Bumgarner Aims to Bounce Back Against Braves

Madison Bumgarner, last year’s World Series MVP, is coming off a poor performance. He was hit hard for six runs in his last outing, but he’ll look to bounce back when the Giants visit the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.

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Despite going at least five innings in his last five starts, Bumgarner has allowed six runs in two of those starts. As we go to press, he’s eighth in the National League in innings at 138. He is also third in wins (11) and seventh in strikeouts (139), but most of Bumgarner’s struggles come from road games. Even though he has a 6-4 away record, Bumgarner’s ERA on the road is 4.50 compared to 2.43 at home.

The Braves will counter with Williams Perez, who is 4-1 with an ERA of 4.14 on the season. However, the 24-year-old is also coming off a rough outing. He got shelled by the Phillies, giving up nine runs in just 4.1 innings of a road loss at Philadelphia. He had been moving along well so far in 2015, but if he has a repeat performance of his Phillies match, the Braves will have to take a look at his place in the rotation.

Pressure Mounts as Kershaw Looks To Extend Scoreless Streak

Although it took him some time, it looks like three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is hitting his stride. He hasn’t allowed a run in 29 straight innings and will look to keep the struggling Oakland Athletics under wraps.

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Clayton KershawKershaw wasn’t a very profitable pitcher early in the season. Bettors who backed him early on lost four times in his first six outings. The Dodgers lost four straight starts of his to end June and begin July. However, he’s clearly on a hot streak now as he hasn’t allowed a run in any of his last three starts, giving up 14 hits in that span.

The A’s will counter with Jesse Chavez, who hasn’t received much run support this season. The A’s are averaging just 4.3 runs per game in his starts. However, keep in mind that they scored 30 of those runs in two starts, which means they’ve averaged just 3.2 runs per game in his other outings. If they keep that up, that could compete with the red-hot Kershaw and Dodgers on Wednesday.

Reloaded Mets Host Padres with Deadline Looming

The New York Mets (51-48, +2.88 units) haven’t been very good since back in April, but with the NL East still up for grabs, they’ve added some talent before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. There might be some more moves on the horizon, especially with the San Diego Padres (47-52, –4.64 units) coming to town for a three-game set. Game 2 is this Wednesday at 7:10 PM ET.

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K1The Padres haven’t performed nearly as well as expected this year, and they’re on the verge of a considerable makeover, with Justin Upton (.759 OPS) the top priority. New York is said to be in the market for Upton, after acquiring Juan Uribe (.744 OPS) and Kelly Johnson (.773 OPS) from the Atlanta Braves, along with closer Tyler Clippard (3.89 FIP) from the Oakland Athletics.

As for Wednesday’s start, Bartolo Colon (3.59 FIP) will be taking the mound for the Mets against Tyson Ross (2.75 FIP). New York has lost Colon’s last six games in a row, scoring a grand total of four runs during that spell to fall to 9-10 (–0.66 units) behind the veteran righty. San Diego is 10-11 in Ross’ 21 starts for a loss of 2.36 units.

College Football First Month Schedule for 2015/16

The season for NCAA football is only about 5 weeks away and many of the larger conferences have had their media days this past week. With very little new to report I believe it is time to begin looking at the TV schedule for college football. Here is the schedule for the first month of the season.

Saturday, Aug. 29

North Dakota State at Montana, ESPN, 3:30

Thursday, Sept. 3

Florida International at Central Florida, CBSSN, 6

North Carolina vs. South Carolina, ESPN, 6 in Charlotte

Oklahoma State at Central Michigan, ESPNU, 7

Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt, SEC, 8

Michigan at Utah, FS1, 8:30

TCU at Minnesota, ESPN, 9

Duke at Tulane, CBSSN, 9:30

UTSA at Arizona, Pac-12, 10

Friday, Sept. 4

Colorado at Hawaii, CBSSN, 1 a.m.

Charlotte at Georgia State, ESPNU, 3:30

Baylor at SMU, ESPN, 7

Fordham at Army, CBSSN, 7

Michigan State at Western Michigan, ESPNU, 7

Weber State at Oregon State, Pac-12, 8

Kent State at Illinois, BTN, 9

Washington at Boise State, ESPN, 10:15

Saturday, Sept. 5

Colgate at Navy, CBSSN, noon

Illinois State at Iowa, BTN, noon

Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia, SEC, noon

South Dakota State at Kansas, FSN, noon

Stanford at Northwestern, ESPN, noon

Portland State at Washington State, Pac-12, 2

Auburn vs. Louisville, CBS, 3:30 in Atlanta

BYU at Nebraska, ABC, 3:30

Florida Atlantic at Tulsa, CBSSN, 3:30

Virginia at UCLA, FOX, 3:30

UTEP at Arkansas, ESPNU, 3:30

Bowling Green vs. Tennessee, SEC, 4 in Nashville

Grambling at California, Pac-12, 5

Arizona State vs. Texas A&M, ESPN, 7 in Houston

Louisiana-Lafayette at Kentucky, ESPNU, 7

Georgia State at West Virginia, FSN, 7:30

New Mexico State at Florida, SEC, 7:30

Texas at Notre Dame, NBC, 7:30

UNLV at Northern Illinois, CBSSN, 7:30

Alabama vs. Wisconsin, ABC, 8 in Arlington, Texas

Eastern Washington at Oregon, Pac-12, 8

Texas State at Florida State, ESPNews, 8

Mississippi State at Southern Miss, FS1, 10:30

Arkansas State at USC, Pac-12, 11

Sam Houston State at Texas Tech, FSN, TBA

Sunday, Sept. 6

Purdue at Marshall, FS1, 3

Arkansas Pine Bluff at South Carolina State, ESPN, 3:30

Monday, Sept. 7

Ohio State at Virginia Tech, ESPN, 8

Thursday, Sept. 10

Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky, FS1, 8

Friday, Sept. 11

Miami at Florida Atlantic, FS1, 8

Utah State at Utah, ESPN2, 9

Saturday, Sept. 12

South Florida at Florida State, ESPN, 11:30

Buffalo at Penn State, ESPN2/ESPNU, noon

Houston at Louisville, FSN, noon

Jacksonville State at Auburn, SEC, noon

Kansas State at UTSA, FS1, noon

Western Illinois at Illinois, BTN, noon

Sacramento State at Washington, Pac-12, 2

Massachusetts at Colorado, Pac-12, 2

Fresno State at Mississippi, ESPN2/ESPNU, 3:30

Georgia at Vanderbilt, CBS, 3:30

Hawaii at Ohio State, BTN, 3:30

Minnesota at Colorado State, CBSSN, 3:30

Notre Dame at Virginia, ABC, 3:30

Stephen F. Austin at TCU, FS1, 3:30

Washington State at Rutgers, ESPN2/ESPNU, 3:30

Eastern Illinois at Northwestern, ESPNews, 4

Middle Tennessee at Alabama, SEC, 4

Iowa at Iowa State, FOX, 4:30

San Diego State at California, Pac-12, 5

Oklahoma at Tennessee, ESPN 6

Arizona at Nevada, CBSSN, 7

Ball State at Texas A&M, ESPNU, 7

East Carolina at Florida, ESPN2, 7

Central Arkansas at Oklahoma State, FSN, 7:30

Kentucky at South Carolina, SEC, 7:30

Lamar at Baylor, FSN, 7:30

Florida International at Indiana, BTN, 8

Idaho at USC, Pac-12, 8

Oregon at Michigan State, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, 8

Rice at Texas, Longhorn Network, 8

South Alabama at Nebraska, BTN, 8

LSU at Mississippi State, ESPN, 9:15

Central Florida at Stanford, FS1, 10:30

UCLA at UNLV, CBSSN, 10:30

Cal Poly at Arizona State, Pac-12, 11

Boise State at BYU, ESPN/ESPN2, TBA

South Alabama at Nebraska, BTN, TBA

UTEP at Texas Tech, FSN, TBA

Thursday, Sept. 17

Clemson at Louisville, ESPN, 7:30

Friday, Sept. 18

Florida State at Boston College, ESPN, 8

Idaho State at Boise State, CBSSN, 9

New Mexico State at Arizona, Pac-12, 10

Saturday, Sept. 19

Connecticut at Missouri, ESPNU, noon

Illinois at North Carolina, ESPN/ESPN2, noon

Nevada at Texas A&M, SEC, noon

Tulsa at Oklahoma, FS1, noon

Georgia State at Oregon, Pac-12, 2

Louisiana Tech at Kansas State, FSN, 3

Auburn at LSU, CBS, 3:30

East Carolina at Navy, CBSSN, 3:30

Georgia Tech at Notre Dame, NBC, 3:30

Nebraska at Miami (Fla.), ABC/ESPN2, 3:30

Northern Illinois at Ohio State, ABC/ESPN2, 3:30

UTSA at Oklahoma State, FS1, 3:30

Northwestern State at Mississippi State, SEC, 4

Utah State at Washington, Pac-12, 5

South Carolina at Georgia, ESPN, 6

Colorado vs. Colorado State, CBSSN, 7, in Denver

Texas Tech at Arkansas, ESPN2, 7

Western Carolina at Tennessee, ESPNU, 7

California at Texas, FOX, 7:30

Florida at Kentucky, SEC, 7:30

Iowa State at Toledo, ESPNews, 8

Pittsburgh at Iowa, BTN, 8

San Jose State at Oregon State, Pac-12, 8

SMU at TCU, FSN, 8

Stanford at USC, ABC, 8

Wyoming at Washington State, Pac-12, 8:30

Mississippi at Alabama, ESPN, 9:15

BYU at UCLA, FS1, 10:30

Utah at Fresno State, CBSSN, 10:30

Northern Arizona at Arizona, Pac-12, 11

Thursday, Sept. 24

Cincinnati at Memphis, ESPN, TBA

Friday, Sept. 25

Boise State at Virginia, ESPN, 8

Stanford at Oregon State, FS1, 10

Saturday, Sept. 26

Rice at Baylor, FSN, 3

Massachusetts at Notre Dame, NBC, 3:30

Miami (Ohio) at Western Kentucky, CBSSN, 3:30

Colorado State at UTSA, CBSSN, 7

Hawaii at Wisconsin, BTN, 8

Ball State at Northwestern, BTN, 8

Fresno State at San Jose State, CBSSN, 10:30

Tuesday, Sept. 29

West Virginia at TCU, FS1, 7:30

All times are Eastern Time Zone and are subject to change.

NHL News for July 20, 2015

The only news coming out of the NHL is the signings that are going on for each of the teams. Let’s look back at this week and highlight some of the major deals.

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The Devils have inked Seth Helgeson to a $1.175 two-way contract. The defenseman scored two assists in 22 games last season.

Anaheim Ducks and Michael Sgarbossa have agreed on a one year two way deal worth $605,000. He scored 38 points and 10 goals in the AHL last year. The contract is a NHL contract.

sp_387662_shad_08_lite09241_14318250_8colVladislav Namestnikov has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Namestnikov had nine goals and 16 points in 43 contests last season. He went on to participate in another 12 games during Tampa Bay’s 2015 playoff run and recorded an assist while averaging 7:51 minutes per contest.

Also, the Ducks have reached an agreement with Ryan Kesler on a six year deal worth $41.25 million that will begin in the 2016-17 season. The surprising thing about this new contract is he will be 31-yrs old in August and will take him past his prime years.

The Chicago Blackhawks have lost another piece of their Stanley Cup team as Johnny Oduya signed with the Dallas Stars for two years at a combined $7.5 million. He was waiting for salary cap space but it never came available and he decided to make the jump. He will join former teammate Patrick Sharp in Dallas.

The Edmonton Oilers signed Justin Schultz to a $3.9 million contract for one year which is a raise from his $3,675,000 he made last season. In 81 games he scored six goals and made 31 points.

Mark Pysyk has agreed to a two-year, $2.25 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. He had 17 points in 54 AHL contests last season and another three points in seven games with Buffalo.

MLB Pick: San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres — July 20, 2015

Out of the National League West; the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres will start a three game series on Monday. The Giants come into the game in second place in the division, and third in the wildcard chase. San Francisco is 49-43 overall, and have won 6 straight games. The Giants trail the Chicago Cubs by a single game for the wildcard #2 spot. For San Diego, they are looking to make a run in the second half. The Padres are 43-49, which is 9.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. San Diego was rained out on Sunday, but have won four straight games coming into this one.

The San Diego Padres are at a breaking point just before the trade deadline on July 31st. The Padres are one of the worst hitting teams in all of Major League Baseball. San Diego is batting .237 as a team, which ranks 28th out of 30 teams. The Padres have scored just 361 runs on the season. The top offensive threats for San Diego have been Matt Kemp, with his .254 batting average, and Justin Upton, with 15 homeruns. The Padres pitching ranks 5th in baseball with 55 quality starts on the season. San Diego’s team ERA is 3.91, which is 20th in the league. The Padres rainout on Sunday was the first at Petco since 2006.

For the San Francisco Giants, they are looking to win back to back World Series titles after knocking off the Kansas City Royals last season. The Giants are one of the top offensive teams in all of Major League Baseball. San Francisco is batting .272, which is third in the league. The Giants have scored 393 runs, led by catcher Buster Posey. Posey is batting .317 with 14 homeruns and 63 runs batted in. San Francisco’s pitching, led by Madison Bumgarner has a team ERA of 3.79.

The Padres need to make a little run at the Giants, starting now. The end of July is near, which means if you are going to get going, it has to be now. Both of these teams are playing good baseball right now. San Diego will send Ian Kennedy to the mound. Kennedy is 4-9 on the season with a ERA near 5.00. For the Giants, they are sending veteran Tim Hudson to the hill. We expect this game to come down to the bullpen. The Padres have the advantage playing this game at home. We are going to take the Padres to win the opening game of this series. Our bet is the San Diego Padres +105 over the San Francisco Giants.

MLB Pick: Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds — July 18, 2015

In what we expect to be a fun game between two Ohio rivals; the Cleveland Indians will take on the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon. The Reds won the first game of the series, which saw a rain delay in the middle of it. The Reds come into the game in fourth place in the National League Central. Cincinnati is 40-47, which is 15.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds are 23-18 at Great American Ballpark thus far. For Cleveland, they come in with a record of 42-47, which is last in the American League Central. The Indians have actually been better on the road then at home. The Indians are 23-21 on the road. Cleveland is ½ game behind the Chicago White Sox for fourth place.

The Cincinnati Reds are days away from trading some of their top players. The Reds hosted the All Star game, and now that the second half is started, several guys are on their way. Last night’s winner Mike Leake may be one of the first to go. The Reds have seen Todd Frazier have a tremendous season, batting .280, and hitting 25 homeruns, which both lead the team. The Reds starting pitching has not been very good. The Reds have a team ERA of more than 4, and they have come up with just quality starts. Johnny Cueto, the Reds ace is another guy that may be on the trading block, with possibly closer Aroldis Chapman heading out as well. Cincinnati is 6.5 games behind the wildcard in the National League.

The Cleveland Indians have been the American League’s version of the most disappointing teams in the game. The Indians were expected to compete at the top of the American League Central, and instead are at the bottom of the division. The Indians have dropped three straight games, following two losses to the Oakland Athletics before the break. Cleveland’s offense is anchored by Jason Kipnis, and his .322 batting average. The power supply for the Indians has come from Brandon Moss, who has 14 homeruns and 46 runs batted in. The Indians are batting .248 as a team, which is 20th in Major League Baseball. The starting pitching for Cleveland has recorded 48 quality starts. Corey Kluber takes the mound for the Indians. Kluber is looking to avoid his 11th loss of the season.

Kluber has had alot of hard luck, as he is 4-10 on the season. He will face youngster Anthony DeSclafani of the Cincinnati Reds. Look for Kluber to be on his normal dominating pitching self and come away with the win in this game. We like the Indians offense to do some solid work off the youngster. The Indians have show the ability to really hit when they catch fire. We feel this is going to be one of those games. We are going to take the Cleveland Indians -157 over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday in the battle of the state of Ohio.

2015 MLB Homerun Derby Picks & Bets

The Major League Baseball home run derby is tonight. With some rule changes, and some exciting players, it appears to be a must watch for Monday night. Tuesday will feature the All Star game between the National League and American League. All of the All Star game festivities are taking place at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

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todd-frazier1There are some changes to the rules that are different than past format: 8 players will compete in a single-elimination bracket (seeding was determined by each player’s number of home runs on July 7). Instead of a set numbers of “outs,” each player has five minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. A running clock will begin as soon as the first pitch is thrown, but will stop for any home run hit during the final minute of the round (the clock will not restart until a non-home run ball lands or the batter swings and misses). Each player can earn up to 90 extra seconds per round; a player will receive an additional 60 seconds if he hits two 420-foot home runs, and an additional 30 seconds if he hits a 475-foot home run.

Albert Pujols and Kris Bryant will be the first pair to go after it on Monday night. Pujols from the Angels is the veteran of the group. He leads the American League with 26 home runs heading into the All Star break. He is listed at +300, which makes him the favorite for the event. The 23 year old Kris Bryant has just 12 home runs on the season, but has some of the best power in all of Major League Baseball. Bryant is listed at +500.

Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on Manny Machado in the second match-up. This is a battle of 23 year olds. Pederson has 20 home runs on the season, and comes into the event at +500 to win it all. Machado, who turned 23 years old last week has already belted 52 home runs in his young career. He plays third base for the Baltimore Orioles. Machado is listed as the biggest underdog in the event, at +700.

Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo will get together in the 3 vs 6 matchup. Donaldson, plays for Toronto, while Rizzo is a member of the Chicago Cubs. Donaldson at 29 years old is actually the underdog in this matchup. He is listed at +650, while Rizzo is at +500. Anthony Rizzo is 13 home runs shy of 100 for his career. This season, the 25 year old has belted 16 of them to lead the Cubs to a third place start in the National League Central.

The final contest of the first round features Todd Frazier against Prince Fielder. Frazier is the hometown favorite, as he plays for the Cincinnati Reds. He has belted 25 home runs on the season, and 98 in his career. He will face the 31 year old left handed swinging Prince Fielder. Fielder has had a nice season, smashing 14 homeruns, and going over the 300 mark for his career. Frazier is +350 to win the event, while Fielder, who has won the event twice, is +450.

Our first round predictions are as follows: Kris Bryant over Albert Pujols is a great matchup to kick off the event. Next, Joc Pederson will barely slide by Manny Machado, That will set up a Bryant/Pederson second round battle. On the other side of the bracket, we will take Josh Donaldson over Anthony Rizzo, and Todd Frazier to knock off Prince Fielder. If that came true, it would be Donaldson against Frazier, with the winner going to the finals.

There are many great choices to bet on tonight for the Major League Baseball home run derby. There is one guy that we are more confident with then the others. That guy is the hometown third basemen Todd Frazier. We are going to bet on Todd Frazier, at +350 to win the event tonight.

MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates — July 12, 2015

In the final game of a four game series; the St. Louis Cardinals will play at the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final game of the first half of the season. After St. Louis won the opening game of the series, the Pirates have won the last two.

The Cardinals lead the Pirates by 3.5 games in the National League Central. St. Louis is 56-32, while Pittsburgh comes in with a 52-35 mark. If the postseason started today, the Pirates would host the Cubs in a one game playoff, with the winner taking on the Cardinals in the NLDS.

Pirates Team Overview

The Pittsburgh Pirates needed 14 innings to extend Andrew McCutchen’s hit streak. McCutchen blasted a homerun to dead center field to move Pittsburgh to within 3.5 in the division. McCutchen, despite a slow start, leads Pittsburgh with a .300 batting average and 56 runs driven in. Pittsburgh as a team has struggled to hit most of the season, but rank 11th in the league with a .256 batting average.

The starting pitcher for the Pirates ranks 2nd in baseball with 57 quality starts on the season. The Pirates are also allowing just 2.83 runs per game, also second in the league.

Cardinals Team Overview

For St. Louis, they are the only team in all of baseball with more quality starts and a better team ERA. The Cardinals have 58 quality starts, and are allowing just 2.66 runs per game. St. Louis pitchers are allowing teams to bat just .241 against them as well. Offensively, St. Louis has struggled with several guys out of the lineup due to injuries. Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has led the charge for the Cardinals.

Peralta has hit 12 homeruns and is batting .292. St. Louis is sending six players to the National League All Star game. Matt Holliday was voted in as the starting left fielder, but he is unable to play due to injury. Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha, along with closer Trevor Rosenthal will be on the NL pitching staff.

Betting Tip for July 12th game

Regardless of what happens in this game, both teams have got to love going into the All Star break as the best two teams in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have controlled the National League Central all season long. Tim Cooney is on the mound for St. Louis.

While he has not been awful, he will have a tough time in this game. Look for the Pirates offense to get going against Cooney early and often in this one. Francisco Liriano is pitching for Pittsburgh, and with a win would move to .500 on the season.

We are going to bet the Pittsburgh Pirates -160 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Dodgers Send Kershaw to Hill Versus Phillies

Clayton Kershaw may be the National League’s reigning MVP, but from a betting perspective, he’s about as bad as it gets. The Los Angeles Dodgers are just 8-9 in Kershaw’s starts this year, losing 9.89 betting units in the process. Only reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (–13.90 units) has done worse this year. Kershaw will try to improve his bottom line this Wednesday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit Chavez Ravine. First pitch is at 10:10 PM ET.

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of their baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Kershaw (2.54 FIP) has been holding up his end of the bargain. However, he’s not quite as dominant as he was last year (1.81 FIP), and the Dodgers are only scoring 3.94 runs per game when he starts, down from their usual 4.16 runs per game. That, plus all the extra chalk Kershaw takes to the mound, explains his difficulties with red ink this year.

The Phillies don’t have to worry about chalk. They’re the worst team in the majors by far, and on Wednesday, they’re going to throw Adam Morgan to the wolves. This will be Morgan’s third big-league start; the Phillies split the first two behind their young southpaw, who allowed three runs in 12.2 innings.

MLB Pick: Marlins vs. Red Sox — July 7, 2015

In an interleague game, the Miami Marlins will visit Fenway Park on Tuesday for the first of a three game series against the Boston Red Sox. The Marlins are coming into the game fresh off two losses at the Chicago Cubs over the weekend. Miami is 35-48 on the season, which is good enough for fourth place in the National League East.

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The Marlins are 14-26 in games away from Miami. For the Boston Red Sox, they are in last place in the American League East. Boston has won two straight games, and hold a 39-45 record. The Red Sox have won 7 of their last 10 games; and have climbed to within 6 games of the divisional lead.

Red Sox Team Preview

dustin-PedroiaThe Boston Red Sox are making some hay in the American League East. Boston’s bats have come to life a little bit recently. In their last four games, the Red Sox have scored 31 runs. Boston’s offense has seen Dustin Pedroia hit .306, but he is currently on the disabled list until after the All Star break.

The power for the Red Sox has come from Hanley Ramirez, with 18 homeruns and 43 driven in. The Red Sox are batting .257 as a team, and have scored 354 runs. On the pitching side, the Red Sox have a team ERA of 4.48, which is the third worst in all of Major League Baseball.

A Bit About the Marlins

For the Miami Marlins, they have scored just 6 runs in their last 3 games. The Marlins are without Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the offense in homeruns and runs batted in. Dee Gordon has been the top batting average guy, as he is batting .339. The Marlins as a team rank 15th in baseball with a .253 batting average.

Miami has scored 300 runs, which is the 5th lowest in all of the league. Pitching for Miami has seen a 3.97 earned run average, and the starting pitchers have picked up 44 quality starts.

Betting Tip for Marlins vs. Red Sox

Dan Haren and Wade Miley will take the mound in this game. This features two veteran pitchers, who have had up and down seasons. Haren is 6-5, with a 3.45 on the season, while Miley for Boston is 8-7, with a 4.53 earned run average.

The Boston Red Sox are the favorites in this game, especially at home. We like Miley to be able to slow down the Miami offense, and come away with a Red Sox win.

We are going to bet the Boston Red Sox -155 over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

MLB Betting Pick: Cardinals vs. Padres — July 3, 2015

In the second game of a four game series; the San Diego Padres will visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. These two teams played on Thursday night, and the Padres won in 11 innings. San Diego comes into the game with a 38-43 record; which is fourth place in the National League West. The Padres are 7.5 games behind first place Los Angeles, but just a single game behind third place Arizona. The Padres have lost 6 of their last 10. For St. Louis, after winning six straight games; they have dropped three in a row. The Cardinals still hold a 6 game lead on Pittsburgh for first place in the National League Central. St. Louis sits with a 51-27 record overall.

St. Louis is looking to bounce back from their first three game losing streak in months. The Cardinals are led offensively by shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Peralta is batting .301, and has belted 11 homeruns and drove in 41 runs. As a team the Cardinals are hitting .262, which ranks 6th in Major League Baseball. The Cardinals starting pitching staff has recorded 53 quality starts, which is the most in all of baseball. St. Louis also has a team ERA of 2.65, which is also best in baseball. Michael Wacha is in search of his 11th win of the season.

For San Diego, they know they have to get Andrew Cashner going. He is looking to prevent his second loss in last three starts. Cashner has thrown back to back starts against Arizona. The Padres are looking for consistency offensively after having one of the busiest offseasons in franchise history. San Diego’s offense is anchored by Justin Upton. The veteran, and former Atlanta Braves outfielder leads the team with 14 homeruns and 46 runs batted in. The Padres as a team rank 27th in baseball with a .240 batting average. San Diego lost both games to the Seattle Mariners before making the trip to the midwest to take on the Cardinals.

Michael Wacha is on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals have fared well in starts that Wacha has made this season. Andrew Cashner on the other side has struggled all season long, and is looking to avoid his 10th loss of the. St. Louis has not lost four games in a row all season long, and are trying to prevent that. Look for this to be a low scoring game, as the St. Louis offense is beat up. In the end, we do expect the St. Louis Cardinals to come away with the win in this game. We are going to bet the St. Louis Cardinals -164 over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.