Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL and MLB Preview

by Big Al Staff

The MLB Wildcard Playoffs continue on Thursday with five games on the schedule. The Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Yankees all advanced to the American League Divisional Series with victories on Wednesday.

The MLB card begins at 12:08 PM ET with Atlanta looking to close out their series after they defeated Cincinnati in Game 1 on Wednesday by a 1-0 score in 13 innings. The Braves give the ball to Ian Anderson while the Reds counter with Luis Castillo. Atlanta is a -130 money-line favorite as of Wednesday with the total set at 7.5 (all odds provided by BetOnline). ESPN has the telecast.

Miami looks to pull the series upset against Chicago at 2:08 PM ET after they shocked the Cubs on Wednesday with their 5-1 victory. Sixto Sanchez gets the pitching assignment for the Marlins with Chicago countering with Yu Darvish. The Cubs are -184 money-line favorites with the over/under number at 7 runs. ABC will televise this game.

The lone American League Wildcard game takes place at 3:10 PM ET between the White Sox and the A’s after Oakland staved off elimination on Wednesday with their 5-3 victory. Chicago has decided to send out their rookie starting pitcher Dane Dunning while A’s manager Bob Melvin will counter with Mike Fiers. Oakland are -109 money-line favorites with the over/under installed at 8. ESPN has the broadcast.

St. Louis looks to close out their series with San Diego at 5:08 PM ET after they won Wednesday’s game by a 7-4 score. The Cardinals turn to Adam Wainwright while the Padres will rely on Zach Davies. San Diego is priced as -155 money-line favorites with the total set at 8.5. ESPN2 will televise the game.

The final MLB game of the day takes place at 10:08 PM ET with the Dodgers hosting Milwaukee after their 4-2 victory on Wednesday. Los Angeles gives the ball to Clayton Kershaw while the Brewers counter with Brandon Woodruff. With Game 1 being the late game on Wednesday, no lines have yet been set for Game 2. This game will be on ESPN.

Week 4 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday with the Denver Broncos traveling to New York to face the Jets. In a matchup only bettors could love, both of these teams remain winless this season.  But if you are a fan of head coaches on the hot seat, starting quarterback drama, and long lists of injured players that will be game-time decisions on Thursday, this game offers a smorgasbord of intrigue.

New York has yet to cover the point spread this season after their 36-7 loss in Indianapolis last week. Third-year quarterback Sam Darnold seems to have stagnated in his development after throwing for only 168 yards last week.

Drew Lock remains out indefinitely with a shoulder injury for Denver. Jeff Driskel dropped to 1-8 as a starting quarterback in his career last week in the Broncos’ 28-10 loss at home to Tampa Bay. Brett Rypien completed 8 of 9 passes for 53 yards with an interception in the end zone after coming on in relief, which was enough for head coach Vic Fangio to name him the starting QB for this game.

BetOnline lists Denver as a 1-point favorite with the total set at 39.5. The NFL Network has the broadcast with the kickoff scheduled for just after 8:20 PM ET.

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