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Detroit Tigers vs. Houston Astros
Play: Houston Astros     

The Detroit Tigers look to make it three straight against Houston on Saturday night but that may not be as easy as one would think. Scherzer will take the mound for the Tigers and he has allowed eight runs and 13 hits with 16 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings over his last two starts. Scherzer is still seeking his first road win despite compiling a 1.29 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 14 innings over his first two outings. Scherzer lost his only appearance at Minute Maid Park on Aug. 22, 2009, giving up four runs in five innings. He went 1-1 with a 7.36 ERA in two meetings that season. Houston will send starter Harrell to the bump with his 3-2 record and ERA of 3.60. Over his last four starts Harrell has compiled a record of 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA. Harrell went 6 innings his last time out a game in New York versus the Yankees in which he scattered eight hits and yielding just one run in a 9 to 1 victory. We will back the home underdog here as Harrell breaks the Tigers winning streak on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

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Sean Murphy

Washington vs. Pittsburgh
Pick: Pittsburgh

While it may change as the season unfolds, there's no question that right now, the Pirates are the superior team in this matchup.

Pittsburgh rolls into Saturday's game having won 10 of its last 14 games. The Nats' on the other hand have won just five times in their last 13 contests.

Of course, Saturday's price has everything to do with the fact that Washington is handing the ball to its ace, Stephen Strasburg.

With that being said, Strasburg has been snake-bitten so far this season, and until the Nats' start giving him some consistent offensive support, I'll continue to consider him prime fade material at the lofty prices being offered.

Strasburg has actually pitched quite well over his last four outings, but that only leads me to believe we may see some regression on Saturday. And there's little reason to think the Nats' would be able to bail him out should that type of storyline unfold.

Washington has scored a grand total of 11 runs in Strasburg's six starts this season. The Nats' bats have gone silent lately, producing three runs or less in six straight games.

The Pirates will counter with Jeff Locke. He's quietly gotten the job done over his last two outings, giving up only five hits over 13 shutout innings. The Buccos won those two contests by a combined 11-0 score, on the road against the Phillies and Cardinals.

But Locke is only part of the equation today. The Pirates have everything clicking right now, having scored 35 runs over their last six games, not to mention their outstanding bullpen, which has posted a collective 1.97 ERA here at home this season. By contrast, the Nats' 'pen has recorded a 4.93 ERA on the road.

The Buccos have taken five of the last seven meetings in this series, and should be able to ride their positive wave of momentum to another 'upset' win on Saturday afternoon.

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Brooklyn Nets -6½

The Brooklyn Nets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against teams with a winning record. They have covered the spread in four of the six games against Chicago and they come into this game with a strong home court advantage. The biggest advantage the Nets have over the Bulls is the fact that their offense is able to put more points on the board. Chicago averages a mere 93.5 points per game and the Bulls defense is not good enough to hold a playoff caliber team to under that amount of points.

Chicago did not perform well against Eastern Conference opponents to end the season. They come into this game with a 4-10 ATS record in their last 14 against the Eastern Conference and they are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games played on the road. The Bulls have been without Derrick Rose all season and without that marquee scoring threat they cannot be expected to win four of seven games against any opponent. They overachieved all season including the first 6 games against Brooklyn. That ends tonight as the Nets win in a blowout.

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100* Rays -130

50* Braves -135

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