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Vargas allowed two runs on five hits and struck out four over seven innings as he notched his 12th win in Seattle's 7-2 victory over Toronto on Tuesday. His name was prominent in trade deadline rumors, but that hasn’t stopped the lefty from enjoying a career-best season thus far. Vargas has won five consecutive starts and hasn’t allowed three or more runs in each of his last seven outings. He takes the hill in Baltimore next time out.
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels (14-1, 2.29 ERA)
Weaver gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings to earn the win Tuesday at Texas. The righty has now won eight straight starts, including six victories in July. Weaver has to be considered the frontrunner for the AL Cy Young Award as this point. The Angels’ ace is on pace for career lows in ERA (2.26) and WHIP (0.95). Weaver hurls against the A’s in his next outing.
Chris Capuano, Los Angeles Dodgers (10-7, 3.33 ERA)
Capuano struggled Tuesday, yielding five runs on six hits in six innings, as the Dodgers were crushed by the Diamondbacks. Capuano served up two long balls, which accounted for all five of his earned runs. He’s 1-4 in his past five starts with a 5.90 ERA in 29 frames. He takes the mound against the lowly Rockies in his next start.
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers (11-7, 4.38 ERA)
Darvish surrendered seven earned runs on four hits over five innings during Wednesday's 11-10 win over the Angels. The Japanese import has been touched up for 14 earned runs over his last three starts. He takes the mound against Boston for the first time this season on Monday.
-- Sheets is 3-1, 1.82 in his four starts this season.
-- Miley is 3-1, 2.77 in his last four starts.
-- Arroyo is 3-0, 2.89 in his last three starts. Gallardo is 3-2, 3.38 in his last six starts.
-- Westbrook is 3-0, 4.05 in his last three starts.
-- Vargas is 5-0, 1.95 in his last seven starts.
-- Diamond has a 2.82 RA in his last three starts.
-- Sale is 4-1, 3.53 in his last five starts.
-- Weaver is 3-0, 2.45 in his last three starts; Angels won his last 11 starts.
-- Worley is 1-2, 6.94 in his last four home starts.
-- Bedard is 1-5, 7.24 in his last six starts.
-- Jackson has a 1.83 RA in his last three starts. Keuchel is 0-4, 10.89 in his last four starts.
-- Cain is 0-1, 4.50 in his last three starts.
-- Wood is 0-4, 10.89 in his last four starts. Stults is 1-2, 4.81 in four starts for the Padres.
-- Pomeranz is 0-3, 10.13 in his last three starts. Capuano is 1-4, 7.14 in his last five outings.
-- Tillman has a 7.36 RA in his last four starts.
-- Verlander is 0-2, 6.75 in his last couple starts. Nova is 0-2, 7.54 in his last four starts.
-- McAllister is 0-2, 4.95 in his last three starts.
-- Darvish is 1-3, 7.11 in his last five starts. Cook is 0-3, 10.20 in his last three outings.
-- Mendoza is 2-3, 3.94 in his last five starts.
-- Parker is 2-2, 6.07 in his last five starts.
-- Braves won ten of their last twelve games. Phillies won six of their last seven home games.
-- Arizona won six of its last nine games. Pirates won six of their last eight home games.
-- Washington won 12 of its last 16 games.
-- Reds won 15 of their last 17 games.
-- Giants won five of last six road games. St Louis won 12 of its last 16 games.
-- Dodgers won their last three games, scoring 16 runs.
-- Baltimore won five of its last seven games. Mariners won eight of their last ten games.
-- Tigers won 14 of their last 15 home games.
-- Minnesota won seven of its last ten games.
-- Rangers won four of their last five games.
-- White Sox won nine of their last twelve games.
-- Astros lost 24 of their last 26 road games.
-- Brewers lost their last three games, outscored 18-4.
-- Cubs are 3-8 in their last eleven road games. Padres lost six of their last nine games.
-- Rockies lost 12 of their last 14 games.
-- Bronx lost 10 of its last 16 games.
-- Indians lost their last nine games, outscored 74-28.
-- Red Sox lost seven of their last ten home games.
-- Kansas City lost seven of its last ten games.
-- Oakland is 3-5 in its last eight games. Angels are 5-11 in their last 16 road games.
-- Six of Philly's last nine games stayed under total.
-- Under is 13-5-1 in Pittsburgh's last nineteen games.
-- 12 of Astros' last 18 games went over the total.
-- Over is 5-2-2 in last nine Cincinnati games.
-- Over is 16-5-1 in Giants' last twenty-two road games.
-- 15 of last 21 San Diego games went over the total.
-- Five of last six Colorado games went over the total.
-- Under is 6-0-1 in last seven Seattle road games.
-- Six of last seven Bronx road games stayed under.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in last six Minnesota games.
-- 21 of last 30 Texas games stayed under the total.
-- Six of last seven White Sox home games went over the total.
-- Under is 13-6 in Oakland's last nineteen home games.
The Reds look to build on their 9-0 record in their last 9 road games. Cincinnati is the pick (+115) according to Dunkel, which has the Reds favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-115). Here are all of today's picks.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6
Time Posted: 7:00 a.m. EST
Game 951-952: Atlanta at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Sheets) 16.842; Philadelphia (Worley) 15.649
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-115); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-115); Over
Game 953-954: Arizona at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Miley) 16.706; Pittsburgh (Bedard) 15.273
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Arizona (-115); 8
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (-115); Under
Game 955-956: Washington at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Jackson) 15.383; Houston (Keuchel) 13.463
Dunkel Line: Washington by 2; 8
Vegas Line: Washington (-175); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-175); Under
Game 957-958: Cincinnati at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Arroyo) 15.760; Milwaukee (Gallardo) 14.579
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+115); Over
Game 959-960: San Francisco at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 15.245; St. Louis (Westbrook) 16.894
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A
Game 961-962: Chicago Cubs at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Wood) 14.181; San Diego (Stults) 15.206
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1; 7
Vegas Line: San Diego (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (-125); Under
Game 963-964: Colorado at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Pomeranz) 12.746; LA Dodgers (Capuano) 15.387
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 2 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-175); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-175); Under
Game 965-966: Seattle at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Vargas) 16.513; Baltimore (Tillman) 15.096
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+115); Under
Game 967-968: NY Yankees at Detroit (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Nova) 16.224; Detroit (Verlander) 15.812
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Detroit (-170); 8
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (+150); Over
Game 969-970: Minnesota at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Diamond) 15.420; Cleveland (McAllister) 12.671
Dunkel Line: Minnesota by 3; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Minnesota (+105); Over
Game 971-972: Texas at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Darvish) 16.092; Boston (Cook) 15.052
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1; 11
Vegas Line: Texas (-135); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-135); Over
Game 973-974: Kansas City at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Mendoza) 14.474; White Sox (Sale) 15.624
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-210); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-210); Under
Game 975-976: LA Angels at Oakland (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Angels (Weaver) 15.983; Oakland (Parker) 15.186
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 7
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-150); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-150); Over