<![CDATA[MLB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Los Angeles Angels vs. Cleveland Indians - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/los-angeles-angels-vs-cleveland-indians-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels meet Wednesday in MLB action at Angel Stadium on ESPN. 

The Cleveland Indians look to keep rolling after winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Indians have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 13 of their last 18 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 20 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 172 hits and 75 RBI while Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana have combined for 309 hits and 159 RBI. Josh Tomlin gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 5.04 ERA…

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The Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels meet Wednesday in MLB action at Angel Stadium on ESPN. 

The Cleveland Indians look to keep rolling after winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Indians have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 13 of their last 18 games. The Cleveland Indians have won 20 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 172 hits and 75 RBI while Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana have combined for 309 hits and 159 RBI. Josh Tomlin gets the ball, and he is 9-9 with a 5.04 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Tomlin is 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his career against the Angels. 

The Los Angeles Angels need a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Angels have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 154 hits and 67 RBI while Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun have combined for 263 hits and 163 RBI. Ricky Nolasco gets the ball, and he is 6-14 with a 5.11 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. Nolasco is 0-3 with a 5.32 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Indians are 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games, 2-5 in Tomlins last 7 road starts and 6-1 in Tomlins last 7 starts. The Angels are 8-3 in their last 11 Wednesday games, 3-9 in Nolascos last 12 home starts and 7-18 in Nolascos last 25 starts. The Indians are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.

The Cleveland Indians just won't lose games in the month of September and seem like a club that's eager to keep it going rather than resting and waiting for the playoffs to begin. Tomlin has allowed two or less runs in each of his last five starts and has produced wins in six of his last seven games. Nolasco is typical Nolasco, as he'll have a good performance here and there and get rocked every other game. The bottom line is Nolasco is allowing a .284 batting average and that's not going to cut it against these hot Indians. Have to side with the hottest team in baseball, the better pitcher and the cheap price.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:40:13 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95040
<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/san-francisco-giants-vs-colorado-rockies-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants meet Wednesday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Colorado Rockies could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Rockies have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Colorado Rockies have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Charlie Blackmon leads the Rockies with 200 hits and 95 RBI while DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado have combined for 354 hits and 189 RBI. Tyler Chatwood gets the ball, and he is 8-12 with a 4.57 ERA and 111…

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The Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants meet Wednesday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Colorado Rockies could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Rockies have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Colorado Rockies have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Charlie Blackmon leads the Rockies with 200 hits and 95 RBI while DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado have combined for 354 hits and 189 RBI. Tyler Chatwood gets the ball, and he is 8-12 with a 4.57 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Chatwood is 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 55 strikeouts in his career against the Giants. 

The San Francisco Giants look to play spoiler after losing six of their last nine games. The Giants have scored 11 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The San Francisco Giants have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Buster Posey leads the Giants with 146 hits and 61 RBI while Joe Panik and Denard Span have combined for 262 hits and 90 RBI. Matt Moore gets the ball, and he is 5-14 with a 5.39 ERA and 142 strikeouts this season. Moore is 1-3 with a 9.64 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies.

The Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 0-4 in their last 4 Wednesday games and 1-4 in Chatwoods last 5 road starts. The Giants are 0-8 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series, 3-8 in Moores last 11 home starts and 8-19 in Moores last 27 starts. The Rockies are 7-0 in Chatwoods last 7 starts vs. Giants, 4-1 in Chatwoods last 5 road starts vs. Giants and the Giants are 1-4 in Moores last 5 starts vs. Rockies.

Moore has been hit hard all season long and we know no team can take advantage of that the way the Rockies can. Chatman has also allowed just one run in his last 14.1 innings and has a 3.41 ERA on the road along with a .197 batting average, head and shoulders better than his numbers at home. Chatman has an ERA of 0.63 in the month of September in which he's pitched four times. The Rockies at the reasonable price here seems like a strong pick to make some afternoon money.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:22:46 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95037
<![CDATA[Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/seattle-mariners-vs-texas-rangers-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at Safeco Field on Wednesday evening, the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners will be continuing their MLB series. 

In Tuesday’s opener, the Rangers broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning and banged out a 3-1 victory. 

For the Wednesday game, the Rangers will be bringing out RHP Andrew Cashner. In his 151.0 innings and 9-10 record this year, Cashner has a 3.40 ERA with 80 Ks and 57 BBs. 

Texas sports a few key hitters this year. Elvis Andrus entered this series with 178 hits, 96 runs, 20 homers and 85 RBI while Shin-Soo…

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Out at Safeco Field on Wednesday evening, the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners will be continuing their MLB series. 

In Tuesday’s opener, the Rangers broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning and banged out a 3-1 victory. 

For the Wednesday game, the Rangers will be bringing out RHP Andrew Cashner. In his 151.0 innings and 9-10 record this year, Cashner has a 3.40 ERA with 80 Ks and 57 BBs. 

Texas sports a few key hitters this year. Elvis Andrus entered this series with 178 hits, 96 runs, 20 homers and 85 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo was sitting on 134 hits, 90 runs, 19 homers and 72 RBI. Choo had an RBI on Tuesday; Andrus had two hits and an RBI. 

Over on the Mariners’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Felix Hernandez on Wednesday. In his 77.1 innings and 4.19 ERA this year, Hernandez has a 5-4 record with 72 Ks and 21 BBs. 

Seattle has some notable bats as well. Robinson Cano entered this set with 154 hits, 73 runs, 21 homers and 90 RBI, while Jean Segura had 149 hits, 78 runs, 11 homers and 45 RBI. On Tuesday, Cano had one hit but Segura came up empty. 

The Rangers are 6-2 in their last eight Wednesday games and 1-4 in their last five during game two of a series. Texas is also 4-0 in Cashner’s last four road starts and 4-0 in Cashner’s last four Wednesday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Mariners are 10-3 in Hernandez’s last 13 Wednesday starts and 5-1 in Hernandez’s last six starts. Seattle is also 11-5 in Hernandez’s last 16 home starts and 5-0 in Hernandez’s last five starts versus the AL West. 

After a solid run of three straight quality starts, Cashner stumbled with five earned on six hits in 4.1 innings against the Mariners his last time out. As for Hernandez, he missed about a month and a half but came back with 3.2 innings, one earned and three hits in a no-decision against Texas his last time up. I like Cashner to turn it around here, so I’ll take the Rangers for the Wednesday win.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:07:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95034
<![CDATA[San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/san-diego-padres-vs-arizona-diamondbacks-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres meet Wednesday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks  have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost seven straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 160 hits and 115 RBI while David Peralta and Jake Lamb have combined for 271 hits and 151 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 14-5…

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres meet Wednesday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Arizona Diamondbacks could use a win after splitting their last 14 games. The Diamondbacks  have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost seven straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 160 hits and 115 RBI while David Peralta and Jake Lamb have combined for 271 hits and 151 RBI. Robbie Ray gets the ball, and he is 14-5 with a 2.74 ERA and 206 strikeouts this season. Ray is 4-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 66 strikeouts in his career against the Padres. 

The San Diego Padres look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Padres have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 16 games. The San Diego Padres have won six straight games when scoring more than two runs. Wil Myers leads the Padres with 130 hits and 72 RBI while Manuel Margot and Cory Spangenberg have combined for 230 hits and 84 RBI. Dinelson Lamet gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 4.15 ERA and 128 strikeouts this season. This will be Lamet’s second career game against the Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 8-2 in Rays last 10 road starts and 5-0 in Rays last 5 starts. The Padres are 2-5 in their last 7 Wednesday games, 7-3 in their last 10 vs. National League West and 0-5 in Lamets last 5 starts. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in Rays last 4 starts vs. Padres and the over is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

The Padres have beat up on the NL West recently and Lamet has been rock solid, allowing two or less runs in each of his last four starts. However, Ray has been just as good, allowing two or less runs in six straight games and producing wins in five straight games. Ray also has a 1.33 ERA on the road this season and the Padres are hitting just .183 against him in 93 at bats. Look for the Diamondbacks to get on track with a victory here.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:05:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95031
<![CDATA[Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/detroit-tigers-vs-oakland-athletics-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers end their series in a Wednesday afternoon MLB matchup.

The Oakland Athletics have been competitive as of late although it doesn’t make a difference in the standings in the AL West. The Athletics came back from a three run hole at Detroit on Tuesday to claim a 9-8 win. The offense carried the team with the arms struggling with A’s starter Daniel Gossett giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks along with two homers over 4.2 frames with Michael Brady allowing two runs. Oakland racked up 14 hits and walked four times with Matt Olson and Matt…

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The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers end their series in a Wednesday afternoon MLB matchup.

The Oakland Athletics have been competitive as of late although it doesn’t make a difference in the standings in the AL West. The Athletics came back from a three run hole at Detroit on Tuesday to claim a 9-8 win. The offense carried the team with the arms struggling with A’s starter Daniel Gossett giving up six runs on nine hits and three walks along with two homers over 4.2 frames with Michael Brady allowing two runs. Oakland racked up 14 hits and walked four times with Matt Olson and Matt Chapman smacking solo jacks while Jed Lowrie went 3-5 with a grand slam and five RBI’s overall. The Oakland Athletics give Wednesday’s road start versus the Detroit Tigers to Daniel Mengden. Mengden comes off of the best outing of his career in a 4-0 victory at the Philadelphia Phillies where he tossed a complete game two hitter and struck out seven.

The Detroit Tigers have been limping towards the finish line the past few weeks. Following Tuesday night’s loss to visiting Oakland, the team has lost nine of eleven. Blame this one on the pitching with Detroit starter Chad Bell leaving after 3.1 innings with three runs plated on five hits and three bases on balls along with a pair of long balls while Alex Wilson was charged with another four runs.  The  Tigers amassed 15 hits and walked seven times with Ian Kinsler, Alex Presley and Nicholas Castellanos smacking homeruns while James McCann went 2-5 with three runs knocked in.  Anibal Sanchez toes the rubber for the Detroit Tigers against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon. Sanchez will be looking for back to back wins after downing the Chicago  White Sox 3-2 wit both runs scoring on two hits and seven BB over 5.2 frames.

Oakland are 9-3 in their last 12 overall and Oakland are 9-3 in their last 12 games on grass and Oakland  are 22-48 in their last 70 road games. The over is 21-6 in Detroit last 27 home games and Detroit  are 3-9 in their last 12 home games while Detroit are 17-36 in their last 53 overall. 

This comes down to which team is playing the better baseball and that happens to be the visiting Athletics…

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:41:49 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95028
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/houston-astros-vs-chicago-white-sox-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros face off in game two of their three game set from Minute Maid Park on Wednesday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back and even up the series after dropping game one by a final score of 3-1 on Tuesday. Jose Abreu went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI to make up the lone run for the White Sox in the loss. Yoan Moncada went 3 for 4 at the dish, while Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson chipped in base hits of their own in the losing effort. Lucas Giolito gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out three over 6.2 innings of work, taking…

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The Chicago White Sox and the Houston Astros face off in game two of their three game set from Minute Maid Park on Wednesday.

The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back and even up the series after dropping game one by a final score of 3-1 on Tuesday. Jose Abreu went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI to make up the lone run for the White Sox in the loss. Yoan Moncada went 3 for 4 at the dish, while Avisail Garcia and Tim Anderson chipped in base hits of their own in the losing effort. Lucas Giolito gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out three over 6.2 innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 2-3 this season. James Shields will start game two and is 4-6 with a 5.43 ERA and 90 strikeouts this season. In his career, Shields is 2-1 with a 1.70 ERA and 46 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to win the series and go for the sweep on Thursday after taking the opener on Tuesday night, pushing their winning streak to five games. Jose Altuve went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Alex Bregman added a double and an RBI of his own in the win. Yuli Gurriel and George Springer each added a double, while Josh Reddick went 2 for 3 at the dish and Marwin Gonzalez added a base hit of his own in the win. Collin McHugh gave up one run on five hits while striking out five over five innings of work, getting the win to improve to 3-2 this season. Ken Giles struck out three in his lone inning of work, getting the save, his 32nd of the season. Brad Peacock will start game two and is 11-2 with a 2.98 ERA and 153 strikeouts this season. In his career, Peacock is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 10 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago is 1-5 in Shields’ last 6 starts against the AL West and 17-43 in their last 60 road games while the over is 5-2 in Shields’ last 7 road starts. Houston is 4-1 in Peacock’s last 5 home starts and 8-0 in their last 8 home games while the under is 6-1 in Peacock’s last 7 starts against the AL Central. Chicago is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

As tempting as the plus money with the White Sox is now that the Astros have clinched their division, the fact of the matter is that Houston isn’t slowing down heading into Octoberand Peacock has done well in limited action against the White Sox, while Shields has an ERA well north of five on the road this season. I’ll take Houston to win game two and to negate the heavy juice, I’ll take Houston on the run line.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:36:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95025
<![CDATA[Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/toronto-blue-jays-vs-kansas-city-royals-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays face off in game two of their three game set from Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The Kansas City Royals will try to bounce back after dropping five of their last six games following their series opening loss to Toronto by a final score of 5-2 on Tuesday. Alex Gordon hit a solo home run, while Mike Moustakas went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for KC in the loss. Whit Merrifield went 2 for 3 while Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez contributed base hits of their own in the loss. Ian Kennedy took the loss, falling to…

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The Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays face off in game two of their three game set from Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

The Kansas City Royals will try to bounce back after dropping five of their last six games following their series opening loss to Toronto by a final score of 5-2 on Tuesday. Alex Gordon hit a solo home run, while Mike Moustakas went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for KC in the loss. Whit Merrifield went 2 for 3 while Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez contributed base hits of their own in the loss. Ian Kennedy took the loss, falling to 4-12 this season after allowing two runs on three hits while striking out a pair over five innings of work. Jake Junis will start game two and is 7-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 68 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 4 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will look to win the set and go for the sweep on Thursday after winning the opener on Tuesday. Darwin Barney went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs, while Russell Martin went 1 for 3 with a double and two RBIs to round out the scoring for Toronto in the win. Justin Smoak and Kevin Pillar each added a double, while Ryan Goins, Kendrys Morales and Josh Donaldson all chipped in base knocks of their own in the winning effort. Marcus Stroman got the win to improve to 12-8 this season after giving up one run on four hits while walking a pair and striking out five over seven innings of work. Roberto Osuna also struck out a pair in the 9th for his 37th save of the year. Brett Anderson will start game two and is 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Kansas City.

Kansas City is 5-2 in Junis’ last 7 starts and 3-13 in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a loss. Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 16-5 in their last 21 home games. Kansas City is 16-35 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams in Toronto.

I’m not sure what it is, but it’s almost like Toronto can finally play losse after not having to worry about fighting for the playoffs anymore and the insertion of youth into the lineup has helped as well. Kansas City looks like they’re coming to grip with the same fate, and just aren’t as coping as well as Toronto, who has been out of the race for a while now, and I think it shows as Toronto takes game two here.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:20:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95022
<![CDATA[Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/miami-marlins-vs-new-york-mets-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MLB comes to the Sunshine State on Wednesday night when the Miami Marlins host the New York Mets. 

The New York Mets don’t have anything to play for in the final weeks of the season but a hot streak to end the year would still be a welcome sight. The Mets picked up a 5-4, ten inning defeat at the Miami Marlins on Tuesday with the bullpen giving up three in the 9th and a walk off homer in the 10th.  NYM starter Seth Lugo allowed a lone run on four hits (homerun) over five frames  before AJ Ramos gave up three runs to record a BS while Paul Sewald  gave up a run in the 10th to get the…

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MLB comes to the Sunshine State on Wednesday night when the Miami Marlins host the New York Mets. 

The New York Mets don’t have anything to play for in the final weeks of the season but a hot streak to end the year would still be a welcome sight. The Mets picked up a 5-4, ten inning defeat at the Miami Marlins on Tuesday with the bullpen giving up three in the 9th and a walk off homer in the 10th.  NYM starter Seth Lugo allowed a lone run on four hits (homerun) over five frames  before AJ Ramos gave up three runs to record a BS while Paul Sewald  gave up a run in the 10th to get the loss. New York logged eleven hits and two walks with Travis d’Arnaud going deep and driving in two while Jose Reyes went 4-5 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs. The New York Mets have scheduled right hander Rafael Montero as Wednesday’s starter at the Miami Marlins. Montero suffered a 3-2 defeat at the Atlanta Braves with all  three runs  given up  on seven hits and a pair of BB over 4.2 innings or work.

The Miami Marlins appeared to be dead in the water with a  4-1, 9th inning deficit staring them in the face but the offense awoke to tie it and then won it in the 10th. Marlins starter Odrisamer Despaigne was charged with three runs on six hits including a pair of long balls through six innings of work before one run was allowed over four frames by the bullpen. Miami did their damage on ten hits and five walks with Christian Yelich, JT Realmuto and Justin Bour each connecting on homers.  The Miami Marlins give Wednesday’s starting assignment versus the visiting New York Mets to hard throwing Jose Urena. Urena struggled last time out in a 10-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers with two runs plated on four hits and four BB over 4.2 frames.

New York are 2-9 in their last 11 road games and the over is 12-4 in New York last 16 road games while the over is 6-2 in New York last 8 overall. The over is 8-1-3 in Miami last 12 overall and the over is 8-1-3 in Miami last 12 on grass while Miami are 4-17 in their last 21 overall.

I don’t know what the Mets state of mind is after Tuesday’ horrific 9th but I’m going with the hometown Marlins…

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:58:51 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95019
<![CDATA[Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/baltimore-orioles-vs-boston-red-sox-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles square off in the finale of their three game AL East division set from Camden Yards on Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the sweep following a 1-0 win in extra innings in game two on Tuesday. Jackie Bradley Jr. crossed home plate on a wild pitch as the lone run in the ball game. Rafael Devers went 2 for 4 while Andrew Benintendi added a double and Xander Bogaerts, Sam Travis and Brock Holt each added a base hit of their own in the win. Drew Pomeranz threw 6.1 innings of shutout baseball, giving up five hits while walking…

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The Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles square off in the finale of their three game AL East division set from Camden Yards on Wednesday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to complete the sweep following a 1-0 win in extra innings in game two on Tuesday. Jackie Bradley Jr. crossed home plate on a wild pitch as the lone run in the ball game. Rafael Devers went 2 for 4 while Andrew Benintendi added a double and Xander Bogaerts, Sam Travis and Brock Holt each added a base hit of their own in the win. Drew Pomeranz threw 6.1 innings of shutout baseball, giving up five hits while walking a pair and striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Joe Kelly got the win to improve to 4-1 this season after striking out the side in the 10th, while Matt Barnes closed out the 11th for his 1st save of the season. Chris Sale will start the finale and is 16-7 with a 2.86 ERA and 287 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA and 59 strikeouts against Baltimore.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to salvage a win and avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Tuesday. Jonathan Schoop went 2 for 5 at the dish, while Manny Machado and Austin Hays each added a double, along with a base hit from Trey Mancini as Baltimore combined for just five hits as a team in the loss. Kevin Gausman threw eight strong shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Brad Brach gave up the game-deciding run, taking the loss to fall to 4-5 this season. Wade Miley will start the finale and is 8-13 with a 5.32 ERA and 132 strikeouts this season. In his career, Miley is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 7 strikeouts against Boston.

Boston is 6-0 in Sale’s last 6 starts against a team with a losing record and 7-2 in their last 9 division matchups while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 road games. Baltimore is 2-10 in their last 12 games overall and 1-4 in Miley’s last 5 division starts while the under is 6-1-1 in Miley’s last 8 starts overall.

Sale hasn’t looked like himself over his last few starts, but in all honesty, he’s a lot more reliable than Miley, who like Baltimore, can’t be relied on to do much of anything these days. Boston has outplayed Baltimore in the first two games of the series, even in ekeing out a win in game two, and I think the Red Sox put forth a stronger effort on Wednesday, completing the sweep with an emphatic win. 

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:56:08 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=95016
<![CDATA[New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins - 9/20/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/09/20/new-york-yankees-vs-minnesota-twins-9/20/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees will be meeting up to finish their MLB series. 

The Yankees were able to eke out a 2-1 win on Monday, then on Tuesday New York bagged another win with a 5-2 outcome. 

The Twins will be bringing out RHP Bartolo Colon on Wednesday. In his 132.1 innings and 6-13 record this year, Colon has a 6.39 ERA with 81 Ks and 33 BBs. 

Minnesota has a few batters of note. Brian Dozier came into Tuesday on 150 hits, 91 runs, 31 homers and 85 RBI while Joe Mauer…

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Out at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees will be meeting up to finish their MLB series. 

The Yankees were able to eke out a 2-1 win on Monday, then on Tuesday New York bagged another win with a 5-2 outcome. 

The Twins will be bringing out RHP Bartolo Colon on Wednesday. In his 132.1 innings and 6-13 record this year, Colon has a 6.39 ERA with 81 Ks and 33 BBs. 

Minnesota has a few batters of note. Brian Dozier came into Tuesday on 150 hits, 91 runs, 31 homers and 85 RBI while Joe Mauer had 149 hits, 63 runs and 65 RBI. Dozier had a hit and a run on Tuesday; Mauer had two hits. 

Over on the New York side, they’re going with RHP Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday. In his 165.2 innings and 12-11 record this year, Tanaka has a 4.73 ERA with 173 Ks and 38 BBs. 

The Yankees have some notable bats as well. Brett Gardner brought 147 hits, 90 runs, 20 homers and 58 RBI into Tuesday, while Didi Gregorius was sitting on 144 hits, 69 runs, 24 homers and 81 RBI. Gardner popped three hits with two RBI on Tuesday; Gregorius had one hit. 

The Twins are 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games and 8-3 in the last 11 during game three of a series. The under is 6-1 in the Twins’ last seven during game three of a series and 9-3 in the Twins’ last 12 Wednesday games. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 5-0 in their last five during game three of a series and 19-9 in their last 28 Wednesday games. New York is also 5-1 in Tanaka’s last six starts and 5-2 in Tanaka’s last seven Wednesday starts. 

Colon had a nice run of starts going there for a while, but has given up 10 earned over his last two starts in a span of 7.2 innings. As for Tanaka, he coughed up seven earned in 4.0 innings in Texas but bounced back with two earned over 7.0 innings against Baltimore. Tanaka has also won four of his last five starts. I’m not really high on Colon right now, and the Yankees need to keep winning if they’re going to stand a chance at catching Boston. Give me New York.

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