Capela reported was sick in the last game and had his energy zapped by flu virus. D'Antoni said Capela is expected to be 100% tonight. Rockets scoring 120 points per game at home. Big spread but I'll lay the points
My Pick: Houston -8.5
Felix hasn't really looked like himself and I doubt he will ever be "king" felix again. But I'm seeing a strike out total of 4 with +100 over and I love that. For starters he gets to face Paddack so that hsould be a strike out and the padres only have two left handed bats in the lineup today. His strike out rates are low and the ump ranks out as a 2 out of 5 so that's not really in his favor. yet projections are showing him hovering around 6k's tonight so I'll take over 4 at +100. I see that betonline is at 4.5 +110 and that's alright and I don't mind it either, but I much rather prefer the over 4 strike outs so we have the push option at four but I'm really hoping he gets to five. Tatis and myers both strike out 30% of the time and Reyes and Renfroe strike out 27% of the time. Then Jejia is sitting at 31% and Paddock so far has struck out 4 times in 6 plate appearances.
Buehler has been inconsistent this season hence the 5.4 ERA but has been much better of late, 0 runs in 6 innings in last start against Cinci. As for Hamels, he had a bad one in his first start this year but since has put up three earned in 21.0 innings. I think it's a low scoring game that could go either way so will take the hotter Cubs team as a value play
My Pick: Chicago +105 & Under 8
Prop Bet: Under 0.5 first inning
My Pick: Pittsburgh -120 & Under 8
Take CIN +113 and the under.
My Pick: Cincinnati +113 & Under 9.5
The Blue Jays bounce back here as their bats have been red hot their past 5 games, they almost took it last night as well. Take TOR +110 as Bucholz will have a great pitching performance.
My Pick: Toronto +110
The Mets getting this kind of price at home feels like a steal considering that the Mets have outscored the Phillies by a combined 14-1 over the first two games. Vargas is another guys I think is much better than his ERA which is inflated but IMO the Phillies are too good of a team to play like this three games in a row, and Velasquez is probably a little more trustworthy at this point.
My Pick: Philadelphia -123
King Felix hasn't been great on the road and hasn't had good starts this year, neither has Chris Paddack. I think the over will hit on this one as both teams bats have been hot these past few games.
My Pick: Over 8.5
Understandable odds considering Hernandez continues to show he's a shell of himself. Seattle has best offense in the league and they have been scoring in buckets. Paddack is tough but they will get their 3-5 runs tonight and I suspect Padres will get to Hernandez. OVER 8.5 is where I'm leaning tonight
My Pick: Over 8.5
OAK -152 and -1.5 is easy here, the bullpen has been a mess these past few games against Oakland and I think it won't be different this game as Oakland takes 3 straight.
My Pick: Oakland -152
Alcantara hasn't looked great but IMO he's better than this ERA. The Unders is worth a look, two solid pitchers and Miami has zero no offense.
Official Site of the Nuggets: Nuggets 108, Spurs 90: Three takeaways from Game 5 win
Prior to Game 5 between the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs, Michael Malone talked about the importance of his team delivering an early punch to its opponent.
"I think it's important for us to win the first quarter, but also not to just match the intensity and aggressiveness, but to exceed it," the Nuggets head coach said. "We've got to come out with a hit-first mentality once again."
Denver would respond to its coach's message by having San Antonio on the ropes for most of Tuesday night's action in a 108-90 win.
Jamal Murray led all scorers with 23 points and added seven assists with four rebounds.
NEO Sports Insiders: Indians and Astros Starters for the First Three Games of Their Weekend Set in Houston
The Indians start a weekend four-game set with the defending AL West champion Houston Astros on Thursday in Houston.
It was just six months ago the Astros dispatched the Indians in three games in the ALDS, and the Tribe will look to maybe get a little revenge with the long weekend set.
With the good news on Wednesday regarding Carlos Carrasco's knee, the team likely will have him starting on Sunday, but have yet to announce it officially.
For now, here is the starters for the first three games starting Thursday at 8:10pm at Minute Maid Park.
Blazer's Edge: Post-Game Pressers: Blazer and Thunder Reactions to Manic Series Closer
Damian Lillard opened and closed this first round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with two unbelievable three point shots at the Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers now progress to face either the Denver Nuggets or San Antonio Spurs, while the Thunder start their offseason earlier than they would have liked. Following an amazing buzzer beating shot, both coaches and players fronted the NBA world to give their thoughts on the game and the series.<strong>Billy Donovan </strong>
Donovan lamented plays and calls that could have gone the other way but paid tribute to Lillard's shooting, particularly the last shot.
Bleed Cubbie Blue: Cubs 7, Dodgers 2: Jose Quintana does it again
Several times over the last couple of weeks, I've written words to the effect that the Cubs got "solid starting pitching, timely hitting and good bullpen work" in posting a victory.
I could get used to doing that. They did it again Tuesday night against the Dodgers: Another excellent outing from Jose Quintana, key hits by several Cubs, and relief work by Kyle Ryan that shut things down after Steve Cishek let L.A. briefly think they were back in the game.
All of that resulted in a 7-2 Cubs victory on a coolish, but not unpleasant, evening at Wrigley Field.
First 2 games in Houston the Rockies were -6.5 and won by 32 and and 20 points. I think the Rockets bounce back at home from their road loss and win by double digits
My Pick: Houston -8.5
Pomeranz used to be a top prospect and has had an up and down career. I feel like he needs to be on a team that has a pitchers park in order to be successful because he was great in SD and Oak, yet horrible in Colorado and Boston. He's facing 8 high strike out batters today (from the projected lineup) and his home plate umpire is a Dan Iassogna who ranks as a pitcher ump. On a scale from 1-5 with five being the best this ump ranks a 4. This data isn't the most concrete stuff and the human elimant plays a big factor like we saw last night with our Weaver pick. The ump called three balls that were out side of the zone for strikes and they were all strike three. Pomeranz rates right now aren't that impressibe (20% to both lefties and righties) but I think he's a little better than that. I think he can get to 6 strike outs and wish the line was 5 but I'll still take him over 5.5 strike outs at -114 right now.
Take Tampa Bay here -1.5, Blake Snell is gonna dominate the Kansas City lineup today.
My Pick: Tampa Bay -270 & Under 7