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Between The Lines 09-22-08

Sep 22, 2008 8:14 PM

Between The Lines by Kevin Stott |

Starts Monday, Sept 22

Indians at Red Sox (Mon-Thu): Cleveland has been torrid lately, winning five straight after its sweep of the Tigers on Sunday. Boston, is great at Fenway Park (52-22) and is still is the race for the AL East, so the Rojo Hose will still be motivated. It’s too hard to back the homies against a red-hot team like Cleveland so let’s look at the totals and expect runs, runs, runs in this four-game series. OVER.

Angels at Mariners (Mon-Thu): When the best team plays the worst team in baseball, this handicapper will always side with the good. Los Angeles has won four straight and 8 of 11 heading to the Emerald City, while the pathetic M’s have MLB’s worst overall record (57-98) and can smell the 100-loss mark in their very near future. And Seattle has lost 11 straight heading into tonight and with Ervin Santana on the mound – 2-0 vs. the M’s with a 2.48 ERA – so why would a gambler try and find value with a team this apathetic? Go Halos. ANGELS.

BONUS: PLAYOFFS over Regular Season, FALL over Summer, SILVER over Gold, GOOD ‘N PLENTY over Good N’ Fruity.

Starts Tuesday, Sept. 23

Pirates at Brewers (Tues-Thu): Trend Alert! The BrewCrew has won 11 straight against the Buccos in Milwaukee and although they will not be motivated to win to try and snag a Wild Card berth, they should have enough pride to win two of three against Pittsburgh here. Sabathia, Sheets and Parra are respectable starters and Milwaukee is 44-31 at Miller Park while the Pirates are just 26-49 on the road. The trend should be our friend here… BREWERS.

Marlins at Nationals (Tue-Thu): The window for betting against the Nats is closing quickly so let’s churn a little butter before Sunday. Florida has been Sunshine State-hot of late, going 10-1 in their last 11 despite the recent biting reality that they know there are no playoffs in their future. Washington has baseball’s second-worst record (58-98) and, like Seattle, should lose its 100th game in the very near future. MARLINS.

Reds at Astros (Tue-Thu): After assembling a major win streak, the Astros have come back to Earth a bit. Houston is 43-31 at home while Cincy is just 30-45 on the road. Let’s take the orange-clad Astros in this series despite the Reds’ solid play last week. ASTROS.

BONUS: Special Between The Lines for final series’ on on Thursday.