when playing the over.
The Rays look to build on their 5-0 record in David Price's last 5 road starts against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is the pick (+135) according to Dunkel, which has the Rays favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+135). Here are all of today's picks.
Game 951-952: Washington at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Strasburg) 15.721; Pittsburgh (Correia) 14.388
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 5 1/2
Vegas Line: Washington (-165); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-165); Under
Game 953-954: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Price) 15.963; NY Yankees (Sabathia) 15.064
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-155); 8
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (+135); Over
Game 955-956: Texas at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Holland) 15.998; Baltimore (Hunter) 17.133
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Texas (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+105); Under
Game 957-958: Cleveland at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Lowe) 14.441; Boston (Beckett) 15.449
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Boston (-150); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-150); Over
Game 959-960: Toronto at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Alvarez) 14.445; Minnesota (Marquis) 14.627
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Toronto (-145); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+125); Over
Game 961-962: Detroit at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Scherzer) 16.186; Oakland (Colon) 15.167
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1; 6
Vegas Line: Oakland (-110); 7
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-110); Under
Game 963-964: Texas at Baltimore (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Lewis) 17.338; Baltimore (Chen) 15.794
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Texas (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-130); Over
Play Against - Home teams (PITTSBURGH) terrible offensive team (<=3.8 runs/game) against a very good starting pitcher (ERA<=3.00) (NL), with a starting pitcher whose WHIP is 1.250 or better on the season-NL.
42-19 since 1997. ( 68.9% 25.0 units )
3-3 this year. ( 50.0% 0.2 units )
StatFox Situational Power Trends - FoxSheets
MLB TEXAS at BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE is 13-5 (+11.1 Units) against the money line after 2 straight games without a stolen base this season.
The average score was: BALTIMORE (4.9) , OPPONENT (3.2)