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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: July 19th 2017

| July 19, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox
MLB Pick: Boston -132 odds (July 19th 2017)

The set-up: The Red Sox got hot about the same time the Yankees went into a slump and Boston took over first-place in the AL East prior to the break. However, Boston’s 5-4 win in 15 innings last night over the Blue Jays was just the team’s fourth time in 11 games. Boston still stands atop the division at 53-42 but the Rays are just two back and the Yankees sit 3 1/2 back. As for Toronto, the 43-50 Blue Jays reside in the AL East basement, nine games back of the Red Sox. Toronto resumes its four-game series against the Boston tonight, after splitting the first two.

The pitching matchup: Aaron Sanchez (1-2 & 3.94 ERA) heads to the mound for Toronto and  Drew Pomeranz (9-4 & 3.75 ERA) for Boston. Sanchez was on the disabled list three times during the season’s first half but returned just before the All-Star break and took a beating against Houston, giving up a career-high eight runs on seven hits while lasting only 1 2/3 innings in a 12-2 loss. However, he was much better his last time out in what was just his seventh start of the year, limiting Detroit to an unearned run on seven hits over six innings in a 7-2 victory on July 14. Sanchez is 3-0 with a 3.40 ERA in six career starts against Boston (Toronto is 4-2). Pomeranz was an All-Star for San Diego last year and has been a real ‘find’ for the Red Sox in 2017, with nine wins (only Sale has more). He has won his past three decisions and is 6-1 in his past seven, not losing since June 4, The Red Sox are 8-2 in his past 10 starts, making Boston 12-6 in all of his 2017 starts.

The pick: Sanchez was a 15-game winner in 2016 and led all AL starters with a 3.00 ERA. However, this year’s version had been a mere shell of Sanchez 2016, missing nearly two months due to issues with blisters. Here in 2017, Pomeranz gets the nod over Sanchez.

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Odds & Pick from Scott Spreitzer: July 17th 2017

| July 17, 2017

Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Pick: Cubs -146 odds (July 17th 2017)

I’m backing the Chicago Cubs on Monday with Lester over Teheran.  The Cubs caught fire over the weekend with a sweep of the Orioles.  We said on our Friday ESPN radio show that we felt the Cubs had a great shot to finally bust loose at the plate and they did.  I expect the runs to continue to pile-up against Julio Teheran, who has struggled at the Braves’ new “digs” in 2017. Atlanta is on a 1-7 slide in his home starts and Teheran has been smashed for a 7.58 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and .298 BAA, with a horrible 2.52 HR’s per 9 IP ratio.  Teheran simply serves up too many flyballs to be successful in this venue.  That’s scary news for the home team facing a Cubs’ team that has seemingly found their bats.

Jon Lester struggled in his last two starts before the break, but we expect the veteran hurler to put it behind him tonight.  Lester has owned the Braves over the last few seasons and he had allowed just 7 earned runs and 23 base runners in his previous four starts, spanning 26 innings, before the two-game skid.  The Cubs have won 22 of Lester’s last 27 starts against teams with a losing record and the Braves have won just 6 of Teheran’s last 27 starts at home (SunTrust & Turner).  We’re backing the Cubs on Monday.  Thanks & GL! Scott Spreitzer.

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros MLB Runline Prediction from Mike Lundin: July 17th 2017

| July 17, 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros
MLB Runline Prediction: Astros -1.5 -110 odds (July 17th 2017)

The Seattle Mariners are coming off a three-game road series sweep of the White Sox, but I think they’re about to run into trouble at Minute Maid Park in Houston Monday night.

Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2, 3.05 ERA) takes the ball for the Astros. He’s 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners, and he’s held them to two runs in 11 innings over two outings on the season. McCullers Jr. is 4-0 with a 2.34 ERA in seven home starts on the season.

The Mariners hand the ball to left-hander Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.15 ERA) who will take on Houston for the fourth time this season. Miranda has been tagged with 10 runs on 17 hits in 18 frames in the previous three turns against the Astros, and he has posted a 5.48 ERA in nine road starts on the season.

The Astros are 10-2 in McCullers Jr.s last 12 starts vs. a team with a losing record while the Mariners are 8-20 in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.

Mike Lundin is coming off a PERFECT 2-0 SUNDAY at the bases, and he’s back in action with THREE PREMIUM PICK WINNERS Monday night. Mike’s 3-Pack of MLB Winners includes:

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