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MLB wrap: Red-hot Mariners win again, but challenge looms against Yankees, Red Sox

5 monthes ago   |   By Sporting News

The Mariners won again Wednesday, but a stiff test awaits - 10 games in 11 days against the Yankees and Red Sox.
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

The Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies square off in the rubber match of their three game MLB set from Citizen's Bank Park on Thursday.
The Colorado Rockies will look to win the set after evening it up at one win apiece following a 7-2 win in game two on Wednesday. Trevor Story, Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond each had two RBIs, with Story going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles, while Desmond went 1 for 4 with a home run. Nolan Arenado added an RBI as well to cap off the Rockies' scoring in the win. Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez each had two hits, while DJ LeMahieu and Tom...
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Atlanta Braves vs. San Diego Padres - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

Down at SunTrust Park on Thursday, the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves will be kicking off their MLB set.
The Padres are coming off a series versus the Cardinals. San Diego split the first pair of games, then on Wednesday got the series with a win 4-2.
For Thursday's game the Padres will be going with RHP Tyson Ross. In his 76.0 innings and 5-3 record this year, Ross has a 3.43 ERA with 78 Ks and 28 BBs.
Heading into the Cards finale, Jose Pirela led the team on 72 hits, 37 runs and 19 RBI. In the Wednesday game Pirela sat and Freddy Galvis put up two RBI with a hit.
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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees square off in game one of a four game weekend AL East division set from Yankee Stadium in MLB action on Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Rays will look to build some momentum after completing the three game sweep of Toronto with a 1-0 win in the series finale on Wednesday. Mallex Smith and Jake Bauers each had two hits, with Smith putting up a pair of doubles, while Matt Duffy added the lone RBI of the game in the bottom of the 9th for the walk-off win. Wilmer Font got the start, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings, while Matt Andriese finished off the middle...
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Miami Marlins vs. San Francisco Giants - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

On Thursday from Marlins Park, the San Francisco Giants and the Miami Marlins will be concluding their MLB series.
The Marlins took the first two games of this set 7-5 and 3-1, then on Wednesday Miami eked one out in walk-off fashion 5-4.
For the Thursday game, the Giants will be bringing out Dereck Rodriguez for the start. In his 12.0 innings and 1-1 record this year, Rodriguez has a 5.25 ERA with 12 Ks and six walks.
Tops in hitting for the Giants heading into game three was Brandon Crawford with 75 hits, 28 runs and 32 RBI. On Wednesday, Crawford had a hit and a run.
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Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

Up at Comerica Park on Thursday, the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will be finishing up their MLB series.
In the opener, the Twins managed a 6-4 win. On Wednesday, Detroit struck back 5-2.
For the Thursday matchup, the Twins will be rolling out RHP Lance Lynn. In his 62.0 innings and 4-4 record this year, Lynn has a 5.08 ERA with 62 Ks and 40 BBs.
Leading the way for the Twins entering game two was Eddie Rosario with 78 hits, 42 runs, 14 homers and 43 RBI. On Wednesday Rosario had a hit and a run.
Over on the Tigers' side, they're going with Michael Fulmer on Thursday. Over 73.2...
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Here Is What Has Been Causing Chris Sale's Recent Increase In Velocity

5 monthes ago   |   By NESN

Chris Sale has been dialed in lately, and one of the biggest ways to tell is through his velocity.
The Boston Red Sox ace has turned in a pair of quality outings lately, and in the process has really been gunning his fastball, with it even topping out at 100 mph at points.
So what is the cause for this increased velocity?
NESN's Tom Caron, Lenny DiNardo and Steve Lyons discuss in the “NESN Sports Today” video above, presented by People's United Bank?
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Hernandez starts as Mariners open 4-game series vs. Red Sox

5 monthes ago   |   By Fox Sports

The good King or the bad King?
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Here's What Alex Cora Told Jackie Bradley Jr. About His Offensive Struggles

5 monthes ago   |   By NESN

It's certainly been a tough season for Jackie Bradley Jr.
The Boston Red Sox outfielder is batting just .181 with three home runs and 14 RBIs with a whopping 60 strikeouts. He went 0-for-4 in three consecutive games, and hasn't gotten a hit since the teams' June 9 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Though it's been a tough go-around at the dish for the 28 year old, Red Sox manager Alex Cora continues to put him in the starting nine, telling the Providence Journal's Bill Koch he's “being very disciplined.”
“Everybody looks at Jackie's stretch, but the people that are watching the game, he's...
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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Mets - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

The New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Thursday in MLB action at Chase Field.
The New York Mets could use a feel good victory here after losing 10 of their last 11 games. The Mets have score four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in nine straight games. The New York Mets have lost 14 of their last 16 games when scoring four or less runs. Asdrubal Cabrera leads the Mets with 67 hits and 36 RBI while Amed Rosario and Jay Bruce have combined for 94 hits and 35 RBI. Steven Matz gets the ball, and he is 2-4 with a 3.53 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Matz is 0-0...
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Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

5 monthes ago   |   By Sportschatplace

The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners meet Thursday in MLB action at Safeco Field.
The Boston Red Sox look for another victory after winning eight f their last 11 games. The Red Sox have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Boston Red Sox have won seven straight games when scoring more than two runs. J.D. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 77 hits and 55 RBI while Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts have combined for 144 hits and 84 RBI. David Price gets the ball, and he is 7-4 with a 4.00 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. Price...
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