Friday, July 15, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines

How about those Blue Jay bats? Crushing Yankee pitching to the tune of 16 runs and handling our over, all by themselves! That brings us close to the .500 mark again and we’re feeling ready to break out! Maybe that’s why we like the Dodgers over the Diamondbacks tonight. The blue-crew seemed to brake out just before the all-star hiatus winning four straight for the first time this season. They send all-star Clayton Kershaw to the hill who has been just filthy as of late. The lefty has won all four starts against Arizona since 2010 and only surrendered one run in his last 20 and 2/3rds innings facing the D-backs. In that stretch both Stephen Drew and Justin Upton are a combined 1 for 24 with 11 strikeouts against the Dodgers ace. Arizona counters with a solid Joe Saunders who is trying to win a fourth straight decision. But Andre Ethier will be waiting! The Dodgers right-fielder is hitting .379 with three homers in his last 14 games at Chase Field. The number is a modest -125 for Kershaw so jump on it!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines

With a limited seven game schedule back tonight after the all-star break, there are some tough calls in the majors but leave it to ole Nick to strain out the fat. Expect a slug-fest at the Rogers Centre between the Jays and Yanks. Toronto has hit New York starter Bartolo Colon fairly well in two tries this season, leaving him with an era of 5.68. The Bronx Bombers has also fared well against Jo-Jo Reyes. Back in May they pounded him for five runs over just three innings. The over number is 9 ½ and expect some rested hitters to swing away in Toronto!



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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines-MLB

Hey, hey…. Despite a couple of long balls like ole Nick predicted that National League pitching did the trick in a 5-1 win and the right call on the under for all of you who followed my lead. That brings are recent record up to 4-6 in our last ten. Were just a game under .500 so it all coming around. The starters are up for Thursday’s return from the all-star break, but we’ll wait to see how the odds move and check the injury reports before we make a call with today being an off-day in the majors.



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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines-MLB

O.k. so maybe Gio Gonzalez and C.J. Wilson were already thinking about the up-coming all-star break? Who knows but the last thing they were thinking about was keeping the ball down. Five homers is no way for an under to happen. But today is a new day and the all-star game is here! I’m always a fan of the under in baseball’s mid-summer classic. Even with inter-league play, most of these hitters have never faced the pitchers they’ll see tonight. The pitchers change every couple of innings and so do the players, so one guy is not going to face the same pitcher twice. The number is 8 ½, -120 and we must stick with the under. The only thing that concerns me is that closed roof home run haven their playing in at Chase Field. The ball flies far in that park but we’ll play for a 4-3 game.


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Friday, July 8, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines-MLB

Well it all started good in the Bronx with The Captain getting a hit in his first at bat then it seems like the Yanks forgot about the fact they were keeping score. The loss drops us back down to 3-6 in our last nine, but it’s a long baseball season so no need to panic.
Today’s pick takes us to Rangers Ballpark of Arlington, where the under between the A’s and Rangers is starring us in the face! With the number at 8 ½ and Gio Gonzalez matching pitches against C.J. Wilson, how can you not like it? Wilson is 4-0 with an era of just 2.54 in his last eight starts. Gonzalez has been just as impressive going 3-0 with an earned run average of just 1.29 and 34 strikeouts to boot in his last four starts. Against the Rangers he’s 4-1 with the era sitting at 2.34 in seven games. Finally, the Oakland offense has scored just five runs during it’s last four games. Load up on the under!



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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines-MLB

After the lack of Dodgers hitting with runners in scoring position sent our recent record down a notch to 3-5, we’re going to switch coast and jump on the Bronx Bomber Bandwagon. I love the Yankees and Bartolo Colon laying the big number of -167, against Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays. First of all the House that Derek built will be rocking! The captain is just three hits shy of becoming the first Yankee in history to reach three-thousand hits, so you know the place will be jumping with enthusiasm! Second Colon has been on a roll! The right-hander is seeking his fifth consecutive win, while working on a 13 inning shutout streak. During his last four outings, how about an era of 1.00! Low enough for you? Now Niemann isn’t bad against the Yanks with a 2-0 record and a 3.74 era in four outings. But I smell a fired up crowd in the Bronx which is hard to beat.




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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines-MLB

The ole Nickster is finally warming again up with three straight wins after that 0-4 stretch. To carry our streak to four, I like the team hoping to avoid a fourth straight loss, The Los Angeles Dodgers. Hiroki Kuroda is on the hill for the blue-crew and despite his 6-9 record, the right-hander’s era is still just 2.90. He’s already beat the Mets (winners of three straight), 2-0 in July when he gave up just five hits over eight complete innings of work. The Blue boys are actually a slight favorite at -127 which also says something since the Dodgers are 13 games under .500. Go blue and go big!


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines-MLB

AFTER A REFRESHING HOLIDAY BREAK… OLE NICK IS LOOKING TO KEEP INCREASES HIS RECENT 2-0 RECORD ON THE DIAMOND. YOU HAVE TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT THE BRAVES OVER THE ROCKIES. ATLANTA IS -135 BUT WITH GOOD REASON. THE ROCKIES MIGHT PLAY WITHOUT BOTH CARLOS GONZALEZ (SORE RIGHT WRIST) AND TROY TULOWITZKI (TIGHT RIGHT QUAD). STARTING PITCHER JHOULYS CHACIN IS MAKING HIS FIRST START SINCE GETTING BOMBED BY THE CUBS AND SUFFERING TIGHTNESS IN HIS PITCHING FOREARM. THE BRAVES COUNTER WITH DEREK LOWE WHO IS COMING OFF ONE OF HIS BEST STARTS OF THE YEAR. HE GAVE UP JUST ONE RUN AND FOUR HITS IN SIX INNINGS OF WORK, BEATING SEATTLE LAST WEDNESDAY. THERE YA HAVE IT.



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Friday, July 1, 2011

Behind Enemy Lines

Feeling good too Louis! That’s the best way ole Nick can describe getting off the 0 for 4 slide with Justin Verlander and the Tigers yesterday over the Mets. But today is a new day and we’ll head to the Windy City for my Fantastic Friday
Feature. It’s North-Siders vs. South-Siders at Wrigley and the White Sox with Edwin Jackson are the call. A slight favorite right now at -113 Jackson has never beaten the Cubs. But he did throw very well in his last start versus the Nats last Friday tossing seven scoreless innings, although Chicago lost. Here is what I like. The Cubs are coming off back to back emotional walk-off wins over the Giants, including Thursday’s 13 inning affair. They’ll be spent, and starter Randy
Wells has a 5.25 era in two starts against the White Sox. In his last start Sunday against Kansas City, he gave up 10 hits and six runs in just six innings of work. If that doesn’t convince ya, the Cubs have won two games in a row eight times this season. They’ve also lost the chance to win three straight all eight times.


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