<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Minnesota Lynx vs. Phoenix Mercury - 6/30/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/30/minnesota-lynx-vs-phoenix-mercury-6/30/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Minnesota Lynx look for a statement victory to build on their impressive 11-1 record. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 87.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 21 points and 10.3 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 16 points and 4.1 assists. Seimone Augustus is the second double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 38.1 percent from…

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The Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury meet Friday in WNBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Minnesota Lynx look for a statement victory to build on their impressive 11-1 record. The Minnesota Lynx are averaging 87.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Sylvia Fowles is averaging 21 points and 10.3 rebounds while Maya Moore is averaging 16 points and 4.1 assists. Seimone Augustus is the second double-digit scorer and Rebekkah Brunson is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Minnesota Lynx are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Minnesota Lynx are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Lynx haven’t lost a regular season road game since September 13. 

The Phoenix Mercury look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last six games. The Phoenix Mercury are averaging 81.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 78.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Brittney Griner is averaging 23.1 points and 8.1 rebounds while Diana Taurasi is averaging 18.9 points and 2.4 assists. Leilani Mitchell is the third double-digit scorer and Danielle Robinson is dishing 4.7 assists. The Phoenix Mercury are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Mercury are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Mercury have split their last six home games.

The Lynx are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mercury are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The Lynx are 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the under is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 02:38:10 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88584
<![CDATA[Chicago Sky vs. San Antonio Stars - 6/30/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/30/chicago-sky-vs-san-antonio-stars-6/30/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Chicago Sky and San Antonio Stars meet Friday in WNBA action at the AT&T Center.

The Chicago Sky are disparate for a victory after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 76.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 85.1 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Allie Quigley is averaging 16.6 points and 2.9 assists while Stefanie Dolson is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Tamera Young is dishing 2.7 assists. The Chicago Sky are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9…

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The Chicago Sky and San Antonio Stars meet Friday in WNBA action at the AT&T Center.

The Chicago Sky are disparate for a victory after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Chicago Sky are averaging 76.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 85.1 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Allie Quigley is averaging 16.6 points and 2.9 assists while Stefanie Dolson is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter is the third double-digit scorer and Tamera Young is dishing 2.7 assists. The Chicago Sky are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Chicago Sky are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game. The Chicago Sky have split their last six road games.

The San Antonio Stars are still looking for their first victory after a rough 0-14 start to the WNBA season. The San Antonio Stars are averaging 72.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 82.1 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Kayla McBride is averaging 15.4 points and 2.3 assists while Monique Currie is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Moriah Jefferson is the third double-digit scorer and Isabelle Harrison is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The San Antonio Stars are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 76.9 percent from the free throw line. The San Antonio Stars are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.1 rebounds per game. The San Antonio Stars haven’t won a home game since July 6.

The Sky are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Stars are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 vs. Eastern Conference, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Sky are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 02:21:34 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88581
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Sparks vs. Atlanta Dream - 6/30/17 WNBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2017/06/30/los-angeles-sparks-vs-atlanta-dream-6/30/17-wnba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream meet Friday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion on NBATV.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86.6 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 20.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.7 points and 4.6 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Alana Beard is dishing 2.6 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 37.5 percent…

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The Los Angeles Sparks and Atlanta Dream meet Friday in WNBA action at the McCamish Pavilion on NBATV.

The Los Angeles Sparks look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Los Angeles Sparks are averaging 86.6 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 78.9 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Nneka Ogwumike is averaging 20.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Candace Parker is averaging 16.7 points and 4.6 assists. Chelsea Gray is the third double-digit scorer and Alana Beard is dishing 2.6 assists. The Los Angeles Sparks are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Sparks are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.9 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Sparks have won four of their last five road games.

The Atlanta Dream could use a nice home win to get back to a .500 record. The Atlanta Dream are averaging 76.5 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 80.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Tiffany Hayes is averaging 17.4 points and 4.5 rebounds while Bria Holmes is averaging 11.6 points and two assists. Layshia Clarendon is the third double-digit scorer and Damiris Dantas is grabbing four rebounds. The Atlanta Dream are shooting 22.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Dream are allowing 27.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Dream have split their last four home games.

The Sparks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win. The Dream are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Sparks are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Atlanta, 2-15 ATS in the last 17 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 02:09:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88578
<![CDATA[Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/cincinnati-reds-vs-milwaukee-brewers-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have an NL Central showdown on Thursday as the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers take on the cellar-dwelling Cincinnati Reds in the series finale of their three game set.

The Milwaukee Brewers will try to salvage a win after dropping the first two games of this series and their fourth in their last five games following a 4-3 loss in game two on Wednesday. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw each racked up a solo home run while Stephen Vogt chipped in an RBI of his own, his first for his new squad. Orlando Arcia went 2 for 4 while Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar added base hits of their own…

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We have an NL Central showdown on Thursday as the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers take on the cellar-dwelling Cincinnati Reds in the series finale of their three game set.

The Milwaukee Brewers will try to salvage a win after dropping the first two games of this series and their fourth in their last five games following a 4-3 loss in game two on Wednesday. Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw each racked up a solo home run while Stephen Vogt chipped in an RBI of his own, his first for his new squad. Orlando Arcia went 2 for 4 while Hernan Perez and Jonathan Villar added base hits of their own in the losing effort for Milwaukee. Starting pitcher Chase Anderson went just one innings before leaving the game with an oblique strain, followed by Pablo Espino who gave up three runs on two hits in three innings of relief, not factoring in the decision. Corey Knebel gave up the game-deciding run in the bottom of the 8th, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Jimmy Nelson will start game three and is 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nelson is 4-3 with a 4.62 ERA and 51 strikeouts against Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to complete the sweep after wins in their first two game of the set, including their win on Wednesday. Scooter Gennett and Adam Duvall made up all four runs for Cincinnati in the win, with each logging a home run and two RBIs respectively. Tucker Barnhart added the only other base hit for the Reds as Cincy mustered up just four hits as a team, but were still able to eke out a win in the end. Luis Castillo went 5.2 innings, giving up a pair of runs on five hits while walking three and striking out nine, not factoring in the decision. Drew Storen got the win to improve to 2-2 this season while Raisel Iglesias had a shaky 9th inning but still closed the door to notch his 14th save of the campaign. Homer Bailey will start game three and is 0-1 with a 43.20 ERA and 2 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bailey is 5-8 with a 4.64 ERA and 110 strikeouts against the Brewers.

Milwaukee is 2-5 in Nelson’s last 7 road starts against a team with a losing record and 14-2 in their last 16 game three matchups while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall. Cincinnati is 1-8 in Bailey’s last 9 division starts and 4-14 in their last 18 games overall while the over is 33-16-2 in their last 51 division matchups. Milwaukee is 4-1 in Nelson’s last 5 starts against Cincinnati.

Even though Nelson is a frustrating pitcher to try to gauge, he’s far more reliable than Homer Bailey, who got torched for eight runs in just 1.2 innings in his first start this season. Not to mention that Cincinnati has struggled when Bailey takes the mound within the division. Milwaukee has some pop in those bats and should chase Bailey early once again, so I’ll side with the Brewers and the cheap price here.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:44:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88575
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/los-angeles-angels-vs-los-angeles-dodgers-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at Angel Stadium on Thursday evening, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels will be finishing up their MLB series. 

The two teams split the first two games of this set, then on Wednesday the Angels gave up a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, but got it back in the bottom of the inning for a 3-2 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Dodgers will be bringing out lefty Clayton Kershaw for the start. In his 109.1 innings and 11-2 record this year, Kershaw has a 2.47 ERA with 123 Ks and 18 BBs. 

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Out at Angel Stadium on Thursday evening, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels will be finishing up their MLB series. 

The two teams split the first two games of this set, then on Wednesday the Angels gave up a one-run lead in the top of the ninth, but got it back in the bottom of the inning for a 3-2 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Dodgers will be bringing out lefty Clayton Kershaw for the start. In his 109.1 innings and 11-2 record this year, Kershaw has a 2.47 ERA with 123 Ks and 18 BBs. 

The Dodgers have some pretty solid hitters this season. Corey Seager led the way coming into Wednesday with 79 hits, 56 runs, 12 homers and 39 RBI while Justin Turner had 75 hits, 32 runs and 28 RBI. In Wednesday’s game, Turner whiffed 0-for-3; Seager is fighting off a hamstring injury. 

Over on the Angels’ side, they’re going with RHP JC Ramirez on Thursday. In his 86.1 innings and 7-5 record this year, Ramirez has a 4.38 ERA with 72 Ks and 22 BBs. 

The Angels also have some decent bats on their roster. Andrelton Simmons brought 84 hits, 37 runs and 33 RBI into Wednesday, while Kole Calhoun had 73 hits, 37 runs, 10 homers and 38 RBI in that span. On Wednesday, Calhoun had a hit and a run while Simmons ripped a two-run homer to help propel the offense for the evening. 

The Dodgers are 9-4 in their last 13 during game four of a series, and 4-0 in Kershaw’s last four Thursday starts. LA is also 42-9 in Kershaw’s last 51 starts and 36-16 in Kershaw’s last 52 road starts. 

Meanwhile, the Angels are 3-8 in their last 11 Thursday games, and 2-6 in their last eight during game four of a series. LA is also 9-3 in Ramirez’s last 12 starts and the over is 5-2 in the Angels’ last seven Thursday games. 

Kershaw imploded with six earned in 6.1 innings against the Mets, but bounced back with 6.0 innings against the Rockies in which he gave up zero earned on four hits. As for Ramirez, he had a rough outing with five earned in 3.0 innings against KC but was good in Boston with 6.0 innings, four hits and one earned in his last start. All things considered though, there’s no way I’m picking against Kershaw right now. I’ll take the Dodgers here.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:27:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88572
<![CDATA[San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/san-diego-padres-vs-atlanta-braves-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Atlanta Braves look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Braves have scored seven runs in this series and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Ender Inciarte leads the Braves with 101 hits and 31 RBI while Nick Markakis and Brandon Phillips have combined for 166 hits and 70 RBI. Jaime Garcia gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 4.03 ERA and…

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The Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres meet Thursday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The Atlanta Braves look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Braves have scored seven runs in this series and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Atlanta Braves have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Ender Inciarte leads the Braves with 101 hits and 31 RBI while Nick Markakis and Brandon Phillips have combined for 166 hits and 70 RBI. Jaime Garcia gets the ball, and he is 2-5 with a 4.03 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Garcia is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres could use another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Padres scored seven runs in Wednesday’s win and four or more runs in eight of their last 14 games. The San Diego Padres have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Wil Myers leads the Padres with 76 hits and 40 RBI while Yangervis Solarte and Hunter Renfroe have combined for 129 hits and 77 RBI. Dinelson Lamet gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 6.60 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Lamet’s first career game against the Braves.

The Braves are 30-61 in their last 91 during game 3 of a series, 12-4 in their last 16 vs. National League West and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Padres are 34-70 in their last 104 during game 3 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record. The Braves are 3-14 in the last 17 meetings in San Diego and the over is 33-16-3 in the last 52 meetings in San Diego.

Garcia has allowed 14 hits and 12 earned runs in his last 10 innings and has given up at least one homer in five of his last eight starts. On the flipside, Lamet hasn't been much better, as he's given up 22 earned runs in 30 innings and has an ERA over six at home. This is one of those games where you simply ignore the side and take the over. We should see double-digit runs with the way both of these pitchers have performed recently. 

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:19:16 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88569
<![CDATA[Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/boston-red-sox-vs-minnesota-twins-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins hook up at Fenway Park on Thursday in the series finale of their four game set.

The Minnesota Twins will look to salvage a series split after their 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in game three on Wednesday. Max Kepler led the charge by going 2 for 4 with an RBI single and a two run home run while Miguel Sano logged an RBI double to round out the Twins’ scoring output in the win. Joe Mauer went 2 for 4 with a double while Kennys Vargas and Jason Castro added base hits of their own as Minnesota logged just seven hits as a team in the win. Adalberto…

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The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins hook up at Fenway Park on Thursday in the series finale of their four game set.

The Minnesota Twins will look to salvage a series split after their 4-1 victory over the Red Sox in game three on Wednesday. Max Kepler led the charge by going 2 for 4 with an RBI single and a two run home run while Miguel Sano logged an RBI double to round out the Twins’ scoring output in the win. Joe Mauer went 2 for 4 with a double while Kennys Vargas and Jason Castro added base hits of their own as Minnesota logged just seven hits as a team in the win. Adalberto Mejia got the win to even up his record at 3-3 this season after throwing 5.2 innings of five hit, shutout baseball while striking out three. Brandon Kintzler closed out the 9th inning for his 21st save of the year. Kyle Gibson will start the series finale and is 4-5 with a 6.23 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gibson is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 16 strikeouts against the Red Sox.

The Boston Red Sox will look to take the series with a third win in four games with game four on the horizon Thursday. Xander Bogaerts accounted for the lone Red Sox run while going 1 for 5 at the dish. Mookie Betts went 2 for 4 with his 26th double of the year while Jackie Bradley Jr. added a double of his own in the loss. Mitch Moreland, Sandy Leon and Deven Marrero also chipped in base hits as the Red Sox, like the Twins, put up just seven hits as a team in the losing effort. Rick Porcello fell to 4-10 this season after giving up all four runs on six hits while walking a pair and striking out six over six innings of work. David Price will start game three and is 2-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Price is 9-3 with a 2.43 ERA and 110 strikeouts against Minnesota.

Minnesota is 4-1 in Gibson’s last 5 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 games against the AL East while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Boston is 12-5 in their last 17 home games and 5-2 in Price’s last 7 home starts while the under is 6-2 in Price’s last 8 starts overall. Minnesota is just 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Even though Price hasn’t been the dominant ace that Boston was expecting to get when they gave him that monster contract, he’s still an extremely capable pitcher and is bound to turn things around at some point. What better time to start than taking the mound against the Twins, a team Price has had substantial success against in his career and a team that’s sending Kyle Gibson to the mound, who has arguably been one of the least reliable options in the Minnesota rotation. I think the Sox will bat Gibson around here a bit and the Red Sox win by a couple of runs here.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:14:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88566
<![CDATA[Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/arizona-diamondbacks-vs-st-louis-cardinals-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Thursday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use another win here after splitting their last 12 games. the Cardinals have scored nine runs in this series and four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads the Cardinals with 71 hits and 20 RBI while Jedd Gyorko and Yadier Molina have combined for 137 hits and 70 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with…

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Thursday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The St. Louis Cardinals could use another win here after splitting their last 12 games. the Cardinals have scored nine runs in this series and four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Aledmys Diaz leads the Cardinals with 71 hits and 20 RBI while Jedd Gyorko and Yadier Molina have combined for 137 hits and 70 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Diamondbacks have scored nine runs in this series and five or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won 10 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 91 hits and 65 RBI while Jake Lamb and David Peralta have combined for 162 hits and 86 RBI. Patrick Corbin gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 4.89 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Corbin is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games, 0-5 in Lynns last 5 road starts and 1-7 in Lynns last 8 starts. The Diamondbacks are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 7-1 in Corbins last 8 home starts and 3-7 in Corbins last 10 starts vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Lynns last 5 starts vs. Diamondbacks and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona.

Corbin is coming off possibly his best start of the season and has been far better at home than he has been on the road. Also, the Arizona Diamondbacks haven't lost back-to-back games since June 3-4, and they haven't lost back-to-back home games since the middle of May. On a quick turnaround, you have to back the better team and the team that's been crazy consistent pretty much all season long. That's the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:08:54 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88563
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/houston-astros-vs-oakland-athletics-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros face off in the series finale of their three game AL West division set on Thursday.

The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after having their four game winning streak snapped thanks to an 11-8 loss in game two on Wednesday. All of Oakland’s offense was done via the long ball, with Khris Davis, Jed Lowrie, Ryon Healy and Matt Olson all launching home runs. Davis led the way going 2 for 3 with four RBIs and Lowrie putting up a pair of runs while Olson and Healy each launched a solo homer in the loss. Matt Joyce and Jaycob Brugman also added base…

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The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros face off in the series finale of their three game AL West division set on Thursday.

The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after having their four game winning streak snapped thanks to an 11-8 loss in game two on Wednesday. All of Oakland’s offense was done via the long ball, with Khris Davis, Jed Lowrie, Ryon Healy and Matt Olson all launching home runs. Davis led the way going 2 for 3 with four RBIs and Lowrie putting up a pair of runs while Olson and Healy each launched a solo homer in the loss. Matt Joyce and Jaycob Brugman also added base hits of their own in the losing effort for Oakland. Jesse Hahn took the loss, falling to 3-6 this season after giving up six runs on nine hits in just two innings of work. Daniel Gossett will start game three and is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gossett is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 6 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will be looking to build on their win in game two over the A’s on Wednesday. Josh Reddick led the team with three RBI while George Springer had a 3 for 4 day at the dish with a home run and a pair of doubles. Brian McCann went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs of his own while Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez and Yuli Gurriel each got on the board with an RBI each. Carlos Beltran and Nori Aoki also contributed base hits in the winning effort for Houston. David Paulino gave up seven runs on seven hits while striking out eight over just four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Michael Feliz got the win to improve to 4-1 this season while Ken Giles closed the door in the 9th for his 18th save of the year. Brad Peacock will start game three and is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. In his career, Peacock is 2-4 with a 4.47 ERA and 54 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 in Cotton’s last 7 starts while the over is 16-7-2 in their last 25 games overall. Houston is 1-6 in Peacock’s last 7 home starts and 49-22 in their last 71 games overall while the under is 4-1 in Peacock’s last 5 division starts. Houston is 0-4 in Peacock’s last 4 home starts against Oakland.

Even though Peacock hasn’t had a lot of success in his career against the A’s, this Astros offense is damn near impossible to stop when they’re firing on all cylinders as we saw on Wednesday. Gossett hasn’t looked sharp in his starts this season, and Peacock has given up just one run in back-to-back starts. I expect Houston to end this series with a bang and ride their offense to a series closing win.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:39:29 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88560
<![CDATA[Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/chicago-white-sox-vs-new-york-yankees-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox meet Thursday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The New York Yankees could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Yankees scored 12 runs in Wednesday’s win and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The New York Yankees have won 10 of their last 16 games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads the Yankees with 92 hits and 45 RBI while Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner have combined for 159 hits and 96 RBI. Luis Cessa gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA…

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The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox meet Thursday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The New York Yankees could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The Yankees scored 12 runs in Wednesday’s win and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The New York Yankees have won 10 of their last 16 games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads the Yankees with 92 hits and 45 RBI while Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner have combined for 159 hits and 96 RBI. Luis Cessa gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Cessa’s second career game against the White Sox

The Chicago White Sox also need a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The White Sox have allowed 21 runs in this series and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago White Sox have lost seven straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Avisail Garcia leads the White Sox with 92 hits and 51 RBI while Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera have combined for 174 hits and 95 RBI. James Shields gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Shields is 11-16 with a 4.12 ERA and 162 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 1-7 in their last 8 during game 4 of a series, 1-5 in Cessas last 6 starts on grass and 1-6 in Cessas last 7 starts. The White Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 4 of a series, 2-7 in Shields' last 9 starts with 4 days of rest and 6-15 in Shields' last 21 starts. The Yankees are 16-7 in the last 23 meetings.

The White Sox pitching staff has been getting rocked the last couple of weeks while the losses are piling up, and Shields isn't the type of pitcher you turn to to fix things. Shields has had a hard time finding consistency over the years and hasn't pitched well in a limited role this season. Cessa hasn't been good this season either, but he has a hot New York offense to back him up. I'll side with the Yankees to win another game against the struggling White Sox.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:18:21 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88557
<![CDATA[Victor Ortiz vs. Saul Corral Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/boxing-picks/2017/07/30/victor-ortiz-vs-saul-corral-boxing-preview-pick-odds-prediction#comments Victor Ortiz and Saul Corral fight Sunday at the Rabobank Theater.  

Victor Ortiz enters this fight with a 31-6-2 record that includes 24 knockouts. Ortiz has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a April (2016) loss to Andre Berto. Ortiz will fight for the first time in 15 months and hopes to rewrite his career, as he hasn’t been the same boxer since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2011 in controversial fashion. Ortiz is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 70 inch reach. Ortiz is a bulky welterweight who has a terrific right hook to go along…

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Victor Ortiz and Saul Corral fight Sunday at the Rabobank Theater.  

Victor Ortiz enters this fight with a 31-6-2 record that includes 24 knockouts. Ortiz has split his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a April (2016) loss to Andre Berto. Ortiz will fight for the first time in 15 months and hopes to rewrite his career, as he hasn’t been the same boxer since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2011 in controversial fashion. Ortiz is a 30-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’9” and has a 70 inch reach. Ortiz is a bulky welterweight who has a terrific right hook to go along with good head movement and footwork. When in good form and actually motivated, Ortiz has shown he can hold his own against anybody in the ring. The obvious concerns with Ortiz are the questions about his suspect chin (five knockout losses) and the fact he may not love the sport due to so much time outside of the ring and other business interests going on. This will be Ortiz’s 12th fight in California, his residence.  

Saul Corral enters this fight with a 24-9 record that includes 15 knockouts. Corral has won seven of his last 10 fights, and he’s coming off a April loss to Josesito Lopez. Corral has a chance to get the biggest victory of his career, and he hasn’t lost back-to-back fights since 2007. Corral is a 30-year-old Mexican boxer who stands at 5’9” and has a 73 inch reach. Corral is a quick boxer with good head movement, and he’s tough, as only two of his nine losses have come by knockout, which includes holding his own against a quality opponent in Sadam Ali. Corral does a good job of getting in and out with his punches, and he has some punching power with his last five victories coming by knockout. This will be Corral’s sixth fight outside of Mexico. 

It’s always tough to predict an Ortiz fight because you have to question just how motivated or interested he is in the sport. Add ring rust to the equation and we’re dealing with a lot of unknowns. However, Corral isn’t close to being in Ortiz’s class in terms of skill, and he’s lost overtime he’s stepped up in competition. Any notable name on Corral’s resume, he’s lost. That doesn’t bode well when going up against a champion.

I like Ortiz to win this fight and create some momentum moving forward.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:03:32 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88554
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/pittsburgh-pirates-vs-tampa-bay-rays-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates square off on Thursday in the series finale of their three game interleague set.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to take the series after falling in game two by a final score of 6-2, evening up the series at one win apiece. Evan Longoria went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, while Wilson Ramos added an RBI of his own to round out the Rays’ scoring, despite going 0 for 2 in the loss. Logan Morrison and the newly-acquired Adeiny Hechavarria each added a double while Corey Dickerson and Tim Beckham each notched a pair of base knocks in…

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The Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates square off on Thursday in the series finale of their three game interleague set.

The Tampa Bay Rays will look to take the series after falling in game two by a final score of 6-2, evening up the series at one win apiece. Evan Longoria went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, while Wilson Ramos added an RBI of his own to round out the Rays’ scoring, despite going 0 for 2 in the loss. Logan Morrison and the newly-acquired Adeiny Hechavarria each added a double while Corey Dickerson and Tim Beckham each notched a pair of base knocks in defeat. Blake Snell took yet another loss, remaining winless at 0-5 this season after giving up all six runs on four hits while walking five and striking out six over five innings of work. Chris Archer will start the series finale and is 6-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. In his career, Archer is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA and 7 strikeouts following his lone start against Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be looking to steal the rubber match after their game two win on Wednesday. Jose Osuna led the charge by going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBIs while Elias Diaz added a pair of runs on the board as well in addition to Josh Bell’s solo home run while going 1 for 3 at the dish in the win. Gregory Polanco chipped in a pinch-hit single as the Pirates mustered up just six hits as a team in the win. Ivan Nova got the win, improving to 8-5 this season after giving up both runs on seven hits over five innings of work. Jameson Taillon will get the nod in game three and is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. This will be Taillon’s first career start against the Rays, however in his career, Taillon has a career record of 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA and 24 strikeouts in four career interleague starts covering 26.1 innings.

Tampa Bay is 10-3 in their last 13 interleague games and 5-1 in Archer’s last 6 starts while the over is 23-8-1 in their last 32 games against a right-handed starter. Pittsburgh is 3-8 in their last 11 interleague games and 0-4 in their last 4 game three matchups while the over is 3-1-2 in Taillon’s last 6 home starts. Tampa Bay is 4-2 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Pittsburgh.

Taillon has been a great story since coming back from the DL this season, however the problem for him here is that he has an inconsistent offense behind him and that won’t fly against Chris Archer, who can strike out the best offenses in the league when he wants to. I think that’s what we see here as Archer stifles the Pittsburgh lineup, leading the Rays to a sixth victory in his last seven starts.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:01:12 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88551
<![CDATA[Miami Marlins vs. New York Mets - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/miami-marlins-vs-new-york-mets-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MLB baseball will be in south Florida Thursday when the Miami Marlins and New York Mets take the field.

The New York Mets are looking to win consistently which hasn’t been their MO in 2017 thus far. The Mets might be heating up after an 8-0 victory at Miami gave the team wins in three of four. Everything went the Mets way with starter Steven Matz allowing six hits and a walk over seven scoreless frames. New York totaled ten hits and four BB with Asdrubal Cabrera going deep and driving in two while Curtis Granderson homered, drove in  two and scored twice followed by Brandon Nimmo with…

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MLB baseball will be in south Florida Thursday when the Miami Marlins and New York Mets take the field.

The New York Mets are looking to win consistently which hasn’t been their MO in 2017 thus far. The Mets might be heating up after an 8-0 victory at Miami gave the team wins in three of four. Everything went the Mets way with starter Steven Matz allowing six hits and a walk over seven scoreless frames. New York totaled ten hits and four BB with Asdrubal Cabrera going deep and driving in two while Curtis Granderson homered, drove in  two and scored twice followed by Brandon Nimmo with a pair of RBI’s. The New York Mets give Thursday’s starting assignment to right hander Seth Lugo for his 4th start of the year. Lugo comes off of a 11-4 victory at the San Francisco Giants with four runs allowed on seven hits and a trio of BB over 5.2 innings  pitched. 

The Miami Marlins are looking to head in to the All Star break playing their best baseball. The Marlins offense was no where to be found in Wednesday night’s defeat which put an end to a two game winning streak. Miami starter Jeff Locke allowed three runs on four hits and a pair of bases on balls trough 5.2 innings to get the loss before three relievers combined to give up five runs. The Marlins logged seven hits and two free passes with nine different players reaching base but nobody was able to get the big hit. The Miami Marlins turn to Jose Urena for Thursday’s start against the New York Mets who he opposes for the second time in 2017. Urena defeated the Chicago Cubs 2-0 last time out with five hits  and  three  bases  on  balls  given  up over  six  frames.

The over is 11-2 in New York last 13 Thursday games and the over is 18-7-4 in New York last 29 road games while the over is 39-16-8 in New York last 63 overall. Miami are 14-4 in their last 18 home games and Miami are 4-1 in their last 5 games versus a right hander while Miami are 6-1 in Urena’s last 7 starts. New York are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Miami.

Urena has been strong and dependable so I am looking at the Marlins…

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:25:15 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88548
<![CDATA[Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/detroit-tigers-vs-kansas-city-royals-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas City Royals take the field at the Detroit Tigers in the finale’ of their MLB baseball series.

The Kansas City Royals look to get hot once again and make some noise in the American League Central race. The Royals took the first step in an 8-2 win at Detroit Wednesday that prevented a three game skid. KC starter Ian Kennedy gave up both runs on five hits including a pair of solo jacks in seven frames to get the win. Kansas City pounded out 14 hits and walked four times with Mike Moustakas going deep and scoring twice while Salvador Perez homered, scored two and knocked in three…

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The Kansas City Royals take the field at the Detroit Tigers in the finale’ of their MLB baseball series.

The Kansas City Royals look to get hot once again and make some noise in the American League Central race. The Royals took the first step in an 8-2 win at Detroit Wednesday that prevented a three game skid. KC starter Ian Kennedy gave up both runs on five hits including a pair of solo jacks in seven frames to get the win. Kansas City pounded out 14 hits and walked four times with Mike Moustakas going deep and scoring twice while Salvador Perez homered, scored two and knocked in three followed by a three RBI effort by Alex Gordon. Kansas City hands the ball to Jake Junis to the hill for his 6th start of the season and first against the Detroit Tigers. Junis defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 (ND) last time out with a pair of runs allowed on six hits and two hits over 6.1 frames in a 93 pitch effort. 

The Detroit Tigers are hoping to put behind them a nasty two weeks where they could not buy a win. The Tigers have dropped nine of eleven following Wednesday night’s defeat against visiting Kansas City where the hitting and pitching struggled. Detroit starter Daniel Norris was charged with five runs on eight hits including a pair of round trippers over 3.2 innings to fall to 4-5 before two relievers gave up three runs. The Tigers managed seven hits and a base on balls with Alex Avila and Miguel Cabrera clubbing solo homers. The Detroit Tigers send Michael Fulmer to the mound to oppose the Kansas City Royals for the first time in 2017. Fulmer comes off of a 1-0 loss at the San Diego Padres with the lone run plated on two hits and four BB over  seven  innings  pitched.

The over is 8-2-1 in Kansas City last 11 road games and Kansas City  are 7-2 in their last 9 road games while the under is 13-4-1 in Kansas City last 18 Thursday games. Detroit are 2-8 in their last 10 overall and Detroit are 2-8 in their last 10 games on grass while Detroit are 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.

I don’t know what Junis will do so I’ll take Detroit but I’m not wasting money on a struggling team…

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:42:35 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88545
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/cleveland-indians-vs-texas-rangers-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Over at Progressive Field on Thursday, the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians will be wrapping up their MLB series. 

The two teams split the first two games of this set, then on Wednesday the Indians took the series lead with a 5-3 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Rangers will be bringing out RHP Andrew Cashner for the start. In his 69.1 innings and 3-6 record this year, Cashner has a 3.50 ERA with 33 Ks and 31 BBs. 

The Rangers have some pretty solid hitters on offense this year. Coming into Wednesday, Elvis Andrus brought…

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Over at Progressive Field on Thursday, the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians will be wrapping up their MLB series. 

The two teams split the first two games of this set, then on Wednesday the Indians took the series lead with a 5-3 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Rangers will be bringing out RHP Andrew Cashner for the start. In his 69.1 innings and 3-6 record this year, Cashner has a 3.50 ERA with 33 Ks and 31 BBs. 

The Rangers have some pretty solid hitters on offense this year. Coming into Wednesday, Elvis Andrus brought 89 hits, 46 runs and 45 RBI, while Nomar Mazara had 70 hits, 33 runs, 10 hoers and 47 RBI. On Wednesday Andrus had three hits and a homer; Mazara whiffed 0-for-4. 

Over on the Indians’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Corey Kluber on Thursday. In his 72.1 innings and 6-2 record this year, Kluber has a 3.24 ERA with 93 Ks and 19 BBs. 

Cleveland has some solid hitters this year as well. Jose Ramirez brought 92 hits, 52 runs, 12 homers and 35 RBI into Wednesday, while Francisco Lindor had 75 hits, 43 runs, 14 homers and 36 RBI. Ramirez had a hit and an RBI on Wednesday; Lindor had two hits, a run and an RBI. 

The Rangers are 6-1 in their last seven Thursday games, and 4-1 in their last five during game four of a series. Texas is also 2-5 in Cashner’s last seven road starts and 1-4 in Cashner’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Indians are 4-0 in their last four during game four of a series and 35-17 in their last 52 Thursday games. Cleveland is also 5-1 in Kluber’s last six Thursday starts and 5-1 in Kluber’s last six starts during game four of a series. 

Cashner has been either hit or miss lately. In three of his last five starts, he has a total of 14 earned runs. In the other two, he has two earned in 14.0 innings. As for Kluber, he’s allowed zero earned in 16.0 innings over his last two starts. I like both guys to pitch well here, but I think Kluber can put his team in better position for a victory. I’ll take the Indians in this one.

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:27:55 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88542
<![CDATA[Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/washington-nationals-vs-chicago-cubs-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Over at Nationals Park in DC on Thursday, the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals will be finishing up their MLB series. 

The two teams split the first two games of this set, then on Wednesday the Nats scored four times in the second inning on the way to an 8-4 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Cubs will be bringing out lefty Jon Lester for the start. In his 96.1 innings and 5-4 record this year, Lester has a 3.83 ERA with 97 Ks and 30 BBs. 

Chicago has some enviable hitters on their roster. Anthony Rizzo led the way coming…

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Over at Nationals Park in DC on Thursday, the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals will be finishing up their MLB series. 

The two teams split the first two games of this set, then on Wednesday the Nats scored four times in the second inning on the way to an 8-4 win. 

For Thursday’s game, the Cubs will be bringing out lefty Jon Lester for the start. In his 96.1 innings and 5-4 record this year, Lester has a 3.83 ERA with 97 Ks and 30 BBs. 

Chicago has some enviable hitters on their roster. Anthony Rizzo led the way coming into Wednesday with 72 hits, 46 runs, 17 homers and 49 RBI, while Kris Bryant had 69 hits, 49 runs, 16 homers and 32 RBI in that time. In Wednesday’s game, Rizzo popped a solo homer while Bryant had two hits and a run. 

Over on the Nationals’ side, they’re rolling with RHP Joe Ross in the start on Thursday. In his 56.2 innings and 4-3 record this year, Ross has a 5.40 ERA with 52 Ks and 12 BBs. 

Washington has some great hitters as well this year. Daniel Murphy came into Wednesday with 97 hits, 51 runs, 13 homers and 54 RBI, while Ryan Zimmerman had 89 hits, 50 runs, 19 homers and 59 RBI. Murphy ripped a solo homer on Wednesday; Zimmerman had a hit and two RBI. 

The Cubs are 24-7 in their last 32 Thursday games and 20-8 in their last 29 during game four of a series. Chicago is also 37-16 in Lester’s last 53 starts and 0-4 in Lester’s last four starts versus a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, the Nationals are 5-2 in their last seven Thursday games, and 6-1 in Ross’ last seven home starts. Washington is also 5-1 in Ross’ last six Thursday starts and 7-3 in Ross’ last 10 starts overall. 

Lester has been pretty good over his last three starts, giving up a total of six earned across 20.0 innings to become 2-0 in that time. As for Ross, He’s given up just three earned over 13.0 innings for a 1-1 record over his last two starts. This is a game I’m staying away from, as it could go either way very easily. That said, I like Lester just a little more here so I’ll take the Cubs for the win.

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:23:57 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88539
<![CDATA[Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles - 6/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2017/06/29/toronto-blue-jays-vs-baltimore-orioles-6/29/17-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Baltimore Orioles conclude their visit with the Toronto Blue Jays in Thursday MLB baseball action.

The Baltimore Orioles have been hovering around .500 and need to be much better to be a factor in the American League East. The Orioles offense stalled and their three game winning streak came to an end in a 4-0 loss at Toronto on Wednesday. O’s starter Wade Miley gave up all four runs (three earned)on six hits and four BB including two long balls over five frames to absorb the loss. Baltimore was limited to five hits and a pair of walks with Seth Smith and Trey Mancini logging two…

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The Baltimore Orioles conclude their visit with the Toronto Blue Jays in Thursday MLB baseball action.

The Baltimore Orioles have been hovering around .500 and need to be much better to be a factor in the American League East. The Orioles offense stalled and their three game winning streak came to an end in a 4-0 loss at Toronto on Wednesday. O’s starter Wade Miley gave up all four runs (three earned)on six hits and four BB including two long balls over five frames to absorb the loss. Baltimore was limited to five hits and a pair of walks with Seth Smith and Trey Mancini logging two single apiece. The Orioles are slated to start Ubaldo Jimenez at the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time this year. Jimenez comes off of a 15-5 loss at Tampa Bay where he was charged with nine runs on seven hits and four BB including two homers in 2.1 innings pitched.

The Toronto Blue Jays have spent the entire first half of the season trying to dig themselves out of their early struggles. The Blue Jays had dropped five of seven before their pitching took center stage in Wednesday’s victory. Jays starter Marcus Stroman allowed five hits and a walk while striking out eight through 7.2 innings to pick up the win. Toronto did their damage on seven hits and four free passes with Justin Smoak going solo while Jose Bautista smacked a two run bomb. Veteran left hander JA Happ toes the rubber for the Toronto Blue Jays against the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. Happ comes of  a 5-4 loss (ND) at Kansas City with just one  run  allowed  on  four  hits  while  striking  out  five  in  6.2  frames.

 Baltimore are 7-19 in their last 26 road games and the over is 8-3 in Baltimore last 11 road games while the over is 15-6-1 in Baltimore last 22 overall. Toronto are 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games and Toronto are 12-4 in Happ’s last 16 starts on astroturf while the under is 6-2-3 in Happ’s last 11 starts overall. The under is 15-3 in the last 18 meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Toronto.

If we go strictly on pitching then the choice would be the Blue Jays with Happ being the key…

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:11:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88536
<![CDATA[Mexico vs Germany 29 June 2017: Confederations Cup Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2017/06/29/mexico-vs-germany-29-june-2017-confederations-cup-preview-and-predictions#comments Mexico take on Germany in the Confederations Cup in what should be a pretty good game to watch. In usual circumstances this would be an easy win for the World Champions but they do not have their first team here so a second string Germany outfit might be a good match for the Mexicans.

Mexico have had a quite enough competition so far but after a great win over the host nation, Russia, there seems to be a new light in the North American side. This team is filled with talent all across the park and I think that they can build on this and cause the…

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Mexico take on Germany in the Confederations Cup in what should be a pretty good game to watch. In usual circumstances this would be an easy win for the World Champions but they do not have their first team here so a second string Germany outfit might be a good match for the Mexicans.

Mexico have had a quite enough competition so far but after a great win over the host nation, Russia, there seems to be a new light in the North American side. This team is filled with talent all across the park and I think that they can build on this and cause the Germans a few problems in this game.

Germany on the other hand will look at what they have to win another game. The defense has experience and while it has caused some problems in the early games of the season, the team seems to be developing again into a side that can be the future of the national side. That attack is led with the likes of PSG superstar Julian Draxler and I think they should have no problems scoring goals.

As good as Mexico can be, I think Germany will just be too strong for this game and as a result I am going to pick the World Cup winners for this game. We are getting a pretty good price on this bet and as a result I think it is the best play this game offers. If you are looking at the number of goals being scored,  I think this will be a high scoring game since both sides can score so the over 2.5 goals also seems like a pretty good bet to me.

 

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:04:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88533
<![CDATA[College Football 2017: Five Heisman Dark Horses, Picks, Odds, Preview, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/06/28/college-football-2017-five-heisman-dark-horses-picks-odds-preview-prediction#comments We are inching closer and closer to the 2017-18 college football season, so I think it's time to take a look at some future bets. One of the things to handicap with college football is who is going to win the Heisman. You could have made a fortune in this area over the years, as guys like Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and even Lamar Jackson weren't considered real threats before the season.

Oops. 

Remember, I like looking for longshots in these type of bets considering my money is going to be tied up for several months. It's all about the value…

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We are inching closer and closer to the 2017-18 college football season, so I think it's time to take a look at some future bets. One of the things to handicap with college football is who is going to win the Heisman. You could have made a fortune in this area over the years, as guys like Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and even Lamar Jackson weren't considered real threats before the season.

Oops. 

Remember, I like looking for longshots in these type of bets considering my money is going to be tied up for several months. It's all about the value for me, and I don't see the point in betting on +300 odds when you won't get your payout for five months. 

So, let's take a look at five guys who are worth some money before the college football season begins.

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville Cardinals - Only one player (Archie Griffin) has ever won the Heisman twice, and Lamar Jackson will have to be more special than he was last year to become the second. However, we’re talking about an elite athlete who pays in an offensive friendly system and combined for 51 touchdowns last season despite running out of gas towards the end. If Louisville has an improved offensive line from a year ago, Jackson certainly has the tools to make history. The kid is special and considering he’s not even the favorite with +700 odds, I’ll take my chances on this value.

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State Nittany Lions - Only three running backs have won the Heisman since 2000, so the odds are stacked against Saquon Barkley. However, Barkley rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore while piling up 402 receiving yards and four touchdowns on just 28 catches. Penn State is back on the map with the season it had last year and all the talent returning, which is only going to put more eyeballs on Barkley and his ability. PSU may have the best running back in the country and could produce its first Heisman winner since John Cappelletti if he can duplicate what he did a season ago. I’ll take Barkley and my +1200 odds. 

Jacob Eason, QB, Georgia Bulldogs - A lot of the recent quarterbacks who have won the Heisman had their breakthrough season their second year, so keep an eye on Georgia’s Jacob Eason. Eason finished last year with 2,400 passing yards and 16 touchdowns with some of his best play coming on the road. Eason will have an easier sophomore season with a healthy Nick Cubb backing him up, and he finished his first year strong with five touchdown passes in his final three games. Eason, who is a former five-star recruit, has the ability to really shine in the SEC. There’s a lot of upside here and the dark horse potential is clearly there. If you’re looking for a longshot, Eason may be your guy with +6600 odds.

Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon Ducks - Royce Freeman couldn’t follow up his first two seasons the way he would have liked, but he’s still produced over 4,100 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in three seasons in Eugene. The guy is the ultimate workhorse with big play ability and abuses Pac-12 defenses even when they know he’s getting the ball. Oregon will now be led by a solid offensive coach in Willie Taggart, who got the most out of Marlon Mack. You can expect Freeman to finish his career on a strong note and if its anything like it was in 2015, Oregon has a serious Heisman contender on its hands. Freeman is another player who has value with +6600 odds.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma Sooners - Yes, Baker Mayfield is still playing college football somehow, and he’s just 20 yards shy of 10,000 for his career along with 88 touchdown passes. Mayfield has finished in the top-five in Heisman voting in each of the last two seasons and is easily a more serious threat to win the award if he can lead the Sooners to more winning. Oklahoma has the weapons to get the job done and an early victory in Ohio State would put Mayfield in the drivers seat for the award. Finding +1600 odds right now is a steal considering they won’t be there once the season begins.

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:39:17 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=88530
<![CDATA[Jimmie Rivera vs. Thomas Almeida UFC on Fox 25 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/22/17]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mma-picks/2017/07/22/jimmie-rivera-vs-thomas-almeida-ufc-on-fox-25-pick-preview-odds-prediction#comments Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida fight Saturday during UFC on Fox 25 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Jimmie Rivera enters this fight with a 20-1 record and has won 70 percent of his fights by decision. Rivera has won his last 19 fights and is coming off a September win over Urijah Faber. Rivera is averaging 4.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.2 percent. Rivera is averaging 0.97 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Rivera still hasn’t lost a fight since his 2008 bout with Jason McLean and has won his last three…

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Jimmie Rivera and Thomas Almeida fight Saturday during UFC on Fox 25 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Jimmie Rivera enters this fight with a 20-1 record and has won 70 percent of his fights by decision. Rivera has won his last 19 fights and is coming off a September win over Urijah Faber. Rivera is averaging 4.52 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 40.2 percent. Rivera is averaging 0.97 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 33.3 percent. Rivera still hasn’t lost a fight since his 2008 bout with Jason McLean and has won his last three fights by decision. Rivera is an excellent grappler and wrestler who has yet to be taken down in four UFC fights and is landing 92 percent of his strikes standing up. Rivera isn’t much of a finisher, as he simply likes to control his opponent and wear them down round by round, but three of his last six wins have been knockouts, so you certainly can’t sleep on his striking ability. This will be Rivera’s first fight in New York.

Thomas Almeida enters this fight with a 21-1 record and has won 76 percent of his fights by knockout. Almeida has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a November win over Albert Morales. Almeida is averaging 6.46 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 49.9 percent. Almeida is averaging zero takedowns with an accuracy percentage of zero percent. Almeida bounced back nicely from his loss to Cody Garbrandt with a knockout win that earned performance of the night. Almeida is a finishing machine who is most known for his string attacks and has won 15 of his last 16 fights by knockout. In fact, Tim Gorman is the only fighter to lose to Almeida by decision. Almeida is an athletic fighter who also avoids takedowns well and just needs that one strike to completely change the whole outcome of a fight. This will be Almeida’s first fight in New York. 

This could end up being the best fight on the card, as neither guy is used to losing and there’s a nice contrast of styles. Rivera is the wrestler, grinder who leaves fights up to the judges, while Almeida is a knockout king and has had just one of his fights for his career end in a decision. Fun, fun, fun. As for picking a winner, I’m going to side with Almeida. His takedown defense should limit what Rivera wants to do, and he’s the bigger fighter who will be able to counter with powerful strikes and possibly that knockout haymaker. When you have a grinder against somebody who is used to ending a fight in the first or second round, I tend to favor the better offensive weapons.

I side with Almeida in this fight.

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