<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/chicago-cubs-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since May 15-16. The Dodgers have scored seven runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 14 of their last 16 games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 73 hits and 43 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 123 hits and 59 RBI. Kenta Maeda gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and…

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs meet Monday in MLB action at Wrigley Field.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since May 15-16. The Dodgers have scored seven runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers have won 14 of their last 16 games when scoring more than one run. Matt Kemp leads the Dodgers with 73 hits and 43 RBI while Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger have combined for 123 hits and 59 RBI. Kenta Maeda gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 3.61 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. This will be Maeda’s first career game against the Cubs. 

The Chicago Cubs look for a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 19 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in three of their last six games. The Chicago Cubs have won 14 straight games when scoring more than one run. Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with 68 hits and 33 RBI while Albert Almora Jr. and Javier Baez have combined for 127 hits and 65 RBI. Tyler Chatwood gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 4.12 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Chatwood is 5-9 with a 4.07 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are 7-0 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series, 9-1 in their last 10 road games and 1-4 in Maedas last 5 Monday starts. The Cubs are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 22-8 in their last 30 during game 1 of a series and 37-15 in their last 52 Monday games. The Dodgers are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 23-7-1 in the last 31 meetings.

Maeda has allowes a combined four runs in his last four games and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the hotter teams in baseball the last month. The Chicago Cubs offense continues to lay an egg every other game is feels like, and they're on a quick turnaround after playing late Sunday night in St. Louis. Chatwood has also allowed three or more runs in three of his last five starts. I'll take the red hot Dodgers and the cheap price.

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:11:22 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126964
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/philadelphia-phillies-vs-st-louis-cardinals-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 75 hits and 42 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 137 hits and 64 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 7-2…

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Cardinals have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Martinez leads the Cardinals with 75 hits and 42 RBI while Marcell Ozuna and Tommy Pham have combined for 137 hits and 64 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Mikolas’ second career game against the Phillies. 

The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Phillies have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won five straight games when scoring more than two runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 75 hits and 36 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Carlos Santana have combined for 123 hits and 62 RBI. Nick Pivetta gets the ball, and he is 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Pivetta is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 9-4 in their last 13 Monday games, 5-1 in Mikolas' last 6 road starts and 6-2 in Mikolas' last 8 starts. The Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series, 9-3 in Pivettas last 12 home starts and  0-4 in Pivettas last 4 starts. The Cardinals are 17-6 in the last 23 meetings.

This is a quick turnaround for a St. Louis Cardinals club that played late Sunday night and heads into this series in a bit of a slump. The Philadelphia Phillies are back on one of their hot streaks, and while Pivetta has had his struggles at times this season, he is allowing just a 3.13 ERA at home this season with an allowed batting average of .237. i'll take the Phillies at home in this contest. 

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:04:46 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126961
<![CDATA[Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/colorado-rockies-vs-new-york-mets-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies meet Monday in MLB action at Coors Field.

The New York Mets could use a win here after losing 11 of their last 14 games. The Mets have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The New York Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring under five runs. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the Mets with 70 hits and 37 RBI while Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo have combined for 98 hits and 37 RBI. Jacob deGrom gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season.…

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The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies meet Monday in MLB action at Coors Field.

The New York Mets could use a win here after losing 11 of their last 14 games. The Mets have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The New York Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring under five runs. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the Mets with 70 hits and 37 RBI while Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo have combined for 98 hits and 37 RBI. Jacob deGrom gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. deGrom is 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 39 strikeouts in his career against the Rockies. 

The Colorado Rockies could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Rockies have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Colorado Rockies have lost 12 of their last 15 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with 76 hits and 42 RBI while Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story have combined for 147 hits and 87 RBI. Tyler Anderson gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 4.48 ERA and 64 strikeouts this season. This will be Anderson’s first career game against the Mets.

The Mets are 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games, 1-4 in deGroms last 5 road starts and 0-5 in deGroms last 5 starts. The Rockies are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series, 1-4 in Andersons last 5 home starts and 1-4 in Andersons last 5 starts. The Mets are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado, 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Colorado.

deGrom is obviously the better pitcher here and does make the Mets the favorites. deGrom is one of the better pitchers in the league, who has an ERA under two and an allowed batting average of just .205. However, that hasn't stopped the Mets from losing eight of his last 10 starts. The New York Mets are just a mess of a baseball team, and the offense has done next to nothing this month. Anderson has had his struggles this season, especially at home, but at least you can count on the Rockies for run support. I'll take the home team and the plus money, even though it's a fade from the Mets.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:46:08 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126955
<![CDATA[Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/kansas-city-royals-vs-texas-rangers-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Monday MLB action brings us to Kauffman Stadium where the Texas Rangers visit the Kansas City Royals.

The Texas Rangers couldn’t stop the Colorado offense Sunday but the bats saved the day in a 13-12 victory. Texas starter Yovani Gallardo gave up five runs over five innings with three relievers allowing seven runs.

The Rangers attack consisted of nine hits and seven walks with Jurickson Profar going 2-4 with a homer and four runs driven in while Nomar Mazara was 2-4 with three RBI”s and a pair of runs followed by Jose Trevino who ripped a two run walk off single.

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Monday MLB action brings us to Kauffman Stadium where the Texas Rangers visit the Kansas City Royals.

The Texas Rangers couldn’t stop the Colorado offense Sunday but the bats saved the day in a 13-12 victory. Texas starter Yovani Gallardo gave up five runs over five innings with three relievers allowing seven runs.

The Rangers attack consisted of nine hits and seven walks with Jurickson Profar going 2-4 with a homer and four runs driven in while Nomar Mazara was 2-4 with three RBI”s and a pair of runs followed by Jose Trevino who ripped a two run walk off single.

Veteran right hander Bartolo Colon toes the rubber against Kansas City on Monday.

Colon comes off of a 12-5 loss at the LA Dodgers with eight runs given up on nine hits over 3.1 frames.

The Kansas City Royals will look to rebound on the mound following a 7-4 loss to Houston where the pen coughed up a late lead. Kansas City starter Brad Keller was charged with three runs before three relievers combined to give up three runs in the 8th and a run in the 9th.

The Royals logged six hits and walked four times with Hunter Dozier clubbing a two run bomb while Alcides Escobar recorded an RBI. Kansas City has named right hander Ian Kennedy as Monday’s starter against visiting Texas. Kennedy comes off of a 5-1 loss (ND) against Cincinnati with eight shutout innings.

Texas  are 1-7 in their last 8 overall and are 1-7 in their last 8 games on grass and are 7-20 in their last 27 Monday games. Over is 8-3 in Kansas City last 11 Monday games and Kansas City are 10-26 in their last 36 home games and under is 7-3 in Kansas City last 10 overall. Texas  are 16-5 in the last 21 meetings and under is 32-13-6 in the last 51 meetings.

Kennedy has looked good of late and Colon has been okay or awful so the numbers in this game say stay away. I’ll go with the Rangers bats for an interest…

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:25:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126946
<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants vs. Miami Marlins - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/san-francisco-giants-vs-miami-marlins-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants meet Monday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Miami Marlins look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Marlins have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Anderson leads the Marlins with 81 hits and 34 RBI while Starlin Castro and Derek Dietrich have combined for 146 hits and 50 RBI. Caleb Smith gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.75 ERA and…

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The Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants meet Monday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Miami Marlins look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Marlins have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Brian Anderson leads the Marlins with 81 hits and 34 RBI while Starlin Castro and Derek Dietrich have combined for 146 hits and 50 RBI. Caleb Smith gets the ball, and he is 5-6 with a 3.75 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. This will be Smith’s second career game against the Giants. 

The San Francisco Giants could use a feel good win after losing six of their last nine games. The Giants have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The San Francisco Giants have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring more than two runs. Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 78 hits and 32 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey have combined for 133 hits and 58 RBI. Andrew Suarez gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 4.92 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This will be Suarez’s second career game against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 4-9 in their last 13 vs. National League West and 4-1 in Smiths last 5 starts. The Giants are 7-1 in their last 8 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a left-handed starter and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Marlins are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in San Francisco, 8-2 in the last 10 meetings and the over is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

The San Francisco Giants are a much different team at home than they are on the road, as the offense is far more consistent and the bullpen does a better job of shutting the door. The Miami Marlins are playing their best ball of the season, but it's only so long that's going to last, as there's simply not enough proven talent on this young club. The Giants need to take advantage of this series to kind of make up ground in the standings. I'll lay the decent price here with the home team.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:14:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126943
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/pittsburgh-pirates-vs-milwaukee-brewers-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments NL Central MLB features the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Milwaukee Brewers Monday.

The Milwaukee Brewers did plenty of damage at the plate Sunday versus Philadelphia but their pitching couldn’t get outs in a 10-9 loss. Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson was charged with six runs through 5.1 frames before three relievers allowed a combined four runs.

The Brewers racked up 13 hits and seven bases on balls with Jesus Aguilar going 3-5 with a homer and two RBI’s while Eric Thames clubbed a pair of homers including a three run jack in the 9th with three players knocking in runs and…

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NL Central MLB features the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Milwaukee Brewers Monday.

The Milwaukee Brewers did plenty of damage at the plate Sunday versus Philadelphia but their pitching couldn’t get outs in a 10-9 loss. Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson was charged with six runs through 5.1 frames before three relievers allowed a combined four runs.

The Brewers racked up 13 hits and seven bases on balls with Jesus Aguilar going 3-5 with a homer and two RBI’s while Eric Thames clubbed a pair of homers including a three run jack in the 9th with three players knocking in runs and scoring.

Milwaukee begins their road series at Pittsburgh with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound Monday. Chacin has won three straight after downing the Cubs 1-0 with six scoreless innings of work.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to get back in the win column following an 8-6 defeat to Cincinnati. Pittsburgh struggled on the mound with starter Joe Musgrove giving up six runs on eight hits over 4.1 frames while Edgar Santana gave up a pair of runs in the 9th.

The Pirates hammered out eleven hits and walked twice with Colin Moran going deep while Gregory Polanco went 2-3 with a homer, two RBI’s and two runs followed by Josh Harrison who knocked in a run and scored.

The Pirates hand the ball to Trevor Williams for the series opening start versus Milwaukee. Williams has been struggling over his last four outings with 16 runs allowed over 15 innings.

Over is 7-1 in Milwaukee last 8 Monday games and Milwaukee are 10-1 in Chacin’s last 11 starts and Milwaukee are 10-1 in Chacin’s last 11 starts on grass. Under is 11-5-2 in Pittsburgh last 18 Monday games and under is 11-5-1 in Williams' last 17 home starts. Under is 25-8-3 in the last 36 meetings.

Milwaukee just lost a weekend series to the Phillies and I look for a rebound against Pittsburgh in the series opener…

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126940
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/cleveland-indians-vs-chicago-white-sox-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Al Central rivals the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox collide in a MLB tilt on Monday.

The Chicago White Sox never found their offense Sunday and a solid effort on the mound went for naught in a 3-1 loss to Detroit. Chicago starter James Shields was charged with  all three runs on six hits and three BB to absorb the loss.

The White Sox totaled nine hits but the lone run came in the form of Matt Davidson’s 12th long ball. Dylan Covey gets his second straight start against the Indians on Monday night. Covey picked up a 3-2 victory versus Cleveland with both runs plated…

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Al Central rivals the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox collide in a MLB tilt on Monday.

The Chicago White Sox never found their offense Sunday and a solid effort on the mound went for naught in a 3-1 loss to Detroit. Chicago starter James Shields was charged with  all three runs on six hits and three BB to absorb the loss.

The White Sox totaled nine hits but the lone run came in the form of Matt Davidson’s 12th long ball. Dylan Covey gets his second straight start against the Indians on Monday night. Covey picked up a 3-2 victory versus Cleveland with both runs plated on ten hits through seven innings pitched.

The Cleveland Indians ended their series with visiting Minnesota with a complete 4-1 victory on Sunday. Cleveland starter Shane Bieber allowed the lone run on ten hits and a BB in 5.2 frames before three relievers pitched an inning apiece.

The Indians attack featured seven hits and four walks with Yan Gomes smacking a three run double while Tyler Naquin recorded an RBI single followed by Lonnie Chisenhall who was 2-3 and scored twice.

Cleveland gives Monday night’s start versus the White Sox to right hander Trevor Bauer. Bauer fell to the White Sox 3-2 last time out with all three runs given up over 7.2 frames where he struck out 12.

Under is 15-5-3 in Chicago last 23 road games and under is 22-8-3 in Chicago last 33 overall and under is 22-8-3 in Chicago last 33 on grass. Over is 22-4-1 in Cleveland last 27 home games and Cleveland are 22-6 in their last 28 Monday games. And under is 8-3 in Cleveland last 11 overall. Chicago are 3-11 in the last 14 meetings.

Covey has been the best arm for the White Sox but he had trouble keeping guys off base versus Cleveland with ten hits allowed. I’d do something on the Tribe in this rematch…

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126937
<![CDATA[Washington Nationals vs. New York Yankees - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/washington-nationals-vs-new-york-yankees-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Monday from Nationals Park, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals will be meeting up in MLB activity. 

The Yankees are coming off a weekend set versus the Rays. New York won the first three games in that set, then on Sunday missed out on the sweep with a 3-1 loss. 

New York will be bringing out RHP Sonny Gray on Monday. In his 68.2 innings and 4-4 record this year, Gray has a 4.98 ERA with 59 Ks. 

Tops in hitting for the Yankees coming out of the week was Aaron Judge, with 69 hits, 49 runs, 18 homers…

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Coming up on Monday from Nationals Park, the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals will be meeting up in MLB activity. 

The Yankees are coming off a weekend set versus the Rays. New York won the first three games in that set, then on Sunday missed out on the sweep with a 3-1 loss. 

New York will be bringing out RHP Sonny Gray on Monday. In his 68.2 innings and 4-4 record this year, Gray has a 4.98 ERA with 59 Ks. 

Tops in hitting for the Yankees coming out of the week was Aaron Judge, with 69 hits, 49 runs, 18 homers and 46 RBI. On Sunday, Judge went 0-for-3. 

As for the Nationals, they just finished up against the Blue Jays. Washington lost the first pair of games in that set, then on Sunday lost again 8-6. 

Washington will be going with RHP Erick Fedde on Monday. Across 10.2 innings and an 0-1 record this year, Fedde has a 5.91 ERA with nine Ks this year. 

Leading the way for the Nats on offense is Trea Turner with 70 hits, 37 runs and 25 RBI. On Sunday, Turner had one hit. 

The Yankees are 4-1 in their last five road games and 20-7 in their last 27 Monday games. New York is also 36-17 in their last 53 in game one of a series and 0-8 in their last eight second games of a doubleheader. 

Meanwhile, the Nats are 4-1 in their last five second games of a doubleheader and 35-17 in their last 52 Monday games. Washington is also 1-4 in their last five in game one of a series and the under is 11-4-2 in their last 17 Monday games. 

Gray has logged three starts in Washington over his career, and he’s put up a 4.74 ERA in those. As for Fedde, he gave up four runs on six hits over five innings in his last appearance Wednesday against the Yankees. I’m not thrilled with Gray overall this year, but he should do well enough to keep New York in it.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126949
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/houston-astros-vs-tampa-bay-rays-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Minute Maid Park on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Rays just finished up against the Yankees this weekend. Tampa lost the first three games of that set, then on Sunday avoided the sweep with a 3-1 win. 

For the Monday game, the Rays will be going with Ryne Stanek. Over his 17.2 innings and 1-1 mark this year, Stanek has a 2.55 ERA with 22 Ks. 

Tops in hitting for the Rays this year is Matt Duffy, who came out of the week with 68 hits, 18 runs and 20 RBI.…

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Down at Minute Maid Park on Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Rays just finished up against the Yankees this weekend. Tampa lost the first three games of that set, then on Sunday avoided the sweep with a 3-1 win. 

For the Monday game, the Rays will be going with Ryne Stanek. Over his 17.2 innings and 1-1 mark this year, Stanek has a 2.55 ERA with 22 Ks. 

Tops in hitting for the Rays this year is Matt Duffy, who came out of the week with 68 hits, 18 runs and 20 RBI. On Sunday, Duffy had three hits and two RBI. 

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re fresh off a series versus the Royals. Houston took games one and two Friday and Saturday, then on Sunday the Astros won again 7-4. 

Houston will be going with Gerrit Cole in the Monday game. Over his 93.2 innings and 8-1 record this year, Cole has a 2.40 ERA with 130 Ks. 

Jose Altuve is the top hitter on the Astros’ team, and entered this week with 98 hits, 44 runs and 37 RBI. In the Sunday game Altuve logged a hit and a run. 

The Rays are 6-0 in their last six Monday games and 1-4 in their last five in game one of a series. The under is 6-2 in Tampa’s last eight in game one of a series and they’re 1-9 in their last 10 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 6-1 in their last seven home games following a road trip of a week or more and 17-7 in their last 24 Monday games. Houston is also 50-23 in their last 73 during game one of a series and the under is 16-7-1 in their last 24 in game one of a series. 

Cole has been pretty darn good this season. He’s leading the AL in Ks per nine innings with 12.49 and his opponents’ batting average is just .175. Cole has put up 12 quality starts in 14 attempts and hasn’t shown a lot of weaknesses. I’m going to go with the Astros here.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126952
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Angels vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 6/18/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/06/18/los-angeles-angels-vs-arizona-diamondbacks-6/18/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Kicking off their MLB set on Monday from Angel Stadium, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels will be meeting up. 

The Diamondbacks are coming off a weekend series against the Mets. Arizona won two of the first three games, then on Sunday the Diamondbacks lost 5-3. 

Arizona will be going with RHP Zack Greinke on Monday. In his 83.2 innings and 5-5 record this year, Greinke has a 3.87 ERA with 90 Ks and 17 BBs. 

Tops in hitting for the Diamondbacks this year is David Peralta, who entered the week with 69 hits,…

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Kicking off their MLB set on Monday from Angel Stadium, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels will be meeting up. 

The Diamondbacks are coming off a weekend series against the Mets. Arizona won two of the first three games, then on Sunday the Diamondbacks lost 5-3. 

Arizona will be going with RHP Zack Greinke on Monday. In his 83.2 innings and 5-5 record this year, Greinke has a 3.87 ERA with 90 Ks and 17 BBs. 

Tops in hitting for the Diamondbacks this year is David Peralta, who entered the week with 69 hits, 33 runs, 14 homers and 36 RBI. On Sunday, Peralta put up a hit and an RBI. 

As for the Angels, they just finished up against the A’s. After splitting the first pair of games, on Sunday LA lost a tough one in 11-inning walk-off fashion 6-5 after blowing a three-run lead. 

On Monday, the Angels will be bringing out Jaime Barria for the start. In his 41.1 innings and 5-2 record this year, Barria has a 2.61 ERA with 32 Ks. 

Leading the way for the Angels in hitting is Mike Trout, with 81 hits, 59 runs, 23 homers and 46 RBI entering the week. On Sunday, Trout had two hits and a run. 

The Diamondbacks are 6-1 in their last seven in game one of a series and 2-5 in Greinke’s last seven road starts. Arizona is also 12-5 in Greinke’s last 17 starts with four days’ rest and 22-8 in his last 30 starts in game one of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Angels are 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series and 0-4 in their last four versus a team with a winning record. The under is 17-6-2 in the Angels’ last 25 Monday games and they’re 1-8 in their last nine games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. 

Over his last two starts, Greinke has given up eight earned on 13 hits across 10.1 innings. As for Barria, he put up a loss in his last start versus Seattle but pitched well on on two earned in five innings. I like Barria to keep it going here and help the Angels to a win.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:00:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126958
<![CDATA[Andy Murray vs Nick Kyrgios 2018 ATP Queens Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/06/19/andy-murray-vs-nick-kyrgios-2018-atp-queens-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Andy Murray will be in action at ATP Queens as he attempts to win the Queens Club Championship. The Scottish master will be taking on Australian star Nick Kyrgios in what should be a high-level game of tennis.

Nick Kyrgios is a really talented player and he has been having good results on the grass in recent times. This will be a big challenge for the Australian since he will be facing one of the best players in the world. That being said, with Wimbledon not far away, this will be a great chance for him to prepare for the event. If Nick Kyrgios…

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Andy Murray will be in action at ATP Queens as he attempts to win the Queens Club Championship. The Scottish master will be taking on Australian star Nick Kyrgios in what should be a high-level game of tennis.

Nick Kyrgios is a really talented player and he has been having good results on the grass in recent times. This will be a big challenge for the Australian since he will be facing one of the best players in the world. That being said, with Wimbledon not far away, this will be a great chance for him to prepare for the event. If Nick Kyrgios is to win this game, he must ensure that he is hitting his first serves since that is his biggest strength.

On the other side of the court, Andy Murray will be happy to be back on the court. Murray has been out for most of this year and he will look to reclaim his spot as one of the elite players in the world. The grass court generally suits Andy Murray and he will look to use all his skills and experience to ensure that he gets a win and moves onto the next stage of the competition.

All in all, I am expecting that Andy Murray wins this game since he is better than Nick Kyrgios. We are getting a good enough price to wager on Andy Murray winning outright and as a result, it is the best bet. In addition to that, I think this will be a short game. Murray is miles better than Nick Kyrgios and he should win in straight sets. Betting on the under 2.5 sets is a value bet.

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<![CDATA[Argentina vs. Croatia - 6/21/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/06/21/argentina-vs-croatia-6/21/18-world-cup-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Argentina and Croatia meet Thursday in World Cup soccer action at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Argentina hopes to bounce back after settling for a 1-1 draw against Iceland, despite being one of the bigger favorites in the opening matches. Argentina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead due to a Sergio Aguero goal, but it was quickly tied a few minutes later, and the Albiceleste couldn’t get anything going after that. Despite owning 73 percent of the possession and getting seven shots on goal, Argentina could only find the back of the net once and missed out on a great chance…

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Argentina and Croatia meet Thursday in World Cup soccer action at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Argentina hopes to bounce back after settling for a 1-1 draw against Iceland, despite being one of the bigger favorites in the opening matches. Argentina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead due to a Sergio Aguero goal, but it was quickly tied a few minutes later, and the Albiceleste couldn’t get anything going after that. Despite owning 73 percent of the possession and getting seven shots on goal, Argentina could only find the back of the net once and missed out on a great chance to get three points. Of course, the big discussion was the Lionel Messi missed penalty kick, and he takes full blame for the loss, but Argentina had plenty of other chances to take control of that match, and Hannes Halldorsson did a wonderful job of standing on his head. Argentina can’t allow this result to linger around long if this tournament is going to be successful. 

Croatia has a chance to take control of this group after beating up on Nigeria, 2-0. Croatia controlled 53 percent of the possession and scored on both of its shots on goals, as Oghenekaro Etebo and Luka Modric both found the back of the net. Modric admitted after the game that all of the pressure is on Argentina for this match given the results of both clubs in their first matches. Croatia is kind of playing with house money at this point and has little pressure on its side due to already having three points in its back pocket. Croatia has now won three of its last five matches, which includes a victory over Mexico, and its allowed one or less goals in five of its last seven matches overall. As long as the Blazers can get back defensively and limit good looks, they have a shot to get the win here and all but wrap up a spot in the knockout stages.

There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.

If Argentina is going to regain its confidence and give itself a fair shot at making it out of this group, it needs a win here. Also, it’s not like Argentina played bad in its draw against Iceland. While most pay attention to the Messi penalty kick, Argentina had several good looks to score but just couldn’t execute. It happens. Croatia has proven to be a solid team and has all the confidence in the world right now. However, a sense of urgency can be the difference here, and it’s only a matter of time before Messi has his breakthrough World Cup moment. With what he said after the Iceland match and the fact he took the blame, you can expect a more engaged and eager club.

I’ll take Argentina to redeem itself.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:46:36 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126931
<![CDATA[DFS – Fantasy Baseball – DraftKings Lineups, Picks & Advice – 6/17/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2018/06/17/dfs-–-fantasy-baseball-–-draftkings-lineups-picks-and-advice-–#comments Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - MLB DraftKings Lineup – 6/17/2018

Update (11:40 PM) - Hi Everyone!

Need to make a quick change as Kipnis isn't getting the start. I'm keeping the same game plan and just putting Erik Gonzalez in the lineup as he was the same price as Kipnis. Good Luck!

It’s Sunday June 17th, 2018 and let’s take a look at the lineup I have going for tonight’s “Main” slate (1:05 EST) for the MLB DraftKings contests. 

As always, remember to check the weather and the starting lineups when…

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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - MLB DraftKings Lineup – 6/17/2018

Update (11:40 PM) - Hi Everyone!

Need to make a quick change as Kipnis isn't getting the start. I'm keeping the same game plan and just putting Erik Gonzalez in the lineup as he was the same price as Kipnis. Good Luck!

It’s Sunday June 17th, 2018 and let’s take a look at the lineup I have going for tonight’s “Main” slate (1:05 EST) for the MLB DraftKings contests. 

As always, remember to check the weather and the starting lineups when they are released as you don’t want to find out before it’s too late that you have someone in your lineups that isn’t going to be playing tonight!

If you want to sneak peak of my lineup before this article is released, remember to check out my video posted on YouTube or our Sports Chat Place Facebook page!

Here is my current lineup for today:

P –Dylan Bundy (BAL - $10,500) – Dylan Bundy comes into this game with just a 4-7 record but does have a decent 3.66 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Outside of the disaster that happened agianst Kansas City this season, Bundy has been the best pitcher for the Orioles this season and over his last two games, he has gone 15.0 innings giving up no ER’s on 6 hits while striking out 12. Bundy has a solid 10.22 K/9 ratio and will be up against the Miami Marlins who rank 18th in team strikeout rate. Bundy has been great during “day” games this season as he has a 1.08 ERA in 6 starts this season and as the Marlins rank just 25th in batting average vs. RHP, I like Bundy tonight.

P – Chase Anderson (MIL - $7,700) – I think Chase Anderson has some great value today as although it hasn’t been a great season for Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA, 1.17 WHIP), he does have a great home matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Anderson is coming off his best start of the season agianst the Cubs (7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s) and although he only has a 6.13 K/9 ratio on the year, he does face the Phillies who rank dead last in MLB in team strikeout rate. Philadelphia ranks just 26th in team batting average vs. RHP and also have struggled on the road this season ranking dead last in team batting average. Anderson is holding his opponents to just a .217 average on the season and I’m hoping for another big outing against the Phillies this afternoon.

C – Gary Sanchez (NYY - $4,000) – Gary Sanchez has had a season to forget however, he has picked up a couple of big hits over his past two games and just has too much upside to pass up in his matchup against Wilmer Font of the Rays who comes into this game with an 8.48 ERA and 1.74 WHIP on the season. Sanchez is hitting just .190 on the season but does have 13 HR’s and 39 RBI’s. Sanchez was given some time off earlier this week due to his struggles and so far, it seems like it worked as he has a bases clearing double on Friday night and hit a HR yesterday. Sanchez has a .901 OPS at home over his past three seasons and as Font is allowing opponents to .311 against him this season, I like the potential for a big game by Sanchez today.

1B – Marwin Gonzalez (HOU - $3,400) – Marwin Gonzalez is hitting just .257 on the season with 5 HR’s and 32 RBI’s however has been solid as of late as over the past week, Gonzalez has posted a .444 average with 2 doubles, a triple, and a HR. Gonzalez has a 4-game hitting streak and has at least 2 hits in 3 of those 4 games. Gonzalez went 3 for 4 last night and will be up against the RHP Brad Keller who didn’t look that sharp in his last outing as he gave up 5 hits and 4 walks over 5.1 IP. Gonzalez is a switch-hitter, but all his power has come from the left-side of the plate this season and I think he can continue his recent stretch of solid play this afternoon agianst the Royals.

2B – Jason Kipnis (CLE - $3,300) – I’m going to be stacking the Cleveland Indians agianst the RHP Jake Odorizzi of the Minnesota Twins today and it starts with Jason Kipnis. Kipnis has had a tough season for the Indians as he is hitting just .198 on the season with 4 HR’s and 25 RBI’s however, this is still the same player who has posted a .289 average and .836 Ops vs. RHP over his past three seasons. Kipnis has hit .242 average against Minnesota this season which although isn’t great, is still better than what he has shown agianst other teams this season and I’m willing to take a chance with him this after as in his career, he is 3 for 10 with two doubles, a triple, and 2 BB’s agianst Odorizzi.

3B – Jose Ramirez (CLE - $5,300) – I’m spending up for Jose Ramirez tonight and why not as the slugging third-baseman for the Indians come into this game with a .292 average, 21 HR’s, and 47 RBI’s on the year. Ramirez is hitting just .276 over the past week but does have a double, triple, and a HR in that stretch and also comes into this game on an 8-game hitting streak. Ramirez is 3 for 9 with 2 HR’s against Odorizzi in his career and has posted a .297 average, .659 slugging percentage, and a 1.064 OPS vs. RHP on the season. Ramirez has a .315 average, .645 slugging percentage and 1.051 OPS at home this season and is my “Long Ball Lock” today as 18 of his 21 HR’s have come as an LHB.

SS – Francisco Lindor (CLE - $5,000) – I’m also going to be paying up for Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor as I just expect to Indians to put up a big number today agianst Jack Odorizzi and the Twins. Lindor is hitting .292 on the season with 16 HR’s and 37 RBI’s and has been great lately as he has a .344 average with 3 doubles and 2 HR’s over the past week. Similar to Jose Ramirez, Lindor has shown the majority of his power from the left-side of the plate as 12 of his 16 HR’s have come from that side of the plate. Lindor is 5 for 9 lifetime with 2 doubles and 2 HR’s vs. Odorizzi in his career and has also been great at home this season, posting a .324 average, .610 slugging percentage, and a 1.001 OPS.

OF – Eddie Rosario (MIN - $4,900) – Eddie Rosario is quickly becoming a superstar in this league as the Minnesota outfielder comes into this game with a .323 average, 16 HR’s, and 46 RBI’s on the season. Rosario has posted a .375 average with 4 doubles and 2 HR’s over the past week, which includes a 4 for 4 game last night with a double and HR. Rosario has hits in 8 of their last 9 games and will be up agianst the Indians Shane Bieber who will be making a spot start today for the Indians and comes into this game with a 6.35 ERA on the year. Rosario has a .330 average, .617 slugging percentage, and a .996 OPS vs. RHP on the season and also has been great during “day” games as he has posted a .396 average, .750 slugging percentage, and a 1.198 OPS.

OF – Max Kepler (MIN - $3,200) – I don’t have much salary left but I think we have a decent value pick in Minnesota’s Max Kepler this afternoon. Kepler has struggled as of late and is now hitting just .224 on the season with 7 HR’s and 26 RBI’s but you must like his match agianst Shane Bieber who in his one start this season agianst Minnesota last 5.2 innings while giving up 8 hits, 4 ER’s and 2 HR’s. Kepler did have a double and 2 RBI’s yesterday which hopefully will help him get out of his recent slump and I think his numbers will start to improve as last season, he posted a .272 average and .827 OPS vs. RHP. Kepler has great HR-upside and I’m hoping for a big game from him today in a solid matchup.

OF – Robbie Grossman (MIN - $2,700) – I don’t have much salary left however, I don’t mind going with the Twins Robbie Grossman today to add on to my Minnesota mini-stack. Grossman is hitting just .226 on the season with 2 HR’s and 16 RBI’s however, he does have enough power to hit HR’s and is a very patient hitter that can get us a few walks. Grossman has hits in 5 of his last 6 games and had a decent day when Shane Bieber made his start agianst Cleveland earlier this season, going 2 for 4 with a run and RBI. Grossman has been much better of a hitter on the road this season and if he can get us just a few points today, he’ll be decent value.

Have a great Sunday everyone and Good Luck tonight!

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:45:46 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126928
<![CDATA[DFS – Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel Lineups, Picks & Advice – 6/17/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2018/06/17/dfs-–-fantasy-baseball-–-fanduel-lineups-picks-and-advice-–#comments Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - MLB FanDuel Lineup – 6/17/2018

Update (11:43 PM) - Hi Everyone! Need to make a couple of changes as Kipnis isn't starting this afternoon.

2B - Replaced Kipnis w/ Erik Gonzalez (CLE)
OF - Replaced Robbie Grossman w/ Corey Dickerson (PIT)

Good Luck everyone!

It’s Sunday June 17th, 2018 and let’s take a look at the lineup I have going for tonight’s “Main” slate (1:05 EST) for the MLB FanDuel contests. 

As…

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Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - MLB FanDuel Lineup – 6/17/2018

Update (11:43 PM) - Hi Everyone! Need to make a couple of changes as Kipnis isn't starting this afternoon.

2B - Replaced Kipnis w/ Erik Gonzalez (CLE)
OF - Replaced Robbie Grossman w/ Corey Dickerson (PIT)

Good Luck everyone!

It’s Sunday June 17th, 2018 and let’s take a look at the lineup I have going for tonight’s “Main” slate (1:05 EST) for the MLB FanDuel contests. 

As always, remember to check the weather and the starting lineups when they are released as you don’t want to find out before it’s too late that you have someone in your lineups that isn’t going to be playing tonight!

If you want to sneak peak of my lineup before this article is released, remember to check out my video posted on YouTube or our Sports Chat Place Facebook page!

Here is my current lineup for today:

P – Chase Anderson (MIL - $6,200) – I think Chase Anderson has some great value today as although it hasn’t been a great season for Anderson (5-5, 4.13 ERA, 1.17 WHIP), he does have a great home matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Anderson is coming off his best start of the season agianst the Cubs (7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 6 K’s) and although he only has a 6.13 K/9 ratio on the year, he does face the Phillies who rank dead last in MLB in team strikeout rate. Philadelphia ranks just 26th in team batting average vs. RHP and also have struggled on the road this season ranking dead last in team batting average. Anderson is holding his opponents to just a .217 average on the season and I’m hoping for another big outing against the Phillies this afternoon.

C – Gary Sanchez (NYY - $3,400) – Gary Sanchez has had a season to forget however, he has picked up a couple of big hits over his past two games and just has too much upside to pass up in his matchup against Wilmer Font of the Rays who comes into this game with an 8.48 ERA and 1.74 WHIP on the season. Sanchez is hitting just .190 on the season but does have 13 HR’s and 39 RBI’s. Sanchez was given some time off earlier this week due to his struggles and so far, it seems like it worked as he has a bases clearing double on Friday night and hit a HR yesterday. Sanchez has a .901 OPS at home over his past three seasons and as Font is allowing opponents to .311 against him this season, I like the potential for a big game by Sanchez today.

2B – Jason Kipnis (CLE - $2,900) – I’m going to be stacking the Cleveland Indians agianst the RHP Jake Odorizzi of the Minnesota Twins today and it starts with Jason Kipnis. Kipnis has had a tough season for the Indians as he is hitting just .198 on the season with 4 HR’s and 25 RBI’s however, this is still the same player who has posted a .289 average and .836 Ops vs. RHP over his past three seasons. Kipnis has hit .242 average against Minnesota this season which although isn’t great, is still better than what he has shown agianst other teams this season and I’m willing to take a chance with him this after as in his career, he is 3 for 10 with two doubles, a triple, and 2 BB’s agianst Odorizzi.

3B – Jose Ramirez (CLE - $5,300) – I’m spending up for Jose Ramirez tonight and why not as the slugging third-baseman for the Indians come into this game with a .292 average, 21 HR’s, and 47 RBI’s on the year. Ramirez is hitting just .276 over the past week but does have a double, triple, and a HR in that stretch and also comes into this game on an 8-game hitting streak. Ramirez is 3 for 9 with 2 HR’s against Odorizzi in his career and has posted a .297 average, .659 slugging percentage, and a 1.064 OPS vs. RHP on the season. Ramirez has a .315 average, .645 slugging percentage and 1.051 OPS at home this season and is my “Long Ball Lock” today as 18 of his 21 HR’s have come as an LHB.

SS – Francisco Lindor (CLE - $5,100) – I’m also going to be paying up for Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor as I just expect to Indians to put up a big number today agianst Jack Odorizzi and the Twins. Lindor is hitting .292 on the season with 16 HR’s and 37 RBI’s and has been great lately as he has a .344 average with 3 doubles and 2 HR’s over the past week. Similar to Jose Ramirez, Lindor has shown the majority of his power from the left-side of the plate as 12 of his 16 HR’s have come from that side of the plate. Lindor is 5 for 9 lifetime with 2 doubles and 2 HR’s vs. Odorizzi in his career and has also been great at home this season, posting a .324 average, .610 slugging percentage, and a 1.001 OPS.

OF – Eddie Rosario (MIN - $3,700) – Eddie Rosario is quickly becoming a superstar in this league as the Minnesota outfielder comes into this game with a .323 average, 16 HR’s, and 46 RBI’s on the season. Rosario has posted a .375 average with 4 doubles and 2 HR’s over the past week, which includes a 4 for 4 game last night with a double and HR. Rosario has hits in 8 of their last 9 games and will be up agianst the Indians Shane Bieber who will be making a spot start today for the Indians and comes into this game with a 6.35 ERA on the year. Rosario has a .330 average, .617 slugging percentage, and a .996 OPS vs. RHP on the season and also has been great during “day” games as he has posted a .396 average, .750 slugging percentage, and a 1.198 OPS.

OF – Robbie Grossman (MIN - $2,100) – I don’t have much salary left however, I don’t mind going with the Twins Robbie Grossman today to add on to my Minnesota mini-stack. Grossman is hitting just .226 on the season with 2 HR’s and 16 RBI’s however, he does have enough power to hit HR’s and is a very patient hitter that can get us a few walks. Grossman has hits in 5 of his last 6 games and had a decent day when Shane Bieber made his start agianst Cleveland earlier this season, going 2 for 4 with a run and RBI. Grossman has been much better of a hitter on the road this season and if he can get us just a few points today, he’ll be decent value.

OF – Max Kepler (MIN - $2,500) – I don’t have much salary left but I think we have a decent value pick in Minnesota’s Max Kepler this afternoon. Kepler has struggled as of late and is now hitting just .224 on the season with 7 HR’s and 26 RBI’s but you must like his match agianst Shane Bieber who in his one start this season agianst Minnesota last 5.2 innings while giving up 8 hits, 4 ER’s and 2 HR’s. Kepler did have a double and 2 RBI’s yesterday which hopefully will help him get out of his recent slump and I think his numbers will start to improve as last season, he posted a .272 average and .827 OPS vs. RHP. Kepler has great HR-upside and I’m hoping for a big game from him today in a solid matchup.

Utility – Eduardo Escobar (MIN - $3,800) – Eduardo Escobar will complete our Minnesota stack tonight and is a great option today as he comes into this game with a .294 average with 12 HR’s and 44 RBI’s on the season. Escobar has posted a .391 average over the past week with 3 doubles, 1 triple and 6 RBI’s. Escobar has that nice matchup against the RHP Shane Bieber and has posted a .305 average, .626 slugging percentage, and .974 OPS vs. RHP on the season. Escobar has a .598 slugging percentage during “day’ games this season and has been great against Cleveland, posting a .313 average with a .688 slugging percentage and 1.077 OPS.

Have a great Sunday everyone and Good Luck tonight!

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:45:10 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126925
<![CDATA[Roger Federer vs Aljaž Bedene 2018 ATP Halle Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/06/18/roger-federer-vs-aljaž-bedene-2018-atp-halle-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments After winning ATP Stuttgart, Roger Federer continues to rule the tennis world. The Swiss master will know challenge at the Halle Open where he will take on Slovenian player Aljaž Bedene.

Aljaž Bedene has been playing both Challenger events as well as the ATP. This season he has moved more into the ATP but has yet to play many of the top tennis players in the world. This will be one of the biggest tests that Aljaž Bedene will face in his career as he takes on the greatest man to ever play tennis. While the experience alone will be great for Aljaž…

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After winning ATP Stuttgart, Roger Federer continues to rule the tennis world. The Swiss master will know challenge at the Halle Open where he will take on Slovenian player Aljaž Bedene.

Aljaž Bedene has been playing both Challenger events as well as the ATP. This season he has moved more into the ATP but has yet to play many of the top tennis players in the world. This will be one of the biggest tests that Aljaž Bedene will face in his career as he takes on the greatest man to ever play tennis. While the experience alone will be great for Aljaž Bedene, he will need to ensure that he can win his serve and keep Federer running otherwise we will see a very short match.

On the other side of the coin, Roger Federer will look to have an easy win. Following his rest during the clay seasons, Federer looks rested and fresh. He was very good at Stuttgart and he seems like he is playing at a different level from the others. I expect Roger Federer to try and end this contest quickly since he will not want to use his energy this early in the season.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to predict that Roger Federer wins this game. This should be no surprise to anybody since there is a mountain between these two players when looking at the talent. Unfortunately, we are getting a very short price on Federer so there is no point making that wager. The best bet in the under 2.5 sets which should win since Federer should never lose a set here.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:49:30 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126922
<![CDATA[NFL Odds: NFL Betting Odds for the NFC East for 2018]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nfl-picks/2018/08/01/nfl-odds-nfl-betting-odds-for-the-nfc-east-for-2018#comments The NFL Odds for 2018 for the NFC East reveal two teams with betting odds that make them appear as if they are both teams the betting public feel can be in the NFL Playoffs this season.

While Online Sports Betting odds can change in a hurry and I expect the betting odds to change as the season grows closer, here is a look at the NFL Odds to win the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys (+250) – The Dallas Cowboys spent most of last season in turmoil as the status of Ezekiel Elliott was up in the air for the start of the season before he eventually had to sit out with a suspension.…

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The NFL Odds for 2018 for the NFC East reveal two teams with betting odds that make them appear as if they are both teams the betting public feel can be in the NFL Playoffs this season.

While Online Sports Betting odds can change in a hurry and I expect the betting odds to change as the season grows closer, here is a look at the NFL Odds to win the NFC East.

Dallas Cowboys (+250) – The Dallas Cowboys spent most of last season in turmoil as the status of Ezekiel Elliott was up in the air for the start of the season before he eventually had to sit out with a suspension. Dak Prescott is in his 3rdyear at QB he will need to find some new answers as Dez Bryant is gone from Dallas and Jason Witten has retired. Defensively for the Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence has emerged as a force rushing the passer and Jaylon Smith appeared to be worth the wait after sitting out a year with an injury he suffered in his college football bowl game while at Notre Dame. Sean Lee is a leader of the Cowboys defense and if he can stay healthy should help keep the entire defense together. The Cowboys will have some questions to answer but the Offensive line is still strong and the defense looks like it could be improved and with Elliot playing the entire season and the addition of Bo Scarborough in the backfield the Cowboys are going to be very tough. 

New York Giants (+500) – It has been winning the Super Bowl for the Giants or not making the playoffs at all as long as Eli Manning has been the QB and with the Giants passing on QB’s in the first rough to take Saquon Barkley it will once again be Manning’s offense. Manning was lost without Odell Beckham Jr. last season but he should be back in full form as one of the top targets in the NFL and the Giants are hoping with Barkley he will see more openings though in my book Barkley has a tom to prove after struggling against the better teams while at Penn State. Landon Collins is the leader of the defense but with Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Alec Ogletree there are plenty of playmakers for the Giants on that side of the ball. Eli Apple, the former first round pick of the Giants, is a liability at corner and could be on a short leash if retains his starting role.

Philadelphia Eagles (-200) – The Philadelphia Eagles not only established themselves as the team to beat in the NFL by winning the Super Bowl last season, Head Coach Doug Pederson proved he could coach head-to-head against anyone. Even without QB Carson Wentz, who was lost to injury, the Eagles offense soared as everyone seemed to be making plays. The mid-season acquisition of Jay Ajayi seemed to solidify the Eagles ground attack while Corey Clement’s touchdown catch in the Super Bowl was nothing short of amazing and Darren Sproles returns from injury as one of the best playmakers in the NFL. The core of the Philly receivers return with Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace moves in as the speed receiver. Lane Johnson continues to anchor a strong Eagles O-line. Defensively the rotation on the defensive line was outstanding last season and while they had their moments on defense, overall the unit did what it needed to do. The Eagles will play with a target on their back as every road game will be tough as the home crowd gears up to host the Champions. 

Washington Redskins (+800) – The Redskins appear to be the team in the NFC East that didn’t get better and the NFL Betting Odds reflect this. Kirk Cousins is gone at QB and replaced by Alex Smith who might not possess a big enough arm to fully utilize budding superstar wide receiver Josh Doctson though with perhaps the best tight end platoon in the NFL with Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, and Jeremy Sprinkle, smith will have plenty of options. Samaje Perine has yet to show in Washington the big game ability he had in college at Oklahoma but Rob Kelley is an over achiever who has been very effective in spots. The Redskins defense has a shutdown corner in Josh Norman as well as plenty of solid defenders like Jonathan Allen, Zach Brown, and Orlando Scandrick so they are hoping they can put the offense on a short field. The Redskins will either big a big upside surprise or contending for a top pick in the NFL Draft as the Las Vegas Odds are suggesting a tough year in Washington.

Best Betting Odds: I generally don’t like to take favorites but it’s tough not to be enamored with the Eagles after beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl where Doug Pederson showed a lot of guts and heart in his play calling and the spirit of his team. The Cowboys should be better with Elliot’s picture clear but they have gotten younger. I hate to take betting favorites but I like winning and winning bets so I will take the Eagles here at a price that might turn out to be a bargain.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:35:14 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126919
<![CDATA[Denmark vs Australia- 6/21/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/06/21/denmark-vs-australia-6/21/18-world-cup-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Denmark and Australia will face each other with the hope of making it to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Neither side has hopes of winning the competition but they will both expect to do well and get out of this group.

Australia challenged France in the opening round of games in the World Cup but the Socceroos were lacking creativity and the close result was more due to France playing badly rather than Australia playing well. This side lacks goal scoring threat and the players are not at the level Australia have been able to send to…

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Denmark and Australia will face each other with the hope of making it to the second round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Neither side has hopes of winning the competition but they will both expect to do well and get out of this group.

Australia challenged France in the opening round of games in the World Cup but the Socceroos were lacking creativity and the close result was more due to France playing badly rather than Australia playing well. This side lacks goal scoring threat and the players are not at the level Australia have been able to send to the past few competitions. That being said, Denmark is a team that Australia should be able to compete against.

Denmark are filled with talented players with Christian Eriksen being their main player. The Danish superstar has been amazing for Tottenham all season and he showed against Peru that he can do it for his country also. Denmark will know that if they win this game, they will be through to the round of 16 of the competition. They will also know that a loss will mean that they have to get points against France so I am expecting a determined performance from the Danish players.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to predict that Denmark wins this game. Look at the odds, we are getting a good enough price to wager on the Danes to win and as a result, the outright market is the best option. I am also a fan of both teams not to score bet. I don’t see Australia having enough quality to score a goal against Denmark.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:31:44 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126916
<![CDATA[Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia - 6/20/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/06/20/uruguay-vs-saudi-arabia-6/20/18-world-cup-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Uruguay and Saudi Arabia meet Wednesday in World Cup soccer action at the Rostov Arena.

Uruguay was able to grind out a 1-0 victory against Egypt, as it controlled the ball for 58 percent of the match and received a late minute goal from Jose Gimenez. Uruguay got 14 shot attempts overall, four of which were on target and it overcame 12 fouls in what was a physical match. Of course, it helped that Mohamed Salah wasn’t playing on the other side, which made things much easier defensively. Also, the game could have been a much more comfortable result if Luis Suarez was…

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Uruguay and Saudi Arabia meet Wednesday in World Cup soccer action at the Rostov Arena.

Uruguay was able to grind out a 1-0 victory against Egypt, as it controlled the ball for 58 percent of the match and received a late minute goal from Jose Gimenez. Uruguay got 14 shot attempts overall, four of which were on target and it overcame 12 fouls in what was a physical match. Of course, it helped that Mohamed Salah wasn’t playing on the other side, which made things much easier defensively. Also, the game could have been a much more comfortable result if Luis Suarez was able to finish several easy chances to find the back of the net. Regardless, Uruguay has now won each of its last four matches and hasn’t allowed a single goal since its November friendly match against Austria, which also happens to be the clubs only loss in its last 10 games. Uruguay has a chance to make it out of the group stages for the third straight World Cup. 

Saudi Arabia was the biggest disappointment in the first matches of the World Cup, as it lost 5-0 to Russia in the opening match of the tournament. Despite controlling the ball 59 percent of the match, Saudi Arabia didn’t get a single shot on goal and pretty much quit defensively in the second half. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi didn’t give the Russians any credit in the outcome, as he simply blamed his team for not showing up and called the showing shameful. It will be interesting to see how this group rebounds from their coaches words, as that could either motivate or lead to more quitting. We knew Saudi Arabia wasn’t a great team heading into the tournament and the lack of big match experience was going to hurt. However, Russia isn’t a world beater and shouldn’t be beating anybody by five goals. We should see a better Saudi Arabia club this time around.

There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.

Saudi Arabia was in over its head in this match before the game against Russia took place. After seeing how that contest went down, it’s hard making a case for the Green Falcons to make this even close to competitive. Uruguay is a strong team and is currently the favorite to make it out of Group A. This club doesn’t give up anything defensively and has just enough good looks offensively to balance things out. 

Saudi Arabia is likely going to blasted once again, which is why I’ll take Uruguay by two or more goals.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:23:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126913
<![CDATA[France vs Peru - 6/21/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/06/21/france-vs-peru-6/21/18-world-cup-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments France did not have the most impressive beginning to the 2018 World Cup and they will know that they must improve if they wish to win this tournament. This week they will be taking on Peru in the second round of the group stages.

France enters this competition as one of the favorites but they looked poor against Australia in their opening game. This team lacks creativity with the likes of Griezmann not looking amazing. That being said, the competition has just started and there is plenty of time for France to improve and this game is a great chance…

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France did not have the most impressive beginning to the 2018 World Cup and they will know that they must improve if they wish to win this tournament. This week they will be taking on Peru in the second round of the group stages.

France enters this competition as one of the favorites but they looked poor against Australia in their opening game. This team lacks creativity with the likes of Griezmann not looking amazing. That being said, the competition has just started and there is plenty of time for France to improve and this game is a great chance for that. Peru are not a weak side but if France plays at the level they are capable of, this should be an easy game for the 1998 Champions.

Peru lost to Denmark in the opening game of the World Cup and although they played well, they lacked flair and finishing. Peru were impressive in qualification and although there are no real superstars in the side, this team has managed to beat the top South American sides. This will be another test against a top side and Peru will not have the home ground advantage they had in qualification. Against a weaker side, I see Peru doing well but it will be tough for them to compete against France.

All in all, I am going to predict that France wins this game. Unfortunately we are not getting a good enough price to bet on France to win this game and as a result, we should not be betting on the outright result. The best bet in the under 2.5 goals. Peru are solid at the back while France look like they are struggling to create goals. This seems like a good value bet.

 

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:03:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126910
<![CDATA[South Korea vs. Sweden - 6/18/18 World Cup Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/06/18/south-korea-vs-sweden-6/18/18-world-cup-soccer-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments South Korea and Sweden meet Monday in World Cup soccer action at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

South Korea is in the World Cup for a ninth straight try and hopes to make it out of the group stages for the third time in its last five appearances. South Korea comes into this tournament losing four of its last six matches, but this team can’t be slept on due to its speed and conditioning. The Taeguk Warriors can be a tough matchup in open field due to their speed, and they have some guys who can finish with the ball, such as Son Heung-Min, Kwon Chang-Hoon and Ki Sung-Yeung.…

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South Korea and Sweden meet Monday in World Cup soccer action at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

South Korea is in the World Cup for a ninth straight try and hopes to make it out of the group stages for the third time in its last five appearances. South Korea comes into this tournament losing four of its last six matches, but this team can’t be slept on due to its speed and conditioning. The Taeguk Warriors can be a tough matchup in open field due to their speed, and they have some guys who can finish with the ball, such as Son Heung-Min, Kwon Chang-Hoon and Ki Sung-Yeung. South Korea has been shutout in its last two matches, but there’s pure talent here and if it comes together in this tournament, this could be the surprise team of the group. The issues for South Korea are obviously defense, as this club has allowed two or more goals in five of its last eight matches and Kim Seung-Gyu is probably one of the worst goalies in the tournament if we’re being honest. 

Sweden is in the World Cup for the first time since 2006 and has made it out of the group stages each of its last three appearances. Sweden comes into this tournament on a defensive high, pitching shutouts in five of its last eight matches, which includes recent matches against Denmark and Peru. Sweden is a very physically strong team, a confident bunch and should be rather confident given its recent results against other quality sides. The Blue-Yellow won’t have Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the way obviously, but that may be a good thing, as it allows younger players a chance to shine and should give Emil Forsberg more chances to put his fingerprints all over this tournament. Sweden does lack the star power or true difference makers needed to survive in this tournament, but this is a close bunch and guys who play more as a team than past years. Sweden will be a tough out, regardless when that out takes place.  

There’s no previous meetings between these two sides.

This is almost a must win for both sides if either hope to make it out of this group. Sweden is probably the more complete team, but South Korea has better strikers and more team speed. We could see an upset here, especially given the experience advantage. However, I’m taking the over in this match. The Taeguk Warriors should get a lot of good looks on the counter, while Sweden moves the ball better than in the past, and South Korea is poor defensively. This could be a decent offensive match for a change.

Give me the over.

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:49:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=126907