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MLB Picks: Wager on the Nationals, Athletics and the Boston ‘Under’ on April 21st 2013

| April 21, 2013

MLB Pick: Washington Nationals -138
The Nationals have the edge on the mound with Jordan Zimmerman, who is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA. Consider that New York’s Dillon Gee is 0-3 with an 8.36 ERA. The Nationals are 20-6 in Zimmermann’s last 26 starts as a favorite and 6-0 in his last 6 starts as a road favorite. They are also 5-0 in his last 5 starts versus Mets. The Mets are 0-5 in Gee’s last 5 starts as an underdog and 0-3 in his last 3 starts versus Washington. The Nats have won 20 of the last 26 meetings overall and 20 of the last 28 in New York. Take Washington. -Dave Price

MLB Pick: Oakland A’s -116
The A’s have dropped the first two games of this series but are 4-0 in their last 4 games after losing the first two games of a series. They are also 9-0 in their last 9 games as a road favorite and 8-0 in Milone’s last 8 starts as a favorite. Milone is 3-0 on the season with an ERA of 3.86. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay’s Roberto Hernandez is 0-3 with a 5.78 ERA. Hernandez is 0-7 on the money line in his last 7 starts. Additionally, the Rays are 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog. I’ll take Oakland at a reasonable price. -Jeff Alexander

MLB Pick: KC vs. Boston Under 8.5
I like how both of these pitchers have started out the season, so I think the offenses will have a tough time putting runs up on the board today. Ryan Dempster has given up just 2 ER in his last 12 innings on just five hits while striking out 17. Ervin Santana hasn’t been a slough either, having given up 2 ER in his last 16 innings. Kansas City hasn’t put up more than four runs in a game in 12 days and while Boston has been hot lately, they are only hitting .209 and scoring 3.4 runs per game at home. Santana has gone UNDER 15 of 19 times the last three years when the total is 8 or 8.5 and 22-8 UNDER against teams who strike out seven or more times per game. All signs point to a low scoring affair in the first game of today’s double header. -Jimmy Boyd

NHL Hockey Picks: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks: April 21st 2013

| April 20, 2013

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NHL Hockey Picks: April 21st 2013
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks
Prediction: Over 5 goals
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This is a 1* free NHL hockey pick on the “over” between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night (8:05 EST).

These teams have played twice this year and Columbus has won both: 6-2 at home on February 11th and 4-0 in front of the home town crowd on April 9th. The Blue Jackets are 21-17-7 overall but just 8-12-2 on the road. They’re coming off a 2-1 loss at Los Angeles on Thursday night. San Jose is 24-13-7 overall and 16-1-5 at home. It’s won three straight, most recently a 6-1 destruction of the Wild on Thursday. The Sharks have outscored their competition 13-3 during their win streak. The Blue Jackets’ surge came to an end vs. the defending champions last time out, but note that they had won five straight previous to that starting with the victory over San Jose back on the 9th. During that run they scored four goals three times, and three twice. A great situational play: Columbus looks to get untracked, continuing its push to end the regular season, while the Sharks look to parlay their recent success into some more “W’s”, atoning for the two earlier setbacks in the process. I feel the table is set for a higher-scoring affair. How about you?