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Offense A Rarity When Brewers Play

If you are looking for runs galore and balls leaving the park with more regularity than a disgruntled fan then you should probably not be watching the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew’s past eight games have seen an average of 6.5 runs per game, but that has made the UNDER profitable – with the UNDER cashing in six of those eight contests. The Brewers will continue their weekday series with the Chicago Cubs Wednesday – after shocking the ChiCubs in the first game.

Milwaukee will send Jimmy Nelson to the mound – who has been the best starter on the team. Nelson has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six of his eight starts this season with batters hitting just .222 against the righty. Nelson has put up solid career numbers against the Cubs – a 3.35 ERA in eight appearances – but is winless thanks to lack of run support.

John Lackey has been stellar during May with the veteran posting a 1.96 ERA and 20 strikeouts in three starts, but all those came at Wrigley Field. Lackey has been poor away from Chicago this season with the 37-year old holding a 5.79 ERA while allowing five more earned runs than in his home appearances – despite starting one fewer game while travelling.

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MMA Betting Lines: Venator FC Odds

Venator FC is far from an established MMA property, but their perchant for grabbing some notable – though over-the-hill – fighters and grandiose claims from Frank Merenda have gotten a few people looking. Though Venator is not going to be a rival to the UFC or Bellator any time soon, the company has managed to make enough noise to draw some eyes.

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Europa League Preview: Liverpool-Sevilla

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While the Europa League lacks the star quality of the more prestigious Champions League, the football can still be of the highest order and this season was certainly no different. On Wednesday, Premier League club Liverpool and La Liga side Sevilla will meet at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland for a final which promises to be an excellent contest with some intriguing betting value on the board.

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Rea: The Best Money Pitcher In Baseball

We all know about the aces – the guys that hurl double-digit strikeouts and are paid ludicrous amounts of money – but it has been relatively unheralded Colin Rea who has been the best bet this season. Rea leads all pitchers in money won with bettors being up +$674 if they wagered $100 on each of his starts. Rea will take to the mound for the San Diego Padres when they face the San Francisco Giants Tuesday.

Why has Rea – who has a rather pedestrian 4.24 ERA – the best money pitcher in baseball? The Padres inexplicably score runs when he is on the mound. San Diego has given Rea 5.9 runs of support per outing compared to just 3.2 runs for the rest of their starting rotation.

The Padres may be hard pressed to continue this batting trend as the face Madison Bumgarner Tuesday. MadBum has a 2.72 ERA through his first eight starts and has yet to allow any team to score more than four runs in an outing.

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Bats Come Out When BoSox Meet Royals

Pitchers have not exactly loved taking to the mound when the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals clash. The OVER has gone 7-1-1 in the past nine meetings between the two clubs with an average combined score of 10.3 runs per game.

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  • The Red Sox have won 10 of the past 14 games against the Royals.
  • The UNDER is 12-4 in the Royals' past 16 games with a closing total of 8.0 or more.
  • The Red Sox have hit at least one home run in 17 consecutive games.

Rick Porcello – who will take to the bump Tuesday – has been the Red Sox' most reliable pitcher this season. Porcello has pitched at least 6.0 innings in each of his seven starts this season while posting a 3.11 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. The Sox have also given Porcello plenty of run support, as the team has averaged 6.3 runs per game when the righty starts.

The Royals have yet to lose a game at Kauffman Stadium this season when Yordano Ventura gets the start. Ventura has a 2.65 ERA while allowing batters to hit just .177 at home this season.

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Aces Take Bump As NYM Trend UNDER

The New York Mets have been an UNDER machine with seven of their past eight games failing to top the closing total - with those games averaging a combined of 6.9 runs per game. The total when the New York Mets and Washington Nationals start their series Tuesday will be low, as Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard take the mound.

After a spectacular opening month, Noah Syndergaard has come back to earth. ‘Thor’ has allowed eight earned runs and three homers in his three starts in May; this is in stark contrast to allowing just five earned runs and no home runs during his first five outings. Much has been made in the media of Syndergaard’s velocity – he even underwent preliminary elbow testing in April – but is still averaging 98.9 miles per hour on his fastball.

Max Scherzer is coming off a ridiculous outing in which he became just the fourth pitcher to ever record 20 strikeouts in a game. ‘Mad Max’ has recorded 36 strikeouts and just three walks in his past three games. Scherzer has been given up a lot of home runs though, as he has surrendered 11 homers this season.

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Stroman Goes for Third Win Versus Rays

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The reeling Toronto Blue Jays will be desperate to snap a three-game losing skid as they tangle with the Tampa Bay Rays in the second of a three-game set at Rogers Centre. Considering who they’ve got toeing the rubber Tuesday night, the Jays’ chances look pretty good.

Shark Bites
  • The favorite is 2-7 SU in the last nine games in this matchup.
  • The Rays are 5-2 SU in their last seven games versus teams with a losing record.
  • OVER has cashed in five of the Rays’ last six games

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Jays at -145 in moneyline markets while the Rays are +125. As far as the total is concerned, both OVER and UNDER 8 runs is -115.

Marcus Stroman is slated to get the ball for the Jays and will make is third start of the season versus the Rays. The 25-year-old has been at his best versus Tampa and boasts a 2-0 record, 2.25 ERA and microscopic 0.71 WHIP in those two starts.

Scheduled to get the ball for the Rays is Chris Archer, who is attempting to put a horrifying start to the 2016 campaign behind him. The righty has gone 2-0 in his last four starts (Rays are 3-1) and like Stroman, will be making his third start versus Tuesday’s opponent. Archer has gone 0-1 with a very respectable 3.27 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in those starts.

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Is Total Too Low for Mad Max vs Thor?

Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard face off in a pitching battle of epic proportions Tuesday. Mad Max and Thor have given up a combined 2.5 runs per outing this season while both are averaging near eight strikeouts per game. It makes sense that the Washington Nationals and New York Mets will be facing a low total for the game – a total that opened at 6.5.

But is a 6.5 too low?

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Cavs and Raptors are Strikingly Similar

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Maybe it's the LeBron James effect, but a large number of pundits and fans across the NBA have already written off the Toronto Raptors before the Eastern Conference finals have even begun.

The Cavs entered the postseason as the No. 1 team in the East with a 57-28 record, and the Raptors weren't far off at 56-28. At BetOnline the Cavaliers have a staggeringly high series price of -1500, with Toronto coming in as a +950 long shot. The wine and gold were 11-point favorites in Game 1 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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2016 NBA Draft Lottery Odds

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The NBA Draft, a.k.a. the Philadelphia 76ers’ Super Bowl, is set to get underway on June 23, and hoops fans that cheer for underperforming teams are gearing up for the affair. But before we get there, the all-important draft lottery takes place on May 17.

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