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The Favored Team is Dominating Matchup Between Sox and Mariners

In a battle of two teams that aren’t quite out of the playoff race, the Chi Sox and Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38 ERA) will match up against the Seattle Mariners and Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52 ERA) at Safeco Field.

The White Sox are 11-3 in their last 14 games on Monday.
The favored team is 8-0 in the last 8 matchups between these two teams.
The Mariners are 4-0 in their last 4 games at home following a loss at Safeco.

Things have gone a little awry for Chicago’s lanky lefty and it seems as though he may be sliding out of the CY Young race. In Sale’s last two starts he has given up a combined 12 earned runs and four home runs – eight of those runs were earned against the Atlanta Braves and their MLB-worst offense. Despite his recent struggles, Sale has been clinical on the road this year and has posted a 2.33 ERA and 7-1 record away from U.S. Cellular.

Wade LeBlanc is not exactly a household name but what he lacks in notoriety he fails to make up for in velocity. LeBlanc is by all accounts, a fill-in fifth starter that does not have overwhelming stuff. He does have two quality starts in his three outings this year but was dinged up in his last start and lasted only 3.1 innings.  

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Texas Rangers Have Been Blowing up Favorites This Year

The Angels swept the White Sox in the first series back from the break and will have to steal a couple games from the AL East-leading Texas Rangers if they have any hope of climbing back in the division race. LA will send out Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.12 ERA) in hopes of getting the series off to a winning start as he faces A.J. Griffin (3-1, 3.81 ERA).

The Rangers are 12-3 in their last 15 games as a moneyline underdog of 110 or less.
The Angels are 1-9 in their last 10 games against their division.
The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 games with Griffin as their starter.

Nick Tropeano has dropped both of this decisions since returning from the DL for a shoulder issue but earned a tough loss in his last outing. Tropeano has been by far and away the Angels best starter and is the only one with an ERA under four. In his lone start against the Rangers this year, the Angels’ righty went 6.2 innings and allowed only four hits and no runs in a win.

Griffin hasn’t earned a win since April 26 and hasn’t gone deeper than six innings since May 2. He, like Tropeano, has also been battling a sore shoulder that may be contributing to his short outings. Griffin has pitched better on the road this year, posting a 3.45 ERA away from Arlington.

If you're playing daily fantasy, you may want to check out Mike Trout. The former MVP has taken Griffin deep twice in his 17 at bats against him and will be a candidate to go Yahtzee again tonight.  

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Cubs Just Can’t Solve The Mets

The Chicago Cubs may be the best team in baseball, but they have been completely unable to defeat the New York Mets. The Cubbies have lost eight consecutive games against the Mets while being outscored by a staggering 34 runs in those outings.

Shark Bites
  • The Mets are 2-7 in their past nine games at Wrigley Field.
  • The Cubs are 3-7 SU and ATS in their past 10 games as home favorites.
  • The Mets are 15-2 in their past 17 games on a Monday.

Steven Matz will look to rectify his issues with the long ball when he takes the mound Monday. Matz has given up at least one home run in each of his past five starts. The Mets will be hoping that the bone spurs in Matz’ elbow will have subsided, as the youngster’s slider has seen little use since being diagnosed.

Possibly no player in baseball was happier than Jon Lester to see the All-Star Break come. The lefty has given up 13 hits, 13 earned runs and five home runs across 4.1 innings of work – two starts - so far in July.

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Gausman, Orioles Have Owned The Yankees

The Baltimore Orioles will look to extend their dominance of the New York Yankees when the AL East rivals kick off a four-game set Monday. The O’s have won nine of the past 11 contests against the Yankees – including going 4-2 in their six meetings so far this season.

Shark Bites
  • The Orioles are 3-8 in their past 11 games at Yankees Stadium.
  • The Yankees are 2-7 in their past nine games within the AL East.
  • The Orioles are 11-2 in their past 13 games against teams with losing records

Kevin Gausman was originally scheduled to take the bump Sunday, but the Orioles opted to push his start back a day to face the Yankees. Gausman has historically fared well against the Bronx Bombers with a 2.22 ERA in 13 appearances – seven of which were starts. In just this season alone, Gausman has a 0.64 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season.

The Yanks will hope that Ivan Nova can get something going in the second half after a disappointing opening to the year. Nova has allowed 36 runs in his past nine starts and has not pitched into the sixth inning in his past five outings.

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Stenson Edges Mickelson to Win Thrilling British Open

Henrik Stenson PGA

One of the best Sundays in Open Championship history gave us a first time major champion, an exhilarating duel between two great players and memories that won’t go away anytime soon.

Henrik Stenson carded a final round of 8 under 63 to finish the tournament at 20 under - the best final round in major championship history. The 40-year-old beat Phil Mickelson by three strokes to win the Claret Jug.


Can Fulmer Keep Up His Torrid Pace?

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are trailing the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central division, but a win in Sunday’s contest would put them in a good position to challenge the Tribe as the season passes its midway point.

Shark Bites
  • The OVER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Detroit.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the Tigers' last 6 games.
  • The Royals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Yordano Ventura and Michael Fulmer are slated to get the start for the Royals and Tigers, respectively. Ventura (6-7, 5.15 ERA) has lost each of his last three starts since serving an eight-game suspension. Fulmer (9-2, 2.11) concluded an excellent first half of the season with his seventh victory in his last nine starts against Cleveland on July 6. The 23-year-old rookie is 7-1 with a 0.63 ERA in that span.

The UNDER is paying out for Kansas City backers of late. In the Royals’ last seven games, the UNDER is 5-2.

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Mets are Struggling Behind deGrom

The New York Mets haven’t been getting the job done against divisional opponents, but a Sunday matchup with the lowly Philadelphia Phillies could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

Shark Bites
  • The Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
  • The UNDER is 4-1 in the Phillies' last 5 starts.
  • The Mets are 1-4 in deGroms last 5 road starts.

Jacob deGrom and Zach Eflin are the probable starters for the Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. deGrom (5-4, 2.61 ERA) has permitted three runs on 16 hits in his last three outings, and he’s 3-0 in his career against the Phils.

Eflin (2-2, 4.08) has recorded back-to-back victories after beginning his career with an 0-2 record.

Putting runs on the board has been the difference maker for the Mets this year. New York is 11-35 when scoring three or fewer runs this season.

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OVER Hot When Marlins Invade Busch Stadium

The stakes are high on the diamond on Sunday, as the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins will face off in a rubber match of their three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Shark Bites
  • The Marlins are 4-1 in Conley's last 5 starts.
  • The UNDER is 5-2 in the Marlins' last 7 games.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis.

Adam Conley (6-5, 3.62 ERA) and Michael Wacha (5-7, 4.36) are slated to get the ball of the Marlins and Cardinals. Conley has struck out 22 batters against six walks in his last four outings. The 26-year-old will be making his first career start against the Cards on Sunday.

Wacha has kept the ball in the ballpark in each of his past two outings and five of his previous seven. Wacha is 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA at home this year.

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Red Sox and Yankees Going UNDER in the Bronx

The Boston Red Sox can complete a three-game sweep of the hated rival New York Yankees with a win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 3-1-1 in Price's last 5 road starts.
  • The OVER is 5-0 in Tanaka's last 5 starts.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York.

David Price (9-6, 4.34 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (6-2, 3.23) will take the mound for both teams. Price has reached double-digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts and has 140 k’s in 124 innings this year.

Tanaka is having issues with consistency lately, as the ace has allowed three runs or fewer in three of his last six starts and a total of 18 allowed in the other three.

The UNDER is a hot bet when the Sox take the field. In Boston’s prior four games, the UNDER is a perfect 4-0.

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Cubs are Faltering Behind Hammel

The Texas Rangers put together the best record in the American League in the first half of the 2016 MLB campaign, and they’ll look to pick up where they left off against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
  • The Cubs are 0-6 in Hammel's last 6 starts.
  • The UNDER is 5-2-1 in Darvish's last 8 starts overall.

Yu Darvish and Jason Hammel are slated to get the start for the Rangers and Cubs, respectively. Darvish (2-0, 2.87 ERA) is making just his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery that cost him all of 2015. Hammel (7-5, 3.46) is winless over his last last six starts dating back to June 4, going 0-4 with a 5.94 ERA in that span.

The Cubs are 3-0 in interrelate play this season and have won five straight against AL opponents dating back to last year.

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