GAME: (917) TORONTO BLUE JAYS vs (918) CLEVELAND INDIANS
PICKS: (917) TORONTO BLUE JAYS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a Free #MLB play on the Toronto Blue #Jays.
Things appear to be on the up and up for the Jays, who have won back to back games in Cleveland, and will go for the sweep Sunday. Jose Reyes is back, and he wasted no time making his mark, hitting an RBI single to put the Jays ahead 3-0 in the second inning of yesterday's game.
Toronto will hand the ball to Brandon Morrow, who exited early from his last start after using 98 pitches to get throw 3 1/3 innings. Morrow (1-1, 5.52) allowed a pair of runs on four hits and four walks, fanning four in a 9-3 win over the Twins.
He pitched a great game in his only start versus Cleveland last year, allowing a single run on six hits over as many innings.
Carlos Carassco will toe the slab for the Tribe, and he's coming off consecutive losses. Carassco (0-2, 7.84 ERA) was torched for five runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the White Sox his last time out.
Melky Cabrera is one of just one of three players in the Jays lineup that has seen Carassco, and he's 4-for-8 with five RBIs lifetime versus the right-hander.
GAME: (925) HOUSTON ASTROS vs (926) OAKLAND ATHLETICS
PICKS: (926) OAKLAND ATHLETICS
REASON FOR PICK: Sunday's FREE WINNER in MLB is (926)OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Brad Peacock makes his first start of the season for Houston. He is opposed by Jesse Chavez for Oakland. Chavez has been brilliant this season, throwing 20 innings and allowing only 3ER. His ERA is 1.35 and his WHIP is 0.85 both, outstanding. Chavez has struck out nine batters in each of his last two starts, both on the road.
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GAME: (927) BALTIMORE ORIOLES vs (928) BOSTON RED SOX
REASON FOR PICK: 1* Free Play “under” Red Sox/Orioles.
This is the Sunday night ESPN game and I believe this one sets up as a classic pitchers duel. The Orioles will send Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3, 7.31 ERA) to the hill to face the Red Sox. Jimenez has had a poor start to the season but this is the perfect opponent for the struggling starter to get untracked against; the Red Sox have been inconsistent at the plate this season, so this is Jimenez’s moment to start turning things around. Boston's Jake Peavy (0-0, 1.93) is unbeaten in his last 10 regular-season starts, going 3-0 with a 3.17 ERA. He struck out eight and gave up one run in six innings in Tuesday’s 2-1 road loss to the Chicago White Sox. Peavey has pitched well against the Orioles with 3.15 ERA and 2-0 record. Baltimore’s best hitter in Chris Davis is 2 for 17 with eight strikeouts against Boston this year and hitless in five at-bats versus Peavy. Keep in mind that the lower number is 3-1 in Boston games when the total number is set at either 9 or 9.5. Also, the Red Sox have seen the total go “under” the number in six of nine vs. divisional opponents this year. Four of five games between these two teams this season (including last night’s game) saw the lower number hit. I believe the stage is once again set for a lower-scoring affair. How about you? Pitchers duel or slugfest?
GAME: (913) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS vs (914) SAN DIEGO PADRES
PICKS: (913) SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
REASON FOR PICK: Play On: San Francisco w/Lincecum.
Note: The Giants wrap up a three game visit with the Padres in San Diego Sunday afternoon where Tim Lincecum takes the mound looking more and more like he's returning to his Cy Young form of old. That's confirmed by his sparkling KW this season with 17 strikeouts and only 1 walk. Lincecum is also 10-4 in his last fourteen team starts in this series, including 6-2 his last eight here. Look for more of the same today. We recommend a 1-unit play on San Francisco. Thank you and good luck as always.
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GAME: (711) CHARLOTTE BOBCATS vs (712) MIAMI HEAT
REASON FOR PICK:
***This is a FIRST HALF play***
Sunday early afternoon the young Bobcats will travel to Miami to take on the Heat who will be starting another long venture to their 3rd straight Championship in hopes of joining a very short list of NBA teams who have accomplished such a feat.
Our data shows a large edge on the First Half total which we will be exploiting and felt like generously passing on this WINNER as a FREE play!
We expect the 1H total line to come out around 94 which presents 5 points of value within our data towards the OVER.
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GAME: (711) CHARLOTTE BOBCATS vs (712) MIAMI HEAT
PICKS: (712) MIAMI HEAT
REASON FOR PICK: The Charlotte Bobcats finished the season strong, winning three straight and eight of their last nine. While they only covered one of their last four, they did cover six of the last 10. A big reason for the success of Charlotte this year is center Al Jefferson who averaged 21.8 ppg and 10.8 rebounds per games. But for Charlotte to be competitive in this series they will need supporting help for Jefferson from the likes of Gerald Henderson and Christ Douglas-Roberts. The Heat have dominated the Bobcats since Lebron James has come over, going 15-0 S/U against Charlotte. James has really torn up the Cats too, averaging 37.8 ppg in four contests this year and shooting 62.9%. The questions in this series is how much will guard Dwayne Wade play. Wade has missed 28 games since March 26 and not played more than 30 minutes in any game since that mark. You have to discount the Heat's final stretch as they rested players once they realized they weren't going to be the top seed in the East. If James is well rested and Wade can be a factor, then the Cats will be in big trouble. This is a big number for the Heat to lay (9 1/2) but I look for them to cover it if their stars got enough rest down the stretch. Your free play is on the Miami Heat.