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DAVE COKIN

PATRIOTS AT LIONS
PLAY: PATRIOTS -1

This is pretty simple for me. Bill Belichick has done virtually no game planning for either of the first two preseason games. That figures to change this week at Detroit. It might not be the same as a regular season game in terms of the prep work and game planning. But it’s as close as the Pats will get to the real deal.

The Lions have looked very good defensively in beating the Colts and Jets, but they’re going to get more of a challenge here. Everyone gets up to play the champs, even in a game that doesn’t count. So I’m sure the Lions and their fans will be excited to challenge the Patriots on Saturday evening.

But if the Patriots are approaching this as their dress rehearsal, that’s the side I want to be on, especially with the line being as palatable as it is. I’ll spot the one here and will back New England.
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Alan Harris

Saskatchewan vs. Edmonton
Play: Under 54

Two teams that have been trending to the under will meet when the Saskatchewan Roughriders hit the road to take on the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB, on Friday night. The Roughriders have posted a 4-1 record to the under in their last four road games and they have that same 4-1 record to the under in their last five games following an ATS win. They are also 5-2 to the under in their last seven games played in the month of August and they have stayed under the total in six of their last eight games versus a West Division rival. The Eskimos have been an under team as well in the spot they are in here tonight as they have gone 6-1 to the under in their last seven games following a straight up loss and they are 5-1 to the under in their last six games after a game where they failed to cover the spread. Throw in the fact that the Roughriders are a lights out 36-17 in their last 53 games following a straight up win going back to the 2009 season and that's where we'll have our play as we expect both teams to struggle moving the ball in Edmonton on Friday night.
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TIGERS VS. WHITE SOX
PLAY: WHITE SOX +145

Loads of respect for Justin Verlander, who is once again putting together a fine season for the Tigers. I know the price tag is high as far as the dollars go, but I have to say I’m really surprised one of the contenders didn’t ante up to get this guy. He’s absolutely a guy who can be the difference between making the playoffs or sitting things out come October. Plus, if it’s a team in the win or go home sudden death scenario, he’s a pretty good option to take the baseball and deliver a clutch performance.

All that said, this is a big betting line. Not that the White Sox are any good, but the Pale Hose has at least been close to respectable at home. The Tigers are a grotesque 24-39 on the road. van with Verlander on the hill, that’s a bit of an outsized price for a bad away team to be spotting.

I also wonder about the level of interest here for the Tigers as a team. They’re off a home series with the Yankees in which emotions ended up running very high. Just in case you missed it, the benches emptied three times in Thursday’s game, and eight players ended up getting ejected. Going from that craziness to an absolutely meaningless game against the White Sox is not ideal and its conceivable the Tigers could be a little shorthanded tonight.

Nite the last time these teams met the Tigers earned the series sweep, so that nifty little revenge angle is also in play here. I played the White Sox and will use them as the Friday free play.
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Royals vs. Indians
Play: Indians -125

The Cleveland Indians have 14 of the last 20 in the series and nine of the last 11 meetings with the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. This looks like a more than reasonable price on the Tribe in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.

Ryan Merritt (0-0, 3.12 ERA) takes the ball for Cleveland. The 25 year old southpaw will make his fourth appearance for the Indians this season and third spot start. We can note that the Royals are 3-7 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter and Merritt is backed up by the best bullpen in the American League (3.05 ERA) if things were to go awry.

The Royals turn to a left-hander of their own in Jason Vargas (14-7, 3.59 ERA). He was tagged with four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings against Cleveland on August 19 his last time out. I don't think he'll be able to slow down the Tribe this time around either as they scored 13 runs on 18 hits in yesterday's win against Boston. The Indians are 5-2 in their last seveb home games vs. a left-handed starter.

Note that the Royals are 29-32 on the road this season and the Indians are 9-2 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
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Art Aronson

Rangers vs. A's
Play: Over 9½

Recent form displayed by these starting pitchers suggests that we’ll likely have a bit of a “slug-fest” on our hands in this one.

AJ Griffin: He’s 6-4 with a 5.10 ERA. Griffin gave up three runs off six hits over five innings in a loss to the White Sox on Sunday. Note that Griffin has been particularly average in all “night” games this year with a ballooned 6.50 ERA.

Kendall Graveman: He’s 3-4 with a 4.54 ERA. Graveman has admittedly looked a bit better of late, but we’ll point out that he’s still only 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in all “night” games this season.

The bottom line: Graveman has been better at home than on the road this year, but overall he’s been a disappoinment. Both starters have struggled in “night” games and all of these factors collide making the OVER an interesting investment opportunity in this particular matchup.
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Tigers vs. White Sox
Play: Tigers -158

Edges - Tigers: Verlander 2.39 ERA with 0.88 WHIP last seven overall starts; and 8-1 last nine overall team starts in this series, including 5-0 the last five; and 6-1 last seven overall team starts during August… White Sox: Gonzalez 3-9 last twelve overall team starts during August; and 4-10 team start at night this season… With Verlander in commanding KW form with 33 Ks and 4 BBs his last four starts, we recommend a 1* play on Detroit.
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Tigers vs. White Sox
Play: Tigers -158

The Tigers are 3-0 on the road off a home win and have Verlander on the mound tonight. Verlander has won his last 2 here and takes Chicagos M. Gonzalez who has lost 3 of his last 4 as a home dog. This game also fits a powerful league wide system that plays on road favorites at -140 or more that are off a home favored win and scored 10 or more runs in the win, vs an opponent who was a home dog last out like the White Sox. Look for the Tigers with Verlander to take the opener.
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Kansas City vs. Cleveland
Pick: Cleveland -122

The Indians got things back on track Thursday night, showing just how good this team is as they knocked around Chris Sale.

Cleveland will take on Jason Vargas Friday, who was knocked around by this Indians team last time out. Vargas conceded 4 runs in just 4.2 innings of work, as he has taken a few steps back in his recent outings.

Kansas City is in a lot of trouble in the AL Central and this is the Indians chance to really bury them. They have played some of their best baseball at home and they're a solid move on this one.
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Padres at Marlins
Pick: Under

This is a good park to pitch in and San Diego is in town with the worst offense in baseball. Starter Travis Wood is off two strong games in a row, allowing 3 runs in 12 innings. San Diego is on a 4-2-1 run under the total and Miami is 7-3 under during game 1 of a series. Adam Conley shut down the Mets his last start allowing 3 hits, 1 run with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings.
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ST. LOUIS -1½ +129 over Tampa Bay

Over their last 15 games, the Rays are dead last in MLB with a combined batting average of .217 and it’s not like they faced a string of aces. Au contraire my friends, as they faced a lot of pitchers like Nick Tepesch, Yovani Gallardo, Ariel Miranda, Marco Estrada and Brandon Woodruff among others. They are also dead last in runs scored over that span with 45 in 15 games. The Rays are dead last in just about every offensive category since the All-Star break but they rank first in striking out and they’ll now face a strikeout pitcher that they’ve never seen before in Michael Wacha.

Wacha has 119 K’s in 126 innings. He also has an elite batted ball profile of 54% grounders, 19% line-drives, 27% fly-balls (incidentally, infield flies are categorized as groundballs). Wacha was once considered a can’t miss prospect but a recurrence of a 2014 shoulder issue cost him much of the 2nd half last year and put 2017 in limbo. That was then and this is now in which Wacha is finishing the season with a flourish. He has posted some excellent skills in the second half with 8.4 K’s/9, 2.0 BB’s/9 and an xERA of 3,27. His top-flight command sub-indicators of 12% swings and misses and 68% first-pitch strike rate say his resurgence is not a mirage. These are legit skills.

Jake Odorizzi is another prime example of why we don’t buy surface stats and why they’re so misleading. Odorizzi brings his 4.04 road ERA into this start but his skills are among the worst in MLB. Odorizzi has a weak BB/K split of 45/90 over 108 frames. His 30%/23%/47% groundball/line-drive/fly-ball profile is repulsive. Over his last 14 innings over three starts since returning from the 10-day DL, Odorizzi has walked 10 batters and struck out eight. In summarizing, Jake Odorizzi’s fly-ball % ticked up again. HR’s allowed remain persistent and the damage inflicted by RHBs is on the upswing. This is a starter with an xERA of 6.18 that pitches half his games in a pitcher’s park. Odorizzi’s WHIP since returning from injury is 1.83. Stay clear of Jake Odorizzi unless of course you want to get behind a pitcher that throws a flat 90 MPH fastball right down the middle of the plate.

CINCINNATI +111 over Pittsburgh

This one sets up nice for the Reds, as they’ll face a Pirates team coming off a highly emotional four-game set against the Dodgers. The Pirates lost three of four to the Dodgers with only win coming on that well-publicized “no-hitter” by Rich Hill. Hill had completed nine innings without allowing a hit. Usually, five minutes after that reality reveals itself, he would be drenched in Gatorade or beer or both, his limbs aching from exertion and from the dogpile on the mound. That wasn’t happening, though. This no-hitter wasn’t a no-hitter, technically, because the game continued on, a scoreless tie until of course Josh Harrison turned on Rich Hill’s 99th pitch and poked a homer over Curtis Granderson’s glove. Game over on one hit by the Pirates. Pittsburgh knocked out six more hits yesterday in a 5-2 loss to they not only should’ve been swept by L.A. but they combined for seven hits over the past two games and will now face Robert Stephenson.

Stephenson is a former first-round righty with impressive raw stuff that includes three plus pitches though below-average control. His fastball will flash plus-plus with run and sink, though he relies on working it high in the zone, which leads to control issues. That’s getting better, however. The curve flashes plus with hard depth and generates swings-and-misses low in zone, while the change fades with tumble and is another plus offering. Stephenson has 41 K’s in 44 innings. Over his last two starts against Atlanta and Pittsburgh, he gave up a combined five hits in 10.2 innings. The risk is that he walks too many batters but his recent form is good enough to get behind because his raw stuff is so good, which matters at this park.

Ivan Nova is much more familiar than Robert Stephenson. Nova has missed more bats (10% swing and miss rate) in the second half (4.13 xERA), but a number of balls have reached the seats (1.8 HR/9). Six out of his last seven games started have resulted in a below average outing and his 5.12 away xERA makes this start at Great American Ball Park (+29% LHB HR) a very risky one. Nova has been tagged for 12 jacks over his past nine games and it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be able to keep the ball in the park here.
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San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins
Play: San Diego Padres +147

Neither of these teams has fared well against southpaws this season but the Padres aren't the ones laying -160 either! In other words, there is substantial line value here in fading a Marlins team that has gone 10-15 versus southpaw starters this season. Left-hander Travis Wood gets the start for San Diego here and he just outdueled Stephen Strasburg as the Padres beat the Nats in Wood's most recent start. He has allowed just 2 earned runs in his last 12 innings of work. As for the Marlins Adam Conley, he has a 7.47 ERA at home this season. Though he is off of a strong start at San Francisco in his most recent outing, he previously gave up 12 runs (11 earned) in the 16 and 2/3 innings spanning his 3 prior starts. Also, he walked 3 while recording 0 strikeouts in his most recent home start. Look for the Padres to improve to 40-33 (+$18,000) in Friday games with a big upset win in this one.
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Mariners vs. Yankees
Play: Mariners +137

The favored Yankees are ripe to lose here returning home after being on the road for 10 days and off their wildest game of the year.

It's understandable if the Yankees' concentration level is off following their bitter series with the Tigers that culminated in yesterday's 10-6 Yankees loss where there were three bench-clearing incidents and a major brawl.

Suspensions are looming, which can be a distraction. The New York tabloids weren't shy about the brawl pointing out Gary Sanchez is now a marked man for throwing cheap shots during the melee. All of this, along with coming back to New York following an extened trip, has to take a toll on the Yankees.

The Mariners are playing in their seventh straight road game. Seattle, though, has won six of its last eight games. This is an important game for the Mariners, who trail the Yankees by four games in the wild card race. It's a plus if the Mariners have Robinson Cano, who suffered a hamstring injury on Wednesday. I would be surprised, however, if Cano plays.

The pitching matchup is southpaw Ariel Miranda versus lefty CC Sabathia.

Seattle has a winning record against lefties. New York is .500 versus them.

Miranda is a bottom-of-the-rotation starter. But as far as that goes, he's decent meaning he's a legitimate fourth-to-fifth type starter rather than a stiff. Miranda defeated the Rays in his last start this past Saturday giving up three runs on five hits in five innings. MIranda seems to do well against stronger competition as the Mariners are 11-5 the last 16 times he's gone against above .500 opponents.

Sabathia is past his prime and pitching on a tricky knee. Sabathia's ERA since the All-Star break is 4.45 spanning six starts. The Yankees' high profile bullpen is proving to be overrated.

The Mariners have proven themselves at Yankee Stadium winning eight of the last 11 there.
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Orioles vs. Red Sox
Play: Red Sox -150

I'll take my chances here with the Red Sox at home, as they look to bounce back from a rare bad start from their ace Chris Sale in yesterday's 6-13 loss to the Indians. What I like is the fact that Boston's offense has now 6+ runs in 3 straight games. They should be able to stay hot at the plate against Orioles starter Jeremy Hellickson, who has allowed 13 runs on 13 hits (6 HRs) in his last two starts. Hellickson faced Boston once this season back in June and it wasn't pretty, as he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits in a 3-7 loss.

Red Sox will counter with Rick Porcello, who has been a disappointment at 8-14 with a 4.48 ERA in 26 starts this season. However, he's been on a roll here of late, posting a solid 2.84 ERA and 1.158 WHIP in his last 3 starts (Red Sox have won his last 4 starts). He's also got a strong 3.69 ERA in 11 starts against division opponents this season and has not allowed more than 3 earned runs in his last 4 outings against the Orioles.

Baltimore is just 6-20 in their last 26 as a dog of +125 to +175 and 1-12 in their last 13 road games after 2 straight games where they didn't commit an error. Red Sox are 36-18 on the season after a loss, 10-2 in their last 12 at home, 13-3 in their last 16 against a right-handed starter and a perfect 6-0 in their last 6 at home against a team that's won fewer than 40% of their road games.
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Houston vs. Los Angeles
Play: Los Angeles +102

Both these clubs have dropped 3-of-4 contests entering this series with the Astros holding a 12.5 game lead in the AL West while Los Angeles trails Minnesota by a half-game for the final AL Wild Card berth. Houston has lost 16 of their last 25 games and yesterday lost MLB's leading hitter Jose Altuve to a neck injury. Collin McHugh (1-2, 4.01 ERA) has returned from an elbow injury and is 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 11 starts against the Angels who will start Parker Bidwell (7-1, 2.92) who has won five straight decisions and is making his first starts against Houston.
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Giants at Diamondbacks
Play: Giants +210

The Diamondbacks are on the verge of making the playoffs in the National League, while the Giants are just playing out the string. However, San Francisco has played better of late by winning 11 of their last 19 games, while taking two of three from Arizona in their previous series at AT&T Park earlier this month. Zack Greinke is in the discussion to win the NL Cy Young award at 14-6 to go along with 178 strikeouts. The D-backs are 3-0 in his three starts as a favorite of -200 or more this season, but this is his highest favorite price. Ty Blach has allowed 6 ER in each of his last two outings for the Giants, but has a pair of heavy underdog wins over the Cubs and Tigers on the road. Arizona has struggled at home recently by posting an 8-13 record the last 21 games at Chase Field, while returning home from a nine-game road trip. I'll back the Giants to knock off the D-backs.
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Detroit (-165) over Chicago

Justin Verlander is taking the mound for the Tigers on Friday. He will dominate the White Sox even on the road here. Even though Detroit is out of the playoff hunt, Verlander is a veteran and a pro and he will continue to play well. He dominated the Dodgers his last time out, and the Tigers have won four of his last five starts. The White Sox have one of the worst lineups in baseball, and Verlander should have no problem. Chicago also had one of the worst pitching staffs in the Majors. And they are just 17-39 in their last 56 games overall. Chicago is 5-15 in its last 20 divisional games, and I think Detroit will roll here.
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Detroit (-165) over Chicago

The Tigers and White Sox were sellers at the trade deadline because the playoffs didn't seem like it was going to happen for either team this season. The pitching matchup in this contest, though, features two pitchers who have been on roll lately. Justin Verlander comes in winning four out of his last five contests, allowing just eight runs over his last 35 innings pitched. Verlander beat the White Sox in his first start of the season and took a no decision in his only other start against them, a game the Tigers ended up winning. Miguel Gonzalez has allowed just two earned runs over his last three starts, winning two of those contests. However, he has had his troubles with the Tigers this season as he is 1-2 with a 6.41 ERA allowing six earned runs in both of the losses. The Tigers are still playing plenty of their veterans, while the White Sox have started going to a youth movement, giving their younger players a chance to play, and I think Verlander will be able to limit them and lead Detroit to the win.
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Colorado vs. Atlanta
Pick: Colorado

The 69-58 Colorado Rockies will visit Atlanta for Friday’s opener of a three-game series this weekend against the struggling Braves. Colorado’s once-comfortable cushion in the NL wild-card race has dwindled to 3 1/2 games thanks to difficulties away from home, where the Rockies are only 7-23 in their past 30 road games. However, Thursday’s 3-2 victory at Kansas City not only ended a four-game skid but closer Greg Holland picked the save, after blowing three of his previous four opportunities. The Braves have no role here other than that of spoiler, as Atlanta enters the weekend 11-24 since July 16, falling to 56-69 on the season..

The pitching matchup will feature Chad Bettis (0-0, 1.93 ERA) vs Julio Teheran (7-11, 5.02 ERA). Bettis is one of 2017's best "feel-good stories," as he has made two starts since returning from testicular cancer surgery and treatment. He pitched seven innings in each outing while allowing only three runs with one walk and eight strikeouts combined. He squares off against the Braves for the second time this season, after spinning seven scoreless innings of six-hit ball with two strikeouts and no walks in his season debut Aug. 14 (Rockies won 3-0). That leaves him 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta (team is 5-1).

Teheran has had a troublesome year, with almost all of his problems occurring when pitching at home. Turner Field was always a haven for this 26-year-old but the move to SunTrust Park has become a 'house of horrors!' Teheran is 1-9 with a 6.98 ERA in 13 starts (Braves are 3-10) with a 1.61 WHIP and a .290 opponents batting average. Teheran did not get a decision when he faced the Rockies on Aug. 14 in Denver (opposite Bettis) but pitched outstanding, striking out eight while allowing four hits in seven scoreless innings. He's 4-1 in his career against the Rockies, posting a 2.17 ERA in eight starts (Braves are 5-3).

The Rockies have to be careful they don't let their wild card position get any worse and while their road woes are real (remember, 7-23 in their last 30), the Braves, especially with Teheran on the mound at SunTrust Park, are "ripe for the taking." Take Colorado.
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San Diego Padres vs. Miami Marlins
Play: Miami Marlins -150

The set-up: The Miami Marlins fell seven games below .500 (53-60) after dropping three of four at Washington from Aug. 7-10. However, a surprising sweep of Colorado jump-started a 10-3 run over their last three contests. Miami followed up its three-game sweep of the Rockies by taking seven of 10 from a trio of the NL's worst teams, the Giants, Mets and Phillies. Thursday's wild 9-8 victory over the Phillies (Miami hit three of its four HRs after falling behind 8-3 in the fourth inning) kept them 5 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the NL's second wild card spot). The Marlins now face another sub-.500 team in the 57-70 Padres, who took the rubber match of their three-game series with St. Louis on Thursday, allowing Miami to move within one-half game of one of the two teams (the Cardinals) it has to leapfrog in order to make a run at Colorado.

The pitching matchup: Friday's game features two left-handers, San Diego's Travis Wood (3-4 & 5.81 ERA) and Miami's Adam Conley (6-5 & 4.93 ERA). Wood turned in his best start in five tries as a Padre in a win over Washington on Saturday, allowing only an unearned run on three hits and two walks in seven innings. The 2013 All-Star has taken a liking to Petco Park this season (3-0, 1.96 ERA in four outings - including three starts) but is 0-4 with a 7.19 ERA away from San Diego. Wood is 1-3 with a 7.92 ERA in 10 career appearances (four starts / teams are 1-3) versus the Marlins. Conley struck out a career-high 11 on Sunday, allowing only a solo HR among the three hits he allowed over seven innings in a win against the Mets. He has worked at least six innings in five of his seven trips to the mound since his mid-July promotion, lasting at least seven innings three times. Conley settled for a no-decision at San Diego on April 21 despite permitting one run in six innings in his lone career start against the Marlins.

The pick: Wood's road woes are real (in his two most recent road games, he allowed 10 runs, nine earned, over 10 innings) and facing Giancarlo Stanton can't be something he's looking forward to. San Diego's 24-40 road record (allowing 5.56 RPG) is also something that has to give the suddenly surging Marlins some extra confidence. Can we fully trust Conley at home (7.52 ERA and 1,58 WHIP)? Maybe not but Stanton and Co. should provide enough 'insurance' to make a small play on the Marlins.
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Brewers vs. Dodgers
Play: Brewers +176

Not many will be stepping in front of the Dodgers right now but certain situations call for it and this is one of those. Los Angeles returns home following a 5-2 roadtrip where it is 51-14 including a 42-9 record over its last 51 games. The Dodgers are chasing history as they became the fourth fastest team to reach 90 wins and they are going to be a publicly bet team for the rest of the season no matter the price. Milwaukee is off to a 3-3 start to the roadtrip and it now sits three games behind the Cubs in the National League Central and three games behind Arizona for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. The Brewers were off yesterday and have won four of their last five games following an off day. They send Chase Anderson to the hill and he is a big reason for going against the Dodgers in this spot. He is having a quietly exceptional season as he has a 2.83 ERA and 1.10 WHIP which would put him at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively in the National League but he does not qualify due to not having tossed enough innings. This is his second start since coming back from the disabled list and he was solid on a limited pitch count and he will be good to go further tonight. The Dodgers counter with Kenta Maeda who is also having a very good season but his lone issue has been not being able to go deep in games as only four of his 20 starts have been quality outings. The Brewers have won six of their last eight games against right-handed starters.
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San Francisco at Arizona
Play: Arizona

The Dbax are heavy favorites for good reason. In fact, they could easily be favored by considerably more. Greinke is a dominant 11-1 at home. He's got a 2.34 ERA and 0.888 WHIP here. He tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings in his last start here, recording nine K's in a 2-0 win over the Astros. Blach, on the other hand, is 3-4 with a 5.33 ERA (1.46 WHIP) on the road. Over his last two starts, Blach's ERA is above nine, as he's allowed 12 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings. While SF averages 4.1 rpg on the road, Arizona averages 5.5 rpg at home.
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My free play for Friday is the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimore Orioles. I want you to list the scheduled starters: Rick Porcello and Jeremy Hellickson.

Boston looks to bounce back after being shellacked by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, and should be revived since it is playing at home.

Porcello has won his past four starts and is starting to look more like the pitcher who won the American League Cy Young Award last year, than the one who struggled the first three months this season. Against the O's this year, Porcello is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA, so there is added motivation.

Hellickson is in after logging two shaky starts, allowing a combined 13 runs in his last 9.2 innings. Last time out, he gave up a season-high five home runs to the Angels. The Red Sox will get to him tonight.

2* RED SOX
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Friday night comp play will be the Indians over the Royals from Progressive Field.

Hey, you split a 4-game set with the sizzling Boston Red Sox, including bombing the likely Cy Young Award winner - Chris Sale last night, and I think you should be able to handle a pitcher who has taken a turn for the worst as we head down to the end of the season.

KC starter Jason Vargas is on a 1-3 slide his last 4 starts, allowing 16 runs to score in his last 20-plus innings of work. Included is a start that lasted under 5 frames his last time out against Cleveland, as the Tribe plated 4 runs on 6 hits.

Cleveland took 2 of 3 off of Kansas City in that series, and they have now won 10 of their last 14 games overall, and 15 of 21 at home.

Ryan Merritt is up from Triple A - Columbus to make just his third start of the season. He enters with no record, but he did earn his only major league win last season against Kansas City when he pitched 5 innings of 1 run ball.

The Royals have lost 9 of their last 11 games played at Cleveland, and I see them losing tonight.

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My free winner for Friday is on the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers, and I want you to list Justin Verlander and Miguel Gonzalez.

First of all, the Tigers are going to be shook after yesterday's free-for-brawl with the New York Yankees. After all that went down yesterday, and now having to travel, I just think the Tigers will be out of sync.

Second, Verlander is 3-6 with a 5.24 ERA away from Comerica Park this year, including a stint he gave up three home runs last week at Texas.

Gonzalez has been a different pitcher since the All-Star break, going 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA while posting six quality starts in seven outings.

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