MLB – Texas Rangers @ Minnesota Twins

This is the third game of a three game series at Target Field, where the Rangers took the first game and the Twins took the second.

Minnesota has the worst record in the AL, and they have won only one series at home this season (a two-game series against Cleveland at the end of April).

Texas starting pitcher Harrison is still battling a kidney stone that hasn’t passed. Liriano is 0-3 at Target Field this season. He was on the DL earlier this year with shoulder inflammation, and this will be his second start since coming off the DL. Aside from his perfect game that will bring down his stats, he hasn’t pitched well all season.

Liriano is fourth in the AL in walks allowed. In his career against the Rangers, he is 2-1.

Harrison isn’t doing much better after a good start this year. His ERA is 3.48, but his team has the offense to pull out the win. The Rangers are 6th overall in the league with runs scored and third overall with slugging percentage.

Pick: Texas Rangers

Prop – NBA – How many Points will Dirk Nowitzki Score in the 1st Half

In Game 5 of the NBA Finals Dirk Nowitzki scored more than 14 points in the first half. Dirk however has only done it once in 5 games so far. He certainly showed in Game 5 that he is capable of scoring points in bunches during the first half but his recent performance definitely warrants the under in this prop. 1 out of 5 so far in this series he has gone over and on the road at a very determined Miami makes it even more likely he will go under. Dirk has been a clutch player and has done tremendous work in the 4th quarter but he hasn’t been a fast starter.

 

Pick: 13 or Fewer points

Soccer – Ukraine vs. Czech Republic (Under 21 World Cup)

Another Under 21 pick and another pick that’s very difficult to pick. In this one the Czech Republic is a more well known soccer nation than Ukraine. Still neither team has home field advantage. The Czech Republic is the more talented young squad here and since the match is being played on neutral ground I think the young Czech squad will overwhelm their Ukrainian opponents. The Czech’s have more recent experience against elite teams having drawn U-21 favorites England, and losing to another soccer powerhouse in Italy. While the Czech’s haven’t had much recent success they definitely should see more success on neutral ground against Ukraine.

 

Pick: Czech Republic Win

Soccer – England @ Spain (Under 21 World Cup)

This is a tricky matchup. Both England and Spain are the early favorites to win the Under 21 World Cup. This match isn’t being played in either England or Spain and under 21 talent is incredibly hard to judge. Given the relative haze that surrounds under 21 talent when compared to regular national games it is really hard to judge this game. Still the two favorites for the entire tournament matching up on a neutral location seems to smell of a draw. Spain is a slight favorite but England always has a lot of Under 21 talent and I think if Spain didn’t win the regular World Cup last year this matchup would strongly favor the win draw option. If this match were in Spain I wouldn’t hesitate to  take them but on neutral ground I must go with the win draw here.

 

Pick: England to Win or Draw