Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals
MLB Pick: Kansas City -139 odds (May 23rd 2013)
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This is a 1* free MLB pick on the Kansas City Royals over the LA Angels on Thursday night (8:10 EST).
Joe Blanton (0-7, 6.62 ERA) toes the rubber for the visitors; Blanton gave up 11 hits and two walks over 4 1/3′s frames of work, striking out six and allowing four earned runs vs. the White Sox on Saturday. The beleaguered right-hander was lucky to earn the no-decision. With the expected return of ace Jered Weaver at the end of the month, Blanton’s time in the rotation is coming to an end. Blanton will be opposed by Ervin Santana (3-3, 2.77 ERA) who gave up two earned runs off four hits and three walks in seven frames vs. the A’s on Saturday, striking out five, unfortunate to get saddled with the 2-1 loss. So far the 30-year old has gone at least six frames in each of his eight starts this season though. Blanton’s mechanics are absolutely brutal right now; Santana is coming off one of his better starts of the year and will look to take advantage of this situation and beat his former team. I feel the talent discrepancy on the mound and the motivational factors working in favor of Santana warrants the home side a second look. How about you? What do you think? Is Santana worth the price in this matchup?
Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox
MLB Betting Prediction: Cleveland +135 odds (May 23rd 2013)
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This is a Free play on the Cleveland Indians.
Cleveland’s offense has been firing on all cylinders in recent days, and yesterday not even Justin Verlander could could stop them from putting up seven runs. The only problem, Cleveland’s pitching staff couldn’t stop Detroit either, and the Tigers won the game 11-7.
It might be a different story tonight, as Zach McAllister takes the mound at Fenway in the series opener against the Red Sox. McAllister (3-3, 2.65 ERA) has been very consistent for the Indians lately, and they have won each of his last four starts.
He allowed a pair of runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 5-4 win over Seattle his last time out. Prior to that he surrendered three runs (2 earned) on eight hits over six innings in a 4-3 win over the Tigers.
The Red Sox send veteran Ryan Dempster to the mound, and he’s been roughed up in consecutive starts. Dempster was tagged for five runs on eight hits over just 4 2/3 innings at Minnesota in his last start. Prior to that he allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings in a 12-4 loss to Toronto.
Dempster has struggled with his command, walking six batters in his last start. The Indians will make him pay if he can’t throw strikes tonight.
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Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
MLB Betting Pick: Boston -130 odds (May 22nd 2013)
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After losing the first two games of this series to the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox will be highly motivated for a victory in Game 3 to avoid the sweep. I like their chances of getting revenge tonight considering the huge edge they have on the mound.
Clay Buchholz has been nothing short of brilliant this season. The right-hander has gone 6-0 with a 1.78 ERA and 1.035 WHIP in nine starts in 2013, including 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 0.952 WHIP in three road starts.
Sure, Hector Santiago has pitched well this season for Chicago, but he is in a very tough spot tonight. Santiago will only be working on three days’ rest so his innings will be limited. He is taking Chris Sale’s turn in the rotation due to a shoulder injury suffered by Chicago’s ace.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Prediction: Cubs +119 odds (May 22nd 2013)
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The Pirates remain hot as they have won nine of their last 11 games after winning the series opener last night. The victory improved them to 16-9 at home but I feels this is an excellent spot to go against them.
The offense has been lukewarm as Pittsburgh is hitting just .243 over its last 10 games including .228 against right-handed pitching. Francisco Liriano will be making his third start of the season and so far, he has been pretty solid. He has allowed just one run in each of his first two starts but he has yet to make it through six innings and despite a 1.64 ERA, he has a 1.55 WHIP so he has been fortunate that he has not allowed more runs with the amount of baserunners he has put on. He has faced the Cubs once and wax lit up last season, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings. Chicago has dropped two straight following a solid run where it went 5-2 over a seven-game stretch. The offense is showing signs of life with a .271 average over its last 10 games and while hitting lefties has been an issue, facing an inconsistent Liriano could make that come around. Jeff Samardzija is having a solid season with a 3.49 ERA through nine starts but he has certainly been a tough luck pitcher with just 3.1 rpg of support behind him. He has already faced the Pirates once this season and shut them out for eight innings and in his three career starts against Pittsburgh, he has a 0.72 ERA and all of those starts took place at PNC Park. Play (959) Chicago Cubs
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