GAME: (903) MILWAUKEE BREWERS vs (904) PITTSBURGH PIRATES
REASON FOR PICK: The Brewers are in a spot where they almost have to sweep this series at Pittsburgh to stay in the NL playoff race. But after a playoff-intensity series at St. Louis, we don't think the Brew Crew is about to surrender just yet. Though not especially sharp in recent outings, the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo has historically fared well at PNC Park, now 6-2 with a 1.44 ERA in 10 career starts at the confluence, most recently tossing seven innings in a 1-0 win June 8. After three lower-scoring games at Busch, more of the same tonight. Play Brewers on Money Line
GAME: (925) SEATTLE MARINERS vs (926) HOUSTON ASTROS
PICKS: (925) SEATTLE MARINERS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #MLB play on the Seattle #Mariners.
The Mariners pulled within one game of a Wild Card spot with a win over the Angels last night, and they head to Houston to play a three game series versus the Astros. Houston has lost three straight, scoring a total of just three runs in those games.
Brad Peacock will toe the slab for the Astros, despite being bothered by a sore back the last few weeks. Peacock (4-8, 4.80 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings against the Mariners, in a game Seattle won 4-1 at Safeco on September 8. That was the most recent of three previous starts versus Seattle, and he's surrendered eight runs on 16 hits, going 0-1 with a 4.41 ERA in those contests. Kyle Seager is 6-for-18 with a home run and five RBIs lifetime versus Peacock.
The Mariners hand the ball to Taijuan Walker, who picked up his only win of the season in his debut at Houston back in June. Walker (1-2, 2.96 ERA) has worked mostly out of the bullpen since, but has been solid overall.
Walker has a career record of 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA versus Houston, while Peacock has posted a 5.94 ERA in seven previous starts versus the Mariners.
GAME: (361) GEORGIA TECH vs (362) VIRGINIA TECH
PICKS: (361) GEORGIA TECH
REASON FOR PICK: At 12 Noon, our complimentary selection is on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets plus the points over Virginia Tech. For your best benefit, join for a week or month today to receive all of our award-winning selections. Both of these teams play in the ACC's Coastal Division. And for the first eight years of the ACC Championship Game -- from 2005 thru 2012 -- either Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech had represented the Coastal Division in the Title game. So there's definitely a rivalry between these two schools. And like a lot of rivalries, it's been a series that has gone to the dogs, as the underdog is a super 8-3 ATS. And five of the last six have been decided by a touchdown or less. It's true the Yellow Jackets have not been tested this season, with games played against Wofford, Tulane, and Georgia Southern, while Virginia Tech has already played Ohio State and East Carolina, with a win against the Buckeyes, but a loss last week vs. the Pirates. But Georgia Tech is a school which has excelled in the underdog role over the years, and especially when its opponent comes in off a loss, as it's 33-13-1 ATS since 1980 as an underdog or PK in that situation, including a perfect 7-0 ATS if Georgia Tech's win percentage is greater than .700. Take the Yellow Jackets. Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
GAME: (917) BOSTON RED SOX vs (918) BALTIMORE ORIOLES
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Friday, September 19th comes in the American League as Red Sox and the Orioles battle at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Baltimore has a powerhouse team that just won the division, 7th in baseball in runs scored, third in slugging. They face a young Boston starter in Allen Webster (6.02 ERA) who has walked 26 in 46 innings with 44 hits allowed. The over is 10-4 in Webster's last 14 starts on grass. Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman has a 3.92 ERA at home and is also heavy on free passes, walking 37 in 103 innings. The over is 4-1 in the Orioles last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing record. Play Boston/Baltimore Over the total.
GAME: (331) NORTH CAROLINA vs (332) EAST CAROLINA
PICKS: (331) NORTH CAROLINA
REASON FOR PICK:
East Carolina came through for us last week as it was in a great scheduling situation. The Pirates were coming off a loss against South Carolina the previous week. They outgained the Gamecocks in that game but two interceptions by Shane Carden led to the 10 points that South Carolina scored in the third quarter. Take those away and the Pirates could have been in contention for the outright win. Coming into Blacksburg, the Pirates were 10-0 ATS in their last 10 games following a defeat and they added to that once again. Virginia Tech meanwhile defeated Ohio St. the previous week and it was obviously still feeling the hangover. Now East Carolina takes on another big brother and it is actually favored, more than likely based on the win last week. North Carolina is 2-0 with unimpressive wins over Liberty and San Diego St. but the Tar Heels will be a motivated bunch this week as they will be out for revenge after losing to the Pirates at home last season by 24 points. It was the first loss against East Carolina since 2007 and first non-cover since 2001 in this series. The Tar Heels are no joke this season as they have 15 starters back from a team that finished 6-1 over their last seven games following a dismal 1-5 start. North Carolina had a bye week last week so the extra time will be an added benefit. The Pirates are 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games against teams with a winning record while going 3-13 ATS in its last 16 home games following consecutive non-conference games. Play (331) North Carolina Tar Heels
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