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LOS ANGELES DODGERS (9-10) at NEW YORK METS (9-9) Sportsbook.ag Line & Total: New York -153 & 7 under -125
2013-04-27

The Dodgers took the series opener 7-2 on Tuesday night, though they shouldnt expect to get that much offense in game two. The 24-year-old Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) has shown why was so highly regarded as a prospect in the early going of this season. Veteran left-hander Ted Lilly takes the mound for the Dodgers, making his season debut after dealing with a shoulder injury that ended his 2012 season prematurely. Although the Mets own a slight 8-7 advantage against the Dodgers over the past three years, the Dodgers are now 5-2 at Citi Field over that span.

Lilly is 2-2 (team 3-3) with a 3.72 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in six career starts against the Mets. Last season, he pitched in just eight games, compiling a strong 3.14 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 5-1 record. Hes been called up quickly after injuries forced a need as he was struggling in the minors. But in three minor-league starts this year, he went 0-3 with a 6.88 ERA. If he struggles and cant go deep, the Dodgers bullpen that has a 3.40 ERA and 1.28 WHIP this year will be forced to play a big role. An encouraging stat for Lillys chances: the Mets are 2-5 against lefty starters this year.

Harvey has been nearly unhittable this season, even taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning a couple of starts ago. Hes given up just 10 hits and nine walks in 29 innings (0.66 WHIP), while racking up 32 K's and holding opponents to a mere .108 BA against him. In each of his four starts, hes gone at least seven innings. Thats good news for a Mets bullpen that has a 5.46 ERA this season and gave up six runs on Tuesday. New York relievers had to pitch 6.2 innings Tuesday, filling in after starter Jon Niese got injured. Harvey has never started against the Dodgers in his young career, but he has been masterful in six career starts at Citi Field, posting a 1.42 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 46 K's in 38 innings.

The Mets are fourth in the majors with 101 runs this season, ranking eighth in slugging (.423) and ninth in on-base percentage (.328). Leading that effort has been catcher John Buck, who is mashing with seven home runs and 22 RBI already. The Mets player with the best track record against Lilly is Marlon Byrd, who has a .471 BA in 17 career at-bats against the southpaw with a home run and 8 RBI. The Los Angeles offense has the second-fewest runs in MLB with just 61, despite posting a .344 OBP, which ranks fourth in the majors. Leading all departments of their offense is first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who is hitting .377 with two home runs and 14 RBI.




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American League games highlight Tuesday MLB betting
2010-09-14

Two marquees MLB match-ups highlight Sportsbook.com’s baseball betting board tonight. The Yankees and Rays continue their three-game series after giving us a taste of the postseason in Monday night’s 1-0 Tampa Bay win. With the victory, the Rays are now in first place in the East. Meanwhile, the White Sox have an opportunity to cut into Minnesota’s six-game Central lead as the two teams open a three-game set on Chicago’s South Side.

Yankees @ Rays

Sportsbook.com Line: Tampa Bay -148, New York +138 Total: 9

The Yankees hope their time as a second-place team will be short-lived as they meet the Rays in the middle game of their three-game series at the Trop. Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.92 ERA) makes just his fifth start of the season but has been a welcome addition to the Yankee rotation. Even though he has only one win, Nova has yet to give up more than three runs in any start and the Yankees are 3-1 in his four starts this year.

Tampa Bay counters with Matt Garza (14-8, 3.68 ERA). Garza has been sensational at home this year, going 7-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 13 games. He’s coming off a tough outing in Boston that saw him give up six runs on four Red Sox home runs. Garza had won his previous three decisions and the Rays had won his previous four starts. However, the Yankees aren’t exactly the team he wants to see. While Garza totes a respectable 3.62 ERA in nine starts against New York, Tampa Bay is just 1-8 in those games, including seven straight losses.

Play Against - All favorites with a money line of -110 or higher (TAMPA BAY) - a good team (54% to 62%) playing a team with a winning record, in September games.

(136-113 over the last 5 seasons.) (54.6%, +68 units. Rating = 3*).

Twins @ White Sox

Sportsbook.com Line: Chicago -110, Minnesota EVEN Total: 7.5

Time is quickly running out for the White Sox to make a final playoff push. If they want to see October, they’ll have to make up six games on the Twins over the final three weeks of the season. Step one would be a win Tuesday night when John Danks (13-10, 3.54 ERA) takes the mound opposite Francisco Liriano (13-7, 3.24 ERA).

Danks took the loss last time out against Detroit, giving up five runs (two earned) on eight hits in six innings. The southpaw has struggled lately going 1-2 with a 5.71 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over his last three starts. In 18 career starts against the Twins, Danks is 6-6 with an ERA of 5.05.

On the other hand, Liriano has been sensational recently, going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA over his last three starts. He hasn’t lost since July 9 and has won his last seven decisions. The Twins have had tremendous success with Liriano on the hill, winning his last five starts and nine of his last 10. He’s encountered some trouble with the White Sox, however. In seven career starts against Chicago, Liriano is just 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA.

Play Against - Road teams (MINNESOTA) - having won 12 or more of their last 15 games, with a winning record on the season playing another winning team.

(78-35 over the last 5 seasons.) (69%, +40.1 units. Rating = 3*).

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