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Scott Rickenbach betting the Toronto Blue Jays +113 odds over the Boston Red Sox on July 20th 2017

| July 20, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
MLB Prediction: Blue Jays +113 odds (July 20th 2017)

Doug Fister had a decent eight-year big league career pitching from 2009-2016. Oh wait. Fister is still pitching. That’s a mistake.  Fister goes for the Red Sox today and that puts me on the underdog Blue Jays. Boston made a leap of faith picking Fister up from the waiver wire. They should have left him there. Fister has made four appearances for Boston, including three starts. The results are an 0-3 record and 6.75 ERA. Fister has lost eight consecutive decisions. That’s Charlie Brown type stuff.  Three of Toronto’s big bats – Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Kendrys Morales – are a combined 19-for-48 against Fister.  Now to get an underdog price we have to deal with a few facts. Boston is 29-17 at Fenway for the best home mark in the American League. The Blue Jays aren’t playing well either. They also are pitching Francisco Liriano. The only consistent thing about Liriano is his inconsistency.  However, the Blue Jays have scored at least four runs in eight of their last 12 games.

They do figure to put up a good share of runs against Fister.  Liriano certainly is capable of big games. He actually has a great record in stopping a losing streak. Toronto is 8-1 the past nine times Liriano has pitching following a loss. The Blue Jays also are 8-3 during Liriano’s last 11 starts.  The spot is good, too, for the Blue Jays. The Red Sox have to be a little fatigued and distracted. This marks their seventh game in six days with two of those games going 15 and 16 innings. Following this game, the Red Sox head out to the West Coast for six games.  So given these circumstances and pitching matchup, I’ll take a shot with the Blue Jays at a plus price.  (Editor’s note: Stephen Nover is 16-7 on his last 23 overall premium/free plays and has his baseball Game of the Week going today in addition to this free selection.)

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Odds & Prediction from Larry Ness: July 20th 2017

| July 20, 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles
MLB Prediction: Texas +105 odds (July 20th 2017)

Texas and Baltimore share identical records (45-49) but the teams hardly look in the same league with the Rangers riding a four-game losing streak overall, which includes losing the first three of this four-game set while getting outscored by the Orioles 25-4. The Orioles were once 22-10 this season but even three straight wins can’t hide the fact that the team is only 23-39 since that good start.

Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.05 ERA) had an ugly outing in his first start following a stint of nearly two months on the disabled list, allowing seven ERs in just 4.1 innings at Cleveland on June 26. However, he has quickly re-established himself as the ace of the staff, as he carries a streak of 21 scoreless innings into Thursday’s start. Hamels has allowed only a two-run HR over his last three outings, going 2-0 with an 0.82 ERA (Rangers are 3-0).

Wade Miley (4-8, 5.40) starts for Baltimore and is 1-4 over his last five outings, after getting rocked by the Chicago Cubs in his first start after the break when he gave up seven runs on nine hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings. Miley is just 1-5 (5.75 ERA) in seven career starts against Texas (teams are 2-5).

Hamels does not own a good LT mark vs Baltimore (he’s 1-3 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts / teams are 2-3) but he’s in excellent forma and I’ll back him as Texas avoids the dreaded four-game sweep.

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Betting Odds & Pick from Scott Rickenbach: July 19th 2017

| July 19, 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles
MLB Betting Pick: Rangers +120 odds (July 19th 2017)

Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach Free Pick for Wednesday MLB Texas Rangers Money Line (+) @ Baltimore Orioles @ 7:05 ET – Look for the Rangers to bounce back after getting embarrassed yesterday. Texas got drilled 12-1 by the Orioles and they’ve now lost 3 straight games. The Rangers are 8-4 this season (and 25-15 the last 3 seasons combined) when they enter a game on a losing streak of 3 games or more. Texas is also a stellar 5-1 this season (and 23-12 the last 3 seasons combined) when they are off of a game where they allowed 10 runs or more. The Orioles will be facing Rangers southpaw Martin Perez and Baltimore’s .304 on base percentage versus left-handed pitching this season ranks 24th out of all 30 MLB teams.

Texas has won 4 of the last 5 starts that Perez has made and the lefty has allowed 3 earned runs or less in 4 of his last 5 starts. The Orioles will have Kevin Gausman on the mound and he has been completely crushed for 13 earned runs in a total of just 7 innings spanning his last 2 starts! Also, Baltimore has lost 5 of the last 7 starts that Gausman has made. Though the O’s win yesterday was their 2nd straight W, the Orioles had previously lost 10 of their last 13 games. Grab the underdog value here! Free Pick on Texas Rangers on the money line early Wednesday evening. Best of luck, Scott “The Bulldog” Rickenbach