Free Sports Picks for September 2nd, 2009
CHICAGO CUBS -1.5 4 UNITS POWER PLAY WINNER!
2:20 pm est
Listed Pitchers: Paulino / Lilly
Astros: The right-hander will make his first start since July 3, when he gave up nine hits and nine runs (eight earned) in two innings in a 13-0 loss to the Giants. He’s been relegated to bullpen duty since, mostly in mop-up roles. With a fastball near 100-mph, Paulino’s time to prove himself might be running out, if the recent comments made by general manager Ed Wade were any indication. Wade said Paulino needs to take advantage of every chance he gets to pitch, and this start could loom large for his career with the Astros.
Cubs: Lilly has notched three consecutive solid starts since his return from the disabled list on Aug. 17. He is 0-1 but has posted a 1.86 ERA in that stretch. In his last start, Lilly gave up two runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Mets for his 17th quality start in 22 outings this season. He has a quality start in all 10 of his outings at Wrigley Field and a 1.92 ERA there. Lilly will next take on the Astros, against whom he has a 3.57 ERA in three appearances this season, all in Houston.
OAKLAND -1.5 (+130) 3.5 UNITS 🙂 WINNER!
3:35 pm est
Listed Pitchers: Bannister / Cahill
Royals: Still without a victory since Aug. 2, Bannister lost last Friday night at Seattle as he gave up six runs (five earned) in 6 2/3 innings. In his past five starts, he’s 0-4 with one no-decision. And in those games, he’s surrendered 29 earned runs for an 8.80 ERA. That’s taken his season mark up more than one run, from 3.59 to 4.60. Bannister faced Oakland once in that span and was banged for seven runs in four innings. But earlier in the season, he held the A’s to two runs in 5 2/3 innings, though he lost, 2-1.
Athletics: Cahill had perhaps his finest outing of the season his last time out, allowing two hits over seven shutout innings to beat the Angels in Anaheim. Cahill walked the first two batters he faced, but he didn’t issue a free pass thereafter and deftly employed his sinking two-seam fastball and a changeup with good movement to produce a steady stream of groundouts. Cahill, a 21-year-old rookie, has allowed 25 home runs this year but none over his past four starts.
NY YANKEES / BALTIMORE OVER 9.5 3.5 UNITS WINNER!
7:05 pm est
Listed Pitchers: Sabathia / Berken
Yankees: Sabathia didn’t get a win his last time out on Aug. 28 against the White Sox, but he continued a string of excellent pitching that he will look to carry into the series finale at Baltimore. Sabathia has not lost since July 28, a span of six starts, over which he is 5-0 with a 2.64 ERA (13 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings). He allowed two runs on eight hits in his last start, a seven-inning outing that saw him strike out a season-high 10. Sabathia last faced the Orioles on May 8 at Camden Yards, throwing a complete game four-hit shutout in Alex Rodriguez’s return from the disabled list.
Orioles: Berken has won two straight starts since switching from a four-seam fastball to a two-seam sinker, and he said that he used the pitch predominantly in his most recent outing. The right-hander has begun to turn his season around, winning three of his past five decisions after suffering nine straight losses. Now, Berken has to keep throwing the two-seamer and finish strong in September.
NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS
NORTH TEXAS / BALL STATE OVER 60 3.5 UNITS
BALL STATE -16.5 3.5 UNITS
September 3rd @ 7:05 pm est
Power Play Stats
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Power Play record
219 – 178
Total Money 2009 + $ 2,410
Total Money 2008 (May-Dec) + $20,464