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Free MLB Pick Houston Astros vs Tampa Bay Rays

My series wager on the Tampa Bay Rays over the NY Yankees was a winner, but my distaste for the Houston Astros dented my bankroll as they won their previous series. I released the Rays vs The Cheaters in this series and we're sitting in a good spot at this time.

The Rays are 7-2 this postseason and their pitching staff has allowed two or less runs in five of those nine games. The Rays are allowing an average of 1.3 runs in their last three games. If those numbers continue, the Rays will sweep the Astros. Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier and Joey Wendle are hitting the ball like it's a softball.

Ryan Yarbrough gets the ball for the Rays tonight, and he was 1-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Yarbrough is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and two strikeouts in his postseason career.

The Astros need a win here to have any chance in this series. The Astros have lost three of their last four games and have scored just three runs in this series.

It's tough to bet against the Rays pitching right now, and Yarbrough is another solid arm who has allowed a combined four runs and 14 hits in his last 15 innings. Furthermore, I'm not betting against my series play. Also, no way am I backing Urquidy off his postseason record of allowing five runs and seven hits in 8.2 innings this postseason, which makes for an ERA over five.

But, the one thing I noticed in this series, as mentioned above, the Astros have been striking the ball, but they're not hitting them where they ain't. I'll let my series wager ride on the Rays, but for action tonight, I'm going to take a shot with the Astros scoring at least 4 runs tonight. Couple that with Urquidy 5+ ERA in postseason I'm going to bang over 8.5 runs in this game. Hey if the score gets to 4-4 we're a winner. Take Under 8.5 Runs
Dennis Stagliano | 13/10/2020

MLB Division Round Series Picks

I did very well with yesterdays Miami Heat pick. They performed just as I expected. The next game is gonna be unreal because cry baby LeBron is really mad. After the first quarter he said to Jimmy Butler "you're in trouble". After the 4th quarter JB gave it right back to him with his own words "you're in trouble". Cry baby LeBron then walked off the court with 10 seconds left in disgust. Ha ah he got just what he deserved.

Well I also fared well in the wild-card round correctly tabbing the Los Angeles Dodgers as the favorite to load up on and bet your mortgageon. We also cashed in the longshot as well with the Miami Marlins. The lone loser I had was the underdog bet on the Cincinnati Reds who did live up to Joey Votto stating the team was a nightmare; and they were for sure!

It’s time to turn my attention to the division round in hopes of further bolstering the proverebial bank roll. Unlike the opening round where the games took place at the higher seeded teams home field, the division round will take place in a bubble with the Yankees/Rays squaring off in Petco Park, A’s/Astros at Dodger Stadium, Braves/Marlins at Minute Maid Park and Dodgers/Padres at Globe Life Field. Let’s jump into the current MLB series odds offerings and see where the value lies!

ODDS TO WIN DIVISION SERIES
Yankees -130 vs. Rays +110
A’s -137 vs. Astros +137
Braves -306 vs. Marlins +250
Dodgers -297 vs. Padres +243
My Best Favorite to Bet: Atlanta Braves -306
Everything lined up perfectly for the Marlins in the wild-card round. The Chicago Cubs might’ve logged the fourth-best record in the National League, but a bulk of those wins came against NL Central opposition. In case you live under a rock, you know all four teams that qualified for the playoffs from that division failed to advance into the division round. As great a story Miami has been to this point of the MLB betting season, it’s glass slipper is about to get cracked by an Atlanta Braves outfit firmly aware of what the team brings to the table. Though Atlanta doesn’t have much in terms of starting pitching past Max Fried and Ian Anderson, it’s bullpen is second best behind the Dodgers in the National League. On top of that, Freddie Freeman and company flat-out rake right-handed pitching and that’s basically all the Marlins will throw at them at the outset of every game. The fact that the Braves took four of the six regular season meetings leads me to believe they’re a pretty safe bet to advance to the NLCS.

Another Series Bet: Oakland A’s -137
The A’s displayed a ton of moxie by coming back to thwart the Chicago White Sox in the opening round of the postseason. It displayed the heart of a champion in Game 3 by battling back from an early 3-0 deficit to punch its way to the ALDS by way of some timely hitting and a good effort out of the bullpen. That’s been the recipe of success for Bob Melvin’s squad all season long, and I don’t foresee it ending in this crucial series against a Houston team it dominated throughout the regular season. The A’s toppled the Astros in seven of the 10 overall meetings, and won those games by an average of 2.7 runs per game. Matt Olson is one of the premiere first baseman in the game, and he’s backed by a number of gamers in the forms of Ramon Laureano, Mark Canha, Marcus Semien and Khris Davis. Oakland also has a number of live arms in Frankie Montas and Jesus Luzardo who could really give Houston’s bats some issues if they get locked back in. Oakland sports by far the better overall bullpen as well, and that’s ultimately going to decide this one with Houston lacking in the starting pitching department due to a number of crippling injuries. Goodbye cheaters!

Scary Series: LA Dodgers vs San Diego Padres
Let me preface this by stating I believe the Dodgers have far and away the best roster in the game. No ifs, ands or buts about it. But in a five-game series, the best team doesn’t always win. Jayce Tingler’s squad certainly has the offensive firepower and live arms both in the rotation and pen to spring the upset. Much would have to go right for that to occur however. The inclusion of Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet on the NLDS roster gives me hesitation. Remember what I told you many times before. When you hesitate, back off! But, I have an uneasy feeling about this series, so I'm not going to bet this series. I'll take it game by game. With that, I’d make it a point to see the rosters and pitchers game by game before putting your money down. I’d argue that San Diego’s starting rotation is on par and maybe even better than what the reigning NL West champs bring to the table. Pair that with an explosive offense that could go off at the drop of a hat, and the Dodgers near 75 percent implied probability of winning this series is nothing short of ludicrous! As great Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado have been atop the order, it’s going to take a Herculean effort to advance to the NLCS. I truly believe “Slam Diego” has it in them to pull off the feat, but it’s going to need reinforcements it didn’t have against the weak hitting St. Louis Cardinals to pull it off. Beware and bet careful in this series, it may just break your bankroll.

Yankees - 130 vs Rays
If the regular season means anything, the Yankees figure to be in trouble, as they dropped eight of the 10 meetings between the teams this year. But the Yankees brushed off their road woes by beating the Indians in Cleveland in the wild-card round, while the Rays easily knocked off the Blue Jays. They’ve met just once since Aroldis Chapman threw a 101 mph fastball over Mike Brosseau’s head last month, which fired up the rivalry even more. The Yankees and Rays will be taking the East Coast battle to the West Coast in Petco Park.

Boone said Gerrit Cole will start Game 1. They’ll have to rely on Masahiro Tanaka and — unlike in the wild-card series, at least one more starter, maybe J.A. Happ. If the series goes five games, Jordan Montgomery and Deivi Garcia will potentially be in the mix. The Rays will go with Snell, Tyler Glasnow and Charlie Morton in the first three games. Snell and Glasnow have been excellent and Morton was better toward the end of season. Ryan Yarbrough is a good option for Game 4, with Snell a possibility for Game 5.

This a tough one to handicap, but putting my Yankee fan hat aside and my emphasis on my bankroll, I have to give an edge to the Rays. As I mentioned above, the Yanks dropped eight of their 10 meetings. Conversely, Cole dominated the Rays twice with the Astros in last year’s ALDS. So with that in mind, what are the chances that the Rays will lose 4 straight games vs Cole? I say this because I believe Cole will have to win two games for the Yanks to win the series. My heart says to pass or take the Yanks, but my handicapper within says to back the Rays in the generous underdog role.
Dennis Stagliano | 5/10/2020

Preakness Stakes Tip Sheet

The leaves are turning color, fall is in the air, I'm on my deck writing my Preakness Stakes Tip Sheet for Today's Racing Digist. The final leg of the 2020 Triple Crown — the Preakness Stakes — caps off a sensory overload weekend of high profile sporting events. For the first time ever, the Preakness is a designated “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic figures to be the solid post-time favorite since Belmont and Travers Stakes winner and Derby runner-up Tiz the Law has opted to pass on the Preakness and wait for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.The Preakness appeared to lose some luster with Tiz the Law’s defection, but the announcement that the filly Swiss Skydiver will take on the boys makes for an interesting matchup. Swiss Skydiver comes off a runner-up effort behind Shedaresthedevil in the Kentucky OaksSwiss Skydiver comes off a runner-up effort behind Shedaresthedevil in the Kentucky Oaks and will be making her ninth start of the year at her ninth different track. She has maintained her sharp form all year and did show she can compete with the boys, finishing second to Preakness contender Art Collector in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in July. There you go ladies, she will be going off at a decent price and if in the exacta will payoff a decent ROI on your investment.

Authentic used a perfect trip from his outside post to win the Kentucky Derby and give trainer Bob Baffert a record-tying sixth Derby victory. Art Collector, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby with a minor foot injury, is undefeated in four starts this year and has a healthy work tab going into the Preakness. From post three, Art Collector should be able
to fall into a nice ground-saving trip stalking the early leaders.

Mr. Big News made a big looping run around the far turn finishing third in the Derby at 46-1. I was no where near this hard charging closer in the Derby. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Mr. Big News has the type of quick acceleration that if timed right could make him a major player in the Preakness, especially if the leaders get into a pace duel. He has upset potential.

So who wins the Preakness? I'm studying the PP's now and will be posting my tip sheet to my website at www.horseracetipsheets.com tomorrow. I've got a speicial going for the Preakness. Buy my Preakness Tip Sheet and get my Gridiron Gold Sheet football newsletter absolutely FREE!

GIddy up, I gotta get back to work now.
Dennis Stagliano | 30/9/2020

NY Yankees at Cleveland Indians

I’m loading up on the pinstripes. Masahiro Tanaka is on the hill, and I’d much rather side with his playoff experience than Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, who is making just his third career postseason game. Either way the pressure will be
on Carrasco, as his team will either be 0-1 in this series, and facing elimination, or 1-0 and having to face an angry Yankees lineup. Tanaka, in either situation, is more suited to handle the pressure with a stellar playoff career to his credit. The right-hander owns a 1.76 ERA with 37 strikeouts in eight playoff starts dating back to 2015. He has stifled opponents to a .157 average in the playoffs. TAKE: YANKEES -125
Dennis Stagliano | 30/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Houston at Texas

This is an intriguing matchup in Arlington Texas, of two young starters that have both shown flashes of greatness. Jose Urquidy has not allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his four starts this year and most likely will be called upon to pitch in the postseason. Kyle Cody has made seven appearances for the Rangers, with the last four as a starter slowly going deeper into games. These two faced off on 9/15, with Urquidy getting the 4-1 victory when he allowed 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7. Line at this time is Houston -177, a bit steep, therefore my recommendation is to
Take: Houston - 1.5 runs at -105.
Dennis Stagliano | 25/9/2020

Free College Football Pick: Army vs Cincinnati

Cincinnati is a solid football team and the Bearcats have been solid defensively. Cincinnati bullied little Austin Peay, but Army’s suffocated their opponents, allowing just 7 points in two games (including a Louisiana-Monroe team can sure score points in bunches. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw another tight game. The line opened at 11 and jumped up 14 as of this writing. After all, I'm an Army vet and my high school had the same knickname LOL. Cadets infantry kills clock and keeps this one under the generous number. Note that the underdog is 4-0 ATS last four meetings. I’ll take the points and the Black Knights in this one.
Dennis Stagliano | 24/9/2020

Free MLB Pick St Louis vs Pittsburgh

St. Louis is going to be in a dogfight to make the playoffs with the Brewers and Reds, among others, so they need all the wins they can get. The Pirates have had the Cardinals number so far, taking 3 of the 5 matchups, but I like St. Louis here. Carlos Martinez is still trying to find his groove as a starter, but he showed signs by striking out 8 Reds over 4 innings his last time out. Trevor Williams has been really bad this year, and his offense hasn’t helped him much as the Pirates have lost eight of the nine games Williams has started this season. St. Louis wins this one. Lay the lumber.
Dennis Stagliano | 18/9/2020

Preakness Stakes Adds Horses

William H. Lawrence's Liveyourbeastlife, the runner-up in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, worked five-eighths in 59.89 seconds Thursday over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the Preakness Stakes on October 3 at Pimlico Race Course.
Trainer Jorge Abreu said he was pleased with the work, and the Kentucky-bred Ghostzapper colt will be supplemented to the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.
"He breezed really well today," said Abreu of the breeze in company with New York-bred Freaky Styley [59.80]. "He went in 59 and 4 which is something he's never done before. We're going to take a shot."

The dark bay Ghostzapper colt has improved with added distance capturing a nine-furlong allowance event over older horses on August 12 at Saratoga Race Course ahead of a closing second to Mystic Guide in the nine-furlong Jim Dandy on September 5.
"He didn't show much early on but every jockey that rode him never came back with a negative thing about him, they would say, 'this horse wants to run long,'" said Abreu.
Liveyourbeastlife utilized a prominent trip for his August 12 allowance win. After running sixth in the Jim Dandy, jockey Junior Alvarado said the horse struggled from the half-mile to the three-eighths pole.
"He's really weird. Sometimes he'll break and take himself back, the past two races he's been wanting to go," said Abreu. "Junior admitted he lost position at the half-mile pole and he had to do too much. If he had kept him forwardly placed, he probably would have won the race. He gave him too much to do from the quarter-mile pole on home."
Abreu said he expects Alvarado to retain the mount for the Preakness.
"He's a horse that needs somebody that knows him," Abreu said.
Liveyourbeastlife will have his final Preakness prep at Belmont one week from Saturday.
Out of the Kris S. mare Ellie's Moment, Liveyourbeastlife is a half-brother to Grade 1-winner on turf Time and Motion.
2020 Preakness Stakes (G1)
*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
SilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus Tiz the Law
Constitution8.03B. Tagg
2nd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) Possible Art Collector
Bernardini7.46T. Drury
1st, 2020 Ellis Park Derby (LS) Probable Swiss Skydiver
Daredevil7.44K. McPeek
2nd, 2020 Kentucky Oaks (G1) Possible Authentic
Into Mischief7.08B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) Probable Ny Traffic
Cross Traffic6.53S. Joseph, Jr.
8th, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) Possible Dr Post
Quality Road6.49T. Pletcher
4th, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) Possible Mr. Big News
Giant's Causeway6.35W. Calhoun
3rd, 2020 Kentucky Derby (G1) Probable Thousand Words
Pioneerof the Nile6.10B. Baffert
1st, 2020 Shared Belief Stakes (LS) Probable Mystic Guide
Ghostzapper6.03M. Stidham
1st, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) Possible Pneumatic
Uncle Mo5.92S. Asmussen
1st, 2020 Pegasus (LS) Probable Liveyourbeastlife
Ghostzapper4.45J. Abreu
2nd, 2020 Jim Dandy (G2) Probable Happy Saver
Super Saver4.19T. Pletcher
1st, 2020 Federico Tesio (LS)Possible
NYRA Press Office | 18/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Kansas City vs Detroit

The Royals had won six in a row until losing to the Tigers on Tuesday. The price certainly is reasonable to back the Royals in a pitching matchup of Brady Singer versus Tarik Skubal. Royals Brady Singer is coming off his best outing wen he shut out the Indians on one hit in eight innings with eight strikeouts last Thursday. Singer is fresh after five restful dayss. The Tigers main threat, injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was leading the team in homers is out. Furthermore, their starter Skubal has been throwing up gopher balls this season with a 7.27 ERA. TAKE: KANSAS CITY - 125
Dennis Stagliano | 16/9/2020

Free MLB Pick: Pittsburgh vs Cincinnati

The starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates has been terrible in five starts this season, Joe Musgrove lost four of those starts.The Reds is not even close to intimidating. but the Pirates are even worse. Pirates just simply find it very hard to score on anyone.

Mike Lorenzen who has been primarily used as a reliver this season gets the start tonight. Lorenzen is a good enough pitcher to beat the Bucs. Take the Reds on the moneyline - 130.
Dennis Stagliano | 15/9/2020
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