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|09-28-19||East Carolina v. Old Dominion OVER 46.5||24-21||Loss||-110||32 h 17 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on East Carolina/Old Dominion over46½ -110
Coming off two straight losses, the Old Dominion Monarchs (1-2) will host the East Carolina Pirates (2-2) in an early evening game on Saturday. The over/under is set at 46.5 points.
The visiting Pirates suffered two heavy defeats at the hands of North Carolina State and Navy, but racked up a pair of wins against Gardner-Webb and William & Mary. On average, East Carolina is scoring 21 points a game on 386 yards of offense while allowing 23 points a game on 354 yards.
The Pirates rely heavily on the running game, led the by three players over 140 rushing yards on the season. One of those players is quarterback Holton Ahlers, who’s also thrown for 711 yards, two touchdowns, and three picks.
After opening with a win over Norfolk State, Old Dominion has faced tough competition. The Monarchs lost to both Virginia Tech and #21 Virginia, but they managed to score 17 points in each contest.
On average, Old Dominion is scoring 19 points a game on 295 yards of offense while giving up 27 points a game on 305 yards.
The Monarchs offense likes to spread the ball out through the air. Led by Eric Kumah’s 93 yards, Old Dominion has eight players with at least 37 yards receiving. Against relatively stiff competition, the Monarchs can boast two 100-yard rushers between Lala Davis (158 yards, one TD) and Kesean Strong (116 yards, one TD).
Although neither offense has been consistently great, an Old Dominion offense that’s been suffocated by tough competition over the last couple of games will be eager to put up points. After scoring 17 against Virginia, how much can the Monarchs score against East Carolina?
|09-28-19||Iowa State v. Baylor OVER 54||Top||21-23||Loss||-110||30 h 29 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Iowa State/Baylor over54 -110
Only a one-point loss to rival #19 Iowa has kept the Iowa State Cyclones (2-1) from a perfect record through three games. Saturday afternoon, the undefeated Baylor Bears (3-0) will play host to Iowa State. The over/under is set at 54 points.
Iowa State has already experienced a pair of very close games, one of which went to overtime. The Cyclones then took out their frustration from the Iowa game against UL Monroe by winning 72-20. On average, the Cyclones are scoring 39 points per game on 531 yards of offense while allowing 21 points per game on 33 yards.
The Cyclones offense has been spreading the ball and rolling. In addition to having four receivers over 150 yards, Iowa State can boast six total players of 60 yards rushing on the season. Leading the offense is quarterback Brock Purdy, who’s thrown for 989 yards, six touchdowns, and one pick.
Baylor hasn’t played the toughest competition in the world to start the season, but they’ve gotten the job done. The Bears also showed their offensive prowess by scoring 56 and 63 points in the first two games of the year.
On average, Baylor is scoring 47 points a game on 497 yards of offense while allowing 15 points a game on 261 yards.
Baylor has three rushers over 100 yards for the season, led by the 186 yards of John Lovett. Denzel Mims leads all receivers with 249 yards and three touchdowns through three games. Quarterback Charlie Brewer has thrown for 665 yards and seven touchdowns without a pick.
With two offenses that have shown explosive potential, 54 points should be surpassed before this contest is over.
|09-28-19||USC v. Washington OVER 60||14-28||Loss||-110||29 h 24 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on USC/Washington over60 -110
The table is set for a Saturday afternoon contest between two ranked teams as the #17 Washington Huskies (3-1) play host to the #21 USC Trojans (3-1). The over/under is set at 60 points.
Only a 30-27 overtime loss to BYU has kept the Trojans from starting the year off 4-0. On the bright side, USC can claim a pair of wins over ranked opponents as they’ve defeated #23 Stanford and #10 Utah. With a win over #17 Washington, USC would be sitting pretty.
On average, USC is scoring 33 points a game on 443 yards of offense while allowing 24 points a game on 421 yards.
The Trojans offense can really get going behind three very good receivers. Michael Pittman Jr. has 31 catches for 437 yards and three touchdowns, Tyler Vaughns has 27 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns, and Amon-Ra St. Brown has 19 catches for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
For Washington, a second-week loss to Cal has been surrounded by three dominant victories over Eastern Washington, Hawai’i, and BYU. On average, the Huskies are scoring 41 points per game on 461 yards of offense while allowing 18 points per game on 332 yards.
Washington has firepower all over the field offensively, including three receivers with a combined 766 yards and seven touchdowns, as well as three running backs with a combined 692 yards and eight touchdowns. Quarterback Jacob Eason has thrown for 1,063 yards, 10 touchdowns, and two picks.
Both teams are led by the offenses, including dangerous sets of wide receivers who can score on any play. This could easily turn into the highest-scoring contest of the weekend.
|09-28-19||Blackhawks +160 v. Bruins||Top||2-8||Loss||-100||7 h 49 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Blackhawks +160
It’s the final game of the preseason for both the Chicago Blackhawks (2-2-1, 5 points) and Boston Bruins (3-0-2, 8 points), who face off this afternoon.
While Boston has won its two previous games over Philadelphia and New Jersey, Chicago is coming off a 0-6 loss to Washington.
Offensively, both the Blackhawks and Bruins were in the top half of the league a year ago. Chicago ranked 8thwith 3.26 goals per game, and Boston ranked 11thwith 3.13 goals per game.
Defense was a different story, as the Blackhawks struggled to keep the puck out of the net. Allowing 3.55 goals a game, Chicago ranked 30thin the NHL. On average, the Bruins gave up just 2.59 goals a game, which was good enough for 3rdin the league.
Chicago finished the 2018-19 regular season with a record of 36-34-12 and 84 points. Meanwhile, Boston racked up 107 points on a 49-24-9 record, which earned them a spot in the playoffs. After losing just two games on the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Bruins fell to the Blues in Game 7.
|09-28-19||Buffalo v. Miami-OH OVER 47||20-34||Win||100||26 h 2 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Buffalo/Miami-OH over47 -110
With several 2-2 teams occupying top spots throughout the MAC, the Buffalo Bulls (2-2) will try to keep pace as they go on the road to take on the Miami of Ohio Redhawks (1-3). The over/under is set at 47 points.
Buffalo has failed to score more than 17 points twice this year, but one of those performances came against #15 Penn State. In their two victories, the Bulls put up 38 points each. On average, Buffalo is scoring 27 points on 358 yards of offense while allowing 28 points on 321 yards.
Quarterback Matt Meyers leads Buffalo with 543 yards, five touchdowns, and two picks so far this season. The running game is the strength of the Bulls offense with two 300-yard rushers in Jaret Patterson (363 yards, three TDs) and Kevin Marks (319 yards, one TD).
Miami drew the short stick when it comes to early season schedules, having to face #20 Iowa, Cincinnati, and #6 Ohio State, all of which they lost. However, the Redhawks showed they have scoring potential when they put up 48 in a win over Tennessee Tech.
On average, the Redhawks are scoring 20 points a game on 232 yards of offense while allowing 42 points a game on 442 yards. Keep in mind that a 76-5 loss to OSU is skewing those numbers.
A strong Buffalo running game mixed with a Miami offense that should have the opportunity to get rolling against lesser competition than they’ve been facing could turn this into a high-scoring affair early on.
|09-28-19||Kansas +16 v. TCU||14-51||Loss||-110||26 h 50 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Kansas +16 -110
The Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) are getting 16 points as they go into Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs (2-1). Kansas won this matchup last season by a score of 27-26.
So far, Kansas has experienced an impressive 48-24 win over Boston College and played well against West Virginia, but the Jayhawks also let a disappointing 12-7 loss against Coastal Carolina ruin an otherwise positive start to the season.
On average, Kansas is scoring 26 points per game on 402 yards of offense while allowing 21 points per game on 374 yards.
Quarterback Carter Stanley has been good for Kansas thus far, throwing for 861 yards on 72% passing while tossing eight touchdowns and four picks. On the ground, Khalil Herbert leads the team with 384 yards, followed by the 296 yards of Pooka Williams Jr.
TCU got out to a blistering start, winning their first two games by a combined 73-20. However, the Horned Frogs couldn’t keep up with SMU last week in a 41-38 defeat.
On average, TCU is scoring 37 points a game on 443 yards of offense while allowing 20 points a game on 275 yards.
Quarterback Max Duggan is completing just 50% of his passes, but he’s been careful with the football. Duggan has thrown for 423 yards and five touchdowns without an interception on the season.
With Kansas getting 16 points on the road, this game could come down to which TCU defense shows up; the defense that held Purdue to 13 points, or the defense that gave up 41 to SMU.
|09-28-19||Central Michigan +17 v. Western Michigan||15-31||Win||100||25 h 26 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Central Michigan +17 -110
Two teams with identical 2-2 records will face off Saturday when the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-2) go on the road to take on the Broncos of Western Michigan (2-2).
Excluding a 61-0 loss to #17 Wisconsin, Central Michigan has played pretty well against its early schedule. The Chippewas scored 38 and 45 points in wins over Albany and Akron, and lost a tight 17-12 game against the Miami Hurricanes.
On average, Central Michigan is scoring 24 points a game on 342 yards of offense while allowing 31 points a game on 367 yards of offense.
Quarterback David Moore has taken over the Chippewas offense and has played reasonably well. Moore has thrown for 534 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick in limited action this year. Expect Moore to get more and more comfortable as he gets more time under center.
Other than in the 51-17 loss to #19 Michigan State, Western Michigan has scored at least 33 points in every contest. On average, the Broncos score 39 points per game on 515 yards of offense while allowing 32 points per game on 446 yards of offense.
Western Michigan is very much an offense-first team, led by quarterback Jon Wassink and his 1,222 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions.
Western Michigan looks poised to outscore Central Michigan, but 17 points is a lot to lay for a Bronos defense that’s given up more than 50 points on two occasions this season.
|09-27-19||A's v. Mariners +200||Top||3-4||Win||200||15 h 10 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Mariners +200
The Athletics (96-63) are on the verge of clinching an American League Wild Card spot, but they’ll likely need a win against the Mariners (66-93) in Seattle if they’re going to do so tonight.
Oakland is scheduled to send out right-hander Mike Fiers (15-4, 3.91 ERA) to start. In his last outing, Fiers held the Rangers scoreless over eight innings. After today’s outing, Fiers will be the likely starter for the AL Wild Card game on normal rest.
In three outings versus the Mariners this season, Fiers is 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA. In 11 career starts against Seattle, Fiers is 3-2 with a 6.15 ERA.
Left-hander Justus Sheffield (0-1, 6.10 ERA) will start for the Mariners at home. In his last outing, Sheffield allowed four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Orioles in Baltimore. This will be Sheffield’s first game against the Athletics.
Over the last seven days, shortstop J.P. Crawford has been the Mariners’ best bat, hitting .250 with a homer and five RBIs. On the season, Crawford is batting .231 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs.
|09-27-19||Padres +120 v. Diamondbacks||3-6||Loss||-100||15 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Padres +120
Entering a new series on the back of three straight losses, the Padres (70-89) will be going into Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks (82-77).
Despite being outscored in head-to-head matchups against the Diamondbacks 80-57, the Padres are even on the year against Arizona with a record of 8-8.
Left-hander Eric Lauer (8-10, 4.53 ERA) will be on the mound to start for the visiting Padres. Just recently, Lauer’s been able to get his fastball up to 96 mph, which has earned him more swings and misses. Lauer has a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 2.88 in six career starts against Arizona.
Right-hander Taylor Clarke (5-5, 5.40 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks at home tonight. Clarke hasn’t started a game since the middle of August. In that time, he’s made seven relief appearances, posting a 4.55 ERA in that role.
In one at-bat against Clarke, Hunter Renfroe blasted a solo shot earlier this year. Renfroe leads San Diego with 33 home runs on the season. First baseman Eric Hosmer is tops in the club in batting average (.268) and RBIs (97) among qualified batters.
|09-27-19||Maple Leafs v. Red Wings +105||Top||4-3||Loss||-100||10 h 10 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Red Wings +105
After beating up on the Canadiens in back-to-back 3-0 fashion, the Maple Leafs (3-3-0, 6 points) are set to face off against the Red Wings (3-2-2, 8 points) this evening with the preseason nearing its end.
This contest will be one of two for the Maple Leafs before they kick off the season Wednesday night against Ottawa. The other will also be against Detroit.
The same can be said for the Red Wings, who have only two games versus Toronto remaining in the preseason schedule before heading to Nashville to take on the Predators on October 5.
The Maple Leafs were the much better offensive team a year ago. With 3.49 goals a game, Toronto ranked fourth in the NHL. With 2.73 goals a game, Detroit ranked 21st.
Neither team was great defensively. While Toronto let in 3.04 goals per game (20th), Detroit allowed 3.32 goals per game (27th) last season.
With a record of 46-28-8, the Maple Leafs finished the 2018-19 season with 100 points. Toronto was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Bruins in seven games.
The Red Wings had a tough year in which they missed out on playoff hockey. With a record of 32-40-10, Detroit concluded last season with 74 points.
|09-27-19||Rays -190 v. Blue Jays||6-2||Win||100||12 h 7 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rays -190
Although they’ll be on the road, the Rays (95-64) know they hold their playoff destiny in their own hands going into the final series of the season against the Blue Jays (65-94) in Toronto. Cleveland is two games back of Tampa Bay for the second Wild Card spot in the AL.
It’s largely been pitching that got the Rays into playoff contention, so they’ll hope for more of the same from right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.92 ERA). Glasnow has pitched eight innings in three starts since coming back from the injured list. In that time, he’s struck out 17 and allowed only two total runs.
Right-hander T.J. Zeuch (1-1, 4.58 ERA) will start on the mound for the Blue Jays. Against AL East competition, Zeuch has posted a 4.61 ERA. In his last outing, Zeuch allowed two runs over four innings to the Yankees. He’ll be facing Tampa Bay for the first time in his career.
The Rays enter this three-game series having beaten the Yankees and Red Sox in their last three games. Over that stretch, Tampa Bay held their opponents to just five total runs.
Watch for Austin Meadows, who’s batting .446 with seven homers and 16 RBIs in 65 at-bats against Toronto.
|09-27-19||Duke v. Virginia Tech OVER 52||Top||45-10||Win||100||31 h 53 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Duke/Virginia Tech over52 -110
An important ACC clash will take place Friday night when the Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1) host the Duke Blue Devils (2-1). Virginia Tech is 0-1 in conference play, and this will be Duke’s first conference opponent.
After getting destroyed 42-3 by #2 Alabama, Duke responded well over the next couple of weeks by scoring 45 and 41 points in victories over North Carolina A&T and Middle Tennessee. On average, the Blue Devils are scoring 30 points a game on 413 yards of offense while allowing 24 points a game on 366 yards.
Senior Quentin Harris has been very good at quarterback for Duke. In addition to his 679 yards, eight touchdowns, and two interceptions through the air, Harris also leads the team in rushing with 203 yards and another TD.
A big chunk of Duke’s scoring offense comes from freshman receiver Jalon Calhoun, who’s reeled in 15 passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns this year.
Virginia Tech endured a tough seven-point loss to Boston College to kick off the season, but rebounded with wins over Old Dominion and Furman. On average, Virginia Tech is scoring 27 points a game on 398 yards while allowing 23 points on 329 yards.
The Hokies offense is led by quarterback Ryan Willis, who’s thrown for 739 yards, seven touchdowns, and four picks.
Both defenses have looked less than dominant in their opportunities against cupcake competition, which means these capable offenses should be able to put up points Friday night. If the likes of Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee can score 17 or more, Duke and Virginia Tech are well equipped to reach their offensive averages or more.
|09-26-19||Flames v. Sharks -130||Top||1-4||Win||100||13 h 41 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Sharks -130
The NHL preseason continues with a Thursday night matchup between the Calgary Flames (3-2-1, 7 points) and San Jose Sharks (0-4-0, 0 points).
The Flames have been decent throughout the preseason, scoring 15 goals in five games on their way to three victories and an overtime loss. On the other hand, the Sharks have been very poor, losing all four of their matchups thus far.
However, San Jose will be eager to pick up the pace as they grow closer to regular season play.
This will be a contest between two of the top-scoring teams in the NHL a season ago. Calgary and San Jose were both tied for second in the league with 3.52 goals scored per game. Only Tampa Bay was better, with 3.89 goals per game.
Calgary was significantly better on defense in the 2018-19 season, allowing a ninth-best 2.72 goals per game. San Jose let in 3.15 goals a game, which was good enough for 21stin the NHL.
The Flames ended the season with 50 wins, 25 loss, and seven OT losses for a combined 107 points. In the playoffs, Calgary won only a single game and was knocked out in the first round by the Avalanche.
San Jose finished last season with 101 points on a 46-27-9 record. The Sharks made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the Blues in six games.
|09-26-19||A's v. Mariners +225||Top||3-1||Loss||-100||15 h 9 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Mariners +225
The latest installment of Thursday’s games will pit the Athletics (95-63) against the Mariners (66-92) in Seattle. Oakland has lost two of its last three games, scoring no more than three runs in any one of them.
In all likelihood, this will be the final game in a Mariners uniform for the man the fans affectionately call “King Felix.”
Felix Hernandez (1-7, 6.51 ERA), the Seattle right-hander, is set to hit free agency after 15 years with the Mariners. Hernandez spent much of the year on the injured list, and is 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA since returning to the rotation. The former AL Cy Young winner is 169-135 with a 3.42 ERA in his 15 seasons in Seattle.
The crowd will be with Hernandez, and very much against Sean Manaea (3-0, 1.14 ERA), who starts for Oakland. This is the Athletics left-hander’s final start of the regular season, with his availability for the AL Wild Card game in focus for Oakland. In his four starts since returning from shoulder surgery, Manaea has allowed only three runs.
In 10 career starts against Seattle, Manaea is 5-4 with a 3.90 ERA.
|09-26-19||Eagles v. Packers UNDER 46.5||Top||34-27||Loss||-110||35 h 20 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Eagles/Packers under46½ -110
Thursday Night Football features two preseason favorites within the NFC as the Eagles (1-2) head into Green Bay to take on the undefeated Packers (3-0). The over/under is set at 46.5 for this matchup.
For Philadelphia, an unexpected 27-24 loss to the Lions put them under .500. With only one win, which came over lowly Washington, the Eagles are in danger of falling to 1-3 if the Pack can win at home.
Thus far, Philly is allowing 26 points per game while giving up 357 yards of offense on average. Offensively, the Eagles are racking up 375 yards a game while averaging 25 points.
Meanwhile, the Packers have won all three games against the Bears, Vikings, and Broncos while holding their opponents to a maximum of 16 points. In the season opener versus the Bears, Green Bay only gave up three points in a 10-3 victory.
While the offense has been slow to start, putting up just 19 points a game on 305 yards, the defense has been wonderful. Despite giving up 354 yards of offense, the Packers defense is only allowing 11 points per game.
The mixture of one of the league’s top defenses and a struggling Green Bay offense is too much to pass up the under in this game.
Through three games, Aaron Rodgers has thrown for just 647 yards and four touchdowns, which is mediocre by his standards. Even if Rodgers picks up the pace while the Eagles score their average, it likely won’t be enough to reach 46.5 points in the game.
|09-26-19||Navy v. Memphis OVER 53.5||Top||23-35||Win||100||33 h 56 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Navy/Memphis over53½ -110
Two undefeated AAC teams are set to go head to head on Thursday when the Navy Midshipmen (2-0) go on the road to take on the Memphis Tigers (3-0). The over/under is set at 53.5 points.
Navy has looked strong through two games, easily taking care of Holy Cross before defeating Eastern Carolina by a score of 42-10. On average, Navy is scoring 43 points a game on 499 yards of offense. The team has been good defensively by allowing just 8 points a game, but that’s come against inferior competition to what Navy will face Thursday.
After an impressive, low-scoring win over Ole Miss, Memphis went on to score 55 points against Southern and 42 points against South Alabama. On 487 yards of offense per game, the Tigers are averaging 37 points a game.
In five combined games, these two teams have scored at least 42 points in four of them, which makes the 53.5 point total look like a small number.
With quarterback Malcolm Perry throwing for just 254 yards and two TDs on the season, the running game is clearly the strength of the Navy offense. However, Perry has been incredibly efficient, earning those 254 yards on just 11 completions and 16 attempts.
Led by Perry’s 184 yards, Navy can boast three rushers over 100 yards and five over 50 yards thorough just two games. Perry has scored five times on the ground while fullback Nelson Smith has scored three and receiver CJ Williams has added another.
Memphis has been strong across the board on offense in their three games of the season. Quarterback Brady White is 52 of 72 for 718 yards, five touchdowns, and two picks.
The Tigers also have three rushers over 100 yards, but Kenneth Gainwell is the feature back. Gainwell has racked up 307 yards and three touchdowns through three games.
|09-26-19||Rockies +113 v. Giants||3-8||Loss||-100||7 h 53 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rockies +113
Through two games of a three-game series, the Rockies (68-90) and Giants (76-82) have each won one. This afternoon in San Francisco, they’ll play one more time to see who wins the second-to-last series of the season.
While pitching has let the Rockies down, the lineup definitely hasn’t. With 814 runs scored on the year, Colorado ranks ninth in the majors. Meanwhile, San Francisco ranks 28thwith just 668 runs scored this season.
Kevin Pillar leads the Giants in most batting categories with his .262 average, 21 homers, and 85 RBIs. The Rockies are led by the duo of Charlie Blackmon, who owns a batting average of .316, and Nolan Arenado, who’s hit 41 home runs and batted in 118 runners.
Colorado will be sending out left-hander Kyle Freeland (3-11, 6.84 ERA) to start. Although Freeland didn’t go very long in his return from the injured list in his last outing, he was effective. Over two innings, Freeland held the Dodgers scoreless. Expect Freeland to be limited to 60 or fewer pitches today.
Right-hander Tyler Beede (5-10, 5.23 ERA) will start for the Giants. Beede last faced Colorado in August when he was dinged for five runs in just 3 2/3 innings.
|09-25-19||Red Sox -150 v. Rangers||10-3||Win||100||12 h 5 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Red Sox -150
Including yesterday’s 12-10 win over the Rangers (75-82), the Red Sox (82-75) have won two of their last three games. Boston will be on the road to face off against the Rangers in Texas again tonight.
The Red Sox have only 22 more home runs than the Rangers on the season (238-216), but they’ve scored nearly 100 more total runs this year (876-778). Much of that Red Sox offensive production has come from Rafael Devers, who leads the club with 114 RBIs and his .309 batting average.
Starting on the mound for Boston will be Rick Porcello (13-12, 5.56 ERA). The Boston right-hander has made 158 starts for the Red Sox in five years, earning a record of 72-55 with an ERA of 4.43 in that time. As Porcello makes what could very well be his last start in a Boston uniform, he’ll try to replicate his last outing in which he held the Rays scoreless over six innings.
Left-hander Kolby Allard (4-1, 4.25 ERA) will start for the Rangers at home. After starting hot for Texas, Allard has been poor lately. Over his last two outings, Allard is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA. In three starts at home, Allard has posted an ERA of 7.36.
|09-25-19||Phillies v. Nationals -156||Top||2-5||Win||100||12 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Nationals -156
With yesterday’s doubleheader wins over the Phillies (79-78), the Nationals (88-69) booked their ticket to October baseball whilst simultaneously knocking Philly out of contention. Tonight, the Nats will aim for a victory lap win over the Phillies in Washington.
Philadelphia enters this contest as losers of their last four games, three of which have come against Washington. The Nationals enter on a three-game winnings streak.
The visiting Phillies will send out Drew Smyly (4-7, 6.44 ERA) to start. The Philadelphia left-hander has tallied a 5.82 ERA in his last nine starts. In his last outing, Smyly didn’t make it out of the third as he allowed the Indians to rack up four runs on five hits.
Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (10-8, 3.91 ERA) is scheduled to start for Washington. Sanchez is 0-2 against the Phillies this season, but he’s been very good as of late. Over his last three starts, Sanchez is holding opposing batters to a .188 average and posting a 2.37 ERA.
Although Phillies slugger Bryce Harper leads the club with 34 homers and 109 RBIs, he’s been poor against tonight’s starter for the Nats. In 12 at-bats against Sanchez, Harper is batting just .083 with zero home runs.
|09-25-19||Cubs -189 v. Pirates||2-4||Loss||-189||11 h 5 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Cubs -189
The Pirates (66-91) claimed the opening game of the series against the visiting Cubs (82-75) yesterday. Tonight, these two clubs face off once again in Pittsburgh.
Although Pittsburgh is 32-44 at home, Chicago is just 31-45 on the road.
Led by Kyle Schwarber’s 37 home runs and Anthony Rizzo’s .294 average and 94 RBIs, the Cubs have the edge offensively. With 791 runs scored and 249 home runs hit on the season, Chicago has been significantly better than the Pirates, who’ve scored 736 runs and hit just 161 homers.
On the mound to start for Chicago will be Jon Lester (13-10, 4.51 ERA), who’s been good against Pittsburgh this year. In four 2019 starts against the Pirates, Lester is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA. In his last outing, Lester went five innings in which he struck out five and allowed a single run to the Reds.
Opposing Lester will be Pittsburgh right-hander Dario Agrazal (4-5, 4.08 ERA). Don’t expect Agrazal to make it through six innings, as the pitcher hasn’t managed to claim an out in the sixth frame since late July. Since rejoining the Pirates starting rotation last month, Agrazal is posting a 6.94 ERA.
|09-25-19||Canadiens +155 v. Maple Leafs||0-3||Loss||-100||11 h 43 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Canadiens +155
Two Atlantic Division teams are set for a rematch tonight after the Maple Leafs (2-3-0, 4 points) defeated the Canadiens (4-1-0, 8 points) on Monday.
As far as the preseason goes, Toronto is ahead of only Tampa Bay in the division. Meanwhile, Montreal is sitting atop the standings with only a single loss thus far.
In 2018-19, the Maple Leafs finished the regular season with a record of 46-28-8 and 100 points. Toronto was knocked out of the playoffs by the Bruins, who won Game 7 of the first-round matchup by a score of 5-1.
The Canadiens finished the season just four points behind tonight’s competition with a record of 44-30-8.
With 3.49 goals per game last season, the Maple Leafs were one of the top teams in the NHL (4th). Montreal was tied with Vegas at 13thwith 3.00 goals per game. Defensively, Montreal was better by allowing 2.88 goals per game (13th) while Toronto gave up 3.04 goals per game (20th).
Montreal will be aiming to keep the momentum of a good preseason going through the final two games before facing off against Carolina in the season opener on October 3. The Maple Leafs will play Detroit twice to close out the preseason after tonight’s game before hosting Ottawa in the first regular season game on October 2.
|09-25-19||Blue Jackets +130 v. Sabres||Top||3-4||Loss||-100||11 h 43 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Blue Jackets +130
Two teams with identical records are set to face off this evening in Buffalo as the Sabres (2-2-0, 4 points) host the Blue Jackets (2-2-0, 4 points) in another preseason matchup. These two played once already, with Columbus coming out on top by a score of 4-1.
Coming off a 47-31-4 season, the Blue Jackets are aiming to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs once again. Buffalo finished the 2018-19 season with a record of 33-39-10 and a point total of 76.
A season ago, the Blue Jackets scored 3.13 goals a game, which was good enough for 12thin the NHL. With 2.82 goals allowed per game, Columbus ranked 11thin the league.
With 2.70 goals a game throughout the 2018-19 season, the Sabres were tied with the Rangers for 23rdin the NHL. Buffalo was even worse defensively, letting in 3.27 goals per game and ranking 24thamong all teams.
While the Blue Jackets are coming off a 5-3 loss to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blues, the Sabres defeated the Maple Leafs by a score of 5-3 on Saturday in their last action.
With the turnover in rosters throughout the preseason we don’t know who will get the majority of the time on the ice, but look out for Jacob Lilja, who scored two of the Blue Jackets’ three goals against St. Louis on Sunday.
|09-24-19||Phillies +165 v. Nationals||Top||5-6||Loss||-100||12 h 5 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Phillies +165
The Nationals (86-69) are set for a division clash at home as the Phillies (79-76) are in town for the third game of what will be five straight contests between the two. We’re focusing on the evening game of today’s day-night doubleheader.
For the visitors from Philadelphia, right-hander Aaron Nola (12-6, 3.75 ERA) will be on the mound to start. In eight career starts on the road against Washington, Nola is 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA and 45 Ks in 43 innings. In his last outing, Nola allowed five runs over five innings against the Braves.
Right-hander Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.81 ERA) is set to start for the Nationals. In six starts since coming off the injured list, Scherzer has posted a 4.50 ERA. In his two games against the Phillies this season, Scherzer is 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA, but he’s still working himself back into form.
In 20 at-bats against Scherzer, Jay Bruce is batting .300 with a home run.
Slugger Bryce Harper leads the Phillies with 33 homers and 108 RBIs, and he’s been very good lately. Over the past seven days, Harper is batting .348 with two homers and six RBIs.
|09-24-19||Brewers +115 v. Reds||4-2||Win||115||12 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Brewers +115
Two National League Central teams will face off this evening as the Reds (73-83) host the Brewers (86-70) in Cincinnati. While the Reds have lost two of their last three, the Brewers are on a four-game winning streak.
Over the last four games, Milwaukee has scored 29 total runs, including two 10-run performances. Meanwhile, Cincinnati has failed to score more than three runs in any of its past four games.
On the season, the Reds have launched 221 home runs and scored 682 total runs. The Brewers have bested Cincinnati in both categories, hitting 242 homers and plating 739 total runs.
The visitors will be sending out Adrian Houser (6-7, 3.83 ERA) to start. In his last outing, the Brewers right-hander struck out five while allowing no walks, three hits, and two earned runs over five innings against the Padres. Since the All-Star break, Houser is 4-4 with a 3.71 ERA.
Right-hander Sonny Gray (11-7, 2.80 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Reds. In four starts against the Brewers this year, Gray is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA. Gray set a record in his last start by notching his 32ndconsecutive start in which he gave up six or fewer hits.
|09-24-19||Twins v. Tigers +220||4-2||Loss||-100||12 h 37 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Tigers +220
As the Twins (96-60) keep a hold on their four-game lead in the AL Central and push closer to a playoff berth, they’ll begin a new series against the Tigers (46-109) in Detroit.
On the mound for Minnesota will be Jake Odorizzi (14-7, 3.59 ERA). The Minnesota right-hander has given up just two homers in his last nine starts, and is set to better that mark against a Tigers lineup that’s hit just 145 homers on the year.
Odorizzi has notched 26 strikeouts in 16 September innings of pitching, but he hasn’t completed six innings in any of those three starts. In his last start, Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings. In an early September outing against Detroit, Odorizzi gave up three runs over five innings.
Right-hander Spencer Turnbull (3-15, 4.66 ERA) will get another start at home. So far, he’s winless in his 15 home starts with a 5.08 ERA. His 0-10 record at Comerica Park includes a six-run outing against the Twins to start September.
In his last outing, Turnbull was good against a strong Indians team. Over five innings, Turnbull allowed just one run.
|09-23-19||Bears v. Redskins OVER 41.5||Top||31-15||Win||100||8 h 2 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Bears/Redskins over 41½ -110
Monday Night Football features a pair of NFC squads with just one win between them through two weeks of regular season play as the Chicago Bears (1-1) go into Washington D.C. to take on the Redskins (0-2). The over/under is set at 41.5 points.
The Bears started off their 2019 campaign with a 10-3 dud against the Packers before defeating the Broncos by a score of 16-14. Although Chicago is putting up just 273 yards of offense per game, the team can be happy with Trubisky’s ball security thus far.
A Chicago defense expected to be in the top tier of the NFL is allowing 316 yards per game so far, which could provide an opening for a Washington offense that’s averaging 300 yards through the air, per game.
Leading that passing attack for the Redskins is Case Keenum, who’s looked good through two weeks of the season. On the year, Keenum has thrown for 601 yards and five touchdowns without a pick. Keenum is also completing around 70% of his passes.
While the Washington offense can score points, the defense isn’t doing the team any favors. After giving up 32 points to the Eagles in the season opener, the Redskins allowed 31 points to the Cowboys at home.
On average, Washington is giving up 459 yards of offense to opposing teams, which means this matchup will give Trubisky a chance to get back to his 2018 form in which the Chicago QB threw for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
Keep in mind that Washington has been very susceptible to big plays through the first two weeks of the season. Expect Matt Nagy to dial up some shots to Allen Robinson, Tarik Cohen, and David Montgomery.
|09-21-19||Colorado v. Arizona State -8||34-31||Loss||-110||36 h 6 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Arizona State -8 -110
Coming off two overtime games, the Colorado Buffaloes (2-1) are headed on the road to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0).
Many expected the momentum from a huge come-from-behind win versus #25 Nebraska to carry over into Colorado’s contest against Air Force. It didn’t. The Falcons won the game by seven in another overtime thriller.
The Buffaloes are averaging 36 points on the back of 421 yards per game. Defensively, Colorado is allowing 30 points per game and giving up 472 yards of total offense on average.
With Arizona State’s suffocating defense, Buffalo quarterback Steven Montez will need to be careful as he attacks through the air. On the season, Montez is 67 of 104 for 827 yards, six touchdowns, and two picks.
The aforementioned defense of the Sun Devils is why Arizona State has gotten off to a flawless 3-0 start. In each of the teams three games, the opponent has been held to just seven points, and that includes #18 Michigan State.
The Sun Devils are averaging just 20 points a game, but that’s just fine when they’re only giving up a touchdown every time they step on the field.
With one of the best scoring defenses in the nation, Arizona State would love to get more production out of the offense and quarterback Jayden Daniels. The freshman is 47 of 77 for 728 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
|09-21-19||New Mexico State v. New Mexico -4||52-55||Loss||-109||31 h 39 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on New Mexico -4 -109
Saturday features an all-New Mexico affair as the New Mexico University Lobos (1-1) host the New Mexico State Aggies (0-3).
New Mexico State started off the season with a brutal schedule, taking on #23 Washington State and #2 Alabama. However, the Aggies will have wanted a better performance against San Diego State, to whom they lost by a score of 31-10.
Through three games, New Mexico State is scoring an average of nine points while allowing opponents to score 50.
Aggies quarterback Josh Adkins needs to have a good game, which includes protecting the football. On the season, Adkins is 73 of 113 for 665 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions.
New Mexico edged out Sam Houston State by eight in the season opener before falling to #7 Notre Dame by a score of 66-14. Those two results won’t scare many teams, as the Lobos are averaging 26 points per game while giving up 48.
While the Lobos have allowed 438 passing yards per game, they’ll be looking to pick off a turnover-prone Adkins and hand their offense extra possessions. If New Mexico can contain an Aggies rushing attack that’s averaging just 75 yards per game, they should be able to put pressure on Adkins.
|09-21-19||South Carolina +9.5 v. Missouri||14-34||Loss||-110||31 h 36 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on South Carolina +9½ -110
A pair of SEC foes will go head to head in Missouri as the South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2) try to take down the Missouri Tigers (2-1).
Although South Carolina’s record is the worse of the two, the two defeats have come against a good North Carolina squad and the #2 team in the country, Alabama. Missouri has beaten up on inferior competition, but also lost a shocker to Wyoming in the season opener.
By the numbers, we’re looking at an offensive strength versus a defensive strength in this matchup. While South Carolina has put up 501 yards a game, Missouri is averaging 473 yards of offense. However, the Tigers are allowing just 218 yards per game while the Gamecocks are giving up 440 on average.
Rico Dowdle was a solid performer last week against Alabama. On just 12 carries, Dowdle ran for 102 yards. That brings the running back’s season total up to 251 yards with a pair of scores.
Also encouraging for South Carolina is the play of freshman quarterback Ryan Helinski, who’s thrown for 606 yards, four touchdowns, and two picks in the two games he’s played. 324 of those yards and two of those TDs came against the Crimson Tide.
Kelly Bryant looked decent for Missouri against Southeast Missouri State a week ago. The senior QB threw for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
9.5 points feels like a lot to lay for a Missouri team that failed to beat Wyoming.
|09-21-19||Central Michigan +30 v. Miami-FL||12-17||Win||100||30 h 15 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Central Michigan +30 -110
The Chippewas of Central Michigan (2-1) bounced back from a 61-0 thrashing at the hands of #17 Wisconsin to take down Akron. Saturday, Central Michigan takes on the Hurricanes (1-2) in Miami.
Although Central Michigan puts up just 373 yards of total offense per game, they’ve scored 38 and 45 points in their two victories this season. The team’s average of 35 points allowed is skewed heavily by the loss to Wisconsin.
Quarterback David Moore performed well in the start last week. Against the Zips, Moore threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns without a pick. Alongside running back Kobe Lewis, who rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns a week ago, the Chippewas offer a balanced offensive attack.
The Hurricanes appear to be in the midst of a decline. After a 10-3 season in 2017, Miami went 7-6 a year ago before starting off the 2019 season with a record of 1-2. Before blowing out Bethune Cookman, the Hurricanes fell to #8 Florida and North Carolina.
Offensively, Miami scores an average of 36 points on 459 total yards. Defensively, the Hurricanes allow 17 points a game on 276 yards. Sticking to those averages won’t be enough to cover the 30 points Miami is giving Central Michigan.
In fact, Miami has failed to reach 30 points in two of its first three games.
So far, Miami quarterback Jarren Williams has thrown for 777 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. However, half of Williams’ TDs came against Bethune Cookman last week.
|09-21-19||Boston College v. Rutgers +8.5||Top||30-16||Loss||-109||27 h 51 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Rutgers +8½ -109
Each with one loss on the record, the Boston College Eagles (2-1) are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-1) on Saturday.
Thus far, Boston College has had very little trouble putting points on the board. Since an impressive 35-28 win over Virginia Tech to start the season, the Eagles have scored 45 and 48 points. Although Boston College is allowing 30 points per game, they’re scoring an average of 35.
After a strong start, Boston College suffered an embarrassing loss to Kansas after coming into the matchup as 21-point favorites. Against the Jayhawks, Boston College allowed 329 yards on the ground and 567 yards of total offense.
Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown completed just half his passes for 195 yards and a TD. Running back AJ Dillon rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown, but the Boston College offense was scoreless in the second half.
After a 48-21 win over UMass to start the 2019 season, Rutgers was demolished by #20 Iowa in the team’s second contest. With an extra week to prepare, Rutgers will attempt to improve its 24 points a game and 25 points allowed per game.
Against superior competition, Rutgers only managed 125 yards of offense. Now going up against a Boston College team that struggled to finish tackles a week ago, the Scarlet Knights should have more success on the back of Isaih Pacheco, who’s rushed for 223 yards and four TDs through the first two games of the year.
|09-21-19||Southern Miss +39.5 v. Alabama||7-49||Loss||-110||26 h 15 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Southern Miss +39½ -110
The Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi (2-1) have a tough task ahead of them as they go into Tuscaloosa to take on the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0).
In the team’s lone loss, which came against Mississippi State, Southern Miss only managed 15 points. However, the Golden Eagles were able to score 38 and 47 points in wins over Alcorn State and Troy. On average, Southern Miss is scoring 33 points and allowing 30 points per game.
Much of the Golden Eagles’ 453 yards per game come from the arm of QB Jack Abraham. Abraham has thrown for 990 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions on the season. With 347 passing yards per game, Southern Miss is ranked 12thin the nation.
The Golden Eagles will be hoping for another kickoff return for a touchdown from Jaylond Adams, who’s averaging one per game this season.
Alabama has yet to truly struggle this season, scoring at least 42 points in every game. On average, the Crimson Tide put up 50 points while holding opponents to 12 points per game. Alabama is also holding opponents to 308 yards of offense while racking up 562 yards themselves.
Already over the 1,000-yard mark, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is 70 of 91 for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jerry Jeudy is on the receiving end of most Tagovailoa passes, earning 308 yards and four touchdowns thus far.
Southern Miss will point to a tight first quarter for Alabama against South Carolina in which the Crimson Tide only led by a score of 14-10. If Alabama has another slow start, the Golden Eagles will be sitting pretty with regard to the 39.5-point spread.
|09-21-19||UL-Monroe +18.5 v. Iowa State||20-72||Loss||-109||26 h 9 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on UL-Monroe +18½ -109
Identical records will be put on the line Saturday when the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawks (1-1) go on the road to take on the Cyclones of Iowa State (1-1).
Both teams are coming off heartbreaking losses in their last contest. Let’s start with UL Monroe, who lost to Florida State 45-44 in overtime. That near-stunner came on September 7, so the Warhawks will have had an extra week to prepare for Saturday’s game.
Through two games, UL Monroe is scoring 37.5 points per game on 460 yards of total offense. Defensively, the Warhawks are allowing 27 points while opponents are racking up 454 yards per game.
Senior quarterback Caleb Evans has looked good for UL Monroe thus far, tossing three touchdowns and a pick while putting up 424 yards through the air. Although Iowa State presents a formidable rush defense, Warkawks running back Josh Johnson was able to run for 126 yards against FSU two weeks ago.
Despite two very close games to start the season – a three-point win in triple overtime before the one-point loss to Iowa – Iowa State is favored by 18.5 points.
To cover, the Cyclones will need a big performance out of quarterback Brock Purdy, who’s thrown for 554 yards and three touchdowns through the first two games of the season. Yet even with Purdy’s success so far in 2019, Iowa State is scoring just one more point per game than they’re allowing (23-22).
One reason Iowa State hasn’t enjoyed more offensive production this year is the lack of a running game. Kene Nwangwu is the team’s leading back with just 84 yards on the season.
In the last seven games, the Cyclones are 1-6 against the spread.
|09-20-19||Diamondbacks +108 v. Padres||9-0||Win||108||14 h 10 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Diamondbacks +108
After dropping seven of their past eight games, the Padres (69-84) will play host to the Diamondbacks (78-75) in San Diego this evening.
Right-hander Merrill Kelly (11-14, 4.49 ERA) will start for Arizona. His last time out, Kelly pitched seven innings and gave up no runs on three hits against the Reds. Over his last three starts, Kelly is 2-1 with an ERA of 1.35. In his four starts against the Padres, Kelly is 2-1 with a 5.03 ERA.
Left-hander Eric Lauer (8-9, 4.60) is scheduled to start for the Padres. Thankfully for San Diego, this contest is at home, where Lauer has posted a 3.08 ERA. On the road, Lauer has an ERA of 6.27. Although Lauer is 2-2 against Arizona, D-Backs hitters are batting .307 against the Padres left-hander.
The Diamondbacks will be excited to play division rivals. In Kelly’s last four starts versus NL West competition, the D-Backs are unbeaten. Arizona is also 8-1 in its last nine games against teams within the division.
Meanwhile, the Padres haven’t won a series opening game in their last five tries. In its last eight games against right-handed starting pitchers, San Diego is just 1-7.
|09-20-19||Air Force +8.5 v. Boise State||Top||19-30||Loss||-110||35 h 27 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Air Force +8½ -110
A pair of undefeated teams will face off on the blue turf of Boise State as the #20 Broncos (3-0) host the Air Force Falcons (2-0). This game could have big implications for the Mountain West Conference standings at the end of the year.
The visitors are coming off an impressive overtime win against Colorado. Before that, the Falcons demolished Colgate in their season opener. The old-school Air Force offense has produced 454 yards per game while a strong defense is holding opponents to an average of 243 yards.
Don’t expect Air Force quarterback Donald Hammond to rack up a ton of yardage through the air. On just seven of 12 passes, Hammond threw for 155 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. The Falcons’ offense relies much more heavily on the run game, which is led by Kadin Remsberg, who rushed for 146 yards against Colorado.
Boise State has started the year strong, taking down FSU in the opener before earning a close win against Marshall and blowing out Portland State. In contrast to an Air Force team led by defense, the Broncos want to outscore opponents. Boise State is averaging 516 yards of offense while giving up 280.
Averaging more than 300 yards a game, Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier has thrown for 927 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions on the season. Bachmeier’s favorite target is Khalil Shakir, who’s reeled in 17 balls for 237 yards and a TD.
Against a triple-option team that will wear any opponent down throughout the course of a game, Boise State will need its freshman QB to protect the ball and be efficient through the air. A relentless Air Force defense will love getting 8.5 points against a Broncos team that only managed 14 points against Marshall.
|09-20-19||Red Sox +174 v. Rays||Top||4-5||Loss||-100||12 h 7 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Red Sox +174
As the 2019 season nears its close, the Red Sox (80-72) are looking up at both the Rays (90-63) and Yankees in the AL East. Tonight, Boston aims to play spoiler as the team goes into Tampa Bay with the hope of dragging the Rays down in the Wild Card race.
This matchup features a hitting-versus-pitching dynamic. With 845 runs scored on the season, the Red Sox are more than 100 runs better than the Rays, who’ve scored 732. But when it comes to pitching, the 3.66 team ERA of Tampa Bay is far superior to Boston’s 4.63.
Right-hander Rick Porcello (13-12, 5.77 ERA) will be on the mound to start for the visiting Red Sox. In his last outing, Porcello held the Phillies to two runs over five innings in a win. In 167 starts at Tropicana Field in St. Pete, Porcello is 8-5 with an ERA of 2.87.
The Rays will be starting 35-year-old right-hander Charlie Morton (15-6, 3.16 ERA). In 15 home starts, Morton is 7-3 with a 2.74 ERA. In eight career starts against the Red Sox, Morton has posted a 4.26 ERA.
Mookie Betts, who’s been on the injured list, could return for this one. On the season, Betts is batting .293 with 28 homers and 78 RBIs.
|09-20-19||Mets v. Reds +140||8-1||Loss||-100||12 h 43 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Reds +140
While the Mets (79-73) were closing out a series against the Rockies with two straight wins, the Reds (72-81) were doing the same thing to the Cubs. Tonight, the Mets and Reds will kick off a brand new series in Cincinnati.
A pair of All-Star right-handers will be on the mound tonight as Jacob DeGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA) takes the mound for New York and Luis Castillo (15-6, 3.22 ERA) takes the mound for Cincinnati.
Continuing a wonderful second half in his last outing, DeGrom pitched seven innings of shutout baseball while allowing only three hits, but didn’t factor into the decision. Over his last 21 starts, DeGrom is posting a 2.09 ERA. Since the All-Star break, DeGrom ranks first in strikeouts and third in ERA in the National League.
Aiming to improve his career-best 15 wins, Castillo will be victorious in five of his last six starts if he gets the W tonight. Castillo pitched against the Mets in April, throwing 6 2/3 innings while allowing two runs. In two career starts against New York, Castillo is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA.
Reds slugger Joey Votto has enjoyed a great September, batting .321 with two homers and seven RBIs.
|09-19-19||Houston +5.5 v. Tulane||Top||31-38||Loss||-110||35 h 45 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Houston +5½ -110
Thursday night will feature an American Athletic Conference clash between the visiting Houston Cougars (1-2) and the Green Wave of Tulane (2-1).
Houston has two losses on the record, but they’ve also faced one of the toughest opening schedules in the nation. After an impressive performance in a loss to #4 Oklahoma, the Cougars easily defeated Prairie View before dropping last week’s contest to #20 Washington State by a touchdown.
On the season, Houston is scoring 30 points per game while giving up an average of 32.
Tulane has enjoyed an easier schedule, but they did run into a brick wall when they faced #10 Auburn, losing 24-6. The Green Wave easily took care of business against two inferior opponents in the lead up to this conference game.
So far, Tulane is scoring 35 points per game while allowing an average of 14. Tulane is also putting up 436 yards of offense per game while allowing 276.
Houston is getting 5.5 points on the road, which is an interesting line considering the Cougars dominated Tulane in a 48-17 game last season.
So far, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King is 42 of 77 for 434 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Tulane quarterback Justin McMillan is 37 of 67 for 424 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks.
|09-19-19||Padres +147 v. Brewers||Top||1-5||Loss||-100||9 h 10 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Padres +147
Without Christian Yelich on the field, the Brewers (82-70) will host the Padres (69-83) for the fourth straight time this afternoon in Milwaukee. In each of the first three games of the series, the loser has scored just one run.
On the mound for the visitors will be left-hander Joey Lucchesi (10-8, 4.22 ERA). In over 153 innings pitched, Lucchesi has struck out 145 batters while allowing 52 walks and 22 homers. The second-year starter can boast a 5-1 record with a 4.33 ERA in 10 daytime games. In two career starts against the Brewers, Lucchesi is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.31.
Right-hander Jordan Lyles (11-8, 4.25 ERA) starts for the Brewers this afternoon. In his nine starts for the Brewers since coming over from Pittsburgh, Lyles is 6-1 with a 2.39 ERA. In 13 career appearances against the Padres, Lyles is 3-4 with an ERA of 5.02.
A Brewers offense that ranks 17thin the majors with 4.67 runs per game is now even worse without Yelich, who led the club with 44 home runs, 97 RBIs, and a .329 average.
For the Padres, Hunter Renfroe and Eric Hosmer lead the line. Renfroe has slugged 32 home runs while Hosmer leads the team with 95 RBIs.
|09-18-19||Padres +132 v. Brewers||Top||2-1||Win||132||13 h 40 m||Show|
100* Sharp Money Syndicate Play on Padres +132
Over their last 10 games, the Brewers (82-69) are 9-1 and are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second National League Wild Card spot. Tonight, Milwaukee will host the Padres (68-83) at Miller Park.
In addition to their tight Wild Card race, the Brewers are also just two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central as the season draws to a close. With playoff baseball out of reach, the Padres will play the part of the spoiler tonight.
On the mound, San Diego will turn to right-hander Dinelson Lamet (2-5, 4.06 ERA). A long layoff from Tommy John surgery hasn’t seemed to affect Lamet, who looks like the same pitcher. In his last outing, Lamet took the loss as he allowed three runs over five innings against the Cubs.
The Brewers will be sending out Adrian Houser (6-6, 3.84 ERA). The Milwaukee right-hander had allowed three runs or fewer in six straight outings before facing the Diamondbacks his last time out. In that recent start, Houser was taken deep by Paul Goldschmidt in grand-slam fashion.
After fracturing his right kneecap, Christian Yelich will be missing for the Brewers. Yelich led the team in all major offensive categories, including his .329 average, 44 homers, and 97 RBIs.
|09-18-19||White Sox +255 v. Twins||3-1||Win||255||10 h 28 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on White Sox +255
With Cleveland five games back in the American League Central, the Twins (93-58) appear to have the division won. Tonight, they’ll host the White Sox (65-86) for the third straight time in Minnesota.
Chicago will be starting right-hander Ivan Nova (10-12, 4.86 ERA) in this one. Shoulder soreness has caused the White Sox to scratch Dylan Covey, so Nova will open the game with one inning rather than throwing his normal bullpen session. In his two starts in Minnesota, Nova is 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (14-6, 3.60 ERA) gets the start for the Twins. The Minnesota right-hander was only able to pitch two innings in his last start, which was discarded in a postponed game due to lightning. In nine career starts against the White Sox, Odorizzi is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA.
Odorizzi will need to use caution against the White Sox’ best hitter, Jose Abreu, who leads the club with 33 home runs and 119 RBIs. In 23 at-bats against Odorizzi, Abreu is batting .391 with three RBIs.
Coming off a home run in yesterday’s game, Tim Anderson is another dangerous Chicago hitter. Over the last seven days, Anderson is batting .414 with a homer.
|09-18-19||Mets v. Rockies +145||7-4||Loss||-100||7 h 55 m||Show|
50* Powerhouse Play on Rockies +145
Before yesterday’s loss, the Rockies (66-86) scored 40 runs in four straight victories. This afternoon, the Rockies will host the Mets (78-73) in Colorado for the final game of a three-game series.
Despite what the records say, the Rockies have been the better offensive team all season long. With 788 runs scored, Colorado ranks eighth in the majors. With 733 runs scored, the Mets rank 13th. Over the last seven days, the 46 runs of the Rockies (third in MLB) is better than the Mets’ 37 runs scored (seventh in MLB).
As New York’s starting pitcher today, it will be Noah Syndergaard’s (10-8, 4.15 ERA) job to slow down the Rockies lineup. For Syndergaard, the man behind the plate seems to make a big difference. Throwing to Wilson Ramos, the Mets right-hander holds a 5.20 ERA. With either Rene Rivera or Tomas Nido catching, Syndergaard is posting a 2.22 ERA.
Opposite Syndergaard will be Jeff Hoffman (2-6, 7.03 ERA). The Colorado right-hander allowed six walks and four runs over 5 1/3 innings against the Padres his last time out, but the Rockies won.
While the Mets are 35-42 on the road, the Rockies are 40-37 at home.
|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.
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