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MLB on ESPN: Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox Preview and Odds - 07/26/2021

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Jul 26, 2021

Monday MLB ESPN Preview: Toronto Blue Jays versus the Boston Red Sox.The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays on ESPN at 7:10 PM ET in the first game of their four-game series to begin the week.Toronto lost their fourth game in their last five in a 5-4 loss in New York against the Mets yesterday. The Blue Jays scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead, but their bullpen let them down in the bottom half of that inning. Ryan Borucki started the frame in relief of Ross Stripling but gave up a two-run homer to Pete Alonso to tie the game. Jacob Barnes came on to finish only to give up another two runs and get tagged with the loss. Toronto stranded nine runners in the setback. The Blue Jays begin this series with a 49-46 record, putting them in fourth place in the American League East. They are 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox.Toronto averages 5.3 runs per game with a .270 batting average, .318 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .827. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. leads the team with a .326 batting average, 32 home runs, and 79 runs batted in. Bo Bichette is hitting .296 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs. Marcus Semien has a .275 batting average with 24 home runs and 61 RBIs. Manager Charlie Montoyo taps Thomas Hatch to make his 2021 debut as his starting pitcher tonight. Hatch is taking the spot of Alek Manoah, who is rehabbing a back injury. The 27-year-old right-hander had a 2.15 ERA in eight starts for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A team in Buffalo. Hatch was 3-1 for Toronto last season with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 17 games, including one start over 26 1/3 innings at the top level. He is supported by a Blue Jays bullpen with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP this season. The pen has 16 saves and 11 blown save opportunities. Boston concluded their weekend series with the New York Yankees with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. The Red Sox were held hitless against the Yankees’ Domingo German through seven innings before breaking through with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Boston has a league-leading 32 comeback victories this season.The Red Sox victory combined with Tampa Bay’s 3-2 loss in Cleveland elevated Boston to sole possession of first place in the AL East. Their 61-39 record places them one game ahead of the Rays.Manager Alex Cora’s team averages 5.1 runs per game, with a .257 batting average, .315 On-Base Percentage, and an OPS of .758. Xander Bogaerts leads the team with a .309 batting average. He has added 15 home runs and 53 RBIs. Rafael Devers leads the BoSox with 26 homers and 80 RBIs. He is hitting .279. J.D. Martinez is hitting .302 with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs.Nick Pivetta takes the ball for Boston tonight. The right-hander has an 8-4 record with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 19 starts. He pitched last Monday in Toronto’s temporary home in Buffalo, allowing four runs and 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. The Red Sox bullpen has a 3.66 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. The pen has collected 32 saves but blown 14 save opportunities after yesterday’s setback.DraftKings lists Boston as a -145 money line favorite, with the total set at 11.

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Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Previews and Odds - 07/26/2021

by Big Al Staff

Monday, Jul 26, 2021

The Monday sports card features action in MLB. Nine games are on the MLB docket.The New York Mets host the Atlanta Braves in the opening game of their seven-inning doubleheader at 5:10 PM ET. The Mets won their third game in their last four with a 5-4 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. The Braves have lost two of three games after a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia yesterday. Marcus Stroman pitches for New York against Kyle Muller for Atlanta. The Mets are a -155 money line favorite with the total set at 6.5 (all odds from DraftKings).Philadelphia plays at home against Washington at 7:05 PM ET. The Phillies won their second game in their last three with their victory against the Braves yesterday. The Nationals lost their fourth in a row with a 5-4 defeat at Baltimore on Sunday. Philadelphia pitches Spencer Howard against Washington’s Joe Ross. The Phillies are a -115 money line favorite with an over/under of 9.5.Boston is at home against Toronto on ESPN at 7:10 PM ET. The Red Sox won their fifth game in their last six with a 5-4 victory against the New York Yankees yesterday. The Blue Jays lost their fourth game in their last five with their loss to the Mets. Nick Pivetta pitches for Boston against Thomas Hatch for Toronto. The Red Sox are a -110 money line favorite with a total of 10.5. The Chicago Cubs are at home against Cincinnati at 8:05 PM ET. The Cubs won for the second time in their last three games with a 5-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday. The Reds had their two-game winning streak end with a 10-6 loss to St. Louis on Sunday. Chicago pitches Kyle Hendricks against Cincinnati starting pitcher Wade Miley. The Cubs are a -130 money line favorite.The Chicago White Sox visits Kansas City at 8:10 PM ET. The White Sox ended their three-game losing streak with their 3-1 victory at Milwaukee last night. The Royals won their fifth straight game with a 6-1 victory against the Detroit Tigers. Dallas Keuchel pitches for Chicago against Mike Minor of Kansas City. The White Sox are a -130 money line road favorite with an over/under of 10.Minnesota hosts Detroit at 8:10 PM ET. The Twins lost their third game in their last four with a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels yesterday. The Tigers lost their third game in a row with a 6-1 loss at Kansas City on Sunday. Minnesota pitches Michael Pineda against Detroit’s Matt Manning. The Twins are a -180 money line favorite with a total of 10.The second game of the Braves/Mets doubleheader is scheduled for 8:10 PM ET. Jacob DeGrom pitches for New York against Byrce Wilson for Atlanta. The Mets are a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 7.5. The Los Angeles Angels play at home against Colorado at 9:38 PM ET. The Angles won their third game in their last four with their victory against Minnesota yesterday. The Rockies have lost two in a row after a 3-2 loss in Los Angeles against the Dodgers on Sunday. Los Angeles pitch Shohei Ohtani against Colorado’s German Marquez. The Angels are a -155 money line favorite with a total of 8.Houston travels to Seattle at 10:10 PM ET. The Astros won their fifth game in their last six with a 3-1 victory against the Texas Rangers yesterday. The Mariners won their third straight game with their 4-3 win against the Oakland A’s on Sunday. Luis Garcia pitches for Houston against Darren McCaughan for Seattle. The Astros are a -180 money line road favorite with an over/under of 9. 

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2021 NFL: Another Long Year For ...

by Ben Burns

Sunday, Jul 25, 2021

Interested in how your favorite team is expected to do this season? The projected regular season wins numbers provide excellent insight. The list below is courtesy of Pinnacle.Based on these numbers, Detroit will be the worst team in the league. Don't worry Lions' fans. You've got a couple of things working in your favor. 1. Predictions made before the season can be way off. 2. You're used to it.Indeed, it figures to be another long year for Detroit. New coach and a rebuilding team. The Lions have gone 3-15 in division play the past few seasons. Wins in the NFC North figure to again be hard to come by. The non-conference schedule, which includes the likes of the 49'ers, Ravens, Rams and Steelers, isn't exactly easy either.  In fact, based on last year's records, the Lions' 2021 schedule is tied for the 6th most difficult in the league. (Teams they will play this year went a combined 143-127-2 last season.) Hardly seems fair. Looking for a chance at a victory? Circle October 17th, the day the Lions host the Bengals, as a potential "W." Regular Season WinsArizona CardinalsOver 8.5 Wins +113Under 8.5 Wins -134Atlanta FalconsOver 7.5 Wins -145Under 7.5 Wins +122Baltimore RavensOver 10.5 Wins -177Under 10.5 Wins +147Buffalo Bills Over 10.5 Wins -164Under 10.5 Wins +137Carolina PanthersOver 7.5 Wins -107Under 7.5 Wins -111Chicago Bears Over 7.5 Wins +105Under 7.5 Wins -125Cincinnati BengalsOver 6.5 Wins -101Under 6.5 Wins -118Cleveland Browns Over 10.5 Wins +101Under 10.5 Wins -120Dallas CowboysOver 9.5 Wins +102Under 9.5 Wins -121Denver BroncosOver 8.5 Wins -120Under 8.5 Wins +101Detroit Lions Over 5 Wins -101Under 5 Wins -117Indianapolis ColtsOver 9.5 Wins -139Under 9.5 Wins +117Jacksonville Jaguars Over 6.5 Wins +108Under 6.5 Wins -129Kansas City ChiefsOver 12.5 Wins +117Under 12.5 Wins -139Las Vegas RaidersOver 6.5 Wins -183Under 6.5 Wins +152Los Angeles ChargersOver 9.5 Wins +130Under 9.5 Wins -155Los Angeles RamsOver 10.5 Wins +120Under 10.5 Wins -143Miami Dolphins Over 9.5 Wins +143Under 9.5 Wins -171Minnesota Vikings Over 8.5 Wins -187Under 8.5 Wins +155New England Patriots Over 9.5 Wins -105Under 9.5 Wins -113New Orleans SaintsOver 9.5 Wins +128Under 9.5 Wins -153New York Giants Over 7.5 Wins +117Under 7.5 Wins -139New York JetsOver 6 Wins +105Under 6 Wins -125Pittsburgh SteelersOver 8.5 Wins +116Under 8.5 Wins -138Philadelphia EaglesOver 6.5 Wins -144Under 6.5 Wins +121San Francisco 49ers Over 10.5 Wins +118Under 10.5 Wins -140Seattle SeahawksOver 9.5 Wins -144Under 9.5 Wins +121Tampa Bay Buccaneers Over 11.5 Wins -143Under 11.5 Wins +120Tennessee Titans Over 9 Wins -134Under 9 Wins +113Washington Football TeamOver 8.5 Wins -114Under 8.5 Wins -104

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