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Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 22, 2014
Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles
  at  5DIMES
Play Type: Free

I'm playing on BALTIMORE.  

The Orioles may be done playing home games for the remainder of the regular season, but that doesn't mean they aren't a great value tonight on the money line against the Yankees. Baltimore is still competing for home field advantage in the playoffs and has a good chance at making up ground with the league leading Angels playing at Oakland this week. 

The Yankees will be emotional this week as Derek Jeter plays his final home series. But this is a team that's been lucky to stay over .500 as they have been outscored now by 31 runs this season.

Wei-Yin Chen has been outstanding recently with a 1.45 ERA and 1.071 WHIP his last three starts.  All three came against teams from within the division.  You would have to go all the way back to April to find the lone time Chen has faced New York this season, but the result was a 14-5 Baltimore win.  Chen has won 9 of his last 10 decisions.

The Orioles are 11-4 vs. the Yankees this season.  They've won four of six here in Yankees Stadium.

New York has a suspect offense and starter Michael Pineda knows that well.  They've scored more than one run for him in just one of his last four starts.  Over the last seven games, the Yanks have averaged 2.4 runs and hit .218.   1* free play.

Matchup Selection W/L
MLB  |  Sep 22, 2014
Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland A's
Oakland A's
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I'm playing on OAKLAND.   This is a critical series for the A's, far moreso than it is for the Angels.  Los Angeles has already clinched the American League West and with a 2.5-game lead for homefield advantage in the playoffs is in good shape.  Oakland has to get back on track as it's still playing for a Wild Card.

The Athletics took two of three over the weekend, at home, against Philadelphia.  I had them Sunday in an 8-6 win as they won in walk-off fashion on a Josh Donaldson home run.  Perhaps winning in that manner can be the spark for a big finish to the regular season.

You have to remember that for much of the year, the A's were the team with the best record in the league, not the Angels.  They remain a good bet when favored on the money line at 82-52.  They are 18-5 when at home as a -125 to -150 favorite.

Jeff Samardzija is experiencing some of the same poor luck in Oakland that he had to endure in Chicago.  He hasn't allowed a run in two straight starts, but the A's have lost both times. I'll call for him to have some better luck today as it's just due to turn.

While Samardzija's numbers remain impressive, the Angels' CJ Wilson has a 5.18 ERA on the road and a 1.580 WHIP.   

Homefield advantage could play a big role this week.  While the Angels did sweep the A's at home last month, they are only 1-5 in Oakland this year. 

I must go back to the fact that Oakland needs this one more.  Angels manager Mike Scioscia has shown that he's willing to pull players out of the game in order to rest them for the playoffs.   The home team has to have this one.  9* personal favorite.

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 22, 2014
Chicago Bears vs. NY Jets
45 un-110
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I'm playing the Bears and Jets to finish UNDER the total.   This is a high number, in my opinion. The Bears script has flipped now that they're an offensive team under coach Marc Trestman.  But the Jets remain a team that will try to win in low-scoring fashion, much like they did in Week 1 when they beat Oakland 19-14.  

History says this will be a low-scoring matchup.  Eight of the last nine times these teams have played, the game has gone Under.  While I realize much of that is now "ancient" history, I feel it's still quite relevant to note that this is the first time the total will be above 41 points for a matchup between these two sides.

Chicago had scored only seven points in three quarters before rallying for the win last Sunday night in San Francisco.  Multiple scoring drives were set up on a short field after Colin Kaepernick interceptions.

The Jets have a very good defense, especially against the run.  They've allowed just 105 yards total on the ground through two games.

Offensively, it's no secret what the Jets are going to try to do here.  It's run the ball and going up against a Bears defense that has allowed 5.3 yards per carry so far should allow the Jets to be successful in doing so.  While I expect them to be effective in moving the chains, it's also going to be on clock-eating drives that shorten the game and allow Chicago fewer scoring opportunities.

Though both starting receivers are expected to play, the Bears' Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were limited in practice during the week and not 100 percent.  That limits what the team can do offensively.  The number is too high here.  10* blue chip.

Matchup Selection W/L
NFL  |  Sep 22, 2014
Chicago Bears vs. NY Jets
NY Jets
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I'm playing on the NY JETS.   Last week saw the Jets blow a 21-3 lead at Green Bay, losing 31-24, but covering as underdogs.  The Bears were outright winners in San Francisco, but their game went the opposite way of the Jets as they fell behind early only to mount a successful comeback.  I'm not sold that is all is right with Chicago now. I'll be going with the Jets.

Thanks to a +4 turnover margin, the Bears were able to come from behind and beat San Francisco 28-20.  Assuming the Jets can take better care of the football than the 49ers did, Chicago still has a lot to prove in my book.

This is a team that lost outright in Week 1, at home, to Buffalo.  They were down 20-7 going into the fourth quarter last Sunday. So they're one big quarter away from being 0-2 and really they hadn't looked very good at all before that big fourth quarter in San Francisco.

Winning back to back primetime games is not easy to do.  Especially when you are the road team in both games.  That's the situation for Chicago and I'm just not confident in them in this spot given a 2-6 ATS record off a win under Marc Trestman. Overall, the Bears are a bankroll busting 5-12-1 ATS the last two seasons.

The Bears' run defense looks no better this year. They've given up an average of 5.3 yards per carry in two games, allowing 320 yards on the ground.  The Jets have run the ball very well in their two games, including 212 yards in the win vs. Oakland.  They had 146 more last week against the Packers.  They also have a mobile QB in Geno Smith.  

Not only do the Jets have the league's best rushing offense, but they also have the league's best rushing defense.  They've allowed an average of just 52.5 yards per game so far.

The Jets were 6-2 SU last year off a loss.  They had the same record at home.  I'll lay a short number in this situation.  10* main event.


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Ben Burns burst onto the sports betting scene in the 1990s, first making his selections available to the public in 1998. Now entering his tenth year, Ben has become one of the most successful and well-respected handicappers on the entire Internet.

From 1998 to 2006, Ben had his selections documented by the Big Guy Sports Monitor. During that time, he accumulated numerous seasonal titles in all the major sports. In fact, competing against a field of 150, Ben's NFL selections still rank as #1 of all-time there. With such a commanding lead over the field, it is highly unlikely that his all-time NFL record there will ever be matched.

Like all handicappers, Ben goes through both hot and cold streaks. However, whether winning or losing, he always "tells it like it is." Perhaps more importantly, as his many fans are quick to point out, Ben's winning weeks tend to greatly outnumber his losing ones. Note that Ben followed up an extremely strong 2006 with an even better campaign in 2007!

Ben is known as a "Totals Expert" and his over/under plays are highly sought after in all sports. In addition to his "total" success, Ben's "sides" are also known for their sizzling hot streaks. While he advocates playing all his selections equally, Ben's knack for nailing his "Big" plays is truly remarkable.

Ben capped off a highly successful college football season by winning his Bowl Game of the Year, a 41-10 wire-to-wire destruction on Georgia over Hawaii. Ben's NFL playoffs didn't go as well though and he lost his first ever Super Bowl selection, when the Patriots were upset by the Giants. Despite that rare setback, Ben's Super Bowl record remains at 10-1 for his career. Additionally, his NFL playoff picks remain a powerful 47-22 (68%) ATS the past six years. Ben isn't just a football expert though, as his hockey, baseball AND basketball picks are also highly respected.

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