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Matt Rivers has a free pick on the Atlanta Braves. Jair Jurrjens was banged up and awful during the first month of this season and deserved the demotion to Gwinnett. I’m not sure if the righty is going to be close to “all the way” back but he is healthier at this point and did build back some confidence in the minors. Let’s not forget how just last year Jurrjens was basically the best pitcher in the first three months of the season. He had a chance to start the All-Star Game ahead of the great Roy Halladay before falling back a little in the final four or so starts before the game. Yes things have gone south this year but there is an upside there and at this price worth a stab.

I really do like Jon Lester and won’t say much negative about the southpaw.  But with that said Lester has been very underachieving and inconsistent so far in 2012 and if we don’t see the star Lester than I am more than fine to grab such a healthy price back with what still is a very good Atlanta team.

The Braves have the potential to go on a big-time run. They have a capable lineup with Bourn, Uggla, Heyward, McCann and others and with the Sox lineup half a shell of itself I’m not fearing Bobby V’s hitters, I’m just not. 

As for the relievers it’s not even close. Give me O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel against the mediocre at the very best Boston bullpen and I’ll  take my chances here even if they have the advantage with the starters.

The Sox laying a chunk of change right now is just not right. Not even Big Papi likes playing in Beantown anymore and in the end the Bravos plus this much with a possibly rejuvenated Jurrjens is my play in the end!

On the other hand, the wunderkinds have a winner from the AL. Los Angeles Angels at Boston Red Sox, Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET

The Angels will send C.J. Wilson to the mound.  The lefty is 9-9 with a 3.63 ERA this season, but he’s caught in the midst of a horrendous run.  Wilson entered his July 6 start against Baltimore with a 2.33 ERA, but it’s climbed well over a full run in his past nine starts.  The Angels are 1-8 in those games, while Wilson himself is 0-5.  He’s coming off a nightmarish outing against the Rays, when he coughed up seven runs in just 4.2 innings of work.  Wilson has yet to face Boston this season, but he’s 4-1 with a 1.43 ERA in 17 career appearances against the Sox, though just five were starts.

Boston will give the nod to Franklin Morales.  The southpaw has made 36 appearances this season, including eight starts.  He’s gone 3-4 with a 3.67 ERA with 73 Ks in 73.2 innings.  Morales has started in his past three outings, and he was quite sharp in the first two, allowing four runs in 11.1 innings.  It was a different story in last week’s loss to the Yankees, as Morales was pelted for five runs in 5.1 innings.  He’s made just one career appearance against the Red Sox, allowing a pair of runs in 1.1 innings of relief.

Neither pitcher inspires much confidence right now.  But while Wilson has had some rough outings lately, he’s also delivered some very healthy ones (three runs or less in four of his past six starts).  Go with the better talent in Wilson.

Pick:  Los Angeles

Top expert pick on today’s card is from GodsTips. Colorado as Dandy Dog of the Year comes in at +147. That makes it 7-1 with Wise Guy plays. It iss a 12-6 overall tear. Get the Jaguars-Ravens side and total including a Wise Guy.

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Now tonight’s NFL odds:

Thu 8/23 251 Green Bay Packers -3 +111 -139 Over 44 -110
04:00 PM 252 Cincinnati Bengals +3 -123 +126 Under 44 +100
Thu 8/23 253 Jacksonville Jaguars +6.5 -123 +222 Over 40.5 +100
04:30 PM 254 Baltimore Ravens  -6.5 +111 -249 Under 40.5 -110
Thu 8/23 255 Arizona Cardinals +3 -103 +151 Over 41.5 +111
05:05 PM 256 Tennessee Titans -3 -113 -167 Under 41.5 -123



About the Author

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, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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