GAME: (963) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS vs (964) SAN DIEGO PADRES
PICKS: (963) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a 1* Free Play on the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants fell to the Padres last night in a close 2-1 pitchers duel. I think San Fran is the better team here and finds a way to bounce back and get a win on the road. San Francisco sends veteran Tim Hudson (2-0, 2.35 ERA) to the hill looking to bounce back from a recent rough start. The righty has been pitching very well this season but just gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings in a no decision against the Rockies in his last outing. Hudson has been downright dominant in 12 career starts versus the Padres though, boasting a 6-1 record with a stingy 2.35 life time ERA. The home side will send Eric Stults (0-2, 5.52) to counter. Stults has struggled to start the year and I think the southpaw will continue to slide, he has a very pedestrian 5.21 ERA versus the Giant in 15 careers starts. Even more telling here is San Francisco’s collective .301 batting average versus him. Hunter Pence has gone 6 for 17 with two homers and a double off him. Crawford also has a pair of homers off Stults, and Pablo Sandoval is 12 for 22 with three doubles and a triple lifetime against him. The Giants sat two of their best hitters in Michael Morse and Buster Posey in yesterday’s lost. I think they jump in rested and ready to help the team score enough runs here to back Tim Hudson. Consider laying the price.
GAME: (967) LOS ANGELES ANGELS vs (968) DETROIT TIGERS
PICKS: (968) DETROIT TIGERS
REASON FOR PICK: Play On: Detroit Tigers w/Scherzer.
Note: The Tigers send last year's Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to the mound Saturday afternoon to take on the C. J. Wilson and Angels in the Motor City. Scherzer enters the fray knowing he is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA his last two starts here against the Halos. He is also 15-2 his last seventeen home team starts and 9-1 in his last ten teams starts at home as well. With Wilson just 1-3 in his career team starts in this park, we recommend a 1-unit play on Detroit. Thank you and good luck as always.
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GAME: (703) MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES vs (704) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Saturday, April 19th, 2014, comes in the NBA playoffs as the Memphis Grizzlies and the Thunder meet in Oklahoma City. Memphis didn't get here by running and gunning. This is a slow down, defensive team that was 27th in the NBA in scoring, but 3rd in points allowed and 9th in field goal shooting defense allowed. The under is 19-7 in the Grizzlies last 26 road games, plus 14-6 under the total on the road against a winning home record. Oklahoma City has a flashy offensive reputation with Kevin Durant, but this is a great defensive team: OKC is 12th in points allowed and 3rd in field goal shooting defense. The under is 28-10 in the Thunder's last 38 games playing on two days rest and 6-1 under the total at home against a team with a winning road record. Playoffs bring out the best defense in teams because so much is at stake and both these teams play sensational defense.
Play the Memphis/Oklahoma City Game 1 Under the total.