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Yankees, Mariners Have a Penchant for Going UNDER

The New York Yankees just can’t seem to crack the .500 mark, but they’ll have another opportunity to even their record against the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

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  • The Yankees are 8-0 SU in their last eight games on the road against the Mariners.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Yankees' last four games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Mariners' last five games against teams with winning records.

Michael Pineda and Cody Martin are slated to take the mound. Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA) has struggled away from Yankee Stadium, posting a 2-6 mark with a 5.11 ERA on the year. The right-hander has split a pair of decisions against Seattle in his career.

Martin (1-2, 3.14) has kept the ball in the park in his six outings in 2016, which is extra impressive considering he surrendered eight homers over 30 2/3 combined innings with Oakland and Atlanta last year.

UNDER bettors love seeing these teams collide. In the last seven games between the Yanks and M's, the UNDER is 6-1.

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Back-to-Back Wins are Rare for Padres

The Chicago Cubs are still the favorites to win their first World Series since 1908, but they haven’t resembled their former selves lately. The Cubbies continue their nine-game road trip against the San Diego Padres on Monday.

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  • The visiting team is 4-1 SU in its last five games in this matchup.
  • The Cubs are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the Cubs' last 11 games on the road with Jon Lester as the starting pitcher.

Jon Lester and Edwin Jackson will get the ball for the Cubs and Padres, respectively. Lester (13-4, 2.86 ERA) is 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts against the Padres after an 8-7 victory on May 10.

Jackson (3-3, 5.36) allowed nine hits and a season-high eight runs in four innings of a 15-1 loss at Tampa Bay last Tuesday. The 32-year-old was 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA in 82 games with Chicago from 13-15, and is 3-2 with a 5.20 ERA in six outings with San Diego this year.

Stringing together wins has been a tall order for San Diego lately. In the Padres' last 12 games after a win, they're 1-11.

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Red-Hot Rays Look To Keep It Going Against BoSox

Don’t look now, but the lowly Tampa Bay Rays have actually been playing good baseball recently. The Rays are 6-1 SU and against the runline in their past seven games while averaging 7.8 runs per game in that span. The Rays kick off a four-game set with the Boston Red Sox Monday.

  • David Price is 0-3 with a 3.98 ERA as a visitor at Tropicana Field.
  • The Red Sox have won the past three games against the Rays.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the Red Sox and Rays past seven games at Tropicana Field.

Blake Snell has been incredibly consistent for the Rays, as he has not allowed more than two earned runs in his past seven starts. That span has seen Snell post a 2.50 ERA while only surrendering seven extra-base hits.

David Price takes the bump for the Red Sox coming off back-to-back quality starts. Price has allowed a combined four earned runs in his past two starts but has surrendered 14 hits as well.

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Astros Struggling When Visiting PNC Park

The Houston Astros kick off a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Steel City Monday, which could cause problems for the ‘Stros. Houston is just 2-10 in their past 12 games at PNC Park.

  • Jose Altuve is hitting .424 on the road this season.
  • The Astros are 21-9 in their past 30 games against the NL.
  • The Pirates have won each of Jameson Taillon’s past five starts.

Doug Fister will look to bounce back from some poor showings when he takes to the bump for the Astros. Fister has allowed a combined 15 hits and nine runs in his past two starts – while only lasting four innings in his last outing.

Jameson Taillon has been a sparkplug for the Pirates’ rotation, but he has been especially stellar recently. Taillon has a 1.80 ERA while holding opponents to a .205 batting average in his past three starts.

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Dodgers Red Hot Against Cincinnati

Despite being on a bit of a slump the last couple weeks, the Dodgers have held on to first place in the NL West in part, due to the Giants 11-23 record since the all-star break. LA will send Scott Kazmir (10-6, 4.41 ERA) out tonight in hopes of extending their division lead as they face Homer Bailey (2-1, 3.66 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds.

The Dodgers are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games against the Reds.
The Reds are 11-2 SU in their last 13 games after a loss.
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of the Reds' last 10 games with Bailey as the starting pitcher.

Since being lifted from the DL, Homer Bailey has had a tough time posting quality starts as he has not gone deep in games. He only has one start at home so far since being taken off the shelf but limited the Marlins to just one earned run in five innings in that game. In Bailey’s last three starts against the Dodgers, he has posted a 2.57 ERA with a 1-1 record.

Kazmir earned a win his last time out after posting three straight losses. He has pitched well against the Reds this year, earning a 1.50 ERA over his two starts against Cincinnati. That being said, Kazmir has been awful in games played during the day. Through his five games in the sun, the Dodgers lefty has a 6.48 ERA.

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Vikings Bettors Look to Pillage Sportsbooks Once Again in 2016

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The term “sexy pick” gets bandied around every summer about a team that bettors, fans and pundits predict to make great strides and possibly be a darkhorse Super Bowl option. Last year, the Minnesota Vikings were one such team that many felt would make the leap and they certainly did just that as they won the NFC North and were one Blair Walsh missed field goal away from winning a playoff game.


Can Bengals Finally End The Constant Heartbreak?

It’s hard to look at the Cincinnati Bengals and see anything other than chokers. It may not be 100 percent accurate, but there are not many words for a team that has lost in the first round of the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

However, the Bengals should be their usual dominant selves during the regular season. Andy Dalton had the best season of his career in 2015, A.J. Green is one of the top receiving threats in the game and the second-best scoring defense in the NFL last season remains largely intact.


OVER Trending For Mets, Giants Affair

Both the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants have been going OVER the closing total consistently lately. The Mets have gone OVER in six-straight games, while the Giants have topped the closing total in seven of their past eight. That includes the two teams averaging a combined 12.7 runs per game so far this series. The Mets and Giants close out their four-game set at AT&T Park Sunday.

  • The Giants are 2-5 SU and against the runline in their past seven games.
  • The Mets are 3-6 in their past nine games at AT&T Park.
  • Jeff Samardzija is 0-3 with an 11.40 ERA in three career starts against the Mets.

Noah Syndergaard has been solid – yet unspectacular – in his recent outings. The pitcher has posted a 4.08 ERA through his past five starts while surrendering at least six hits in each of those outings.

It appears that Jeff Samardzija has started to correct his issues with the long ball, as ‘The Shark” has not allowed a home run in his past two outings – only the second time he has done that all season. Samardzija has surrendered at least four earned runs in seven of his past 10 starts.

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Hammel Flawless Since the All-Star Break

There has been no hotter pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break than Jason Hammel. The Chicago Cubs’ pitcher is 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA in six starts since the unofficial midway point of the season – which includes not allowing a single run in his past three starts. Hammel will take the bump for the Cubs when they take on the Colorado Rockies Sunday.

  • The Cubs are 5-1 against the runline in their past six games.
  • The Rockies are 4-9 in their past 13 games.
  • Nolan Arenado has been held hitless in seven of the Rockies’ past 10 games.

Jorge De La Rosa has implemented a bend-not-break method in his recent outings. De La Rosa has posted a solid 3.38 ERA across his past five starts but has surrendered at least six hits in three of those games.

The Cubs have actually struggled when they visit Coors Field, as they have gone just 5-15 in their past 22 trips to Colorado. Kris Bryant has not been affected by these woes, as the youngster is 5-for-11 with five RBIs so far this series.

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Duffy’s Dominance Resulting In Wins for Royals

Danny Duffy has been the ace of the Kansas City Royals’ staff, which has led to the team being near unbeatable in his outings. The Royals have won each of Duffy’s past 10 starts with the lefty posting a 2.21 ERA in that span. Duffy and the Royals take to the diamond to challenge the Minnesota Twins Sunday.

  • The OVER is 11-3 in the Twins’ past 14 games on the road.
  • The Royals are 13-2 in their past 15 games against the Twins.
  • Alex Gordon enters Sunday on an 11-game hitting streak.

Ervin Santana has been red-hot for the Twins, as he has quietly been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two months. Santana has a 1.84 ERA with a 50-to-12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past 10 starts.

The Royals enter Sunday’s affair playing their best baseball of the season, as KC has won 10 of their past 11 games. It has been pitching and defensive dominance that has made the Royals such a difficult task for opponents, as the team has allowed an average of 2.1 runs per game in their past 11 outings.

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