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-- Kendrick is 3-0, 0.83 in his last three starts. Niese is 2-1, 1.61 in his last three starts.
-- Kershaw is 5-1, 1.94 in his last six starts.
-- Parker is 1-0, 1.93 in his last couple starts. Masterson is 3-1, 4.26 in his last four starts.
-- Quintana is 1-1, 3.08 in his last four starts.
-- Moore is 4-0, 1.69 in his last six starts.
-- Lester is 3-0, 2.25 in his last three starts.
-- Marcum allowed four runs in five IP in his first start since June 14. Raley is 1-2, 7.08 in four starts for the Cubs.
-- JGarcia is 0-3, 6.55 in his last four starts. Jackson is 1-3, 4.55 in his last five outings.
-- Vogelsong is 1-2, 10.50 in his last three starts. Lyles is 1-5, 7.72 in his last eight starts.
-- Kennedy is 1-3, 7.59 in his last four starts.
-- Britton is 1-1, 9.90 in his last four starts.
-- Duensing is 1-3, 8.89 in his last five starts. Beavan is 1-2, 5.24 in his last four starts.
-- Villanueva is 0-4, 4.06 in his last five starts.
-- Porcello is 0-3, 5.50 in his last three starts. Guthrie is 0-0, 7.84 in his last couple starts.
-- Greinke is 1-2, 5.40 in three home starts for the Angels.
-- Mets won their last four games, allowing nine runs.
-- Brewers won nine of their last thirteen games.
-- Giants won nine of their last twelve games.
-- Oakland won 11 of its last 13 games.
-- White Sox won seven of their last nine games. Orioles won 12 of their last 16 home games.
-- Royals won eight of their last nine home games.
-- Mariners won ten of their last fourteen games.
-- Phillies lost their last five home games with the Mets.
-- Cardinals didn't score a run in losing last two games. Washington lost five of its last six games.
-- Cubs lost nine of their last thirteen games.
-- Astros lost 11 of their last 12 games.
-- Arizona lost its last six games, outscored 33-13. Dodgers lost eight of their last thirteen games.
-- Indians lost 13 of their last 14 games.
-- Toronto lost 11 of its last 14 games. Tampa Bay lost four of its last five games.
-- Twins lost 15 of their last 19 games.
-- Detroit lost five of its last seven home games.
-- Boston lost six of its last eight road games. Angels lost four of their last six home games.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in Philly's last seven games.
-- Nine of last twelve Milwaukee games stayed under the total.
-- Seven of last ten Washington games stayed under total.
-- Five of last seven Houston games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 6-1-1 in Arizona's last eight games.
-- Six of last eight Oakland games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 4-1-2 in last seven White Sox games.
-- Under is 11-4-1 in last sixteen Seattle games.
-- 11 of last 16 Kansas City games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last six Tampa Bay road game went over the total.
-- 18 of last 26 Angel games went over the total.
-- NY-Phil-- Four of last five Bell games went over total.
-- Mil-Chi-- Under is 15-8-1 in last 24 Nelson games.
-- SF-Hst-- Under is 12-7 in last nineteen Everitt games.
-- A's-Clev-- 22 of last 25 Emmel games (0 of last 2) went over.
-- Chi-Blt-- Favorites won seven of last eight Runge games.
-- Sea-Min-- Favorites won 11 of last 14 Danley games.
-- Det-KC-- Over is 4-1-1 in last six Gonzalez games.
-- Bos-LA-- West's last four games behind plate all went over.
The Royals look to build on their 7-0 record in their last 7 games as a home underdog. Kansas City is the pick (+100) according to Dunkel, which has the Royals favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+100). Here are all of today's picks.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Time Posted: 7:00 a.m. EST
Game 951-952: NY Mets at Philadelphia (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Niese) 14.822; Philadelphia (Kendrick) 15.802
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-115); 8
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-115); Under
Game 953-954: Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Marcum) 14.906; Cubs (Raley) 15.253
Dunkel Line: Chicago Cubs by 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Milwaukee (-150); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: Chicago Cubs (+130); N/A
Game 955-956: St. Louis at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Garcia) 15.540; Washington (Jackson) 14.068
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Washington (-115); 8
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-105); Over
Game 957-958: San Francisco at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Vogelsong) 15.568; Houston (Lyles) 13.118
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 2 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-180); 8
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-180); Under
Game 959-960: Arizona at LA Dodgers (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Kennedy) 15.146; LA Dodgers (Kershaw) 14.018
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 7
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-215); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (+185); Over
Game 961-962: Oakland at Cleveland (12:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Parker) 14.572; Cleveland (Masterson) 15.110
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-110); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-110); Under
Game 963-964: Chicago White Sox at Baltimore (12:35 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Quintana) 15.387; Baltimore (Britton) 16.739
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Baltimore (-110); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (-110); Under
Game 965-966: Seattle at Minnesota (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Beavan) 15.194; Minnesota (Duensing) 14.799
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1/2; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Minnesota (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+110); Over
Game 967-968: Tampa Bay at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Moore) 16.934; Toronto (Villanueva) 14.512
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 2 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-155); 8
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-155); Under
Game 969-970: Detroit at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Porcello) 15.184; Kansas City (Guthrie) 16.211
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1; 9 1/2
Vegas Line: Detroit (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+100); Over
Game 971-972: Boston at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Lester) 14.679; LA Angels (Greinke) 15.606
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1; 7
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-160); 8
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-160); Under
Thursday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies (7-9, 4.12 ERA)
Kendrick makes his first start against the Mets. In two relief appearances against New York this season, he has allowed five earned runs with four walks in 2 1/3 innings. He has blossomed in his return to the rotation, going 3-1 with a 3.10 ERA in five starts this month.
Matt Moore, Tampa Bay Rays (10-7, 3.60 ERA)
Moore has won four consecutive decisions and last lost on July 22 to the Seattle Mariners. He is 5-1 with a 1.97 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. Moore is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA in two starts against Toronto. He took a no-decision against the Oakland Athletics in his last outing, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Rick Porcello, Detroit Tigers (9-9, 4.60 ERA)
Porcello's next win will give him double-digit victories in each of his first four seasons in the majors, but he has been denied that milestone with three straight losses. His last two outings have been quality starts, but he got little run support. Porcello held Kansas City to three runs over eight innings in a win May 1 in Detroit, improving to 5-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 12 starts against the Royals.
Jamie Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals (3-5, 4.15 ERA)
Garcia is making his third start since returning from a shoulder injury that sidelined him two-plus months. He had a sharp first outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates – striking out 10 and allowing just two unearned runs in eight innings in a no-decision – before losing to Cincinnati in his last start. Garcia gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings against the Reds. He is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three career starts against Washington.