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Will Rogers betting the Pirates +107 odds over the Rockies on June 14th 2017

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Prediction: Pittsburgh +107 odds (June 14th 2017)

The set-up: the Pirates have taken the first two of this three-game home series with the Rockies (won 7-2 on Monday & 5-2 on Tuesday) and with four straight wins, own their longest winning streak of the season (modest though it may be). The back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh addded to Sunday night’s 7-5 loss at Wrigley, matches Colorado’s longest losing streak in 2017. Colorado scored 50 runs during a seven-game winning streak prior to its current skid but has managed only four runs in the two losses in Pittsburgh, going 2-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

The pitching matchup: German Márquez (4-3 & 4.44 ERA) starts for Colorado and Chad Kuhl (1-5 & 5.63 ERA) for Pittsburgh. Marquez won his final four starts in May (four ERs allowed for a 1.46 ERA) but he allowed six runs in five innings at San Diego on June 2, (8-5 loss), before lasting only three innings (threw 80 pitches!) in a no-decision at the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Kuhl’s lone win this season came in his 2017 debut and he has not pitched beyond five innings since April 18. However, with his spot in the rotation in jeopardy, he has responded with back-to-back solid efforts in a pair of no-decisions. He allowed two runs and three hits in five innings versus Arizona on May 31 and one run and four hits at Baltimore last time out.

The pick: Colorado has scored the most runs in the National League with 344 but the Rockies have mustered just four over the first two games of this three-game series. Like Kuhl, Márquez’s spot in the rotation is hardly assured, as Tyler Anderson and Jon Gray are both closing in on their returns for Colorado. Marquez looks shaky at best after throwing 80 pitches in just three innings in his last start, while Kuhl owns a 3.72 ERA over his last four starts and is coming off one of his best outings of the season. The Pirates get the sweep.

Royals vs. Giants Betting Odds & Pick from Stephen Nover: June 14th 2017

Kansas City Royals vs. San Francisco Giants
MLB Betting Pick: Royals +169 odds (June 14th 2017)

The Golden State Warriors are a team for the ages. Their baseball counterpart in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants, are a team for the Dark Ages.  The Giants are 26-40. Only the Phillies have a worst record. San Francisco didn’t lose 40 games until July 24 last year. Hope Madison Bumgarner enjoyed that dirt bike ride he took back in April. The Giants haven’t recovered from his absence.  Minus Bumgarner, the Giants’ top pitcher is Johnny Cueto. That sounds OK, but truth be told the 31-year-old Cueto has been declining for more than a year now. He has a 4.33 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.  Cueto still has the big name, though, which has made the Giants very overpriced for this matchup.   Kansas City is five games below .500, but showing life. The Royals are only five games out of first in the AL Central Division. The Royals have scored 28 runs in winning three in a row, including defeating the Giants, 8-1, last night.   The Royals are familiar with Cueto, who helped Kansas City win the World Series in 2015. Cueto has a 3.79 ERA in three career starts versus his former team.

Journeyman Jason Hammel gets the start for the Royals. I can’t say I like Hammel, but he’s not one of those pitchers who should be in a junkyard rather than a big league rotation. Hammel is good for innings and brings a veteran savvy. He’s pitched better in his last two starts giving up four runs in 13 2/3 innings to the Indians and Astros. The impressive thing about those two outings was he had 11 strikeouts and no walks.  Both the Astros and Indians have better offenses than the Giants, who rank second-to-last in runs scored.  It’s hard to believe just three years ago these two teams met in the World Series. The Giants are really scuffling. The Royals are down, too, but in a better place right now. Cueto is far from the long-time ace he was with the Reds. There is clear value taking the underdog Royals.

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Mike Lundin betting the Rangers on the Runline -140 odds on June 14th 2017

Texas Rangers vs. Houston Astros
MLB Runline Pick: Rangers +1.5 -140 odds (June 14th 2017)

The Houston Astros are sitting top of the AL West 11 games ahead of LAA and the Texas Rangers who are tied for 2nd. The Rangers are however the team riding a five-game winning streak and the visitors can complete the sweep of this three-game series Wednesday night.

Houston hands the ball to Francis Martes (0-0, 9.82 ERA) who will make his first career start. The 21 year old was charged with four earned runs in 3 2/3 frames of relief against the Angels on Friday, and this is not a good time to face the Rangers who have averaged more than five runs per game during their winning streak.

Andrew Cashner (3-5, 3.17 ERA) takes the ball for Texas. The right-hander has come up with six quality starts over his last eight appearances. He’s not had much success against Houston this season, going 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA, but the Astros have struggled at the plate lately resulting in losses in six of their last eight games.

Look for the Rangers to keep this game within one run.

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