GAME: (961) SAN DIEGO PADRES vs (962) MILWAUKEE BREWERS
PICKS: (961) SAN DIEGO PADRES
REASON FOR PICK: A change in mechanics has resulted in some very good efforts lately from San Diego starter Tyson Ross, who goes against Milwaukee tonight at Miller Park. Consider that Ross shoots for his third straight win this evening, after allowing just one run with 16 strikeouts and two walks in 15 IP over his last two starts. Ross fanned nine and held San Francisco to four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 2-1 win on Friday. At this price, Ross and the Padres look good value to outduel Kyle Lohse and the Brewers. Play Padres
GAME: (969) BALTIMORE ORIOLES vs (970) TORONTO BLUE JAYS
PICKS: (969) BALTIMORE ORIOLES
REASON FOR PICK: The Baltimore Orioles head to Toronto to face the Blue Jays Wednesday night. The Orioles have limped out the gate this season but may get some help in this game as JJ Hardy and Matt Wieters should return to the lineup. The Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the hill to slow down the Jays. Tillman is 2-1 this season with a 1.71 ERA in 26.1 IP. Tillman's only loss was to the Jays when he allowed 0 ER. Dustin McGowan will pitch for the Jays. Mc Gowan has a 4.85 ERA and a very high WHIP at 1.90. Dustin has allowed 19 hits and 6 walks in 13 IP. Mc Gowan also got shelled in his only start at home. The Orioles are hitting .275 vs righties which is .50 pts higher than when they face lefties. The Orioles are 17-7 L24 when Tillman starts on the road. Chris has turned into a big game pitcher and altho Baltimore has struggled north of the border take the Orioles here as small dogs.
PLAY:(969)Baltimore Orioles (+113 ML) 4*
GAME: (965) TEXAS RANGERS vs (966) OAKLAND ATHLETICS
PICKS: (966) OAKLAND ATHLETICS
REASON FOR PICK: This is a 1* Free Play on the Oakland Athletics.
I think the home side offers some value here. The visiting Rangers will send Martin Perez (3-0, 1.86 ERA) to the hill in the final game of this series. To his credit, Perez has been better than expected to start this season as demonstrated by his record and ERA. Having said that, it is still no easy task to beat the A’s in Oakland and Perez has not been at his best against the green and yellow; Perez is just 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA versus the Athletics in 23 career innings. Oakland counters with Sonny Gray (3-0, 1.80 ERA) who has been outstanding all season and should have the advantage here with home field. Gray is 2-0 in front of the home town this season while giving up six runs (four earned) over 18 innings of work. The righty has given up just five earned runs in 25 innings this season. Gray has yet to face the Rangers in his career but but benefits greatly with slugger Adrian Beltre sitting this one out for the Rangers. The Athletics have been nearly unbeatable in day games so far this season, going 8-1 thus far. Texas in comparison is only 3-3 in day games. Oakland has been very good against divisional opponents this year with a 9-5 mark. I thing Gray gets the better of Perez and the home side salvages the finale of this series; how about you? Can the A’s get the job done?
GAME: (961) SAN DIEGO PADRES vs (962) MILWAUKEE BREWERS
PICKS: (962) MILWAUKEE BREWERS
REASON FOR PICK: Play On: Milwaukee w/Lohse.
Note: The Brewers and Padres close out a three-game set at Mille Park Wednesday evening where Kyle Lohse matches serves with Tyson Ross. Lohse toes the slab with four consecutive home team starts win over San Diego. He is also 14-4 in his last eighteen overall team starts during April. With Ross just 1-5 in his last six April efforts, and Lohse sporting super-sharp a 0.74 WHIP at home this campaign, we recommend a 1-unit play on Milwaukee. Thank you and good luck as always.
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GAME: (731) PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS vs (732) HOUSTON ROCKETS
REASON FOR PICK: FREE PLAY: 1ST HALF OVER. This is possibly the best series in round 1 due to the energy, intensity, and scoring. This game has the potential to coast a 60-50 halftime score. With the 1st half total hovering around 107½, we prefer to play this one over the 1st half number.
GAME: (953) ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS vs (954) CHICAGO CUBS
PICKS: (953) ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
REASON FOR PICK: Your free pick for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, comes in baseball as Ariozona Diamondbacks and the Cubs meet in Chicago's Wrigley Field. Arizona has been much better on the road than at home and the offense is fine, 12th in baseball in runs scored.
Lefty Wade Miley has been fine, with a 2-2 record. Miley cashed in a solid outing Friday, allowing just two hits and an earned run, but walking five batters over six innings. He added eight strikeouts on his way to a no-decision, though the team is 2-1 his last three starts. The Diamondbacks are 10-2 in Mileys last 12 starts during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Miley's last 7 road starts. He faces a pop-gun lineup for the Cubs, one ranked 28th in scoring, 23rd in on base percentage and 28th in slugging. Like last year, they can't hit. Chicago hasn't won a series since taking two of three from Cincinnati from Sept. 9-11. The Cubs missed out on a chance to match that over the weekend after falling 8-2 to the Reds on Sunday to drop two of three. On Sunday, Chicago's top four hitters went 8 for 16 but the team went 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs are 1-7 in Jeff Samardzija's last 8 starts, 2-9 in Samardzija's last 11 home starts. The Cubs are 13-31 in their last 44 home games. Play the Arizona Diamondbacks.