Texas (+135) at TORONTO
By Scott Delaney, Featured Handicapper
That's it when it comes to my top-rated 100 Dime releases.
One time this past NBA season did I have a 100 Dimer, back on Jan. 6.
The Indiana Pacers laid -3.5 in Orlando, and sure enough it got there with a nine-point win, 95-86. I've had nothing that big since.
I love this Western Conference semifinal.
I am on a 108-73-2 run with 100 Dimers spanning the last five years, plus, my $10 Bettors have made $29,692 with my 50 Dime plays or higher.
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100 Dime Playoff Game of the Year
Oklahoma City at San Antonio
108-73-2 with 100 Dimers spanning the last five years
including my only 100 Dimer this season
Jan. 6, Pacers (-3') 95-86 at Orlando
My free play for Monday night is on the Texas Rangers, over the Toronto Blue Jays. And in this game, I basing my opinion strictly on the scheduled starters, as I like Texas' A.J. Griffin to outshine R.A. Dickey.
Griffin is in after limiting the Yankees to one run in eight innings in his last start. Opponents are hitting a meager .189 off him, including .162 by right-handed hitters. He comes into this one with a 2-0 mark and 2.66 ERA in four career starts against the Blue Jays.
On the other hand, there's Dickey, who finished April with a 6.75 ERA, the highest mark of his career for that month. He comes in having allowed a minimum of three runs in every game, and now takes on his former team. He is 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA in seven career outings versus Texas, and will struggle tonight.
Take the road team and list both.
5* RANGERS (Griffin over Dickey)
Minnesota at HOUSTON (-1', +115)
By Gabriel DuPont, Featured Handicapper
I love this total tonight in the game between N.L. Central Division rivals, Chicago and Pittsburgh,
It was a tricky one, until I checked a couple things.
You have two strong pitchers in Jason Hammel and Gerrit Cole, but you also have two fully capable lineups. It takes pure handicapping to get to the bottom of this one, and I have the one intangible you need for this total.
\Do not miss this Monday night winner.
40 Dime N.L. Central
Total of the Month
Chicago at Pittsburgh
Two quality pitchers facing two quality lineups
Let's move on to my complimentary play for tonight, as I look to improve on my 49-38 run with free picks: Minnesota at HOUSTON (-1', +115)
The STORYLINE in this game today - Into the American League for my complimentary winner tonight, as I like the Houston Astros to dismantle the Minnesota Twins, which is why I'm playing this one on the run line. Houston, in last place in the A.L. West, is in a great spot to get a little momentum going, picking up after a 2-1 win in Oakland on Sunday. The team has lost seven of 10, but playing at home will help.
The X-FACTOR in making this choice on this game - The biggest intangible to roll with is the Twins' demise. Minnesota, sitting in the American League Central cellar, has lost four straight and is a dismal 1-10 on the road this season. The Twins have lost seven of 10 after being swept at home by Detroit. Now they have to go humid-Houston, and that's never an easy chore. The ball is hard to grip and the bat takes plenty of pine tar. It's probably the worst road trip to make, when you're on a losing streak and are starting the week.
BOTTOM LINE is - Though pitchers are automatically listed when making Run Line wagers, I am insisting you DO NOT worry about who the scheduled starters are. In the event of a scratch, you MUST re-wager the game with the new pitcher(s) who are scheduled. This play will stand no matter who pitches for either team. That being said, I don't mind Dallas Keuchel on the hill, as he won a franchise-record 17 straight regular-season decisions at home with a 1.47 ERA over 22 starts with the team going 20-2. He hasn't lost in Houston since Aug. 10, 2014. Keuchel is also 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in three career starts against the Twins.
1* HOUSTON RUN LINE