Baltimore Orioles vs. Minnesota Twins
Prediction: Baltimore -115 odds (July 7th 2015)
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#921 Baltimore Orioles (-115) over Minnesota Twins (Tuesday, 8:10pm EST) The Twins are over the .500 mark halfway through the season, but I’m still not a believer. Minnesota just doesn’t do anything particularly well, and no team has been as fortunate as they have this season in regards to how their statistics translate into wins. I expect major regression in the second half of the season across the board. That includes Tuesday’s starter Kyle Gibson, who has somehow manages to get by striking out less than six batters per nine innings. He won’t keep that 3.04 ERA for long, and I expect the Orioles to put a dent in it today. Baltimore has been playing great baseball of late, going 20-11 over their last 31 contests. The offense has been a huge part of the surge and I expect that to continue. Kevin Gausman gets the nod for the O’s and he has tremendous upside at the age of 24. He owns a 3.09 ERA in 10 appearances this season and his stuff has looked magnificent in 2015. He should get better in each start and become a mainstay in the Baltimore rotation for years to come. The Orioles are the better team and have the better pitcher on the mound in this one. Take Baltimore as our free play selection.
Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians
Betting Pick: Cleveland Indians -169 odds (July 7th 2015)
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The Free MLB Power system side cashing over 75% long term is on the Cleveland Indians. Game 916 at 7:10 eastern. Cleveland will look to bounce back from a blowout home loss to Houston. That results sets them up here tonight as we are playing against road dogs in this range like Houston that have a total of 8 or less and are off road dog win by 5 or more runs, and had 10 or more hits, vs an opponent like the Indians that are off a home favored loss by 5+ runs and scored 4 or less runs but managed 10 or more hits in the loss. Cleveland has won 5 of 6 off a home loss by 5+ runs and 6 of 8 in the series this year. The Astros have lost 28 of 40 as a road dog from +150 to 175. Kluber goes for Cleveland and he has a 2.29 era vs the Astros and has allowed 2 or less runs in all 3 of his starts against them. Kluber has better overall numbers that Velasquez does for Houston. Look for Cleveland to bounce back. On Tuesday the lead plays are a 100% M LB Road warrior system that dates to 2004 and a solid totals system play that also has a big system that dates back over 11 years. Jump on now and cash out with the most powerful data available. For the free play. Take Cleveland. RV
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs
Betting Pick: Cardinals +119 odds (July 6th 2015)
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The St. Louis Cardinals are in need of a win after splitting there last eight. The Cardinals have scored just six runs in their last three games and have scored three or less runs in six straight games. The Cardinals have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Jhonny Peralta leads the offense for St. Louis with 90 hits and 42 RBI. Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter have combined to drive in 75 runs.. John Lackey gets the start and he is 6-5 with a 3.30 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. Lackey is 2-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last six games. The Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Anthony Rizzo leads the attack with 85 hits and 45 RBI while Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro have combined for 85 RBI this season. Jon Lester will look to keep things going for the Cubs. He is 4-6 with a 3.74 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. Lester is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
Both teams have been in a funk but I like St. Louis to snap out of it against Lester and the Cubs.
Play on St. Louis. This is a free play.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals
MLB Prediction: KC -135 odds (July 6th 2015)
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The Royals will host the Rays in the opening game of a four game set at Kauffman Stadium Monday night. Tampa has lost nine of it’s last 11 overall, and ranks dead last in the American League in runs scored on the road. I like the Royals as a small favorite at home in this one.
Edinson Volquez will toe the rubber for the Royals, looking to bounce back from a poor performance. Volquez (8-4, 3.48 ERA) allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss at Houston his last time out. The Royals have won eight of his last 10 starts, and he’s 5-2 with a 3.21 ERA in eight starts at home so far. Volquez hasn’t faced the Rays yet this season, but he’s 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts versus Tampa.
The Rays will hand the ball to right-hander Alex Colome, who was roughed up in his last start. Colome (3-4, 4.70 ERA) allowed five runs on eight hits over seven innings in an 8-1 loss to Cleveland. He’s now winless in his last eight starts, and he’s really struggled with control issues, walking 22 batters during that span.
The Royals have won eight of their last nine home games against the Rays, and seven of the last 10 meetings overall.
Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers
Betting Pick: Milwaukee -130 odds (July 6th 2015)
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The Milwaukee Brewers might be the hottest team in the majors right now, heading home to Miller Park riding an eight game winning streak. They’ve been swinging some red hot bats, and they had a whopping 17 hits in a 6-1 win over the Reds yesterday. They should be able to keep the ball rolling here at home against the Braves.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Pitching – The Braves will send rookie right-hander Matt Wisler to the mound in Game 1, and he’s making just his fourth start. This will be just his second appearance on the road, and his first didn’t go so well. He was roughed up in Washington giving up four runs on nine hits in just four innings of work. The Brewers counter with Kyle Lohse, who is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts versus Atlanta.
2. Brewers Bats – The Brewers are on fire offensively, led by Adam Lind who has hit .360 with three home runs and a dozen RBIs the last seven days. He’s hitting .343 at home this season, and all 14 of his home runs this season have come against right-handers.
3. X-Factor – The Braves 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Milwaukee.
Selection: This is a play on the Milwaukee Brewers (Free)