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MARLINS TAKE ON MADDUX AND PADRES

7/7/08

Not much to choose from today. We have a short card with some crummy matchups. One game we'll take a look at though is the Marlins at Padres with Ricky Nolasco taking on Greg Maddux.

From a team standpoint, we have one team who has been having trouble winning on the road, the Marlins, against a team that just plain has trouble winning. The Marlins have lost 18 of 26 on the road while the Padres have lost 8 in a row at home and are ties with the Mariners for worst record in baseball. But the value in the play here, is the pitching matchup.

Ricky Nolasco is 4-0 his last 5 starts with an era of 1.96 and he's 7-1 his last 9. Maddux is just the opposite. The aging veteran is 0-4 his last 5 starts against the Marlins with a 4.36 era. So. the feeling here is, we have a slight pitching edge, and an overall team edge, at a small underdog price, so we'll take a shot. When a team has the distinction of having the worst record in baseball, they should be favored against anyone.

The Mets-Phillies game has some intrigue tonight as all eyes will be on Pedro Martinez. At 2-2 with an ERA of 7.39, perhaps we've seen the last of the great Pedro as far as being a force to be reckoned with. Still keeping an eye on the Mets as well to see if that one big string of wins is coming. They've put two in a row together but may be up against it tonight as they continue to be a .500 team.

There's not much in the way of interesting series as we start this week off. The Twins at Bosox certainly has some juice. The Phillies and Cards has some interest and the Rays visit the Bronx for 2 games which will be interesting. Personally, I'm looking forward to the upcoming All Star break and then looking forward to getting on with the 2nd half of the season.

From August on, it's a sportsbettors heaven. The MLB playoff race, pre season football, the start of the college football season.........the breeders cup in October. Aug-January is the best stretch of the year in sports. This year, we even get the Olympics thrown in as a bonus!

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