Thursday 4/20 official service report thread
Apr 20 '17, 1:10 PM in 3h
MLB | Tigers vs Rays
Play on: Tigers +105 at 5dimes
I'm recommending a play on the Tigers on Thursday afternoon. Detroit lost a strange game Wednesday night after climbing back from a 5-1 deficit to take the lead and then losing in the ninth when shortstop Jose Iglesias stumbled while trying to turn a double play. The good news for the Tigers is Miguel Cabrera, who started the season slowly, upped his average to .245 with three hits and Nick Castellanos added two triples and Detroit banged out nine hits while coaxing six walks. Daniel Norris comes off six shutout innings at Cleveland with five strikeouts and the Tigers have won his last five road starts and seven of his last nine overall dating to last season. Erasmo Ramirez will start for Tampa Bay in place of injured Jake Odorizzi and he faced Detroit in three games last season and gave up five runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. I'm backing Detroit on Thursday.
Apr 20 '17, 7:05 PM in 9h
NHL | Blue Jackets vs Penguins
Play on: Blue Jackets +1½ -170 at BetOnline
This is a Free #NHL play on #CBJ +1.5.
The Jackets were out-scored 7-2 in the first two games of this series in Pittsburgh, but they've battled back, playing well in Games 3-4 at home. They lost Game 3 despite opening up an early 3-1 lead, but they hung on in Game 4 winning by a score of 5-4. I never expected this series to be easy for the Penguins, and I expect the Jackets to fight to the bitter end. Here is what I said before the series started: "The Blue Jackets owned the best record in the NHL for a long stretch this season, but after slumping at the end of the year they find themselves playing on the road at Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs. The Pens will be a big favorite in Game 1, but history tells us that it might not be an easy matchup for Pittsburgh. The key to winning in the playoffs is often goaltending, and Sergei Bobrovsky led the league in GAA and save percentage, and was third in the NHL in wins. The two teams split the season series 2-2, and six of the last eight meetings between the two teams have been decided by just one goal." After both the last two games in this series were decided by one goal, that makes it eight of the last 12. I'll take Columbus on the puckline at a reasonable price here in Game 5.
Take CBJ +1.5.
Apr 20 '17, 8:10 PM in 10h
MLB | Cardinals vs Brewers
Play on: Cardinals -120 at BetOnline
Free Play on Cardinals -120
Road favorites like the Cardinals with a money line of -125 or more with a team slugging percentage .400 or worse on the season (NL), ice cold hitting team - batting .225 or worse over their last 10 games. (71-22 over the last 5 seasons.) (76.3%).RH Cardinal pitcher Carlos Martinez is 20-5 against the money line vs. an NL team with a team batting average of .250 or worse over the last 2 seasons. Free Play on Cardinals -120.