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CHICAGO (AP) — Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to
celebrate when he hit his second career home run.They’ll have to wait at least
another day for a playoff party.Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels Chad Kuhl
, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh
Pirates beat the Cubs 5-1 victory on Monday night.The Cubs needed a win plus a
loss by Colorado to Philadelphia to assure a franchise-record fourth straight
trip to the playoffs, a run that includes a drought-busting World Series
championship in 2016. Instead, they lost for the third time in five games, and
the Rockies defeated the Phillies 10-1.Seeking its third straight NL Central
championship, Chicago saw its lead over second-place Milwaukee shrink to 1½
games when the Brewers beat the Cardinals 6-4.Hamels (4-2) had the fans and the
dugout rocking when he connected leading off the third inning. But he lost his
second straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine following a trade from
Texas. The left-hander gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six
innings.“Anytime, I guess, you hit a home run it’s pretty exciting,” Hamels
said. “It feels better when you win. You really have to give it to Taillon. He
came after us and threw the ball really well. I just was able to get a pitch
that I could hit in the count.”Hamels’ drive to center on a 3-1 pitch sure was
impressive, though.“I think him and (Jon) Lester, mechanically ,
have really good swings,” manager Joe Maddon said. “They have very good
mechanics. And he timed it perfectly and got it all.”Taillon (14-9) gave up one
run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 in his past seven starts.
The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in his past 21
outings.“It’s one of the best runs I’ve seen a starting pitcher have in my
coaching experience,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He must be a master craftsman,
he’s making pitches, studying swings, in-game adjustments, following the
catcher.”Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the first after missing the previous
two games because of gastrointestinal discomfort. He also reached on an infield
single in the sixth and scored on Jose Osuna’s second double.Pablo Reyes added
an RBI single in the seventh against Steve Cishek and a solo homer in the ninth
off Brian Duensing. A day after they were eliminated, the Pirates won for the
seventh time in nine games.GOING DEEPHamels’ only other homer was in a home game
for Philadelphia against San Francisco’s Matt Cain on July 21, 2012. It was also
the second homer by a Cubs pitcher this season. Lester connected against
Minnesota on July 1.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: CF Starling Marte (left calf) was out
of the lineup after leaving Pittsburgh’s loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.Cubs: 3B
Kris Bryant was back in the lineup after being held out of Sunday’s win over the
crosstown White Sox because of fatigue in his left shoulder. The 2016 NL MVP was
on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation and
missed time earlier in the season because of the same issue. … RHP Pedro Strop
(strained left hamstring) played catch. The reliever hopes to pitch in a game
prior to the playoffs after being sidelined since Sept. 13 ,
when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington.UP
NEXTPirates: RHP Chris Archer (5-8, 4.49 ERA), coming off a 2-1 win over Kansas
City last week, has a 3.38 ERA in four starts this month after posting a 6.45
ERA in his first nine outings with Pittsburgh following a trade from Tampa
Bay.Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (5-5, 3.75) looks to win his second straight start
after throwing six solid innings at Arizona last week. He has won all three
career starts against the Pirates and is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in nine outings
against them. The New York Yankees (98-61) will wrap up the regular season with
a potential playoff preview on Friday, when they visit the Boston Red Sox
(107-52) as small road favorites. The Yankees still have something to play for,
as they are hoping to clinch home-field advantage in the American League Wild
Card Game against the Oakland Athletics, while the Red Sox could then meet them
in the AL Division Series.MLB betting line: The Yankees opened as -130 favorites
(wager $130 to win $100); the total is at nine runs, according to sportsbooks
monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.MLB betting pick, via
OddsShark computer: 5.8-4.8 Brad Hand
, Red Sox.MLB picks on every game.Check out the OddsShark
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picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Yankees Can
Pay on the MLB LinesNew York is treating this series opener like a playoff game,
sending J.A. Happ (16-6, 3.57 ERA) to the mound in a huge spot. Happ has not
lost as a member of the Yankees, going a perfect 6-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 10
starts for them and giving up three runs or less nine times during that stretch.
Surprisingly, Happ is 0-1 in three outings versus Boston this season despite
posting a minuscule 0.54 ERA in 16.2 innings of work. One of the main reasons he
was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays was his mastery of the Red Sox, going
4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts the previous three years.Why the Red Sox Can
Pay on the MLB LinesBoston has gone 9-7 against New York in the first 16
meetings between the teams this season, according to the OddsShark MLB Database,
and would love nothing more than for Oakland to have home-field advantage in the
wild-card matchup.Five of the nine wins in this year's series for the Red Sox
took place in seven games played between August and September, when the Yankees
still had hopes of winning the division.Boston will counter Happ with southpaw
Brian Johnson (4-4 ,
4.11 ERA), who has started in just 12 of his 37 outings. In his past three
relief appearances, he has allowed only one run and three hits in 7.2 innings,
walking six batters and striking out five. Smart Betting PickNew York is
rightfully favored here, and Happ could easily end up starting the AL Wild Card
Game as the team's most reliable pitcher. The magic number for the Yankees to
clinch home field over the A's is one, and this is the game to do it. Look for
New York to get off to a strong start and cruise to an easy victory.MLB Betting
TrendsNew York is 5-2 in its past seven games.The total has gone over in four of
New York's past five games.The total has gone over in six of Boston's past eight
games.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official
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