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MLB Free Tuesday: Sale, White Sox Favored to Beat the Royals


Chris Sale and the White Sox visit the Royals
Take #919 Chicago White Sox -128 over Kansas City Royals (8:15 PM ET Tuesday, August 9)

Two teams whose playoff hopes are fading by the day square off in Kansas City where the Royals host the Chicago White Sox. Game time is set for 8:15 PM ET at Kauffman Stadium where Chris Sale and the Chisox are -128 moneyline favorites with the total at 7.5.

The White Sox (53-58, 24-32 road) which jumped out to an American League-best 23-10 record to start the season, shares an identical 53-58 record with the Royals and is also 8-15 in the second half. 

The Royals (53-58, 34-20 home) plummeted from contention following a devastating 7-19 record in the month of July. Kansas City is just 8-15 in its last 23 games since the All-Star break.

Sale (14-5, 3.12 ERA) has had a string of hard-luck decisions including his last start, when he came out on the losing end of a 2-1 decision at Detroit. He has allowed four runs and 13 hits over 22 innings in his last three starts, but has received a combined five runs of offensive support. Sale is 8-9 against Kansas City.

Volquez (8-10, 4.99 ERA) was rocked for the second straight outing -- both on the road -- at Tampa Bay on Wednesday, giving up eight runs and 11 hits. He has a 6-3 record and 3.89 record in 13 home starts and has a 2-3 record with a 2.89 ERA in seven career outings versus Chicago.

Kansas City has won five of the last six series meetings while Chicago is 3-8 in its last 11 overall.

The White Sox are 6-2 to the OVER in their last eight overall while the UNDER is 12-5 in Sale’s last 17 starts vs. KC.




Free MLB Selection Monday: Marlins vs. Giants Matchup

Jose Fernandez leads the Marlins against the slumping Giants
Take #951 San Francisco and Miami UNDER 6.5/+100  (7:10 PM ET Monday, August 8)

Runs figure to be at a premium tonight when the San Francisco Giants and Florida Marlins open a three-game set in South Beach. First pitch arrives at 7:10 PM ET at Marlins Park where the Fish and Jose Fernandez are -144 moneyline favorites over Johnny Cueto and Bay Area bunch.

The Giants (63-48, 31-27 road) are just 6-15 since the All-Star break and have seen their lead over the Dodgers shrink to just one-game. The Marlins (59-52, 29-24 home)  took two out of three in Colorado over the weekend, giving them a one-game lead over St. Louis in the race for the NL's second wild-card spot. 

Cueto (13-3, 2.73 ERA) is 8-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 12 road outings but has allowed at least four runs in four of his last seven outings.  The two-time All Star allowed five runs over five frames in a setback versus the Marlins last season, falling to 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA in eight career starts against them. San Francisco has lost three of Cueto's last four starts after winning 16 of his first 18.

Fernandez (12-6, 2.87 ERA) surrendered three runs in six innings during Tuesday's loss to the Cubs, marking only the second time he’s dropped consecutive starts in the same season. He’s been as good as gold at home posting an out of this world 26-2 record and 1.62 ERA in 38 career starts at home. He’s 1-1 lifetime with a 5.25 ERA in two turns vs. the Giants.

Cueto and Fernandez have combined to hold the opposition to two or fewer runs in 28 of their 43 starts this season.

The Giants and Marlins have squared off 13 times since the stadium opened in 2012, and 10 of the contests have been decided by two runs or fewer.




NFL-X Free Play: Packers, Colts Collide in HOF Game

Andrew Luck leads the Colts against the Packers in Canton
Take #241 Green Bay and Indianapolis UNDER 34 (8 PM ET Sunday, August 7)

Will the induction of Brett Favre into the Pro Football Hall of Fame affect the odds heading into the HOF game Sunday in Canton where Green Bay and Indianapolis will square off?

The Green Bay Packers could rate an emotional edge but that’s negated by the fact Aaron Rodgers isn’t expected to play and backup QB Brett Hundley is injured. Indianapolis is a -3 point favorite with the total at 34. Kick-off is set for 8 PM ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Joe Callahan and Marquise Williams, two rookie free-agent quarterbacks who were not picked in the NFL draft will share time at QB while Andrew Luck will start for the Colts.
Indianapolis has been a notoriously bad preseason team recently, going 1-8 straight up and 2-7 against the spread in its last nine games dating back to 2013.

The UNDER is 8-3 in the team’s previous 11 exhibition games. Green Bay has gone 5-2 SU and ATS in its past seven preseason games, with the total finishing over in five of six following a 7-1 under run.

This will be the first preseason meeting between the two teams. Green Bay has won the last four regular season meetings.

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MLB Free Play Friday: Rays, White Sox in Tampa Bay

Brad Miller leads the Rays against the Twins
Take #915 Minnesota and Tampa Bay OVER (7:10 PM ET Friday, August 5)

It’s a battle of cellar dwellers as the Minnesota Twins visit the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a three-game series. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET at Tropicana Field where the Rays are -128 moneyline favorites with the total at 7.5. Tampa Bay has won two in a row and six of their last eight. Minnesota (46-65, 24-32 road) sustained their second loss in eight outings with a 9-2 setback in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon. 

The Rays (44-63, 24-32 home) have seen a resurgency from Brad Miller who belted a three-run homer in Thursday's 3-2 victory over Kansas City, marking the fourth time that the 26-year-old has gone deep in six outings. Miller has 11 hits in his last eight games overall.

Minnesota will look to get back on track with Ervin Santana (4-9, 3.66 ERA) who improved to 3-2 with two complete games and a 1.96 ERA in his last eight outings after allowing one earned run in six innings in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. However he’s a disastrous 0-6 with a 5.09 ERA in nine night outings this season. Santana is 6-7 in his career versus Tampa Bay.

Blake Snell (3-4, 3.08) improved to 2-0 in his last three starts on Sunday after yielding two runs and striking out a career high-tying nine in 5.3 innings of a 5-3 victory over the Yankees. He’ll be making his 10th career start and first against Minnesota.

The OVER is 8-1 in the last nine series meetings and 43-10-3 in the Twins past 56.

The Rays are 9-18 against the AL Central while the Twins are a humbling 8-20 against the AL East.


MLB Free Selection: Take Tigers in Matinee Matchup vs. White Sox

Jordan Zimmerman returns from the DL to face the White Sox
Take #963 Detroit Tigers -140 over Chicago White Sox (1:10 PM ET Thursday, August 4)

The red-hot Detroit Tigers aim for their ninth straight win and a series sweep of the Chicago White Sox when the teams meet in Motown. Game time is slated for 1:10 PM ET at Comerica Park where the Tigers are -140 moneyline favorites. The total is 8.5.

While the Tigers have moved within two games of division-leading Cleveland, the White Sox (51-55, 23-31) have dropped three in a row and six of seven on their eight-game road trip. 

The Tigers (58-48, 30-19 home) have been bolstered by the return of J.D. Martinez who returned from an elbow fracture to homer on the first pitch he in Wednesday's 2-1 win. He’ll be making his first start since June 16.

A pair of veteran righthanders will duel in Detroit. Jose Quintana (8-8, 2.89 ERA) draws the start for the Chisox while Jordan Zimmerman (9-4, 3.95 ERA) will go for the Tigers. Quintana is 3-0 mark with a 1.95 ERA in five starts with two no-decisions. He twirled 6.1 scoreless innings against the Detroit on June 24.

Zimmerman has been on the disabled list with a strained neck and will be making make his first start since June 16. He allowed two runs in 5.2 innings in a 10-3 romp over the White Sox on June 3. Bettors alert: Zimmerman will likely be on a pitch count. 

Chicago is 9-24 in its last 33 road games and 1-8 in Quintana’s past nine outings. The White Sox are 15-39 in their last 34 games in Detroit. The Tigers are 25-10 in their past 35 home games.

The UNDER is 10-1 in Quintana’s last 11 road starts while Detroit is 14-6-1 to the low side in its previous 21 games. The Tigers are 27-18-4 to the over this season.



Free MLB Sunday Selection: Cards are the Choice over the FIsh

Andrew Cashner makes his Marlins debut vs. the Cardinals
Take #951 St. Louis Cardinals -113 over Miami Marlins (1:10 PM ET Sunday, July 31)

A pair of Wild Card contenders square off in Miami where the Marlins host the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of their three-game series. First pitch is set for 1:10 PM ET at Marlins Park where the Redbirds and Carlos Martinez are -113 moneyline favorites over the Fish and newly acquired Andrew Cashner. The total is eight.

The Marlins (56-48, 28-24 home) pulled back into a tie with the Cardinals for the second wild card in the National League with an 11-0 romp on Saturday. Marcell Ozuna homered for the second straight night as Miami snapped the Cardinals' three-game winning streak. Dee Gordon, in his second game back from an 80-game suspension, scored three times and had a stolen base.  The Cardinals (56-48, 31-18 road) one night after beating the Marlins 11-6, St. Louis managed just six hits on Saturday.

Martínez (10-6, 2.87 ERA) would rate the edge in today’s mound matchup solely on his road record. The hard-throwing righthander is 6-1 away from St. Louis with a shiny 1.89 ERA in eight starts. Cashner (4-7, 4.76) who was part of the seven-player trade with San Diego is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA versus St. Louis.

St. Louis is 9-4 in the past 13 meetings and 9-4 in its past 13 overall.

The OVER is 7-1 in the past eight meetings with the Cardinals going 29-18-2 to the high side on the road.  St. Louis is third in the league in scoring averaging 5.09 runs per game.




Free MLB Saturday Selection: Mets Favored to Beat the Rockies


Bartolo Colon and the Mets host the Rockies
Take #909 Colorado Rockies +130 over New York Mets (7:10 PM ET Saturday, July 30)

The surging Colorado Rockies try for their fourth straight victory when they visit the New York Mets. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET at Citi Field where the Mets and Bartolo Colon are -135 moneyline favorites over the Rockies and Jorge De La Rosa. The total is 8/-110. Colorado has won the first two games of the series to extend its winning streak while New York has dropped three in a row.

The Rockies (50-52, 25-26 road) captured Friday night’s contest downing the Mets 6-1. Carlos Gonzalez had a three-run homer and an RBI double while Charlie Blackmon had four hits. Tyler Chatwood worked seven strong innings to pick up his 10th win.

The Mets (53-48, 27-23 home) haven’t had a problem with their starting rotation which has allowed just eight runs over the past five games. However Colon will be pitching on fewer than four days' rest for the first time since 2005. Colon (9-5, 3.35 ERA) beat St. Louis last time out by giving up one run and three hits over seven innings. That continued a pattern of alternating good and bad starts. De La Rosa (6-7, 5.70 ERA) was rock solid in his last outing holding Baltimore to one earned run in 6.1 innings of work.

The Rockies have won seven of their last eight games but are a dreadful 17-40 in their past 57 against the Mets. NY is 8-2 in Colon’s last 10 starts.

The UNDER is 19-7 in Colorado’s last 26 road games while New York is 18-6-2 to the low side in its past 26 outings.