MLB Monday Scouting Report
11:05 am Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs
A Pair of Aces Go At It in Chicago
An interleague match-up today pits last year’s AL Cy Young winner against Cub ace Jon Lester. Kluber has had flashes of the form that won him the coveted award last year, but he has been off kilter quite a bit as well. Kluber is 8-13 on the year with a not so bad 3.52 era. On Wednesday, Kluber was rocked for a career high 4 round trippers in 6 innings. He gave up 6 runs on 6 hits at Fenway to the Bosox. Prior to the bombing in Boston, Kluber had thrown back to back wins against the Twins going the distance in both starts and allowing 1 run only in each game. Kluber has fanned 202 on the year putting him in the top 5 of all MLB. He’ll likely move into 3rd place after tomorrow night. Jon Lester and the Cubs opened as -132 favorites.
4:05 pm New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
Guess Who’s Back? Back again. Wright is back!
After more than 4 months on the DL, 3rd baseman David Wright is due to rejoin the Mets for their series opener in Philadelphia. Wright couldn’t be happier with the fact that the Mets hold first place in the NL East with a 5 game lead on the Nats. The 32 year old Wright was drafted by the Mets in 2001. In 2015 Wright only played in 8 games getting 32 at bats before moving to the DL. He was hitting .333 at the time. Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis but the lower back appears fine after an 8 game rehab assignment where he hit .321 for St. Lucie in the Florida League. The Florida State League is considered an Advanced A-class league. In 2013 Wright hit .307 with 18 home runs. Last year Wright hit just .269 with 8 round trippers. The Mets opened as -178 favorites based not on Wright, but their starting pitcher Jacob deGrom.
4:10 pm Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds
Farmer Returns for the Tigers at the Great American Ball Park
The Tiger rotation is basically a mess. That must be why Buck Farmer is getting another start this time in a make-up of a June rainout. Farmer is 0-2 on the year in 3 starts. He has allowed 15 earned runs and 23 hits in just 14 2/3 innings of work. Farmer has walked 4 and struck out 9. He has also made 5 appearances from the bullpen with similar results. In his last 3 relief appearances Farmer has given up 6 hits, 4 runs and 3 walks in 4 innings while fanning just 1. He’ll be facing another in a crowd of rookies that comprise the Redleg rotation. Keyvious Sampson is 2-2 with a 4.43 era. He’s allowed 6 earned runs and 14 hits in his last 8 1/3 innings after 2 consecutive commendable starts. The Reds opened as -121 favorites with a total of 9.
5:10 pm Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles
Jimenez Tries to Stop Oriole Swoon ; Medlen Takes the Hill for KC
It’s getting to be crunch time for the Baltimore Orioles. They were just swept in a 4 game set by the Minnesota Twins and now they face the 1st place team in the AL Central. Kris Medlin takes the ball for the Royals. He has a 2.51 era and a 1-0 record in just 7 appearances. Medlen was recuperating from his second Tommy John surgery and was pressed in to the spot once filled by an ineffective Jeremy Guthrie. Medlen returned from that surgery on July 20 and the Pirates welcomed him with 4 runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. In 6 appearances since then, Medlen hasn’t given up a run. He’s also fanned 14 in 14 1/3 innings which is a pretty good indication of his fitness. While pitching in Atlanta, Medlen showed the ability to pitch as starter or reliever. In 61 starts for the Braves, Medlen went 30-13 with an era of 2.96. As a starter he averaged 7.6 strikeouts per game. Anything would be an improvement over Guthrie who was statistically the worst pitcher in the AL. Medlen went 30 innings in rehab with Double-A and Triple-A teams going 1-1 with a 3.56 era. KC opened as -122 favorites over the slumping Orioles.
7:10 pm St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona D-backs
D-Backs On 4 Game Win Streak – Host Cards in Arizona
Arizona has been hanging around most of the summer. They have finally surpassed .500 with their current 62-61 record. Believe it or not the D-Backs find themselves only 5 back in the NL West but trailing both the Dodgers and Giants. But Robbie Ray is going to have to improve his recent pitching form if the Diamondbacks want to top the Cards. Ray has gone 0-5 with a 5.18 era in his last 6 starts. He’s lost 4 straight. Ray is 3-9 this season with a 3.38 era in 15 starts. He’s averaging less than 6 innings per start and has given up 9 runs and 18 hits in his last 16 1/3 innings. Ray is 0-4 at home with a 4.45 era. St. Louis opened as a -130 favorite but early betting went for the D-Backs as the Cards dropped to about -110 in early play.
FREE PLAY – St. Louis -112
Mets @ Phillies
deGrom is 4-0, 1.29 in his last seven starts; his last three on road went over.
Morgan is 2-1, 3.32 in his last three starts; under is 3-1-1 in his last five.
Mets won nine of last ten games with Philly; three of last four went over the total. New York won four of last five games; six of their last seven went over total. Phillies won four of their last five; four of their last six went over total. .
Rockies @ Braves
de la Rosa is 1-1, 2.92 in his last four starts; four of his last six went over.
Teheran is 2-0, 2.45 in his last four starts; under is 4-2-1 in his last seven.
Colorado won its last five games with Atlanta; three of last four stayed under the total. Rockies lost eight of last ten games (over 6-4). Braves lost their last seven games (over 5-2).
Pirates @ Marlins
Happ is 1-0, 0.79 in his last two starts; his last three stayed under.
Koehler is 0-5, 7.81 in his last five starts (over 4-1).
Pirates won eight of last ten games with Miami; last three stayed under total. Pittsburgh won nine of last 11 games; four of last five stayed under. Marlins lost four of last five games; over is 6-2-1 in their last nine.
Cardinals @ Diamondbacks
Lynn is 1-3, 6.38 in his last four starts; five of his last seven stayed under.
Ray is 0-4, 5.48 in his last four starts (under 4-0).
St Louis won nine of last ten games with Arizona; seven of last nine in series stayed under. D’backs won last four games, scoring 26 runs; four of their last seven stayed under. Cardinals are 3-4 in last seven; last three went over.
Astros @ Bronx
Feldman is 1-0, 2.25 in his last five starts; three of his last four road starts stayed under the total.
Eovaldi is 7-0, 3.32 in his last ten starts; his last four at home stayed under.
Astros are 6-4 in last ten games with Bronx; five of last six in series stayed under total. Houston won five of last six games (under 6-0). Bronx lost three of last four games overall; under is 6-4-1 in their last eleven.
Orioles @ Royals
Jimenez is 1-0, 3.50 in his last three starts; five of his last seven went over.
Medlen is making first start since 2013; he’s allowed four runs in 14.1 IP in seven relief stints for Royals this year. Medlen is 34-20 in his career; this is his 62nd major league start- he is 1-1, 3.56 in six AAA starts this year.
Orioles lost their last six games with Kansas City; under is 5-3 in last eight series games. Baltimore lost five of last six games; last three stayed under the total. Royals won seven of last nine games (over 2-0-1 in last three). .
Red Sox @ White Sox
Kelly is 3-0, 2.08 in his last three starts; over is 4-0-1 in his last five.
Samardzija is 0-4, 9.27 in his last four starts; five of his last six went over.
Red Sox lost three of last four games with Chicago; six of last seven series games got over total. Boston won four of last six games; over is 11-1-1 in its last thirteen games. White Sox won three of last four games; five of their last six went over.
A’s @ Mariners
Doubront is 0-0, 4.30 in his last three starts; over is 3-1-1 in his last five.
Seattle is 7-1 in last eight Iwakuma starts (3-0, 1.96 in his last three); six of his last eight starts stayed under the total.
Oakland lost seven of last nine games with Seattle; three of last four stayed under the total. A’s are 3-9 in their last 12 games overall. Mariners lost six of last nine games (over 6-2-1).
Tigers @ Reds
Farmer is 0-2, 9.82 in his three starts this year (over 3-0).
Sampson is 2-2, 4.66 in his four starts (under 3-1) this year.
Detroit lost last three games, scoring five runs; their last four games stayed under the total. Cincinnati lost its last nine games; three of its last four went over. Tigers are 5-3 in last their eight games with the Reds.
Indians @ Cubs
Kluber is 2-1, 3.00 in his last three starts; four of his last five went over.
Lester is 4-1, 3.55 in his last six starts; his last three went over the total.
Cleveland lost five of last seven games with the Cubs; three of last four went under the total. Indians won three of last four games; five of their last seven went over the total. Cubs won last four games, scoring 30 runs; five of their last six went over.
Win-loss records this year for team with this starting pitcher:
NY-Phil– deGrom 16-7 (7-0 last 7); Morgan 6-4
Col-Atl– de la Rosa 11-10; Teheran 14-11
Pitt-Mia– Happ 9-14/2-1; Koehler 10-13 (1-7 last 8)
StL-Az– Lynn 13-10; Ray 4-11
Hst-NY– Feldman 8-8; Eovaldi 16-8
Balt-KC– Jimenez 13-11; Medlen 0-0
Bos-Chi– Kelly 9-11 (4-0 last 4); Samardzija 11-14 (0-4 last 4)
A’s-Sea– Doubront 2-3/1-0; Iwakuma 7-5 (7-1 last 8)
Det-Cin– Farmer 0-3; Sampson 2-2
Clev-Cubs– Kluber 9-17; Lester 13-11
Times this starting pitcher allowed a run in first inning:
NY-Phil– deGrom 6-23; Morgan 1-10
Col-Atl– de la Rosa 7-21; Teheran 8-25
Pitt-Mia– Happ 9-23; Koehler 5-23
StL-Az– Lynn 8-23; Ray 2-15
Hst-NY– Feldman 4-16; Eovaldi 8-24
Balt-KC– Jimenez 7-24; Medlen 0-0
Bos-Chi– Kelly 9-20; Samardzija 12-25
A’s-Sea– Doubront 1-5; Iwakuma 4-12
Det-Cin– Farmer 1-3; Sampson 2-4
Clev-Cubs– Kluber 10-26; Lester 7-25
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MLB | BOSTON at CHI WHITE SOX
Play On – Road underdogs with a money line of +100 to +150 (BOSTON) red hot hitting team – batting .300 or better over their last 20 games, with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.00 over his last 3 starts
33-16 since 1997. ( 67.3% | 23.4 units )
1-1 this year. ( 50.0% | 0.4 units )
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MLB | OAKLAND at SEATTLE
Play On – Road underdogs with a money line of +125 to +175 (OAKLAND) terrible offensive team – scoring <=4.2 runs/game on the season (AL) against opponent poor offensive team – scoring <=4.7 runs/game on the season (AL)
253-262 over the last 5 seasons. ( 49.1% | 100.8 units )
37-48 this year. ( 43.5% | 6.7 units )
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MLB | BALTIMORE at KANSAS CITY
KANSAS CITY is 103-51 (+38.6 Units) against the money line when the money line is -100 to -150 over the last 2 seasons.
The average score was: KANSAS CITY (4.6) , OPPONENT (3.7)
‘Over’ bets cashing in Tigers’ interleague games
Over wagers have gone 6-0 in the last six Detroit Tigers’ games when facing teams from the National League. The Tigers visit the Cincinnati Reds in the makeup of a game that was rained out on June 18 Monday.
The Tigers are their opponents have combined to score in the double digits in five of those six games. Most recently, the Tigers and Chicago Cubs cashed over bets in both games of a two-game set last week. There were 41 combined runs scored in the two games.
Buck Farmer is scheduled to get the ball for the Tigers on Monday, with the Reds expected to counter with Keyvius Sampson. The total is presently 9.
Indians a poor bet as road dogs behind Kluber
When pegged as underdogs on the road, the Cleveland Indians are a paltry 1-6 in Corey Kluber’s last seven starts.
Cleveland finds themselves in that scenario once again Monday night (+117) opposite Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs.
‘Under’ trending when Astros and Yankees collide
When the New York Yankees and Houston Astros get together, low-scoring games tend to follow.
The Under is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings between the two clubs. They’ll renew acquaintances in the Bronx Monday with Scott Feldman and Nathan Eovaldi scheduled to start for the Astros and Yankees, respectively.
The total for the game is currently at 8.0 runs.
Mets deGrom looking to continue red-hot run
New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom has been absolutely on fire and has led the Mets to wins in seven consecutive starts.
In those seven starts deGrom is rocking a 1.29 ERA and has given up zero runs three times. He also has struck out 56 batters to just nine walks.
deGrom and the Mets will be huge -210 road faves when they visit Adam Morgan and the Philadelphia Phillies Monday.
Indians a poor bet as road dogs behind Kluber
When pegged as underdogs on the road, the Cleveland Indians are a paltry 1-6 in Corey Kluber’s last seven starts.
Cleveland finds themselves in that scenario once again Monday night (+117) opposite Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs.
Game of the Day: Astros at Yankees
Houston Astros at New York Yankees (-132, 8)
The Houston Astros still aren’t hitting very well, but the pitching is more than making up for the offensive slump. The Astros will try to take some of the pressure off their pitching staff when they visit the New York Yankees on Monday for the opener of a key three-game series.
Houston leads the American League West by four games over the Texas Rangers after pulling off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 3-2 win on Jason Castro’s walk-off homer in the 10th inning on Sunday. That marked the seventh straight game in which the Astros failed to score more than three runs, but they are 5-2 in that span. The Yankees dropped a 4-3 decision on Sunday and lost three of four to the Cleveland Indians over the weekend to fall a half-game behind the Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. New York will send Houston native Nathan Eovaldi to the mound while the Astros try to improve upon a 24-35 road record behind veteran Scott Feldman.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, ROOT (Houston), WPIX (New York)
LINE HISTORY: The Yankees opened around -141 but are now -132. The total remains at the opening number of 8.
INJURY REPORT: Astros – 3B Jed Lowrie (Doubtful, thumb), RF George Springer (15-day DL, wrist). Yankees – 1B Mark Teixeira (Doubtful, shin).
WEATHER: Temperatures will be in the high-70s under parly cloudy skies. Wind will blow from rightfield to leftfield at around 10 miles per hour.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Another no-hitter from an unlikely source as recent Astros pick-up Mike Fiers threw a no-no against a very good Dodgers team on Saturday. This team is clicking on all cylinders right now, especially the pitching, which allowed just eight runs in six games, dating back to August 18. The Yanks had a great opportunity to increase their lead in the AL East, playing two sub-.500 teams at home last week. But they didn’t take full advantage. After sweeping the Twins in the first three games, New York went on to lose three of four to the Indians. Thus, the Jays are back in first place.” Big Al McMordie.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Astros RH Scott Feldman (5-5, 4.05 ERA) vs. Yankees RH Nathan Eovaldi (13-2, 4.24)
Feldman has allowed three or fewer runs in each of his last five starts and scattered two runs and nine hits over seven innings in a no-decision against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The 32-year-old is 1-0 in his last five outings, with the lone triumph coming with six scoreless innings at San Francisco on Aug. 12. Feldman is 5-4 with a 3.45 ERA in 12 career games – 10 starts – against New York.
Eovaldi has not lost since getting ripped for eight runs in two-thirds of an inning at Miami on June 16 and is coming off a win over Minnesota on Wednesday. The Texan was reached for three runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight – his most k’s since punching out nine at Baltimore on April 15. Eovaldi allowed two runs and five hits in six innings to earn a win at Houston on June 26.
* Under is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
* Under is 6-0 in Astros last six overall.
* Yankees are 7-1 in Eovaldi’s last eight starts as a favorite.
* Astros are 5-1 in their last six overall.
CONSENSUS: Sixty-four percent of bettors are backing the Yankees.
Diamond Trends – Monday
By Vince Akins
SU TREND OF THE DAY:
— The Athletics are 0-15 since Jul 09, 2014 and after a 5+ run win and after a home game.
PITCHER TREND OF THE DAY:
OU TREND OF THE DAY:
— The Reds are 0-10-1 OU since Aug 04, 2006 at home after being shutout and in the first game of a series.
— The Rockies are 0-14 since Aug 06, 2013 on the road after a loss in which they never led and it is the first game of a series.
— The Cubs are 11-0 since Jul 27, 2015 as a favorite after a game in which they hit more home runs than their opponent.
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St. Louis Cardinals + Arizona Diamondbacks – OVER 8
(System Record: 66-3, won last game)
Overall Record: 66-63-2
(System Record: 22-2, lost last 2 games)
Overall Record: 22-22-4
Arsenal + Liverpool – OVER 2.5
This match is happening in England
(System Record: 805-26, lost last game)
Overall Record: 805-655-124
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New York Mets + Philadelphia Phillies – OVER 7
Oakland A’s + Seattle Mariners – UNDER 7
Detroit Tigers + Cincinnati Reds – OVER 9
MLB – (Action)
1* (910) Yankees -$137
(Line from Americasbookie)
100* NFLx – Over 40 – Bucs/Bengals
100* MLB – Braves -135
100* MLB – Yankees -135
INSIDER SPORTS REPORT
4* Pittsburgh (Happ) -135 over Miami (Koehler)
3* Tampa Bay -3 over Cincinnati (NFLx)
Comp: St. Louis (Lynn) -120 over Arizona (Ray)
57-46 (55.3%) and up +1.18 units.
SPORTS CASH SYSTEM
St. Louis Cardinals + Arizona Diamondbacks – OVER 8 (Total Runs Scored)
New York Mets + Philadelphia Phillies – OVER 7 (Total Runs Scored)
Oakland A’s + Seattle Mariners – UNDER 7 (Total Runs Scored)
Detroit Tigers + Cincinnati Reds – OVER 9 (Total Runs Scored)
104-113 (47.9%) and down -18.94 units.
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Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves
15* Atlanta Braves-125
This game has the 49-73 Rockies at the 53-71 Braves. Both teams are bad this year but the Rockies are horrid on the road this season 22-37 while the Braves are 32-24 at home pretty amazing considering how bad they are. Julio Teheran is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in four August starts and really has figured out his pitchig mechanics. Playing at home is where he shines as he is 6-1 with a ERA of 2.44. Take the team that plays well at home with a far better pitcher at a nice price. Braves 15* winner.
Play Pittsburgh -140 over Miami—Top Play
Tom Koehler has lost 7 of the last 9 games when pitching in the 2nd half
of the season and he has lost 25 of the last 36 games coming off a team
loss. Tom Koehler has lost 36 of the last 58 games when pitching as an
underdog of +100 or higher and he is 0-3 over the last three starts with
an ERA of 6.23.
Play Houston +125 over New York Yankees—Top Play
Robbie Ray has lost 7 consecutive games when pitching in the month of
August and he has lost 13 of the last 16 games when the total posted is
between 7 and 8.5 runs. Robbie Ray has lost 9 of the last 10 home games
and he has lost 11 of the last 15 games when pitching as an underdog of
+100 or higher.
BONUS MLB BASEBALL PLAYS
Play Kansas City -130 over Baltimore (MLB Bonus Play)
Play Chicago White Sox -130 over Boston (MLB Bonus Play)
RIVER CITY SHARPS – MLB
Houston Astros (+115) Feldman has been really tough lately for these Astros, going 1-1 with a 2.87 in his last six starts and has also enjoyed good success vs. the Yankees. Eovaldi’s record is a bit of fool’s gold as he is getting 7.48 RPG support, second in MLB.
Miami Marlins (+150) Always like the angle of going against the team travelling off of Sunday Night Baseball, which hits the Bucs here. In addition, we also get Happ pitching for the Pirates as a big road favorite. Value here is with Koehler and the Fish as Happ has yet to make it through 6 innings as a Pirate.
Reds – TT Over 4.5 (-105) Farmer has a hefty 11.14 ERA as a starter for the Tigers and we think the Reds take out their frustrations tonight at hitter-friendly GABP.
Baltimore Orioles (+120) We know KC is playing great baseball, but gonna take stand here tonight against Medlen, who is taking Guthrie’s spot in the rotation. The Orioles’ backs are to the wall right now and we are banking on Showalter pulling the right strings in KC tonight as a juicy road puppy.
White Sox – TT Over 4.5 (+100) Time to fade Joe Kelly again for us as we have avoided him luckily during his recent good form. White Sox really roughed him up during their July meeting and we expect more of the same tonight in Chicago.
MLB Screen Shot – Monday
Mets @ Phillies — The Mets will get their first look at Adam Morgan on Monday in Philadelphia. I continue to wait for Morgan to fail miserably, but he continues to win games which baffles me. The southpaw beat Toronto at home his last time out, holding them to 2 runs and five hits in seven innings of work. Morgan is overachieving, but against the Mets offense, he may succeed again. New York’s Jacob deGrom is in good current form, and he has never lost to Philadelphia. This year, deGrom has held the Phillies to just 2 runs and 13 hits in two home starts. The Mets (-205) are laying way too much for me to back them in this game.
Pirates @ Marlins — Pittsburgh will hit the road for a 4-game series in Miami after hosting San Francisco on Sunday Night Baseball. J.A. Happ has a 5.63 ERA in 12 road starts this season. He will be facing a Miami team that is hitting .280 against left-handed starters. The Marlins were hot on offense, scoring 37 runs over a 5-game stretch, but then they were held to just 3 runs in their recent 3-game series against the Phillies. But with Pittsburgh in a terrible spot, I’ll take Miami (+125) as a home underdog in this game.
Indians @ Cubs — Jon Lester will face an American League team for a second straight start. Lester is 7-1 with a 3.23 ERA in 14 career starts against the Indians. Mike Aviles (3-14), Ryan Raburn (3-15), and Carlos Santana (3-12) have struggled versus Lester. The Indians come into Chicago for this one game after going 3-1 in New York in their last series. They’ll go home on Tuesday to begin a 2-game series against Milwaukee, so this is not a good situational spot for Cleveland. I lean to the Cubs (-130) in this game.
POWER PLAYS WIN
POWER PLAY OF THE DAY – PITTSBURGH PIRATES -155 (HAPP)
Opinion on the Cubs -125
Blue Ribbon —- Pittsburgh Pirates -140
Super Pick —- No play
Free play…Tampa Bucs -2.5
MLB Game: Cleveland Indians (919) @ Chicago Cubs (920)
Time: Monday 08/24 2:05 PM Eastern
Pick: Cleveland +123 (moneyline) at Americasbookie
Chicago is hot and at home, but Cleveland has its ace going as a dog. The Indians are 6-2 against a team with a winning record. Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (3.52 ERA) is throwing well, the team is 6-4 his last 10 starts, and the Indians are 10-1 in his last 11 interleague starts. Kluber is 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA and has a 30-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23+ innings in three interleague starts this season. Chicago is 4-10 in interleague games as a favorite of -110 to -150. Cubs lefty Jon Lester (8-9) had a miserable outing on Wednesday at home against Detroit, coughing up seasons highs in home runs (three) and runs (seven). He has also struggled mightily against the AL this season, going 0-3 with a 7.52 ERA in four starts. The Cubs are 2-10 in interleague home games against a team with a losing record, so grab the dog with its ace. Play Cleveland.
10,000 Unit MLB Lock
Kansas City Royals -125 over Baltimore
25 Dime – Tampa Bay Bucs First Half over Cincinnati. The current line for the first half Tampa is -1/2.
The New York Crew has its 50 Dime play on Chicago and Jon Lester at home against Cleveland Corey Kluber. Specify starters. The Cubs are either -130 to -135 at the majority of the books I’ve checked as of 3:00 AM Eastern as I put my site live for Monday.
(1*) OVER 6.5
Pauly Howard (from PreGame)
2* St Louis Cardinals -125
*NFLx – WISEGUY Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3
*MLB – WISEGUY Pittsburgh Pirates -155
*MLB – WISEGUY St. Louis Cardinals -115
Atlanta Braves ML
SMART SPORTS INVESTMENTS
Risk 5.00 to win 4.00  New York Yankees -125 vs Houston Astros
Risk 3.00 to win 2.34 NFLx - Tampa Bay Buccaneers -128 vs Cincinnati Bengals
Risk 5.00 to win 4.13  Kansas City Royals -121 vs Baltimore Orioles
Risk 3.00 to win 2.19  Chicago White Sox -137 vs Boston Red Sox
DOC SPORTS INVESTORS (Not Doc Sports)
#908 Take Arizona +110 over St. Louis (Money Line Bet)
#912 Take Kansas City -120 over Baltimore (Money Line Bet)
#905 Take Pittsburgh/Miami – OVER 8 Runs (Total Runs Scored)
88-60 (59.5%) and up +20.08 units.
J.R STEVENS SMOOTH44
(MLB) Cleveland +120 (Listed Pitchers)
Exodus to Black
Mets – Under 7.5
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7-Unit – Pittsburgh Pirates vs Miami Marlins – Over 8
11TH HOUR SPORTS
CLEV – 1ST 5
OVER – (Full game)
OVER – 1ST 5
DIAMOND DOG SPORTS – MLB
#909/910: Astros/Yankees: Under 8.0 (+105) (1*)
Teya’s Sports GUAR NFL PLAY/YEAR
GUARANTEE – BUCCANEERS -2 1/2
BUCS – UNDER 39 1/2
MARLINS – OVER 8
FREE PICK – YANKEES
9* Pittsburgh Pirates -126
6* New York Mets -193
GOW 3* KANSAS CITY ROYALS ML
WE PICK SPORTS – MLB
Atlanta (-120) 4*
Miami/Pittsburgh – Under 8 (-110) 3*
SB Professor Original MLB Picks
Paul Shinoba Sports Consulting
Astros/Yankees – Under 8 runs
Red Sox/White Sox – Over 8.5 runs
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Take Tampa Bay and Cincinnati to stay UNDER 40!
Take CINCINNATI -120 to paint the town red!
Take BALTIMORE +115 to fly high above the royal city!
Take BOSTON +125 to win the battle of the Sox!
Bengals +2.5 over Bucs
There is a couple things right off the bat to look at in this game. First, the Bucs have very little depth in the secondary, defensive line and offensive line with so many guys being hurt. Tampa is probably going to start two rookies on the offensive line and it goes without saying Winston is going to struggle just like any other rookie quarterback. Winston was a good college QB, but at the end of his career we saw him struggle against top defenses. This is also a guy that took a full half just to get into his flow against some really bad defenses. In the NFL every defender has speed unlike anything you see in college. I don’t think Winston is smart enough yet to make the right decisions and he should be a turnover machine all season long. The Bengals 1st and 2nd units looked great against the Giants and I expect them to have similar results tonight. Cincinnati is known for playing awful in primetime games. It would be wise for Coach Lewis to come out and actually try to win this type of game even if it is just preseason action. Tampa will be much improved, but I believe the Bengals are in a better position to showcase their talent and actually execute on offense at this point in the preseason. The Bucs are not going to click for a good few months. Take the Bengals.
1:35 PM EST
Red Sox +120 over White Sox
The Red Sox lost a tough one last night where with one out to go they blew the game and let Kansas City beat them. This is still a team hitting the ball very well and I don’t believe Samadzija is worthy of being a pitcher worthy of this line set tonight. In Samardzija’s last three starts he 14 runs (all earned) in just 17 innings of work. On the other side Joe Kelly has looked like an all-star as of late. Look for Boston to hit their way to the win tonight. Take Boston.
5* Cincinnati Bengals +3
500* Tampa Bay Bucs -2
500* Bengals vs Bucs – Over 40
500* Red Sox vs White Sox – Under 8.5
Dave Essler | MLB Money Line Mon, 08/24/15 – 7:05 PM
dime bet – 909 HOU (+115) vs 910 NYY
Analysis: Lot of decent Yankees love this afternoon by the market – we’ll see. People might assume that Eovaldi at home is an auto-bet – and at one time they were probably right. He’s been winning, but he’s also had great run support. In a big game like this (for both teams) I simply TRUST Feldman more (Texiera is doubtful) and now that the Astros have some veterans either acquired or back from the DL – they should not be intimidated playing in Yankee Stadium in a game that matters, both for their respective playoff hopes but for a potential post-season matchup. Houston actually has just as many LHH’s that can take advantage of the short RF porch. The Yankees lost three of four to Cleveland and didn’t play well. We know what the Astros did to the Dodgers and their two Cy Young candidates. We bet on them. Assuming this games stays close (I’d like to think Houston kills them and makes it easy but that doesn’t happen often enough) the Astros bullpen has an ERA of 0.00 over the last week, zero, nada. These two teams met in June in Houston and split a four game series, so that should give Houston confidence that they can beat the Yankees, and I am actually glad that Houston didn’t win three or four because that would give New York more motivation. So, IMO the Astros are simply the better team and we’re getting them at a good price (even better since I put this out) because it’s the “Yankees” – it’s still Nate Eovaldi, so Ron Guidry, For you young guys, google Guidry. No Mariano Rivera, no David Robertson. Give me the Astros offensive potential over the Yankees, call the SP’s a wash at best with the experience edge to Feldman, and we’ll take the better bullpen at + money.
PRESEASON 50 DIMES INSIDE MOVE
The Bengals have the weapons to beat the Bucs outright! I like the backup RB’s who will be able to get through a weak Bucks defense. The Bucs don’t have much talent, but they will be in trouble when their second string comes in. The Bucs offense is terrible, and their offensive line, can’t protect their QB. Don’t be surprised if the Bengals pull the blowout win. Inside money coming in strong on the Bengals.
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Bengals at Buccaneers (-2.5, 40) (8 pm ET, ESPN)
Cincinnati was dominant in their 23-10 win over the New York Giants last week. The Bengals were extremely physical in that game by pounding the ball on the ground (225 yards rushing), and playing excellent defense (224 yards allowed). Cincinnati will likely have a similar game plan tonight against Tampa Bay, especially since they are taking this game seriously. “Given the way this game set up with time, we’re treating it and prepping it as if it were a regular game week,” Bengals guard Kevin Zeitler said. “We’ve been working hard all week trying to find ways to prep for everybody, and I think we’ll do all right when we get there.” Cincinnati’s quarterback rotation is weak after Andy Dalton as the trio of AJ McCarron, Josh Johnson, and Keith Wenning will finish the game. McCarron is slated to get the most work, but he’s extremely inexperienced and hard to trust in this situation.
Tampa Bay was dreadful in their 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Buccaneers were visibly bad on both sides of the ball, especially the quarterback rotation of Jameis Winston, Mike Glennon, and Seth Lobato who combined to complete only 51.3% (20-39) of their passes. Tampa Bay needs to win in order to gain some confidence, so they will likely come with a much better effort in this game. “The guys are focused, locked in and are doing a lot of things well,” head coach Lovie Smith said. “We game planned a little bit. We can’t wait to play another game.” Both teams are coming into this game with a similar approach tonight.
JR ODonnell | MLB Money Line Mon, 08/24/15 – 10:10 PM
triple-dime bet – 915 OAK (+150) vs 916 SEA
(3) Bengals +3
(3) Phillies +188
(5) Mariners -168
(5) B Paire -139 ATP
(3) Carreno Busta +162 ATP
(5) Svitolina +125 WTA
10* St. Louis Cardinals ML
10* Atlanta Braves ML
8* NY Yankees ML
OVER – Cards vs D’backs
GP FROM VEGAS
Tigers/Reds – Over 8.5 -120
Marlins/Pirates – F5 Over 4 -120
Braves/Rockies – F5 Under 3.5 -105
7 Unit Total Play · Under –  Cincinnati Bengals vs.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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200* TB vs Cincinnati – Over total
Monday’s NFL Week 2 preseason betting primer
The second week of the NFL preseason comes to a close with Cincinnati Bengals visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only game on the schedule on Monday.
♠ Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-2.5, 40)
* According to ESPN, we can probably expect to see Bengals’ starting quarterback Andy Dalton in the game for the first quarter. Probable to enter the game next will be AJ McCarron. McCarron was the 2013 Heisman Trophy runner up to Bucs’ QB Jameis Winston.
* According to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, expect a faster start from rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay offense Monday. “That’s what we want to do,” said Lovie Smith. “We have to as a team. Of course Jameis is a part of that. Last time we played Cincinnati [during the 2014 regular season] it was a fast start. Defensively we got a takeaway on the first play of the game. Yes, as a football team, we need to start faster.
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Win $1,000 – ORIOLES – OVER 3.5 *TEAM TOTAL* +105
MLB DOMINATOR BIG BET! – 916 SEA (-160)vs 915 OAK
TAMPA BAY (-2) over Cincinnati
8:00 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay got hammered by Minnesota in preseason week 1 and should be the more motivated team in front of the home crowd tonight. Buc’s QB Jameis Winston had a decent outing against the Vikings and is expected to play the entire first half tonight. Bengals know what they have in Andy Dalton but his back ups AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson leave a lot to be desired. Bucs backup Mike Glennon is the best backup Qb on either team so lets look for him and the Bucs to pull out the victory tonight.
20 DIME play on Cincinnati in the FIRST HALF at Tampa Bay. The Bengals are +1/2 point in the FIRST HALF as of 8:45 A.M. Pacific.