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MLB Top Plays Of The Week June 26-July 2

MLB Top Plays Of The Week June 26-July 2

The MLB season is slowly creeping towards the midway point and this week there are a few great games to keep your eyes on.

Ervin Santana and the Minnesota Twins take on the rival Kansas City Royals. Will Jason Vargas and the Royals add to Santana’s woes? On Saturday, I like the looks of another AL Central Division rivalry game when Cleveland heads to Detroit. Can Cleveland maintain first place in the tough AL Central by beating the Tigers? I like this Sunday’s nightcap between Washington and St. Louis. Who wins when the Nationals battle the Cards in Missouri?

Top Plays Of The Week June 26 – July 2

Minnesota at Kansas City
When:  Friday, June 30 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Listed Pitchers: MIN-Ervin Santana vs KC-Jason Vargas

Analysis: Jason Vargas’s stats this season are astounding. Vargas is 11-3. His ERA is a ridiculous 2.29. His WHIP is a good 1.13. But, Vargas allows the Twins to bat .317 against him. He’s faced Twin batters 101 times. They have 32 hits. To be fair, 14 of the 32 hits are from Joe Mauer. Vargas has pretty much shut down the rest of Minnesota’s batters.

Ervin Santana’s got Cleveland’s number. In his last 13 innings pitched versus the Indians, Santana hasn’t allowed a single. Too bad he pitches against KC on Friday.

Then again, Santana has also locked down on Royal batters. KC is good for a .227 batting average versus Santana. This is a tough game to handicap, which is why I like it as a Top Play. The odds shouldn’t favor Vargas by much.

That’s the way I’m going. Vargas has been much more consistent than Santana in his last 10. KC has looked good as well.

Cleveland at Detroit
When:  Saturday, July 1 at 7:10 pm ET
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Danny Salazar vs DET-Jordan Zimmerman

Analysis: Salazar and Zimmerman step to the plate in the second game of a double-header. Salazar goes into this game off the 10-day disabled list. He had a bullpen session last Thursday. He should pitch in a simulated game sometime this week before the Sunday start.

When Salazar was healthy, he wasn’t pitching all that well. His ERA is 5.40. His WHIP is 1.58. Detroit bats a decent .269 versus Salazar. He hasn’t faced the Tigers yet this season.

Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann has allowed 8 earned runs off 12 hits in his last 10.2 innings pitched. His 5.53 ERA and 1.49 WHIP are on par with Salazar’s ERA and WHIP.

The difference in this game is bullpen. Detroit must keep Zimmermann on the mound until at least the end of the fourth. They’ve got no choice. But, Cleveland can pull Salazar after 1 or 2 innings.

The Tribe’s bullpen is that deep.

Washington at St. Louis
When:  Sunday, July 2 at 8:10 pm ET
Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Listed Pitchers: WAS-Max Scherzer vs STL-Carlos Martinez

Analysis: Scherzer’s been on fire in his last 2 starts. On June 16, he pitched 8 innings, allowed 1 earned run, and gave up 4 hits. On June 21, Scherzer threw for 8 innings, didn’t allow a single earned run, and only allowed 2 hits. Scherzer pitches on June 27 against the Cubs.

If he comes out of that well, it’s hard to see St. Louis giving Carlos Martinez the necessary run support to beat Washington in this match up. Yes, the Nationals have one of the worst bullpens, if not the worst, in MLB.

But, Scherzer has been an absolute beast on the mound. The Cardinals only bat .235 against Scherzer. I believe Martinez does an excellent job. But, once the Cards pull Martinez after inning 6, Washington should get something going on offense.

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Baseball's Top Games May 29 - June 4

MLB Top Games May 29 – June 4

It is Memorial Day and its time to take a closer look at America’s favorite pastime. Baseball.

With the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers streaking and the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs both struggling, let’s find out which nationally-televised matchups have the look of must-see TV pairings.

All stats are current as of May 29th, 2017.

Baseball’s Top Games May 29 – June 4

Washington Nationals (30-19) at San Francisco Giants (22-30)
Tuesday, May 30 at 10:15 PM ET

The Nats have won five of their last seven games and are up a convincing 8.5 games on Atlanta and New York in the NL East. The Giants have won two straight after losing their previous four games and are 5-5 over their last 10 games as they look to rebound from a horrific start this season.

Houston Astros (35-16) at Minnesota Twins (26-20)
Wednesday, May 31 at 1:10 PM ET

Not only is gifted youngster Carlos Correa absolutely on fire at the plate right now, but Houston has won four straight to move a whopping 10 games ahead of second place L.A. in the AL West by ranking ninth in scoring (4.94 rpg) and a stupendous second in team ERA (3.41). The Twins have dropped two of their last three, but are a robust 7-3 over their last 10 games and have already spent more days in first place this season than they did from 2011 to ’16 combined!

Boston Red Sox (27-22) at Baltimore Orioles (25-23)
Thursday, June 1 at 7:05 PM ET

The Red Sox were on the wrong end of a 5-9 shutout loss to Seattle on Sunday night, but they won their previous six games while scoring at least six runs five times and at least nine runs in three of those contests. The O’s are mired in the midst of a season-long seven-game losing streak and have gone 3-13 since they were a robust 22-10 on May 9.

New York Yankees (29-18) at Toronto Blue Jays (23-27)
Friday, June 2 at 7:07 PM ET

The Yankees have won two straight and five of seven but Toronto has been red-hot in winning five of their last six games despite falling on Sunday night. New York has scored three runs or less in six of their last 10 games. Since May 18, the Yankees are averaging just 3.5 runs per game while Toronto’s bat-flipping Jose Bautista has heated up with eight home runs in May after hitting only one in April.

Houston Astros (35-16) at Texas Rangers (25-26)
Saturday, June 3 at 7:15 PM ET

Since you already know that Houston is playing fantastic baseball, then you should know that Texas is struggling mightily despite winning on Sunday night. The Rangers dropped their previous five games and six of seven overall. Texas is an awful 5-14 against teams that are .500 or better .

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Sunday, June 4 at 7:35 PM ET

The Cardinals have clearly lost their way the last couple of weeks, by dropping three of their last four and seven of their last 10 games overall. St. Louis has allowed at least seven runs in each of their last three losses heading into Monday night. Nevertheless, the Cardinals should have some hope seeing how the Chicago Cubs have dropped three straight and five of their last nine games overall.

MLB Top Games May 22-28

MLB Top Games May 22-28

Can the Chicago Cubs pick up the pace to move past the surprising Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals in the face for first place in the suddenly competitive NL Central?

Will the AL West-leading Houston Astros get back on track after a weekend stumble?

Last but not least, can both, the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers pull off winning weeks as they seek to overtake their respective division leaders in the AL East and NL West respectively?

With a brand new week on tap, let’s take a look at the most intriguing nationally-televised MLB matchups this coming week.

MLB Must Watch & Must Bet Games May 22-28

San Francisco Giants (19-26) at Chicago Cubs (22-20)
Monday, May 22 8:05 pm 

Analysis: The Giants are reeling and come into their series opener against the Cubs having lost seven of 10. Chicago has won four of five and is looking to pick up the pace in the NL Central as the reigning World Series champs are currently two games behind Milwaukee and 1.5 games in back of St. Louis.

Detroit Tigers (21-21) at Houston Astros (29-15)
Monday, May 22 8:10 pm

Analysis: The Tigers dropped two of three against red-hot Texas over the weekend, but is just two games behind Minnesota and Cleveland in the tight AL Central. Houston has been fantastic this season in taking a 5.5-game lead in the AL West, but the ‘Stros were on the wrong end of a three-game sweep at the hands of Cleveland over the weekend. Still, Houston is ranked an impressive ninth in scoring (5.0 rpg) and even more eye-opening second in team ERA (3.52).

St. Louis Cardinals (25-19) at Los Angeles Dodgers (26-19)
Tuesday, May 23 at 10:10 pm

Analysis: The Cardinals beat Frisco 8-3 on Sunday to snap a four-game skid while the Dodgers won three of four against Miami and four of their last five overall. L.A. is ranked an impressive sixth in scoring (5.0 rpg) and stupendous first in team ERA (3.41). The Cardinals have been rock-solid in ranking third in team ERA (3.57), but St. Louis’ offense has been mediocre at best in pitching with a team ERA of 4.5 runs per game (19th). The Cards are 1.5 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central while L.A. is in third in the NL West, two games behind both, Colorado and Arizona.

Texas Rangers (24-21) at Boston Red Sox (22-21)
Wednesday, May 24 at 7:10 PM ET

Analysis: The Rangers are on fire, having won nine of their last 10 games while sweeping Oakland and Philadelphia and taking two of three from Detroit over the weekend. Conversely, Boston clearly hasn’t found their stride just yet despite pounding Oakland 12-3 on Sunday. That win snapped a three-game losing streak and helped the BoSox to improve to a modest 5-5 over their last 10. Texas is ranked a surprising seventh in runs allowed this season (3.9) and Boston has struggled to put runs on the board by ranking just 18th in scoring (4.5 rpg).

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday, May 26 at 10:10 PM ET

Analysis: The Cubbies are ranked fourth in scoring (5.0 rpg) and 10th in team ERA (3.94), but the Dodgers are ranked sixth and first in the same categories. Dodgers’ staff ace left Clayton Kershaw is off to a fine start (7-2, 2.15 ERA), but Chicago’s Kris Bryant (.303, 10 HR) is starting to heat up in a big way after a modest start.

Saturday, May 27 at 7:15 PM ET
Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros

Analysis: Baltimore took two of three against Toronto over the weekend after dropping six of their previous seven games. The O’s are a half-game behind the Yankees in the competitive AL East despite ranking in the middle or bottom third in almost every statistical category except home runs where they rank eighth with an impressive 61. Despite betting just .248 and .221 respectively, Baltimore’s Chris Davis and Manny Machado have smacked nine and 10 home runs respectively.

4 Must Watch MLB Games May 15-21

The 2017 MLB regular season is off to a wild and wacky start and has produced some surprising results in both leagues over the first six weeks of the regular season. With the season starting to heat up along with the rising temperatures, mark your calendars for this week’s top baseball tilts.

MLB Games To Watch May 15th-21st

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
When: Tuesday, May 16, 8:05 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field

Analysis: Cincinnati will look to snap  three-game skid in their series opener against Chicago on Monday night, but one day later, the Reds will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo after he tied a season high with six innings pitched while allowing two runs in a no-decision against the Giants in his last start. The Reds have gone 5-0 with the 40-year-old on the mound.

Veteran right-hander John Lackey is coming off a win over Colorado in his last start, but he’s still looking to bag his first win at home this season after going 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts at Wrigley Field. The Reds have won six of their last 10 while going a respectable 7-8 on the road this season while the Cubs have struggled in going just 7-9 at Wrigley Field.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
When: Wednesday, May 17, 3:45 PM ET
Where: AT&T Park

Analysis: At the time of writing, L.A. has won seven of its last nine games while the Giants have won three straight and four of their last five while nearly sweeping Cincinnati over the weekend.

Dodgers’ staff ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.43 ERA) will take the bump in this affair after tossing seven innings of two-run ball against Colorado on Saturday.

Giants ace right-hander Johnny Cueto (4-2, 4.15 ERA) has faced the Dodgers twice already this season while giving up an identical three runs each time. The right-hander threw a season-high 119 pitches in his most recent start against Cincinnati on Friday. Make no mistake bout it, no matter what the standings say, this longtime rivalry is must-see TV.

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
When: Friday, May 19, 2:20 PM EDT
Wrigley Field

Analysis: Milwaukee has won three straight and six of its last seven games (at the time of writing) while sweeping the Mets over the weekend. The Brew Crew has gone 9-6 on the road compared to Chicago’s uninspiring 7-9 home mark. The Cubs have lost two straight and seven of their last nine games heading into the new week.

The good news for the Cubs is that right-hander Eddie  Butler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) tossed six shutout innings against St. Louis in his first start of the season the last time out. Milwaukee

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
When: Friday, May 19, 7:05 PM EDT
Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Analysis: Toronto hit the new week riding the wave of their five-game winning streak (at the time of writing) while bagging seven of their last eight games overall. Baltimore has lost four straight after winning their previous six contests but still sits just a half-game back of the division-leading Yankees.

Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.95 ERA) look solid in his first start back in the rotation by allowing just one unearned run in five innings following two brief stints on the DL while the Yankees have not named starter for this matchup.

MLB Top Games May 1st-7th

MLB Top Games May 1st-7th

If you’re fired up about the second month of MLB action getting underway following a surprising first month of baseball and you want to know which games are offering the most entertainment value, then you’ve surely come to the right place!

I’m going to identify the best matchups this week, whether it’s a longstanding rivalry matchup, a duel featuring two elite hurlers or simply one of the best nationally-televised games on this week’s MLB docket. Now, let’ get started.

MLB Top Games May 1st-7th

San Francisco Giants (9-17) at L.A. Dodgers (14-12)
When: Monday, May 1 at 10:10 PM ET
Where: Dodger Stadium
TV: MLB, NBCS, Sportsnet LA

Monday night’s matchup between the Giants and Dodgers could be a thriller with Frisco veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (3-1, 5.10 ERA, 24 K) going up against Dodgers’ staff ace lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-, 2.29 ERA, 39 K).

Cueto generally heats up in second month of the season and owns a 23-13 record at 2.80 ERA in 46 career May starts. In five starts, the three-time Cy Young winning Kershaw has gone 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP, with 39 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Kershaw led the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over San Francisco in his last start.

Cleveland Indians (14-10)  at Detroit Tigers (12-12)
When: Tuesday, May 2, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Comerica Park
TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-D

2014 AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (3-1, 4.19 ERA, 37 K) is the first Cleveland pitcher to reach three wins this season after striking out 10 over seven innings of Cleveland’s 4-3 win over Houston on Thursday. Strangely enough, though, Kluber is allowing a career-high 1.57 homers per nine innings.

Detroit’s Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.60 ERA, 30 K) allowed one unearned run on five hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts against the Mariners in his last start. The Tribe is currently in first place in the AL Central, two games up on fourth-place Detroit.

Philadelphia Phillies (11-12) at Chicago Cubs (13-11)
When: Wednesday, May 3 at 8:05 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field

The Phillies are off to a surprising start after one month while the Cubs will be looking to throw it in another gear in May after a modest start. Right-hander Jared Eickhoff (0-2, 3.56 ERA, 28 K) hopes to bounce back following his worst start of the season, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta (3-1, 4.66 ERA, 34 K) failed to toss at least five innings for the first time since August 2014 to snap a streak of doing o in an amazing 72 consecutive starts. More importantly, Arrieta ha been smacked around for eight earned runs in the first inning in his last two starts.

Arizona (16-11) at Washington (17-8)
When: Thursday, May 4 at 1:05 PM ET
Where: Nationals Park

Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer (3-2, 2.94 ERA, 40 K) will look to rebound after getting pounded for five runs on nine hits in six innings of a 7-5 loss against the Mets on Friday.

Arizona will likely hand the ball to ace right-hander Zack Greinke (2-2, 3.19 ERA, 40 K) after he struck out nine and allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings on Saturday against the Rockies despite being saddled with a no-decision. The D-Backs are currently in second place in the NL West,  a half-game behind Colorado while Washington it in first place in the NL East.

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The kids are back in school, football is back, autumn is in full swing and that means only two things! Octoberfest and the 2016 World Series.

The excitement is already here. With 11 games to go, the Mets, Giants and Cardinals all have the same record. How will the MLB break a three-team tie for the NL wild card? Starting, and perhaps ending, with a showdown between St. Louis and New York.

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Chicago Cubs 10-1 5-2 5-2
Texas Rangers 12-1 7 9-2
Washington Nationals 10-1 12 6-1
Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 18 6-1
Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 16 8-1
Cleveland Indians 20-1 14 10-1
Boston Red Sox 18-1 10 10-1
San Francisco Giants 20-1 6 14-1
Baltimore Orioles 40-1 16 25-1
St. Louis Cardinals 12-1 30 25-1
Detroit Tigers 20-1 40 25-1
Houston Astros 14-1 30 30-1
New York Mets 10-1 16 40-1
Kansas City Royals 14-1 25 50-1
Seattle Mariners 30-1 20 80-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 12-1 30 80-1
Miami Marlins 60-1 40 100-1
New York Yankees 16-1 60 100-1
Colorado Rockies 150-1 200 500-1
Chicago White Sox 40-1 25 9999-1
Los Angeles Angels 20-1 100 XX
Arizona Diamondbacks 60-1 100 XX
Philadelphia Phillies 300-1 200 XX
Oakland Athletics 60-1 200 XX
San Diego Padres 60-1 5000 XX
Tampa Bay Rays 40-1 100 XX
Milwaukee Brewers 60-1 500 XX
Cincinnati Reds 60-1 5000 XX
Minnesota Twins 40-1 9999 XX
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2016 NL Pennant Odds
Chicago Cubs 9-2 6-5
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 3-1
Washington Nationals 9-2 3-1
San Francisco Giants 10-1 7-1
St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 12-1
New York Mets 9-2 20-1
Miami Marlins 30-1 50-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 40-1
Colorado Rockies 75-1 250-1
Arizona Diamondbacks 30-1 XX
Philadelphia Phillies 150-1 XX
San Diego Padres 30-1 XX
Milwaukee Brewers 30-1 XX
Cincinnati Reds 30-1 XX
Atlanta Braves 50-1 XX
2016 AL Pennant Odds
Texas Rangers 6-1 2-1
Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 7-2
Boston Red Sox 9-1 4-1
Cleveland Indians 10-1 4-1
Baltimore Orioles 20-1 12-1
Detroit Tigers 10-1 12-1
Houston Astros 7-1 15-1
Kansas City Royals 7-1 25-1
Seattle Mariners 15-1 40-1
New York Yankees 8-1 50-1
Chicago White Sox 20-1 5000-1
Los Angeles Angels 10-1 XX
Oakland Athletics 30-1 XX
Tampa Bay Rays 20-1 XX
Minnesota Twins 20-1 XX

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