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On 05/25/2012 05:58 PM in MLB

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Brewers, D-Backs Open Weekend Set In Arizona

Past performances are no guarantee of future results. One has to look no further than a key National League matchup on Friday night in Phoenix for confirmation.

Meanwhile, the early pacesetter in the American League West has begun to lag, suggesting that any early coronation of it as repeat division champion could be a bit premature.

Respective battles involving these teams at Chase Field and Rangers Ballpark are featured battles on Friday night as the MLB schedule hits Memorial Day weekend in full stride.

The focus in the National League will be in Phoenix where the Milwaukee Brewers invade to face the host Arizona Diamondbacks. The Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo will oppose the D-Backs’ Ian Kennedy for a matchup with the first pitch scheduled at 9:40 p.m. (ET).

Early pricing for this clash in the desert (as noted on the Don Best odds screen) shows Arizona and Kennedy a slight favorite at -120 on the win, with the take-back on Milwaukee and Gallardo at +110. Initial Run Line pricing rates the Diamondbacks at +165 when laying the extra run, and the Brew Crew at a prohibitive -190 when receiving a run. The early 9-run total shaded to the ‘under’ at -120.

If this confrontation sounds familiar it is probably because these sides met in a memorable NL Division Round clash last October, when Arizona rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win twice at home and force a deciding Game 5 at Miller Park. Which was a pulsating encounter, with the D-Backs fighting back to level matters at 2-2 in the ninth inning thanks to a bunt single by Willie Bloomquist to score Gerardo Parra.

Arizona, however, left the bases loaded and missed a chance to seize the lead in the top of the ninth and eventually paid the price in the bottom of the 10th inning, when a 2-out base hit by Milwaukee’s Nyjer Morgan off J.J. Putz scored Carlos Gomez with the winning run to send the Brew Crew into the NLCS against the Cardinals.

Ah, the Brewers and Diamondbacks might be saying, for the good old days. A check of the NL standings notes both sides struggling as they try to gain some traction before the season slips away.

For the 18-26 Brewers, they enter the weekend buried in fifth place in the NL Central, seven games adrift of the table-topping Cardinals. Milwaukee has also lost seven of its last 10 and is just 7-13 on the road, consistently burning investors in the process; the Brew Crew is an NL-worst -1377 units this season, and -771 units on the road. Milwaukee is also -1049 on the Run Line to date.

For Arizona, things aren’t much better, languishing at 20-25 and buried in third place in the NL West, 10½ games behind the rampaging Dodgers. There hasn’t been much home-field edge for the Snakes at Chase Field, either, where they’ve lost 14 of their first 22 games and scalded their backers by losing 879 units as host.

Recent concerns for Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke mostly involve a pitching staff that outside of starter Zack Greinke has mostly struggled. That would include Friday’s starter Gallardo, in whose nine previous the Brew Crew is -543 units. Only eight of 191 MLB starters have been worse money-burners in their starts than Gallardo, although lack of run support from the Brewer offense (which has scored one run or fewer in four of Gallardo’s last six starts) accounts for part of the blame that has resulted in Milwaukee losing five of Gallardo’s last six outings.

It is worth noting that Gallardo is a spotless 5-0 in past appearances vs. Arizona, with a microscopic 1.20 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. His recent form has been suspect, however, especially on the road, where he has posted a hefty 6.00 ERA in four starts this season.

As for Kennedy, his quick start in April in now a distant memory, with the D-Backs losing his last five starts. Over his last three starts, Kennedy has been especially ineffective, posting a 7.27 ERA, although he has fared well in limited past experience vs. Milwaukee (2.70 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 20 IP in three previous starts).

Kennedy’s recent problems have not eased matters for an Arizona bullpen that has been overworked in recent weeks as manager Kirk Gibson opts for a four-man starting rotation with Daniel Hudson temporarily shelved with shoulder problems. Chris Young’s recent return to active duty from a shoulder injury at least suggests the Diamondbacks are getting healthier, although that has yet to correspond with any surge in the standings. And longtime nemesis Gallardo could pose a difficult hurdle to overcome on Friday night.

Are The Rangers A Tired Team?
Meanwhile, Friday’s focus in the American League centers upon Arlington, where host Texas is hoping that home cooking provides the proper recipe to shake a recent funk. Toronto comes calling at Rangers Ballpark for the first pitch at 8:05 p.m. (ET).

A check of the Don Best odds screen notes that Texas and starter Derek Holland rate -140 in early pricing on the win, with the take-back on the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow at +130. On the Run Line, the Rangers fetch an inviting +145 price when laying the extra run, while Toronto is listed at +165, with the total at nine and shaded to the ‘under’ at -115.

Perhaps due to a thankless recent scheduling stretch that saw Texas play 20 games in 20 days prior to an off day on Thursday, the Rangers have cooled somewhat, alternating losses and wins over their last nine games and just 10-12 over their last 22 since the beginning of May. They also lost six of their last 10 in what seemed to be winnable games vs. the Royals, A’s, Astros and Mariners.

The overvalued Rangers are -669 units over their last 12 games, although at 27-18 they are still comfortably ahead in the AL West (second-place Oakland five games adrift heading into the weekend).

As for Toronto, it seemed to steady itself earlier in the month after taking two of three at Rogers Centre against the Rangers, but enters this weekend set having lost three of four, including a painful 5-4 setback on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. At 24-21, John Farrell’s side currently resides in third place in the AL East, four games behind surprising division leader Baltimore.

The pitching edge in this encounter, however, might rest with the Blue Jays, especially if Brandon Morrow can replicate most of his recent efforts. Those include allowing one run or fewer in five of his last six starts. Over Morrow’s last five outings he has also struck out 42 batters and walked only five in mostly-overpowering efforts.

Morrow has been especially good on the road this season, with a 3-0 record in four starts thanks to a barely-detectable 0.63 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. Morrow did not face the Rangers in the series at Rogers Centre four weeks ago, but fared decently in two starts vs. Texas a year ago, notching one win while posting a 2.77 ERA.

As for the Rangers’ southpaw Derek Holland, he has been wildly erratic in recent starts, and is off of a poor outing last Saturday at Houston when allowing five runs (and three homers) over just 5 IP in an eventual 6-5 Astros win.

And while the Rangers still lead all MLB in batting average at .284, there have been some recent trouble spots in the order, with DH Michael Young enduring one of the worst months of his career while bating just .208 thus far in May, and just seven hits in his last 38 at-bats (.184). Catcher Mike Napoli is also slumping at the plate, only 3-for-26 (.115) over the last 10 games.

Note, too, that through the first seven weeks of the 2012 campaign, Texas has played better on the road than at home, where it is 11-9 but -391 units. As for Toronto, consider its +863 unit performance on the Run Line, which ranks third best in the AL behind only the Orioles and White Sox.

The Blue Jays won six of 10 meetings vs. the Rangers last season, including four of seven at Arlington. Morrow would seem to give them a decent chance of extending that success on Friday night at a very desirable price.

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05/25/2012 06:01 PM

Yankees Begin Road Trip At Oakland Athletics

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but there have been more weeds than blooms this month in the New York Yankees' garden. Joe Girardi's troops head into the Memorial Day weekend just two games over .500 overall, two games under for the month, and sitting fourth in the AL East as they begin a 9-game road trip that takes them through Oakland, Anaheim and Detroit.

Possibly most troubling for the Pinstripe Posse is the 10-12 record in May comes while the team has been home most of the month. A pair of 4-game treks are all New York has endured before closing May and beginning June with this trip. The good news is the expedition commences in a locale the Yankees have enjoyed a lot of success at the past few years.

Oakland, meanwhile, is second in the AL West but a half-game further behind front-running Texas than the fourth-place Yanks trail Baltimore back east. The Athletics have also found home-cooking to be a bit bland, 10-12 overall at the venerable O.co Coliseum and 1-3 their last four in front of the home fans.

The A's will have to try and improve upon that mark against a New York team that has taken them to the woodshed the last four seasons. The Yankees are 27-6 vs. the A's since the start of the '08 schedule, 12-3 in Oakland.

That's the backdrop as the clubs prepare for Friday's opener which gets underway at 10:05 p.m. (ET). Local product Tyson Ross is on the hill for Oakland against New York's Ivan Nova. The Don Best odds screen is listing the Yankees at -140 to -150 while the 7½-run total is priced a little higher on the 'under.'

Ross is making his eighth start of the season, and has pitched better his last two following a rough patch from late-April into early-May. He's definitely enjoyed pitching in the vast expanses of the Coliseum where his ERA is 2.92 in two outings compared to 7.11 in five road efforts. This will be his first career start vs. the Yankees after a pair of relief appearances during his 2010 rookie campaign.

Nova has been experiencing a rough patch himself since late-April, his ERA approaching 7.00 over his last five starts that include just one quality outing. He did whiff a career-best 12 last Saturday vs. Cincinnati, but the Reds still got the best of him in a 6-5 win as +135 'dogs. Strangely enough, Friday will be his first career appearance against the A's.

Heavyweights are the focus in Las Vegas this weekend during UFC 146, and it's also a matchup of heavyweight hurlers on Saturday that is drawing the spotlight in this series. The matinee performance (4:05 p.m. ET) pits CC Sabathia against Bartolo Colon, and if their respective media guides are to be trusted, the tandem combines to tip the scales at 555 pounds. I'd bet the 'over' even if the juice was a little high.

The Yankees are very early $1.55 favorites for the second game of the set, and the scoreboard hurdle opened at seven.

New York has dropped Sabathia's last two assignments after reeling off a string of six straight victories with their portly port-sider on the bump. Almost half of his 19 walks on the year were issued in the most recent 13 innings, along with three of the eight homers he has allowed.

This is Sabathia's eighth start vs. the A's since joining the Yanks, and New York is 5-2 in the previous seven contests, 2-1 in three appearances at Oakland where his ERA is 2.28.

Colon picked up his first win in a little more than a month last Sunday in San Francisco, a 6-2 triumph for the A's who were getting +130 from the oddsmakers. Saturday will be his first try against the Yankees in nearly five years. While a member of the Angels staff in 2007, Colon was chased before getting an out in the third inning at old Yankee Stadium, and the Halos were 1-4 in his five assignments for them vs. New York (12.70 ERA).

The series concludes Sunday with another four o'clock (ET) affair which currently lists a mound duel between the Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda and Oakland rookie Tommy Milone.

Kuroda has been a disappointment for New York after the former Dodger signed a free agent contract this past winter. A penchant for giving out free passes has been part of his downfall along with serving up long balls. Kuroda has walked 20 while allowing 10 homers in his 53-1/3 innings, and that 1.48 WHIP spells trouble if he can't tone it down.

He faced the A's just one time while under employment in Los Angeles, and it was a losing effort at Chavez Ravine. Kuroda was charged with five runs in six innings, along with a pair of home runs, in the 6-5 setback.

Milone was part of the package Oakland received for Gio Gonzalez in the December trade with the Washington Nationals, and he has definitely proved to be an excellent pickup in that deal. The former USC Trojan has decisioned in each of his nine starts, and that 6-3 record has been good for a 4.6-unit return at the baseball betting window.

Four of Milone's nine starts have come at the Coliseum, and the A's are a perfect 4-0 with the southpaw sporting a 0.60 ERA in 30 frames. No one has taken him deep at home where hitters are batting just .158. Sunday will be his first taste of the Yankees lineup.

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05/25/2012 06:01 PM

Yankees Begin Road Trip At Oakland Athletics

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but there have been more weeds than blooms this month in the New York Yankees' garden. Joe Girardi's troops head into the Memorial Day weekend just two games over .500 overall, two games under for the month, and sitting fourth in the AL East as they begin a 9-game road trip that takes them through Oakland, Anaheim and Detroit.

Possibly most troubling for the Pinstripe Posse is the 10-12 record in May comes while the team has been home most of the month. A pair of 4-game treks are all New York has endured before closing May and beginning June with this trip. The good news is the expedition commences in a locale the Yankees have enjoyed a lot of success at the past few years.

Oakland, meanwhile, is second in the AL West but a half-game further behind front-running Texas than the fourth-place Yanks trail Baltimore back east. The Athletics have also found home-cooking to be a bit bland, 10-12 overall at the venerable O.co Coliseum and 1-3 their last four in front of the home fans.

The A's will have to try and improve upon that mark against a New York team that has taken them to the woodshed the last four seasons. The Yankees are 27-6 vs. the A's since the start of the '08 schedule, 12-3 in Oakland.

That's the backdrop as the clubs prepare for Friday's opener which gets underway at 10:05 p.m. (ET). Local product Tyson Ross is on the hill for Oakland against New York's Ivan Nova. The Don Best odds screen is listing the Yankees at -140 to -150 while the 7½-run total is priced a little higher on the 'under.'

Ross is making his eighth start of the season, and has pitched better his last two following a rough patch from late-April into early-May. He's definitely enjoyed pitching in the vast expanses of the Coliseum where his ERA is 2.92 in two outings compared to 7.11 in five road efforts. This will be his first career start vs. the Yankees after a pair of relief appearances during his 2010 rookie campaign.

Nova has been experiencing a rough patch himself since late-April, his ERA approaching 7.00 over his last five starts that include just one quality outing. He did whiff a career-best 12 last Saturday vs. Cincinnati, but the Reds still got the best of him in a 6-5 win as +135 'dogs. Strangely enough, Friday will be his first career appearance against the A's.

Heavyweights are the focus in Las Vegas this weekend during UFC 146, and it's also a matchup of heavyweight hurlers on Saturday that is drawing the spotlight in this series. The matinee performance (4:05 p.m. ET) pits CC Sabathia against Bartolo Colon, and if their respective media guides are to be trusted, the tandem combines to tip the scales at 555 pounds. I'd bet the 'over' even if the juice was a little high.

The Yankees are very early $1.55 favorites for the second game of the set, and the scoreboard hurdle opened at seven.

New York has dropped Sabathia's last two assignments after reeling off a string of six straight victories with their portly port-sider on the bump. Almost half of his 19 walks on the year were issued in the most recent 13 innings, along with three of the eight homers he has allowed.

This is Sabathia's eighth start vs. the A's since joining the Yanks, and New York is 5-2 in the previous seven contests, 2-1 in three appearances at Oakland where his ERA is 2.28.

Colon picked up his first win in a little more than a month last Sunday in San Francisco, a 6-2 triumph for the A's who were getting +130 from the oddsmakers. Saturday will be his first try against the Yankees in nearly five years. While a member of the Angels staff in 2007, Colon was chased before getting an out in the third inning at old Yankee Stadium, and the Halos were 1-4 in his five assignments for them vs. New York (12.70 ERA).

The series concludes Sunday with another four o'clock (ET) affair which currently lists a mound duel between the Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda and Oakland rookie Tommy Milone.

Kuroda has been a disappointment for New York after the former Dodger signed a free agent contract this past winter. A penchant for giving out free passes has been part of his downfall along with serving up long balls. Kuroda has walked 20 while allowing 10 homers in his 53-1/3 innings, and that 1.48 WHIP spells trouble if he can't tone it down.

He faced the A's just one time while under employment in Los Angeles, and it was a losing effort at Chavez Ravine. Kuroda was charged with five runs in six innings, along with a pair of home runs, in the 6-5 setback.

Milone was part of the package Oakland received for Gio Gonzalez in the December trade with the Washington Nationals, and he has definitely proved to be an excellent pickup in that deal. The former USC Trojan has decisioned in each of his nine starts, and that 6-3 record has been good for a 4.6-unit return at the baseball betting window.

Four of Milone's nine starts have come at the Coliseum, and the A's are a perfect 4-0 with the southpaw sporting a 0.60 ERA in 30 frames. No one has taken him deep at home where hitters are batting just .158. Sunday will be his first taste of the Yankees lineup.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
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05/25/2012 06:06 PM

Around the Horn - Friday

May 24, 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE


Chicago at Pittsburgh - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Dempster (0-2, 2.28 ERA) 15-29 1-4 L5 Game 1's
Burnett (2-2, 4.78 ERA) 20-24 7-2 L9 home off loss

Cubs lost to Astros, 5-1 on Wednesday
Pirates lost to Mets, 3-1 on Wednesday

Colorado at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Friedrich (1-1, 5.00 ERA) 16-27 1-4 L5 away off win
Cueto (5-1, 1.97 ERA) 25-19 2-4 L6 on Fridays

Rockies beat Marlins, 8-4 on Wednesday
Reds beat Braves, 6-3 on Thursday

San Diego at N.Y. Mets - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Bass (2-4, 2.89 ERA) 17-29 1-6 L7 on Fridays
Gee (3-3, 5.44 ERA) 24-21 9-4 L13 home vs RHP

Padres beat Mets, 11-5 on Thursday

San Francisco at Miami - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lincecum (2-4, 6.04 ERA) 24-21 6-1 L7 Game 2's
Johnson (2-3, 4.82 ERA) 24-21 4-1 L5 home Game 2's

Giants beat Marlins, 14-7 on Thursday

Washington at Atlanta - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Detwiler (3-3, 3.65 ERA) 26-18 10-5 L15 Game 1's
Hudson (3-1, 3.03 ERA) 26-20 6-0 L6 on Fridays

Nationals lost to Phillies, 5-1 on Wednesday
Braves lost to Reds, 6-3 on Thursday

Philadelphia at St. Louis - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lee (0-2, 2.66 ERA) 23-23 6-9 L15 Game 2's
Lohse (5-1, 2.91 ERA) 25-20 9-4 L13 home vs LHP

Phillies beat Cardinals, 10-9 on Thursday

Milwaukee at Arizona - 9:40 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Gallardo (2-4, 4.62 ERA) 18-26 3-8 L11 as away underdog
Kennedy (3-4, 4.47 ERA) 20-25 1-4 L5 home off win

Brewers beat Giants, 8-5 on Wednesday
Diamondbacks beat Dodgers, 11-4 on Wednesday


Houston at Los Angeles - 10:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Harrell (3-3, 4.09 ERA) 21-23 5-1 L6 vs LHP
Kershaw (4-1, 1.90 ERA) 30-14 10-4 L14 off loss

Astros beat Cubs, 5-1 on Wednesday
Dodgers lost to Diamondbacks, 11-4 on Wednesday

AMERICAN LEAGUE


Kansas City at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Chen (3-4, 4.17 ERA) 17-26 4-11 L15 Game 1's
Hammel (5-1, 3.12 ERA) 28-17 7-3 L10 vs LHP

Royals lost to Yankees, 8-3 on Wednesday
Orioles lost to Red Sox, 6-5 on Wednesday

Tampa Bay at Boston - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Cobb (1-0, 2.57 ERA) 27-18 2-6 L8 away vs LHP
Lester (3-3, 3.95 ERA) 22-22 OVER 8-2 L10 Game 1's

Rays beat Blue Jays, 5-4 on Wednesday
Red Sox beat Orioles, 6-5 on Wednesday

Toronto at Texas - 8:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Morrow (5-2, 2.63 ERA) 24-21 0-4 L4 away vs LHP
Holland (3-3, 4.27 ERA) 27-18 16-4 L20 off a loss

Blue Jays lost to Rays, 5-4 on Wednesday
Rangers lost to Mariners, 5-3 on Wednesday


Cleveland at Chicago - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Gomez (3-2, 3.19 ERA) 26-18 4-8 L12 vs LHP
Quintana (NR) 23-22 OVER 5-1 L6 home Game 1's

Indians beat Tigers, 2-1 on Thursday
White Sox beat Twins, 11-8 on Thursday

Detroit at Minnesota - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Smyly (1-1, 2.89 ERA) 20-24 2-5 L7 away Game 1's
Swarzak (0-3, 4.73 ERA) 15-29 0-7 L5 home Game 1's

Tigers lost to Indians, 2-1 on Thursday
Twins lost to White Sox, 11-8 on Thursday

N.Y. Yankees at Oakland - 10:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Nova (4-2, 5.69 ERA) 23-21 2-5 L7 away vs LHP
Ross (2-4, 5.73 ERA) 22-23 UNDER 11-2 L13 home vs RHP

Yankees beat Royals, 8-3 on Wednesday
Athletics lost to Angels, 3-1 on Wednesday

Los Angeles at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Santana (2-6, 4.22 ERA) 21-25 UNDER 7-1 L8 away Game 2's
Beavan (2-4, 4.46 ERA) 21-26 5-10 L15 Game 2's

Angels beat Mariners, 3-0 on Thursday

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05/25/2012 06:06 PM

Around the Horn - Friday

May 24, 2012

NATIONAL LEAGUE


Chicago at Pittsburgh - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Dempster (0-2, 2.28 ERA) 15-29 1-4 L5 Game 1's
Burnett (2-2, 4.78 ERA) 20-24 7-2 L9 home off loss

Cubs lost to Astros, 5-1 on Wednesday
Pirates lost to Mets, 3-1 on Wednesday

Colorado at Cincinnati - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Friedrich (1-1, 5.00 ERA) 16-27 1-4 L5 away off win
Cueto (5-1, 1.97 ERA) 25-19 2-4 L6 on Fridays

Rockies beat Marlins, 8-4 on Wednesday
Reds beat Braves, 6-3 on Thursday

San Diego at N.Y. Mets - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Bass (2-4, 2.89 ERA) 17-29 1-6 L7 on Fridays
Gee (3-3, 5.44 ERA) 24-21 9-4 L13 home vs RHP

Padres beat Mets, 11-5 on Thursday

San Francisco at Miami - 7:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lincecum (2-4, 6.04 ERA) 24-21 6-1 L7 Game 2's
Johnson (2-3, 4.82 ERA) 24-21 4-1 L5 home Game 2's

Giants beat Marlins, 14-7 on Thursday

Washington at Atlanta - 7:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Detwiler (3-3, 3.65 ERA) 26-18 10-5 L15 Game 1's
Hudson (3-1, 3.03 ERA) 26-20 6-0 L6 on Fridays

Nationals lost to Phillies, 5-1 on Wednesday
Braves lost to Reds, 6-3 on Thursday

Philadelphia at St. Louis - 8:05 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Lee (0-2, 2.66 ERA) 23-23 6-9 L15 Game 2's
Lohse (5-1, 2.91 ERA) 25-20 9-4 L13 home vs LHP

Phillies beat Cardinals, 10-9 on Thursday

Milwaukee at Arizona - 9:40 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Gallardo (2-4, 4.62 ERA) 18-26 3-8 L11 as away underdog
Kennedy (3-4, 4.47 ERA) 20-25 1-4 L5 home off win

Brewers beat Giants, 8-5 on Wednesday
Diamondbacks beat Dodgers, 11-4 on Wednesday


Houston at Los Angeles - 10:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Harrell (3-3, 4.09 ERA) 21-23 5-1 L6 vs LHP
Kershaw (4-1, 1.90 ERA) 30-14 10-4 L14 off loss

Astros beat Cubs, 5-1 on Wednesday
Dodgers lost to Diamondbacks, 11-4 on Wednesday

AMERICAN LEAGUE


Kansas City at Baltimore - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Chen (3-4, 4.17 ERA) 17-26 4-11 L15 Game 1's
Hammel (5-1, 3.12 ERA) 28-17 7-3 L10 vs LHP

Royals lost to Yankees, 8-3 on Wednesday
Orioles lost to Red Sox, 6-5 on Wednesday

Tampa Bay at Boston - 7:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Cobb (1-0, 2.57 ERA) 27-18 2-6 L8 away vs LHP
Lester (3-3, 3.95 ERA) 22-22 OVER 8-2 L10 Game 1's

Rays beat Blue Jays, 5-4 on Wednesday
Red Sox beat Orioles, 6-5 on Wednesday

Toronto at Texas - 8:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Morrow (5-2, 2.63 ERA) 24-21 0-4 L4 away vs LHP
Holland (3-3, 4.27 ERA) 27-18 16-4 L20 off a loss

Blue Jays lost to Rays, 5-4 on Wednesday
Rangers lost to Mariners, 5-3 on Wednesday


Cleveland at Chicago - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Gomez (3-2, 3.19 ERA) 26-18 4-8 L12 vs LHP
Quintana (NR) 23-22 OVER 5-1 L6 home Game 1's

Indians beat Tigers, 2-1 on Thursday
White Sox beat Twins, 11-8 on Thursday

Detroit at Minnesota - 8:10 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Smyly (1-1, 2.89 ERA) 20-24 2-5 L7 away Game 1's
Swarzak (0-3, 4.73 ERA) 15-29 0-7 L5 home Game 1's

Tigers lost to Indians, 2-1 on Thursday
Twins lost to White Sox, 11-8 on Thursday

N.Y. Yankees at Oakland - 10:05 PM EST (Game 1/3)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Nova (4-2, 5.69 ERA) 23-21 2-5 L7 away vs LHP
Ross (2-4, 5.73 ERA) 22-23 UNDER 11-2 L13 home vs RHP

Yankees beat Royals, 8-3 on Wednesday
Athletics lost to Angels, 3-1 on Wednesday

Los Angeles at Seattle - 10:10 PM EST (Game 2/4)
Teams Pitcher Notes Team Record Betcha Didn't Know
Santana (2-6, 4.22 ERA) 21-25 UNDER 7-1 L8 away Game 2's
Beavan (2-4, 4.46 ERA) 21-26 5-10 L15 Game 2's

Angels beat Mariners, 3-0 on Thursday

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05/25/2012 06:09 PM

Diamond Trends - Friday

May 25, 2012



SU TREND OF THE DAY:

The Twins are 0-18 since July 18, 2011 at home and it is the first game of the series for a net profit of $1856 when playing against. Advertisement

OU TREND OF THE DAY:

The Cardinals are 16-0-1 OU since April 13, 2011 after a loss in which they allowed 12+ hits and it is not the first game of a series in a night game for a net profit of $1600 when playing the over.


STARTER TREND OF THE DAY:

The Marlins are 12-0 since August 22, 2006 when Josh Johnson starts as a 140+ favorite vs a team that lost their starters last two starts for a net profit of $1200.


BIBLE TREND OF THE DAY:

The Rockies are 10-0 (4.1 rpg) since May 8, 2008 when their starter allowed at least eight runs in his last start.


TODAY’S TRENDS:

The Dodgers are 11-0 since May 29, 2011 when Clayton Kershaw starts at home after going at least 6 innings and giving up 6 or fewer hits for a net profit of $1100.

The Reds are 10-0 since July 31, 2011 when Johnny Cueto starts as a 140+ favorite for a net profit of $1000.

The Mets are 0-7 since July 02, 2011 when Dillon Gee starts after a quality start and they won in his previous start for a net profit of $705 when playing against

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05/25/2012 06:11 PM

Josh Johnson looks to outduel Lincecum Friday


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (24-21)

at MIAMI MARLINS (24-21)


First pitch: Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
Line: Miami -140, San Francisco +125, Total: 7

After the Giants took the series opener Thursday in a 14-7 rout, the Marlins will look to even up this four-game set at home Friday evening.

Two aces off to rough starts take the hill in this game with Tim Lincecum and Josh Johnson heading out there for the Giants and Marlins, respectively. Lincecum has not looked like himself this season with a 6.04 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, sending him to a 2-4 record in nine starts. Furthermore, he is showing no sign of improvement in his last three outings, going 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. His worst splits are on the road where he has an 8.15 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. Johnson has also struggled for most of this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, but is finally looking like the ace he truly is. In his past three starts he is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, giving up just 15 hits in 21 innings. Johnson has never beaten the Giants in his career (0-3), but he is due with a 3.18 ERA in five starts against them, throwing a quality start each time and receiving a total of eight runs of support from his offense. The Marlins have taken three out of four against the Giants this season and are 9-5 against NL West opponents. They are also 16-7 (.696) so far this month. Take home favorite MIAMI to win this one.

This two-star FoxSheets trend also favors the Marlins:

Play On - Any team (MIAMI) - with a starting pitcher whose ERA is 4.70 to 5.20 on the season (NL), with a team batting average of .245 or worse on the season (NL). (172-144 since 1997.) (54.4%, +62.9 units. Rating = 2*).

The Giants have made Florida a second home over the past three seasons with a 6-1 record when visiting the Marlins. San Francisco has won nine of 13 and five of six on the road. To win this game, though, they will either need Lincecum to truly figure himself out or to receive an epic performance from their bullpen, which has a 3.30 ERA this season, a mark that drops to 4.09 on the road with a troubling 1.67 WHIP. Maybe the Marlins are the right team for Lincecum to break out of his funk as he has a 2-0 record, 2.11 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in his three career against them. If the offense can build on Thursday night’s explosion (season-high 15 hits) in which they scored 13 runs in the game’s final four innings versus the Marlins, they will win this one as well. OFs Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan each had 4 RBI in Thursday’s blowout. But given Johnson’s ability to go deep into games and Miami’s generally strong bullpen, play against here.

Entering action Thursday the Miami bullpen had a 3.45 ERA, a number that has now ballooned to 3.88 since being clobbered with a late barrage of runs that did not include a longball. The loss puts the Marlins in a two-game losing skid, but the good news is their offense has been stellar. They have registered double-digit hits in four of their past five games, a definite possibility against the struggling Lincecum. Nobody is hotter than 2B Omar Infante who is batting .483 in his past seven games. OF Giancarlo Stanton had three hits, including a solo homer on Thursday to give him 8 RBI in his past four games

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cnotes Posts:27610 Followers:33
05/25/2012 06:11 PM

Josh Johnson looks to outduel Lincecum Friday


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (24-21)

at MIAMI MARLINS (24-21)


First pitch: Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
Line: Miami -140, San Francisco +125, Total: 7

After the Giants took the series opener Thursday in a 14-7 rout, the Marlins will look to even up this four-game set at home Friday evening.

Two aces off to rough starts take the hill in this game with Tim Lincecum and Josh Johnson heading out there for the Giants and Marlins, respectively. Lincecum has not looked like himself this season with a 6.04 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, sending him to a 2-4 record in nine starts. Furthermore, he is showing no sign of improvement in his last three outings, going 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. His worst splits are on the road where he has an 8.15 ERA and 2.04 WHIP. Johnson has also struggled for most of this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, but is finally looking like the ace he truly is. In his past three starts he is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, giving up just 15 hits in 21 innings. Johnson has never beaten the Giants in his career (0-3), but he is due with a 3.18 ERA in five starts against them, throwing a quality start each time and receiving a total of eight runs of support from his offense. The Marlins have taken three out of four against the Giants this season and are 9-5 against NL West opponents. They are also 16-7 (.696) so far this month. Take home favorite MIAMI to win this one.

This two-star FoxSheets trend also favors the Marlins:

Play On - Any team (MIAMI) - with a starting pitcher whose ERA is 4.70 to 5.20 on the season (NL), with a team batting average of .245 or worse on the season (NL). (172-144 since 1997.) (54.4%, +62.9 units. Rating = 2*).

The Giants have made Florida a second home over the past three seasons with a 6-1 record when visiting the Marlins. San Francisco has won nine of 13 and five of six on the road. To win this game, though, they will either need Lincecum to truly figure himself out or to receive an epic performance from their bullpen, which has a 3.30 ERA this season, a mark that drops to 4.09 on the road with a troubling 1.67 WHIP. Maybe the Marlins are the right team for Lincecum to break out of his funk as he has a 2-0 record, 2.11 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in his three career against them. If the offense can build on Thursday night’s explosion (season-high 15 hits) in which they scored 13 runs in the game’s final four innings versus the Marlins, they will win this one as well. OFs Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan each had 4 RBI in Thursday’s blowout. But given Johnson’s ability to go deep into games and Miami’s generally strong bullpen, play against here.

Entering action Thursday the Miami bullpen had a 3.45 ERA, a number that has now ballooned to 3.88 since being clobbered with a late barrage of runs that did not include a longball. The loss puts the Marlins in a two-game losing skid, but the good news is their offense has been stellar. They have registered double-digit hits in four of their past five games, a definite possibility against the struggling Lincecum. Nobody is hotter than 2B Omar Infante who is batting .483 in his past seven games. OF Giancarlo Stanton had three hits, including a solo homer on Thursday to give him 8 RBI in his past four games

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cnotes Posts:27610 Followers:33
05/25/2012 06:13 PM

Friday’s betting tips: Cubs’ losing streak making history

Weather to watch

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers - 18 mph winds are expected to blow in from right field.

Who’s hot

MLB: Nationals are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a road underdog.

MLB: Reds are 7-0 in Johnny Cueto's last seven starts as a home favorite.

NHL: Devils are 5-1 in their last six home games.

WNBA: Indiana Fever are 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Chicago Sky.

Who’s not

MLB: Royals are 27-57 in their last 84 meetings with the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB: Rockies are 7-19 in their last 26 overall.

NHL: Rangers are 3-9 in their last 12 playoff games as an underdog.

WNBA: New York Liberty are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Key stat

9 - The Chicago Cubs have lost nine straight games, marking their longest losing streak in 10 years. The Cubs are just 15-29 heading into Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and they play 16 of their next 19 games on the road.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians – The Tribe sat their DH for Thursday’s matinee against the Tigers. Hafner's battling a knee injury and his status for Friday’s game against the White Sox is in question. Hafner is hitting .242 with six homers and 23 RBI.

Game of the day

New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils (-120, 4.5)

Notable quotable

"I can't come to terms with a guy declining or not being what they're supposed to be. I won't do it. I remember us talking about Derek Jeter last year, people just basically destroying him, and I wouldn't accept it. And I'm not going to accept Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira. They're better than this. They're going to work their tails off, and they're going to get it done." - New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on his team’s early offensive troubles. While Teixeira continues to struggle, A-Rod came alive with two homers in Wednesday’s win over the Royals. The Yanks still rank second in the majors with 65 home runs and sit fifth with a .264 batting average.

Notes and tips

The Chicago White Sox have scratched Friday’s scheduled starter, John Danks, and reportedly called up lefty Jose Quintana to fill his spot as Danks is headed to the DL with a shoulder injury. Danks signed a $65-million contract extension in the offseason, but has struggled early this year with a 5.70 ERA. Quintana came out of the bullpen and threw 5 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians earlier in May, giving up just one hit.

Doug O'Neill, the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another, was suspended 45 days by the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday because one of his horses exceeded the allowable limit for total carbon dioxide. However, the punishment won't begin before July 1, allowing him to saddle I'll Have Another in the June 9 Belmont Stakes. I'll Have Another is favored at 13/10 after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

The team that has scored the first goal in the last 13 contests the New York Rangers have played have gone on to win the contest. The Rangers dug themselves a 3-0 hole in Game 5 at home to the New Jersey Devils Wednesday night. After crawling all the way back to tie the game early in the third period, New Jersey’s Ryan Carter scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to boost the Devils to a 5-3 victory.

The Boston Celtics aren’t expecting to have shooting guard Avery Bradley in the lineup for Saturday’s Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers – or for any other game in the post season should they advance. Bradley’s left shoulder popped out twice during this series and he could be going under the knife.

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cnotes Posts:27610 Followers:33
05/25/2012 06:13 PM

Friday’s betting tips: Cubs’ losing streak making history

Weather to watch

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers - 18 mph winds are expected to blow in from right field.

Who’s hot

MLB: Nationals are 12-5 in their last 17 games as a road underdog.

MLB: Reds are 7-0 in Johnny Cueto's last seven starts as a home favorite.

NHL: Devils are 5-1 in their last six home games.

WNBA: Indiana Fever are 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Chicago Sky.

Who’s not

MLB: Royals are 27-57 in their last 84 meetings with the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB: Rockies are 7-19 in their last 26 overall.

NHL: Rangers are 3-9 in their last 12 playoff games as an underdog.

WNBA: New York Liberty are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Key stat

9 - The Chicago Cubs have lost nine straight games, marking their longest losing streak in 10 years. The Cubs are just 15-29 heading into Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and they play 16 of their next 19 games on the road.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians – The Tribe sat their DH for Thursday’s matinee against the Tigers. Hafner's battling a knee injury and his status for Friday’s game against the White Sox is in question. Hafner is hitting .242 with six homers and 23 RBI.

Game of the day

New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils (-120, 4.5)

Notable quotable

"I can't come to terms with a guy declining or not being what they're supposed to be. I won't do it. I remember us talking about Derek Jeter last year, people just basically destroying him, and I wouldn't accept it. And I'm not going to accept Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira. They're better than this. They're going to work their tails off, and they're going to get it done." - New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on his team’s early offensive troubles. While Teixeira continues to struggle, A-Rod came alive with two homers in Wednesday’s win over the Royals. The Yanks still rank second in the majors with 65 home runs and sit fifth with a .264 batting average.

Notes and tips

The Chicago White Sox have scratched Friday’s scheduled starter, John Danks, and reportedly called up lefty Jose Quintana to fill his spot as Danks is headed to the DL with a shoulder injury. Danks signed a $65-million contract extension in the offseason, but has struggled early this year with a 5.70 ERA. Quintana came out of the bullpen and threw 5 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Indians earlier in May, giving up just one hit.

Doug O'Neill, the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another, was suspended 45 days by the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday because one of his horses exceeded the allowable limit for total carbon dioxide. However, the punishment won't begin before July 1, allowing him to saddle I'll Have Another in the June 9 Belmont Stakes. I'll Have Another is favored at 13/10 after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

The team that has scored the first goal in the last 13 contests the New York Rangers have played have gone on to win the contest. The Rangers dug themselves a 3-0 hole in Game 5 at home to the New Jersey Devils Wednesday night. After crawling all the way back to tie the game early in the third period, New Jersey’s Ryan Carter scored the game winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to boost the Devils to a 5-3 victory.

The Boston Celtics aren’t expecting to have shooting guard Avery Bradley in the lineup for Saturday’s Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers – or for any other game in the post season should they advance. Bradley’s left shoulder popped out twice during this series and he could be going under the knife.

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