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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the Toyota Center to battle the Houston Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will still be scratching their heads after what happened to them in their 119-100 loss in Game 4. Karl-Anthony Towns did a great job of asserting himself on the offensive end as he finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Jimmy Butler added 19 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 46 percent from the field and they were right there with the Rockets until…

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The Minnesota Timberwolves travel to the Toyota Center to battle the Houston Rockets in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will still be scratching their heads after what happened to them in their 119-100 loss in Game 4. Karl-Anthony Towns did a great job of asserting himself on the offensive end as he finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, Jimmy Butler added 19 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Timberwolves shot 46 percent from the field and they were right there with the Rockets until things unravelled in the third quarter where the Rockets just couldn’t miss. The Timberwolves need more production from Jeff Teague who finished with just two points on one of seven shooting because they’re already getting all they can from Derrick Rose who finished with 17 points and four assists off the bench.

Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets will be looking to close out the series at home after blowing past the Timberwolves to take a 3-1 series lead in Game 4 on Monday. James Harden led the way with 36 points on 12 of 26 shooting, Chris Paul added 25 points with six assists while Eric Gordon provided the spark off the bench with 18 points. As a team, the Rockets shot just 43 percent from the field but they connected on 16 of 43 from the three-point line and they just couldn’t miss in third quarter where they outscored the Timberwolves by an amazing 50-20 to put the game out of reach early. Defensively, the Rockets did a great job of pressuring the Timberwolves for the first three quarters of the game and they really took care of the ball, finishing with just six turnovers.

Looking at the betting trends, the Rockets are 2-4 ATS in their last six home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Rockets are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings.

The Rockets are now just one win away from advancing to the second round and they must be feeling pretty good after that amazing 50-point third quarter, so it’s no surprise they’re heavy favorites again. The Timberwolves played much better at home and they will be quietly confident given how close they were to squaring the series at 2-2, but they’ve been a disappointing road team all season and I think that comes back to bite them again. Give me the Rockets to move onto the second round with a big win at home in this one.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:02:09 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122773
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers - 4/25/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/04/25/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-indiana-pacers-4/25/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cleveland Cavaliers look to take the series lead against the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Game 5 on Wednesday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to regroup after the big loss in Game 1 and they’re now back in control after squaring the series with a 104-100 win in Game 4. LeBron James led the way with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, Kyle Korver added 18 points while JR Smith and Jordan Clarkson each scored 12 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 34 from the three-point line but it was a physical, closely contested game…

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to take the series lead against the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Game 5 on Wednesday.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to regroup after the big loss in Game 1 and they’re now back in control after squaring the series with a 104-100 win in Game 4. LeBron James led the way with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, Kyle Korver added 18 points while JR Smith and Jordan Clarkson each scored 12 points. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 34 from the three-point line but it was a physical, closely contested game throughout until Korver and Lebron combined in a decisive 10-2 run for the Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter. Kevin Love had a forgettable game as he scored just five points on two of 10 shooting, but overall it was a satisfying win for the Cavaliers who now reclaim home-court advantage.

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers will be kicking themselves as they missed a real opportunity to go ahead 3-1 in the series. Domantas Sabonis led the team in scoring with 19 points on nine of 12 shooting off the bench, Myles Turner added 17 points on seven of nine shooting while Darren Collison chipped in with 12 points and eight assists. As a team, the Pacers shot just 43 percent from the field and 12 of 33 from the three-point line but in a real close game, they could’ve done with more help from Victor Oladipo who finished with 17 points on five of 20 and Bojan Bogdanovic who scored just 10 points on four of 13 shooting. As a team, the Pacers missed a bunch of shots they usually make but it was their defensive mistakes that really cost them as they let Korver loose late in the fourth quarter and he burned them twice.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 3-6 ATS in their last nine Conference Quartefinals and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. Meanwhile, the Pacers are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-2 ATS in their lasts six games overall.

Head to head, the Pacers are 16-6-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings overall and the underdog is 5-3 ATS in the last eight meetings.

The Cavaliers will be feeling like they got away with something as they’re suddenly back in the driver’s seat after getting blown out by the Pacers in Game 1. LeBron continues to carry the majority of the scoring load but he got just enough help from the veteran Korver late in Game 4 to level the series. With the series back in Cleveland, I expect the Cavaliers’ role players to step up, especially Love who was a non-factor on Sunday. The Pacers are certainly capable of the upset but I think this series is going seven games, so I’m taking the Cavaliers to hold serve at home in this one.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:25:40 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122770
<![CDATA[Liverpool vs Roma 24 April 2018: Champions League Soccer Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/soccer-picks/2018/04/24/liverpool-vs-roma-24-april-2018-champions-league-soccer-preview-and-predictions#comments The European dream continues for Liverpool as they play the first leg of their semi-final clash against Italian side Roma. Neither of these teams would have expected that they would make it this deep into the tournament and now that they have, I am expecting total focus as they look to win the biggest prize in club football.

Liverpool have a long history in European football and they will look to return to the glory days with a win in the Champions League. This will not be easy but if they are to make the final, they will need to beat Roma at home.…

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The European dream continues for Liverpool as they play the first leg of their semi-final clash against Italian side Roma. Neither of these teams would have expected that they would make it this deep into the tournament and now that they have, I am expecting total focus as they look to win the biggest prize in club football.

Liverpool have a long history in European football and they will look to return to the glory days with a win in the Champions League. This will not be easy but if they are to make the final, they will need to beat Roma at home. Anfield is a fortress for the Reds and they must win at home if they want to qualify. Salah, Firmino, and Mane all look in amazing form and if that continues, expect Liverpool to score goals.

Dzeko has been the main man for Roma in big games and the Bosnian striker will look to perform once again in this game. It will be important for Roma to avoid conceding too many goals at Anfield since a poor defensive performance in this leg could kill the tie before the two teams return to the Italian capital. I think Roma will hold their zone in this game look to win this tie at home in the second leg.

All in all, I am going to predict that Liverpool wins this game. The Reds are too strong for most teams at home and I think that trend will continue. We are getting a good enough price to wager on Liverpool to win and due to that reason, betting on the outright result is the best option. In addition to that, I am expecting tons of goals so the over 2.5 goals is another wager which I like.

 

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:58:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122767
<![CDATA[Fantasy Football 2018: WR Willie Snead To Baltimore Ravens - Impact & Reaction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2018/04/24/fantasy-football-2018-wr-willie-snead-to-baltimore-ravens-impact-and-reaction#comments The Baltimore Ravens continue to revamp their wide receiving corps with the addition of Willie Snead, as the New Orleans Saints refused to match his two-year deal. The Ravens top-three receivers entering the 2018-19 season are new, so while it should be a shot in the arm for Joe Flacco, it’s certainly going to be a work in progress come training camp.

So, what does this addition do for Snead’s fantasy impact?

Snead only played 11 games last season due to injuries, suspensions and a dip in playing time, and he had just eight receptions for 92 yards.…

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The Baltimore Ravens continue to revamp their wide receiving corps with the addition of Willie Snead, as the New Orleans Saints refused to match his two-year deal. The Ravens top-three receivers entering the 2018-19 season are new, so while it should be a shot in the arm for Joe Flacco, it’s certainly going to be a work in progress come training camp.

So, what does this addition do for Snead’s fantasy impact?

Snead only played 11 games last season due to injuries, suspensions and a dip in playing time, and he had just eight receptions for 92 yards. However, the last two years before that, Snead averaged 70 receptions, 940 yards and four touchdowns. Snead is a sure handed receiver who is averaging 13.2 yards per catch for his career and could be very valuable in PPR leagues as a No. 3 WR option. 

Still, I see Snead nothing more than that and his true value being a bench player, only played as a fill-in for bye weeks or when in a highly favorable matchup.

Snead has never been a big touchdown guy, and that was with Drew Brees throwing him the ball. Snead has also topped 100 receiving yards just three times in his career, and two of those came in 2015. In Baltimore, he’s going to be the third option in this offense behind the newly acquired Michael Crabtree and John Brown, and don’t be surprised if the Ravens add another receiver during the draft.

But Snead’s subpar fantasy impact isn’t just his fault, you can also look at Flacco, who has 20 or less touchdown passes in four of his last five seasons. Baltimore is where receives have gone to die the past few years, and if Snead wasn’t a fantasy difference maker with a Hall of Fame QB throwing him the ball, I highly doubt much will change with a quarterback who hasn’t been the same since winning a Super Bowl. 

Snead could be a nice bench player on your fantasy team, but he shouldn’t see much playing time due to a lack of touchdowns and big games. He’s also likely not going to see 100-plus targets like he was getting in New Orleans. This addition helps the Ravens team overall, but it hurts his fantasy impact in a big way.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:18:06 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122764
<![CDATA[Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz - 4/25/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/04/25/oklahoma-city-thunder-vs-utah-jazz-4/25/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in game five of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  

The Utah Jazz can advance to the conference semifinals for the second straight season with a victory here. The Utah Jazz are averaging 108.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Ricky Rubio is averaging 18.5 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Ingles is dishing 2.8 assists. The…

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The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in game five of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  

The Utah Jazz can advance to the conference semifinals for the second straight season with a victory here. The Utah Jazz are averaging 108.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Ricky Rubio is averaging 18.5 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Ingles is dishing 2.8 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost three road games since January 24. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here to save their season and force a game six on Friday. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 assists while Paul George is averaging 27.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won seven of their last 11 home games.

Will update with trends once released.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are the most frustrating team in the league, as they have enough talent to be a dark horse contender in the West but continue to crap the bed and play careless more times than not. The bench is trash, Carmelo is often hitting the side of the backboard and Westbrook only knows how to play at 120 mph, which is often a downfall. The Utah Jazz have easily been the better team in this series and getting points with them is hard to pass up. However, I simply haven't learned my lesson, and I'm going to back OKC at home. The Thunder have enough to put together 48 minutes at home to extend this series, and you have to think this veteran group also has some pride. This would be highly disappointing to get gentlemen swept at home. I wouldn't be shocked if this pick backfired on me yet again, but I'm going to ride the Thunder one last time. 

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:44:24 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122761
<![CDATA[Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Miami Marlins - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/los-angeles-dodgers-vs-miami-marlins-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The Miami Marlins could use a victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Marlins have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Miami Marlins have lost seven straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 26 hits and seven RBI while Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas have combined for 44 hits and 10 RBI. Dillon Peters gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 6.98…

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The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Dodger Stadium. 

The Miami Marlins could use a victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Marlins have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Miami Marlins have lost seven straight games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Starlin Castro leads the Marlins with 26 hits and seven RBI while Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas have combined for 44 hits and 10 RBI. Dillon Peters gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 6.98 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Peters’ first career game against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to remain hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Dodgers have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Dodgers are a solid 11-5 this season when scoring at least two runs. Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers with 23 hits and nine RBI while Chris Taylor and Yasmani Grandal have combined for 44 hits and 24 RBI. Kenta Maeda gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Maeda is 0-2 with a 4.26 ERA and eight strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

The Marlins are 2-6 in their last 8 Tuesday games, 6-21 in their last 27 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series. The Dodgers are 38-14 in their last 52 Tuesday games, 39-18 in their last 57 during game 2 of a series and 16-5 in Maedas last 21 home starts. The Marlins are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 43-18-6 in the last 67 meetings.

Peters has allowed a combined 15 earned runs in his last 13.1 innings, and almost all of that damage has come on the road where he's also allowing a .364 batting average in 7.1 innings. Maeda has been hit hard in his last two games and is allowing a .328 batting average on the season. I'm not trying to lay massive juice and I've been burned a few times already this season laying the run line. So, given the form of both pitchers, I'm going to take a stab with the over. Expect to see some fireworks. 

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:25:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122758
<![CDATA[San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/san-francisco-giants-vs-washington-nationals-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants meet Tuesday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Washington Nationals could use a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Nationals have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals are just 3-12 this season when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 22 hits and four RBI while Howie Kendrick and Bryce Harper have combined for 40 hits and 27 RBI. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is…

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The Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants meet Tuesday in MLB action at AT&T Park.

The Washington Nationals could use a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Nationals have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Nationals are just 3-12 this season when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Trea Turner leads the Nationals with 22 hits and four RBI while Howie Kendrick and Bryce Harper have combined for 40 hits and 27 RBI. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Roark is 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Giants.

The San Francisco Giants look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Giants have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The San Francisco Giants have won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Joe Panik leads the Giants with 21 hits and four RBI while Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 38 hits and 20 RBI. Ty Blach gets the ball, and he is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Blach’s first career game against the Nationals.

The Nationals are 16-6 in their last 22 Tuesday games, 1-4 in Roarks last 5 road starts and 1-5 in Roarks last 6 starts. The Giants are 6-13 in their last 19 during game 2 of a series, 2-7 in their last 9 Tuesday games and 0-4 in Blachs last 4 starts. The Nationals are 5-3 in the last 8 meetings in San Francisco, 6-2 in the last 8 meetings and 4-0 in Roarks last 4 starts vs. Giants.

Blach is a pitcher who can be hit hard, but he's allowed three or less earned runs in four of his first five starts. Besides, the Nationals aren't exactly swinging a hot bat right now and aren't playing great baseball overall given their standards. Roark has been decent this season in terms of runs allowed, and he's allowing just a .161 batting average. Still, we're getting plus money again with the San Francisco Giants at home, a team that's starting to come into its own, as they're putting together better at bats and the wins are starting to come. I said before the season you'll make money betting on the Giants. Let's take them again with the plus money after cashing last night.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:16:04 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122755
<![CDATA[Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/colorado-rockies-vs-san-diego-padres-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Up at Coors Field on Tuesday, the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies will be matching up to continue their MLB series. 

In the Monday opener, the Padres went off in the seventh inning with nine runs on the way to a commanding 13-5 win. 

For the Tuesday game, the Padres will be bringing out lefty Eric Lauer. This will be Lauer’s debut after a good spring training and a 3.00 ERA in Triple-A ball this year. 

Coming into this set, the Padres’ leading hitter was Jose Pirela, with 25 hits, 13 runs and 10 RBI. In the Monday…

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Up at Coors Field on Tuesday, the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies will be matching up to continue their MLB series. 

In the Monday opener, the Padres went off in the seventh inning with nine runs on the way to a commanding 13-5 win. 

For the Tuesday game, the Padres will be bringing out lefty Eric Lauer. This will be Lauer’s debut after a good spring training and a 3.00 ERA in Triple-A ball this year. 

Coming into this set, the Padres’ leading hitter was Jose Pirela, with 25 hits, 13 runs and 10 RBI. In the Monday game, Pirela bagged two hits and two runs. 

Over on the Rockies’ side, they’re going with LHP Kyle Freeland on Tuesday. In his 20.0 innings and 0-3 record so far, Freeland has a 5.85 ERA with 17 Ks and nine BBs. 

The Rockies’ leading hitter entering this series was DJ LeMahieu, with 26 hits, 15 runs, five homers and 11 RBI. On Monday, LeMahieu plated a run and had a pair of hits. 

The under is 3-1-1 in the Padres’ last five during game two of a series and the over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 Tuesday games. San Diego is also 7-15 in their last 22 road games and 2-5 in their last seven overall. 

Meanwhile, the Rockies are 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series and 1-4 in Freeland’s last five starts. Colorado is also 1-4 in Freeland’s last five Tuesday starts and 0-6 in his last six home starts. 

Freeland has put up a couple of good starts this year, along with a couple of stinkers, but doesn’t have a win to show for it just yet. That first victory may come here, as I like Freeland to bounce back from a rough start his last time out. The proverbial X-factor is Lauer, but all the same I’ll take the Rockies.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:07:44 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122752
<![CDATA[Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/houston-astros-vs-los-angeles-angels-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Los Angeles Angels could use another victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Angels have allowed seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels are an impressive 12-0 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Mike Trout leads the Angels with 27 hits and 17 RBI while Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 47 hits and 20 RBI. Shohei Ohtani gets the ball, and he…

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The Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Los Angeles Angels could use another victory after losing five of their last seven games. The Angels have allowed seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels are an impressive 12-0 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Mike Trout leads the Angels with 27 hits and 17 RBI while Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 47 hits and 20 RBI. Shohei Ohtani gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Ohtani’s first career game against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for a big victory here after winning six of their last seven games. The Astros have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros are 15-2 this season when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 33 hits and 10 RBI while Carlos Correa and George Springer have combined for 51 hits and 35 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Morton is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 19-7 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series, 9-0 in their last 9 road games and 2-9 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record. The Astros are 25-6 in their last 31 home games, 35-17 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series and 8-3 in Mortons last 11 starts. The Angels are 10-22 in the last 32 meetings in Houston, 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Houston.

I've been fading the Los Angeles Angels recently, as I don't think they're as good as their early record indicates, but you can't deny their success on the road. You also can't turn down plus money with Ohtani on the mound. Ohtani has allowed six runs in 15 innings, but only three of those runs have come in his last nine innings, and he has 19 strikeouts in 15 innings. Against a free swinging team like the Astros, who have yet to face him, Ohtani could have a field day with the Ks. Yes, I know Morton has been lights out in four starts, but Cole was also heading into last night, and he left with a loss. The value is with the Angels, so that's the side I'm on Tuesday night. 

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:50:03 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122749
<![CDATA[Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/chicago-white-sox-vs-seattle-mariners-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox meet Tuesday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Seattle Mariners could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Mariners have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Seattle Mariners have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 27 hits and 14 RBI while Dee Gordon and Robinson Cano have combined for 50 hits and 15 RBI. Marco Gonzales gets the ball, and…

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The Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox meet Tuesday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Seattle Mariners could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Mariners have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Seattle Mariners have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jean Segura leads the Mariners with 27 hits and 14 RBI while Dee Gordon and Robinson Cano have combined for 50 hits and 15 RBI. Marco Gonzales gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 5.94 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Gonzales’ first career game against the White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox have a chance to win back-to-back games for the second time this season. The White Sox have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight straight games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 11 of their last 12 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 24 hits and 12 RBI while Yolmer Sanchez and Yoan Moncada have combined for 37 hits and 21 RBI. Carson Fulmer gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Fulmer’s second career game against the Mariners.

The Mariners are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series. The White Sox are 7-21 in their last 28 Tuesday games, 6-23 in their last 29 during game 2 of a series and 1-8 in their last 9 home games. The Mariners are 17-43 in the last 60 meetings in Chicago.

The Chicago White Sox have been a mess pitching wise this season and haven't won back-to-back games since the first two games of the season. The Seattle Mariners have had their struggles as well, but Gonzales is coming off his best game of the season when he held the Astros to zero earned runs in 4.2 innings and struck out eight guys. The Mariners have also been swinging the bats well, which can counter a bad pitching staff at times. I have little to no confidence in the Chicago White Sox at the moment. Give me the Seattle Mariners and the cheap price.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:39:44 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122746
<![CDATA[Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/texas-rangers-vs-oakland-athletics-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Globe Life Park on Tuesday, the Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers will be picking up their MLB series once again. 

In the Monday opener, things were tight until the A’s broke the game open in the ninth on the way to a 9-4 win. 

For Tuesday’s game, the A’s will be bringing out RHP Andrew Triggs. In his 17.0 innings and 1-0 mark this season, Triggs has a 5.82 ERA with 17 Ks and eight walks. 

Coming into this set, Jed Lowrie was way out in front for the A’s with 33 hits, 12 runs, six homers and 23 RBI. On Monday, Lowrie…

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Down at Globe Life Park on Tuesday, the Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers will be picking up their MLB series once again. 

In the Monday opener, things were tight until the A’s broke the game open in the ninth on the way to a 9-4 win. 

For Tuesday’s game, the A’s will be bringing out RHP Andrew Triggs. In his 17.0 innings and 1-0 mark this season, Triggs has a 5.82 ERA with 17 Ks and eight walks. 

Coming into this set, Jed Lowrie was way out in front for the A’s with 33 hits, 12 runs, six homers and 23 RBI. On Monday, Lowrie had two hits and a run. 

Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with lefty Cole Hamels on Tuesday. In 28.1 innings and a 1-3 mark this year, Hamels has a 4.76 ERA with 34 Ks and 11 BBs. 

Entering play in this series, the Rangers’ top hitter was Nomar Mazara with 25 hits, 11 runs, three homers and nine RBI. In the Monday game, Mazara went 0-for-4 with a pair of Ks. 

The A’s are 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series and 2-6 in their last eight Tuesday games. Oakland is also 5-0 in Triggs’ last five starts in game two of a series and 6-2 in his last eight starts with five days’ rest. 

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 6-2 in their last eight during game two of a series and 17-6 in Hamels’ last 23 starts during game two of a series. Texas is also 5-2 in Hamels’ last seven Tuesday starts and 1-6 in Hamels’ last seven starts. 

Triggs started out the year pretty solid but floundered in his last appearance with six earned on five hits in 1.1 innings. Hamels hasn’t exactly been himself either this year, with a couple of stinkers on his resume. I’m going to go with the A’s for the win but the over seems like a more sensible play.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:29:18 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122743
<![CDATA[Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/baltimore-orioles-vs-tampa-bay-rays-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MLB action at Camden Yards pits the Baltimore Orioles against the Tampa  Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay begins a week day series at Baltimore riding a suddenly explosive offense that carried the team to an 8-6 win versus Minnesota on Sunday. Tampa Bay starter Yonny Chirinos allowed two runs in 4.2 frames with Ryan Yarbrough and Jose Alvarado giving up a pair of runs each.

The Rays pounded out 14 hits and walked twice with Adeiny Hechavarria, CJ Cron and Carlos Gomez each leaving the yard and combining for seven RBI’s. Jacob Faria shoots for back to back wins when he takes the hill at Baltimore…

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MLB action at Camden Yards pits the Baltimore Orioles against the Tampa  Bay Rays.

Tampa Bay begins a week day series at Baltimore riding a suddenly explosive offense that carried the team to an 8-6 win versus Minnesota on Sunday. Tampa Bay starter Yonny Chirinos allowed two runs in 4.2 frames with Ryan Yarbrough and Jose Alvarado giving up a pair of runs each.

The Rays pounded out 14 hits and walked twice with Adeiny Hechavarria, CJ Cron and Carlos Gomez each leaving the yard and combining for seven RBI’s. Jacob Faria shoots for back to back wins when he takes the hill at Baltimore on Tuesday. Faria defeated Texas 4-2 last time out with a run scoring on five hits in six innings.

The Baltimore Orioles are off to a slow start in 2018 and the American League East is already seeing the team behind the eight ball. Baltimore fell to visiting Cleveland 2-1 on Monday with starter Kevin Gausman absorbing the loss with a two run homer given up over eight innings. 

The Orioles offense consisted of seven hits and a pair of free passes  with Chance Sisco smacking an RBI single that plated Adam Jones with their only run in the second.

Alex Cobb will be on the mound to oppose his former team for the first time on Tuesday. Cobb has been blasted in back to back losses where he has allowed 15 runs on 20 hits in just seven innings.

Over is 7-1 in Tampa Bay last 8 overall and Tampa Bay are 3-9 in their last 12 road games and are 3-9 in their last 12 games on grass. Baltimore are 9-30 in their last 39 games on grass and  are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and are 13-38 in their last 51 overall. Tampa Bay are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. 

Tampa Bay has been doing well at the plate over the weekend but I don’t see them being the superior squad.  I think Cobb will break out of his poor start at some point and I hope it’s here against his former team…

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:15:23 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122740
<![CDATA[New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/new-york-yankees-vs-minnesota-twins-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees will be meeting up to continue their MLB series. 

In the opener of this matchup, the Yankees took an early series lead with a huge offensive display 14-1. 

For the Tuesday game, Minnesota will be going with RHP Jose Berrios. In his 27.2 innings and 2-1 record this year, Berrios has a 1.63 ERA with 29 Ks. 

Coming into this set, the Twins’ top hitter was Brian Dozier with 22 hits, 15 runs, four homers and nine RBI. On Monday, Dozier managed a hit and…

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

In the opener of this matchup, the Yankees took an early series lead with a huge offensive display 14-1. 

For the Tuesday game, Minnesota will be going with RHP Jose Berrios. In his 27.2 innings and 2-1 record this year, Berrios has a 1.63 ERA with 29 Ks. 

Coming into this set, the Twins’ top hitter was Brian Dozier with 22 hits, 15 runs, four homers and nine RBI. On Monday, Dozier managed a hit and an RBI, but Minnesota didn't have much else going on. 

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re going with LHP CC Sabathia on Tuesday. Over his 13.1 innings this season, Sabathia has a 2.70 ERA but hasn’t pitched past the fifth inning. 

Aaron Judge was the top Yankees hitter entering play on Monday, bringing 24 hits, 18 runs, six homers and 15 RBI. In the opener, the home run derby was on, with Giancarlo Stanton (4-for-4; homer; three runs) and Didi Gregorius (grand slam) leading the way. 

The Twins are 4-1 in Berrios’ last five starts and 2-10 in his last 12 road starts. Minnesota is also 0-6 in Berrios’ last six Tuesday starts and the under is 3-0-2 in his last five Tuesday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 6-1 in Sabathia’s last seven home starts and 1-5 in his last six Tuesday starts. New York is also 5-2 in their last seven Tuesday games and 39-18 in Sabathia’s last 57 starts versus the AL Central. 

This may be a tough one for the Yankees. Berrios has been very solid so far this season, and Sabathia just isn’t as overwhelming as he once was. If the New York offense falls asleep early in the game, they may not come out of it soon enough to manage a win. I’m going to to with the Twins here as a value pick (if you can find a good-looking line) but if the Yanks batters get it going again that’ll vanish quickly.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:49:02 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122737
<![CDATA[Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/cincinnati-reds-vs-atlanta-braves-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Great American Ball Park and the Cincinnati Reds host the Atlanta Braves in a Tuesday MLB tilt.

The Atlanta Braves struggled mightily on the mound and the bats couldn’t keep the team in the game in a 10-4 defeat at Cincinnati on Monday. Atlanta starter Mike Foltymewicz gave up a pair of runs over 4.2 frames with three relievers combining to allow eight runs.

The Braves attack consisted of seven hits and a walk with Nick Markakis going 3-4 with a homer and three RBI’s while Ender Inciarte going 2-4 with a run. Atlanta has tabbed Matt Wisler as the starter in game two of the series…

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Great American Ball Park and the Cincinnati Reds host the Atlanta Braves in a Tuesday MLB tilt.

The Atlanta Braves struggled mightily on the mound and the bats couldn’t keep the team in the game in a 10-4 defeat at Cincinnati on Monday. Atlanta starter Mike Foltymewicz gave up a pair of runs over 4.2 frames with three relievers combining to allow eight runs.

The Braves attack consisted of seven hits and a walk with Nick Markakis going 3-4 with a homer and three RBI’s while Ender Inciarte going 2-4 with a run. Atlanta has tabbed Matt Wisler as the starter in game two of the series at Cincinnati. Wisler comes off of a 12-4 win versus the NY Mets with a run scoring over seven frames where he struck out eight.

The Cincinnati Reds will be gunning for back to back wins after the bats and pitching came through Monday. Cincinnati starter Sal Romano allowed two runs (one earned) over six frames before Wandy Peralta gave up two runs in the 8th.

The Reds pounded out ten hits and walked eight times with Scott Schrebler going 2-5 with a homer, three RBI’s and three runs. Scooter Gennett and Adam Duvall both knocked in two runs while Cincinnati saw Jose Peraza and Billy Hamilton score two times each.

Tyler Mahle toes the rubber Tuesday for his first career outing against the Braves. Mahle suffered a 2-0 loss at Milwaukee last time out with both runs plated on seven hits and four walks in five frames.

Under is 9-1 in Atlanta last 10 Tuesday games and under is 9-4 in Atlanta last 13 overall and under is 9-4 in Atlanta last 13 on grass. Cincinnati are 3-13 in their last 16 home games and over is 18-6-3 in Cincinnati last 27 Tuesday games and under is 6-2 in Cincinnati last 8 overall.

I am starting to see Brandon McCarthy pop up as the starter for Atlanta and if he is confirmed I like the way he has kicked off 2018 and he gets my backing…

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:41:43 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122734
<![CDATA[Daily Fantasy Baseball (DFS) - High Cost/Low Cost Options - FanDuel - 4/24/18]]> https://sportschatplace.com/fantasy-picks/2018/04/24/daily-fantasy-baseball-dfs-high-cost/low-cost-options-fanduel#comments 4/24/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel

Please remember to check the weather reports and starting lineups before your contests start!

Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 4/22.

Pitchers

High Cost:

Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels - $9,000) – Shohei Ohtani comes in as the…

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4/24/18 – Daily Fantasy Baseball – FanDuel

Please remember to check the weather reports and starting lineups before your contests start!

Please Note – This article was written prior to the completion of yesterday’s games so all player statistics are as of 4/22.

Pitchers

High Cost:

Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels - $9,000) – Shohei Ohtani comes in as the 5th most expensive pitcher on the night and I think although he has a tough matchup against the Houston Astros, I expect a decent bounce back game from the sensational rookie on Tuesday night. Even after getting touched up against the Red Sox recently, Ohtani comes into this game with a respectable 3.60 ERA and outstanding 11.4 K/9 ratio. Ohtani has been tough on both LHB and RHB this as he is holding LHB to just a .143 average while RHB are hitting just .161. Ohtani showed us the potential he has on the mound with his 67 FanDuel point performance against Oakland earlier in the month and I think the has the highest upside in tonight’s matchups.

Low Cost:

Vince Velasquez (Philadelphia Phillies - $7,500) – Vince Velasquez is certainly a risky pick, but if you want to save some money on Tuesday night, I would take a good look at the Phillies right-hander who comes into this game with a 3.80 ERA and has three quality starts in four starts this season. Velasquez has good enough stuff that can make hitters miss and currently has a 10.1 K/9 rate. Velasquez is holding RHBs to just a .243 average this season and has had success against the current Diamondback roster as he is holding Arizona to just a .174 avg (4-23). Philadelphia has been great at home as of late and between the fact that the Diamondbacks haven’t been outstanding offensively so far this season and that they rank 24th in strikeout rate, I think Velasquez is an excellent value play tonight.

Catchers/1st base

I’m sticking with 1B as my high-cost/low-cost picks tonight however, if you want to go with a catcher I think Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals - $3,700) and Jonathan Lucroy (Oakland A’s - $2,000) are decent options tonight as Molina has just been on a tear as of late while Lucroy has great career numbers against Cole Hamels who is prone to giving up HR’s.

High Cost:

Josh Bell (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,400) – If you’re putting together a line up for tonight, you have to be thinking of stacking the Pirates on Tuesday as they have one of the best matchups of the night against the RHP Jordan Zimmerman of the Detroit Tigers. Bell hasn’t play outstanding of late however, the 2nd year 1B has hit .400 (2 for 5) against Zimmerman in his career and as better slugging/OPS numbers as a LHB. Bell has put some decent offensive production off this season with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, and 13 RBI’s and I think Bell will have some great chances to add to that RBI total on Tuesday night.

Low Cost:

Brandon Belt (San Francisco Giants - $3,100) – Brandon Belt was in a lot of headlines today with his 21-pitch at bat this past Sunday, however, on top of making pitchers work extra hard to get him out, Belt has quietly been on a tear as of late as he has hit a HR in this last 4 starts. Belt is batting a respectable .288 with 5 HR’s and 10 RBI’s on the season and I think this price is a great value especially as Belt has a .364 average (4-11) and .955 OPS against Tanner Roark who he will be seeing on Tuesday.

2nd base

High Cost:

Brian Dozer (Minnesota Twins - $4,600) – Brian Dozer will be only available in the early only/all day matchups however, he is my high-cost pick of the day as Dozier has been incredible to start this season and is facing off the LHP CC Sabathia on Tuesday. Dozier is batting 310 on the season with 4 doubles, 4 HR’s and 7 RBI’s and has been crushing LHP’s on the season to the tune of a .400 average. Dozier has a .783 OPS against Sabathia in this career and I think he’ll has a good shot to hit one out of Yankee Stadium in this one.

Low Cost:

Jonathan Villar (Milwaukee Brewers - $3,100) – Jonathan Villar is can be a frustrating fantasy player as the switch-hitting 2B has the ability to hit HR’s and steal a ton of bases, however, can be sat out on any given night and certainly go on long stretches of providing limited offensive production. Either way, for $3,100, I like the matchup against the Royals Ian Kennedy who certainly can give up HR’s. Villar is averaging .273 with a HR and 7 RBI’s however, I really like his chances in this game to get multiple SB’s if he can get on base with a shot of getting a HR.  

Shortstop

High Cost:

Paul DeJong (St. Louis Cardinals - $4,300) – Paul DeJong might be hitting just .260 on the season, but the St. Louis shortstop has been outstanding in the power department as DeJong currently has 7 HR’s and 13 RBI’s on the season. DeJong will be facing the right-handed Zack Wheeler who had really struggled against the Cardinals as against the current St. Louis roster, Wheeler is allowing the Cardinals to hit .313 (15-48). DeJong has hit RHP’s hard this season as 6 of 7 of his HR’s have come against RHP and as DeJong is 3 for 3 with 2 HR’s against Wheeler in the career, I think Paul DeJong is worth the high price tag today.  

Low Cost:

Tim Anderson (Chicago White Sox - $3,100) – Tim Anderson isn’t the flashiest pick in the fantasy world, but people shouldn’t ignore the White Sox SS as Anderson has 3 HR’s and is 2nd in the American in stolen bases with 8. The White Sox have a good matchup against the LHP Marco Gonzales on Tuesday night who had a 5.94 ERA and is allowing RHB’s to hit .328 against him on the season. Anderson has a 4-game hitting streak entering tonight’s game and as he is hitting .313 against LHP this season, I think he has some decent value on Tuesday.

3rd Base

High Cost:

Travis Shaw (Milwaukee Brewers - $4,200) – Ian Kennedy has gotten has gotten off to a nice start to this 2018 season, however, I’m expecting him to come back to earth a bit real soon and I think stacking some Brewers, who have been swinging the bat well as of late, could be a solid strategy on Tuesday. I’m going with Travis Shaw as he has a HR in two of his last three games and is really seeing the ball well this season as he already has 14 walks on the year. Shaw is currently averaging a respectable .289 with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI’s on the season and has done well against RHP as he is hitting .358 against him this season.  

Low Cost:

David Freese (Pittsburgh Pirates $2,500) – David Freese is not an everyday starter for the Pirates however, when he has been given an opportunity, he has played well as he has a .746 OPS to go along with 2 HR’s.  Freese has been better against RHP this season, hitting a .273 mark, however, I really like Freese as he is facing off against Jordan Zimmerman who he is 4 for 11 (.333 avg) lifetime against with a HR and 2 RBI’s.

Outfielders

High Cost:

Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers - $4,100) – Christian Yelich is back from his minor injury which is a great thing for the Brewers and his fantasy owners as the Yelich is hitting .333 on the season with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Yelich faces off against Ian Kennedy who he has had good success against as in his career, Yelich is hitting .417 (5-12) with 1 HR and 2 RBI’s. As I mentioned above, I think Kennedy is going to have a rough time against the Brewers and I think Yelich and his 1.417 OPS against Kennedy will be right in the middle of it on Tuesday.

Khris Davis (Oakland A’s - $4,300) – Khris Davis is doing what he does in Oakland and that is hitting HR’s. Davis helped Oakland get the series victory over the Red Sox with a 3-run blast on Sunday and although he is hitting just .270 on the season, the slugging OF has 6 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. Davis has a good matchup against the left-handed Cole Hamels who has a 2.22 HR/9 and an unimpressive 4.76 ERA so far this season. Davis has had a lot of success against Hamels in this career as he has a .308 average with 3 HR’s and 5 RBI’s against the left-hander.

Also Considered: Corey Dickerson (Pittsburgh Pirates - $3,600) – Similar to Bell and Freese, I just really like the matchup Pittsburgh has against Jordan Zimmerman and Dickerson has been having a solid season this year as he is hitting .303 with 1 HR and 12 RBI’s.

Low Cost:

Chris Pinder (Oakland A’s - $2,100) – I would be shocked not to see Chris Pinder in the line-up tomorrow night as although the seldom used utility player for the A’s doesn’t get a lot of playing time, the fact that he is 6 for 6 with 3 HR’s and 3 RBI’s against Cole Hamels gives Pinder some of the best value on the day.

Aaron Altherr (Philadelphia Phillies - $2,200) – Aaron Altherr got off to an awful start to his season which saw him lose playing time to Nick Williams, however, Altherr is starting to heat up as he went 3 for 3 against Pittsburgh on Sunday and should be in the starting line up as he is going up against the LHP Robbie Ray on Tuesday. Altherr is a good value as he has great power and take a ball out of the ball park with one swing of the bat and although Robbie Ray is a tough pitcher, he is 2 for 6 with a HR against him in his career.

Also Considered: Wil Myers (San Diego Padres - $3,400) – Wil Myers price will jump $300 from Monday’s cost, but as he is in Colorado I still think getting Myers, who had a nice matchup against the left-handed Kyle Freeman of Colorado, still is a huge value play.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:10:48 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122731
<![CDATA[Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/cleveland-indians-vs-chicago-cubs-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Interleague MLB features the Chicago Cubs visiting the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

The Chicago Cubs come off a successful series at Colorado with the team winning three of four following a 9-7 victory on Sunday. Chicago starter Jose Quintana allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 frames to get the win with Steve Cishek giving up three runs to make things interesting.

The Cubs racked up 13 hits and walked four times with Javier Baez going 2-6 with a homer and three runs driven in. Jason Heyward gave the Cubbies a pair of RBI’s and a run while Tommy La Stella and Kyle Schwarber…

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Interleague MLB features the Chicago Cubs visiting the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

The Chicago Cubs come off a successful series at Colorado with the team winning three of four following a 9-7 victory on Sunday. Chicago starter Jose Quintana allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 frames to get the win with Steve Cishek giving up three runs to make things interesting.

The Cubs racked up 13 hits and walked four times with Javier Baez going 2-6 with a homer and three runs driven in. Jason Heyward gave the Cubbies a pair of RBI’s and a run while Tommy La Stella and Kyle Schwarber each drove in a run and scored twice.

Tyler Chatwood draws Tuesday’s start at Cleveland looking for his first win of 2018. Chatwood comes off of a 5-3 loss versus St. Louis with two runs scoring on a hit and seven BB in 4.2 frames.

The Cleveland Indians are looking to extend their winning streak after downing Baltimore 2-1 on Monday. Cleveland leaned heavily on their pitching and starter Carlos Carrasco came up big with a run allowed on six hits and two walks while whiffing seven over 6.2 innings.

The Indians were rather quiet at the plate with four hits and a base on balls with Yonder Alonso smacking a two run bomb that scored Edwin Encarnacion in the second.

The Indians have named right hander Josh Tomlin as Tuesday’s starter versus the Cubs. Tomlin comes off of a 2-1 loss at Minnesota where he allowed an unearned run in an inning pitched.

Chicago Cubs are 7-1 in their last 8 interleague games and  are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and  are 21-8 in their last 29 interleague road games. Cleveland  are 39-12 in their last 51 home games and  are 45-14 in their last 59 games on grass and are 46-15 in their last 61 overall. 

I can honestly say nobody knows what to expect from either hurler so I’d walk away or maybe do something small on the over…

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:54:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122728
<![CDATA[Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Detroit Tigers - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/pittsburgh-pirates-vs-detroit-tigers-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Out at PNC Park on Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Tigers just finished up against the Royals. Detroit took one of the Friday games and the Saturday matchup, but lost the other two. 

Jordan Zimmerman will be taking the hill for the Tigers on Tuesday. Over his 16.1 innings and 1-0 mark this year, Zimmerman has a 7.71 ERA with 18 Ks and four BBs. 

Leading the way in hitting for the Tigers so far this season is Nick Castellanos, with 25 hits, 13 runs and 11 RBI.…

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Out at PNC Park on Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Tigers just finished up against the Royals. Detroit took one of the Friday games and the Saturday matchup, but lost the other two. 

Jordan Zimmerman will be taking the hill for the Tigers on Tuesday. Over his 16.1 innings and 1-0 mark this year, Zimmerman has a 7.71 ERA with 18 Ks and four BBs. 

Leading the way in hitting for the Tigers so far this season is Nick Castellanos, with 25 hits, 13 runs and 11 RBI. Second on the team is Jeimer Candelario with 23 hits, seven runs, three homers and 10 RBI. 

Over on the Pirates’ side, they played the Phillies this weekend. Pittsburgh lost all four of those games 7-0, 2-1, 6-2 and 3-2. 

Pittsburgh will be trotting out RHP Chad Kuhl on Tuesday. In 21.2 innings and a 2-1 record this season, Kuhl has a 4.57 ERA with 17 Ks and seven BBs. 

Pittsburgh’s top hitter this season is Starling Marte, who has 23 hits, 16 runs, three homers and eight RBI. Also sitting atop the list is Corey Dickerson with 23 hits, 10 runs and 12 RBI to his credit so far. 

The Tigers are 7-20 in their last 27 during game one of a series and 1-4 in their last five interleague games. Detroit is also 1-5 in their last six Tuesday games and 2-5 in Zimmerman’s last seven starts. 

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is 4-1 in their last five following an off day and 9-4 in their last 13 home games. The Pirates are also 0-4 in their last four overall and 7-2 in Kuhl’s last nine home starts. 

Zimmerman hasn’t really had a good outing this year, and he put up four earned on seven hits in 5.1 innings in his last appearance. As for Kuhl, he’s had a couple of bumps as well but was good in his most recent start. The Pirates didn’t look great over the weekend, but if they’re going to break the losing streak this is a good spot to do it. Give me Pittsburgh.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:16:41 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122725
<![CDATA[Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/toronto-blue-jays-vs-boston-red-sox-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have an AL East showdown between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, kicking off their three game MLB set from Rogers Centre. 

The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back from their first series loss of the season, losing the last two games of their series against Oakland, following up being no-hit with a 4-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Brock Holt went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Andrew Benintendi added a two-bagger of his own and Mitch Moreland went 2 for 4 at the dish. Jackie…

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We have an AL East showdown between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, kicking off their three game MLB set from Rogers Centre. 

The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back from their first series loss of the season, losing the last two games of their series against Oakland, following up being no-hit with a 4-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Brock Holt went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI, while Andrew Benintendi added a two-bagger of his own and Mitch Moreland went 2 for 4 at the dish. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers each added base hits of their own in the losing effort for the BoSox. David Price took the loss, falling to 2-2 this season after giving up all four runs on nine hits while striking out six over 7.2 innings of work. Rick Porcello will start game one and is 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. In his career, Porcello is 9-9 with a 4.98 ERA and 88 strikeouts against Toronto.

The Toronto Blue Jays will also be looking to rebound after losing 3 of 4 against the Yankees, including a 5-1 loss in the series finale on Sunday. Teoscar Hernandez scored the only Toronto run, going 2 for 4 with a home run. Justin Smoak added a double and Kevin Pillar each added a base hit of their own to round out the offense for the Jays in the losing effort. Jaime Garcia took the loss, falling to 2-1 this season after giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six over 5.1 innings of work. J.A. Happ will start the opener and is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 7-3 with a 3.22 ERA and 66 strikeouts against Boston.

Boston is 6-0 in Porcello’s last 6 road starts and 17-4 in their last 21 games overall while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 division matchups. Toronto is 4-1 in Happ’s last 5 starts and 7-1 in their last 8 home games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Toronto is 5-2 in Happ’s last 7 starts against Boston.

I’ve been going back and forth on this one, as you have Porcello who has started to find his Cy Young form from a couple of years ago and a Boston offense that is due to break out after the weekend they’ve had, going up against Toronto who are a tough out at home and are also due offensively. With that said, Happ is no slouch, giving up just on earned in each of his last three starts against Boston and the Blue Jays have had success with Happ on the mound against the BoSox, winning 5 of the last 7 meetings. Porcello is solid in his own right, but he’s given up 12 earned in 11 innings over his last two starts against the Blue Jays. I’ll take a stab at Toronto and the plus money at home on Tuesday.

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Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:05:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=122716
<![CDATA[St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/st-louis-cardinals-vs-new-york-mets-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals square off in game one of their three game MLB set from Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

The New York Mets come into this one rested after having their series finale against the Braves postponed due to rain, not giving the Mets the chance to salvage a series split after losing 2 of the first 3 games of the set. The Mets lost game three on Saturday by a final score of 4-3, as Asdrubal Cabrera went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 with an RBI of his own. Jose Reyes went 3 for 4 at the dish while Michael…

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The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals square off in game one of their three game MLB set from Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

The New York Mets come into this one rested after having their series finale against the Braves postponed due to rain, not giving the Mets the chance to salvage a series split after losing 2 of the first 3 games of the set. The Mets lost game three on Saturday by a final score of 4-3, as Asdrubal Cabrera went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Jay Bruce went 1 for 4 with an RBI of his own. Jose Reyes went 3 for 4 at the dish while Michael Conforto added a base hit of his own to finish off the offense for New York in the loss. Jacob DeGrom threw seven innings of four hit shutout baseball, striking out ten and not factoring in the decision. Jeurys Familia notched his 2nd blown save and first loss of the season, giving up the tying and walk-off hit. Zack Wheeler will start game one and is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 9 strikeouts this season. In his career, Wheeler is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 10 strikeouts against St. Louis.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to stay hot after winning 3 straight and 8 of their last 9, completing a second straight sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, including a 9-2 rout in the series finale on Sunday. Paul DeJong led the Cards, going 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs, while Greg Garcia added a pinch-hit double and two RBIs and Kolten Wong chipped in a solo homer. Yadier Molina went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Dexter Fowler and Tyler O’Neill each added an RBI of their own to round out the scoring for St. Louis in the victory. Jose Martinez added a double, while Harrison Bader went 2 for 4 and Jedd Gyorko contributed a base hit as well in the win. Miles Mikolas improved to 3-0 this season after giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out six over seven innings of work. Luke Weaver will get the nod in game one and is 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. In his career, Weaver is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 3 strikeouts against New York. 

New York is 0-5 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts against the NL Central and 12-5 in their last 17 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in Wheeler’s last 5 starts overall. St. Louis is 10-3 in Weaver’s last 13 starts and 8-1 in their last 9 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the NL East. New York is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 9-19 in the last 28 meetings in New York. 

I know the Cardinals are the hotter team here and have had a lot of success with Weaver on the mound. However, I’m a bit gun shy pulling the trigger on Weaver after giving up six runs in four earned in his last start against an up and down Cubs offense. Wheeler seems to be finding his footing now that he has a spot in the Mets’ rotation, and while New York sputtered against Atlanta, the Mets are due for a breakout performance on offense, so I’ll take a shot at New York and the plus money here.

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<![CDATA[Kansas City Royals vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 4/24/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/mlb-picks/2018/04/24/kansas-city-royals-vs-milwaukee-brewers-4/24/18-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some interleague action on Tuesday as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Kansas City Royals in game one of their mini two game set from Kauffman Stadium.

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to stay hot after winning their last six games, including a 4-2 win on Sunday to complete the four game sweep of Miami. Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Jesus Aguilar added an RBI of his own in the win. Lorenzo Cain chipped in a base knock of his own as the Brew Crew put up just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Junior Guerra went…

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We have some interleague action on Tuesday as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Kansas City Royals in game one of their mini two game set from Kauffman Stadium.

The Milwaukee Brewers will look to stay hot after winning their last six games, including a 4-2 win on Sunday to complete the four game sweep of Miami. Christian Yelich went 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Jesus Aguilar added an RBI of his own in the win. Lorenzo Cain chipped in a base knock of his own as the Brew Crew put up just four hits as a team in the winning effort. Junior Guerra went five innings, giving up just an unearned run on five hits while striking out four to improve to 2-0 with the win. Josh Vader threw two innings of relief, striking out three en route to his third save of the season. Zach Davies will start the opener and is 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA and 20 strikeouts this season. This will be Davies’ first career start against Kansas City.

The Kansas City Royals will be looking to keep the ball rolling and get some confidence after salvaging a series split with Detroit, including an 8-5 win in the series finale on Sunday. All of Kansas City’s damage on the scoreboard was done with the long ball, as Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam for his four RBIs, while Mike Moustakas hit a three run shot and Whit Merrifield belted a solo homer. Cheslor Cuthbert added a double, while Jorge Soler, Alcides Escobar and Drew Butera each contributed base hits in the winning effort. Eric Skoglund gave up four runs on four hits while whiffing three over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Kevin McCarthy received his first blown save of the year, but ended up with the win to improve to 1-0 this season. Kelvin Herrera notched his 4th save of the year by tossing a perfect 9th inning with a strikeout. Ian Kennedy will start game one and is 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kennedy is 3-4 with a 3.66 ERA and 59 strikeouts against Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall and 2-5 in Davies’ last 7 starts while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 interleague road games. Kansas City is 2-6 in Kennedy’s last 8 starts and 1-10 in their last 11 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the NL Central. Milwaukee is 0-8 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Kansas City.

Milwaukee hasn’t had any success against the Royals over the last few years, overall or on the road. However, these two teams have changed a lot since then, and while Davies is inconsistent and Kennedy may be the best arm the Royals may have, the Brewers are hot right now, while Kansas City is struggling to find wins so even on the road, I’ll lay the low line with Milwaukee to keep things rolling.

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