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Greinke Looks to Continue Dominance Through Thick and Thin (Air)

The D-Backs open up a series tonight at Coors Field and will send a Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.54 ERA) to the mound who has rediscovered his all-star form, winning his last seven decisions. The Rockies will turn to a less than dominant Eddie Butler (2-6, 6.26 ERA) and will hope to stop the streaking Greinke.

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The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in their last 4 games as favorites.
The total has gone UNDER in the Diamondbacks' last 5 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Rockies' last six games against their division.

Butler, like most pitchers, has struggled at Coors Field. He has posted a 9.37 ERA in four appearances in Colorado so far this season. In his last outing, Butler was knocked around for six earned runs and lasted just 3.1 innings.

If you’re playing daily fantasy, check out Carlos Gonzalez. He has hit four home runs and has an OPS of 1.295 in 31 career at-bats vs Greinke.

In his two starts in Denver this year, Greinke has given up a total of nine earned runs through 11 innings but has been much better since his last start vs Colorado. The former Cy Young Award winner has been lights out on the road this season and owns a 1.47 ERA in six starts away from Arizona.

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722623
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Padres’ Surging Bats Have The OVER Cashing

The San Diego Padres have not supplied much more than fade-material so far this season, but a sudden offensive burst has seen the team become a profitable OVER play. The OVER is 6-1 in the Padres’ past seven outings, while San Diego has averaged 5.9 runs per game in that span. The Padres kick off a four-game set with the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ballpark Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Padres are 8-2 in their past 10 games against the Reds.
  • The Reds are 3-9 in their last 12 games when John Lamb starts.
  • Matt Kemp has a lifetime .319 batting average at the Great American Ballpark.

The Padres' lineup has been finding their groove at the plate, but has been doing so by playing small ball. In San Diego’s past seven games the Friars have recorded 49 singles compared to 16 extra-base hits – only five of which have been home runs.

The Reds will send John Lamb – who has been surprisingly solid – to the bump to try and slow down the Padres. In the month of June, Lamb has a 2.66 ERA while holding opponents to just one run in three of his four starts.

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722615
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Mets Simply Can’t Beat the Worst Teams

The New York Mets have shown a bad tendency to play to the level of their competition, which has guided them to five-straight losses against teams with losing records. Three of those losses came in a series against the Atlanta Braves last week after the Mets mustered just four runs combined. The Mets and Braves renew their NL East rivalry Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • Matt Harvey has allowed one or fewer runs in three of his past four outings.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the Braves’ past five outings.
  • The Mets are 7-0 in their past seven games at Turner Field.

New York will send Matt Harvey to the mound to contest a Braves’ lineup he has struggled against this season. Harvey has faced off against the Braves three times this year while posting a 4.86 ERA and allowing Atlanta – one of the worst offenses in the MLB – to bat .314.

Matt Wisler – who takes the bump for the Braves – has fared well in his young career against the Mets. The rightie has a career 1.55 ERA in four career starts against the Mets - which includes an eight inning, one-hit outing earlier this season.

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722606
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ChiSox Serve up Struggling Shields to Blistering Bo Sox

James Shields (2-9, 6.28 ERA) has been nothing more than a sacrifice to the baseball gods since arriving in Chicago and will look to right the ship as his White Sox play an afternoon game at Fenway today. The Red Sox will send the 6’5” Rick Porcello (8-2, 3.76) to the mound tonight in search of his fourth straight quality start.

SHARK BITES
The White Sox are 0-6 in their last 6 games as a moneyline underdog of 210 or more.
The Red Sox are 6-2 in their last 8 games during the afternoon.
The White Sox have posted 3 OVERs in a row with James Shields as their starting pitcher.

James Shields has lasted just 8.2 innings through his three starts with the White Sox and has given up 21 earned runs in that limited time span. To be fair, he has faced three very potent offenses in the Tigers, Nats and Indians, he will however, not be getting off easy in his fourth start as he takes the mound against a blistering BoSox lineup that has a +77 run differential.

David Ortiz will be licking his lips coming into this matchup. He has hit three home runs against Shields in his career and has 18 hits in 60 at bats against the righty.

Rick Porcello is putting together one of the best seasons of his career and his team is 9-5 through his first 15 starts. The seven-year man has gotten six wins in six starts at Fenway this year and is in good position to stay undefeated at home in his start today against the struggling Shields.

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722614
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Phillies' Losing Streak on the Verge of Reaching Double Digits

The Minnesota Twins are the dubious owners of the worst record in the bigs, and they’ll tangle with another lowly club when the Philadelphia Phillies come to town on Thursday. Minny can go for their third series sweep of the campaign against the Phillies with a win.

Shark Bites
  • The Phillies are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against the American League
  • The Twins are 5-0 OU in their last 5 games.
  • The Twins are 6-0 OU in their last 6 games against the National League.

Jerad Eickhoff and Ricky Nolasco are slated to get the ball for the Phils and Twins, respectively. Eickhoff (4-9, 3.49 ERA) has been fantastic in his last two starts, giving up totals of one run and five hits while striking out 13 in as many innings.

Nolasco (3-4, 4.91) has turned in four quality starts in his last five outings – a great bounce back from earlier in the year. Before those five starts, Nolasco was riding an ugly six-game winless streak which saw him give up 30 runs.

When labeled as underdogs, the Phils are cashing OVER bets. The OVER is 10-3 in Philadelphia’s last 13 as dogs.

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722613
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Rumors and Rumblings from the NBA Draft

We’re hours away from the 2016 NBA Draft, and the NBA’s never-ending rumor carousel is kicking into overdrive.

We know it’s basically a formality that Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram will go first and second to the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. But the Boston Celtics, who own the third overall pick, continue to be the biggest wild card in the Draft.

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The Blueprint: How to Bet on the Kansas City Royals

If you want to win at betting you have to do your homework. Or, you can let me do the homework for you and lay out a blueprint for situations where a bet either for or against a team is worth your hard-earned money.

This week, I take a look at the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals, who have been a great wager at home, but just awful on the road. Let’s dig a little bit deeper into those home/road splits and take a look at some other outliers in the Royals’ season where bettors can get a serious edge.

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Best OVER/UNDER Pitchers in Baseball

MLB OVER/UNDER’s can be hard to predict but it can pay to consider the starting pitcher and how they’ve done in O/U’s to date. Here is a compilation of the five pitchers who have games they start most frequently go OVER and the five who are at the top of the list for having games they start go UNDER.

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This Week in Sports Betting: Brexit Bets

When it comes to predicting political outcomes, it appears American betting markets aren’t the only ones that might be better than the national pollsters.

In five of the six latest polls, the gap between Remain and Leave was gauged to be three points or less. Ladbrokes odds, on the other hand, suggest there is a 76 percent chance the UK will vote to Remain part of the EU. 

That’s a bloody big difference. 

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Após quartas histórica, Copa América chega às semis com Argentina buscando quebrar tabu

Estão definidos quais são as quatro melhores seleções do continente. Os duelos das quartas de finais da Copa América Centenário, edição especial que está sendo disputada nos Estados Unidos para comemorar os 100 anos da competição, foram intensos e deixaram uma marca histórica para as seleções que deles participaram. Agora, Argentina, Estados Unidos, Chile e Colômbia seguem na briga pelo título.

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