GAME: (915) LOS ANGELES ANGELS vs (916) BOSTON RED SOX
PICKS: (915) LOS ANGELES ANGELS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a 1* Free Play on the LA Angels.
The visiting Angels will send Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.53 ERA) to the bump when they try and make it three in a row versus the Red Sox. Richards picked up his 13th victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Rangers to just two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. Richards went 6 2/3 innings while allowing one earned run in his last start versus Boston. The home side counters with Clay Buchholz (5-7, 5.79 ERA) who has had his struggles this year and will be in tough against a good Angels side which is looking to clinch a playoff spot. Note that LA has won both meetings at Fenway Park this season and six of the last eight overall in this series. Boston has lost four of six games coming into todays action and is just 29-36 at Fenway thus far; meanwhile, the Angels are a solid 33-27 away from friendly confines. Note that Mike Trout is 6 for 13 with two homers against Buchholz while Albert Pujols is 5 for 12 with a pair of doubles vs. him. I think the Angels are worth a second look in this spot.
GAME: (905) CINCINNATI REDS vs (906) ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
PICKS: (905) CINCINNATI REDS
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Cincinnati Reds w/Cueto
Edges - Reds: Cueto 2.48 ERA last seven starts in this series, and 10-2 last twelve team starts during August, and 6-1 team starts vs N.L. Central this season. With Cueto owning a 0.91 WHIP and in strong KW form with 30 strikeouts and 7 walks his last four starts, we recommend a 1-unit play on Cincinnati. Thank you and good luck as always.
Marc's red-hot hand on the base paths heats up Wednesday night with another Top Of The Ticket Key Play, supported with a pair of winning angles inside the game that have each NEVER LOST the money. Get this rare 4* beauty now, you’ll be glad you did!
GAME: (901) ATLANTA BRAVES vs (902) PITTSBURGH PIRATES
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Wednesday, August 20th, 2014, comes in baseball as Atlanta and the Pirates meet in Pittsburgh. Do you think these teams can score any runs? The Under is 46-20-4 in the last 70 meetings between these NL teams, including 33-17-2 under the total in the last 52 meetings in Pittsburgh. Atlanta has a bad offense, 28th in runs scored, 22nd in on base percentage and 26th in slugging. At least starter Alex Wood (3.07 ERA) is a keeper, with 120 Ks in 123 innings. The under is 15-7-3 in Wood's last 25 starts. Wood worked six solid innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out one in Friday's 7-2 win over the A's. In his follow-up to last Sunday's 12-strikeout performance, Wood only needed a single punchout to defeat the A's on Friday night. The young lefty continues to be a strong force in the Braves' rotation, as he has now surrendered just five earned runs over 26.1 innings during his last four outings. The under is 7-3-2 in the Braves last 12 games as an underdog and 9-4-2 under when they face a left-handed starter. Pittsburgh has young Gerrit Cole on the hill with a 3.78 ERA after sitting out 6 weeks. The right-hander is 3-1 over four rehab starts for Triple-A Indianapolis, owning a 2.01 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over that span. He throws best at home, with a 3.56 ERA here, and this shapes up as a 3-2 kind of game. Play the Braves/Pirates under the total.