Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB and NFL Preview

by Big Al Staff

First, a particularly sad note today:  Joe Morgan, one of the best players of all-time, and certainly one of my favorite players, has passed away at the age of 77.  My condolences to his family.

The Monday card features only one NFL contest along with games in the American League and National League Championship Series. The rescheduled Denver Broncos/New England game, set for 5 PM ET, was postponed after the Patriots had another positive COVID test in their organization.

The ALCS continues at 4:07 PM ET with Game 2 of the Houston/Tampa Bay series. The Rays won the opening contest of this best-of-seven series last night with their 2-1 victory. They give the ball to Charlie Morton, who was 2-2 in the regular season with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP in nine starts. The Astros counter with Lance McCullers, who was 3-3 during the regular season with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in 11 starts. Tampa Bay is a -117 moneyline favorite with the total set at 8.5 (all odds from BetAnySports). TBS has the broadcast. 

The first game in the NLCS begins at 8:08 PM ET. Atlanta has won all five of their games this postseason after they swept the Miami Marlins in three games. The Braves closed out that series on Thursday with their 7-0 victory, which was their fourth shutout in the playoffs. The Dodgers have also won their five playoff games after they swept the San Diego Padres with their 12-3 victory on Thursday. Los Angeles is a -136 moneyline favorite with an over/under of 8. Fox will broadcast the game. 

Atlanta will send out Max Fried as their starting pitcher. The left-hander was 7-0 in the regular season with a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 11 regular season starts. Los Angeles gives the ball to Walker Buehler, who was 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in eight starts in the regular season.  

Monday Night Football on ESPN features two teams looking for a win. 

For New Orleans, a victory gets them back over .500 while tying them with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in first place in the NFC South with a 3-2 record. The Saints’ Super Bowl aspirations took a hit when they lost on the road in Las Vegas to the Raiders and then followed that up with a loss at home to the Green Bay Packers. New Orleans righted the ship last week with a 35-29 win at Detroit. But even that effort dew question marks as they spotted the Lions a 14-0 lead before scoring touchdowns on five straight drives before having to hold on to pull that game out after a late Detroit rally. 

Los Angeles has lost three games in a row after blowing a 24-7 lead in the second quarter last week at Tampa Bay in their 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers. The Chargers have been competitive in these losses. They lost in overtime by a 23-20 score at home to Kansas City in another game where they were once winning. In their 21-16 loss to Carolina two weeks ago, they were in a position to take the lead late in that game before a fumbled lateral pass in that game ruined their potential touchdown scoring drive. 

New Orleans is currently a 6.5-point favorite with the total set at 49. Kickoff takes place shortly after 8:15 PM ET.

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