<![CDATA[MLB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/los-angeles-angels-vs-oakland-athletics-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels meet Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.

The Oakland Athletics need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Athletics have allowed 10 runs in this series and six or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics are still trying to find that consistent play and are 1-9 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 21 hits and four RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 38 hits and 21 RBI. Kendall Graveman gets the…

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The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels meet Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.

The Oakland Athletics need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Athletics have allowed 10 runs in this series and six or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics are still trying to find that consistent play and are 1-9 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 21 hits and four RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 38 hits and 21 RBI. Kendall Graveman gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Graveman is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels also look for a victory to get back to a .500 record. The Angels scored eight runs in Wednesday’s victory and three or less runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The Los Angeles Angels finally showed signs of life offensively and are 9-1 this season when scoring more than three runs. Mike Trout leads the Angels with 29 hits and 15 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Albert Pujols have combined for 46 hits and 24 RBI. Ricky Nolasco gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 3-3 with a 3.52 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 2-5 in Gravemans last 7 road starts, 5-0 in Gravemans last 5 starts during game 3 of a series and 2-5 in Gravemans last 7 starts. The Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 5-2 in Nolascos last 7 starts. The Athletics are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Los Angeles, 2-6 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Usually I fade Nolasco whenever I can, but he's been improved this season and is coming off a solid performance against the Houston Astros. Meanwhile, the A's have trouble with their pitching staff recently and throw out a pitcher in Graveman who is fresh off the DL with a shoulder injury. Not sure how he'll perform after missing some time. I like the Los Angeles Angels to get the job done at home and get back to a .500 record.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:50:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84151
<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/san-francisco-giants-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have the series finale of a 4-game set out of the NL West on Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers duke it out with the San Francisco Giants.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to rebound after dropping game 3 in extra innings by a final score of 4-3. Justin Turner went 3 for 5 while Corey Seager went 2 for 5 with a solo home run. Chase Utley and Andrew Toles each drove in a run, while Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 and Yasmani Grandal went 1 for 5 with his 3rd double of the year. Alex Wood was solid in his outing, going 6 innings, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out…

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We have the series finale of a 4-game set out of the NL West on Thursday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers duke it out with the San Francisco Giants.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to rebound after dropping game 3 in extra innings by a final score of 4-3. Justin Turner went 3 for 5 while Corey Seager went 2 for 5 with a solo home run. Chase Utley and Andrew Toles each drove in a run, while Yasiel Puig went 2 for 3 and Yasmani Grandal went 1 for 5 with his 3rd double of the year. Alex Wood was solid in his outing, going 6 innings, giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk, while striking out 5, not factoring in the decision. Pedro Baez got his 1st blown save of the year, and Ross Stripling couldn’t escape from a bases-loaded, nobody out jam, en route to taking his 2nd loss of the year, falling to 0-2. Julio Urias gets the start in the series finale, and will be making his 2017 debut. In his career, Urias is 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 8 strikeouts against San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants will be looking to build on their extra innings win on Wednesday, giving San Fran just their 3rd win in their last 10 games. Christian Arroyo hit his 1st homer of the year, going 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI, while Michael Morse also hit his 1st round-tripper of the year, a pinch-hit homer to tie the game. Buster Posey went 2 for 4 while Gorkys Hernandez and Drew Stubbs each recorded a base hit. Hunter Pence went 0 for 4, but hit a sac fly RBI in the bottom of the 10th to get San Francisco the win. Johnny Cueto gave up 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 5, also not being a factor in the decision. Derek Law threw a scoreless 10th inning to become the pitcher of record and improve to 2-0 this year with the win. Matt Moore gets the start in the series finale and is 1-3 with a 5.87 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. In his career, Moore is 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is 4-1 in Urias’ last 5 road starts and 4-13 in their last 17 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall. San Francisco is 5-2 in Moore’s last 7 home starts and 1-6 in their last 7 division matchups while the under is 11-3 in their last 14 games overall. The Dodgers are 5-18 in the last 23 meetings between these two teams in San Francisco.

Urias showed spots of maturity last season, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s making his season debut against a Giants’ team that’s full of confidence after rallying on Wednesday to steal the win. Plus, Matt Moore is holding the current Dodgers’ lineup to a combined .186 batting average over 70 combined at-bats, so I think Moore will be able to keep the Dodgers in check here and get San Fran a 2nd series win over a division rival. Give me the Giants and the plus money.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:46:52 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84148
<![CDATA[Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/arizona-diamondbacks-vs-san-diego-padres-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Thursday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The San Diego Padres could use another victory after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Padres scored eight runs in Wednesday's victory and have produced four or more runs in 50 percent of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres offense has been hit or miss all season, but they're 7-2 when scoring more than three runs. Wil Myers leads the Padres with 30 hits and 14 RBI while Manuel Margot and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 51 hits and 22 RBI. Jered…

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The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Thursday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The San Diego Padres could use another victory after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Padres scored eight runs in Wednesday's victory and have produced four or more runs in 50 percent of their last 10 games. The San Diego Padres offense has been hit or miss all season, but they're 7-2 when scoring more than three runs. Wil Myers leads the Padres with 30 hits and 14 RBI while Manuel Margot and Yangervis Solarte have combined for 51 hits and 22 RBI. Jered Weaver gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Weaver is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA and nine strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look for a win here after splitting their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks scored five runs in Wednesday's loss and have produced four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks are an impressive 12-2 this season when scoring more than three runs. A.J. Pollock leads Arizona with 29 hits and eight RBI while David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt have combined for 52 hits and 25 RBI. Taijuan Walker gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 4.57 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Walker is 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The Padres are 3-13 in their last 16 during game 4 of a series, 15-39 in their last 54 road games and 0-4 in Weavers last 4 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-2 in their last 6 vs. National League West and 19-7 in their last 26 home games. The Padres are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona, 3-7 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 20-6 in the last 26 meetings in Arizona.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are just on a roll right now offensively and would have won Wednesday if Fernando Rodney didn't allow five runs in the ninth inning. The Diamondbacks will now face a pitcher in Weaver, who is one of the slowest pitchers in the league and rather easy to make contact against. Walker has been hit or miss this season and has missed in both of his starts at home, but Arizona's run support bails him out and has won three of his four starts. So, I like the D-Backs again, and I take the RL to add value to the bet. 

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:06:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84145
<![CDATA[Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/colorado-rockies-vs-washington-nationals-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies meet Thursday in MLB action at Coors Field.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Nationals have produced an insane 30 runs in this series and scored four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals are an impressive 11-1 this season when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads the Nats with 32 hits and 22 RBI while Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 58 hits and 43 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and…

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The Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies meet Thursday in MLB action at Coors Field.

The Washington Nationals look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Nationals have produced an insane 30 runs in this series and scored four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals are an impressive 11-1 this season when scoring more than three runs. Bryce Harper leads the Nats with 32 hits and 22 RBI while Daniel Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman have combined for 58 hits and 43 RBI. Gio Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.

The Colorado Rockies look for a bounce back win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Rockies gave up 11 runs in Wednesday's victory and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Colorado Rockies drop to 7-5 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with 26 hits and 15 RBI while Mark Reynolds and Charlie Blackmon have combined for 51 hits and 41 RBI. Antonio Senzatela gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Senzatela’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 4-10 in Gonzalezs last 14 road starts, 5-2 in Gonzalezs last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 4-1 in Gonzalezs last 5 starts. The Rockies are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League East and 4-0 in Senzatelas last 4 starts. The Nationals are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

Most would take the Nationals with the way they're swinging the bats and the fact Gio is on the hill, a pitcher who has allowed two or less earned runs in all four of his starts. However, Senzatela has been sharp for a rookie and the Rockies have won all four of his starts. Senzatela has gotten double-digit ground balls in each of his last three starts and pitched five scorless innings against a Brewers team that can put runs up. With a quick turnaround, I like the value of the Rockies and the plus money.

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Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:21:08 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84139
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/cleveland-indians-vs-houston-astros-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have the series finale of a 3-game set between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros on Thursday night, with Cleveland evening up the series following their 7-6 win over the ‘Stros on Wednesday.

The Houston Astros will be looking to stay in form after winning 5 of their last 7 games after the loss on Wednesday. Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI, while Evan Gattis and Brian McCann each added 2 RBI with a home run in the losing effort. Carlos Correa went 1 for 4 with his 1st double of the year. Lance McCullers Jr. suffered his first loss of the year, giving up…

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We have the series finale of a 3-game set between the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros on Thursday night, with Cleveland evening up the series following their 7-6 win over the ‘Stros on Wednesday.

The Houston Astros will be looking to stay in form after winning 5 of their last 7 games after the loss on Wednesday. Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI, while Evan Gattis and Brian McCann each added 2 RBI with a home run in the losing effort. Carlos Correa went 1 for 4 with his 1st double of the year. Lance McCullers Jr. suffered his first loss of the year, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits while striking out 5 to fall to 2-1. Mike Fiers gets the start in the series finale and is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 8 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will be looking to build on Wednesday’s victory that gave the Tribe their 6th win in their last 8 games. Michael Brantley led the charge by going 2 for 4 with a double and 3 RBI. Carlos Santana matched Brantley’s mark at the plate with a double of his own and 2 RBI, while Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Ramirez each put a run on the board for the Indians. Francisco Lindor logged a double, while Jason Kipnis had a pair of base hits. Trevor Bauer threw 6 innings of 6-hit, 4-run ball with 8 strikeouts to even his record at 2-2 this season. Cody Allen logged his 4th save of the year by tossing a perfect 1.1 innings while striking out a pair. Corey Kluber will start in game 3 and is 2-1 with a 4.28 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 4-3 with a 3.15 ERA and 50 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 11-2 in their last 13 games against a right-handed starter and 8-3 in Fiers’ last 11 starts while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 road games. Cleveland is 43-20 in Kluber’s last 63 home starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 8-1-1 in Kluber’s last 10 starts against the AL West. Houston is 5-12 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.

Although Kluber is probably worth the juice, I don’t feel comfortable going against a potentially explosive Houston offense that’s capable of going off at any time. Instead, I’ll side with the over as I can see this total hitting double-digits. 

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:57:51 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84136
<![CDATA[New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/new-york-mets-vs-atlanta-braves-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets end  their MLB baseball series Thursday at Citi Field.

The Atlanta Braves have added a few pieces in the offseason and only time will tell if it’s enough to challenge in the National League East. The Braves had more then enough firepower to down the Mets 8-2 on Wednesday. Bravos starter Julio Teheran gave up both runs on four hits and four BB over 6.1 frames to pick up the win. The Atlanta offense was impressive with a 16 hit, four walk attack that saw Tyler Flowers go 2-4 with four runs driven in while Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis each scored…

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The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets end  their MLB baseball series Thursday at Citi Field.

The Atlanta Braves have added a few pieces in the offseason and only time will tell if it’s enough to challenge in the National League East. The Braves had more then enough firepower to down the Mets 8-2 on Wednesday. Bravos starter Julio Teheran gave up both runs on four hits and four BB over 6.1 frames to pick up the win. The Atlanta offense was impressive with a 16 hit, four walk attack that saw Tyler Flowers go 2-4 with four runs driven in while Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis each scored twice and recorded an RBI. The Braves send veteran knuckleballer RA Dickey to the hill to face the Mets on Thursday. Dickey comes off of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Nationals with all three runs allowed on three hits and two BB in seven frames. 

The New York Mets are looking to be a major factor in the National League East but they have some kinks to iron out. In Wednesday night’s defeat to visiting Atlanta, the Mets had problems on both the mound and at the plate. New York starter Robert Gsellman was hit hard with six runs plated (five earned) on ten hits and three bases on balls through four innings pitched to absorb the loss. The NYM attack posted five hits and walked four times with Neil Walker and Rene Rivera knocking in runs while Asdrubal Cabrera and Juan Lagares scoring. New York hands the ball to Matt Harvey Thursday for his second meeting of the season versus the Braves. Harvey did not get a decision in a 4-3 loss to Washington last time out with three runs plated on four hits and two walks in seven innings.

Atlanta are 1-8 in their last 9 road games. The over is 8-0 in New York last 8 Thursday games and the over is 7-1-2 in New York last 10 home games. Atlanta are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in New York and the under is 5-2-1 in Harvey’s last 8 starts vs. Atlanta.

I am seeing Noah Syndergaard might be the Mets starter and he has shutout Atlanta already and might need to if the offense struggles again but no interest from me…

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:22:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84133
<![CDATA[Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/detroit-tigers-vs-seattle-mariners-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Detroit Tigers finish off their weekday MLB baseball series with the Seattle Mariners in Thursday action.

The Seattle Mariners are searching for consistency in all areas to challenge for  the American League West title and that’s a wait and see scenario for most fans. The Mariners certainly put everything together Wednesday in a 8-0 win at Detroit and are hoping there is more to come. James Paxton gave the M’s a dominant effort on the mound with a four hit, nine strikeout performance over seven frames to get the win. Seattle racked up 15 hits and three BB with Guillermo Heredia and…

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The Detroit Tigers finish off their weekday MLB baseball series with the Seattle Mariners in Thursday action.

The Seattle Mariners are searching for consistency in all areas to challenge for  the American League West title and that’s a wait and see scenario for most fans. The Mariners certainly put everything together Wednesday in a 8-0 win at Detroit and are hoping there is more to come. James Paxton gave the M’s a dominant effort on the mound with a four hit, nine strikeout performance over seven frames to get the win. Seattle racked up 15 hits and three BB with Guillermo Heredia and Nelson Cruz each going deep and driving in two while Jean Segura went 3-5 with two RBI’s and two runs. Hisashi Iwakuma toes the rubber against the Tigers for the first time in 2017. Iwakuma comes off of a 3-1 loss at Oakland where he was charged with all three runs on five hits and a trio of BB over 5.1 frames. 

Every team needs quality pitching and hitting to succeed and many can get by with either one but nobody can succeed without getting something on the mound or at the plate. The Detroit Tigers know this to be true because both the arm’s and bats never got going in Wednesday night’s defeat at the hands of the visiting Mariners. Tigers starter Daniel Norris was hit hard with four runs plated on nine hits and two free passes through four frames before Anibal Sanchez allowed four more runs on six hits over four innings. The Detroit offense totaled four hits and a pair of bases on balls with Victor Martinez and John Hicks each logging a hit and walking. The Tigers give Thursday’s start against the Mariners to veteran Justin Verlander. Verlander struggled in a 6-3 loss at Minnesota with four runs scoring on three hits and six walks over five innings pitched.

Seattle are 1-7 in their last 8 road games and Seattle are 1-4 in their last 5 overall while Seattle are 1-4 in Iwakuma’s last 5 starts. Detroit are 8-2 in their last 10 home games and the over is 10-4 in Detroit last 14 home games while the under is 8-2-1 in Verlander’s last 11 home starts.

Verlander has generally done well against the Mariners and even though I’m not thrilled with the match up I will back Detroit…

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:46:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84127
<![CDATA[Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/boston-red-sox-vs-new-york-yankees-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Thursday evening from historic Fenway Park, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will be wrapping up their series this week. 

In Wednesday’s game, The Yankees scored twice in the second inning and had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, then managed to squeeze out a 3-1 victory. Boston had runners at the corners and a near-miss homer at the final out, but couldn’t keep it going. 

For Thursday’s matchup, the Yankees will be bringing out RHP Masahiro Tanaka. In his four starts this year, Tanaka has a 2-1 record, a 6.00 ERA and 19…

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Thursday evening from historic Fenway Park, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will be wrapping up their series this week. 

In Wednesday’s game, The Yankees scored twice in the second inning and had a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, then managed to squeeze out a 3-1 victory. Boston had runners at the corners and a near-miss homer at the final out, but couldn’t keep it going. 

For Thursday’s matchup, the Yankees will be bringing out RHP Masahiro Tanaka. In his four starts this year, Tanaka has a 2-1 record, a 6.00 ERA and 19 Ks in 21.0 innings. 

At the plate, New York has a few notable bats. Heading into Wednesday, Starlin Castro led the way on 25 hits, nine runs and 13 RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury had 22 hits, 11 runs and four RBI in that same span. Castro whiffed at the plate Wednesday 0-for-4 but did score a run. Ells bury, meanwhile, went 0-for-4 as well. 

Over on the Red Sox side, they’re rolling with lefty Chris Sale on Thursday. In his four starts this year, Sale is 1-1 with a 0.91 ERA and 42 Ks in 29.2 innings. 

The Sox have some solid hitters as well. Coming into Wednesday, Andrew Benintendi had 26 hits, 10 runs and 11 RBI to his credit. Also playing well is Mitch Moreland, with 23 hits, 10 runs and nine RBI in that span. Benintendi went 0-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday, while Moreland finished 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. 

The Yankees are 6-2 in their last eight game twos of a series, and 37-18 in their last 55 Thursday games. New York is also 5-2 in Tanaka’s last seven Thursday starts, and 53-25 in Tanaka’s last 78 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 1-4 in their last five during game two of a series, and 4-2 in their last six home games. The under is 8-1 in the Red Sox’ last nine during game two of a series and 9-2 in Boston’s last 11 Thursday games. 

The Red Sox have a distinct advantage here, and that’s Sale on the mound. He’s given up a high of two runs this year, which he did once, and he’s blanked the other team twice. If Boston can give Sale a few runs to work with, I don’t see him having much trouble out-dueling Tanaka. Give me the Red Sox for the win.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:27:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84124
<![CDATA[St. Louis Cardinals vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/st-louis-cardinals-vs-toronto-blue-jays-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Thursday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays and the St. Louis Cardinals will be wrapping up their MLB series. 

On Tuesday, the Blue Jays eked out a 6-5 victory. In Wednesday’s game, we had a rainout, which will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. 

For Thursday’s matchup, the Blue Jays will be bringing out RHP Casey Lawrence. In his three appearances this year (one start), Lawrence has an 0-2 record with a 7.56 ERA and six Ks in 8.1 innings. 

The Blue Jays are fairly competent on offense. Heading into…

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Coming up on Thursday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays and the St. Louis Cardinals will be wrapping up their MLB series. 

On Tuesday, the Blue Jays eked out a 6-5 victory. In Wednesday’s game, we had a rainout, which will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. 

For Thursday’s matchup, the Blue Jays will be bringing out RHP Casey Lawrence. In his three appearances this year (one start), Lawrence has an 0-2 record with a 7.56 ERA and six Ks in 8.1 innings. 

The Blue Jays are fairly competent on offense. Heading into Wednesday, Kevin Pillar had 24 hits with eight runs and six RBI, while Kendrys Morales had 18 hits, seven runs and 11 RBI.

Over on the Cardinals’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Adam Wainwright in Thursday’s game. Over four starts this year, Wainwright has a 1-3 record with a 6.27 ERA and 22 Ks in 18.2 innings. 

Helping out at the plate, we’ve got a few notable Cardinals bats. Aledmys Diaz had 18 hits, eight runs and four homers heading into Wednesday, while Randall Grichuk had 16 hits, nine runs and eight RBI.

The Blue Jays are 5-0 in their last five interleague road games, and 4-1 in their last five games versus a right-handed starter. The under is 18-7-1 in Toronto’s last 26 Thursday games, and 36-15-4 in the Blue Jays’ last 55 during game three of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are 1-7 in their last eight Thursday games, and 44-19 in Wainwright’s last 63 starts during game three of a series. St. Louis is also 44-20 in Wainwright’s last 64 home games, and 1-4 in Wainwright’s last five starts with five days’ rest. 

This is a tough one to call. I don’t trust the Cardinals a whole lot right now, even though they’ve been competitive after a pretty terrible start. Still, Wainwright is the better pitcher here, and if the Cards offense can cobble together a few runs St. Louis could come out on top. Give me the Cardinals.

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Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:57:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=84121
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins - 4/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/04/27/philadelphia-phillies-vs-miami-marlins-4/27/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Thursday from Citizens Bank Park, the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies will be wrapping up their two-game MLB set. 

In Wednesday’s matchup, the Phillies bagged four runs in the third inning on the way to a 7-4 victory. 

Taking the mound for the Marlins on Thursday will be RHP Edinson Volquez. In his four starts this year, Volquez has an 0-2 record, a 4.82 ERA and 21 Ks in 18.2 innings total. 

Helping out at the plate for the Marlins are some notable bats. Heading into this series, Dee Gordon brought…

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Coming up on Thursday from Citizens Bank Park, the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies will be wrapping up their two-game MLB set. 

In Wednesday’s matchup, the Phillies bagged four runs in the third inning on the way to a 7-4 victory. 

Taking the mound for the Marlins on Thursday will be RHP Edinson Volquez. In his four starts this year, Volquez has an 0-2 record, a 4.82 ERA and 21 Ks in 18.2 innings total. 

Helping out at the plate for the Marlins are some notable bats. Heading into this series, Dee Gordon brought 23 hits, 12 runs and four RBI while Marcell Ozuna had 22 hits, nine runs, six homers and 21 RBI to his credit. Ozone and Gordon combined to go 1-for-8 with a run on Wednesday. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re wheeling out RHP Jeremy Hellickson for the Thursday start. Across his four appearances so far this year, Hellickson has a 3-0 record, a 1.88 ERA and 10 Ks in 24.0 innings. 

Philly has some noteworthy hitters as well. Coming into this set, Caesar Hernandez held 27 hits, 18 runs and 10 RBI, while Odubel Herrera was second on the team with 18 hits, eight runs and six RBI. Hernandez came up empty on Wednesday, but Herrera managed a hit and a run. 

Miami is 4-1 in their last five game twos of a series, and 2-5 in their last seven Thursday games. The over is 6-2-1 in the Marlins’ last nine Thursday games, and Miami is 7-4 in their last 11 versus the NL East. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 1-4 in their last five Thursday games, and 4-0 in Hellickson’s last four home starts. Philadelphia is also 4-1 in Hellickson’s last five home starts versus a team with a winning record and 6-2 in Hellickson’s last eight starts versus at team with a winning record. 

This should be a pretty intriguing game. It’s Miami’s solid offense versus Hellickson, who has been pitching lights-out so far this year. The one thing that concerns me about Philly is their shaky offense outside of Hernandez and Herrera, but if Hellickson pitches well it shouldn’t take too many runs to get out on top here. Give me the Phillies.

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