<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Alize Cornet vs. Mandy Minella 2018 Swiss Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/07/22/alize-cornet-vs-mandy-minella-2018-swiss-open-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Alize Cornet and Mandy Minella meet in the final of the 2018 tennis Swiss Open.

Alize Cornet is coming off a straight sets win over Eugenie Bouchard that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Cornet won 58 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Cornet won a tight first set tiebreak and then the match was pretty much over as Bouchard retired after one game in the second set. Cornet has yet to drop a set this tournament and should be extremely well rested given the lack of tennis she had to play in her semifinal victory. Cornet…

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Alize Cornet and Mandy Minella meet in the final of the 2018 tennis Swiss Open.

Alize Cornet is coming off a straight sets win over Eugenie Bouchard that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Cornet won 58 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Cornet won a tight first set tiebreak and then the match was pretty much over as Bouchard retired after one game in the second set. Cornet has yet to drop a set this tournament and should be extremely well rested given the lack of tennis she had to play in her semifinal victory. Cornet has been very sharp with her return, but she could be much better with her serve, especially when she’s getting such a high percentage of her first serves in play. There’s no reason to win less than 60 percent of your first serve points when getting 73 percent of the first serves in play. Cornet has a chance to win her sixth career title and first since the 2016 Hobart International. Cornet has split her last 10 final appearances overall and is 3-3 in final appearances on clay court. Cornet has won five of her last six matches on clay court.

Mandy Minella is coming off a three sets win over Marketa Vondrousova that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Minella won 73 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Minella showed great fight in her semifinal victory, as she lost a combined four games in the final two sets after dropping the first set in 10 games. Minella dropped just one first serve point in the third set and ended up converting on four of her five break points for the match. Minella has now won 11 of her last 16 sets played and has to like her chances given that she’s coming off one of her best serving performances in quite some time. Minella has a chance to win her first ever WTA singles title, and this is her first ever appearance at 32 years old. Needless to say, this is the biggest moment of Minella’s career in terms of singles play. Minella has won five of her last seven matches on clay court.

These two have played once, which was in 2012 challenger play, a match Cornet won in straight sets. The match took 15 games to be decided. 

Minella has been impressive this tournament and is coming off a match in which she dominated late despite getting off to a rocky start. It’s also tough to bet against Minella given that she’s going to be as motivated as ever to win this match considering this might be her only chance to win a singles title. However, Cornet has been the more consistent, sharper player up to this point and is coming off a match in which she had to play just 14 games. That’s a huge advantage. Not to mention the French player is head and shoulder more experienced on the big stage and plays her best tennis on the clay surface. 

I like Cornet to win her sixth career title.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:05:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129955
<![CDATA[Fabio Fognini vs Fernando Verdasco 2018 Swedish Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/07/22/fabio-fognini-vs-fernando-verdasco-2018-swedish-open-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Fernando Verdasco is turning back the years in Sweden. The Spanish veteran eliminated second seed and fellow Spaniard, Pablo Carreño Busta, in the quarterfinals and now has found himself in the final 4. Verdasco will be taking on the 3rd seed, Fabio Fognini from Italy. Both players will feel that they can win this tournament so we should be able to witness a great tennis match.

Fabio Fognini has looked good in this tournament and has won all his matches with comfort. The 31-year-old is the 15th best tennis player in the world and will feel that…

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Fernando Verdasco is turning back the years in Sweden. The Spanish veteran eliminated second seed and fellow Spaniard, Pablo Carreño Busta, in the quarterfinals and now has found himself in the final 4. Verdasco will be taking on the 3rd seed, Fabio Fognini from Italy. Both players will feel that they can win this tournament so we should be able to witness a great tennis match.

Fabio Fognini has looked good in this tournament and has won all his matches with comfort. The 31-year-old is the 15th best tennis player in the world and will feel that he is good enough to challenge for the top prizes in tennis. It has been a decent few months for Fabio Fognini as he managed to make the 4th round in the French Open and the 3rd Round at Wimbledon. These performances will please the Italian and he will look to build on that. This will not be an easy game for Fabio Fognini since he is facing a very experienced player in Fernando Verdasco.

On the other side of the coin, Fernando Verdasco will look to use his experience to win this match. The Spaniard has been in this position many times before and it will be no surprise for him. Verdasco has been looking very strong all tournament and this was best shown in his last match where he eliminated the number 2 seed in straight sets. Fernando Verdasco has managed to dominate the games he has played so he will be fresh and ready to go for this clash. While Fabio Fognini is ranked higher, Fernando Verdasco has been playing some of his best tennis in this tournament and I expect the Spaniard to win.

As far as betting is concerned, Fernando Verdasco is only a slight favorite to win so we should place a bet on him. This wager has great value so I would suggest a larger size to utilize the price we are getting. In addition to that, I am expecting this game to go all three sets. Both players are good enough to win a set so we should see a 3 set match. As a result, I also suggest the over 2.5 sets bet.

 

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:47:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129925
<![CDATA[Chicago Sky vs. Los Angeles Sparks - 7/22/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/07/22/chicago-sky-vs-los-angeles-sparks-7/22/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Wintrust Arena.

The Los Angeles Sparks could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 77.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 17.9 points and 4.7 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.1 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.8 percent…

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The Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Wintrust Arena.

The Los Angeles Sparks could use a feel good victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 79.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 77.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Candace Parker is averaging 17.9 points and 4.7 assists while Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Odyssey Sims is dishing 3.1 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.5 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have lost four of their last six road games.

The Chicago Sky could also use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last nine games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 82.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 90 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Allie Quigley is averaging 16.4 points and 2.5 assists while Diamond DeShields is averaging 13.6 points and 4.8 rebounds. Courtney Vandersloot is the third double-digit scorer and Cheyenne Parker is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Chicago Sky are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have split their last eight home games.

The Sparks are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games, 17-7 ATS in their last 24 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Sky are 10-21 ATS in their last 31 home games, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sparks are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Chicago, 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:29:47 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129952
<![CDATA[Marco Cecchinato vs Marco Trungelliti 2018 Croatian Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/07/21/marco-cecchinato-vs-marco-trungelliti-2018-croatian-open-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Marco Cecchinato is the number 3 seed at the Croatian Open and he has acted the part of a top player all through the tournament. The Italian will be looking to win another ATP title and he will like his chances judging by the players that remain. Marco Cecchinato will be playing in the semifinals where he will take on Argentinian qualifier, Marco Trungelliti. Both players will see this as a big game so I am expecting two committed competitors.

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Marco Cecchinato is the number 3 seed at the Croatian Open and he has acted the part of a top player all through the tournament. The Italian will be looking to win another ATP title and he will like his chances judging by the players that remain. Marco Cecchinato will be playing in the semifinals where he will take on Argentinian qualifier, Marco Trungelliti. Both players will see this as a big game so I am expecting two committed competitors.

Marco Trungelliti would never have dreamt of making it this far in this tournament. The Argentine was unseeded in qualifying and managed to make it to the main tournament. Once in the main tournament, Marco Trungelliti has impressed everyone as he has beaten many higher ranked players. This will be the biggest test that Marco Trungelliti has faced this tournament as he is playing one of the top players in a match that has huge implications on the tournament.

On the other side of the court, Marco Cecchinato will know that he is the more accomplished player. The Italian won his first ATP title in Hungary this year and has looked very dominant ever since. Marco Cecchinato has looked very strong in this tournament and he has never looked like he was going to lose. His quarterfinal clash was exceptionally noteworthy as he won in straight sets in a very convincing manner. Marco Cecchinato will need to be aware of his opponent since Marco Trungelliti is having a fairytale run but the Italian will be confident he can win.

All in all, I am going to predict that Marco Cecchinato will win this match. The man from Sicily is a top player and I think he will get the job done in Croatia. We are getting a great price wagering on Marco Cecchinato winning so that is the bet I am going to suggest.

 

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:25:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129949
<![CDATA[Las Vegas Aces vs. Indiana Fever - 7/22/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/07/22/las-vegas-aces-vs-indiana-fever-7/22/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Indiana Fever and Las Vegas Aces meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Indiana Fever have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since June 15-18 of last year. The Indiana Fever are averaging 75.3 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 84.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Candice Dupree is averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while Kelsey Mitchell is averaging 13 points and 2.6 assists. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Natalie Achonwa is gabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Indiana Fever are shooting 32…

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The Indiana Fever and Las Vegas Aces meet Sunday in WNBA action at the Mandalay Bay Event Center.

The Indiana Fever have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since June 15-18 of last year. The Indiana Fever are averaging 75.3 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 84.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Candice Dupree is averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds while Kelsey Mitchell is averaging 13 points and 2.6 assists. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Natalie Achonwa is gabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Indiana Fever are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Fever are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Indiana Fever have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Las Vegas Aces look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Las Vegas Aces are averaging 82.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 85 points on 43.6 percent shooting. A'ja Wilson is averaging 19.8 points and 8.9 rebounds while Kayla McBride is averaging 19.5 points and three assists. Tamera Young is the third double-digit scorer and Kelsey Plum is dishing 3.5 assists. The Las Vegas Aces are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Las Vegas Aces are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Las Vegas Aces have split their last six home games.

The Fever are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Aces are 30-12 ATS in their last 42 vs. Eastern Conference, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fever are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:21:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129946
<![CDATA[Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/arizona-diamondbacks-vs-colorado-rockies-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in game two of their three game NL West division set from Chase Field in MLB action on Saturday. 

The Colorado Rockies will look to keep their momentum going after taking game one on Friday by a final count of 11-10. Nolan Arenado and Raimel Tapia each led the way with four RBIs, with Tapia hitting a pinch-hit grand slam while Arenado went 3 for 5 with a two run homer. German Marquez, Carlos Gonzalez and Tony Wolters each had an RBI to round out Colorado’s scoring in…

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The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in game two of their three game NL West division set from Chase Field in MLB action on Saturday. 

The Colorado Rockies will look to keep their momentum going after taking game one on Friday by a final count of 11-10. Nolan Arenado and Raimel Tapia each led the way with four RBIs, with Tapia hitting a pinch-hit grand slam while Arenado went 3 for 5 with a two run homer. German Marquez, Carlos Gonzalez and Tony Wolters each had an RBI to round out Colorado’s scoring in the win. Charlie Blackmon went 2 for 5 and Ian Desmond added a double while Trevor Story chipped in a base hit as well to cap off the Rockies’ offense in the victory. Marquez gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits while striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Scott Oberg got the win to improve to 5-0 this season while Adam Ottavino picked up his 3rd save of the year. Kyle Freeland will start game two and is 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. In his career, Freeland is 1-2 with a 4.07 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Arizona.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be looking to rebound after letting one slip away in Friday’s opener. Ketel Marte led the D-Backs with four RBIs, going 3 for 5 with a triple. A.J. Pollock, Jake Lamb and Alex Avila each added an RBI, with Pollock going a perfect 5 for 5 at the dish with a double. David Peralta went 4 for 5 at the plate with a double of his own, while Chris Owings chipped in a base knock to cap off Arizona’s offense in defeat. Robbie Ray gave up five runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Archie Bradley received his 3rd blown save of the season, taking the loss to fall to 2-2 this season. Zack Godley will start game two and is 11-6 with a 4.61 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. In his career, Godley is 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Colorado.

Colorado is 5-1 in their last 6 division matchups and 13-3 in their last 16 games overall while the under is 7-1 in Freeland’s last 8 road starts. Arizona is 6-1 in Godley’s last 7 starts and 3-9 in their last 12 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Arizona is 4-0 in Godley’s last 4 starts against Colorado.

I went back and forth on this game for a while, as these two teams come in evenly matched and have fireworks offensively on both sides. Godley has had a lot of success in his career against the Rockies, however he’s been prone to the occasional blowup. Freeland you could argue has been Colorado’s best starter so far this year, and has given up two runs or less in each of his last six starts. You could make a case for either one, but I think the value is with Colorado and the plus money on Saturday.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:15:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129943
<![CDATA[Dallas Wings vs. Connecticut Sun - 7/22/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/07/22/dallas-wings-vs-connecticut-sun-7/22/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Connecticut Sun and Dallas Wings meet Sunday in WNBA action at the College Park Center.

The Connecticut Sun need a nice road victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 85.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Chiney Ogwumike is averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while Courtney Williams is averaging 12.4 points and 2.9 assists. Jasmine Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Alyssa Thomas is dishing 4.4 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond…

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The Connecticut Sun and Dallas Wings meet Sunday in WNBA action at the College Park Center.

The Connecticut Sun need a nice road victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Connecticut Sun are averaging 85.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Chiney Ogwumike is averaging 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds while Courtney Williams is averaging 12.4 points and 2.9 assists. Jasmine Thomas is the third double-digit scorer and Alyssa Thomas is dishing 4.4 assists. The Connecticut Sun are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Connecticut Sun are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Connecticut Sun have lost four of their last six road games.

The Dallas Wings look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Dallas Wings are averaging 88.5 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 82.9 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Elizabeth Cambage is averaging 22 points and 9.5 rebounds while Skylar Diggins-Smith is averaging 18.4 points and 6.5 assists. Allisha Gray is dishing 2.1 assists and Azura Stevens is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Dallas Wings are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Wings are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Dallas Wings have won five straight home games.

The Sun are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and the over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:12:58 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129940
<![CDATA[Petra Martic vs Mihaela Buzărnescu 2018 Bucharest Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/07/21/petra-martic-vs-mihaela-buzărnescu-2018-bucharest-open-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments The 2nd seed, Mihaela Buzărnescu, and the 4th seed, Petra Martić, at the Bucharest Open have both made it to the semifinals of the competition. Both players have had a very strong tournament and will look to make it to the final where they can challenge for the title. This is a big opportunity for both players and neither will take this game for granted. This should mean that we get a great tennis match.

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The 2nd seed, Mihaela Buzărnescu, and the 4th seed, Petra Martić, at the Bucharest Open have both made it to the semifinals of the competition. Both players have had a very strong tournament and will look to make it to the final where they can challenge for the title. This is a big opportunity for both players and neither will take this game for granted. This should mean that we get a great tennis match.

Petra Martić is the 34th best female tennis players in the world and with that ranking, she would be disappointed by the fact that she was eliminated in the opening round at Wimbledon a few weeks ago. This tournament has been a chance for the Croatian to rectify that and she has done it well. The Croatian has been very strong in this event and she has never looked like she was out of control in a match. This is a strong asset to have and she will look to control this match as well. This will be the toughest opponent Petra Martić has faced all tournament and it will be interesting to see how she handles the challenge.
Looking at the other player, Mihaela Buzărnescu will be determined to win this tournament. Mihaela Buzărnescu is from Bucharest so this tournament is at her hometown. She has been a fan favorite all throughout the event and I am expecting another big turnout for this event. The Romanian has looked very dominant this tournament as she has won all her games in straight sets. This will be the first time she is facing a seeded player and she will need to play well if she wants to win.

All in all, I am expecting Mihaela Buzărnescu to win this match. The Romanian is playing good tennis and the home crowd should give her an added boost. While Martic has done well, I only see one result and that is a Mihaela Buzărnescu win.

 

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:06:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129937
<![CDATA[Atlanta Dream vs. Seattle Storm - 7/22/18 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/wnba-picks/2018/07/22/atlanta-dream-vs-seattle-storm-7/22/18-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream meet Sunday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Seattle Storm look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22.3 points and 8.1 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16.3 points and 3.8 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.2 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8…

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The Seattle Storm and Atlanta Dream meet Sunday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion.

The Seattle Storm look to keep the ball rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Seattle Storm are averaging 87.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 22.3 points and 8.1 rebounds while Jewell Loyd is averaging 16.3 points and 3.8 assists. Natasha Howard is the third double-digit scorer and Sue Bird is dishing 7.2 assists. The Seattle Storm are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Seattle Storm are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Seattle Storm have won four straight road games.

The Atlanta Dream also look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 78.9 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 79.1 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 17.5 points and 3.4 rebounds while Angel McCoughtry is averaging 16.4 points and 3.1 assists. Renee Montgomery is the third double-digit scorer and Brittney Sykes is dishing two assists. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have won four straight home games.

The Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 12-4-2 ATS in their last 18 Sunday games and 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Dream are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Storm are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta, 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:04:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129934
<![CDATA[Eugenie Bouchard vs Alizé Cornet 2018 Swiss Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/07/21/eugenie-bouchard-vs-alizé-cornet-2018-swedish-open-tennis-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Eugenie Bouchard has made the semifinals of the Swiss Open as the Canadian look to secure another WTA title. The Canadian has had a difficult few seasons due to injury but she seems to be back at full fitness and dominating the tennis world once again. She will be taking on the top seed, Alizé Cornet from France. Both players will feel that they can win this tournament so we should be able to witness a great game of tennis.

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Eugenie Bouchard has made the semifinals of the Swiss Open as the Canadian look to secure another WTA title. The Canadian has had a difficult few seasons due to injury but she seems to be back at full fitness and dominating the tennis world once again. She will be taking on the top seed, Alizé Cornet from France. Both players will feel that they can win this tournament so we should be able to witness a great game of tennis.

Alizé Cornet has been one of the most impressive tennis players in the past few years and she has shown that in this tournament as she dominated most of the players she has faced. The 5 time WTA champions had a disappointing Wimbledon campaign as she was eliminated in the opening round but has she will know that if she can win this tournament it will make up for the loss in the grand slam event. This will not be an easy game for Alizé Cornet since she is facing one of the top players in the world so she will need to be at the top of her game.

On the other side of the court, Eugenie Bouchard would be impressed with how far she has progressed since the injury. The Canadian has only made the second round at Wimbledon but she will feel that she is one tournament away from returning to her best. This has been a good tournament for Eugenie Bouchard as she has managed to win all her games convincingly while also getting some much needed playing time. A win in this tournament will be massive in giving Eugenie Bouchard the confidence she needs to return to the elite bracket in women’s tennis.

All in all, I am expecting this to be a close match with Eugenie Bouchard winning. The Canadian is a top player and I think she will be good enough to eliminate the top seed and secure a spot in the final of the Swiss Open. We are getting a good price to wager on Bouchard winning so that is the bet which I am going to suggest.

 

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:54:05 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129931
<![CDATA[Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/cincinnati-reds-vs-pittsburgh-pirates-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won nine straight games when scoring more than one run. Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 101 hits and 38 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 179 hits and 94 RBI. Nick Kingham gets the ball, and he is…

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds meet Saturday in MLB action at Great American Ball Park.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look to keep the ball rolling while building on their seven game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won nine straight games when scoring more than one run. Corey Dickerson leads the Pirates with 101 hits and 38 RBI while Starling Marte and Josh Bell have combined for 179 hits and 94 RBI. Nick Kingham gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 4.26 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. This will be Kingham’s first career game against the Reds.

The Cincinnati Reds look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Reds have allowed 20 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Cincinnati Reds have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Scooter Gennett leads the Reds with 115 hits and 63 RBI while Jose Peraza and Joey Votto have combined for 208 hits and 85 RBI. Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 5.32 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. DeSclafani is 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games, 1-7 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Kinghams last 7 starts. The Reds are 11-25 in their last 36 Saturday games, 2-5 in DeSclafanis last 7 home starts and 5-2 in DeSclafanis last 7 starts with 5 days of rest. The Pirates are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Cincinnati and the under is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.

Kingham has allowed three or more runs in six of his last eight starts and has been getting rocked on the road this season where he has an ERA of 6.41 and an allowed batting average of .265. DeSclafani has allowed four or more runs in four of his last eight starts and has been getting tagged at home where he has an ERA of 5.46 with an allowed batting average of .278. Good luck being on the right side of these pitchers. The difference is that the Pirates are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, while the Reds play hard but end up on the losing side more times than not. Not sure how you turn down the Pirates and the lovely price here.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:52:53 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129928
<![CDATA[Kansas City Royals vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/kansas-city-royals-vs-minnesota-twins-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals meet in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. 

The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 6-5. Mitch Garver led Minnesota with two RBIs, going 1 for 3 with a triple while Eddie Rosario, Brian Dozier and Max Kepler each had an RBI as well. Robbie Grossman and Joe Bauer each went 2 for 5 while Eduardo Escobar and Jorge Polanco each had a double. Bobby Wilson…

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The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals meet in game two of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. 

The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday by a final score of 6-5. Mitch Garver led Minnesota with two RBIs, going 1 for 3 with a triple while Eddie Rosario, Brian Dozier and Max Kepler each had an RBI as well. Robbie Grossman and Joe Bauer each went 2 for 5 while Eduardo Escobar and Jorge Polanco each had a double. Bobby Wilson added a base hit as well to round out Minnesota’s offense in the loss. Kyle Gibson took the loss, falling to 4-7 this season after allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work. Lance Lynn will start game two and is 7-7 with a 5.22 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals will look to pick up some steam after winning game one on Friday. Lucas Duda led KC with three RBIs, going 3 for 4 with a home run, while Salvador Perez went 1 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Hunter Dozier added a two-bagger and an RBI of his own to round out the Royals’ scoring in the win. Alcides Escobar went 2 for 3 while Whit Merrifield went 1 for 4 to cap off KC’s offense in the victory. Danny Duffy got the win to improve to 6-8 this season after allowing one run on five hits while striking out four over seven innings of work. Brandon Maurer picker up his first save of the season by closing out the 9th. Jakob Junis will start game two and is 5-10 with a 5.13 ERA and 92 strikeouts this season. In his career, Junis is 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 5-2 in Lynn’s last 7 division starts and 7-19 in their last 26 road games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Kansas City is 0-7 in Junis’ last 7 starts and 15-43 in their last 58 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Minnesota is 17-36 in the last 53 meetings between these two teams in Kansas City.

I was thinking about taking the over, as Lynn is still hard to trust for me as he’s given up four or more runs in three of his last four starts. However, we are getting a reasonable line to fade the Royals and especially Junis, who has given up five or more earned runs in four of his last five starts and a combined 29 runs, 28 earned, over that five start span covering 29 innings. Minnesota had their chances in game one, but I like them to rebound here and tee off on Junis so I’ll back the Twins.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:22:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129922
<![CDATA[Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund- 7/22/2018 Preseason Friendly Soccer Pick, Preview, Odds, Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/07/22/liverpool-vs-borussia-dortmund-7/22/2018-preseason-friendly-soccer-pick-preview-odds-predictions#comments The International Champions Cup is one of the biggest pre-season friendly tournaments and it is a great chance for the managers to perfect their teams before the start of the regular season. This week we will Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team take on his former club, Borussia Dortmund. Both teams will be desperate to test their squad and with many top players not yet back from the World Cup, we should expect a great game of football involving some talented youngsters.

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The International Champions Cup is one of the biggest pre-season friendly tournaments and it is a great chance for the managers to perfect their teams before the start of the regular season. This week we will Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team take on his former club, Borussia Dortmund. Both teams will be desperate to test their squad and with many top players not yet back from the World Cup, we should expect a great game of football involving some talented youngsters.

Borussia Dortmund beat Manchester City in their last preseason thanks to a penalty from Mario Gotze. Gotze, Toprak, Schmelzer, and Rode were the only big names that played this game with the rest of the side being filled with young, squad players. It is important to note that Riyad Mahrez and Claudio Bravo were the only big names playing for Manchester City so Dortmund wasn’t tested greatly. This should be a slightly harder test since Liverpool have more top quality players back from the summer break.

Liverpool have many top quality players back from the summer break and that should mean that they will be dominant in this game. The likes of Naby Keita, Fabinho, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge are all back for preseason and this means that the Reds have been dominating all the other top teams. Looking at the two sides, Liverpool has the better players since more of them are back in training.

All in all, I am expecting Liverpool to win this game comfortably. The Reds are only missing a few players while most of the Borussia Dortmund first team is missing. This should be an easy Liverpool win. As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a decent price to wager on Liverpool winning so that is the bet I am going to suggest. In addition to that, I am also going to suggest wagering on the over 2.5 goals bet. Preseason games tend to be high scoring so I am expecting at least 3 goals.

 

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:19:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129919
<![CDATA[Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/seattle-mariners-vs-chicago-white-sox-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Chicago White Sox could use a feel good win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The White Sox have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 12 of their last 15 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 92 hits and 52 RBI while Yolmer Sanchez and Yoan Moncada have combined for 174 hits and 83 RBI. Dylan Covey gets the ball, and he is…

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The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners meet Saturday in MLB action at Safeco Field.

The Chicago White Sox could use a feel good win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The White Sox have allowed nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 12 of their last 15 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 92 hits and 52 RBI while Yolmer Sanchez and Yoan Moncada have combined for 174 hits and 83 RBI. Dylan Covey gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 5.69 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. This will be Covey’s second career game against the Mariners.

The Seattle Mariners could also use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Mariners have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Seattle Mariners have split their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 121 hits and 47 RBI while Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger have combined for 211 hits and 87 RBI. Felix Hernandez gets the ball, and he is 8-7 with a 5.13 ERA and 87 strikeouts this season. Hernandez is 7-6 with a 3.76 ERA and 114 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.

The White Sox are 8-20 in their last 28 Saturday games, 1-12 in Coveys last 13 road starts and 0-5 in Coveys last 5 starts. The Mariners are 12-4 in their last 16 Saturday games, 7-0 in Hernandezs last 7 starts vs. American League Central and 6-2 in Hernandezs last 8 Saturday starts. The Mariners are 4-0 in Hernandezs last 4 starts vs. White Sox, 6-1 in Hernandezs last 7 home starts vs. White Sox and the White Sox are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.

This price is rather crazy when you consider Hernandez hasn't been great this season and has been dealing with a back injury. However, the Chicago White Sox have been dwonright awful all season and provide no betting value considering they go on these insane losing stretches. Covey is also allowing a .290 batting average on the season and has given up four or more runs in each of his last five starts. On the road this season, Covey has a 7.90 ERA and an allowed batting average of .306 in 27.1 innings. Yeah, no thanks. I'll take the Mariners and the RL to add value to the actual bet. 

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:16:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129916
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Angels vs. Houston Astros - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/los-angeles-angels-vs-houston-astros-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angels Stadium. 

The Houston Astros look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in seven straight games. The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring at least one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 130 hits and 45 RBI while Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 205 hits and 116 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 9-5 with a 2.29 ERA and 172…

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The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angels Stadium. 

The Houston Astros look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in seven straight games. The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring at least one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 130 hits and 45 RBI while Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 205 hits and 116 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 9-5 with a 2.29 ERA and 172 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 10-8 with a 3.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels could also use a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Angels have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost five straight games when scoring three or less runs. Mike Trout leads the Angels with 104 hits and 50 RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton have combined for 189 hits and 95 RBI. Nick Tropeano gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 4.83 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Tropeano is 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 4-1 in Verlanders last 5 road starts and 21-10 in Verlanders last 31 starts. The Angels are 11-5 in their last 16 home games, 7-3 in Tropeanos last 10 starts vs. American League West and 7-3 in Tropeanos last 10 starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Astros are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles, 4-0 in Verlanders last 4 starts vs. Angels and the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.

We're getting a fairly decent price with one of the best pitchers in the world in Verlander, who has been pretty much unhittable all season long and has allowed three or less runs in seven of his last 10 starts. Verlander is allowing a .184 batting average this season and has a 1.88 ERA on the road. You usually get Verlander and the Astros at insane prices to the point you have no choice but to lay the RL, but the juice isn't troo crazy here. Tropeano has given up 13 hits and 10 runs in his last nine innings. Give me the Houston Astros and the fairly decent price with their ace on the mound.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:06:38 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129913
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Phillies vs. San Diego Padres - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/philadelphia-phillies-vs-san-diego-padres-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action on Saturday. 

The San Diego Padres will look to bounce back after taking an 11-5 loss in game one on Friday. Freddy Galvis led the charge by going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, while Will Myers and Carlos Asuaje each had an RBI as well, with Myers going 2 for 5 while Asuaje added a double. Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges and Franmil Reyes each added a base hit as well to round out the Padres’ offense in the loss.…

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The San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action on Saturday. 

The San Diego Padres will look to bounce back after taking an 11-5 loss in game one on Friday. Freddy Galvis led the charge by going 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, while Will Myers and Carlos Asuaje each had an RBI as well, with Myers going 2 for 5 while Asuaje added a double. Manuel Margot, Austin Hedges and Franmil Reyes each added a base hit as well to round out the Padres’ offense in the loss. Clayton Richard took the loss, falling to 7-9 this season after allowing seven runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three over just three innings of work. Luis Perdomo will start game two and is 1-4 with a 7.55 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Perdomo’s first career start against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build some steam after winning the series opener on Friday. Carlos Santana led the charge by going 1 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs, while Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera each had two RBIs, with Hernandez added a double going 2 for 4. Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery each added an RBI while Maikel Franco, Trevor Plouffe, Andrew Knapp, Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams each added a base hit as well to round out Philly’s offense in the win. Jake Arrieta gave up all five runs, four earned, on six hits over just 3.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Austin Davis picked up the win in relief to climb to 1-0 this season. Vince Velasquez will start game two and is 5-8 with a 4.39 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. This will be Velasquez’s second career start against San Diego.

San Diego is 0-5 in Perdomo’s last 5 starts and 3-14 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Philadelphia is 2-7 in Velasquez’s last 9 starts and 11-5 in their last 16 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL West. San Diego is 19-41 in the last 60 meetings between these two teams and 4-12 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.

This is one of the easier bets on Saturday’s card in my opinion. You have a Padres lineup that can’t keep runs off of the board to save their lives, starting a pitcher in Perdomo who has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts, going up against a Phillies lineup that’s still fighting for the division lead. Velasquez hasn’t been the most reliable hurler this season, but he was solid in his lone start before the all-star break coming off of the DL, and his lone career start against the Padres was a complete game shutout. I think backing the Phillies on the run line is the way to go here.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 01:05:25 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129910
<![CDATA[Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/texas-rangers-vs-cleveland-indians-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Globe Life Park on Saturday, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers will be picking up their MLB set once again. 

In the Friday opener, the Indians blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth but eventually got it back 9-8 in 11 innings.
For Saturday’s game, the Indians will be rolling out RHP Carlos Carrasco. In his 102.2 innings and 11-5 record this year, Carrasco has a 4.12 ERA with 112 Ks and 23 BBs. 

Leading the way for the Indians hitters this year is Francisco Lindor, who came into this set on 113 hits, 85 runs, 25 homers…

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Down at Globe Life Park on Saturday, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers will be picking up their MLB set once again. 

In the Friday opener, the Indians blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth but eventually got it back 9-8 in 11 innings.
For Saturday’s game, the Indians will be rolling out RHP Carlos Carrasco. In his 102.2 innings and 11-5 record this year, Carrasco has a 4.12 ERA with 112 Ks and 23 BBs. 

Leading the way for the Indians hitters this year is Francisco Lindor, who came into this set on 113 hits, 85 runs, 25 homers and 62 RBI. On Friday, Lindor had one hit. 

As for the Rangers, they’re sending out veteran Bartolo Colon on Saturday. Across 106.2 innings and a 5-7 record this year, Colon has a 4.64 ERA with 62 Ks and 17 BBs. 

Entering this set, Texas’ lead hitter was Shin-Soo Choo, with 102 hits, 54 runs, 18 homers and 43 RBI. In the opener, Choo had two hits, a run and an RBI. 

The Indians are 1-6 in the last seven Saturday games and 5-2 in Carrasco’s last seven Saturday starts. Cleveland is also 35-16 in Carrasco’s last 51 starts and 13-6 in his last 19 starts in game two of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 0-4 in their last four in game two of a series and 4-1 in Colon’s last five home starts. Texas is 1-4 in Colon’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record and 1-6 in his last seven starts following a quality start in his last appearance. 

After a bad start against the Twins back on June 16 (four earned in 1.1 innings), Carrasco calmed down in his next two starts with four earned in 10.1 innings. As for Colon, he’s got four quality starts in his last five tries, giving up 11 earned in that quartet. Colon is just 1-3 in his last four starts though, so the Rangers haven’t been giving him good support on the whole. That gives me pause so I’m going Indians here.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:58:39 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129907
<![CDATA[Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/tampa-bay-rays-vs-miami-marlins-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays square off in game two of their three game interleague set from Tropicana Field as the Battle of Florida resumes on Saturday. 

The Miami Marlins will look to build some steam after kicking off the second half on the right foot with a 6-5 win in game one on Friday. Derek Dietrich led the way by going 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs, while J.T. Realmuto went 2 for 4 with a double. Starlin Castro matched that mark by going 2 for 4 as well, while Cameron Maybin added a…

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The Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays square off in game two of their three game interleague set from Tropicana Field as the Battle of Florida resumes on Saturday. 

The Miami Marlins will look to build some steam after kicking off the second half on the right foot with a 6-5 win in game one on Friday. Derek Dietrich led the way by going 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs, while J.T. Realmuto went 2 for 4 with a double. Starlin Castro matched that mark by going 2 for 4 as well, while Cameron Maybin added a base hit as well in the victory. Dan Straily got the victory, climbing to 4-4 this season after giving up one run on four hits while walking and striking out three apiece. Adam Conley closed out the 9th for his 1st save of the season. Pablo Lopez will start game two and is 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Lopez’s first career start against Tampa Bay. 

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to bounce back after dropping the series opener on Friday. Mallex Smith led the Rays by going 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs, while Adeiny Hechavarria and C.J. Cron each added an RBI in the loss. Kevin Kiermaier and Joey Wendle each had a double while Carlos Gomez and Jake Bauers each added a base knock as well in the defeat. Nathan Eovaldi gave up one run on six hits while striking out eight over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Diego Castillo ended up with the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Ryne Stanek will start game two and is 1-2 with a 2.08 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. This will be Stanek’s first career start against Miami.

Miami is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 games against the AL East while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 road games. Tampa Bay is 17-5 in their last 22 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. Miami is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.

Miami could be worth a look after how they came out swinging on Friday. The issue is that after a solid debut, Lopez has allowed five runs in back-to-back starts, ten combined over just 11 innings of work. Tampa Bay, despite dropping the opener on Friday, has been one of the best home teams in baseball over the last couple of months, and should get back to their winning ways with a win on Saturday.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:39:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129904
<![CDATA[Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/oakland-athletics-vs-san-francisco-giants-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The San Francisco Giants look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Giants have scored 10 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 97 hits and 40 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey have combined for 180 hits and 73 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he…

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The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The San Francisco Giants look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Giants have scored 10 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four of their last eight games. The San Francisco Giants have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 97 hits and 40 RBI while Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey have combined for 180 hits and 73 RBI. Madison Bumgarner gets the ball, and he is 3-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Bumgarner is 4-2 with a 4.62 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for a victory here after winning nine of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 103 hits and 62 RBI while Marcus Semien and Khris Davis have combined for 183 hits and 97 RBI. Trevor Cahill gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Cahill is 7-5 with a 3.97 ERA and 68 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The Giants are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 5 of a series, 2-10 in Bumgarners last 12 road starts and 4-1 in Bumgarners last 5 starts. The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 0-5 in their last 5 during game 5 of a series and 1-4 in Cahills last 5 starts. The Giants are 6-14 in the last 20 meetings in Oakland and the over is 10-2-2 in the last 14 meetings.

We're getting one of the top pitchers in baseball at even money, which is downright insane. Yes, I know the Oakland Athletics have been the hottest team in baseball over the last month, but Bumgarner is one of the best in the game and has started to find his form recently where he's allowed one or less runs in three of his last five starts. Bumgarner also just faced Oakland last week and gave up three hits and one run in six innings while striking out five. You're going to make a lot of money in baseball when you just blindly back an ace pitcher at cheap prices. Give me the San Francisco Giants.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:34:19 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129901
<![CDATA[Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox - 7/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/07/21/detroit-tigers-vs-boston-red-sox-7/21/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of their three game set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Saturday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to stay hot after winning three straight and 13 of their last 14 games following a 1-0 win in game one on Friday. Steve Pearce accounted for the game’s lone RBI, going 2 for 4 with a double. Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 3 while Xander Bogaerts and Tzu-Wei Lin added a base knock each to round out Boston’s scoring in the win. David Price got the win to improve to 11-6 this season after throwing 6.1 four hit shutout…

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The Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers meet in game two of their three game set from Comerica Park in MLB action on Saturday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to stay hot after winning three straight and 13 of their last 14 games following a 1-0 win in game one on Friday. Steve Pearce accounted for the game’s lone RBI, going 2 for 4 with a double. Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 3 while Xander Bogaerts and Tzu-Wei Lin added a base knock each to round out Boston’s scoring in the win. David Price got the win to improve to 11-6 this season after throwing 6.1 four hit shutout innings, striking out five. Craig Kimberly closed out the 9th for his 31st save of the campaign. Brian Johnson will start game two and is 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Johnson’s second career start against Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers will look to bounce back after dropping game one on Friday. Niko Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario, Nick Castellanos, Leonys Martin and Jose Iglesias each had a base hit as none of the Tigers’ five hits went for extra bases in the loss. Matt Boyd took the loss, falling to 4-9 this season after allowing the lone run on three hits while striking out six over five innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game two and is 6-6 with a 3.70 ERA and 76 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Boston.

Boston is 9-0 in Johnson’s last 9 starts and 5-0 in their last 5 games against the AL Central while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a right-handed starter. Detroit is 7-1 in Fiers’ last 8 home starts and 5-21 in their last 26 games overall while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 games against the AL East. Boston is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Fiers and the Tigers would be worth a look at plus money given Fiers’ dominance at home this season. However, the Tigers are just atrocious this season, and quite frankly have nothing going right for them right now. Johnson doesn’t have the record to show for it, but the Red Sox just win when he starts and I don’t see that changing here, so I’ll back the Red Sox even if the juice isn’t pretty.

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Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:15:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=129898