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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers MLB Betting Pick from Will Rogers: June 21st 2017

| June 21, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers
MLB Betting Pick: Toronto -102 odds (June 21st 2017)

The set-up: Toronto won the first of this four-game series with Texas 7-6 on Monday but Texas bounced back with a 6-1 win last night with Adrian Beltre hitting his 447th career HR to move into a tie with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (1,585) for 35th place on the all-time RBI list. The Rangers won for the eighth in 11 games and speaking of ‘eights,’ Toronto failed to reach the .500 mark for the eighth time this season. “We’ve got a good team,” Blue Jays utilityman Steve Pearce told reporters after the loss. “We’ll get over the hump. It’s just a matter of time.” We’ll see.

The pitching matchup: Joe Biagini (1-6 & 4.26 ERA) gets the nod for Toronto and Tyson Ross (1-0 & 3.18 ERA) for Texas. Biagini is filling the rotation spot of the injured Aaron Sanchez but s 0-5 over his last six starts (Jays are 1-5). He was torched for seven runs (six earned) aon eight hits in one-plus innings against the Chicago White Sox in his last outing and Toronto sits 3-5 in his eight starting assignments this season. He lost to the Rangers on May 28, when he allowed two runs and seven hits over six frames (3.00 ERA), in his only previous starts against Texas. Ross won his Texas debut on Friday, when he allowed two runs and two hits in 5 2/3 innings versus Seattle. He is trying to regain the 13-victory form he displayed with San Diego in 2014 after pitching just once last season due to shoulder issues and then having thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in the off-season. Ross’ lone career start against Toronto came in 2012, when he gave up three runs and five hits over 5 2/3 frames of a loss while with Oakland (4.36 ERA).

The pick: Ross surprised in his first appearance since the season opener in 2016 with the San Diego Padres, so it’s more than fair to say, “the jury is still out.” The Rangers are back at .500 (35-35) after snapping a two-game losing streak, a standard remains elusive for the Blue Jays for the 34-36 Blue Jays, so far. However, the play here is for Toronto to win and get yet another chance to reach .500 in Thursday’s series finale.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers MLB Odds & Prediction from Mike Lundin: June 20th 2017

| June 20, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Prediction: Pirates +103 odds (June 20th 2017)

The Pittsburgh Pirates won the series opener 8-1 on Monday, and I think they’ll come out strong here in the second game of the set as well.

Chad Kuhl (1-6, 5.61 ERA) takes the ball for the Pirates. The right-hander has had a tough year, and Pittsburgh has lost each of his last four starts. Kuhl himself has pitched pretty well lately though, allowing only six runs on 11 hits in a total of 15 innings through his last three starts combined.

Kuhl is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in three career starts against the Brewers who turn to Zach Davies (7-3, 4.91 ERA) who unlike Kuhl has pitched pretty poorly but been bailed out by the Brewers bats.

Davies has conceded a total of eight runs (nine earned) on 13 hits with a pair of homers in 10 innings through his last two starts combined. Davies is 1-2 with a bloated 9.56 ERA in four career starts against Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee is 38-34 on the season, but just 19-21 home at Miller Park. Let’s go with the Pirates as Tuesday’s free pick.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Over-Under Pick from Ben Burns: June 20th 2017

| June 20, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
MLB Over-Under Pick: Over 9 runs -110 odds (June 20th 2017)

1* FREE PLAY over Cards/Philles. Recent form from these starting pitchers suggests that we’ll have a slugfest on our hands in this particular matchup. The Cards turn to Mike Leake (5-5, 2.70 ERA), who gave up six runs off nine hits while striking out just three in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday. Leake’s initial season numbers (1.91 ERA, 0.93 WHIP), were obviously unsustainable and the veteran has now allowed 18 runs over his last 24.2 innings of work (posting a 6.20 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in that span).

Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.91) can empathize with his struggling counterpart after getting rocked for six runs off nine hits over five innings, striking out just one and walking three. After a great start to the 2017 campaign, Hellickson has been a disaster, gong 1-5 with a 6.89 ERA over his last nine starts (also a 23:20 K:BB in 47 innings). And note that Hellickson has been poor at home as well this season, just 2-2 with a 5.21 ERA. More questions than answers right now for each of these starters, consider the over.