Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB, WNBA and CFL Previews and Odds - 10/06/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card features action in MLB, the WNBA, and the CFL.

The National League wildcard playoff game has the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the St. Louis Cardinals on TBS at 8:10 PM ET. The Dodgers have won seven games in a row with their 10-3 victory against Milwaukee on Sunday. Manager Dave Roberts taps Max Scherzer as his starting pitcher. The right-hander has a 15-4 record with a 2.46 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP in 30 starts this season. Scherzer has a 7-0 mark in 11 starts with the Dodgers with a 1.98 ERA and 0.82 WHIP since the team acquired him at the trade deadline from Washington. Scherzer last pitched on Wednesday when he allowed 11 hits and six runs (five earned) in a start at home against San Diego. Los Angeles has a 3.97 ERA and a .131 WHIP this season. The Dodgers are averaging 5.1 runs per game with a .244 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .749. 

The Cardinals have lost two in a row after a 3-2 loss at home to the Chicago Cubs. Those weekend setbacks cam3.1 e after a 17-game winning streak which clinched their wildcard spot. Manager Mike Shildt pitches Adam Wainwright for this game after he posted a 17-7 record with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 32 starts this year. The right-hander gave up two earned runs in six innings of work at home against Milwaukee last Tuesday. St. Louis' bullpen has a 3.15 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The Dodgers are averaging 4.4 runs per game with a .243 batting average, .305 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .717.

Los Angeles won the regular-season series, 4-3. The Cardinals won the last meeting between these teams, 2-1, at home on September 9th, The Dodgers are a -225 money line favorite with the total set at 7.5 (all odds from DraftKings unless indicated otherwise).

The semifinals of the WNBA playoffs continue with two Game 4s on a doubleheader on ESPN. Connecticut plays at Chicago at 8 PM ET. The Sky took a 2-1 lead in this best-of-five series with their 86-83 upset win at home as a 4-point underdog on Sunday. The Sun is a 4.5-point road favorite to even this series at 2-2 at Play MGM with the over/under at 155.5. 

Las Vegas is at Phoenix at 10 PM ET. The Mercury took a 2-1 lead in this best-of-five series with their 87-60 upset win at home on Sunday. The Aces are a 1.5-point road favorite to even this series at 2-2, with the total at 171.5. 

The 10th week of the Canadian Football League begins with Toronto hosting Ottawa on ESPN+ at 7:30 PM ET. The Argonauts improved their record to 4-3 with their 30-24 victory against Montreal as a 2.5-point underdog on September 24th. The Redblacks ended a five-game losing streak with a 34-24 upset win against Edmonton as a 9-point underdog on September 28th. Toronto is a 9-point favorite with an over/under of 47.

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