GAME: (903) ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS vs (904) PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
REASON FOR PICK: Bandbox Citizens Bank Park is often mistaken for a launching pad, and the "total" at a mere 7 1/2 runs looks as if it should be cleared tonight by the D-backs and Phils. Especially since Philly starter Kyle Kendrick has a 9.92 ERA in his last three starts and is 1-4 with a 6.99 ERA in his past six and threatens banishment to the bullpen. Advantage to Arizona and starter Wade Miley, but at this price the "total" appears more appealing. Play D-backs-Phils "Over" 7 1/2 runs
GAME: (913) LOS ANGELES DODGERS vs (914) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
PICKS: (914) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
REASON FOR PICK:
The Dodgers went into the All-Star break with a one game lead in the National League West but they have lost two of three games in their first two series after the break and are now a game and a half behind the Giants. They remain solid on the road but they have gone 2-6 in their last eight road games against teams with a winning record. They turn to Zack Greinke who is having another great season with a 2.90 ERA and 1.21 WHIP and while his team has been solid for him at home with a 6-2 record, the Dodgers are just 5-7 in his 12 road starts and it has been worse of late as they are 1-6 in Greinke's last seven road starts. He has dominated San Francisco since coming to Los Angeles with three quality gems but all of those games were at home. The Giants went 5-2 on their roadtrip to open the second half of the season and have gotten back on top in the division. While the home success has not been as strong, the Giants are 27-9 in their last 36 home games following a road trip of seven or more days. San Francisco gives the ball to Tim Lincecum and after two poor seasons in 2012 and 2013, he is back to pitching solid. He has a 3.65 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 20 starts including a 2.54 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 12 home starts with the Giants going 9-3 in those games. Since his no hitter on June 25th, he has strung together five quality starts while posting an outstanding 0.96 ERA over 37.1 innings. San Francisco has won seven of his last eight starts against the Dodgers and the Giants are 6-1 in Lincecum's last seven home starts against teams with a winning record. Play (914) San Francisco Giants
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GAME: (915) TORONTO BLUE JAYS vs (916) NEW YORK YANKEES
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #MLB play on TOR@NYY to go UNDER the total.
The Yankees have won 6-of-7 on this home stand so far, and not one of those games has gone over the listed total. They open a new series tonight against AL East rivals Toronto, in a game with serious playoff implications.
Mark Buehrle will toe the slab for the visitors, and he's been stuck on 10 wins since June 1st. Buehrle (10-6, 2.86 ERA) is 0-5 since the beginning of June, however Toronto has won each of his last two starts. He's got good numbers on the road, with a record of 5-3, 2.44 ERA in 10 starts.
The Yankees hand the ball to Hiroki Kuroda, who has been pitching quite well lately. Kuroda (6-6, 3.88 ERA) allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings in a home win over Cincinnati his last time out. He's 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in four starts in July.
Yankee Stadium hasn't been much of a "hitter's park" lately, as 20 of the last 28 home games have resulted in the total falling short of the number.
GAME: (907) SAN DIEGO PADRES vs (908) ATLANTA BRAVES
PICKS: (908) ATLANTA BRAVES
REASON FOR PICK: This is a 1* Free Play on the Atlanta Braves.
I think the Braves are worth the price at home here. The visiting Padres will turn to rookie Jesse Hahn (5-2, 2.21 ERA); note that the right-hander was optioned to Triple A to continue pitching during the All-Star break. The Braves will start a promising young pitcher as well in Alex Wood (7-7, 3.24 ERA), who was solid in his last outing, limiting the Phillies to one run over six innings in the victory. The pitching matchup would seem to be a wash, but Ill give the slight nod to Wood because of the home field advantage. Atlanta also has the advantage considering the Padres just played a late game in Chicago; and note that Atlanta is 10-6 as a home favorite in the -150 to -160 range this season. While Hahn has been pretty good so far at the professional ranks, I think the book is still out on him, the sample size is still too small in my opinion. Consider laying the Wood on Atlanta.
GAME: (921) CHICAGO WHITE SOX vs (922) MINNESOTA TWINS
PICKS: (921) CHICAGO WHITE SOX
REASON FOR PICK: Your Free play for Friday, July 25, 2014 is in the AL scheduled contest between the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins. Chicago continues to be a Top 10 team in runs scored and slugging. Lefty John Danks (8-6) has quietly turned his season around allowing 3 runs or less in 4 of his last 5 games. That Chicago offense will tear up Minnesota's 33-year old Kevin Correia (5-12, 4.76 ERA), with opponents hitting .296 off him. Correia labored through four innings Sunday, surrendering four earned runs, seven hits and three walks while striking out four in a loss to the Rays. Your FREE Play is on the White Sox.
GAME: (911) PITTSBURGH PIRATES vs (912) COLORADO ROCKIES
PICKS: (911) PITTSBURGH PIRATES
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Pittsburgh w/Morton vs Anderson.
Edges - Pirates: Morton 3-0 last three team starts versus Colorado, and 6-1 last seven team starts during July. Rockies: Anderson 1-5 last six team starts during July, and 6.55 ERA at home this season (as opposed to 2.25 away). With the Pirates 4-0 against N.L. West opposition behind Morton this season, we recommend a 1-unit play on Pittsburgh. Thank you and good luck as always.
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