Recent Articles

Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals MLB Pick from Al McMordie: July 24th 2016

| July 24, 2016


Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals
MLB Pick: KC -113 odds (July 24th 2016)

At 2:15 pm, our complimentary selection is on the Kansas City Royals over the Texas Rangers. Kansas City’s RHP Edinson Volquez gets another start at home this afternoon – his 13th vs. just eight on the road. The Royals may be trying to take advantage of the fact that the veteran has pitched much more effectively in his home park than he has on the road in this, his first year in Kansas City. In his last outing against the Indians on Monday (also here at home), Volquez went seven innings, giving up just four hits and two runs in a 7-3 Royals win (a no-decision for him). That followed another quality start here on July 9 in which he allowed three runs on six hits in six innings and beat the Mariners by a 5-3 score for his eighth victory of the season. The Rangers will send RHP AJ Griffin out for the 12th time this afternoon. Griffin allowed five runs over five innings against the Angels on Monday. He’s surrendered at least five runs in back-to-back outings but pitching isn’t the biggest worry for this team right now. Texas just had to put both OF Shin-Soo Choo and 1B Prince Fielder on the DL, both with back issues, but with Fielder possibly requiring season-ending surgery. That’s terrible news for a team that traditionally relies on its offense. Take the Royals. As always, good luck…Al McMordie.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds MLB Over-Under Pick from Stephen Nover: July 24th 2016

| July 24, 2016


Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Cincinnati Reds
MLB Over-Under Pick: Over 9.5 runs -110 odds (July 24th 2016)

On a hot, muggy, humid day at homer-friendly Great American Ball Park, I see double-digit runs being scored in this matchup.

These are the two worst bullpens in the National League right now and the starting pitching matchup isn’t strong either with Zack Godley facing Brandon Finnegan.

Godley is getting the call because Shelby Miller imploded this season. Godley is 4-6 with a 3.62 ERA – at the minor league level this season. The Reds are swinging hot bats scoring 30 runs in their last five games.

Finnegan has a 4.18 home ERA in nine starts at Great American Ball Park. The Diamondbacks have scored only three runs during the first two games of this series. They have way too many good hitters to stay in a scoring slump especially at such a favorable hitting site.

It’s a plus for the over that Chris Owings is back from the DL while good-field, no-hit Nick Ahmed goes on the DL.

(Editor’s note: Stephen Nover is 20-11-1 on his last 32 premium and free baseball plays and has his Game of the Month going today in addition to this free selection.)

Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction: July 23rd 2016

| July 23, 2016


Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers
MLB Prediction: Texas -114 odds (July 23rd 2016)

Texas is 24-5 over Hamels’ last 29 regular season starts…My free play is on the Tex Rangers at 7:15 ET.

No team has struggled more than the Giants since the All Star break but the Rangers come in a close second. The SF Giants owned MLB’s best record at the break (57-37) but have yet to win since play resumed, going 0-6. Meanwhile, the Rangers were 54-36 at the break (up 5 1/2 games in the AL West) and owned MLB’s best moneyline mark at plus-$2,422. However, Texas is 1-6 since the break, with its lead cut to 2 1/2 games over the Astros. Texas remains the moneyline leader (plus-$1,932 to Baltimore’s plus-$1,493) but Texas backers are down almost $500 in the team’s seven games since play resumed after a four-day break.

As all know, the Royals have represented the AL in each of the last two World Series (beat the Mets last season, after losing a seven-game series to the Giants in 2014) but KC has been behind the eight-ball most of the 2016 season and enters this contest just 48-47, EIGHT games out of the AL Central lead, as well as FIVE games back of the second wild card spot with FOUR teams a between them and the Blue Jays (current No. 2 wild card club). Saturday’s pitching matchup features Cole Hamels (10-2, 3.00 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (6-7, 4.97 ERA).

Ventura hasn’t won since blanking the Tigers over 6.1 innings of a 10-3 win back on June 17, going 0-3 over his four starts since that win (Royals are 0-4), with an ugly 6.55 ERA in those outings (it’s 8.40 in his three losses!). Ventura has made four career starts against Texas, going 2-2 with a 4.84 ERA but does have 22 strikeouts in 22.1 innings against the Rangers. Some good news is that while Ventura walked a major league-leading 33 in his first nine starts (6.10 per nine innings), he has allowed just EIGHT walks over his last nine outings (a span of in 52.2 innings), which is 1.37 per nine innings, a ratio ranks third-lowest in the AL during that span.

Texas counters with All Star Cole Hamels, who will be making his first-ever regular-season start at Kauffman Stadium (note: he pitched a perfect inning at the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City while with the Phillies). The Rangers are 14-5 in Hamels’ starts this season (plus-$855 moneyline mark ranks eight in 2016), including winning SEVEN of his last eight. Some may remember that the Rangers lost Hamels’ first two starts after being acquired from Philly last year but they then won his final 10 regular season starts. Doing the math, Texas is now 24-5 over Hamels’ last 29 regular season starts.