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White Sox vs. Red Sox Runline Betting Odds & Prediction: August 4th 2017

Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox
MLB Betting Prediction: White Sox +1.5 +100 odds (August 4th 2017)

It’s going to take a lot for me to get involved with the White Sox during the rest of the baseball season. Gone from the White Sox are Jose Quintana, Tood Frazier, Melky Cabrera, closer David Robertson and three other key pieces of their bullpen.  What’s left are some promising talent and a lot of rubbish.  If I’m ever going to back the White Sox I need a monster plus price, 1 1/2 runs, a cold pitcher facing them and Carlos Rondon going for Chicago.  All of these things are in place for today’s game.  Rondon is coming around after being out for much of the season. The lefty looked very impressive in his last start this past Sunday against Cleveland. He held the Indians to one run in 6 2/3 innings. He has 20 strikeouts in his last two starts spanning 10 2/3 innings.

Boston has taken over first place in the AL East. It should be noted, though, the Red Sox have a losing record when facing southpaw starters. Boston also would be 5-10 in its last 15 games if laying 1 1/2 runs. The Red Sox are minus injured Dustin Pedroia, too.  Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez hasn’t been the same since coming off the DL after knee trouble. Rodriguez has surrendered 18 earned runs in his last four starts allowing 27 hits, nine walks and seven homers in 20 1/3 innings.

(Editor’s note: Stephen Nover has his Baseball Total of the Year for the second half of the season going today. Stephen also is putting his 11-1 Canadian Football League record on the line today. Don’t miss these winning plays!)

Dodgers vs. Braves Over-Under Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: August 3rd 2017

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves
MLB Over-Under Pick: Over 8.5 runs -110 odds (August 3rd 2017)

The set-up: Los Angeles Dodgers lost 5-3 at San Diego on July 2 but have gone 20-3 since. Amazingly, all three losses have come at the hands of the 49-57 Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers lost back-to-back home games to the Braves on July 20 and 21, then lost last night in Atlanta. Tyler Flowers’ eighth-inning pinch-hit HR powered Atlanta to a 5-3 victory Wednesday, snapping the Dodgers’ major-league record streak of 53 consecutive games won when leading at any point. The victory snapped Atlanta’s six-game losing streak and was just the Braves’ second win in 11 games since beating LA in those back-to-back games at Dodger Stadium July 20-21. The rubber match of this three-game series goes Thursday.

The pitching matchup: Alex Wood (12-1 & 2.38 ERA) continues his “career season” when he takes the mound for LA and rookie Sean Newcomb (1-5 & 4.50 ERA) gets the nod for Atlanta. The Braves handed Wood his first loss of the season on July 21 (allowed nine runs, seven earned) but he was able to get the win last Friday over the Giants, despite allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings. Wood made his major-league debut with the Braves in 2013, going 21-20 in 86 games with Atlanta before being traded to the Dodgers in 2015. In two career starts against the Braves, Wood is 0-2 with an ugly 10.38 ERA. Newcomb has pitched well in his past two starts after struggling in the first part of July, getting no-decisions against the Dodgers and Philadelphia while allowing only four ERs over 11 innings (3.27 ERA). Newcomb will be making his 10th major-league start and has surrendered three ERs or lees in six of his previous nine.

The pick: Wood was tagged for a career-high nine runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings against Atlanta in that 12-3 defeat back on July 21, which remains his only setback of the season. Excluding that outing, Wood has thrown 98 1/3 innings, with 110 strikeouts, 27 walks and a 0.99 WHIP. The opposition is batting .196 against Wood. However, he was hardly “extra sharp” in his follow up start from that loss to Atlanta, allowing four runs on eight hits in seven innings. Is hisseason starting to prove the adage, “regression to the mean?” As for Newcomb, his road ERA (3.43) is almost two full runs higher than his home ERA (5.33). Take the Over.

Mariners vs. Royals MLB Over-Under Pick from Mike Lundin: August 3rd 2017

Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals
MLB Over-Under Pick: Over 9.5 runs -110 odds (August 3rd 2017)

The Kansas City Royals are well in the mix in the AL Central, sitting second in the division just a few games back of the Indians. I think they’ll need to give newly acquired Trevor Cahill plenty of run support here to have any chance of winning this game.

Cahill (4-3, 4.15 ERA) was tagged with five runs on eight hits with a pair of homers in four innings at Boston in his first start for the Royals since coming over from San Diego. The current Mariners are batting a combined .329 over 82 at bats against the right-hander.

Yovani Gallardo (5-7, 5.34 ERA) will take the ball for Seattle. He was very solid in July posting a 2.37 ERA through 19 innings of work, but note that over is 4-1-1 in Gallardo’s last six starts overall. KC’s Melky Cabrera is 5-for-11 in previous meetings with Gallardo.

The Royals are a very streaky team that played excellent baseball in the second half of July only to score just three runs through their last three games (all at Baltimore). I think their bats will come alive again tonight as they return home to Kauffman Stadium, and my free pick is on this matchup to go over the total.

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