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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Previews and Odds - 08/10/2022

by Big Al Staff

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022

The Wednesday sports card features MLB action.Major League Baseball has 15 games on its schedule. The New York Mets host the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 PM ET. Taijuan Walker gets the ball for the Mets to start against T.J. Zeuch, who makes his debut for the Reds after being picked up off waivers from St. Louis. New York is a -300 money line favorite at BetMGM with the total set at 9. The Milwaukee Brewers are at home against the Tampa Bay Rays at 2:10 PM ET. The Brewers turn to Brandon Woodruff in their starting rotation to battle against the Rays’ Jeffrey Springs. Milwaukee is a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5 (all remaining odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise). The Chicago Cubs play at home against the Washington Nationals at 2:20 PM ET. Justin Steele takes the mound for the Cubs to pitch against Josiah Gray for the Nationals. Chicago is a -170 money line favorite. The Los Angeles Angels visit Oakland to play the A’s at 3:37 PM ET. The A’s tap Paul Blackburn to pitch against an Angels’ starting pitcher yet to be named. Two more MLB games throw out the first pitch at 4:10 PM ET. New York travels to Seattle with Nestor Cortes taking the hill for the Yankees to duel against Robbie Ray for the Mariners. The Yankees are a -130 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. San Diego is at home against San Francisco with the Padres tapping Sean Manaea to pitch against the Giants’ Jakob Junis. The Padres are a -165 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Two MLB games start at 7:05 PM ET. Toronto plays at Baltimore with Jose Berrios pitching for the Blue Jays against Dean Kremer for the Orioles. The Blue Jays are a -150 money line road favorite with a total of 9. Philadelphia is at home against Miami, with the Phillies sending Noah Syndergaard to the mound to pitch against the Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara. The Phillies are a -125 money line favorite with an over/under of 7. Two more MLB games begin at 7:10 PM ET. Atlanta visits Boston with Kyle Wright taking the hill for the Braves to pitch against Nick Pivetta for the Red Sox. The Braves are a -140 money line road favorite with a total of 9.5. Cleveland is at Detroit with the Guardians turning to Aaron Civil to pitch against the Tigers’ Drew Hutchison. The Guardians are a -170 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8. Two MLB games start at 8:10 PM ET. Houston hosts Texas with Justin Verlander on the mound for the Astros to pitch against Glenn Otto for the Rangers. The Astros are a -320 money line favorite with a total of 7.5. Chicago travels to Kansas City on FS1 with the White Sox pitching Johnny Cueto against the Royals’ Kris Bubic. The White Sox are a -140 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. The St. Louis Cardinals play at Colorado at 8:40 PM ET. Jose Quintana gets the start for the Cardinals to pitch against Kyle Freeland for the Rockies. St. Louis is a -165 money line favorite with a total of 11. The Arizona Diamondbacks host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 9:40 PM ET. The Diamondbacks tap Madison Bumgarner to pitch against the Pirates Mitch Keller. Arizona is a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. Minnesota visits Los Angeles with Sonny Gray pitching for the Twins against a starting pitcher yet to be determined for the Dodgers. 

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Previews and Odds - 08/09/2022

by Big Al Staff

Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022

The Tuesday sports card features MLB action.Major League Baseball has 16 games on its schedule. The Chicago White Sox travel to Kansas City to play the Royals in the opening game of their doubleheader at 4:10 PM ET. Two MLB games throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET. Philadelphia is at home against Miami, with Zack Wheeler taking the mound for the Phillies to pitch against Braxton Garrett for the Marlins. Philadelphia is a -230 money line favorite, with the total set at 7.5 (all odds from DraftKings). Toronto plays at Baltimore on TBS with the Blue Jays tapping Alek Manoah to pitch against the Orioles’ Kyle Bradish. The Blue Jays are a -170 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Four MLB games start at 7:10 PM ET. Atlanta is at Boston with Charlie Morton taking the mound for the Braves against Rich Hill for the Red Sox. The Braves are a -155 money line road favorite with a total of 9.5. The White Sox play the Royals in the second game of their doubleheader. Cleveland visits Detroit with the Guardians turning to Shane Bieber to battle against the Tigers’ Tyler Alexander. The Guardians are a -190 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.5. New York hosts Cincinnati with Carlos Carrasco pitching for the Mets against Mike Minor for the Reds. The Mets are a -305 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. The Chicago Cubs play at home against the Washington Nationals at 8:05 PM ET. The Cubs turn to Marcus Stroman in their starting rotation to pitch against the Nationals’ Paolo Espino. Chicago is a -200 money line favorite. Two more MLB games begin at 8:10 PM ET. Tampa Bay travels to Milwaukee with Jimmy Yacabonis serving as the opener for the Rays pitching against Freddy Peralta for the Brewers. Houston is at home against Texas, with the Astros pitching Jose Urquidy against the Rangers’ Martin Perez. The Astros are a -175 money line favorite with an over/under of 8. The St. Louis Cardinals play at Colorado at 8:40 PM ET. Miles Mikolas takes the mound for the Cardinals to duel against Ryan Feltner for the Rockies. St. Louis is a -180 money line road favorite with a total of 11. Three MLB games start at 9:40 PM ET. Los Angeles visits Oakland with the Angels tapping Shohei Ohtani to pitch against the A’s James Kaprielian. The Angels are a -180 money line road favorite with an over/under of 6.5. Arizona is at home against Pittsburgh, with Tommy Henry taking the ball for the Diamondbacks to pitch against Zach Thompson for the Pirates. The Diamondbacks are a -155 money line favorite with a total of 9. San Diego hosts San Francisco, with the Padres turning to Joe Musgrove to pitch against the Giants’ Alex Cobb. The Padres are a -170 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.Two games conclude the MLB card at 10:10 PM ET. Los Angeles plays at home against Minnesota with Julio Urias taking the hill for the Dodgers against Joe Ryan for the Twins. The Dodgers are a -205 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. New York travels to Seattle with the Yankees pitching Gerrit Cole against the Mariners’ Luis Castillo. The Yankees are a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 7.

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SERIE A FUTURES

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Monday, Aug 08, 2022

The Italian Serie A is coming back this weekend and it is time to discuss possible futures for this league as there is a lot of value to be found with these teams. A lot of the smaller European leagues have come back already and even some of the bigger ones such as the Premier League in England, but Italy gets another week to prepare and some big moves have been made in and out of this league in this transfer window.To Win Outright Inter Milan +175: Inter Milan is coming off of a season where they finished in 2nd place, just 2 points behind their rival team AC Milan who went on to win the title last season. Inter Milan has had a lot of success in Serie A over the last few years though. They have finished in the top 4 of the league for 5 straight seasons now and they have finished top 2 or better in the last 3 straight seasons with 1 title win in that span. They were very close to winning it again last season, which would have made it 2 straight seasons for them, but they fell short and have made some big moves in the transfer window to try and get back there this year. They have been very active both losing and gaining a lot of players. Some of the biggest departures for them include the midfielders Arturo Vidal, Matias Vecino, and Ivan Perisic who all left on free transfers but this team has always been very deep at midfield and they still have a lot of quality players to fill in the holes these players may have left. They have always been a very strong team defensively and with their midfield but they have been lacking that goal scorer that will help galvanize their attack. They fixed that problem in the transfer window as they acquired Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, who is very familiar with this squad as he was on the team that won the title 2 years ago, and they also bought out Joaquin Correa from Lazio who was with Inter Milan on loan. This is going to be a better team than they were last season with a much improved attack and even though they are the favorite here, they are still at plus money and probably have the best chance at reclaiming the title this season. Juventus +187: Juventus is coming off of a season where they finished in 4th place and they have finished in 4th place for 2 straight seasons now after dominating this league for so long. Juventus has been a very dominant team in this league over the last decade, winning 9 straight titles between the years 2011 and 2020. They have been slipping in the last 2 seasons though, finishing 4th place both times, and they really have not been signing many star players to pull them out of this funk. They lost some big names in this transfer window, a lot of those players were aging as well and have not been the same players they used to be, but they also have not done much to replace them. Some of these players include centre-back Giorgio Chiellini, central midfield Aaron Ramsey, right winger Douglas Costa, right winger Frederico Bernardeschi, and one younger big name that also left on a free transfer and still has a lot left in the tank is second striker Paulo Dybala who left to be a starter at Roma. Some of the really big names they also lost include centre-back Merih Demiral and centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, both players who are major losses to this club and will only hurt the team going forward. They did make some signings to try and replace the players they lost but their biggest signings were centre-back Bremer and right wing Frederico Chiesa. They also picked up central midfield Paul Pogba and right winger Angel Di Maria, once again replacing aging players that left the club with more aging players who have not been the same as when they were in their prime for a while now. Once again this team is lacking some real young star players and have a very old team in age on average. Juventus will once again not be a threat to the title this season unless they make some bigger moves and they should not be anywhere near this kind of price as they will be lucky to slip into the top 4 once again. AC Milan +400: AC Milan is coming off of a season where they finally won the Serie A title for the first time in over a decade. AC Milan went through years of disappointment where they could not even get back into European competition but they have finally made some big moves over the last few years and have really improved this team. They have finished top 2 the last 2 seasons, winning the title last season, but they also came very close the year before when Inter Milan won it. “Don’t fix what isn’t broken,” well AC Milan really took this to heart this transfer window as they were a very active team with a lot of players coming and leaving the club, but a large majority of the players that made up the starters and the bench for this title winning team are still back with the club for another run at the title this season and a shot at Champions League as well. The two biggest names to leave the club this year that were really part of that core group last season are centre-back Alessio Romagnoli and central midfield Franck Kessie. These departures certainly do not help the squad but they are also pretty deep at those positions and did make some signings to replace those players as well. They were able to acquire centre-forward Divock Origi from Liverpool on a free transfer and they signed attacking midfielder Charles De Ketelaere from Club Brugge. They always had a good defense last season and they have not really lost any key players that are going to hurt them this season. The moves they made will actually help their attack out which could use some strengthening and more firepower, and that makes them an even more dangerous team than they were last season. This is the defending title champions and they really made no big moves that hurt their club this season, their squad is generally the same and they did win last season so they are very live to win the title once again here. Roma +800: Roma is coming into this season off of a few bad years where they have missed out on Champions League but they made a splash in the transfer window this year and they are a much improved squad. Roma finished in 6th place last season but they have not been able to crack the top 4 over the last 4 straight seasons. They are making a big push this year though as they retained most of their quality players and even went on to bring in some more big names to boost this squad. One of the biggest contributors they lost was attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he left on a free transfer to Inter Milan but they made a lot of moves to replace him and some of the other supporting cast that left as well. They really boosted their defense by signing right-back Zeki Celik from Lille and they made a lot of moves to strengthen this midfield as well. They signed defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic from Man Utd on a free transfer and acquired central midfield Georginio Wijnaldum on a loan from PSG. Their attack was always something left on the weaker side as they never really had that striker and Henrikh Mkhitaryan provided a lot of offense for them last season, but they really made some big moves to fix that by signing second striker Paulo Dybala and left-winger Justin Kluivert. Roma is making a big push this season to win that title with the signings they have made, they may not be the team to win the title this season but they definitely have a very good chance of getting back into the top 4 this season. RecommendationsThere is definitely a lot of value in this league with some of these teams being such big underdogs to win the title. Juventus is definitely one team that is priced incorrectly and they are really not a real contender in this league until they make some bigger moves to compete with the top teams. Inter Milan is the favorite to win and they do have some value still, getting them at +175 and they already had a very good team that did not need much improvement. Roma is another team that has made a lot of big signings and looks to be all in for this season, and there is a lot of value in getting them at +800 as they have put together a very good squad that will do well this season. AC Milan also has some value at +400 as they are the defending title champions but really, their team is not that strong and it was a shock they were so good last season. They will likely regress a little this season and a lot of the heart in that team comes from the aging Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is not getting any younger. In conclusion, the best way to approach this season would be to take Inter Milan +175 to win the title and Roma +800 as a dark horse team to win the title, but there is also a lot of value in Roma to make the top 4 at -110 and that is where I stand on this Serie A season.

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