July 2017


Baseball picksJuly 20, 2017

MLB Thursday Preview New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners

MLB Thursday Preview New York Yankees vs. Seattle MarinersMLB Thursday Preview

New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners

Thursday, July 20, 10:10 p.m. (ET)

Money Line: New York -112   Seattle +102

Total Line: 8

New York at Seattle Game Overview

New York comes into this extended four-game weekend series as part of its current 11-game road trip. The Yankees split four games against Boston last weekend before splitting the first two games of this week’s series against Minnesota. With Tuesday’s 6-3 win as -122 road favorites, the Yankees are now 48-44 and they remain 3.5 games back in the AL East heading into one final game against the Twins.

Look for right-hander Luis Severino to get the start in Thursday’s series opener in Seattle. While he failed to get the decision in his last two starts, he went a full seven innings in each outing and allowed a combined four earned runs on 10 hits in two New York victories. Severino is 5-4 on the year with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Also look for the newest Yankee to take his place in the lineup after New York pulled off a trade with the Chicago White Sox to bring power hitter Todd Frazier into the fold.

The Mariners will wrap up a three-game road trip to Houston on Wednesday after splitting the first two games against the Astros. They started the second half with a three-game sweep of the White Sox on the road as part of a 6-2 record in their last eight games. Seattle is 47-48 on the year and it returns home with a 27-22 record this year at Safeco Field. The total has stayed UNDER the closing line in five of its last seven games.

Felix Hernandez is expected to get the start for the Mariners on Thursday night. He is 5-3 this season through 10 previous starts after spending some time on the DL. His current ERA stands at 4.20 with a 1.44 WHIP after holding the White Sox to one earned run on six hits in a five-inning stint on July 15 to pick up the win. Seattle has generated some solid run support since the break with an average of 5.2 runs over its last five games.



Baseball picksJuly 3, 2017

New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals Game Matchup Preview

MLB Monday Preview 

New York Mets at Washington Nationals 

Monday, July 3, 6:05 p.m. (ET)

Money Line: New York +159   Washington -169

Total Line: 8.5

New York at Washington Game Overview

The Mets’ recent four-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday with a 7-1 loss to Philadelphia as -139 home favorites. The total stayed UNDER closing 9.5-run line in that game and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six contests. New York is 38-43 overall this year with an even 19-19 record on the road. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in four of their last five road games.

New York is expected to go with Steven Matz as its starter for Monday’s game. The left-hander will be making his fifth start of the year and he comes in at 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He held Miami scoreless through seven innings on June 28 to pick up the win; however he also got knocked around by the Nationals earlier that month with four earned runs on eight hits including three home runs.

Washington was able to snap a three-game skid on Sunday with a 7-2 victory against St. Louis as a -161 road favorite in the final game of that weekend series. The total went OVER the seven-run closing line after staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH in six of the Nationals’ previous seven contests. They are 7.5 games up on Atlanta in the NL East at 48-34 with a 22-17 record at home and something to look at when making your MLB spread picks.

Look for Stephen Strasburg to be on the mound for Washington in Game 1 of this week’s three-game set. He has picked up the win in two of his last three starts to improve to 9-2 on the year. His ERA now stands at 3.51 and the right-hander’s WHIP is 1.10. Strasburg last faced the Mets on June 17 and he held them to two earned runs on six hits through 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win. In last week’s start against the Chicago Cubs, he struck out 13 batters on his way to victory No. 9.

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