NBA and Baseball Handicapper Picks

Senior Handicapper Matt Rivers of OffshoreInsiders.com has a free pick Saturday is on the Cincinnati Reds!

Jordan Zimmerman is very good and has hurled quality starts in each of his six outings this season. Mat Latos hasn’t done that and has gotten drilled a few times thus far but the Cincinnati right-hander has a very high upside which we saw in San Diego and is every bit as good, if not better, than Zimmerman, who is ultra due to get hit hard. 

Zimmerman is a nice young arm with a bright future but let’s not go all gaga just yet. The guy is today pitching in a hitter’s paradise and things are not going to come easy today. Powerful lefty bats like Votto and Bruce are tough outs and the Reds, even though they have been far from overachieving, are still an explosive club that seems too cheap here.

There is a ton of value on the home Reds here at The Great American Ballpark and that’s who I’m backing in the end. Expect the Cinci lefty bats to get their hacks in and for Zimmerman to have his worst start of the season. If that’s not enough then so be it but I’m on the Redlegs.

Now to The Canadian Crew. San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Odds: SF -115/AZ +100; 8.5 o/u

San Francisco will be looking  to avenge their dismal opening stand in Phoenix this weekend when they face off against the Diamondbacks in the Valley of the Sun. The Giants are just 6-3 so far this month and are coming off an embarrassing 1-2 stand against archival the LA Dodgers. Things aren’t any better for the Diamondbacks who, as of Thursday, had lost five straight and were 7-2 on the month.

Starting the rotation for the Giants is veteran Matt Cain (1-2. 2.38)whose win/loss record isn’t really indicative of how he’s playing this season. A better indicator is the fact he struck out ten batters over six innings while giving up only two runs (both earned) against Milwaukee on Sunday.

The last time Cain faced off against Arizona was in the first week of the season. In that outing he gave up five runs (all earned), six hits and struck out four. It’s tough to read too much into a pitcher’s opening game, but for the most part he performed well. Looking at where he is today, he should do well against Arizona.

However Cain and the SF bullpen perform, they’re going to need the Giant offense to wake up if they’re hoping to walk away with a win. The Giants are 23rd in the leagues in runs scored and were outscored 16-5 in their stand in LA.

Taking the mound for Arizona is Trevor Cahill (203, 3.26 ERA). So far this season Cahill is looking fairly promising. In his last start, a 3-1 loss to the Mets, Cahill gave up only three runs in seven innings, though he only struck out two batters. Thus far, Cahill has only given up one home run this season over 38 innings. Given that the Giants have only hit one home run in their last three games, he’s got a good chance of keeping that record intact.

The Diamondback are suffering from the same sort of offensive sluggishness that’s troubling the Giants. Over the course of their current losing streak they’ve been outscored 29-13 and three of those were home games.

We like San Francisco’s chances of pulling out of their slump on top of Cain’s controlled pitching, provided the bullpen can hold onto the lead.

The Pick: San Francisco -115

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Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of OffshoreInsiders.com, the top sports betting site in the world. Email: contact@joeduffy.net

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