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05/26/2012 09:58 AM

Preview: Rockies (17-27) at Reds (25-20)

Game: 2
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: May 26, 2012 7:15 PM EDT

As well as the Cincinnati Reds have played of late, it still might not be good enough to end their recent struggles against the Colorado Rockies.

With their longest winning streak of the season snapped, the NL Central-leading Reds look to avoid a fourth straight loss to the Rockies on Saturday night at Great American Ballpark.

Cincinnati (25-20) had won six in a row before Todd Helton homered and drove in three runs to help Colorado to a 6-3 victory Friday. Though the Reds still own a one-half game lead over St. Louis in the Central, they have dropped three in a row and 10 of 13 against the Rockies (17-27).

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, however, is confident his team can bounce back.

"You can't get greedy," Baker said. "We won six straight. Now we have to start a new streak.

"These guys have been tough on us in the past because they can hit."

Reds starting pitchers posted a 2.41 ERA during the winning stretch, but Johnny Cueto was roughed up for five runs in 4 2-3 innings Friday.

Trying to help the Reds rebound, Mike Leake (1-5, 5.32 ERA) takes the mound Saturday looking to build off his best start of the season. After allowing an earned run in six innings of a 6-3 win against the Mets on May 16, Leake surrendered a homer and two other hits in eight innings of a 4-1 victory over Atlanta on Monday for his first victory in eight starts.

"He was outstanding,' teammate Drew Stubbs said. "That was a big performance for him. He'd been struggling. That should be a big boost for his confidence. I'm glad to see it.'

In his only previous start versus Colorado on Aug. 10, the right-hander gave up 11 hits but two runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 3-2 home win.

Helton, who went 2 for 3 off Leake, homered for the first time since April 29 on Friday. He is 4 for 9 with four RBIs in his last two games after going 1 for 22 in his previous six. He's 7 for 21 with two homers and six RBIs in his last five games versus Cincinnati.

Looking to match a season high with their third straight victory, the Rockies hand the ball to Jeremy Guthrie (2-2, 5.55), who is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in three road starts but looks to rebound from a rough outing at home. Guthrie allowed a run each in his two previous starts - both on the road - before yielding six and three homers in six innings of a 6-4 loss to Seattle on Sunday.

The right-hander has allowed six runs in each of his three home starts in 2012.

Guthrie gave up four runs and four walks in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-5 loss June 26, in his only appearance versus Cincinnati while Baltimore.

He will try to cool off Joey Votto, who had four hits Friday. Votto is 11 for 24 (.458) in his last six games versus Colorado.

Mired in a 1-for-29 slump, Jay Bruce is likely to be back in the Reds lineup after getting the night off in the opener.


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05/26/2012 10:00 AM

Preview: Cubs (15-30) at Pirates (21-24)

Game: 2
Venue: PNC Park
Date: May 26, 2012 7:15 PM EDT

After squaring off against several formidable pitchers during his losing streak, it appears Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia could be catching a break as the Chicago Cubs turn to Paul Maholm.

Facing an abysmal Cubs offense should also help Correia's cause.

Correia tries to avoid losing his sixth straight start and send scuffling Chicago to its 11th consecutive defeat Saturday night as Maholm pitches for the first time as a visitor at PNC Park.

Correia (1-5, 4.50 ERA) was in position to end his skid Sunday in Detroit with the Pirates (21-24) leading 2-1 after six innings, but the right-hander didn't record another out while allowing two more runs and was saddled with a 4-3 loss. He gave up three runs and four hits while walking none.

During his five-start losing streak, Correia has opposed Tim Hudson, Johnny Cueto, Stephen Strasburg, Josh Johnson and Max Scherzer. Not surprisingly, he hasn't had much help from his offense. Correia has received either one or two runs of support in all eight of his starts, an average of 2.35 that's fifth-worst in the majors.

"He's had some tough draws," manager Clint Hurdle told the Pirates' official website.

His counterpart Saturday doesn't seem as intimidating, though Maholm (4-3, 4.73) at least has the benefit of facing the team with which he spent the first seven years of his major league career - and one that struggles mightily to score.

The same could be said for Chicago's punchless lineup.

The Cubs (15-30), losers of 10 straight since beating St. Louis on May 14, have plated six runs while striking out 52 times in their last five games.

In dropping Friday's series opener 1-0, Chicago - in the midst of its worst losing streak since opening 0-14 in 1997 - went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. The Cubs are batting .087 (4 for 46) with runners on second or third and have left 47 on in the last five contests.

"It's unbelievable,' manager Dale Sveum said. "We outhit the opponent every night and can't score.'

Starlin Castro, moved up a spot in the order to No. 2 on Friday, has watched his average drop 16 points during the skid to .315, while cleanup hitter Bryan LaHair is batting .069 (2 for 29) with a solo homer and 12 strikeouts.

Correia split his four starts with the Cubs last season, posting a 1.35 ERA in his two wins - both at Wrigley Field. He had a 20.65 ERA in losing his two outings against them at PNC.

Maholm was drafted by Pittsburgh with the eighth pick in the 2003 draft and made his major league debut two years later. The left-hander never quite lived up to expectations with the Pirates, though, going 53-73 with a 4.36 ERA in 185 starts.

He signed with Chicago as a free agent in January, and has sandwiched four victorious starts between four that were fairly ugly. He has a 1.07 ERA in his four wins, but a 9.30 ERA in his other four outings. Maholm gave up five runs - including three homers - and a season-high nine hits in 6 1-3 innings of Sunday's 6-0 loss to the White Sox.

Maholm should have a decent chance of bouncing back, however. Pittsburgh, which has scored five times in the last three games, has plated a major league-worst 127 runs and is last in the NL in batting at .217.

Andrew McCutchen, the team leader in average (.331), homers (seven) and RBIs (24), was hitless Friday and is batting .200 in his last 10 games against the Cubs. He is 13 for his last 21 (.619) with three homers versus left-handers, though.


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05/26/2012 10:01 AM

Preview: Phillies (24-23) at Cardinals (25-21)

Game: 3
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: May 26, 2012 7:15 PM EDT

Wins have been hard to come by lately for the St. Louis Cardinals, who are no longer atop the NL Central.

They appear to have the right man taking the mound to help them avoid another loss.

The Cardinals' Jaime Garcia seeks to continue his recent success Saturday night against a Philadelphia Phillies team looking to run its winning streak to four.

St. Louis (25-21) entered this four-game rematch of an NL division series from last October coming off a three-game sweep of San Diego, but has come up short in each of its first two games against the Phillies (24-23). The Cardinals dropped out of first place in the Central for the first time all season after Thursday's 10-9 loss, then fell 5-3 in 10 innings Friday.

They've won just five times in their last 15 games, although Garcia (3-2, 3.55 ERA) was the starting pitcher for two of those victories.

After recording a 7.71 ERA in his first two May starts, Garcia has posted a 1.88 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 14 1-3 innings over his last two outings. The left-hander didn't get a decision in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Padres after yielding two runs in seven innings.

Garcia would seem primed for another strong showing considering in four career starts against the Phillies, he is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA - his lowest against any opponent.

He has shut down some of Philadelphia's top bats, limiting leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins to a .091 average (1 for 11) and Hunter Pence to three hits in 15 at_bats.

Pence was the hero for the Phillies on Friday, snapping an 0-for-13 skid with a two-run homer in the 10th inning to send his team to its third straight victory following a season-high four-game skid.

"Every win is big, and to get the lead in the 10th inning is huge, no matter how you get the runs across,' said Pence, who has a team-high 11 home runs.

Philadelphia improved to 20-6 when plating at least four runs, but is 4-17 when scoring three or fewer. Probable Saturday starter Kyle Kendrick (0-4, 5.23) is plenty familiar with what happens when the Phillies struggle to score.

Filling the rotation spot of the injured Vance Worley (elbow), Kendrick pitched effectively against Washington on Monday, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings, but didn't receive any run support and got charged with a 2-1 loss. The right-hander has a 2.25 ERA in his last four starts, but has been backed by five total runs of support.

"You can't control run support," he said. "It's totally out of your hands.'

Kendrick, who made two relief appearances against St. Louis last season, is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five career starts versus the Cardinals.

St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday had a rough night Friday, stranding a team-high four runners on base, and could have more trouble against Kendrick, against whom he is 2 for 14 lifetime.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, batting .429 over a seven-game stretch that has raised his season average 24 points to .316, is 2 for 11 with a double off Kendrick.




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05/26/2012 10:04 AM

Preview: Astros (22-23) at Dodgers (30-15)

Game: 2
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Date: May 26, 2012 10:10 PM EDT

There's probably nobody other than Bud Norris that the Houston Astros would want on the mound as they try to match their longest winning streak of 2012.

Norris looks to win his fifth straight start and help the visiting Astros reach the .500 mark with a fifth consecutive victory Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Norris (5-1, 3.14 ERA) went 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five April starts, but has allowed two runs - one earned - and 15 hits while striking out 29 over 26 innings to go 4-0 in May.

"He realizes what he has to do and he builds on it,' manager Brad Mills said. "When you get him out there in situations, he's able to make adjustments as he goes along from start to start. If this didn't go right, he finds out why and then he analyzes it, tries to improve and get better.'

Norris allowed five hits and fanned eight Monday in seven innings of an 8-4 victory over the NL-worst Cubs on Monday.

"I'm definitely in a rhythm right now,' Norris said. "Things have been there for me and I just want to keep it going.'

History says he may be able to, even against a Dodgers team with a major-league best 30-15 record.

Norris, 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five starts versus Los Angeles, has allowed three hits in 13 scoreless innings while not getting a decision in his last two outings against the Dodgers - both at Chavez Ravine.

After sweeping a three-game home series from the Cubs, Houston (22-23) snapped a four-game road skid with a 3-1 victory in Friday's series opener. Lucas Harrell threw 7 1-3 solid innings and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer for the Astros, who now will look to get back to .500 for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 14.

Houston, which is 6-13 away from Minute Made Park, has not won two straight on the road since April 25 and 2, at Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

"You want to get to a point where some guys are able to be rewarded for their good play," Mills told the Astros' official website.

Martinez is 6 for 11 with six RBIs in the last three games after going 5 for 54 in his previous 17 contests.

While the Astros are playing well, the Dodgers are trying to avoid a season-high third straight defeat. Los Angeles fell to 19-5 at home after scoring its lone run Friday on a bases-loaded walk.

Andre Ethier went 1 for 4, but is still hitting .421 (8 for 19) in his last five games.

The Dodgers hand the ball to Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.91), who is 0-3 with a 5.20 ERA in seven starts since beating Pittsburgh on April 11. He gave up five runs - three earned - and walked four in six innings of Los Angeles' 6-5 win over St. Louis on Sunday.

"It's just the way the game is, you can't do anything about it," Billingsley told the Dodgers' official website.

The right-hander wasn't very effective during a 12-0 loss at Houston on April 22, though he also didn't get much help defensively. The Dodgers committed three errors as Billingsley allowed nine runs - five earned - and two home runs while walking four in 3 1-3 innings. He fell to 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA in his career against the Astros.


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05/26/2012 10:06 AM

Preview: Brewers (19-26) at Diamondbacks (20-26)

Game: 2
Venue: Chase Field
Date: May 26, 2012 10:10 PM EDT

Since getting roughed up in his second start of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers' Zack Greinke has been nearly untouchable over the last month-plus.

Rookie Wade Miley has also proved plenty formidable since transitioning to the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation.

In what sets up as a low-scoring affair, Greinke takes the hill opposite Miley as the Brewers and Diamondbacks continue a three-game set Saturday night at Chase Field.

Greinke (5-1, 2.70 ERA), who was tagged for a season-worst eight runs in 3 2-3 innings of an 8-0 loss April 12 at Wrigley Field, has since gone 4-0 while giving up a combined nine earned over his last seven outings spanning 46 frames. The 2009 AL Cy Young winner has struck out 47 over that stretch and limited opponents to a .225 average.

Greinke has been especially dominant in his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA while fanning 24 and walking two in 21 2-3 innings. The right-hander gave up a run and five hits over 6 2-3 innings Sunday in a 16-4 win over Minnesota.

"He's nasty, though. Isn't he?" catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "He's a lot of fun to catch, working his magic out there. Whenever this guy locates down and away, painting and with velocity and bite on his slider, mixing the slow curve ball, the changeup. This guy won a Cy Young, and there's a reason why."

Greinke's 6.12 ERA over four regular-season starts against the Diamondbacks (20-26) is inflated due to giving up career worsts of 11 runs and 15 hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 12-11, 10-inning road loss June 10, 2005, while with Kansas City. He's 0-2 with a 2.61 ERA in the other three outings.

Greinke, though, wasn't very sharp in Game 2 of last season's NL division series against Arizona, yielding four runs on three homers in five innings.

Miley (5-1, 2.14), meanwhile, has been garnering some well-deserved attention thanks to his continued success. The left-hander, who opened the season in the Diamondbacks' bullpen, improved to 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA over six starts Sunday in a 2-0 road win over the Royals.

Miley threw seven innings of six-hit ball, walking two and striking out three in matching the longest outing of his career.

"Miley was that good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We've watched video on him. He was exactly what we thought he'd be. He's got really good stuff, commands the ball down and kind of throws across his body, has a very quick arm and is tough to pick up. He's got a real good changeup, a nice cutter. He was tough on us."

Miley, who's never faced Milwaukee (19-26), will look to help Arizona regroup from Friday's 7-1 loss - its 15th in 19 home games.

The Diamondbacks went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and couldn't get much going against Yovani Gallardo, who threw 7 1-3 sharp innings.

Ryan Braun, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks, meanwhile, hit their 13th, 10th and fifth homers of the season, respectively, for the Brewers. Despite Friday's win, Milwaukee has dropped 13 of 18 as the visiting team.

The Brewers placed shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled left hamstring suffered Friday. Milwaukee, which already lost Alex Gonzalez to a torn ACL, recalled shortstop Edwin Maysonette from Triple-A Nashville.

Arizona's Miguel Montero is uncertain to be available after missing his third straight game Friday with a strained groin. A person with knowledge of the situation said Montero has agreed to a five-year, $60 million extension

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05/26/2012 10:09 AM

Saturday's betting tips: Giants, ump Wegner don't mesh

Weather to watch

Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers – A 14-mph wind will be blowing in from right field. Temperatures will be about 90 degrees.

Who’s hot

MLB: The Red Sox are 11-4 in Josh Beckett’s last 15 home starts.

MLB: Milwaukee is 22-6 in Zack Greinke’s last 28 starts.

NBA: Boston is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games following a SU loss.

WNBA: The under is 4-0 in the last four Tulsa-Washington meetings.

Who’s not

MLB: The Giants are 0-5 in their last five games with umpire Mark Wegner behind the plate.

MLB: The White Sox are 3-8 in Jake Peavy’s last 11 home starts.

NBA: The under is 2-6 in the last eight Philly-Boston games.

WNBA: Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games vs. Phoenix.

Key stat

33 percent – That’s what Celtics guard Ray Allen, bothered by ankle issues, is shooting over the last three games of Boston’s playoff series with Philadelphia. Allen is 8-for-24 in that stretch, including 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. With Avery Bradley (shoulder) out for the rest of the playoffs, the Celts need Allen to regain his shooting form.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will be out 8-10 weeks. St. Louis is hoping to have the veteran slugger back in August. Matt Adams will continue to play first, with Allen Craig (hamstring) due back in a week.

Game of the day

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (-5.5, 170)

Notable quotable

“It’s what we have. Clearly Avery is a great defender, but he’s not out there, so I can’t worry about it. I really can’t. Their penetration and their (isolations) without Avery on the floor hurt. They went to a lot of iso’s and they were picking who they wanted [to attack].” – Celtics coach Doc Rivers, on Boston’s inability to guard Philly’s perimeter players without injured defensive ace Avery Bradley.

Notes and tips

Sixers forward Elton Brand has undergone a dramatic turnaround in the last two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals. In Games 1-4, Brand averaged 16 minutes, 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. The 33-year-old suddenly played 30 minutes in Game 5, getting 19 points and three rebounds. Then in Game 6, he played 34 minutes, posting 13 points and 10 boards. Coach Doug Collins called Brand his team’s “ace of spades” and the 6-9, 254-pounder has the “heart of a lion.”

The LVH has posted odds for Saturday's NCAA Division I lacrosse semifinals at Gillette Stadium. Loyola (Md.) is a -200 favorite over Notre Dame, with the total set at 17.5. Duke is a -160 favorite over Maryland, with that total pegged at 18.5. The final will be played Monday.

Few batters are as dangerous right now as Miami OF Giancarlo Stanton. He hit his 10th May homer in Friday's win over the Giants.

Orioles OF Adam Jones, 26, is reportedly getting a contract extension for six years and about $85 million. It would be the largest deal in franchise history. Entering Friday’s game, Jones was hitting .311 with 14 homers and 29 RBIs.

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05/26/2012 10:11 AM

Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack

We're going to go thru the over/under win totals for each NFL team in this space over the next week, division-by-division. Today, the AFC South:

-- Houston 10, over -$120-- Phillips improved their defense LY.

-- Indianapolis 5.5, under -$135-- All they need is a lotta Luck.

-- Jacksonville 5.5, under -$135-- New owner, new coach; whos the QB?

-- Tennessee 7, over -$130-- Whatever happened to Chris Johnson?

Remember, what I've listed here are just odds, not any prediction.......


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Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........

13) Bought my 86-year old dad a cellphone to text on, which is interesting in itself, but Verizon nails you for a $35 “activation fee” when you buy a new phone. Rotten bastards; they should charge $35 extra for the phone- that would feel more honest. "Activation fees" reek of thievery.

Employees in the store agreed with me, but that’s business these days. Bleed your customers as much as humanly possible.

12) ESPN will be showing the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest from Coney Island again on July 4th. It might be the most bizarre hour of programming on ESPN all year.

11) You watch these NHL games, and they’ve got a sideline reporter down by the benches, Pierre McGuire; he was a scout/assistant coach for the Penguins when they won consecutive Stanley Cups in 1991/1992, and later was coach GM of the Hartford Whalers.

His last coaching job before moving to TV was coaching the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL; that’s like the coaching job Paul Newman had in Slap Shot. He must have some interesting stories.

10) Given that the Phillies are a combined 5-11 when Halladay/Lee start, and they’re 8-1 when Cole Hamels starts, if they contend later this summer, shouldn’t Hamels get strong MVP consideration?

9) Indiana Pacers’ coach Frankie Vogel played three years of D-III hoop at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, then transferred to Kentucky, where he spent two years as a student manager for Rick Pitino, because he knew he wanted to get into coaching.

Smart move, as the connections he made there got him into the NBA, where he has worked his way up to a head coaching job. Either Vogel is awful smart or he listens to someone who is awful smart.

8) When he was in 8th grade, Vogel appeared on the Stupid Human Tricks on the David Letterman Show, balancing a basketball on a toothbrush while he brushed his teeth. Not sure how someone starts doing that.

7) Georgia football coach Mark Richt got his contract extended three years, a must for recruiting, but he didn’t get a raise, though the money he can earn incentive-wise has risen. Always big expectations for the Dawgs, who have an experienced QB now, which always helps.

6) Why would JR Smith not have a valid driver’s license? How do you let it lapse? You can’t forget it, because you renew it on your birthday every few years. Smith’s given name is Earl, by the way.

5) Padres have a relief pitcher named Alex Hinshaw; turns out that his mother's brother was once Afghanistan's ambassador to Italy. Seriously.

4) I'm in a 16-team keeper fantasy league where you can draft guys in the minor leagues, 25 men on a team, 26 if you have someone on the DL. Well, as I type this, I have 16 batters/10 pitchers on my team; of my 16 batters, one is in the minors, seven are injured, eight are healthy. Nine hitters are in the lineup every week. Not good.

3) Think Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie enjoyed last season? Um, no. Six players transferred (got run out) of Lubbock after the season, with nine new players coming in to replace them. He'll do a good job there, but the Big X is deep water, with lot of big sharks swimming around. Need lot of good players to win in that league, so changes had to be made.

2) When Central Michigan fired coach Ernie Zeigler in March, his son Trey, who was by far the Chippewas' best player, transferred from Central to Pitt, for obvious reasons. The NCAA has shown unusually good sense and allowed young Zeigler to be eligible this coming season, rather than sit out a year. Zeigler is really good and will be a help for the Panthers.

1) Coming into Friday night's play, Milwaukee's Nyjer Morgan had come to bat with 49 men on base, and knocked none of them in. Zero. None. He is an outfielder, outfielders are supposed to produce runs. Yikes.

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05/26/2012 10:13 AM

Public opinion: Saturday's top consenus plays

NBA:

Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics (-5.5, 170)

The 76ers are younger and quicker, but Boston is a different team at home. The Celtics are 8-2 in potential series closeout games at the Garden. And the last 11 times they came off a SU loss, the Celts are 8-2-1 ATS. To continue that trend, the Celts must do a better job in the paint, where they were outscored 42-16 in Game 6. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

Consensus: Celtics 62 percent/76ers 38 percent

MLB:

Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals (-160, 9)

Bettors are backing the dog and Kyle Kendrick, who has allowed three earned runs over his last two starts covering 13 innings. The Phillies have won the first two games of the series, scoring 15 runs on 27 hits. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia also has been outstanding in his last two starts, yielding three earned runs over 14 1/3 innings. However, batters are hitting .300 against him overall as he’s given up 67 hits in 58 1/3 innings.

Consensus: Phillies 59 percent/Cardinals 41 percent

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05/26/2012 10:13 AM

MLB
Dunkel

Toronto at Texas
The Blue Jays look to bounce back from yesterday's 14-3 blowout and take advantage of a Texas team that is 3-13 in its last 16 games following a win. Toronto is the pick (+160) according to Dunkel, which has the Blue Jays favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+160). Here are all of today's picks.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

Game 951-952: San Diego at NY Mets (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Richard) 14.877; NY Mets (Santana) 14.201
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-170); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+150); Over

Game 953-954: Washington at Atlanta (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Strasburg) 14.935; Atlanta (Minor) 15.974
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1; 6
Vegas Line: Washington (-140); 7
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (+120); Under

Game 955-956: San Francisco at Miami (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Bumgarner) 14.951; Miami (Buehrle) 14.219
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Miami (-140); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (+120); Over

Game 957-958: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Maholm) 13.320; Pittsburgh (Correia) 14.565
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-125); Under

Game 959-960: Philadelphia at St. Louis (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Kendrick) 15.744; St. Louis (Garcia) 14.926
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 10
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-165); 9
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (+145); Over

Game 961-962: Colorado at Cincinnati (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Guthrie) 14.906; Cincinnati (Leake) 15.553
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-145); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-145); Under

Game 963-964: Houston at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Norris) 14.591; LA Dodgers (Billingsley) 16.143
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-140); 7
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-140); Over

Game 965-966: Milwaukee at Arizona (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Greinke) 15.495; Arizona (Miley) 14.384
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-125); Under

Game 967-968: Detroit at Minnesota (2:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Scherzer) 14.050; Minnesota (Pavano) 14.956
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Detroit (-130); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+110); Under

Game 969-970: Toronto at Texas (3:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Alvarez) 16.252; Texas (Lewis) 15.252
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1; 10 1/2
Vegas Line: Texas (-180); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+160); Over

Game 971-972: NY Yankees at Oakland (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Sabathia) 14.384; Oakland (Colon) 15.276
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 8
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-175); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (+155); Over

Game 973-974: Kansas City at Baltimore (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Paulino) 15.254; Baltimore (Chen) 15.012
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-130); 8
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+110); Under

Game 975-976: Cleveland at Chicago White Sox (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Lowe) 16.171; White Sox (Peavy) 15.414
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-145); 8
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (+125); Over

Game 977-978: Tampa Bay at Boston (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Price) 15.626; Boston (Beckett) 16.737
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Boston (-130); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (-130); Under

Game 979-980: LA Angels at Seattle (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Williams) 15.286; Seattle (Hernandez) 16.201
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Seattle (-150); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-150); Over

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05/26/2012 10:15 AM

MLB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Saturday, May 26

Hot pitchers
-- Richard is 1-0, 2.41 in his last couple starts.
-- Buehrle is 3-0, 3.38 in his last four starts.
-- Kendrick has a 2.77 RA in his last couple starts. JGarcia is 1-0, 1.88 in his last two starts.
-- Guthrie is 2-0, 2.33 in his three road starts. Leake is 1-0, 2.57 in his last two starts.
-- Norris is 4-0, 0.69 in his last four starts.
-- Greinke is 2-0, 0.42 in his last three starts. Miley is 4-1, 2.15 in his last six outings.

-- Paulino is 2-1, 1.42 in four starts this season. Orioles won six of last seven WChen starts, but he has a 5.25 RA in his last four.
-- Lowe is 4-1, 1.55 in his last six starts. Peavy is 5-1, 2.17 in his last eight starts.
-- Beckett is 2-0, 0.61 in his last two starts.
-- FHernandez is 2-1, 0.87 in his four home starts. JWilliams is 3-1, 2.10 in his last four starts.

Cold pitchers
-- JSantana is 1-1, 4.28 in his last seven starts.
-- Minor is 0-3, 10.46 in his last five starts. Strasburg has a 5.14 RA in his last four starts.
-- Bumgarner is 0-2, 5.68 in his last three starts.
-- Ex-Pirate Maholm is 0-1, 6.57 in his last two starts. Correia is 0-5, 6.43 in his last five starts.
-- Billingsley is 0-3, 7.18 in his last six starts.

-- Scherzer is 2-2, 5.67 in his five road starts. Pavano is 0-1, 6.19 in his last three outings.
-- Alvarez is 0-2, 7.71 in his last couple starts. Lewis is 1-3, 6.59 in his last four starts.
-- Sabathia is 0-2, 4.85 in his last two starts. Ex-Bomber Colon is 1-2, 8.05 in his last four starts.
-- Price is 1-2, 4.29 in his last three starts.

Hot teams
-- Reds won six of their last seven games.
-- San Francisco won six of its last nine games. Marlins won four of their last six games.
-- Mets are 8-4 in their last twelve home games.
-- Nationals won four of their last five games.
-- Phillies won their last three games, scoring 19 runs.
-- Los Angeles won six of its last eight games. Astros won five of their last six games.

-- Red Sox won 10 of their last 14 games. Tampa Bay won its last four road games, scoring 27 runs.
-- Orioles won seven of their last ten games.
-- Indians won eight of their last eleven games. White Sox won seven of their last eight games.
-- Bronx won its last three games, allowing eight runs.
-- Angels won last four games, allowing five runs.

Cold teams
-- Cubs lost last ten games, scoring six runs in last five. Pirates lost threw of their last four games.
-- Padres lost four of their last five games.
-- Rockies lost six of their last eight games.
-- Braves lost six of their last seven games.
-- St Louis lost six of its last nine games.
-- Brewers lost six of their last nine games. Arizona lost ten of its last 12 home games.

-- Kansas City lost seven of its last nine games.
-- Blue Jays lost four of their last five games. Texas is 1-7 in game after its last eight wins.
-- Detroit lost nine of its last fourteen games. Twins lost four of five.
-- A's lost even of their last ten games.
-- Mariners lost three of their last four games.

Totals
-- Six of Cubs' last nine road games went over the total.
-- 11 of last 12 Miami home games went over the total.
-- Under is 4-2-1 in San Diego's last seven road games.
-- Under is 6-3-1 in Cincinnati's last ten home games.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in last seven Atlanta games.
-- Over is 13-2 in Philly's last fifteen road games.
-- Over is 5-3 in Arizona's last eight games.
-- Seven of last eight Houston road games stayed under total.

-- Five of last six Baltimore games went over the total.
-- Seven of last ten games at Fenway Park went over total.
-- Over is 5-1-1 in last seven Toronto games.
-- Seven of last eight Detroit games stayed under the total.
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-- Nine of last twelve White Sox home games went over total. Five of last seven Cleveland games stayed under.
-- Under is 9-4 in last thirteen Bronx games.
-- Six of Angels' last seven road games stayed under the total.

Umpires
-- SD-NY-- Home team won last four Guccione games.
-- Wsh-Atl-- Over is 6-1-1 in last eight Demuth games.
-- SF-Mia-- Six of last seven Wegner games stayed under.
-- Chi-Pitt-- Seven of nine Bellino games stayed under.
-- Phil-StL-- Lefty starters are 3-1 vs righties in Holbrook games.
-- Col-Cin-- Underdogs won five of last six Barry games.
-- Hst-LA-- Favorites won seven of nine Diaz games.
-- Mil-Az-- Five of last seven Cousins games stayed under.

-- Det-Min-- Visiting team won six of eight Porter games.
-- Tor-Tex-- Five of last seven Foster games stayed under.
-- NY-A's-- Six of eight O'Nora games went over the total.
-- KC-Blt-- Road team won four of last five Johnson games.
-- Clev-Chi-- Four of last five TBarrett games went over.
-- TB-Bos-- Favorites won six of last seven Rapuano games.
-- LA-Sea-- Under is 5-1-2 in Bucknor games this season.

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