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Yankees Relishing Their Trips to Fenway

One of the biggest rivalries on sports gets renewed this weekend when the Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees for a three-game series. You’d think playing in front of the Fenway faithful would give the BoSox a boost, but they are just 2-8 in their past 10 games hosting the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to start the series Friday. Tanaka has been solid so far this season with a 2.92 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP while allowing two earned runs in each of his four starts. However, Tanaka has struggled against the Red Sox with a career 5.13 ERA in seven starts.

Henry Owens will get his second start of the season since getting the call to fill in for an ailing Joe Kelly. Owens, who allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings in his first start, was decimated in his two starts against the Yanks last season. Owens posted a 13.50 ERA while giving up 10 earned runs across 6.2 innings against the Bronx Bombers last year.

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Sharks Haven't Been Profitable at Home

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There’s nothing like springtime hockey in California when Nashville’s in town. Well, maybe that’s not totally accurate, but if the history of Sharks vs Predators hockey is any indication we could be in for a long, grueling series. The teams have split their last 30 games against each other, and 21 of those 30 games were decided by one goal.

The Sharks open as a healthy -162 favorite and they haven’t been paying off in this situation. They’ve gone just 3-6 in their last nine games as home favorites, but the Predators are much better as road dogs, posting a 3-5 record in their last eight games in that spot.

The total for the game is set a five goals, which is a mark the teams have topped just twice in their last 10 contest. They’ve now gone UNDER in five straight games when they play in San Jose.

Nashville won two of three games vs San Jose this season, however, San Jose won the series both times they met in the playoffs in 2006 and 2007.

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Best vs Worst: Cubs Hosting Braves

If you’re expecting a tightly contested, nail-biting weekend series you may not want to tune in to the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cubs hold the MLB’s best record at 16-5 with the Braves entering the series with a league worst 5-17. To put the cherry on the top, is the Braves have lost the past six outings against the Cubbies.

We can also expect a lopsided matchup of pitchers Friday afternoon. The Cubs will send 10-year veteran Jon Lester to the mound while Aaron Blair will make his second career start for the Braves. Lester has allowed just one earned run in his four starts this season while posting a 1.98 ERA. Comparably, Blair allowed six hits and three earned runs over 5.1 innings in his first career outing.

Fun Fact: Anthony Rizzo has hit five home runs in the Cubs past seven games. That’s one more home run than the entire Braves roster has so far this season.

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Stars Have Been Singing the Blues vs STL

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The American Airlines Center in Dallas will play host to the opening game of the second round matchup between the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues, and unfortunately for the home team, the Blues have been on a roll in Dallas. The Blues have won four of their last five in Dallas and six of seven overall.

Despite the recent one-sided nature of the matchup, the Stars enter the game as -113 favorites. A recent run on their home ice has seen them go 8-1 over their last nine games, but the Blues are no slouch on the road with seven wins in their last eight games outside of St. Louis. The Blues are also clicking as underdogs lately, going 7-1 in that spot.

It seems like the trends are working against Dallas, but they’ve shown tremendous resilience when losing the previous game in a matchup. They lost 5-4 the last time these teams met on March 12, but it’s rare for a team to beat them twice in a row, as they’re 9-1 after losing the previous game in a matchup.

Stars fans hoping for the added boost of getting Tyler Seguin back in the lineup will have to wait, as the center is expected to miss the first two games of the series.

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Like OVERs? Bet The NL Central

You may not have noticed, but as of April 28 the top three run producing teams in baseball are the St. Louis Cardinals (137 runs), Chicago Cubs (123) and Pittsburgh Pirates (119). 


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Prepare For Marquee Matchup in LA

The potential is there for one of the best pitching matchups of the young MLB season when the Miami Marlins visit the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday.  The Marlins will send, struggling, young ace Jose Fernandez to the mound to face-off against the newest pitching sensation Kenta Maeda.

If Fernandez wants to live up to his ultimate potential, he will need to perform better on the road. The 23-year old is 5-10 with a 3.81 ERA on the road compared to his near flawless 18-1 and 1.61 ERA at home.

Maeda looks like the newest Japanese pitching sensation to make his way to the MLB with a dominant first month this side of the Pacific. Through his first four starts, Maeda has allowed just on earned run while posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 23/5.

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Faves Cruising When Cards, D-Backs Meet

If there has been one constant for bettors when the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks square off, it’s that you should back the favorites. The favored team is 14-3 in the past 17 meetings between the Cards and D-Backs, which includes a 2-1 record during their current series.

The Cardinals will send Michael Wacha to the mound as the youngster looks to continue his string of solid performances. The right-hander has given up just three earned runs in his past three outings, but did struggle with control in his last game with four walks and no strikeouts.

Rubby De La Rosa will make his seventh appearance of the season when he starts Thursday. De La Rosa has had to pitch out of the bullpen three times already this season with the D-Backs starters struggling to go deep into games. De La Rosa has a career 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals.

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Brewers In a Terrible Spot Against Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers will have many difficult hills to climb if they want to beat the Chicago Cubs Thursday. First, the Brewers have lost 13 of the past 14 meetings with the Cubbies, including the past four. Second, they will be facing arguably the best pitcher on the planet in Jake Arrieta.

Arrieta will be looking for electric encore after the rightie threw his second career no-hitter in his last outing. In Arrieta’s past 24 regular season starts he is 20-1 with a 0.86 ERA while leading to Cubs to a 22-2 record. The early Cy Young favorite has also not allowed a run in his past 18 innings against the Brewers.

The Brew Crew will send struggling Taylor Jungmann to try and slow down the Cubs big hitters. Jungmann has a huge 8.47 ERA through his first four starts with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11/10.

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Home Court Trend Working in Celtics Favor

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The Boston-Atlanta first-round series has been one of the most exciting matchups in the NBA postseason so far, but the Celtics’ playoff dreams are on the line ahead of Thursday night’s Game 6 in Beantown. Home court has been massive in this series, as no road team has won yet through five games.

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  • The Hawks are 1-3 SU and ATS in their last four games with one day off between games.
  • The Celtics are 2-11 SU and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games as underdogs.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of the Celtics' last 15 games with one day off between games.

Just how long has it been since Atlanta ousted Boston in the playoffs? It hasn’t happened in 58 years. A date with the Cleveland Cavaliers awaits the victor.

The Hawks halted a brief two-game run by the C’s in Game 5 by walloping them 110-83 in Georgia. The Hawks scored 19 points in the first 18 minutes but lit up the Celtics for 70 in the next 18 minutes en route to the triumph.

The UNDER, which opened at 197, has gone 4-1 in the series so far. The UNDER is 5-2 in Atlanta’s last seven with a closing total of 197 or less.

Celtics bettors would be wise to keep an eye on Isaiah Thomas. Thomas re-aggravated a sprained left ankle in Tuesday’s fourth quarter, but insists he’ll play “no matter what.” He will likely be far from 100 percent, however, we’ve seen him overcome adversity and step up to the plate in a big way before.

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