All baseball general managers will need a day off tomorrow with blistered thumbs from texting and sore ears and throats from working the phones for today’s trade deadline. Of course, none of these team builders will actually take a break and like line makers, they will report to work tomorrow. We found four meaningful Line Moves in baseball for Tuesday and as always, review the tasty trend nuggets at the bottom of the page.
MLB – (953) MIAMI at (954) ATLANTA 7:10 EDT FSFL, SPSO
Atlanta pitcher Kris Medlen’s stay as a starting pitcher comes in question with his team trading for Paul Maholm of the Cubs. Medlen (1-1, 2.48 ERA) in this game will have the opportunity to make his case that he still belongs in the starting rotation. Those betting on baseball are giving the right-hander the benefit of the doubt with his team on a six-game winning streak, shifting Atlanta from -150 on the money line to -169. Though the Miami front office is giving up on the season, Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 4.80) is a sneaky rascal with 23-11(+16.1 Units) mark in road games when working on five or six days rest. (Marlins record) It should be noted Nolasco has a 7.56 ERA in his last three starts. 3DW Position – Atlanta wins
MLB – (955) SAN DIEGO at (956) CINCINNATI 7:10 EDT FSD, FSOH
Cincinnati’s longest winning streak since 1999 is in the rearview mirror and they will attempt to not make it two losses in a row on Tuesday. After trailing 3-0, San Diego unleashed a varied attack in scoring 11 runs on 11 hits to secure the win. With the failure of Mike Leake, manager Dusty Baker turns to Homer Bailey (9-6, 3.53) to have the Reds return to their winning ways. Oddsmakers made Cincy a -180 betting favorite, but they have since plummeted to -166. Bailey has been electric in July with 4-0 record and a 1.43 ERA and he’s a phenomenal 12-2 versus teams averaging 0.75 or less home runs a game the last two seasons. (Reds record) The Padres are 12-9 as underdogs this month. 3DW Position – Cincinnati wins
MLB – (957) PITTSBURGH at (958) CHIC. CUBS 8:05 EDT RT, WGN
At the present time, the total of this NL Central contest has fallen from 8.5 to 8, with the expected pitching matchup up of A.J. Burnett (12-3, 3.52) against Ryan Dempster (5-5, 2.25). This could change since the Dodgers and the Cubs are trying to work a deal to bring the Cubbies veteran right-hander to Los Angeles by the 4:00 Eastern trade deadline. It is very difficult to forecast what might happen, thus we will go with what he know. Burnett is 25-10 UNDER against a team with a losing record since 2010. 3DW Position – Lean Under (Update -Dempster dealt to Texas)
MLB – (975) CHIC. WHITE SOX at (976) MINNESOTA 8:10 EDT CSN, FSNO
Former Minnesota hurler, Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.31) tried to put the trade to the White Sox in perspective. Liriano told MLB’s official website, “I feel weird. It’s kind of surprising. Mostly I just feel real weird.” Those emotions will be heighten in his first game in a Chicago uniform will be at Minnesota. Baseball bettors have no issues with Liriano throwing for the Pale Hose, especially with Nick Blackburn (4-6, 7.99) his mound opponent. It is hard to make a case why Blackburn is even in the major leagues and Chicago has been a rising favorite (like Blackburn’s ERA) from -133 to 150. With all the dynamics of this conflict, the Twins are 0-8 at home vs. an AL starting pitcher whose ERA is 5.20 to 5.70. 3DW Position – White Sox win
3Daily Winners Nuggets
MLB Money Line Nugget
A.J. Burnett and Pittsburgh are 15-3 as a combination this season.
MLB Totals Nugget
Jason Marquis of San Diego is 10-0 OVER as a road underdog of +150 or more the last two seasons.
MLB Run Line Nugget
Kris Medlen and Atlanta are 9-0 on the RL when the total is 8.5 to 10 the last three years.