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GAME: (965) BOSTON RED SOX vs (966) TORONTO BLUE JAYS
SPORT: MLB
PICKS: (965) BOSTON RED SOX
REASON FOR PICK: This is a 1* Free Play on the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox laid a whooping on the Blue Jays yesterday and I think getting them as the slight underdog here is a great value play. Boston sends Jake Peavy (1-8, 4.59 ERA) to the hill, the veteran has pitched pretty well this season but has not got the run support of other pitchers like his counterpart in this game. Note that Peavey is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA in seven career starts against the Blue Jays. Jays starter J.A Happ (7-5, 4.91 ERA) has gotten ample run support despite not pitching as well as Peavy this year; in fact, Happ hasn't pitched a quality outing since June and has a 2-2 record with a rough 5.22 ERA in 27 innings lifetime against the Red Sox. Toronto may have won two of three against the Texas Rangers in its last series but I think it hides the fact that the team has really been struggling overall (Toronto is tied for second in the East after going 13-25 since entering play on June 7th with a six-game division lead). The Red Sox meanwhile are feeling good about themselves; a winner in eight of nine, Boston owns a 38-6 scoring advantage while batting .333 during a five-game surge that has helped pull the club out of last place in the AL East. Conversely, the Jays bats have been pretty silent since the loss of Edwin Encarnacion; also note that Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has not homered in 14 straight games and is 3 for 20 in his last six (he is also just 4 for 20 without a homer against Peavy). Boston looks like a great bet to me as the slight underdog or even money. AAA Sports
GAME: (961) WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs (962) COLORADO ROCKIES
SPORT: MLB
PICKS: (961) WASHINGTON NATIONALS
REASON FOR PICK: Play - Washington w/Zimmerman vs Flande. Edges - Nationals: Zimmerman 5-1 with 1.33 ERA last six team starts in this series, including 2-0 last two here, and 47 strikeouts and 6 walks last seven starts. Rockies: Flande 0-3 with 7.37 ERA MLB career team starts. With Zimmerman 4-1 in team starts versus the N.L. West this season, look for more of the same this evening. We recommend a 1-unit play on Washington. Thank you and good luck as always. Marc's sizzling-hot winning run on the MLB base paths continues on Tuesday night's MLB card. Best of all it's a live dog in a terrific winning situation - and it's yours, if you act now
GAME: (961) WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs (962) COLORADO ROCKIES
SPORT: MLB
PICKS: Over
REASON FOR PICK: Your FREE Play for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 is in the National League contest between the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies. Washington has been playing great baseball the last two weeks and heads out to Colorado, a great offensive park. In fact, it's no surprise that Coors Field is once again one of the top hitters parks in baseball. It helps to have a strong starter in this park and Washington does in Ryan Zimmerman (3.03 ERA). The team is 3-1 his last four starts. He has walked just 20 in 113 innings with 101 Ks. The Rocks look to start little known Yohan Flande. Flande has pitched in only three games this season, making a spot start here and there. He's 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 1.705 WHIP, not good numbers to be bringing into a hitter's park like Coors Field. Would love to play Washington here, but the Nats are laying 1.65 on the road and that might go up by game time. Washington has been a good over bet of late, going 7-3 O/U in their last 10 road games and 6-2 in Zimmerman's last eight overall starts. We have to fade an 11 total here, but that's for good reason as Flande will likely get lit up. Might be a good spot for Washington and OVER, but my FREE play here for a straight play will be on the OVER.
 
 
 
 
 
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Play - Washington w/Zimmerman vs Flande. Edges - Nationals: Zimmerman 5-1  Today's Free Picks By Marc Lawrence