Big Al's Daily Angle: NFL, MLB and WNBA Previews and Odds - 09/09/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Thursday sports card features action in the NFL, MLB, and the WNBA.

The NFL regular season begins with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys on NBC at 8:20 PM ET. The Buccaneers won their final eight games last year in defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, 31-23. The Cowboys last played in the Super Bowl 26 years ago, in 1995. They have won only four playoff games since that triumph. Dallas finished 6-10 last season after quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending fractured right ankle in Week 5. 

Buccaneers starting strong safety Jordan Whitehead got ruled out for this game with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Chris Godwin is dealing with a quad injury but was a full participant in practice on Tuesday in Tampa Bay’s final workout before the game. The Cowboys’ starting right guard, Zach Martin, remains on the reserve/COVID list. Testing negative on game day could clear Martin to play. Starting right tackle La’el Collins was a full participant in the last Dallas practice on Tuesday despite a neck injury. 

Dallas is an 8.5-point favorite with the total set at 51 (all odds from DraftKings).

Eight games are on the MLB docket. Two games take place in the afternoon. The Los Angeles Dodgers play at St. Louis at 1:15 PM ET in the fourth game of their four-game series. Tony Gonsolin pitches for the Dodgers against Jake Woodford of the Cardinals. Los Angeles is a -190 money line road favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Oakland is at home against the Chicago White Sox at 3:37 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. The A’s pitch Sean Manaea against the White Sox’s Reynaldo Lopez. Oakland is a -145 money line favorite with a total of 8.5. 

Cleveland hosts Minnesota at 6:10 PM ET in the fourth game of their four-game series. Cal Quantrill pitches for the Indians against Randy Dobnak of the Twins. Cleveland is a -140 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. The New York Mets play at Miami at 6:40 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. The Mets pitch Marcus Stroman against the Marlins’ Jesus Luzardo. New York is a -170 money line road favorite with a total of 7.5. 

Three games begin at 7:05 PM ET. Baltimore plays at home against Kansas City in the fourth game of their four-game series. John Means pitches for the Orioles against Carlos Hernandez of the Royals. Baltimore is a -120 money line favorite with an over/under of 9. The New York Yankees are at home against Toronto in Game 4 of their four-game series. The Yankees pitch Nelson Cortes, Jr. against Jose Berrios. New York is a -115 money line favorite with a total of 9.5. Philadelphia hosts Colorado in the opening game of their three-game series. Ranger Suarez pitches for the Phillies against Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies. Philadelphia is a -200 money line favorite with an over/under of 8.5. Atlanta plays at home against Washington at 7:20 PM ET in the final game of their three-game series. The Braves pitch Huascar Ynoa against the Nationals’ Erick Fedde. Atlanta is a -235 money line favorite with a total of 9.5.

One game takes place in the WNBA. Connecticut visits Los Angeles at 10:30 PM ET. 

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