Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB and EPL Previews and Odds - 08/23/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Monday sports card features action in the NFL preseason, MLB, and the EPL. 

The second week of the NFL preseason concludes with the New Orleans Saints hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars on ESPN at 8 PM ET. The Saints come off a 17-14 loss at Baltimore as a 2.5-point underdog in their first preseason game on August 14th. Jacksonville got upset at home against Cleveland, 23-13, as a 1.5-point favorite last Saturday. New Orleans is a 4-point favorite, with the total set at 39.5 (all odds from DraftKings). 

Seven games are on the MLB slate. Boston plays at home against Texas at 1:10 PM ET to make up for their rainout on Sunday. Nathan Eovaldi pitches for the Red Sox against Kolby Allard of the Rangers. Boston is a -350 money line favorite with an over/under of 10. 

Pittsburgh plays at home against Arizona at 7:05 PM ET. The Pirates ended their two-game winning streak with a 3-0 loss at St. Louis on Sunday. The Diamondbacks had lost two in a row before their 8-4 victory at Colorado yesterday. Pittsburgh pitches Will Crowe against Arizona’s Humberto Mejia. The Pirates are a -115 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. 

The Chicago White Sox plays at Toronto at 7:07 PM ET. The White Sox have lost three of four after a 9-0 loss at Tampa Bay yesterday. The Blue Jays have lost four of five after a 5-3 loss in 11 innings against Detroit on Sunday. Lance Lynn pitches for Chicago against Alek Manoah for Toronto. The White Sox are a -115 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. 

Atlanta is at home against the New York Yankees at 7:20 PM ET. The Braves have won nine in a row with their 3-1 win at Baltimore yesterday. The Yankees have won nine in a row before their game with the Minnesota Twins was postponed on Sunday. Atlanta pitches Huascar Ynoa against New York’s Jordan Montgomery. The Braves are a -130 money line favorite with a total of 9. 

The Chicago Cubs host Colorado at 8:05 PM ET. The Cubs have lost three in a row and 15 of their last 16 after a 9-1 loss to Kansas City yesterday. The Rockies had won six in a row before their loss to the Diamondbacks yesterday. Kyle Hendricks pitches for Chicago against Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies. The Cubs are a -130 money line favorite. 

Houston is at home against Kansas City at 8:10 PM ET. The Astros have lost five of their last eight games after a 6-3 loss to Seattle yesterday. The Royals have six of seven after their win on the road against the Cubs yesterday. Houston pitches Zack Greinke against Kansas City’s Daniel Lynch. The Astros are a -235 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. 

Oakland plays at home against Seattle at 9:40 PM ET. The A’s have lost six of their last eight after a 2-1 loss to San Francisco yesterday. The Mariners have won four of six with their win on the road against the Mariners on Sunday. Seattle pitches Paul Blackburn against the Mariners' Marco Gonzales. The Mariners are a -125 money line favorite with a total of 8.5.

The second week of the English Premier League concludes with Leicester City visiting West Ham United on the NBC Sports Network at 3 PM ET. The Foxes defeated Wolverhampton, 1-0, last Saturday. The Hammers won on the road at Newcastle United, 4-2, on Sunday. This game is a pick ‘em with an over/under of 2.75. 

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