There will be some thought to taking the Cubs -1.5 runs when that line is established. Quintana has a 2.32 ERA over his last eight starts and pitched well at home, going 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts at Wrigley.60%
Rockies are -320?? WTF. I'll put $25 on David Hess and the O's just to make this game interesting.
Rodriguez has had some issues over his last two starts. In those games, hes put up 11 earned on 15 hits over 11.0 innings for an 0-1 record. Those outings come after a run of four quality starts in six attempts for Rodriguez. As for Verlander, aside from a couple of bloated lines here and there, hes been pretty Verlander-y this season, and has three straight quality starts to his credit totaling two earned in 22.0 innings. Houston should win this game but at -165 it's almost unbetable.
In yesterdays game against the Blue Jays, the visiting Padres launched seven homers as they won 19-4. Our Toronto Blue Jays vs San Diego Padres moneyline pick does not expect this game to be that bloody, but we do find that the Padres have a real opportunity to notch their second-straight series sweep today. This Toronto Blue Jays vs San Diego Padres pick is the visiting team, San Diego, with the money line at -122 is the play.50%
I like Quintana to come out and pitch well here and put the Cubs in position for a win, so long as their offense shows up. Still, Ill stick with Chicago.50%
Fansided: Huge fourth inning does Marlins in against Washington
After six straight wins and the belief the Miami Marlins might be turning the corner, the team suffered its second loss in a row, this time 5-0 to the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The loss, a byproduct of a 5-run fourth inning, was not what the team had hoped from starter Sandy Alcantara.
Alcantara had arguably the best outing of any Marlins pitcher in three seasons his previous start but showed inconsistency again that led to the team's loss.
"Any remaining evidence of the Marlins' recent six-game winning streak disappeared as Miami managed just four hits off Washington starter Patrick Corbin, who went the distance," Harvey Valentine of MLB.
This pick makes me a little sick because Mike Leake has looked like dog shit so far and hasn't been good for a while. I just think 9.5 in Oakland is a red flag and that's just too high. Brett anderson is a ground ball pitcher who limit hard contact and only gives up an iso of .134 so I don't see Seattle really teeing off on him. But it's Leake I'm worried about, but this reminds me of that stretch with Homer Baily where we just see the name and think "batting practice" so we instantly pound the over. Homer had four unders in a row and I think we see that today, Leake has to have a decent game or he wouldn't be in the big leagues so I'm going to go against the grain and say he looks semi okay and this game stays under today.
Shaun Anderson look really good in his last apearcne and I think we finally see the regression from Weaver today. I personally like the Giants +1.5 because I think this game stays close and the DBacks hit a lot better of left handed pitching than they do right handed pitching. This number opened at -123 DBacks an d is currently at -114 on most books. It's not a major move but it really is considering the lines opens close to even. Don't sleep on the Giants and I think they pull one off here and even like them to win. Anderson does a lot worse against left handed batters and Arizona just doesn't have any batters from that side that scare me now peralta is out for a little.
This game has been a slug fest the last two but I think we see a completely different game today with these two pitchers. I got 8 last night and some books are still offering 8 -120. Stroman is the Jays top pitcher and what is not to be confused with Edwin Jackson. Stoman does really well against right handed batters and has a ground ball rate of 62% which leads the league. This is great because it makes it hard for teams to rack up big innings against him because he's great at turning double plays. He does a great job limiting hard contact and gives up an ISO of .096 to right handed batters. So I don't see the Padres throwing up a huge number once again. On the other side Paddack has been on a tear and is the front runner for rookie of the year. I still don't think this blue jays lineup is as good as people make them out to be and I just think this under is a smash spot. Paddack is striking out righties at a 35% rate right now and I just don't know where runs are going to come by today. I love this play60%
Boston.com: Verlander scheduled to start for Houston against Boston
Boston Red Sox (27-25, third in the AL East) vs. Houston Astros (35-18, first in the AL West)
Houston; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3, 5.43 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 61 strikeouts) Astros: Justin Verlander (8-1, 2.24 ERA, .73 WHIP, 89 strikeouts)
LINE: Astros favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Houston and Boston will play at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
The Astros are 20-6 in home games. Houston has hit 91 home runs this season, third in the majors. Alex Bregman leads them with 15, averaging one every 11.
Fansided: Iowa football: With clean pocket, Nate Stanley is dangerous
Following in the footsteps of Ricky Stanzi and Drew Tate, Nate Stanley is about to become the third three-year starter in the Kirk Ferentz era for the Iowa football program.
With high expectations for the program entering their third seasons at the helm, the Iowa football program struggled both times.
Stanzi put up a great statistical senior season but the Iowa football team regressed from 11-2 to 8-5. Under Tate, the Iowa football team went from 10-2 to 7-5 to 6-7. Granted, Tate was struggling with an injury during his senior season, but the point still stands.
Fireworks and #TheK make for a lovely pair.#AlwaysRoyal https://t.co/JMtOwyb0RW
Fansided: Phillies: How does J.D. Hammer fit into team's bullpen?
The Phillies placed Pat Neshek on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right shoulder strain and moved David Robertson to the 60-day injured list. In their place, the team called up reliever J.D. Hammer.
Hammer came to the team two years ago when they traded Neshek to the Rockies. It wasn't a high profile deal as Hammer was the best prospect to come back in the trade.
Injuries limited Hammer to just 12 appearances last year, but he came back firing on the mound this year. In 13 games with Double-A Reading, he had a 1.
The News-Gazette: Tate | Seasoned Illini ballplayers suited for success in final NCAA campaign
The gritty members of Dan Hartleb's 36-19 baseball team have known disappointment.
It's built into the game. Good hitters are retired two-thirds of the time. Injuries happen. And slumps.
Of 22 key Illini producers, 13 have either redshirted, transferred in or otherwise been delayed. Of those 22 members, 19 are at least 20 years old with ace lefty Andy Fisher a grizzled 23, five-tool center fielder Zac Taylor also 23, standout right fielder Jack Yalowitz 22 and, of course, Marine veteran Josh Harris 25.
These guys grinded through another wet, bitter spring when they should have been employing umbrellas and overcoats.
ESPN.com: 'It's how you make history': The run that punched Toronto's first Finals ticket
TORONTO -- There's very little about Kawhi Leonard that screams "mindfulness guru," but as the Toronto Raptors gathered on the bench during a timeout in the midst of the team's big 26-3 run in the second half, he told his teammates, "Enjoy the moment, stay here, stay together, we're good," according to Raptors guard Norman Powell.
The Raptors did enjoy the moment, did stay together and we're so good they erased a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter in less than four minutes of game time. This explosive spurt was the most consequential stretch of basketball of the NBA postseason, vaulting Toronto to a 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, and the first Finals appearance in Raptors' franchise history.
Official Site of the MAC: Six Advance to NCAA Championships at Prelims Finale
NCAA Championship Central Bowling Green
East Preliminary Results
West Preliminary Results
The men's high jump provided dramatic flair for competition on the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round on Saturday, May 25, as Akron track and field senior Curtis Richardson (Blacklick, Ohio) led the Zips' performances on the day persevering through five rounds of a jump-off to earn the 12th and final berth for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be held June 5-8, in Austin, Texas.
Redshirt senior Aliyah Gustafson used every opportunity she had Saturday to make a return trip to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, throwing the shot put 55-feet-3.
David Krejci is on the ice for practice this morning. #NHLBruins https://t.co/x8pUHKd6Sq
Fansided: Syracuse Basketball: Jim Boeheim contract extension details, Mike Hopkins update
With Syracuse University being a private school, we don't know how much anyone makes. But eventually, the IRS reveals that information.
Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com provided some titillating details including the salary of Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim from the 2017-18 calendar year:
That's very interesting for two reasons: First off it's always just cool to see how much money is being doled out.
"Men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim led the list of the school's top earners, earning $2.6 million in total compensation in 2017. That included a salary of $2.3 million and a bonus of $50,000. Syracuse made the National Invitation Tournament in 2017."
Bleacher Report: NHL Stanley Cup Final 2019: Dates, Times and TV Info for Blues vs. Bruins
Only one final day of preparations stands in the way of the start of the Stanley Cup finals.
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have one day to finalize their game plans and prepare for their opponent before taking the ice on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston to open the final series of the NHL playoffs. The winner of the best-of-seven series will end the season celebrating with the Stanley Cup.
As the series is getting closer to beginning, here's a look at the schedule for the finals as well as the latest news surrounding the Bruins and Blues heading into the matchup.