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Cubs Have Owned Faltering Pirates

It’s only June, but the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t doing themselves any favors in the National League Central race. The fading Pirates have dropped seven of their last eight heading into Friday afternoon’s series opener at Wrigley Field against division rival Chicago. The Cubbies own the league’s best home record at 22-8.

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  • The Cubs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games at home
  • The Pirates are 16-4 OU in their last 20 games during the afternoon
  • The Cubs are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games after a loss.

Francisco Liriano and Jake Arrieta will get the start for the Bucs and Cubs, respectively. Liriano (4-6, 4.92 ERA) dropped his third-straight decision last Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 32-year-old is putting up terrible numbers on the road this year, going 1-3 with a 7.09 ERA in six starts.

Arrieta (10-1, 1.86) rebounded from his first loss by holding Atlanta to two runs on four hits and two walks in an 8-2 victory last Saturday. The ace is 8-1 with a 1.58 ERA in 11 career starts against the Pirates.

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Euro Dark Horses Will Matchup Saturday

Iceland and Hungary have been two of the biggest surprises at the 2016 Euros and have a relatively deep history of matchups. The two sides have played ten matches since 1988 with the Hungarians edging the all-time series seven-wins to three going into their fixture Saturday.


Harvey Goes for 4th Straight Quality Start

Two of the bottom three offenses in the league will collide tonight as the Braves stop in at Citi Field to open up a three-game series with the Mets. Matt Harvey (4-8, 4.66 ERA) will take the bump in the series opener vs the Braves, who will counter with rookie John Gant (0-1, 5.63 ERA).

The Braves are 0-13 in their last 13 games as an underdog of +210 or more.
The Mets are 14-6 in their last 20 games as home favorites.
The Braves are 5-1 OU in their last 6 games.

Matt Harvey has put together three straight quality starts after a horrendous start to the 2016 season and seems to have figured things out. In his last three outings, Harvey has allowed only two total earned runs in 20 innings pitched and figures to give his Mets a good chance to win tonight, assuming he gets some run support.

There’s not much Major League data on Braves rook John Gant, as he has appeared in only eight games and made only one start for the tomahawk chops. Before being called up, Gant was 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves, who are +210 on Bovada, will lean on Freddie Freeman for offense – Freddie is hitting .379 with three home runs in the last seven days and will have the lefty/righty advantage against the right-handed Matt Harvey.  

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OVER Trending in Jays-Orioles Tilt

The Baltimore Orioles are clinging on to first place in the American League East division, and they’ll attempt to hold off the surging Toronto Blue Jays when the squads tangle on Friday. The Jays have won three in a row and six of seven, including the final three matchups of a four-game series against the Orioles last week in Canada.

Shark Bites
  • The Orioles are 1-3 SU in their last 4 games as home underdogs.
  • The OVER is 7-1 in Toronto's last 8 games after a win.
  • The OVER is 5-1 in Baltimore's last 6 with a closing total of 9.0 or more

Aaron Sanchez and Mike Wright are slated to get the ball for the tilt. Sanchez (6-1, 3.38 ERA) was hammered by the Orioles on Sunday but picked up the win despite surrendering six runs and 10 hits. The 23-year-old gave up four home runs in that contest.

Wright (3-3, 5.31) struggled with his control against Toronto last Saturday but is still undefeated in his last six starts. Wright has yet to beat the Jays in his career, going 0-3 with an ugly 7.13 ERA in five career appearances.

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Hamels Looks to Continue Road Dominance

The red-hot Texas Rangers will head to St. Louis tonight to open up an interleague series with the Cardinals. Veteran lefty Cole Hamels (6-1, 3.14 ERA) will handle pitching duties for the Rangers against a Michael Wacha (2-6, 4.91 ERA) that has been brutal in 2016.

The Cardinals have gone 6-7 with Michael Wacha as their starter.
Lefties are hitting .182 against Cole Hamels this year.
Texas is 20-5 in their last 25 games with Hamels as their starting pitcher.

St. Louis has been hiding in the shadow of the Chicago Cubs this season but has put together a solid 35-30 record in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. The favored team is 8-3 in these team’s last 11 matchups – this bodes well for the Redbirds, who are -175 favorites on Bovada to win the series.

Hamels has been lights out on the road this year, posting a 4-0 record and 1.94 ERA in six starts at visiting stadiums and should give the Rangers, who have been hitting everything lately, a good shot to win as -102 favorites.

The total has gone OVER in ten of the Cardinals' last 14 games where the total has closed at eight and the total has gone OVER in seven of the Rangers' last nine games against teams with winning records. With the line set at -120, a bet on the OVER could prove profitable.

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Italians Look to Improve to 2-0 at Euros

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who saved a point for Sweden in their first match against Ireland, will attempt to carry his team to an upset over an Italian team that is coming off a massive win over Belgium, a team many had pegged to win the tournament.


Spain’s Three-Peat Quest Continues

Gerard Pique Spain Emre Mor Turkey Euro 2016

A late winner from Gerard Piqué cemented all three points for Spain in their opener versus Czech Republic. Next up for La Furia Roja as their quest for a third consecutive European Championship continues is Turkey, who were soundly outplayed by Croatia in their opener.


EEUU Y Ecuador Abren Los Cuartos

El viernes a las 11:30 empezará la ronda de los cuartos de final en La Copa América 2016 y el primer encuentro se disputa entre los Estados Unidos y Ecuador. Se han enfrentado once veces en total y Ecuador tiene la ventaja, con cinco victorias comparado con las tres de los EEUU.


Croats and Czechs Play Third Ever Match

Despite their close proximity, Czech Republic and Croatia have only played two matches against each other – ever. Croatia won both those meetings and will be the favorites to do the same in their Friday matchup against the Czechs.


Will History Repeat Itself in Game 6?

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No team has ever come back from a 3-1 hole to win the NBA Finals, and only two of 32 teams in that position have managed to take the series to seven games. The last time that happened was in 1966. The Cleveland Cavaliers will attempt to make history tonight when Game 6 gets underway in Ohio on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in six of the Warriors' last seven games with a closing total of 207.5 or less.
  • The Cavaliers are 3-1 SU and ATS in their last four games with two days off between games.
  • The favored team is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games in this matchup.

Cleveland’s dynamic duo of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 82 points in the Cavs’ 112-97 victory in Game 5, denying the Golden State Warriors a chance to repeat on their home court. Kevin Love returned to the starting lineup in that contest but managed only two points and three rebounds.

The biggest difference for Golden State in that game was the absence of Draymond Green. Green missed Game 5 due to a suspension for hitting James below-the-belt in Game 4. If the power forward receives another flagrant one, he’ll miss a potential Game 7.

If you’ll remember back to last year, the Warriors were in the exact same position. Up 3-2 in the series, they closed out the Finals in front of Cleveland’s home crowd. Earlier in the season, Curry stated he hoped the locker rooms “still smelled of champagne.”

The Cavs, who opened as 2-point favorites at most shops, have been producing as home faves as of late. In their last eight when tabbed as home chalk, the wine and gold are 7-1 ATS.

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