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|09-17-19||Royals +235 v. A's||1-2||Loss||-100||14 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Royals +235
The Royals (56-95) managed to take down the Athletics (90-61) by a score of 6-5 in the series opener on Monday. Tonight, Kansas City aim to play spoiler once again as they look for back-to-back victories in Oakland.
The A’s currently have ownership over the first Wild Card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay sits one-game back and in control of the second Wild Card position, while Cleveland is 1.5 games back of the Rays.
On the mound for the road-dog Royals will be right-hander Jorge Lopez (4-7, 6.09 ERA). In his last outing, Lopez allowed two earned runs (three total) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. Kansas City won the game while Lopez had a pair of strikeouts and walks.
Pitching for the home team will be Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson (12-9, 4.07 ERA). Over his last seven starts, Anderson has posted an ERA of 4.15 while earning a record of 3-2. In his last outing, Anderson gave up two runs over five innings.
The duo of Jorge Soler and Whit Merrifield leads the Royals lineup. Soler leads the club with 45 homers and 109 RBIs. Merrifield leads the team with his .307 batting average.
|09-17-19||Marlins +171 v. Diamondbacks||12-6||Win||171||14 h 28 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Marlins +171
Diamondbacks – Young
With a record of 52-98, the Miami Marlins head into Arizona for another matchup with the 77-74 Diamondbacks.
Tonight’s pitching matchup features a pair of starters looking for consistency as Marlins left-hander Caleb Smith (8-10, 4.13 ERA) goes up against Diamondbacks left-hander Alex Young (7-4, 3.38 ERA).
Smith has been poor on the road, earning a record of 2-6 while posting a 4.77 ERA away from home. Although he’s struggled with allowing home runs, giving up 29 this season, Smith has lowered his walks per nine innings to a career-low 3.3.
In a July win over the Diamondbacks, Smith pitched seven innings and gave up four runs on four hits.
Young is coming off two very different starts. First, Young threw eight shutout innings against the Reds while striking out 12 batters. Young then followed up that impressive performance by giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Mets.
Young last pitched against Miami in late July when Arizona won a 9-2 contest.
Against Young, Miguel Rojas is 2-for-3 with a home run. Rojas also leads the Marlins with his .283 batting average.
|09-17-19||Mets v. Rockies +145||Top||6-1||Loss||-100||13 h 28 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockies +145
The Rockies (66-85) have won four straight games while the Mets (77-73) are watching their playoff hopes slip away as they’ve lost three of their last four. Tonight, Colorado will host the visiting Mets in the second game of their three-game set.
New York has struggled to score runs, earning just 11 over their past four contests. Meanwhile, the Rockies can’t seem to stop scoring. Over their four-game win streak, Colorado has scored 40 total runs.
Nolan Arenado has been a big part of the scoring spree of late. In addition to leading the club with 40 homers and 117 RBIs, Arenado is batting .476 with three home runs and nine RBIs over the last seven days.
Hoping to limit the hottest lineup in baseball at the moment will be Marcus Stroman (8-13, 3.35 ERA), who starts for the Mets. Since joining the Mets at the trade deadline, Stroman is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In his last outing, Stroman last 6 1/3 innings in which he allowed one run on four hits.
The Rockies will be sending out right-hander Tim Melville (2-2, 5.16 ERA) to start. Melville is holding righties to a .211 average this season.
|09-16-19||Marlins +195 v. Diamondbacks||5-7||Loss||-100||13 h 25 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Marlins +195
As the Marlins (52-97) get set for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks (76-74), Miami will be hoping to take advantage of a team that’s lost seven of its last eight contests. These two clubs open the series this evening in Arizona.
The visiting Marlins will give the ball to right-hander Pablo Lopez (5-8, 4.97 ERA), who starts tonight. Lopez allowed five runs over five innings to the Brewers in his last outing, but only gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in his previous start.
For the home team, left-hander Robbie Ray (12-8, 4.30 ERA) will start. Due in large part to a blister on his hand, Ray only lasted two-thirds of an inning in his last outing. Including two home runs, Ray allowed five runs on five hits in the shortest outing of his career.
In their last eight games, the Diamondbacks have scored a total of just 12 runs. Over the last seven days, Arizona ranks dead last in the majors with just nine runs scored. Although Miami ranks 28th, the Marlins have doubled that amount in the same period of time with 18.
|09-16-19||Mets v. Rockies +149||Top||4-9||Win||149||14 h 40 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockies +149
Coming off a three-game sweep of the Padres, the Rockies (65-85) have had no trouble scoring runs lately. Tonight, they’ll host the Mets (77-72) in Colorado.
Scoring a total of seven runs in a three-game set against the Dodgers, New York has lost two of its last three contests. Meanwhile, the Rockies were able to rack up 31 runs in their last three games. Those 31 runs would be good enough for 16thin the majors when taking into account everyone else’s run totals over the last seven days.
The visiting Mets will go with Steven Matz (10-8, 3.84 ERA) to start. The New York left-hander is 7-1 with a 1.94 ERA at home, but is just 3-7 with a 6.08 ERA when pitching on the road. With Colorado in fine form offensively, Matz could be in for another rough outing away from home.
Right-hander Antonio Senzatela (9-10, 6.87 ERA) will start for the Rockies at home. In his last outing, Senzatela allowed just one run on four hits over six innings against the Cardinals. Senzatela has faced the Mets twice, pitching a total of nine innings and going 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA.
|09-16-19||Browns v. Jets +7||Top||23-3||Loss||-115||24 h 6 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Jets +7 -115
Although much of the NFL’s offseason hype surrounded the Cleveland Browns (0-1) and New York Jets (0-1), both teams lost their season opener. Now, the Browns and Jets are set to face off in primetime on Monday Night Football.
Cleveland kicked of 2019 with a disappointing 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Browns only allowed 371 yards while putting up 387 yards of offense themselves, but an all-around underwhelming performance ended in a 30-point loss.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has the worst day for Cleveland, throwing for 285 yards and touchdown but tossing three interceptions. The Browns also expected more out of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who caught seven balls for 71 yards.
The Jets looked poor offensively in their season opener, but lost by only a single point in a 17-16 contest against the Bills. While racking up just 243 yards of total offense, the Jets allowed Buffalo to help themselves to 382 yards, including 128 on the ground.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold did better to protect the football, but was just 28 of 41 for 175 yards and a touchdown. Le’Veon Bell managed just 60 yards on 17 carries against a strong Bills rushing defense.
With the Browns allowing 123 yards on the ground a week ago, expect Bell to have a more prolific outing Monday night. A better performance from Bell and a repeat performance from Jamison Crowder, who caught 14 passes for 99 yards in Week 1, would allow New York to control the clock at home.
|09-15-19||Saints v. Rams -2||Top||9-27||Win||100||26 h 7 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rams -2 -109
The Saints (1-0) have gone through the entire offseason thinking about a blown pass interference call that cost them a trip to the Super Bowl. On Sunday, New Orleans will get a chance at revenge as they go into Los Angeles to take on the Rams (1-0).
A wild Monday night affair ended with the Saints overcoming the Texans with a last-second field goal. As we’ve come to expect from New Orleans, Drew Brees and the offense made this team tick. The Saints shredded the Houston defense for 518 yards of total offense.
Despite missing some throws, Brees went 32 of 43 for 370 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick through the air. Michael Thomas was one the receiving end of 10 of those completions for 123 yards. On the ground, Kamara ran for 97 yards to help the Saints earn 148 total rushing yards.
While the Saints struggled to defeat a tough opponent, most expected the Rams to have an easier go against the Carolina Panthers, who just recently lost to the Buccaneers on Thursday night. In fact, the Rams were only able to earn 352 yards of offense while giving up 366.
In the end, Los Angeles won by three points, but quarterback Jared Goff wasn’t at his best. On 23 of 39 passing, Goff threw for 186 yards, one TD, and an interception.
The Rams, who are two-point favorites at home, will have been excited to see running back Todd Gurley have success running the football. On 14 carries, Gurley rushed for 97 yards.
With a 7-1 home record last season, only two of the Rams’ home wins were by five points or fewer.
|09-15-19||White Sox +117 v. Mariners||Top||10-11||Loss||-100||9 h 1 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on White Sox +117
Before a 10-inning, one-run loss yesterday, the White Sox (65-83) started a series against the Mariners (61-88) with a 9-7 victory. A late afternoon game in Seattle will decide who wins this series.
Over the last seven days, both of these clubs have played six games. While the Mariners have scored just 24 runs over that span, the White Sox rank 11thin the majors with 31 runs scored.
Although the White Sox haven’t enjoyed a hugely successful season, the club features Tim Anderson’s MLB-leading .333 average and Jose Abreu’s American League-leading 116 RBIs.
On the mound, Chicago is set to start right-hander Ivan Nova (10-12, 4.69 ERA). After giving up three solo homers through the first two innings of his last outing, Nova settled in and threw 5 2/3 innings with no walks and gave up nothing else. Nova earned the win in that game.
The Mariners will be sending out rookie Justus Sheffield (0-1, 4.43 ERA). The Seattle left-hander only gave up a single run over six innings against the Reds in his last outing. In four outings in Seattle, Sheffield is 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA.
|09-15-19||Marlins +159 v. Giants||1-2||Loss||-100||9 h 47 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Marlins +159
The Marlins (52-96) and Giants (71-78) split the first two games of their current series. This afternoon, they’ll play a third contest in San Francisco.
On the mound, Miami will send out right-hander Elieser Hernandez (3-5, 5.24 ERA). Hernandez has been decent recently. In his last seven outings, Hernandez has struck out 35 in 36 innings while earning a 2-1 record and posting an ERA of 4.75.
Opposite Hernandez will be Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Giants. The San Francisco right-hander made his return from Tommy John surgery in a start Tuesday. In five innings, Cueto held the Pirates scoreless. Don’t expect Cueto to throw many more than 70 pitches in this one.
In 10 starts against Miami, Cueto is 4-2 but has a 5.09 ERA. In his last two games against the Marlins, Cueto has posted a 9.00 ERA.
Over the last seven games, the Marlins have scored 26 runs. In the same span, the Giants have managed just 17 runs.
For the Marlins, Brian Anderson leads all batters with 20 homers, Miguel Rojas leads with a .286 average, and Starlin Castro leads with 78 RBIs.
|09-15-19||Braves v. Nationals +103||0-7||Win||103||6 h 5 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Nationals +103
The Braves (93-57) have now extended their lead in the NL East to 10.5 games after winning two straight against the Nationals (81-66). These clubs are set for another matchup early this afternoon in Washington D.C.
For the visitors, left-hander Max Fried (16-5, 4.02) looks for his 17thwin of the season. In his last outing, the Phillies roughed up Fried to the tune of four runs. Three runs came in the first inning before an inside-the-park home run pushed the total to four in five innings.
For the Nationals, right-hander Anibal Sanchez (8-8, 4.04 ERA) will start. Sanchez’ last outing was a strong one against a dangerous Twins lineup. After carrying a no-hitter into the fifth, Sanchez allowed two runs over seven innings. In four starts against Atlanta this year, Sanchez is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA.
Washington has enjoyed playing on Sundays recently, going a perfect 5-0 in their last five contests on the final day of the week. They also tend to play well against lefties. Of their last 10 opportunities against left-handed starters, the Nationals have won eight.
Washington is currently ranked sixth in the majors on offensive with an average of 5.36 runs scored per game.
|09-15-19||Cowboys -5 v. Redskins||31-21||Win||100||23 h 42 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cowboys -5 -110
After jumping out to a nice lead against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins (0-1) couldn’t hang on in Week 1. Sunday, the Redskins will host the Dallas Cowboys (1-0) in Washington D.C.
The NFC East could begin to take shape very quickly in 2019, as the Cowboys have a chance to hand Washington an 0-2 record in the division while jumping out to two straight wins against division opponents. Dallas defeated the New York Giants 35-17 in the season opener.
After ending his holdout days before the start of the season, running back Ezekiel Elliot was held to just 53 yards and one touchdown the ground. With a full week of preparation, expect a fuller workload and more productions for Elliot on Sunday.
The balance of the Cowboys’ offense will be scary of Dak Prescott can replicate his opening game performance. Against New York, Prescott threw for 405 yards, four touchdowns, and no picks on 25 of 32 passing.
Washington ended up allowing 436 yards of total offense, 123 yards on the ground, against the Eagles last week. A pair of long TD passes to Desean Jackson made up a big chunk of that yardage, and those plays seemed to turn the momentum of the game.
Case Keenum ended up with a nice game at QB for the Redskins. Keenum was 30 of 44 for 380 yards and three touchdowns. However, Washington only managed 28 yards rushing.
If Dallas can make Washington one-dimensional, Keenum could have pressure in his face all day.
|09-15-19||Bills v. Giants +2.5||28-14||Loss||-105||22 h 45 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Giants +2½ -105
After kicking off the 2019 season with a win, the Buffalo Bills (1-0) will go one the road to take on the New York Giants (0-1) on Sunday afternoon.
The Bills are returning to MetLife Stadium after their comeback victory over the Jets a week ago. On the back of John Brown’s 123-yard, one-touchdown performance, Buffalo won 17-16.
Quarterback Josh Allen went 24 for 37 to rack up 254 yards and a TD, but he also threw two interceptions. In total, the Bills managed just 382 yards of offense.
Despite a 35-17 loss to the Cowboys, the Giants were able to earn 474 yards of total offense. Eli Manning did a decent job with the weapons he has, throwing for 306 yards and a touchdown on 44 attempts.
Saquon Barkley could be the difference in this matchup. On just 11 carries, Barkley ran for 120 yards. If the Giants don’t fall behind and have to rely on Manning’s arm, they’ll have a chance to control the game through Barkley with their running game.
With Allen behind center and facing a New York defense that held Ezekiel Elliot and the Cowboys to just 89 yards rushing, don’t expect the Bills to light up the scoreboard.
|09-15-19||49ers +1 v. Bengals||41-17||Win||100||18 h 24 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on 49ers +1 -110
In his return from injury, Jimmy Garoppolo led the San Francisco 49ers (1-0) to victory in Week 1. He’ll aim to make it two straight as the 49ers travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals (0-1).
Despite a 31-17 score line, Garoppolo put in a lackluster performance against the Buccaneers in the season opener. The San Francisco QB appears to be shaking off the rust, as he threw for just 166 yards with a touchdown and a pick. Garopollo was bailed out by his defense, which returned two interceptions for scores.
It was a strong effort from that 49ers defensive unit, holding Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay offense to just 315 yards. Meanwhile, San Francisco put up 264 yards of offense themselves.
Unless the 49ers can count on pick-sixes again, they’ll need more offensive production against a Bengals team that allowed just 267 yards of total offense. Cincinnati racked up 452 yards of offense, but still fell to the Seahawks by a point.
San Francisco will need to pay close attention to the Andy Dalton-John Ross connection. Dalton was 35 of 51 for 418 yards and two touchdowns, both to Ross. On just seven catches, Ross put up 158 receiving yards in addition to those TDs.
If the Bengals defensive line, which sacked Russel Wilson four times, gets pressure on Garoppolo, it could be a long day for San Francisco. But if the 49ers quarterback can stay upright, he’s likely to improve as he gets more live action under his belt.
|09-14-19||Reds v. Diamondbacks -113||Top||0-1||Win||100||13 h 55 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Diamondbacks -113
Following a tough series against the Mets and a loss in the current series opener, it’s fair to say the Diamondbacks (75-73) are due for a win. Tonight, Arizona will play host to the Reds (69-79).
For Cincinnati, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (9-8, 4.06 ERA) gets the start. Over his last five starts, DeSclafani has struck out 27 in 31 innings while posting a 2.32 ERA. In his last outing, Arizona managed to score three runs, including a two-run blast, over six innings.
For Arizona, right-hander Merrill Kelly (10-14, 4.68 ERA) will start. In his last outing, Merrill gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings against the Mets. If not for Pete Alonso, who hit two solo shots, Merrill would have enjoyed a great start.
Kelly isn’t as poor as his record might let on. With a 3.17 run support average, which is the fifth-lowest in the majors, Kelly has done well to earn a 5-5 record and 3.50 ERA at home.
Eduardo Escobar leads the D-Backs with 34 home runs and 113 RBIs. Ketel Marte, who has a home run off DeSclafani, is batting a club-leading .327 on the year.
|09-14-19||San Diego State v. New Mexico State +16||Top||31-10||Loss||-110||35 h 60 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on New Mexico State +16 -110
It’s Aggies versus Aztecs on Saturday night as 0-2 New Mexico State plays host to 2-0 San Diego State.
San Diego State is coming off an upset 23-14 win over UCLA a week ago. So far, the Aztecs are scoring 14 points per game but allowing just six, due in large part to their shutout victory over Weber State to kick off the season.
New Mexico State may be winless through two games, but both were against quality opponents. After kicking things off against #23 Washington State, the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa to face #2 Alabama. Both games, which were on the road, ended in losses of at least 50 points.
San Diego State will need to be sharp if they’ll cover a 16-point spread on the road. That means the Aztecs will be counting on an efficient performance from running back Juwan Washington, who’s averaging 96 yards per game.
However, it’s the defense that leads the Aztecs. A solid UCLA team managed just 261 yards against the San Diego State D last week. Against the run, the Aztecs rank eighth in the nation.
Despite strong competition, New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins has looked pretty good. Although he’s thrown two picks versus one touchdown, Adkins is completing 65% of his passes and put up 366 total yards against two ranked opponents.
Against the spread, San Diego State is 2-8 out of their last 10 games overall.
|09-14-19||TCU -1.5 v. Purdue||34-13||Win||100||35 h 40 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on TCU -1½ -110
Thus far, the TCU Horned Frogs (1-0) have played just one game, a 39-7 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Saturday night, TCU will go into Ross-Ade Stadium to take on the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1).
Favored by 1.5 points in this contest, the Horned Frogs figure to be in the mix when it comes to the Big 12 title.
Although TCU went up against an FCS opponent in their first game of the year, they certainly took care of business. With 200 yards on the ground and 284 yards through the air, the Horned frogs carried an advantage of 484-215 yards of total offense over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The most intriguing part of Saturday’s matchup should be TCU’s pass defense against Purdue’s pass offense. The Horned frogs gave up just 114 yards through the air in their opener, and Purdue is third in the nation after putting up 466 yards per game thus far.
In last week’s win over Vanderbilt, Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar threw for 509 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. However, the Boilermakers managed just two yards per carry on the ground.
Purdue’s defense could be in trouble after allowing 420 yards to Vanderbilt through the air.
|09-14-19||Hawaii +22 v. Washington||20-52||Loss||-110||34 h 48 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Hawaii +22 -110
Following a pair of impressive home victories, the Rainbow Warriors of Hawai’I (2-0) will go on the road to take on the #23 Washington Huskies (1-1).
Hawai’i is known for scoring points, and they’ve done just that through their first two games by averaging 37 per game. An opening game win over Arizona was followed by a 31-28 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. Despite a strong start, the Rainbow Warriors are getting 22 points in this upcoming contest.
Washington looked great in their 47-14 drubbing of Eastern Washington. However, a tough 20-19 loss at the hands of Cal brought the Huskies’ average points per game down to 32.
It’s fair to say that Hawai’i junior quarterback Cole McDonald is a gunslinger. So far, McDonald has racked up 799 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions on the season. With a strong Washington defense searching for turnovers, McDonald will need to take better care of the football.
The Rainbow Warriors have put up 542 yards per game thus far, which is good enough for 14thin the nation.
After a 349-yard performance in the first game of the season, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason threw for just 162 yards and a pick in last week’s loss to California. A decent game out of Eason alongside a Huskies defense that ranks 48thin the country in yards allowed should be good enough to win, but they’ll need to score at a high clip if they’ll make up the 22 points they’re laying in this one.
|09-14-19||Dodgers v. Mets -130||0-3||Win||100||11 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Mets -130
Before yesterday’s loss to the Dodgers (96-53) in the series opener, the Mets (76-71) had won four straight. As they host Los Angeles again tonight, New York will be aiming to cut into the three-game gap between themselves and the Cubs for the second Wild Card.
Although the Dodgers were first to earn a playoff berth, they entered the series with only a single win out of their last five contests against a team with a winning record. Before yesterday’s game, the Mets were a perfect 5-0 in their last five against NL West competition.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 2.45 ERA), who starts for the Dodgers tonight, spent the vast majority of 2019 as one of the premier pitchers in the majors. Yet over his past four starts, the Los Angeles left-hander has posted a 9.95 ERA. As the Dodgers near postseason baseball, they hope skipping over Ryu once in the rotation will help him return to form.
Right-hander Jacob deGrom (9-8, 2.70 ERA) starts for the Mets. Despite his near-even record, deGrom is in the middle of a tight race for the NL Cy Young award. Over his past 20 starts, deGrom has posted a 2.20 ERA. As Ryu has fallen back to the pack, deGrom has continued his surge forward with seven innings of one-run ball in his last outing.
|09-14-19||Orioles +115 v. Tigers||4-8||Loss||-100||10 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Orioles +115
While the Orioles (48-99) are winners of two of their last three, the Tigers (43-103) have lost three straight. Tonight in Detroit, Baltimore will aim to avoid joining their opponents in the triple-digit-loss club.
On the mound for the visitors will be Gabriel Ynoa (1-8, 5.79 ERA). The Orioles right-hander had a good outing against the Rays in his last start, which came in early September. In that matchup, Ynoa allowed only two runs over 6 1/3 innings.
For the Tigers, left-hander Daniel Norris (3-12, 4.72 ERA) will start. As Norris nears his innings limit for the season, he’s been pitching three innings at a time. Over his last fifteen innings (five outings), Norris has let up five runs on 10 hits and five walks while striking out 14.
The Orioles offer different club leaders for each major batting category. Hanser Alberto leads the team with a batting average of .318, Trey Mancini leads the team with 31 homers, and Renato Nunez leads the team with 82 RBIs.
While Baltimore isn’t the most prolific offensive roster in the majors, Detroit has been even worse. The Tigers have scored just 537 runs and have an on-base percentage of just .295, both of which are the worst in the MLB.
|09-14-19||Western Kentucky v. Louisville -10||21-38||Win||100||31 h 51 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Louisville -10 -109
A pair of unranked 1-1 teams will face off in a neutral location as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers go up against the Cardinals of Louisville in Nashville, Tennessee.
After a 35-28 defeat to Central Arkansas, Western Kentucky bounced back to beat Florida International by a score of 20-14. After both contests, the Hilltoppers are averaging 24 points and giving up an average of 24.
Louisville also lost on opening week, but they played tough against #9 Notre Dame. The Cardinals showed they’re not a pushover after putting up 17 against the Irish before dominating Eastern Kentucky 42-0. Per game, Louisville scores 29 points and allows 17.
Getting 10 points, the Hilltoppers will need to be more careful with the ball if they’re going to compete with Louisville. Against FIU, Western Kentucky forced zero turnovers and coughed the ball up twice, one of which was a pick-six.
Western Kentucky racked up 339 yards of total offense and held Florida International to just 217, but the level of competition will be much higher this Saturday.
It felt like Louisville was letting out some frustration after letting the Notre Dame game get away from them as the Cardinals ran up the score against Eastern Kentucky. Louisville earned 542 yards of total offense while allowing just 172 yards.
Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass is 24 of 46 for 330 yards and four touchdowns alongside one interception.
|09-14-19||USC -3.5 v. BYU||27-30||Loss||-110||30 h 3 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on USC -3½ -110
After a big win over #23 Stanford, the #24 USC Trojans (2-0) look to stay unbeaten as they go on the road to take on the unranked BYU Cougars (1-1).
After falling behind 20-10 against the Cardinal, USC scored the final 35 points of the game to get an impressive victory over Stanford. After two games, the Trojans are averaging 37 points per game while giving up 21.
The Cougars were expected to lose to #14 Utah in the season opener, and they did so by a score of 30-12. BYU faced Tennessee next, needing double overtime to win by three points. So far, BYU is averaging 20 points for and 27 points against.
The visitors come into this matchup as 3.5-point favorites, and the spread should be even bigger if USC will get a repeat performance out of freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis. In his first career start, Slovis was 28 of 33 for 377 yards, three touchdowns, and no picks.
Although quarterback Zach Wilson was able to lead the Cougars on a game-tying drive before an eventual 2OT win last week, he may have trouble finding time to pick out receivers with an offensive line allowing pressure. Wilson was 19 for 29 with 232 yards and a TD against Tennessee.
Following a win by 20 or more points, USC is 5-2 out of their last seven against the spread.
|09-14-19||Arkansas State v. Georgia -32.5||0-55||Win||100||27 h 60 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Georgia -32½ -109
The 1-1 Arkansas State Red Wolves face a very tall task Saturday as they go into Athens to take on the #3 Bulldogs of Georgia (2-0).
Arkansas State has been able to put up points so far this season, scoring an average of 36 after scoring 43 in last week’s win over UNLV. With 93 total points through two weeks of play, Georgia has scored even more. With an average of 46 points scored and 11 points allowed per game, Georgia has gotten off to a fast start.
Although the Red Wolves were good against UNLV, they allowed almost 200 yards on the ground. That’s a scary statistic as they come up against a Bulldogs rushing attack that averaged 6.7 yards per attempt and racked up 269 yards last week against Murray State.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm hasn’t been lighting up the passing numbers, but he hasn’t needed to. In his first two games, Fromm has thrown for 156 and 166 yards, but only had one incompletion a week ago. If the running game has the success we expect, Fromm could become deadly on play-action passing plays.
Following a win by 20 or more points, Georgia is 14-5 in their last 19 games against the spread.
|09-14-19||Miami-OH +18.5 v. Cincinnati||13-35||Loss||-110||27 h 42 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Miami-OH +18½ -110
The Redhawks of Miami of Ohio (1-1) will travel into Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats (1-1) in a noon kickoff on Saturday.
While Miami is coming off a 48-17 trouncing of Tennessee Tech, Cincinnati will be looking for a comeback performance after a dreadful 42-0 defeat at the hands of #5 Ohio State.
With the Redhawks getting 18.5 points in this contest, it’s worth noting that Miami of Ohio lost to #20 Iowa by 24 points. On average, Miami has scored 30 points per game while allowing 27. After the shutout loss, Cincinnati has averaged just 11 points per game while giving up 27.
If Miami is going to keep this game close, they’ll likely need a bigger performance through the air from quarterback Brett Gabbert. In his first two games, the freshman QB threw for 186 and 152 yards. Gabbert provides a threat on the ground as well, but the Redhawks will need his arm against a good Cincinnati defense.
While it’s no surprise that Cincinnati lost to Ohio State, the 42-0 score line was a bit of a shocker for most. Sophomore quarterback Desmond Ridder threw for just 166 yards and a pick against the Buckeyes, and might need a few plays to shake off that rough outing.
Against the spread, Cincinnati is 0-5 coming off a game in which they allowed 40 or more points.
|09-13-19||White Sox +130 v. Mariners||9-7||Win||130||13 h 25 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on White Sox +130
Together, the White Sox (64-82) and Mariners (60-87) have a combined record of 124-169. Tonight, these two struggling clubs will face off in Seattle.
At home, Yusei Kikuchi (6-9, 5.24 ERA) will start. The Mariners left-hander limited Houston to one run on five hits over five innings his last time out. Over his last four outings, Kikuchi is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA. In his lone outing against Chicago, Kikuchi gave up six total runs in five innings.
Opposite Kikuchi will be White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (1-8, 7.69 ERA). Covey’s struggles, including his 0-4 record in the second half, is a big reason why Chicago comes into this game as underdogs. However, Covey was good against the Mariners in his July start against the team. Covey lasted 8 1/3 innings and gave up just two runs.
For the White Sox, the duo of Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu are the most likely to offer run support. Anderson is batting .333 with 52 RBIs, and hitting .400 with five doubles and two homers thus far in September. Abreu leads the team with 32 home runs and 115 RBIs, and is batting .412 with four dingers over the last seven days.
|09-13-19||Padres -114 v. Rockies||Top||8-10||Loss||-114||13 h 22 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Padres -114
Both the Padres (68-78) and Rockies (62-85) are coming off a loss after two straight wins. After tonight’s contest between the two in Colorado, one will be handed its second-straight loss.
The visiting Padres will send out Joey Lucchesi (10-7, 3.84 ERA) to start. The San Diego left-hander has been great over his last four starts, posting a 1.57 ERA. Lucchesi’s last outing came against the Rockies, in which he tossed six innings of shutout baseball.
While Charlie Blackmon is one of Colorado’s best bats, hitting .317 with 27 homers and 76 RBIs, he’s only batting .176 in 17 at-bats against Lucchesi.
Right-hander Jeff Hoffman (1-6, 7.06 ERA) will occupy the mound to start things off for the Rockies. Hoffman lasted 5 2/3 innings his last time out, holding the Dodgers to five hits and three runs while striking out eight batters and giving up two walks.
Padres slugger Manny Machado will be excited for a new series in Colorado. At Coors Field, Machado is batting .484 with three doubles and three dingers in seven games this season.
In their last eight games against Colorado, San Diego owns a record of 6-2.
|09-13-19||Kansas +21 v. Boston College||Top||48-24||Win||100||23 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Kansas +21 -115
Boston College has gotten off to a strong 2-0 start after dispatching both Virginia Tech and Richmond. Tonight, the Eagles with host the Kansas Jayhawks (1-1).
While Boston College has been able to put up points, scoring a total of 80 through two weeks of play, Kansas has struggled to do so. After squeaking out a 24-17 win against Indiana State, the Jayhawks managed only seven in a loss to Coastal Carolina.
Under new head coach Les Miles, the Kansas offense is expected to pick up as the season progresses, and the Jayhawks should be able to keep many games close with a defense that’s allowing an average of just 14.5 points per game on the season.
Offensively, Kansas can count on the running duo of Khalil Herbert and Pooka Williams Jr., the latter of whom was one yard shy of triple digits rushing on 22 carries last week.
Allowing an average of 20.5 points, the weakness of this Boston College squad could turn out to be a defensive line that lost plenty of talent from a year ago. However, the Eagles were able to comfortably take down Virginia Tech despite being 4.5-point dogs.
For Kansas, the key to this game will likely be turning the ball over. Boston College quarterback Anthony Brown hasn’t thrown a pick yet this season, but a Jayhawks defense that held Coastal Carolina to just 291 total yards last week could frustrate Brown enough to force the ball into tight windows.
|09-12-19||Nationals -119 v. Twins||12-6||Win||100||12 h 3 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Nationals -119
While the Nationals (80-64) are winners of two of their last three, the Twins (89-56) have dropped three of their past five games. Tonight, both teams square off for the third straight game in Minnesota.
Anthony Rendon will hope to break this game open for Washington. Since the All-Star break, Rendon is batting .371 with 19 doubles, 12 home runs, and 52 RBIs.
Rendon and the rest of the Nats lineup will be trying to provide run support for left-hander Patrick Corbin (11-7, 3.16 ERA), who starts tonight. In his past 15 starts, Corbin has pitched 94 1/3 innings. In those innings, Corbin has struck out 116, walked 31, and posted an ERA of 2.29.
Opposite Corbin will be Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson (13-6, 4.58 ERA). This will be Gibson’s return to the starting lineup after taking time off for the birth of a child and to deal with ulcerative colitis. In his last outing, Gibson allowed 10 hits and four runs over five innings against Detroit.
Washington will be hoping for another strong performance from Ryan Zimmerman, who finished yesterday’s contest with three hits, one of which was a two-run homer, and three RBIs.
|09-12-19||Bucs +7 v. Panthers||Top||20-14||Win||100||33 h 47 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Bucs +7 -105
Two 0-1 teams will face off in an NFC South showdown on Thursday Night Football as the Buccaneers of Tampa Bay go on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers.
The Buccaneers opened the 2019 season with a 31-17 beating at the hands of San Francisco in a game full of turnovers. While the 49ers gave the ball up twice, Tampa Bay gave it away four times.
The biggest of Tampa Bay’s problems was Jameis Winston’s inability to protect the football. San Francisco picked off the Bucs quarterback three times, two of which were returned for touchdowns. That allowed the 49ers to pull away in a game in which Tampa Bay had an advantage in offensive yardage.
Winston was 20 of 36 for 194 yards with a touchdown in addition to those three aforementioned interceptions. If Winston can take better care of the ball, Tampa Bay has a great chance to move the ball against a Panthers team that allowed 352 yards of offense a week ago.
After falling behind 13-0, Carolina was never able to come all the way back to catch the Rams, who won the contest 30-27. Cam Newton threw for 239 yards and a pick on 25 of 38 passing in the game.
One of the league’s best weapons, Christian McCaffrey, kept the game close for Carolina. McCaffrey led the team in both rushing, with 128 yards and two touchdowns, and receiving, with 81 yards on 10 catches.
Carolina has several key players questionable to play Thursday, including tight end Greg Olsen and defensive end Bruce Irvin.
|09-12-19||Braves -121 v. Phillies||5-9||Loss||-121||12 h 54 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Braves -121
After a run of nine straight wins, the Braves (91-56) have gone an even 2-2 over their last four games. If the Phillies (75-70) can get the better of Atlanta tonight, both teams will split the four-game series in Philadelphia.
Atlanta has been better than Philly in almost every category. The Braves hold the advantage in runs scored (786-706), home runs (231-191), and team ERA (.421-.456).
Much of their offensive prowess can be attributed to first baseman Freddie Freeman. On top of a .305 average, Freeman has belted 38 homers and batted in 117 RBIs.
Hoping to slow Freeman and the Atlanta offense will be Philadelphia left-hander Drew Smyly (4-6, 6.20 ERA). This will be Smyly’s second-ever start against the Braves, but he’s faced Josh Donaldson plenty. In 18 at-bats against Smyly, Donaldson is batting .444 with three home runs and four RBIs.
The Braves will be sending out right-hander Julio Teheran (10-8, 3.31 ERA) to start. Over his past 23 starts, Teheran can boast a 2.67 ERA. Teheran hasn’t faced Philadelphia since Opening Day, but he’s held opposing batters to a .167 average over his past four starts.
|09-12-19||Cardinals v. Rockies +165||Top||10-3||Loss||-100||8 h 55 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockies +165
The Rockies (62-84) have taken two straight games off the Cardinals (81-64), both by a score of 2-1. This afternoon, the Rockies will aim to make it three straight wins in Colorado.
The visiting Cardinals will send out right-hander Miles Mikolas (8-13, 4.25 ERA) to start. In his last outing, Mikolas allowed one run in five innings, but also gave up a season-high four walks. In five appearances against the Rockies, Mikolas has posted an ERA of 6.05.
In limited action, several Colorado hitters have gotten to Mikolas. In nine at-bats against St. Louis’ starter tonight, Nolan Arenado is batting .444 with two homers and four RBIs. Daniel Murphy is 4-for-10 against Mikolas.
In 68 plate appearances, current Rockies are batting .313 against Mikolas.
For the home team, Tim Melville (2-1, 3.66 ERA) starts on the mound. In his last time out, the Colorado right-hander held the Padres to two runs over 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight batters. On the road, Melville is 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA.
While Colorado is 31.5 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, St. Louis is clinging to a four-game lead over Milwaukee and Chicago in the NL Central.
|09-11-19||Cardinals v. Rockies +151||Top||1-2||Win||151||14 h 40 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockies +151
The Rockies (61-84) managed to sneak by the Cardinals (81-63) with a 2-1 victory to open the series on Tuesday. Tonight, these two clubs face off once again in Colorado.
While the Cardinals are the better pitching team, boasting a fifth-best team ERA of 3.83, the Rockies have the advantage in the offensive side of the game. While St. Louis ranks 21stin the majors with 670 runs scored, the Rockies rank ninth with 742 runs scored on the season.
The visiting Cardinals will start right-hander Dakota Hudson (15-6, 3.40 ERA), who’s posted a 3.23 ERA over his 11 starts since the All-Star break. In his last outing, Hudson allowed one hit over six innings.
Colorado will be going with right-hander Antonio Senzatela (8-10, 7.19 ERA) to start. Senzatela will be aiming to regain the solid form he had during June, throughout which he posted a respectable 4.83 ERA. He’s had trouble with his fastball against left-handed hitters this year, which has inflated his ERA.
Against Senzatela, Yadier Molina is batting just .250 in 12 at-bats and Paul Goldschmidt is batting .267 in 15 at-bats.
Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies with 38 home runs and 110 RBIs on the season.
|09-11-19||Brewers -139 v. Marlins||7-5||Win||100||12 h 55 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Brewers -139
The Brewers (76-68) have lost their best weapon, Christian Yelich, in their battle to reach the playoffs. Now without Yelich’s .329 average, 44 home runs, and 97 RBIs, Milwaukee goes into Miami looking for its third straight win against the Marlins (51-93).
Although a fractured right kneecap leaves the Brewers without their best bat, the club can ride the momentum of its current five-game win streak. However, it will take a lot to make for the player who led the majors with an OPS of 1.100.
On the mound, Milwaukee is going with right-hander Zach Davies (9-7, 3.69 ERA) in this one. With Davies starting, the Brewers are 15-12. Davies has pitched 9 2/3 innings over his last two outings – both wins against the Cubs – in which he gave up seven hits and one run in total.
Miami will be sending out right-hander Pablo Lopez (5-8, 4.75 ERA) to start. In nine starts at home, Lopez has earned a record of 3-3 with a 2.86 ERA. The Marlins defeated Milwaukee the last time Lopez started against them, as the righty struck out seven in six innings.
Against the NL East, the Brewers have won seven of Davies’ last 10 starts.
|09-11-19||Dodgers v. Orioles +172||3-7||Win||172||11 h 38 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Orioles +172
With last night’s results, including a 7-3 win over the Orioles (46-98), the Dodgers (94-52) clinched the NL West title for the seventh consecutive season. Tonight, Los Angeles will continue its quest to earn the best record in baseball as the team prepares for another contest in Baltimore.
In his first game against the Orioles, Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.42 ERA) gets the start for the Dodgers. The Los Angeles right-hander has been relatively consistent through his 13 starts and 15 appearances as a reliever. As a starter, Stripling is posting a 3.38 ERA. As a reliever, he’s posting a 3.57 ERA. However, Stripling isn’t expected to go more than four innings, especially coming off three scoreless innings in his last start.
Left-hander John Means (10-10, 3.50 ERA) gets the start for Baltimore. With Means nearing a career high for innings pitched, the Orioles gave the lefty an extra day of rest. However, the rest appears to be unnecessary with Means posting a 2.45 ERA over his last four starts.
This year, lefties are batting just .169 against Means.
The Orioles may have a little extra motivation to beat the Dodgers this evening after watching the visitors celebrate on their field yesterday.
|09-10-19||Cubs -140 v. Padres||8-9||Loss||-140||15 h 4 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cubs -140
The Cubs (77-66) opened a new series against the Padres (66-77) with a 10-2 victory. Chicago is now set for the second game in San Diego this evening.
Getting the start for the Cubs will be left-hander Jose Quintana (13-8, 4.00 ERA). Although Quintana gave up four runs on five hits to the Brewers in his last outing, he earned the win. In four career starts against the Padres, Quintana is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA.
In 53 at-bats against Quintana, Eric Hosmer is batting just .226 with a pair of home runs. Hosmer leads the Padres with his .280 average and 92 RBIs.
Right-hander Ronald Bolanos (0-1, 3.00 ERA) starts for the Padres. In his debut, Bolanos pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. This is more or less a tryout for Bolanos as the Padres aim to figure out what the 2020 rotation will look like.
Against left-handed starters, the Padres are 21-46 in their last 67 games. Against the NL Central, the Padres have won two of their last seven contests.
The Cubs have won each of their last five games against teams with a losing record.
|09-10-19||Cardinals -138 v. Rockies||1-2||Loss||-138||12 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cardinals -138
Out of their last 12 games, the Rockies (60-84) have won just a single contest. Tonight, Colorado will host the Cardinals (81-62), who’ve won three of their last four.
The Rockies have actually been the better hitting team, scoring 740 runs to St. Louis’ 669. However, the Cards and their 3.84 ERA are significantly better than the 5.62 team ERA of Colorado.
For the visiting Cardinals, Michael Wacha (6-6, 4.98 ERA) gets the start. The St. Louis right-hander only went two innings his last time out due to short rest, but allowed zero runs. Tonight, Wacha will be pitching on normal rest against a team he’s posted a 5.28 ERA against in his career.
Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-6, 7.29 ERA) starts for Colorado. Gonzalez has started nine times, all of which the Rockies have lost. In his last time out, Gonzalez held the Dodgers to two runs over 6 1/3 innings.
In a series against the Rockies earlier this season, Paul Goldschmidt went 7-for-16 with three RBIs. On the year, Goldschmidt is has launched 29 home runs and batted in 80 runs.
The Rockies are winless in their last six home games.
|09-10-19||Braves v. Phillies +151||Top||5-6||Win||151||12 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Phillies +151
Game 2 of a four-game series will take place tonight in Philadelphia when the Phillies (74-69) host the NL East-leading Braves (90-55). Although Atlanta took the series opener, Philly won the previous two games against the Mets in New York.
The visiting Braves will send out left-hander Max Fried (16-4, 3.86 ERA) to start. In his last outing, Fried held the Nationals to zero runs through his seven innings pitched. Fried has struck out eight batters or more in four of his last six starts.
J.T. Realmuto has been one the best Philly hitters against Fried. In this matchup, Realmuto is 4-for-10 with a home run and four RBIs. Jay Bruce is 2-for-5 and Sean Rodriguez is 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.
On the mound for the Phillies will be Jason Vargas (6-7, 4.27 ERA). In his last outing, Vargas held the Reds to two hits while striking out six batters in 5 1/3 innings. In seven career outings against the Braves, Vargas is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA.
In 136 plate appearances, this Braves lineup is hitting .234 against Vargas.
|09-09-19||Broncos v. Raiders +3||Top||16-24||Win||100||37 h 20 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Raiders +3 -115
The final game of NFL’s Week 1 will feature a pair of AFC West teams as the Denver Broncos travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders.
With a record of 4-12, the Raiders were the worst team in the division a year ago. Denver failed to make the playoffs for the third straight season after a 6-10 performance in 2018.
Although a shaky preseason left questions about Antonio Brown and his availability for the Raiders’ opener, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden expected to have his star receiver on the field Monday night until the team released Brown on Saturday.
The passing game was expected to improve with Brown on the roster after Oakland ranked 18thin the NFL with 234 yards per game in 2018. Now, there’s one fewer game-breaking option for quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 4,049 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions a year ago.
The Broncos were far from an explosive offense last season, ranking 24thin the league with 20.6 points per game. With the addition of veteran Joe Flacco to the roster, Denver figures to improve. In nine games last season, Flacco threw for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six picks.
For a team that allowed a 22nd-best 365 yards per game in 2018, three points is a lot to lay for the Broncos on the road. With Brown absent for much of the Raiders’ preseason, his release could very well be overstated in the line for this game.
|09-09-19||Cubs -144 v. Padres||Top||10-2||Win||100||15 h 49 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Cubs -144
The Cubs (76-66) kick off a four-game set against the Padres (66-76) in San Diego this evening. With injuries to Javier Baez, Addison Russel, and Kris Bryant, Chicago may have to mix and match on the left side of the infield.
Right-hander Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.39 ERA) will be on the mound to start for the Cubs. In his last outing, Hendricks notched seven strikeouts and held the Mariners to one run over six innings. In nine career starts against the Padres, Hendricks is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA.
San Diego will counter with rookie right-hander Cal Quantrill (6-6, 4.57 ERA). Quantrill had made himself a reliable starter for the Padres, but he’s struggled lately. In each of his last two starts, Quantrill has allowed eight earned runs.
In nine starts at home, Quantrill is 3-2 with a 4.44 ERA.
Out of Hendricks’ last 10 games coming off six days of rest, the Cubs are 7-3. Of their last 19 games to open a new series, the Padres are 6-13. And of their last 15 games at home against a team with a winning record, San Diego is 4-11.
|09-09-19||A's +173 v. Astros||0-15||Loss||-100||10 h 10 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on A's +173
The Athletics (84-59) are just a one-run, 11-inning loss away from being winners of six straight. As they enter a four-game series against the Astros (94-50) in Houston, Oakland will try to keep up that good form against a team that scored 21 runs a day ago.
As the eighth-ranked team in runs scored (744) and seventh-ranked team in home runs (224), the Athletics are good enough to be in the race for a Wild Card spot. The Astros are even better. With 814 runs scored, Houston is third in the majors.
We’ll have a good pitching matchup this evening as Oakland right-hander Mike Fiers (14-3, 3.51 ERA) goes up against Houston right-hander Zack Greinke (14-5, 3.09 ERA).
Although Fiers wasn’t at his best in his last outing, he held the Angels to four runs in five innings. Over his last 21 starts, Fiers is 12-0 with a 2.59 ERA. During that run of games, the Athletics are 17-4.
In six starts since being acquired from Arizona, Greinke is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA. That lone loss in a Houston uniform came against the Brewers in his last outing. In six innings, Greinke allowed eight hits and four runs.
|09-08-19||Giants +7.5 v. Cowboys||Top||17-35||Loss||-110||27 h 43 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Giants +7½ -110
The New York Giants are getting more than a touchdown on the road as they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in an NFC East showdown.
While the Cowboys progressed to the second round of the playoffs after taking the division crown a year ago, the Giants finished the 2018 season with a record of 5-12.
Although Dallas will have Ezekiel Elliot on the active roster for this Week 1 matchup, the star running back has only been through one padded practice in the offseason. Elliot should start, but don’t expect a full workload.
Speaking of star running backs, New York will hope to control the game through Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Any success with Barkley on the ground will help a passing offense that ranked 11thin the NFL in 2018.
While Dallas has more talent on the roster, the offense struggled in the red zone last year. By scoring in only 52% of their red zone trips, they ranked 26thin the league in that category.
On the flip side, New York ranked 12thin red zone defense a year ago, which means Dallas could have to settle for field goals more often than not.
|09-08-19||Rockies +148 v. Padres||1-2||Loss||-100||9 h 34 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rockies +148
A late afternoon game in San Diego pits the visiting Rockies (60-83) against the Padres (65-76). These clubs have split the opening two games of the series thus far.
For Colorado, the duo of Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon have become a force in the National League. While Arenado is batting .311 and Blackmon leads the team with his .317 average, the two have combined for 64 home runs and 184 RBIs on the season.
Aiming to shut down that duo from the mound will be Eric Lauer (8-8, 4.55 ERA), who starts for the Padres. The San Diego left-hander is 3-0 in his seven appearances since late July, but he hasn’t had any success against Colorado. In three starts against the Rockies this season, Lauer is 0-2 with a 14.90 ERA.
In 13 at-bats versus Blackmon, Lauer has been shelled to the tune of a .615 batting average with a home run and three RBIs.
Right-hander Peter Lambert (2-6, 7.19 ERA) starts for Colorado. The 22-year-old is struggling to find good form in his rookie campaign after kicking off his season with two straight wins over the Cubs in June.
|09-08-19||Angels -116 v. White Sox||1-5||Loss||-116||6 h 25 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Angels -116
The Angels (67-76) have scored a total of 13 runs in their two straight wins over the White Sox (62-80). Los Angeles will now aim to make it three straight in another game in Chicago.
Led by Mike Trout’s .291 average, 45 home runs, and 104 RBIs, the Angels hold a significant advantage over the White Sox offensively. Compared to the Angels’ 714 runs scored and 204 homers, Chicago has scored just 604 runs and hit only 150 homers.
Right-hander Jaime Barria (4-7, 6.27 ERA) will start for the Angels. Los Angeles will likely need to provide plenty of run support for Barria, who gave up four earned runs to the Athletics in his last outing.
For the White Sox, right-hander Dylan Cease (3-7, 6.75 ERA) gets the start. Cease notched 11 strikeouts in his last outing, but was dreadful in his start previous to that. Against Minnesota in late August, Cease allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits in just two innings.
On top of an 0-4 record in their last four games at home, the White Sox have just three wins over Cease’s last 10 starts.
Against the AL Central, the Angels are winners of four of their last five.
|09-08-19||Nationals v. Braves +120||Top||9-4||Loss||-100||6 h 17 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Braves +120
As winners of nine straight, the Braves (89-54) are the hottest team in baseball. If the Braves can push that streak to 10, they’ll complete a four-game sweep of the Nationals (78-63) in Atlanta.
Two of the National League’s best pitchers will face off in this one, as Washington right-hander Max Scherzer (9-5, 2.60 ERA) takes on Atlanta right-hander Mike Soroka (11-3, 2.53 ERA).
In a 90-pitch outing against the Mets, Scherzer struck out seven but allowed four runs and a walk. Scherzer holds an ERA of 4.40 with a 0-0 record over his last three starts. Looking towards the postseason, the Nationals didn’t pitch more than five innings of two of those three outings.
Soroka experienced a first for his career when he allowed two homers to the Blue Jays in his last outing. Soroka will now be aiming for another performance like he had against the Nats on the last day of July, allowing one run over seven innings.
In addition to a 10-2 record for the Braves when Soroka pitches on five days of rest, the club is 12-2 in Soroka’s last 14 outings against NL East competition.
|09-08-19||Redskins +10.5 v. Eagles||27-32||Win||100||18 h 27 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Redskins +10½ -110
As visitors in this NFC East clash, the Washington Redskins (7-9 last season) are getting double digits against the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7 last season) in Philly this afternoon.
One reason for such a big number is surely the fact that Washington will be without seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams at left tackle due to a holdout. Donald Penn will replace Williams in Week 1.
Penn and the rest of the Redskins offensive line will be protecting new starting quarterback Case Keenum, who spent last season in Denver after a great season in Minnesota. In 2018, Keenum threw for 3,890 yards, 18 touchowns, and 15 interceptions. The Redskins will be hoping for Keenum to return to his 2017 self, which threw for 3,547 yards with 22 TDs and just seven picks.
Despite losing the NFC East title to Dallas, the Eagles made a playoff appearance as a Wild Card a season ago. Once again, they went into the postseason without starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who was injured in Week 14.
Wentz racked up an impressive 21/7 touchdown-to-interception ratio last year. However, he was available for just 13 games in 2017 and 11 games in 2018.
Washington will need to be successful in the running game in this matchup. With 110 yards per game on the ground a season ago, the Redskins ranked 17th. A backfield of four-time All-Pro Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice will carry the load.
At 4.6 yards per carry allowed, the Eagles ranked 20thin the league last year. That could be the key for Washington to control large periods of this contest and keep the score close.
|09-07-19||Arkansas State +1.5 v. UNLV||Top||43-17||Win||100||37 h 50 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Arkansas State +1½ -110
Seeking its first 2-0 start in two decades, the UNLV Rebels (1-0) will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves (0-1) Saturday evening in what figures to be a tight matchup.
Despite big passing numbers from its quarterback, Arkansas State lost to SMU by a touchdown at home in Week 1 of the season. Against Southern Utah, UNLV took care of business and won by a score of 56-23.
In their opening game loss, Arkansas State quarterback Logan Bonner threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns, all of which were caught by Omar Bayless. Bayless finished the game with 10 catches for 132 yards, and proved that the Red Wolves have a scary quarterback-receiver combination.
The downfall for Arkansas State in Week 1 came in the form of a kickoff returned for a touchdown and 11 penalties, both of which should be correctable coming into the second game of the season.
Against significantly inferior competition, it’s hard to gauge just how well UNLV can carry over its 534-yard performance against Southern Utah. However, they’ll be hoping for more from Charles Williams, who rushed for 143 yards on 15 carries.
Of UNLV’s last 13 Week 2 games, the Rebels have won only three.
|09-07-19||Giants +225 v. Dodgers||1-0||Win||225||14 h 43 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Giants +225
It feels like the Dodgers (92-51) have been coasting for months, yet they still own a 23-game advantage over the Giants (68-73). Tonight, San Francisco aims to make it two straight wins in Los Angeles.
To do so, the Giants will send out right-hander Tyler Beede (3-9, 5.61 ERA). In his 18 starts, Beede is giving up an average of one run in the first inning. If he can stay clean through the first three outs, Beede will give himself a good chance for a successful start.
In his June outing against the Dodgers, Beede lasted six innings and gave up only a single run.
Right-hander Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.89 ERA) will start for the Dodgers. Gonsolin has allowed four runs over his past four starts, and the rookie will continue his tryout tonight. Gonsolin gave up two earned runs and three walks in his last start, which came against Arizona.
The Giants will rely heavily on centerfielder Kevin Pillar, who leads the club with a .270 average, 21 home runs, and 78 RBIs. Over the last seven days, Pillar is batting .370 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in 27 at-bats.
|09-07-19||Rockies +158 v. Padres||Top||0-3||Loss||-100||14 h 34 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockies +158
Before Colorado’s 3-2 win on Friday, the Rockies (60-82) had lost nine straight. With another win over the Padres (64-76) on the road, Colorado can start a winning streak this evening.
The Rockies will have a great chance if they can limit the longball. While the Padres have more home-run potential, with 200 homers on the season, the Rockies have been better offensively with a 739-610 advantage in runs scored this season.
Right-hander Jeff Hoffman (1-5, 7.35 ERA) will start for the Rockies. Despite allowing a homer on the first pitch of his last outing, Hoffman recovered well enough to hold Pittsburgh to two runs over five innings. Against the Padres, Hoffman is 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA.
Padres left-hander Joey Lucchesi (9-7, 4.00 ERA) will be opposite Hoffman. Although Hoffman allowed one run over six innings against the Giants in his last outing, he was one hit away from giving up plenty more after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.
San Diego is just 1-5 in their last six games at home against a righty. The Padres are also terrible in the second game of series, losing five straight.
|09-07-19||Eastern Michigan +15.5 v. Kentucky||17-38||Loss||-109||33 h 57 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Eastern Michigan +15½ -109
Although Kentucky might be looking ahead to next week’s matchup with #11 Florida, the Wildcats (1-0) could have their hands full this Saturday when the Eastern Michigan Eagles come to town.
While Eastern Michigan took down Coastal Carolina by a score of 30-23 in their first game of the season, Kentucky jumped out to a 1-0 start by overwhelming Toledo to the tune of 38-24.
With their sights set on a MAC title, the Eagles would love to prove their might against Kentucky. To do so, they’ll need another near-perfect game from quarterback Mike Glass, who completed 20 of 22 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns against Coastal Carolina.
If Eastern Michigan can get running back Shaq Vann going, this offense could be dangerous. Vann rushed for 84 yards last week, but was expected to do better against a lesser opponent than the one they’ll face Saturday.
Kentucky received a good performance out of QB Terry Wilson in Week 1. Wilson threw for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but with Kentucky playing as more than two-touchdown favorites, he’ll need to be as good or better against Eastern Michigan.
DeAndre Square had a monster game from the linebacker position for Kentucky last week, yet the Wildcats allowed 24 points. If square can’t replicate his 11 tackles, 0.5 sack, and interception once again, Kentucky might be poised to give up a significant amount of points.
|09-07-19||Indians +158 v. Twins||3-5||Loss||-100||12 h 40 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Indians +158
It took the Indians (82-60) 11 innings to get the 6-2 win in Minnesota last night. Tonight, Cleveland will try to cut into the Twins’ 5.5-game lead by beating them in regulation.
While the Indians have now won two of three, the Twins have dropped two of three.
Representing Cleveland from the mound will be 24-year-old Aaron Civale (3-3, 1.94 ERA). In his last outing, the Indians right-hander allowed just one earned run against the White Sox. The White Sox game was Civale’s seventh start, and it continued his streak of allowing no more than two earned runs in any outing.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (14-6, 3.61 ERA) gets the ball to start for Minnesota. Odorizzi has been good against Cleveland this year, holding batters to a .169 average over 17 total innings.
However, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has regularly gotten to Odorizzi. In 22 at-bats of the matchup, Lindor is hitting .364 with two homers and five RBIs. Lindor leads the club with his .297 average alongside 28 home runs and 66 RBIs.
In his 12 career meetings with Cleveland, Odorizzi is 3-4 with a 4.42 ERA.
|09-07-19||BYU v. Tennessee -3.5||29-26||Loss||-105||32 h 24 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Tennessee -3½ -105
One team will remain winless after Saturday’s contest between the Brigham Young University Cougars (0-1) and Tennessee Volunteers (0-1).
BYU was overmatched against #14 Utah in last week’s 30-12 loss. Against Georgia State, Tennessee suffered one of the most shocking defeats of college football’s opening week by a score of 38-30.
Although BYU quarterback Zach Wilson notched a career-high 21 completions for 208 yards, he also tossed a pair of pick-sixes that would’ve been enough to earn the Utes the win by themselves. Tyson Williams also fumbled away a possession that led to a TD for the Utes.
Taking care of the football will be a focus for BYU, but they also need to improve against the run. Utah tallied 262 yards on the ground and controlled the game.
Tennessee struggled to run the ball against Georgia State, racking up just 93 yards on the ground, but quarterback Jarrett Guarantano threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. Like BYU, the real struggle for the Volunteers was defending the run. They allowed 213 rushing yards in what they hope to be a wake-up call for this defense.
Tennessee now has a great chance to bounce back against a weaker BYU team at home.
|09-07-19||San Diego State v. UCLA -7.5||23-14||Loss||-110||30 h 39 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on UCLA -7½ -110
The Rose Bowl will be the venue for a Week 2 clash between the San Diego State Aztecs (1-0) and UCLA Bruins (0-1).
The Aztecs started their 2019 campaign with one of the lowest-scoring football games you’ll ever see: a 6-0 win over Weber State. UCLA wasn’t able to score much more, and lost to Cincinnati by a score of 24-14.
The Bruins are more than a touchdown favorite in this one, and the lack of production for San Diego State’s offense is a big reason why. Against Weber State, the Aztecs averaged just 3.3 yards per play. While the San Diego State defense did its job, allowing only 154 yards, the offense failed to find the end zone. Instead, it needed kicker Matt Ariaza to score all six of its points.
UCLA lost by 10 to Cincinnati in large part because of quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson tossing two interceptions and losing two fumbles. Thompson Robinson completed just eight passes for 156 yards.
The Bruins’ offense struggled, but injuries have to take at least some of the blame. UCLA was without the services of two offensive linemen, its leading returning receiver, and 1,200-yard rusher Joshua Kelley. All four injured players were at practice this week and would provide a huge boost to the team.
UCLA has never lost to San Diego State.
|09-07-19||Illinois v. Connecticut +22||31-23||Win||100||30 h 51 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Connecticut +22 -110
It was hardly a fair fight when Illinois (1-0) defeated Akron last week. Now, the Fighting Illini shift their focus to their first away fixture of the year as they take on the UConn Huskies (1-0).
After jumping out to the lead on the first drive of the game and going into halftime up 28-3, Illinois coasted in their 42-3 drubbing of Akron last week. Meanwhile, the Huskies squeaked out a three-point win over Wagner at home.
Illinois earned 401 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers while holding Akron to just 192 yards of offense. It was a great start for Michigan transfer Brandon Peters, who completed 14 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns on top of 36 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground.
However, the loss of running back Mike Epstein, who led the team with 45 yards on eight carries, should hinder the Fighting Illini run game.
Although UConn was only able to defeat an FCS opponent by three, the Huskies led by a significant amount in just about every category other than turnovers. If they can limit those giveaways, one of which was a pick-six, UConn could be a tough opponent.
On top of a 26-12 advantage in first downs, the Huskies earned 392 yards of offense and allowed just 185. And with a strong run game that earned 234 yards on 60 carries, UConn could easily slow this matchup down and bleed the clock, giving Illinois a tighter window to reach the 22 points they’re laying.
|09-07-19||Rutgers +20 v. Iowa||0-30||Loss||-110||26 h 6 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rutgers +20 -110
Apart from Purdue and Northwestern, the Big Ten went undefeated through the first week of college football. That means we’ll see two 1-0 teams face off in Iowa City as the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes host the unranked Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.
Rutgers opened the season with a 48-21 throttling of UMass, while Iowa took care of business against Miami of Ohio with a convincing 38-14 victory.
The Scarlet Knights will obviously be facing tougher competition in this contest, but they’ll be encouraged by their come-from-behind victory after giving up the first 14 points of the game. Texas Tech transfer and starting quarterback McLane Carter threw a pick on his second pass of the game, but ended with 340 yards, two TDs, and three total interceptions in a 21-for-31 performance.
And while Rutgers can be excited about Carter’s arm talent, they may be even more eager to see if running back Isaih Pacheco and an improved offensive line can duplicate a 156-yard, four-touchdown performance. We’ll see how far the Rutgers running game can go against last year’s 12th-ranked rush defense.
Returning Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley has been safe, consistent, and efficient over the past two years with 52 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Stanley offered more of the same against Miami of Ohio when he racked up 252 yards and three TDs without a pick.
Only leading by a field goal at halftime versus Miami, the Hawkeyes will need to be much better out of the gate if they’ll have a shot at covering the 20-point spread against a tougher Rutgers squad.
|09-07-19||UAB v. Akron +9.5||31-20||Loss||-110||26 h 57 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Akron +9½ -110
The Akron Zips (0-1) will aim to defend their home field when the UAB Blazers (1-0) come to town on Saturday afternoon.
Akron opened the 2019 season with a dreadful performance against Illinois, who dominated the Zips to the tune of 42-3. In their opening contest, the Blazers picked up a close win against Alabama State by the score of 24-19.
As the score line shows, Illinois had its way with Akron. The Zips managed just 192 total yards of offense while allowing the Fighting Illini to rack up 400 yards and score on six of seven trips to the red zone. Akron quarterback Kato Nelson threw for just 128 yards and a pick on 28 attempts.
However, Akron was without three starters – left tackle Trevor Brown, cornerback Alvin Davis, and nose tackle Davon’te Jest – who are all key players for the squad and should provide a boost if they’re available Saturday.
Although UAB claimed the win in their first game of the season, quarterback Tyler Johnston was just 8-of-19 with 114 yards and a touchdown. Most of the damage was done on the ground, where UAB ran for 176 yards.
A big worry for the Blazers will be there inability to score in the second half of the game, and needing a goal-line stand to keep Alabama State from taking the lead in the fourth quarter.
Akron will expect less pressure on Nelson with the potential return of his left tackle, which could be trouble for an ineffective UAB offense laying 9.5 points.
|09-06-19||Indians v. Twins -167||Top||6-2||Loss||-167||13 h 4 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Twins -167
As the Indians (81-60) open a three-game set against the Twins (87-53) in Minnesota, this feels like their big chance to cut the 6.5-game gap between themselves and the AL Central leaders. However, that prospect doesn’t look likely for a Cleveland team that’s won just two of its last seven.
The Twins, who’ve won 10 of 12, will be leaning on their MLB-best 272 home runs to get out ahead of Cleveland. With 824 runs scored (1stin MLB), the Minnesota offense has been significantly better than the Cleveland lineup, which has scored just 665 runs (18thin MLB).
Hoping to limit those home runs, right-hander Adam Plutko (6-4, 4.53 ERA) will start for the Indians. Plutko last faced the Twins just under a month ago. In that contest, Plutko allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings in a frustrating outing.
Opposite Plutko will be Michael Pineda (11-5, 4.11 ERA), who starts for Minnesota. The Twins right-hander hasn’t faced Cleveland since March, when he lasted four innings and allowed no runs. Pineda has won five straight decisions and four straight starts.
|09-06-19||Cubs -116 v. Brewers||1-7||Loss||-116||13 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cubs -116
At 2.5 games back of St. Louis in the NL Central, the Cubs (76-63) are aiming to climb even closer on the road against the Brewers (71-68), who are 7.5 games back.
While Chicago has won three straight, Milwaukee has dropped two of their last three games, all at home.
Although Milwaukee has Christian Yelich, who leads the team with 43 homers, 93 RBIs, and a .323 average, the Cubs are better offensively. Chicago’s 685 runs scored and 219 home runs edge out Milwaukee’s 649 runs and 217 homers.
Left-hander Cole Hamels (7-5, 3.69 ERA) starts tonight for the Cubs. Despite taking the loss in his last outing, Hamels gave up just two runs over six innings while striking out seven. In four starts against the Brewers this season, Hamels has 23 Ks and a 1.88 ERA.
The Brewers will send out Zach Davies (8-7, 3.76 ERA) to start. In 18 career starts against the Cubs, Davies holds a 3.69 ERA. Chicago was Davies’ opponent in his last outing, against whom he threw 4 2/3 shutout innings.
In 49 at-bats against Davies, Kris Bryant is batting .347 with two homers and six RBIs.
|09-06-19||William & Mary +35.5 v. Virginia||Top||17-52||Win||100||7 h 24 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on William & Mary +35½ -110
Only two teams in the Coastal division of the ACC earned a victory in Week 1; Virginia was one of them. Tonight, the Cavaliers (1-0) will play host to the visiting William & Mary Tribe (1-0).
The Lafayette Leopards fell victim to William & Mary in the Tribe’s kickoff game by a score of 30-17. Virginia faced much stiffer competition in the form of Pittsburgh, but won by the similar score of 30-14.
Sandwiched between Pitt and Florida State, who the Cavaliers play next week, this William & Mary contest is shaping up to be a trap game for Virginia.
Getting 35.5 points, the Tribe will rely on their two best aspects of the game from a week ago to keep this contest as close as possible: the run game and turnovers. Led by Hollis Mathis, William & Mary rushed for 265 yards as a team. The defense provided assist after assist for the offense with four takeaways.
Defense led the way for Virginia in last week’s victory. In addition to only being penalized three times as a team, the Cavaliers held Pittsburgh to just 78 yards on the ground.
Time could fly by in this one with both teams attempting to get the running game going. If that’s the case, Virginia should struggle to reach the 35.5-spread.
|09-06-19||Phillies v. Mets -144||4-5||Win||100||12 h 31 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Mets -144
If either the Phillies (72-67) or Mets (71-68) will make a push for an NL Wild Card spot, it needs to start right now as these two teams face off in New York. The Phillies and Mets are four and five games back of the Cubs, respectively.
Philadelphia has an edge over New York on the season, going 10-6 so far. Including tonight’s game, these two clubs match up three more times in 2019.
Right-hander Zach Eflin (8-11, 4.33 ERA) starts on the mound for the Phillies. In his last 13 innings, Eflin has allowed three runs. Eflin hasn’t been great against the Mets. On the season, Eflin is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA against New York. In his career against the Mets, Eflin is 3-4 with a 5.37 ERA.
Leading the club with 45 homers and 105 RBIs, Mets slugger Pete Alonso is having an incredible year, and that includes his plate appearances against Eflin. In those seven at-bats, Alonso is batting .429 with a home run.
Steven Matz (9-8, 4.04 ERA) is the starter this evening for New York. In nine second-half starts since returning to the rotation, Matz is 4-2 with a 2.73 ERA.
The Mets have won four of their last six, and are 25-12 in their last 37 games.
|09-05-19||Blue Jays v. Rays -184||Top||4-6||Win||100||12 h 7 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rays -184
Coming off a run of three straight losses, the Blue Jays (55-85) have now lost 12 of their last 15 contests. Meanwhile, the Rays (82-59) have won six of their last seven and have the shortest of grips on an AL Wild Card spot with a 0.5-game advantage over Oakland and Cleveland.
Tampa Bay will look to stay in control of their playoff destiny with a win at home tonight.
In that effort, the Rays will start right-hander Austin Pruitt (2-0, 4.78 ERA), who makes just his second start of the season. In his first start, Pruitt was great. He pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Indians without allowing a run in a victorious outing.
For Toronto, Trent Thornton (4-9, 5.34 ERA) will begin the game on the mound. The Blue Jays right-hander has faced Tampa Bay three times this season, and he’d like to forget them all. In those 11 1/3 total innings, Thornton allowed 23 hits and 14 runs.
Those beatings at the hands of the Rays are a big part of why the Blue Jays are just 2-7 in Thornton’s last nine starts against AL East teams.
Tampa Bay is a perfect 6-for-6 in their most recent home games against right-handed starters.
|09-05-19||Marlins v. Pirates -134||10-7||Loss||-134||11 h 38 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Pirates -134
The Pirates (61-78), winners of five of their last six, will host the Marlins (49-89), losers of four of their last five, this evening in Pittsburgh.
Miami has been one of the worst teams in baseball all year long, so it’s not surprising to see Pittsburgh’s advantage on offense. With 664 runs scored, the Pirates lineup dwarfs the 512 runs scored by the bats of the Marlins.
Right-hander Dario Agrazal (4-3, 4.50 ERA) will start for the Pirates at home. Against the Rockies in his last outing, Agrazal went five innings deep and allowed three runs. Agrazal has won each of his last two starts.
For Miami, Elieser Hernandez (3-5, 5.06 ERA) starts. Hindered by a 34-pitch first inning, Hernandez allowed four runs in six innings in his most recent start.
Hernandez will likely face difficult at-bats against Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds, whose .332 batting average trails only the .338 average of Anthony Rendon. In his last 14 games, Reynolds is batting a whopping .381.
While the dreadful Marlins have lost 16 of their past 17 road games, the Pirates are 4-1 in their last five against right-handers.
|09-04-19||Rockies +300 v. Dodgers||Top||3-7||Loss||-100||14 h 1 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rockies +300
The Rockies (59-81) have a tough task in front of them when they take the field this evening in Los Angeles to go up against the National League-leading Dodgers (91-50), who’ve just beat them twice.
While this would normally feel like a formality with All-Star starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5, 2.35 ERA) starting for the Dodgers, Ryu’s dip in form makes this an interesting affair, especially considering how big of a dog Colorado is. Just a few weeks ago, Ryu was the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young. Now, Los Angeles is worried about their ace heading into the playoffs.
In his last three starts, Ryu is 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA while giving up five of his 15 total home runs allowed. In his three starts against Colorado, Ryu is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA.
For the Rockies, Antonio Senzatela (8-9, 6.95 ERA) gets the start. The Colorado right-hander hasn’t been great over his past five starts, but he’s only allowed two homers over that stretch.
In eight at-bats against Senzatela, MVP candidate Cody Bellinger has just one hit. In 11 at-bats, Joc Pederson is batting .182 against the Rockies right-hander.
|09-04-19||Twins v. Red Sox -131||2-6||Win||100||10 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Red Sox -131
Despite a one-run loss at home yesterday, the Red Sox (74-64) have won four of their last six and six of their last nine. If they’ll stay on a winning course with a chance to reach the playoffs, Boston will need a good performance against the visiting Twins (86-52) tonight.
Good pitching should be on display in this contest with Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (16-5, 3.97 ERA) going head to head with Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios (11-7, 3.57 ERA).
Rodriguez pitched 37 innings across six August starts. In those outings, Rodriguez posted a 3.41 ERA. The Red Sox left-hander earned the win against Minnesota in a June start, tallying nine Ks in seven innings of play.
On the side of the Twins, Berrios is coming off a six-inning start in which he gave up three runs. Berrios had a rough August in which he went 1-2 with a 7.57 ERA. In four starts against the Red Sox, Berrios is 0-3 with a 3.20 ERA.
Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, and J.D. Martinez have all had success against Berrios in at least 10 at-bats. Facing the Twins right-hander, Betts is batting .308, Benentendi is batting .400, and Martinez is batting .357 with four RBIs.
|09-03-19||Rockies v. Dodgers -250||3-5||Win||100||12 h 25 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Dodgers -250
The latest game to get started tonight will be in Los Angeles where the Dodgers (90-50) host the Rockies (59-80). Los Angeles is 30.5 games ahead of Colorado in the NL West.
Including a 16-9 win over the Rockies in the first game of the series yesterday, the Dodgers have won two straight. Meanwhile, the Rockies are losers of seven straight games.
Getting the start for Colorado will be right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-6, 8.07 ERA). To be frank, Gonzalez has been terrible lately. In his last two games, Gonzalez has lasted just five total innings while giving up 10 hits, seven walks, and 10 runs. Gonzalez tallied just two strikeouts in those two outings.
For the Dodgers, left-hander Julio Urias (4-3, 2.53 ERA) will start. Coming back from suspension, Urias hasn’t pitched since the end of July. While Urias isn’t expected to go deep into this contest, Los Angeles has the bullpen to pick up the slack.
Entering the series, Colorado is just 6-20 in their last 26 games on the road against teams with a winning percentage of .600 or better. Out of 54 home games versus a right-hander starter, the Dodgers are 44-10.
|09-03-19||Astros v. Brewers +150||Top||2-4||Win||150||12 h 43 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Brewers +150
It took 10 innings for the Astros (90-49) to take down the Brewers (70-67) in the series opener yesterday. Despite that loss, Milwaukee has won three of its last five and is ready to take on Houston once again.
Defending Milwaukee’s 39-30 home record will be right-hander Jordan Lyles (9-8, 4.55 ERA). After posting a 9.00+ ERA in his last nine starts with Pittsburgh, Lyles has been a different pitcher since putting on a Brewers uniform. In six starts since that time, Lyles is 4-1 with a much-improved 2.51 ERA.
Opposite Lyles will be right-hander Zack Greinke (14-4, 2.99 ERA). Without his best stuff against the Rays his last time out, Greinke gave up six hits, a walk, and five runs over five 2/3 innings.
A pair of Brewers have been good against Greinke. In 12 at-bats, Lorenzo Cain is batting .333 with a home run. In 20 at-bats against Greinke, Christian Yelich is batting .350.
Yelich is having an MVP year, and that didn’t stop in yesterday’s game. With a home run in the bottom of the ninth, Yelich tied the game before Houston responded with the game-winning homer an inning later.
|09-03-19||Phillies +115 v. Reds||6-2||Win||115||9 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Phillies +115
Coming off back-to-back wins, the Phillies (71-65) will improve their playoff chances with another victory against the Reds (64-74) in Cincinnati. The Reds have lost five of their last six games.
With 664 runs scored on the season, Philadelphia ranks 15thin the MLB. Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s 619 runs is good enough for just 22ndin the majors. Over the last seven days, the Phillies have scored three more runs than the Reds in two fewer games.
The Phillies will send out Vince Velasquez (6-7, 4.86 ERA) to start. In his last seven starts, the right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA. Although Velasquez isn’t likely to go deeper than five innings, the good run support he’s received lately could carry him to another win.
Right-hander Lucas Sims (2-1, 4.99 ERA) is scheduled to start for Cincinnati. Normally a relief pitcher, Sims allowed six runs in 12 1/3 total innings over 11 August appearances. This will be Sims’ third start of the season.
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper is on a run of 10 straight games with at least one hit and one run. Over his last seven games, Harper is batting .300 with three homers.
|09-02-19||Notre Dame v. Louisville +18.5||Top||35-17||Win||100||35 h 60 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Louisville +18½ -110
The Louisville Cardinals will open their 2019 campaign at home against the visiting #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Monday night.
After a dreadful 2-10 season, Louisville has overhauled the coaching staff and taken the program in a new direction. That fresh start is much needed for a team that allowed 44 points per game while scoring just 19 themselves.
It was a very different 2018 for Notre Dame, who ended the year with a 12-1 record with a loss in the semi-final round of the College Football Playoff. The Fighting Irish scored an average of 31 and allowed 18 per game.
After earning a 47-16 record over five seasons with Appalachian State, new Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield will put his own twist on a team that returns 16 starters. Perhaps his most important job will be improving starting quarterback Jawon Pass, who threw for 1,960 yards, eight touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in 2018.
Despite owning the 13th-ranked scoring defense in the country, Notre Dame struggled to win their first three games last season. The offense was slow to get started, as the Irish failed to score 25 points against #14 Michigan, Ball State, and Vanderbilt.
On the back of 2,628 yards, 19 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, Ian Book will start for Notre Dame. If Louisville can turn Book over, 18.5 will be a lot of points to overcome.
|09-02-19||White Sox +215 v. Indians||3-11||Loss||-100||11 h 31 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on White Sox +215
The Indians (79-58) have let their deficit in the AL Central grow to 5.5 games, but they’ll have an opportunity to move closer to Minnesota in a new set of games against the White Sox (60-76) in Cleveland. Coming into this evening’s contest, the Indians have dropped three straight.
The White Sox will hope to pounce on Cleveland’s vulnerability with starter Ross Detwiler (2-4, 6.45 ERA). In his 11-year career, the Chicago left-hander has faced 29 teams in the majors. After tonight’s outing, Detwiler will have faced all 30.
Aaron Civale (2-3, 1.96 ERA) will start for the Indians. The right-hander gave up two runs to the Tigers in a seven-inning outing on Wednesday.
Civale will need to be most careful against White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, who’s batting .328 on the season. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify, Anderson’s average would be good enough for third-best in the American League. Over the last seven days, Anderson is batting .333 with three doubles and a home run.
The Indians are currently in possession of the second Wild Card spot in the AL, leading the Athletics by half a game.
|09-02-19||Phillies +140 v. Reds||Top||7-1||Win||140||7 h 10 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Phillies +140
While the Phillies (70-65) were able to cap off a three-game series against the Mets with a 5-2 victory, the Reds (64-73) enter a new series as losers of four of their last five. This afternoon, Philadelphia will square off with the Reds in Cincinnati.
Despite a lower home run total than the Reds (196-170), the Phillies are the better offensive team with 657 runs scored on the season compared to Cincinnati’s 618.
On the mound, Philadelphia will be starting left-hander Drew Smyly (2-6, 6.95). Smyly will be hoping to regain his form from early on in a Phillies uniform. In his first two starts with the club, Smyly allowed one run through 13 innings in two starts.
Cincinnati is scheduled to start right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (9-7, 4.05 ERA). In 50 career appearances at the Great American Ballpark, DeSclafani is an even 19-19 with a 4.25 ERA.
Bryce Harper will hope to find continued success against DeSclafani. In 11 at-bats, the Phillies slugger is batting .364. In addition to leading the team in homers (29) and RBIs (97), Harper is batting .308 with a pair of home runs over the past seven days.
|09-01-19||Houston +23.5 v. Oklahoma||Top||31-49||Win||100||34 h 54 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Houston +23½ -110
The Houston Cougars have a tough task to start out the 2019 season as they travel into Norman to take on the #4 Sooners of Oklahoma.
Houston defeated its only ranked opponent last season with a 57-36 win over #21 South Florida, and finished the year with a record of 8-5. The Cougars won games by outscoring their competition as they put up 43 per game while allowing an average of 37.
Coming off a 12-2 season, Oklahoma is the favorite to win the Big 12. A high-scoring loss to Alabama knocked the Sooners out of the College Football Playoff at the semi-final stage. On average, Oklahoma scored 48 points and allowed 33 per game in 2018.
23.5 points is a lot to give a team that finished seventh in FBS in total offense with 512.5 yards per game, especially considering they’ll have returning quarterback D’Eriq King. In addition to 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns through the air, King added 674 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.
The Sooners have had the pleasure of having Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray at QB in recent years, and they might be spoiled again with Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts arriving. While going 26-2 as a starter for the Crimson Tide, Hurts threw for 5,256 yards and 48 touchdowns as well as racking up nearly 2,000 yards as a rusher.
Defense is the bigger worry for Oklahoma after holding only two teams under the 20-point mark a season ago. The Sooners allowed at least 40 points on six occasions.
Against the spread, this solid Houston team is 15-4 in its last 19 competitions on grass.
|09-01-19||Dodgers -138 v. Diamondbacks||4-3||Win||100||6 h 16 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Dodgers -138
As winners of six straight, the Diamondbacks (70-66) are a scary team right now. Yet coming into this afternoon’s game against the visiting Dodgers (88-50), Arizona is looking up at a 17-game gap between themselves and the NL West leaders.
Hoping to stop the bleeding against the hot D-Backs, right-hander Ross Stripling (4-4, 3.64 ERA) will start for Los Angeles. However, Stripling is only expected to throw two or three innings in his first start since coming off the injured list. Right-hander Dustin May is projected to follow Stripling.
Alex Young (6-3, 3.81 ERA) will take the mound for Arizona. The left-hander has been solid over his last 11 appearances, holding batters to a .217 average. In his last outing, Young allowed two total runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The fact that this contest is the fourth in a four-game series could prove critical. In Game 4s, the Diamondbacks have come out victorious in just one of their last seven. On the other hand, the Dodgers have won seven of their last nine final games of a four-game set.
Los Angeles is 39-16 playing on Sunday.
|09-01-19||Padres v. Giants -105||8-4||Loss||-105||7 h 35 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Giants -105
The Giants (66-69) have a slight edge over the Padres (63-72) in the NL West, and they’ll attempt to extend that advantage over the visitors when they host San Diego this afternoon in San Francisco.
Offensively, these two clubs are nearly even. The Padres rely more on the longball, with 195 homers compared to San Francisco’s 148, but only four runs separate the two. San Diego has scored 591 while the Giants have scored 595.
The starting pitching matchup features left-hander Eric Lauer (7-8, 4.48 ERA) for the Padres against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (9-10, 3.38 ERA).
Lauer has already thrown 12 more innings than in his rookie campaign, and will need to shut down a pair of Giants hitters if he’ll have a shot at bringing his record to even. Against Lauer, Evan Longoria is batting .364 in 11 at-bats while Buster Posey is batting .357 in 14 at-bats.
Against the Diamondbacks in his last start, Samardzija allowed a single run over five innings. Thus far, Samardzija’s biggest enemy is a lack of run support. Although his record doesn’t reflect it, the Giants righty has posted an ERA of 1.99 since the start of July.
|09-01-19||Pirates -103 v. Rockies||Top||6-2||Win||100||8 h 43 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Pirates -103
If the Pirates (59-77) get a win tonight, they’ll complete a four-game sweep of the Rockies (59-78) in Colorado. Both clubs have been poor all year, but they’re trending in different directions at the moment.
The Pirates have won three in a row (all against the Rockies), four of their last five, and seven of their last nine. Meanwhile, the Rockies are losers of five straight and have dropped nine of their last 10 contests.
Pittsburgh has scored a total of 31 runs in three victories over Colorado this week.
Left-hander Steven Brault (3-3, 4.06 ERA) will aim to keep the momentum going for the Pirates. Over his last 12 starts, Brault has posted an ERA of 2.84. In his last outing, Brault gave up three runs to the Phillies without his best.
The Rockies are expected to go with Jeff Hoffman (1-4, 7.81 ERA). In his last outing for Colorado, Hoffman allowed four home runs and seven runs in just two innings.
Pittsburgh has won each of its last six games versus NL West competition while Colorado is 0-9 in their last nine efforts against the NL Central. The Rockies are also 0-5 in their last five home games.
|08-31-19||Oregon v. Auburn -3||21-27||Win||100||34 h 14 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Auburn -3 -115
The best opening-game matchup of the college football season pits the #11 Oregon Ducks against the #16 Auburn Tigers in a neutral-site contest at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This game is a rematch of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.
After defeating Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl, Oregon finished with a record of 9-4 in 2018. The Ducks put up 34 points per game while allowing 25 on average last season.
Auburn completed 2018 with a record of 8-5 after losing to #5 Georgia and #1 Alabama late in the season. The Tigers scored 30 points per game and gave up 19.
Oregon returns 17 starters from a season ago, including quarterback Justin Herbert (3,151 yards, 29 touchdowns, eight interceptions in 2018), but they weren’t great against ranked competition. The Ducks defeated #24 Cal and #7 Washington, but lost to #7 Stanford and #25 Washington State.
Head coach Gus Malzahn returned to play-calling duties for the bowl game against Purdue, which Auburn won by a score of 63-14. Now, Malzahn gets a new toy in the form of freshman quarterback Bo Nix, who was Alabama’s Mr. Football in 2018 and comes in as the top-ranked dual threat QB in the 2019 recruiting class.
|08-31-19||Orioles v. Royals +106||Top||5-7||Win||106||12 h 15 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Royals +106
With just 47 wins on the season, the Royals (47-89) have been poor in 2019. The Orioles (45-89), who are 42 games back of the AL East-leading Yankees, have been worse. Both of these clubs will face off tonight in Kansas City.
After dropping the first game of this three-game set, the Royals will turn to Jorge Lopez (2-7, 6.56 ERA) on the mound. The Kansas City right-hander has been great against Baltimore, boasting a 2-0 record alongside a 1.50 ERA in his career. In his last start, which came against the Orioles, Lopez allowed just one run on two hits over five innings.
Lopez will be opposed by Dylan Bundy (6-13, 4.98 ERA) on the side of the Orioles. Bundy’s latest outing resulted in a win, although eight hits and three total runs were surrendered in five innings by the Baltimore right-hander.
Bundy will be hoping to avoid a repeat of a start against Baltimore last season in which he became the first ever pitcher to allow four homers without recording an out. In that horrid 2018 start, Bundy faced seven batters and allowed seven runs.
With a loss today, Bundy would join the 14-loss club occupied by just two others right now this season.
|08-31-19||Twins v. Tigers +130||7-10||Win||130||11 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Tigers +130
The Tigers (39-93) are looking to get back on track with a victory at home against the visiting Twins (83-51). If Detroit can hold Minnesota to nine innings without a home run, they’ll have a great chance against the team that’s just five homers shy of the 2018 Yankees’ single-season record of 267.
In that daunting effort, the Tigers will start left-hander Matthew Boyd (6-10, 4.47 ERA). In his second start since coming back from paternity leave, Boyd will aim to be more dialed in. Boyd has an even 6-6 career record in 18 starts against Minnesota.
Several Twins hitters have faced Boyd numerous times without much success. In at least 28 at-bats, Miguel Sano (.143), Eddie Rosario (.242), and Jorge Polanco (.250) have been unable to get a hit in more than a quarter of their chances.
The Twins will answer with left-hander Martin Perez (9-5, 4.53 ERA) on the road. Perez allowed two runs over six innings in his last outing, but hasn’t been great against the Tigers. In seven career outings against Detroit, Perez is 2-3 with a 5.50 ERA.
Miguel Cabrera is 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs against Perez.
|08-31-19||Mets -110 v. Phillies||6-3||Win||100||8 h 44 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Mets -110
The Mets (68-66) regained some confidence in an 11-5 beating of the Phillies (69-64) in Philadelphia yesterday. If the Mets can repeat that performance, they’ll improve their chances of claiming a Wild Card berth, of which they currently sit five games back.
This matchup figures to be a tight one. Offensively, the Mets and Phillies are separated by just four runs scored on the season, with Philadelphia holding the slight edge (649-645).
It’s also a level pitching matchup, with both starters having even records and being within 0.03 in ERA and WHIP of one another.
For New York, Steven Matz (8-8, 4.06 ERA) will go. In his last outing, the Mets left-hander held a good Braves club to one run over six innings whilst battling a blister on his throwing hand. Matz hasn’t missed a start with that blister.
For Philadelphia, Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09 ERA) gets the start. The new Phillies lefty will be facing his former club for the first since coming to Philly at the trade deadline. Since the move, Vargas is just 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA in five starts.
Mets slugger Pete Alonso will look to cap off a strong August in which he’s batting .294 with eight homers and 24 RBIs.
|08-31-19||South Carolina -10.5 v. North Carolina||20-24||Loss||-110||30 h 30 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on South Carolina -10½ -110
An SEC versus ACC rivalry game will help us kick off the first full weekend of college football when the Gamecocks of South Carolina head into Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. to take on the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
North Carolina’s last victory against South Carolina came in 1991, and it doesn’t look likely to happen again this year for a Tar Heels squad that won just two games last season. North Carolina didn’t have much of a recipe for success last year, allowing 34 points per game while scoring an average of 27.
South Carolina finished out the 2018 season with a record of 7-5 after losing to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. The Gamecocks will be eager to start the season off right with #1 Clemson, #2 Alabama, and #3 Georgia all on the schedule.
South Carolina senior quarterback Jake Bentley (3,171 yards, 27 TDs in 2018) returns alongside three of his top four pass catchers. That doesn’t bode well for a North Carolina team losing its three top tacklers from a year ago.
Against the spread, the Gamecocks are 12-5 in their last 17 versus ACC competition.
|08-31-19||Georgia State +27 v. Tennessee||38-30||Win||100||29 h 30 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Georgia State +27 -110
Neither the Georgia State Panthers nor the Tennessee Volunteers had the season they wanted last year. Georgia State went 2-10 on the year while Tennessee finished 5-7 with a 2-6 record in conference play.
It’s easy to see why both programs struggled in 2018. The Panthers allowed 37 points per game while scoring just 23 of their own. The Volunteers weren’t a great deal better, scoring just 22 points per game and giving up 27.
Georgia State is aiming to improve this year based on their experience. At quarterback, Dan Ellington returns. On top of 2,119 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air, Ellington led the team with 625 rushing yards and five additional TDs. The Panthers are also returning nine starters on the defensive side of the ball.
After missing out on a bowl game last year, Tennessee is in danger of overlooking the earlier games on the schedule with three top-ten ranked opponents awaiting them in SEC play - #8 Florida, #3 Georgia, and #2 Alabama.
While nobody is expecting Georgia State to escape with an upset win, the 27 points they’re getting is a lot when you look at the shaky offensive line in front of Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who threw for 1,907 yards, 12 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
|08-31-19||Ball State v. Indiana -17||Top||24-34||Loss||-108||53 h 20 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Indiana -17 -108
The Indiana Hoosiers will get the 2019 season rolling in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis against the Ball State Cardinals in a matchup of unranked teams.
Indiana missed out on a bowl game last year after finishing the regular season at 5-7 and 2-7 in the Big Ten. However, the Hoosiers routed Ball State by a score of 38-10.
In addition to that loss to the Hoosiers, Ball State ended with a single win in their final five games to end up 4-8.
Indiana comes in as the significant favorite, and their advantage offensively against a poor Ball State defense is a big reason why. The Hoosiers have one of the more productive running backs in the Big Ten in sophomore Steven Scott III, who ran for 1,137 yards and 10 touchdowns on 228 carries in his freshman campaign.
Meanwhile, Ball State is coming off a 2018 season in which they allowed over five yards per carry and gave up 36 rushing touchdowns, which was the eighth most in the nation. The Cardinals finished 106thin total defense a year ago.
Ball State is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games at a neutral site.
|08-31-19||Mississippi State v. UL-Lafayette +20.5||38-28||Win||100||53 h 19 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on UL-Lafayette +20½ -110
The Superdome in New Orleans will be the venue for a noon clash between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
Last season, this matchup was one of eight wins for Mississippi State, who finished 8-5 with a bowl loss to Iowa. A Cure Bowl loss against Tulane gave UL-Lafayette a 7-7 record on the year.
A big reason for any success the Bulldogs enjoyed last season came from a strong defense that allowed just 13 points per game in head coach Joe Moorhead’s first year. That production will be hard to replicate with just four starters from the defense returning in 2019.
While you have to consider the difference in the Sun Belt and SEC conferences, the Cajuns were actually better on offense last season, scoring 31 points per game to Mississippi State’s 28 points per game.
Although Louisiana Lafayette will be without Andre Nunez at QB, they’re bringing back 15 starters from a team that scored at least 42 points on five occasions last year. Before postseason play, the Cajuns won six of their final eight regular season games.
The Cajuns’ ground game has two solid options with Trey Ragas (1,181 yards and nine TDs) and Elijah Mitchell (985 yards and 13 TDs).
|08-30-19||Utah State v. Wake Forest -3.5||Top||35-38||Loss||-110||35 h 60 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Wake Forest -3½ -110
The Utah State Aggies will face their first test of a new season at Wake Forest against the Demon Deacons.
Utah State’s victory over North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl earned them an 11-2 record in 2018. One of their two losses came in the season opener in which they fell to #11 Michigan State by a touchdown.
Wake Forest enjoyed less success, but reached the Birmingham Bowl and defeated Memphis to finish 7-6 a year ago.
In 2018, the Aggies were able to score 47 points per game while giving up just 22, albeit in the Mountain West. Facing stiffer competition in the ACC, Wake Forest allowed an average of 33 whilst scoring 32 themselves.
While Utah State returns quarterback Jordan Love, who threw for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns, and six interceptions last season, they’ll kick off the season with an inexperienced offensive line and without last year’s head coach, Matt Wells.
After coming in for an injured Sam Hartman, junior quarterback Jamie Newman will start for the Demon Deacons. Including his impressive 328-yard performance against Memphis, Newman led Wake Forest to a 3-1 record in his four games under center.
If history is any predictor, Wake Forest will be happy about its 46-10 throttling of Utah State two years ago.
|08-30-19||White Sox +195 v. Braves||7-10||Loss||-100||12 h 11 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on White Sox +195
The White Sox (60-73) may not be destined for postseason baseball, but they have a chance to drag down the likely playoff-bound Braves (81-54) as they open a series in Atlanta.
Although the Braves have a 5.5-game advantage over the Nationals in the NL East, they scored a total of six runs over their past three games, of which they won only one.
The White Sox will send out right-hander Ivan Nova (9-10, 4.37 ERA) to start. In short, Nova has been incredible in the month of August. Over five starts and 33 innings this month, Nova is 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA and has given up just four earned runs and six walks.
Nova also has the best ERA in the majors in his seven starts since July 22 with a 0.94. Nova is 5-1 over that period.
Scheduled to start for the Braves is Max Fried (14-4, 4.03 ERA). The left-hander started a 9-5 victory over the Mets in his last outing, but Fried allowed five runs over five innings.
Outfielder Jose Abreu is playing well for the White Sox, hitting a pair of doubles on Thursday and batting in a run in eight of his last 10 games.
|08-30-19||Astros v. Blue Jays +190||Top||7-4||Loss||-100||12 h 7 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Blue Jays +190
The Astros (87-48) are coming off a tough 9-8 loss to the Rays and now turn their attention to a series against the Blue Jays (54-81) in Toronto. The Blue Jays just split a two-game series with a good Braves team.
As heavy favorites on the road, Houston will go with Wade Miley (13-4, 3.13 ERA) to start. With opponents hitting .233 against him, Miley has been consistently strong for an Astros team that’s 19-8 in his starts this season. In 10 career starts against Toronto, Miley is 2-7 with a 4.47 ERA.
Although not many Blue Jays have faced Miley, Justin Smoak certainly has. In 13 at-bats against the Astros left-hander, Smoak is batting .385 with two homers and three RBIs.
Toronto is scheduled to go with right-hander Trent Thornton (4-8, 5.34 ERA) this evening at home. Although Thornton allowed three earned runs to the Mariners in his last outing, he pitched 6 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball against the Astros in a June start.
Keep an eye on rookie Cavan Biggio, who will be up against the team his father played 20 MLB seasons for. Biggio is 3-for-7 with a pair of walks in his most recent at-bats.
|08-30-19||Marlins v. Nationals -223||6-7||Win||100||11 h 5 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Nationals -223
The Marlins (48-85) will travel to the nation’s capital to open a new series against the Nationals (74-58) in Washington. While the Marlins are 32 games back in the NL East, the Nats have a legitimate shot at doing damage in the playoffs.
Miami comes into this contest with just one win in their last four games, scoring a maximum of five runs in any of them. Washington enters the series as winners of six of their last seven and 13 of their last 16.
The Marlins will be starting right-hander Elieser Hernandez (3-5, 4.97 ERA) in this one. Dealing with a blister on his right hand, Hernandez managed six innings against the Phillies his last time out, allowing two runs.
Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (8-6, 3.81 ERA) will start for the Nationals. Sanchez’ last outing came against the Cubs. Although he allowed two runs over 8 1/3 innings, Sanchez carried a shutout into the ninth inning in one of his best starts in years.
Washington has a big advantage offensively. With 706 runs scored, 188 home runs, and a team average of .264, the Nationals are far batter at the plate than the Marlins, who’ve scored 493 runs, hit 115 homers, and are batting .241 as a team.
|08-29-19||Utah -6.5 v. BYU||Top||30-12||Win||100||37 h 22 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Utah -6.5 -110
Brigham Young University will host #14 Utah to open the 2019 season in a long-running series between these in-state rivals. The Utes have won the last eight contests between these two programs, including a 35-27 win at home in the most recent meeting.
The Cougars of BYU capped off the season with a win over Western Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to go 7-6 on the year. A defeat at the hands of Northwestern gave Utah a final record of 9-5 in 2018, but the Utes registered an impressive win against Stanford on its way to a Pac-12 South victory.
With the return of seven starters on each side of the ball, Utah will aim to improve on their 28 points per game while holding opponents to 19 points a game (ranked 17th) from a year ago. The Utes will return senior running back Zack Moss, who led the team with 1,092 yards and 11 TDs, and both Jason Shelley (1,162 yards; five TDs; six picks) and Tyler Huntley (1,788 yards; 12 TDs; six picks), who both saw significant action at quarterback.
BYU made a huge jump in 2018 after a 4-9 season the year prior. That progress figures to continue with 17 starters returning this season.
The Cougars ranked 24thin scoring defense but were average on offense. Zach Wilson will lead the squad from the QB position. Last season, Wilson threw for 1,578 yards, 12 touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Against the spread, Utah is 4-0 in their last four August games.
|08-29-19||Northern Colorado v. San Jose State -11.5||18-35||Win||100||31 h 54 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on San Jose State -11½ -120
The Northern Colorado Bears will kick off the 2019 college football season with the first ever game against the San Jose State Spartans in San Jose. While the Spartans finished last in the West division of the Mountain West conference a season ago, both coaches and media members picked the Bears to finish last overall in the Big Sky conference this year.
A 50-37 victory over UNLV was San Jose State’s lone win of the 2018 season. They finished 1-11 overall and 1-7 in conference play.
With back to back wins coming against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, Northern Colorado completed the 2018 season with a record of 2-9.
Although San Jose State quarterback Josh Love hasn’t been lighting up the college football scene over the past two years after completing 50% and 55% of his passes over the last two years, the Spartans have a favorable matchup in the passing game. Love showed his potential with 451-yard game against Hawaii and a 335-yard game against UNLV, and he’s unlikely to face a lot of pressure against a Northern Colorado team that managed just eight sacks last season.
Expect a weak San Jose State team from a better conference to overpower a weak Northern Colorado squad.
|08-29-19||Padres v. Giants +125||5-3||Loss||-100||14 h 30 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Giants +125
When the Padres (61-71) go into San Francisco to take on the Giants (65-67), we’ll get a look at two very similar teams.
Apart from San Diego’s edge in the home run department (191-144), both clubs are virtually even offensively. The Giants have scored four more runs on the season (583-579) and both teams are hitting .242 as a team.
We’ll also be seeing the Padres’ 30-34 away record up against the Giants’ similar 29-35 home record.
As they enter this new series, the Giants and Padres have identical record patterns over the last 13 games. Each has experienced a run of W-L-WWW-LLLL-WW-LL. Of course, that coincidental streak will be broken tonight.
San Francisco will send out right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (5-6, 5.26 ERA) to start. In four starts against the Padres, Rodriguez is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA. His last outing against San Diego lasted seven innings, in which he allowed two runs.
Right-hander Chris Paddack (7-7, 3.84 ERA) will be opposite Rodriguez. The Padres rookie is nearing an innings limit, and his last outing might be evidence of that. In just 2 1/3 innings, Paddack allowed six runs.
|08-29-19||Twins v. White Sox +180||Top||10-5||Loss||-100||7 h 55 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on White Sox +180
The pressure is on the Twins (81-51), who are fighting to keep their 3.5-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central. Today, Minnesota will go into Chicago to take on the White Sox (60-72).
The White Sox have a couple of things going in their favor in this contest. First, they’ll be playing at home, where they could own a .500 record with a win this afternoon. Second, they’ll be facing one of Minnesota’s least-reliable pitchers at the moment, Jose Berrios (10-7, 3.53 ERA).
Despite a solid record for a starter, Berrios has lost his form in the month of August. The right-hander’s lack of command has delivered him an 8.44 ERA over his last four starts. Through 21 1/3 innings this month, Berrios has allowed a total of 20 earned runs. In his last outing, Berrios gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
In 18 at-bats against Berrios, James McCann is batting .289 with three homers and nine RBIs.
Right-hander Dylan Cease (3-6, 5.76 ERA) will start for Chicago coming off his second home victory and recording nine strikeouts.
|08-28-19||A's v. Royals +150||Top||4-6||Win||150||13 h 12 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Royals +150
With one of the weaker remaining schedules in the majors, the Athletics (76-55) have a great shot at postseason baseball. With grip on the second AL Wild Card spot at the moment, Oakland is aiming for another win in Kansas City against the 46-87 Royals.
The biggest obstacle standing in Oakland’s way is right-hander Jacob Junis (8-12, 4.89 ERA), who starts for Kansas City this evening. Facing a minimum of 50 at-bats, Junis has the second-lowest average allowed with runners in scoring position in the AL since June 11. Under that criteria, Junis has held batters to 12-for-62 (.194).
On the mound for the Athletics will be Tanner Roark (8-8, 3.95 ERA). Roark was brought over from the Reds at the trade deadline, and he’s been solid since then. In his last outing, Roark held the Yankees to two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Although Kansas City hasn’t been great this season, they’ve been able to count on second baseman Whit Merrifield consistently. In addition to his .299 average on the year, Merrifield is batting .293 with four doubles, three homers, and 11 RBIs in August.
|08-28-19||Rays +190 v. Astros||6-8||Loss||-100||13 h 58 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rays +190
The Rays (76-57) are just one game back of the A’s for the second AL Wild Card spot. If they’ll be able to keep pace, Tampa Bay needs to find a way to get past a hot, AL West-leading Astros (86-47) team tonight.
Houston is the better hitting team, but the Rays have enjoyed more success from the mound this year. With a team ERA of 3.63, Tampa Bay ranks second in the majors. The Astros sit in fourth with an ERA of .367.
That pitching dominance figures to be on display this evening in a duel between Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (11-3, 3.29 ERA) and Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.75).
Let’s begin with Yarbrough, who’s been disgusting for the Rays lately. In his last 12 appearances, Yarbrough has struck out 59, walked only four, and posted a 1.48 ERA on top of a 6-0 record in 61 innings. His past three starts have yielded a 1-0 record with a 0.47 ERA.
Cole has been great, as well. His last loss came against the White Sox on May 22nd. However, Cole has no wins and two losses in his three career starts against Tampa Bay.
|08-28-19||Indians v. Tigers +175||4-2||Loss||-100||12 h 52 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Tigers +175
After the Indians (77-55) took the first game of a three-game series, the Tigers (39-90) will be looking for revenge at home.
Perhaps the biggest thing going for Detroit is that they’ll be facing a rookie pitcher in Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale (1-3, 1.82 ERA). However, Civale hasn’t pitched like a rookie. In each of his five starts, Civale has gone at least 5 2/3 innings.
After facing Civale back in June, we’ll see if the Tigers can get to the rookie after seeing his stuff once already.
The Tigers will counter with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-9, 6.48 ERA). Thanks in large part to a nerve block injection in his neck, Zimmermann has looked good lately. In a total of 10 innings over his last two starts, Zimmermann has allowed just four hits and two runs.
Zimermann appears to be dialed in against both Francisco Lindor and Yasiel Puig. While Lindor is batting .154 in 13 at-bats against Zimmermann, Puig is hitting .182 in 11 at-bats.
Although Detroit is one of the worst offensive teams in baseball, they’ve been able to score 24 runs over the past seven days, which is good enough to rank them 17thin the majors.
|08-27-19||Dodgers v. Padres +175||9-0||Loss||-100||15 h 10 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Padres +175
The Padres (60-69) have enjoyed of pair of quality performances as they beat the Red Sox and Dodgers (86-46) in back-to-back fashion over the past two days. Tonight, San Diego will host Los Angeles once again.
Both clubs will be excited for another start from their young starters. 24-year-old Cal Quantrill (6-4, 3.32 ERA) will take the mound for the Padres while 25-year-old Walker Buehler (10-3, 3.16 ERA) will start for the Dodgers.
Let’s start with Quantrill, who’s been very good since the All-Star break with a 4-2 record and 1.79 ERA. Over his last eight starts, the rookie right-hander has posted a 2.22 ERA. Quantrill also hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any appearance since the middle of June.
Buehler’s numbers really speak for themselves, but the Dodgers right-hander is significantly better at home than on the road. With an ERA that’s two runs higher when he’s the visiting pitcher, Buehler will have his work cut out for him this evening in San Diego.
While the Padres have won two straight, the Dodgers come into this game as losers of three of their last four, including a series loss to the Yankees.
|08-27-19||Yankees v. Mariners +180||Top||7-0||Loss||-100||15 h 10 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Mariners +180
Two teams with plenty of home-run power will face off in Seattle tonight when the Mariners (56-76) host the Yankees (86-47).
The matchup on the mound will feature two Japanese pitchers as New York’s Masahiro Tanaka (9-7, 4.68 ERA) goes up against Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi (5-8, 5.19 ERA).
Although Tanaka has pitched relatively well this month, the right-hander’s last start will have been tough to swallow. Against the Athletics, Tanaka allowed eight hits and five runs in six innings of play.
Kikuchi will have a couple of things going for him when he makes the start today. First of all, the left-hander tossed a shutout against Toronto his last time out in a 7-0 victory. Second, Kikuchi is now coming off plenty of rest after skipping a start in order to manage his pitch count.
Both pitchers will need to be careful of the power in either team’s lineup. While the Yankees are second in home runs with 244, the Mariners aren’t far behind with their fifth-best 210 dingers.
|08-27-19||Cubs +100 v. Mets||5-2||Win||100||12 h 43 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cubs +100
The National League Wild Card race is a tight one. Of the seven teams within 4.5 games of the second spot, two of them will face off tonight in New York as the Mets (67-63) host the Cubs (69-61). Chicago is currently in control of the second Wild Card position while New York is just two games back.
While both teams come into this evening’s contest as losers of three straight, the Mets failed to score more than a single run in two of those games.
Offensively, the Cubs hold a slight edge over the Mets in terms of runs scored (638-624) and home runs (203-184).
Chicago will send out right-hander Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA) to start this one. With no walks and at least eight strikeouts in five straight games, Darvish has become the first pitcher in MLB history to do so.
New York will counter with right-hander Marcus Stroman (7-11, 3.18 ERA). In four starts with his new club since being traded from Toronto, Stroman has posted a 4.58 ERA. Stroman lasted just four innings in his last outing after tightness in his hamstring forced him to leave the game.
|08-26-19||Dodgers v. Padres +150||Top||3-4||Win||150||15 h 52 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Padres +150
While the Padres (60-69) are coming off a win against Boston, the Dodgers (86-46) fell to the Yankees by a score of 5-1 yesterday. Tonight, San Diego will play host to New York in the opener of a three-game series.
The pitching matchup will be an interesting one, as the Dodgers continue their run of tryouts to see which arms will play a part in the postseason. We’ll see Dodgers right-hander Dustin May (1-2, 4.26 ERA) up against Padres left-hander Eric Lauer (6-8, 4.47 ERA).
May is currently the Dodgers sixth starter, although he hasn’t found much success in any role thus far. His last outing was one of relief, in which he gave up a grand slam. May faced the Padres in his first appearance in the majors, allowing nine hits and four total runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Of the 65 pitchers in the majors who’ve started against the Dodgers at least six times, Lauer is the best. While Lauer has an 8-15 record against the rest of the league, he’s 4-0 with a 1.72 ERA in six starts against Los Angeles. In 36 2/3 innings against the Dodgers, Lauer has allowed a total of just 26 hits and seven earned runs.
|08-26-19||Pirates +126 v. Phillies||5-6||Loss||-100||11 h 59 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Pirates +126
The Pirates (55-75) scored 26 runs in their three-game sweep of the Reds, and now turn to a new series against the Phillies (67-62) in Philadelphia. The Phillies dropped two of three against Miami in their most recent series.
With 32 homers and 103 BRIs, Josh Bell leads the line for Pittsburgh. Over the past seven days, left fielder Bryan Reynolds, who leads the team with a .328 average, is batting .360 with three doubles, a triple, and five RBIs.
On the mound for the Pirates will be right-hander Joe Musgrove (8-12, 4.74 ERA). In a July start against the Phillies, Musgrove struck out eight batters and allowed only two hits and no earned runs in six innings of work.
Left-hander Jason Vargas (6-6, 3.99 ERA) will start for the Phillies. In four starts since coming over from the Mets, Vargas is 0-1 with a 3.91 ERA. In six career appearances versus Pittsburgh, Vargas holds a 7.11 ERA.
Melky Cabrera is the Pirates batter with the most experience against Vargas. In 21 at-bats, Cabrera is batting .381 with a home run and eight RBIs.
|08-25-19||Blue Jays +141 v. Mariners||Top||1-3||Loss||-100||4 h 22 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Blue Jays +141
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|08-24-19||Red Sox -105 v. Padres||5-4||Win||100||13 h 30 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Red Sox -105
The Game 1 win against the Padres (59-68) boosted the Red Sox (69-61) to a record of 6-2 over their last eight. After dropping three straight, San Diego will play host to Boston once again this evening.
For the Red Sox, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.69 ERA) will begin on the mound. Although he lasted just two innings in his last outing, Eovaldi should feel more comfortable in his second start since coming off the injured list after suffering from a loose body in his elbow. In five career starts against the Padres, Eovaldi is 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA.
Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 3.95 ERA) starts for San Diego. The Padres right-hander has been better in August, but won’t be happy with his 5.09 ERA in the month of July. In his last outing, Lamet allowed six hits and three runs in six innings.
With a combined 24 runs in their last two wins, the Red Sox have more offensive firepower than their opponent tonight. With 751 runs scored, 202 home runs, and a team batting average of .277, Boston holds a significant advantage over the Padres’ 564 runs scored, 188 home runs, and .245 team average.
|08-24-19||Florida v. Miami-FL +7.5||Top||24-20||Win||100||34 h 48 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Miami-FL +7½ -110
College football is finally back, and it all kicks off Saturday in Orlando when the #8 Florida Gators (0-0) take on the interstate rival Hurricanes of Miami (0-0), who are unranked.
Before defeating Michigan by a score of 41-15 in the Peach Bowl, Florida went 9-3 in the regular season last year. Miami comes into 2019 after a disappointing 7-5 regular season that ended with a 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Hurricane faithful are excited about new head coach Manny Diaz after Mark Richt’s departure. Diaz is already making his mark, choosing redshirt freshman Jarren Williams to start over Ohio State transfer Tate Martell at quarterback.
Dan Mullen will lead the Gators and quarterback Feleipe Franks, who threw for 2,457 yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions last season. Florida went through rough stretches as an offense in 2018. In losses to Georgia and Missouri, the Gators scored just 17 points in each.
With a Florida offense that’s looked sluggish at times, the 7.5-point spread looks enticing for a Miami defensive that had 40 sacks and allowed just 136 yards per game passing last season. The Hurricanes defense, which returns six starters, will also be excited to see what senior defensive end Trevon Hill can add after recording 11.5 sacks in 16 games at Virginia Tech.
|08-24-19||Rangers +119 v. White Sox||4-0||Win||119||12 h 42 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rangers +119
The White Sox (59-69) and Rangers (63-67) are set for another clash in Chicago this evening. While neither team is competitive in the division, the Rangers have an outside shot at a Wild Card spot.
Although we haven’t seen an immense amount of offensive production from these two teams, Texas has been the better lineup on a consistent basis. Led by Joey Gallo’s 22 homers and Elvis Andru’s .282 average, the Rangers scored more runs (657-546) and hit more home runs (182-140) than the White Sox.
While the White Sox have managed just 4.2 runs per game, the Rangers have scored 5.1 runs per game this season.
Left-hander Kolby Allard (1-0, 6.60 ERA) will make his fourth start for the Rangers. Allard made a strong finish to his last outing, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. This will be Allard’s first career start against the White Sox.
Allard will be facing Chicago right-hander Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.47 ERA). In his last outing, Nova allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Both righties and lefties have had success against Nova this year, hitting a collective .287 and .296 off him this year, respectively.
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