Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and NFL Preview

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday card features a rare NFL contest on a midweek night along with games in the American League and National League Championship Series.

The NLCS continues at 6:05 PM ET with Game 2 of the Atlanta/Los Angeles series. The Braves won the opening game of this best-of-seven series last night with a 5-1 victory. They give the ball to Ian Anderson tonight, who was 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in six regular-season starts. The Dodgers hoped to counter with Clayton Kershaw, but the veteran lefty came down with back spasms, so Dave Roberts will hand the ball to rookie Tony Gonsolin, who was 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in nine regular-season appearances (eight starts).

Los Angeles is a -135 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8 (all odds from BookMaker). This series is taking place at Global Life Park in Arlington, Texas, with the Dodgers the designated home team in Game 2. FS1 has the broadcast. 

Tampa Bay took a 2-0 lead in the ALCS yesterday with their 4-2 victory over Houston. Ryan Yarbrough is the Rays’ starter for Game 3 in a rare appearance where he will not have an opening pitcher before he comes in to pitch bulk innings. The left-hander was 1-4 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 55 2/3 innings during the regular season. The Astros counter will give the ball to Jose Urquidy, who was 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in five regular-season starts. 

The Rays are a -109 moneyline favorite with the over/under at 8.5. The ALCS is being played at Petco Park in San Diego, with Houston now the designated home team for Game 3. TBS broadcasts the game starting at 8:40 PM ET.

The NFL contest features two of the remaining five unbeaten teams in the league in the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans. 

The COVID outbreak in the Tennessee Titans organization caused the postponement of their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Continued positive tests last week prompted the league to delay this scheduled game from Sunday until Tuesday. Presuming that there are no further positive tests in the Titans organization on Tuesday, this game will finally take place. 

Tennessee will not have played football in seventeen days since September 27th when they defeated the Vikings in Minnesota by a 31-30 score to raise their record to a 3-0 mark. Since that game, over twenty players and organizational staff members have tested positive for COVID.

The Titans re-opened their practice facility on Saturday, which has afforded the team two practices before this game. Their preparation is similar to what they would have received if playing on a short week on a Thursday night. The team has conducted zoom meetings to prepare for the Bills. Players also got together at a local private high school for informal workouts (violating league policy), for what that is worth. 

Buffalo has had a relatively normal week of preparation in comparison after their 30-23 victory in Las Vegas on October 4th against the Raiders. The Bills are now 4-0 on the season.  

Buffalo is a -3.5-point favorite with the total set at 51.5. CBS has the broadcast starting at 7 PM ET. 

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