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Athletics vs. White Sox MLB Betting Pick from Will Rogers: June 23rd 2017

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox
MLB Pick: White Sox -105 odds (June 23rd 2017)

The set-up: The Oakland A’s swept a four-game series at home with the NY Yankees (last Thursday through Sunday) but followed that success by losing all four games of a home series with the Astros this week (Monday through Thursday). The A’s are 31-42 on the season and find themselves in the AL West basement, 18 1/2 games back of the Astros. They travel to Chicago to open a three-game series with the White Sox, who are kicking off a 10-game homestand. Chicago is likely happy to be back at Guaranteed Rate Field, after playing 15 of its last 19 games on the road. After all, the White Sox are 15-12 at home but just 17-27 on the road.

The pitching matchup: Jharel Cotton (4-7 & 5.40 ERA) will get the starts for Oakland and RH Mike Pelfrey (3-5 & 3.56 ERA) for Chicago. Cotton ended a five-start win-less drought his last time out, allowing three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings of Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Yankees. He had gone 0-4 (A’s were 0-5) in his previous five starts, after opening the season a respectable 3-3. This marks Cotton’s first start against the White Sox. Pelfrey is coming off one of his better performances of 2017, matching his season high by going six innings and allowing only one run on four hits to win 5-2 on Saturday at Toronto. It marked only the second start of the year in which Pelfrey did not allow a walk and boosted his record to 3-1 over his last seven appearances (six starts / team is 4-2). However, Pelfrey has lost all four career starts against the Athletics, sporting a 7.97 ERA.

The pick: Pelfrey’s career record against Oakland offers some concern but as noted, he’s pitched very well his last six starts (7 ERs allowed over 31 IP for a 2.03 ERA). The White Sox have averaged 5.22 RPG at home and face an Oakland team which is 9-25 on the road, allowing 5.56 RPG. Take the home team.

MLB Pick: Who will win tonight’s Tigers vs. Mariners game against the spread?

Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners
MLB Pick: Tigers +110 odds (June 22nd 2017)

Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris vs. Yovani Gallardo

The Detroit Tigers visit Safeco Field on Thursday, June 22, 2017 to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Daniel Norris for the Tigers and Yovani Gallardo for the Mariners.

The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +108 and Seattle at -118. The Tigers have a 36-30-4 over/under record and a 35-35-0 run line mark. The Mariners are 34-39-0 against the run line and have a 34-36-3 over/under record.

Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 32-38 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Daniel Norris has a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 4.42 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 69 strikeouts over his 71.1 innings pitched and he’s given up 83 hits. He allows 10.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.89. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.12 and they have given up 219 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the bullpen and they’ve struck out 198 hitters and walked 91 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.77. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 657 base hits and 326 earned runs. They have allowed 91 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 240 batters and struck out 524. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.46 and their FIP as a unit is 4.62.

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Hitting Statistics
As a team Detroit is hitting .253, good for 17th in the league. The Tigers hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Justin Upton is hitting .266 with an on-base percentage of .349. He has 64 hits this season in 241 at bats with 45 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .502 and an OPS+ of 125. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .267 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .367. He has totaled 56 hits and he has driven in 32 men in 210 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .438. The Tigers have 603 hits, including 129 doubles and 86 home runs. Detroit has walked 254 times so far this season and they have struck out 591 times as a unit. They have left 485 men on base and have a team OPS of .756. They score 4.8 runs per contest and have scored a total of 336 runs this year.

Useful Pitching Statistics
Seattle has a 36-37 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.30, Yovani Gallardo has a 3-7 record and a 1.57 WHIP. He has 57 strikeouts over the 75.2 innings he’s pitched. He’s also given up 87 hits. He allows 10.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.42 and they have given up 237 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the Mariners bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 235 batters and walked 91 opposing hitters. As a team, Seattle allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.7. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 643 base knocks and 338 earned runs this season. They have given up 111 home runs this year, which ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball. Seattle as a staff has walked 230 hitters and struck out 522 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.91.

Hitting Statistics
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 8th in the league. The Mariners hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Robinson Cano comes into this matchup batting .281 with an OBP of .342. He has 70 hits this year along with 40 RBI in 249 AB’s. He maintains a slugging percentage of .458 with an OPS+ of 115. Nelson Cruz is hitting .292 this season and he has an OBP of .377. He has collected 71 hits in 243 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 142 and a slugging percentage of .523. The Mariners as a unit have 661 base hits, including 124 doubles and 78 homers. Seattle has walked 241 times this year and they have struck out on 574 occasions. They have had 511 men left on base and have an OPS of .749. They have scored 4.78 runs per game and totaled 349 runs this season.

Who will win tonight’s Tigers/Mariners MLB game against the spread?
DOC’S SPORTS Pick: Take the Mariners

MLB Pick: Mike Lundin betting the Atlanta Braves -144 odds on June 22nd 2017

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Betting Pick: Braves -144 odds (June 22nd 2017)

Three in a row? Join Mike Lundin as he’s going for a third consecutive free pick winner.

The San Francisco Giants are 1-8 through their last nine games and they’ve lost five of Matt Cain’s (3-6, 4.99 ERA) last six starts. Cain himself has posted a 6.25 ERA during that stretch.

The Atlanta Braves hand the ball to left-hander Jaime Garcia (2-5, 3.59 ERA) who held the Giants scoreless through 6 2/3 frames on May 26 to improve to 4-1 with a 2.54 ERA in his career against San Francisco. Garcia had compiled a 1.49 ERA in his last five starts before getting lit up by Miami his last turn, and this looks like a good spot to bounce back with a solid outing.

The Giants are 1-7 in their last eight games vs. a left-handed starter.

Mike Lundin cashed his Top Rated 10* MLB selection on Wednesday when the Mariners came through with a victory. Thursday’s BIG PLAY at the ballpark is a total, and it has an early start. Don’t miss Mike’s Super Early Top Rated 10* MLB *TOTAL OF THE MONTH*!

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