HRWager’s NHL Preview examines if the genie is already out of the bottle for the Blues vs Blackhawks series. St. Louis failed to close it out at home and now have to travel to Chicago to seal the deal. If they fail then all the chips are on the table in a Game Seven where the Blues will have no momentum. Oddmakers have dubbed the Blackhawks near -150 favorites for this 6PM start. Does HRWager agree with this projection?
NHL Preview : Pietrangelo’s Punt
Most know to just be quiet and now sing to the hills until all the dirt is shoveled on the corpse. Alas, Alex Pietrangelo could not resist taunting the Blackhawks through the press and now Chicago has woken from their slumber. “Going to be fun winning it in Chicago!” is a sentiment best kept to oneself. Ture that the Blues did beat the Blackhawks in their own crib for Game Three and Four wins but one should have just left it alone. This is on the heels of letting it all go in double overtime the night before.
Patrick Kane is Back?
On the ice but MIA for the most part, this was a bad series for Patrick Kane until last time out. He found the net in double overtime to get both his and the team’s momentum back for Game Six. First goal for him might get Toews off the scoring slump as well. Even with both them playing better, the Blackhawks have to address the key issue. Late collapses and will it happen again this evening.
This is all about reputation. Chicago is a dynasty while the Blues have been flubbing and squandering chances for years. Another time for St. Louis to tighten up and let another game go. Motivated beyond belief, the Blackhawks find another way to win in a game where they should not. HRWager urges our customer base to invest in the Chicago ML at -160. Good fortune and we will see you on Sunday here at the HRW.
No easy solution for the home team in HRWager’s MLB Preview of Boston @ Houston. This April 23rd start at 4PM EST frankly has a line that can be exploited in this one. Clay Bucholz takes on Astros’ Mike Fiers. Both have been very leaky this year but one of the two will be on a corrected course in this event. Which way will the winds of profit blow in from to take our ships to valueville this Saturday?
MLB Preview : RISP Problems
Houston is 5-12 and has been an utter April disappointment. First and foremost among their litany of woes has been runners in scoring position. They could not come up with many timely hits this season. Houston can get players on the basepath but conversion is another topic. 1 of 8 in last night’s blowout loss is just the latest in this trend. .171 in the season (RISP) with that 4 for 30 in a sweep by Texas over them. Normally, a pitcher coming in with a near six ERA would be a solution for that but sad for the Astros is that Clay Bucholz is on the road to 2016 redemption.
Bucholz Trending Upward
Hideous states in his last three have seen 8 walks to 11 K’s and a WHIP of 1.60. Ah but the very recent and his history against Houston has a high expectation for him this afternoon. Last time out, he held the Jays scoreless for 6 2/3 scattering six singles. Combine that with a 1.38 ERA against Houston in his four starts and it looks like another long night for Houston. He has even gotten two complete games against them. Yet all of this and the ML on Boston is +108.
How is Houston favored? Mike Fiers has a higher ERA (6.48) in his last three starts. No real walk problems is the only benefit here. Line is off. One could even go -1 1/2 on the Red Sox in the alternate line to pour salt on the wounds of our linesmakers. Play the safe route here. HRWager’s MLB Free Pick of the Day is +108 Boston listed pitchers. Good fortune and we will see you later today here at the HRW.