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Astros Struggling Mightily On The Road

The Houston Astros have been a major disappointment this season. After making it to the ALDS last year, hopes were high for the ‘Stros but the team currently sits last in the AL West and has been downright terrible on the road. The Astros are 7-16 this season away from Minute Maid Park - the third-worst record in the MLB - which includes a loss in their first game against the LA Angels Friday.

Dallas Keuchel has completely fallen apart after his Cy Young winning campaign last season. Keuchel – who has always been a groundball pitcher – has been given up the second-most hits in the MLB this season with opponents registering an average of 7.3 hits per game. The lefty has surrendered five or more runs in four of his past six starts.

The Angels will be hoping that Jered Weaver can put together back-to-back solid outings, as the right-hander has been wildly inconsistent during May. Weaver has gone six-plus innings in three starts this month while allowing a combined six runs in those outings compared to 15 runs in the two starts he failed to reach the sixth.

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Runs Typically Rare When NYM, LAD Meet

With both the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets employing some of the best pitchers in the game today, it should be no surprise that offense can be hard to come by when these two clubs clash. The UNDER is 5-2 in the past seven meetings between the Mets and Dodgers with the teams combining for an average of 6.1 runs per game.

After starting the season looking untouchable, Dodgers’ pitcher Kenta Maeda has fallen off. Maeda has allowed four runs in four of his past five starts while posting a 2.1-to-1 K/BB ratio. The Japanese allowed six hits, four earned runs and two home runs in five innings of work when he first faced the Mets this season. 

Noah Syndergaard will take to the mound for the Mets coming off back-to-back shutout performances. Syndergaard has recorded 21 strikeouts and no walks in his past two outings. The last team to score a run against ‘Thor’ was the Dodgers – a game that the Mets won 4-3.

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Darvish Set To Make Long Awaited Return

Yu Darvish will take to a major league mound for the first time since August 2014 when the Texas Rangers host the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday. Darvish – who will be on a pitch count –has been decimating competition during his rehab stint with the pitcher posting a 0.90 ERA in five starts between Double-A and Triple-A.

Juan Nicasio should be fresh when he takes to the mound after his last start went just one inning and was postponed – the Pirates opted to skip his turn in the make-up game Monday. Extra rest has gone a long way for Nicasio, as he is 8-0 with a 2.34 ERA in 13 career starts coming off six-plus days rest.

The Rangers will be hoping that a returning Darvish can slow down the Pirates’ bats, as the Bucs had four home runs in a 9-1 rout on Friday night.

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Bronx Bombers Cruising On The Road

After starting the season a lowly 4-12 on the road, the New York Yankees have rattled off five consecutive wins away from Yankee Stadium. Those five road games have seen the Yanks outscore their opponents 26-11 – though they were against the A’s and the D-Backs. The Bronx Bombers will start a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field Friday.

Masahiro Tanaka will take the visiting mound – something he has loved thus far this season. Tanaka has a 1.69 ERA with opponents hitting just .196 in four road starts this season. The Japanese righty has surrendered one earned run in his past 15.0 innings pitched on the road.

Chris Archer has been widely inconsistent this season with the youngster only showing flashes of had some believing he was going to be one of the next great pitchers. Archer has a 0.96 ERA in his three registered wins this season, but he has an 8.74 ERA in losses and a 4.91 ERA in no decisions.

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Nationals Have Had Cards' Number

The Washington Nationals will continue their four-game series with the Cardinals Friday in the midst of a fantastic run against St. Louis. The Nats have taken the past five against the Cards – including all four games this season – while holding St. Louis to just one run in each of the previous three.

Strikeout machine Max Scherzer – who has a 38/8 K/BB ratio in his past three starts - will get the start for the Nationals. Scherzer continues to struggle with the longball this season as he has surrendered nine home runs in his past four starts.

Jaime Garcia will get his second start against the Nationals this season after he went 6.1 innings while surrendering four hits and four earned runs for the Cardinals in April 30. Garcia is coming off his worst start of the year as he last just 2.1 innings while giving up five runs.

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Cubs Take Out Big Bats For Early Games

The earlier the game the better for the Chicago Cubs’ bats and bettors should be paying attention, as the OVER is 11-3 in the Cubbiess’ last 14 day games. The Cubs – who have scored a combined 21 runs in their past games - will start a weekend series with the Philadelphia Phillies Friday.

Adam Morgan will take to the mound for the Phillies with the lefty hoping to record his first win in a day start this season. Morgan – who has started two days games this year – has an 8.38 ERA with opponents hitting .316 in early games.

The Cubs will hope that Jon Lester can continue his career long dominance over the Phillies when he takes the bump. Lester is 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in six career starts against the Phillies.

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Cavaliers Looking to Clinch in Canada

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With a trip to their second straight NBA Finals on the line, the Cleveland Cavaliers will try to win a game in Toronto after losing four straight both SU and ATS at the Air Canada Centre. After getting upset in Games 2 and 3 in Toronto, the Cavs laid the smack down in Game 5 at home in a 116-78 win.

This matchup has been all about home court advantage as the home team is 8-0 SU and ATS in the last eight games between the teams. Toronto opened the day as +6 dogs — a spot where they’ve gone 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three games in that situation. Betting on the Raptors as a home underdog has been profitable for bettors, as they’ve gone 7-1 ATS dating back to last season.

The total for the game is currently set at 196 — a number that heavily favors the Cavs who have gone 12-2 SU in their last 14 games with a closing total of 196 or more. That’s not a good number for the Raptors, as they’ve gone 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games with a closing total of 196 or less.

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2016 Monaco Grand Prix Odds

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

Following a disastrous weekend in Barcelona at the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes will hope to rebound with some strong driving at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend. One thing is for certain when it comes to the Mercedes team entering this race: Nico Rosberg loves this track.


Pirates' Offense Lighting Up D-Backs

The Pittsburgh Pirates will go for a series sweep when they cap off a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday. The Pirates have been coasting past the D-Backs in their recent meetings with the Bucs taking nine of the past 11 while averaging 7.3 runs per game in that span.

Gerrit Cole has not been nearly as good when he takes the mound at PNC Park compared to the road this season. Cole has a 4.08 ERA in three home starts while allowing one more run than he has on the road – despite playing two fewer games in Pittsburgh.

Patrick Corbin has been lights out while travelling this season, as the leftie has a 2.01 ERA with opponents batting .228 in five starts away from Chase Field. Corbin’s pitching on the road has gone a long way to lifting the D-Backs to victories, as the team is 4-1 in his road appearances.

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Champions League Final Betting Preview

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League

Saturday’s Champions League final will be played not just by two Spanish clubs, but two Madrid clubs, as Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid meet at the famed San Siro in Milan for the 2016 Champions League final. Atlético will look to exorcise some demons from that 2014 final when Real staged a dramatic comeback to win its 10th Champions League final.



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