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By Mike Rose

Is there a more disappointing team in the National League than the Washington Nationals? This is a team that was predicted to have a cakewalk journey to the NL East pennant and partake in the playoffs a third straight season. As the regular season nears the All-Star break, that just hasn’t been the case. The team hasn’t been able to get in a groove all season. After dropping the opener in Pittsburgh, Dave Martinez’s squad will look to put their best foot forward in Thursday night’s opener against the New York Mets.

Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets
Date and Time: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Queens, NY
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer vs. Steven Matz
Nationals vs. Mets TV Coverage: Local TV

After taking three of four at home against the wretched Miami Marlins, MLB bettors figured the Nats would hit the road for the ‘Burgh intending on closing the final week of the first week of the season on a high. Not so fast my friend! As small road chalk, Washington only managed top score three runs even though it outhit the Buccos 10-8 to fall by a 6-3 final count.

The defeat dropped Bryce Harper and his mates to a 23-21 on the road where they’ve lost $65 for the season. They have two games remaining at PNC park to pull even, so it’s possible they invade Queens a .500 road team with Hellickson coming of the DL Tuesday and Gio Gonzalez throwing in Thursday’s finale. The Nats have won seven of their last 10 visits to Citi Field.

The New York Mets are nothing more than a dark comedy these days. A complete overhaul of the coaching staff has done nothing to change the direction of this defunct franchise. The injury bug has remained camped outside the ball park with a number of major contributors unable to make an impact this season.

Included in the list of the walking wounded are Noah Syndergaard – big surprise – Yoenis Cespedes – shocking – Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares and Travis d’Arnaud. This has forced Mickey Callaway to put together a skeleton crew lineup each and every day the team takes to the playing field. In doing so, the Mets offense unsurprisingly ranks amongst the worst in the league in a number of pertinent statistical categories. After splitting a doubleheader with the Phillies on Monday, New York sits 13 games under .500 as a host ( -$1612 ).

Key Player

Max Scherzer – Mas Max leads the Nats’ pitching staff in ERA ( 2.33 ), wins ( 11 ) and WHIP ( 0.89 ). You’d think Washington would be golden every time he takes to the starting bump, but that hasn’t been the case. Especially recently with the Nationals only coming out on top in two of his last six starts. With nearly 85 percent of his starts being of quality, he’s going to be installed a heavy chalk to lead the visitors to a road win in this spot. Though he hasn’t thrown at the Mets this season, he went 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA and .210 BAA over four starts last season. Lifetime at Citi Field, the righty stands 6-2 with a 1.76 ERA and miniscule 0.78 WHIP. He’s going to have some fun in this one!
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At one point in time, Steven Matz was considered to be an up and coming future star of the league. That was before he was forced to go under the knife. Since then, the lefty just hasn’t been able to return to his dominant self. While he enters start No. 18 4-6 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, he’s only registered 81 Ks through his near 90 innings of work. He’s been at his worst at home where his ERA jumps up to 4.17, and served up 11 of his 13 home runs in that ball park. That said, Washington checks in just 9-18 versus southpaws of whom they’ve averaged less than 4.0 runs per game against. Matz has logged nine innings against the Nats this season and only surrendered 3 ER in a pair of no decisions. New York just might be worth taking a stab on the MLB betting odds at a big dog price, but I’ll got the safer route and look for Scherzer and Matz to shine in a pitcher’s duel.

MLB Pick: Bet the Under at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: New York 3 – Washington 2

2018 World Cup Betting Odds, Germany vs. South Korea Picks

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2018 World Cup Betting Lines – Germany vs. South Korea Odds

By Jonathan Willis

It didn’t seem possible for the longest time, but Germany controls its own destiny when it comes to its World Cup fate. The Germans had a nightmare of a start in their campaign to defend their title. They opened with a loss to Mexico, and then they fell behind Sweden 1-0. It looked like they were doomed to the same fortune as Spain in 2014, but then the team roared back with a vengeance to beat Sweden 2-1. Now, they must beat South Korea by multiple goals in their last match in order to advance. Fortunately, for the Germans, this is probably the roster you would most want in order to run up the score.

Germany vs. South Korea
Date and Time:Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 A.M. ET
Location: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
World Cup Opening Odds at BookMaker.eu: Germany-2, O/U3 and 3.5
Germany vs. South Korea TV Coverage: FS1

Group F is the one group in which there have been no draws to this point. That has created a scenario where all four teams are still able to qualify for the knockout round, even winless South Korea. It would take something of miracle for South Korea to make the next round, but it is possible.

South Korea did not get off to a good start. They fell to Sweden 1-0 in the opener and couldn’t manage a shot on goal. They had to get physical in order to keep the Swedes from scoring more than one, while goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo needed to come up big as well. South Korea performed a little better against Mexico, but they again needed to skirt the letter of the law to remain close. A Son Heung-Min goal just before fulltime left them with a little less work to do, but it’s still a tall mountain to climb.

Things looked disastrous for Germany until the second half of their match against Sweden. Germany looked completely lost on offense for the first game and a half of action, but then they looked like they finally found their stride in the second half.

Joachim Low’s men knew that they needed to score at least two goals in the second half, and they bombed forward from the outset in order to get those scores. Marco Reus scored three minutes into the second half to equalize, and from there it was game on. Germany looked undone after Jerome Boateng picked up his second yellow in the 82nd, but then Toni Kroos became the hero with a super strike five minutes into extra time to gift Germany a 2-1 win.

Injury Angle

Both sides have some injury concerns heading into this match. Sebastian Rudy suffered a broken nose in the victory over Sweden and is unlikely to play in this one. Center back Mats Hummels is a question too. He missed the match against Sweden because of a neck injury, and his absence would certainly be felt. With Boateng suspended for this match because of the red card, Germany is already thin at the back. Not having Hummels healthy would be a huge blow.

South Korea has an injury concern of its own. Ki Sung-yueng has been ruled out with a calf injury and his absence will be noticed. He is the team’s captain and most experienced player with over 100 caps to his name.

Player to Watch

Although Germany has struggled as a team, Kroos has been outstanding in both matches. He was the team’s lone bright spot in the loss to Mexico, continually threatening and getting their best chance to score. Kroos kept it up in Germany’s win over Sweden with strong play up until his game winner. It was a deserved Man of the Match performance for Kroos, who has been the team’s rock in these trying times.
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The Germans need to score and score often to make sure their spot in the knockout round is safe. They looked like a team possessed over the second half, and I think they will carry that fire with them into this one. The changes that Low made to the lineup seemed to work against Sweden, and they should have more success against South Korea.

Germany vs. South Korea Pick: Take the over in this match

Germany vs. South Korea Prediction: Germany 4 – South Korea 1

Baseball Betting Picks, Rays vs. Yankees Predictions

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Baseball Betting Odds,  Rays vs. Yankees Picks

By Mike Rose

Blake Snell has made nine career starts against the New York Yankees over the course of his career. He’s managed two wins to go along with three losses and owns a lifetime 4.58 ERA versus the Bronx Bombers. He enters start No. 15 for the Tampa Bay Rays in the midst of his best season at the professional level. He’ll attempt to keep the mojo rising on Thursday night when he takes to the Yankee Stadium bump for the opener of the AL East rival’s extended four game series.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees
Date and Time: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. Domingo German
Rays at Yankees TV Coverage: FS1

As top heavy the AL East currently is, the Rays have to proud of the fact that they’re currently the best of the worst. At 14 games off the pace, Tampa Bay has no realistic chance of catching either the Yankees or Red Sox, but it does have a shot of finishing the regular season up with a .500 record. It entered Tuesday night’s tilt with Toronto five games under the breakeven point ( -$482 ).

With the club below average overall, it comes as no surprise to find the Rays substandard in a number of different areas. Tampa Bay hits well as a team evidenced by its .257 batting average ( No. 6 ), but it’s only translated into an average of 4.1 runs per game ( No. 24 ). On top of that, the pitching staff has been brutal with the starters amassing a total of 19 quality starts and the bullpen the owner of a 3.88 ERA ( No. 14 ). Stats like that aren’t allowing it to compete within the division.

Then there’s the New York Yankees who sit tied atop the division standings along with the Boston Red Sox. Aaron Boone has had a great go of it in his inaugural season in the Bronx. The Yanks own the league’s top-ranked offense that ranked No. 1 in runs scored per game ( 5.5 ), OPS ( .796 ) and home runs ( 103 ). On top of that, the starting staff has spun 31 quality starts ( No. 8 ) while the bullpen has taken care of business in 18 of its 26 save opportunities.

Heading into Tuesday night’s series opener with the Washington Nationals, the Yankees checked in as the fifth most lucrative team to back this season. Even though Aaron Judge and company are routinely favored by oddsmakers on the betting lines, the team is in the black by nearly $1100. That’s freaking awesome! They’ve taken care of business both at home ( 4544 ) and on the road ( $553 ) which has hurt sportsbook’s bottom line at this point of the season.

Player to Watch

Blake Snell – The series opener will all come down to how well the third year pro handles himself in Gotham. The righty enters start No. 15 the owner of a spectacular 2.30 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. While he’s issuing just over 2.7 walks per nine innings, Snell has left those runners on base due to registering 89 Ks through his 82.1 total innings of work. Since getting bombed in Baltimore back on May 13, the Rays’ staff ace has logged quality efforts in four of his last five starts. He came one out away from making it five straight during that stretch. Bottom line, Snell is in a groove right now and his 0-3 record and inflated 6.55 career ERA at Yankee Stadium will no doubt have the Rays lined as the value side in this matchup.
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Coming off an intense two-game series with the Washington Nationals in a potential World Series showdown, I believe the Yankees will be ripe for the upset on the MLB odds at top rated sportsbooks. Domingo German has done absolutely nothing to make me buy the fact that oddsmakers will have New York lined as decisive home chalk in this matchup. He’s 0-4 with a bloated 5.32 ERA and only just snapped a string of throwing four straight non-quality starts by attaining the minimum against the weak-hitting Mets last time out. I get that the Rays have only logged three wins in their last 10 tries against the division rivals. I’m also well aware that they’ve dropped eight of their last 10 visits to the Bronx. Tampa has the better starter on the bump and the Yankees are in a prime letdown spot. Tampa Bay is as rabid as they come tonight!

MLB Pick: Bet the Rays at BookMaker.eu

MLB Score Prediction: Tampa Bay 7 – New York 2

MLB Baseball Odds, Orioles vs Red Sox Predictions

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By Mike Rose

The Boston Red Sox are flying high right now having gotten out to a 10-2 start and taking two of three from the hated New York Yankees before their weekend series with the Baltimore Orioles. It’s all set to close out on Monday afternoon when the BoSox host the o’s at Fenway Park on Patriots Day. These teams last met on this day back on April 20, 2009. The Red Sox won that game and stand 4-1 against the division rivals on this holiday for the state of Massachusetts and Maine.

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Date and Time: Monday, April 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m. ET
Location: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
MLB Odds: Check Back Later
Probable Pitchers: Andrew Cashner vs. Brian Johnson
Orioles at Red Sox TV Coverage: MLB Network

How do you go into the Bronx and take three of four from the Yankees and follow it up by dropping a three game series to the Blue Jays? That’s exactly what Buck Showalter’s squad managed to do, and it looks to only be a sign of the times for this struggling franchise. Once Manny Machado is shipped to another team later this season, this team is going to take a major nosedive.

There simply isn’t much to get excited about when it comes to the Orioles. The starting staff has managed to produce the fifth most quality starts in the league, but the fun stops there. The offense has been a flat out joke! Machado is the only bat hitting better than .300. Chris Davis continues to be a strikeout machine and has only gone yard once. Jonathan Schoop is marred in a huge slump. Adam Jones is a shell of his former self. The list goes on and on. Bottom line, the Orioles offense can’t hit its way out of a paper bag right now.

It’s a much different story in Boston right now with the Red Sox getting out to the second best record in the league. In winning 10 of its 12 played games, Boston has lined those that backed them on the baseball betting odds a cool $743 return on their investment. Not bad for a squad that’s gone off the betting board favored in all but two of their played games.

The club has gotten it done both at the plate, on the mound and in the field. Mookie Betts and company are averaging 5.8 runs per game ( No. 3 ) while batting .259 overall ( No. 4 ). The starting staff has produced the second most quality starts ( 7 ), and owns a staff ERA of 3.08. On top of all that, the defense has only committed a grand total of three errors. Add it all up together, and it equals the hottest team the AL has to offer.

Injuries

Trey Mancini –The second year utility player has gotten out to a rough start to the season after shining in his rookie debut. Showalter batting him all over the order hasn’t done him any favors. Regardless, his status for this series is listed as questionable after he took a pitch off his hand. Mancini was actually batting lead-off for a couple games before getting injured. It will be interesting to see the Orioles lineup should he be forced to miss.

Hanley Ramirez – Xander Bogaerts going down with broken bone in his ankle hurt. Especially with the fifth year player getting out to such a hot start. Unfortunately, Han-Ram could likely be headed to the DL as well after taking a pitch off his wrist. A bad bruise developed, so it’s possible management decides to take it slow with their veteran to allow it to heel. If they do, his .357 batting average and team-high 12 RBI will be sorely missed in the meat of the batting order.

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In a season already loaded with disappointment, offseason acquisition Andrew Cashner has proved to be one of the lone bright spots. The grizzly veteran is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA and has only allowed 12 hits over the course of his 18 innings of work. He enters his fourth starts of the year having logged quality efforts in each of his last two starts against the Yankees and Blue Jays. He was blasted in this venue last season in his first career start at Fenway Park. I expect him to continue throwing well in this one which has me looking the visitor’s way on the MLB betting lines. After taking their hacks against lefty Chris Sale on Sunday, matching up against Brian Johnson’s weak sauce shouldn’t be a tall order. I know its Patriots Day and everything, but I got a feeling Boston’s going down!

MLB Pick: Bet the Orioles at BookMaker.eu
MLB Score Prediction: Baltimore 6 – Boston 4

NHL Betting Futures Odds, Blackhawks vs. Blues Betting Picks

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NHL Odds Blackhawks vs. Blues Picks

By Rock Westfall

A do or die month is about to end for the St. Louis Blues.  A three-game losing streak has put The Note one point behind the Colorado Avalanche for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  The Blues season will end at Colorado on Saturday and their mission is to stay close enough for that game to matter.  For the Chicago Blackhawks it has been a season of implosion.  A concussion to goaltender Corey Crawford served to end their season on December 23.  The Blackhawks lacked the depth of scoring and defense to overcome Crawford’s absence.  The Blues host the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Check Back Later
Blackhawks vs. Blues TV Coverage: NBCSN “Rivalry Night”

After winning eight out of nine with a gun to their head to climb into playoff position the Blues dropped three straight.  Goal scoring has been a sore spot for the Blues all season but has vanished at the worst possible time.  St. Louis scored just five goals during that three-game losing streak.  All three games still managed to go over the total due to Jake Allen’s subpar goaltending.

Chicago will be hitting the golf links next week after nine straight years in the playoffs.  Chicago has lost seven out of their last nine games with just two out of their last nine games going under the total.

Injury report

For Chicago team captain and center Jonathan Toews is probable with an upper body ailment.  Goaltender Corey Crawford remains out for the season after a concussion.

For St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester remains out with a hip injury.  Players to Watch

St. Louis right winger Vladimir Tarasenko looms large for this one as one of the few goal scoring threats the Blues have.  The Russian sniper leads The Note with 32 goals on the season.  Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is having his best season with 15 goals and 38 assists.

Goalie Report

Jake Allen was celebrated as the goalie of the future for the Blues when he arrived four years ago.  Instead he has been wildly inconsistent with a .907 save percentage and a 2.72 goals against average.  Backup Carter Hutton has a .930 save percentage but choked down the stretch at the worst possible time with a save percentage of .883 in his last five starts.

Anton Forsberg has gotten most of the starts for Chicago in the absence of Corey Crawford.  Forsberg has a save percentage of .908 with a 2.97 goals against average.  JF Berube has a save percentage of .891 with a 3.93 goals against average in 11 starts.  Collin Delia has a save percentage of .889 with two starts recently.

Special Teams

The Blues power play has been abysmal this year with a ranking of 30th in the NHL.  Their penalty killing ranks a mediocre 17th in the NHL.  If the Blues fail to make the playoffs special teams would be as big of a culprit as any.

Chicago has also struggled on the power play with a NHL ranking of 29th.  Their penalty killing has been a subpar 20th in the league.

Key Stats

St. Louis is 43-30-6 with a home record of 24-16-0.  The Blues have gone under the total in 25 of their 40 home games.  The Blues rank 24th in the NHL for goal scoring but rank seventh in the NHL for goals against.

Chicago is 32-37-8-2 with a road record of just 14-20-4-1.  The Blackhawks have gone under the total in just 15 out of 39 away games.  Chicago ranks 19th in the NHL for goal scoring and 23rd for goals against.

The Blackhawks have lost their last two visits to St. Louis.  The last three meetings between these teams at Scottrade Center have failed to stay under the total.

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This is the regular season home finale for the Blues.  It may also be the last home game period.  Failure is not an option.  The Blues must win to stay alive for the playoffs.

Blackhawks vs. Blues Pick: Bet the St. Louis Blues money line
Blackhawks vs. Blues Score Prediction: Blues 3, Blackhawks 1