Friday, May 26, 2017
San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals (MLB) - 7:05 PM EDT Premium Pick
Pick: Money Line: -230 Washington Nationals Pick Title: 9 Star MLB Friday Filet (WIN)
The Nationals are under-achieving @ home @ 14-8 thus far. San Diego has over-achieved versus Washington winning 4 of their last 5 in the series. The Padres haven't shown much on the road @ 9-17 & their immediate road after the Nats' series won't look brighter since they have a 6-game home stand versus the Cubs & Colorado on deck before traveling to Arizona. Luis Perdomo takes to the hill for San Diego. Perdomo has struggled over his last 3 (8.40 ERA) as well as @ night coming in with an 0-1 record & a 6.43 ERA. My bottom line says Washington is at their toughest versus RHP winning 25 games (1st in NL) thus far. That's just what the doctor orders for Max Scherezer (2-1, 3.34 @ night) who faces a team that's only hitting RHP slightly over the Mendoza @ .227. In the end, look for the Nationals to continue their mastery over RHP (hitting .269 currently) with some late-inning runs. Let's go to Nationals Park to play the WASHINGTON NATIONALS as my 9Star MLB Friday Filet!
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) - 8:00 PM EDT Premium Pick
Pick: Money Line: -195 Pittsburgh Penguins Pick Title: 9 Star Eastern Conference Crescendo (WIN)
Even though the Pens offense looked silent in Ottawa, I feel a change in venue is just what the doctor ordered. Having Murray back in goal & Ottawa's under 2 goal scoring production has us siding with the home team. Both experience & talent speaks louder that words on the ice & Pittsburgh is king. Let's go to the Consol Energy Center in western Pa. to play with confidence the PITTSBURGH PENGUINS as my 9 Star Eastern Conference Crescendo!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox (MLB) - 7:10 PM EDT Premium Pick
Pick: Money Line: -255 Boston Red Sox Pick Title: 9 Star MLB Humpday Hottie (WIN)
There's times where heavy favorites are warranted. This is one of those times. Tonight, we have LHP Chis Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) coming off a 3-2 defeat his last time out in Oakland. Boston may look like they're still under-achieving @ home (13-9). However, further examination reveals the Red Sox are highly successful against southpaws going 10-1 @ Fenway. Enter in fire-balling LHP Chris Sale. Sale hasn't been flawless, but coming off of a loss is a different story. He's also been way tougher in night games turning in an excellent 1.80 ERA. He'll get good support from Mitch Moreland whose on a current 7-for-23 streak with 3 HR's, 7 RBI's inside a 5-game hitting streak. My bottom line takes into account the effectiveness of Texas southpaw Martin Perez. Perez has showed some shades of brilliance here and there. But there's no denying he's a different pitcher on the road where he's lost 8 of 10. The daggers for us has to be losing 6 of 9 overall, being 0-3 @ night & getting pounded by the AL East where he's lost 6 straight. The Rangers are struggling this season versus LHP with a tad higher than the Mendoza line .225 BA. Boston's production doesn't match their record. This tells us they're a PLAY ON team with a expected won/loss record way higher than their actual record. Let's keep the MLB train rolling as we trek to Fenway Park & lay it as my 9 Star MLB Humpday Hottie!
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Cleveland Indians vs. Cincinnati Reds (MLB) - 7:10 PM EDT Premium Pick
Pick: Money Line: -165 Cleveland Indians Pick Title: 9 Star Sharp Point MLB (WIN)
The Cleveland Indians are about to catch fire & we'll be ready! Despite their slow start, Terry Francona's Indians have still managed to be impressive on the road going 15-10 thus far. Tonight, RHP & Venezuelan Carlos Carrasco takes to the hill with an excellent ERA (2.60). He's had some oblique tightness but is now ready to go. The Tribe is 3-0 in his last 3 starts & is a perfect 3-0 versus Cincinnati lifetime. Carrasco has risen to the occasion after a short outing (4 innings or less) by going a near-perfect 8-1 his last 9. Rookie OF Bradley Zimmer is getting hot @ the right time going 5-for-13 the past week. Michael Brantley (.292 BA, 5 HR, 18 RBI) & Francisco Lindor (.275 BA, 9 HR, 21 RBI) both have been healthy & paid dividends @ the plate. Even though this one may look tight during the early stages, I feel strongly that the bullpens are where these teams are set far apart. My bottom line sharply points toward Cleveland dominating this one in the end as they close the door with a dynamic trio of Bryan Shaw (1.77 ERA), Andrew Miller (0.43 ERA) & closer Cody Allen (1.53 ERA). I love the facts that the Reds struggle in inter-league play going 14-37 as well as versus the AL Central losing 8 of their last 10 against that division. The dagger fir us has to be with Cincinnati having LHP Amir Garrett (3-3, 5.18 ERA) throwing. Garrett is susceptible to the long ball this season giving up (8 HR's) in his 7 starts. Let's take advantage here with the better team as we go to the Great American Ball Park in Ohio to play the CLEVELAND INDIANS as my 9 Star Sharp Point MLB!
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators (NHL) - 8:00 PM EDT Premium Pick
Pick: Money Line: -140 Pittsburgh Penguins Pick Title: 9 Star NHL Late Steam (LOSS)
Look for the Penguins to sustain their momentum in finishing off the Senators with Murray back between the pipes securing the last bid for the Stanley Cup. At the Canadian Tire Center, play the PITTSBURGH PENGUINS as my 9 Star NHL Late Steam!
Monday, May 22, 2017
Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville Predators (NHL) - 8:00 PM EDT Premium Pick
Pick: Point Spread: 1.5/-260 Anaheim Ducks Pick Title: 9 Star NHL Banker Play (LOSS)
This has been one of those series that momentum need not apply. The road team has ruled it thus far & it's been mostly tight throughout. Anaheim has been playing super on the road versus winning teams of late. I don't expect Randy Carlyle & Co.to play this to the wire. This series is destined for 7 as I love Anaheim in a do-or-die situation. Nashville hasn't been playing dominating hockey & will find it hard to separate here. This one has a strong possibility of being decided in OT. We're banking on Corey Perry & Ryan Getzlaf to rise to the occasion & likely push this back to the Honda Center. Let's go Bridgestone Arena to play with confidence the ANAHEIM MIGHTY DUCKS on the puck line as my 9 Star NHL Banker Play!
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