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Mike Handzelek's Late August MLB Analysis/Review

By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: Aug 28, 2017
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Sunday, August 27, 2017 Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees (MLB) - 1:05 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -181 New York Yankees Pick Title: 9 Star AL Revenger (WIN) Tanaka will be zeroed in on the Mariners after losing a tough 6-5 decision earlier. The Yankees are excellent closers to a series. They are smelling the blood of the now-wounded Red Sox who have compiled a few key players on the DL as well as some starters playing hurt. Let's go to the Bronx to play the NEW YORK YANKEES to close out the weekend as my 9 Star AL Revenger! Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox (MLB) - 1:35 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: 1.5/-155 Baltimore Orioles Pick Title: 8 Star Value Play(WIN) With the wild card race heated to the max in the AL, I'm looking for a desperate Orioles team to hang in here. The Red Sox bats have been clearly affected by key injuries. Baltimore now looks like a better hitting team since Showalter shuffled the lineup around putting Beckham @ lead-off. Grab the BALTIMORE ORIOLES as my 8 star Value Play! Saturday, August 26, 2017 Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox (MLB) - 4:05 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -132 Boston Red Sox Pick Title: 9 Star Comebacker Play (LOSS) The Red Sox are EXCELLENT off a pasting esecially when giving out 5+ runs! Even though we lost a rare 10 Star yesterday, this Boston team faces a pitcher they've consistently beaten. Look for Gausman to continue his New England struggles as we grab the BOSTON RED SOX as my 9 Star Comebacker Play! Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds (MLB) - 7:10 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -113 Cincinnati Reds Pick Title: 9 Star NL Upriser (LOSS) Look for another team to continue their mastery over opposing pitcher as the Reds come into this fracas haven beaten Gerrit Cole 9 consecutive times. Cincinnati plays a better brand of ball @ home & Pittsburgh has had their woes versus the Ole' Red Legs. My 9 Star NL Upriser says to play the spoiling CINCINNATI REDS! Friday, August 25, 2017 Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox (MLB) - 7:10 PM EDT Premium Pick Pick: Money Line: -155 Boston Red Sox Pick Title: 10 Star MLB Drivers' Seat Play (LOSS) It's no secret that the O's starters have been the downfall this season. Sinker ball pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has a nice one but it certainly lacks velocity. In turn, that gives good hitters too much adjustment time which results in more long balls. The blueprints seem to be laid on newcomer Hellickson whose ERA has a ballooned 9.19 attached to it over his last 3 starts. Adding to their problems, Baltimore has won only ONE of their last 11 Fridays & is a dismal 15-32 on the road their last 47 tries. Even though it appears they've had good success against Rick Porcello in the past, I feel the BoSox bats will be the stronger side. Comparing both starters' mechanics, I give a BIG nod toward Porcello whose given Boston a "W" in each of his last 4 starts coming in. My bottom line says that the Red Sox have also paid BIG dividends jetting out to the weekend since they've notched a "W" 9 of their last 11 Fridays. They played the Yankees tough of late & I don't see them letting their foot off the gas in the driver's seat. The dagger for us in this one has to be the resiliency of Boston's late-inning surges that's clearly showed by their 10-2 home record of late & a decent lead over 2nd-place New York. The Red Sox 40-22 home record & Oriole woes on the road simply cannot be ignored. Let's invade the walls of the "Green Monster" @ Fenway Park to play the BOSTON RED SOX as my 10 Star MLB Drivers' Seat Play! NOTES: It was underachievers week with Boston catching the injury bug @ a bad time. Our CFB plays will be back this week/weekend with the NFL less than 2 weeks away. Here's our records against the numbers: Month of August MLB Record: 15-6----71%----- Overall Record Since Late 4/18----70-31-----69%----- 2017 MLB Overall Seasonal Record-----51-26-----69%. Expect BIG numbers in the NFL this season as we celebrate our 10th anniversary of becoming Las Vegas Hilton NFL Handicapping World Champion.

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