Baseball Predictions, Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals Lines

Angels vs. Nationals Series Preview

By Mike Rose

Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals Lines

A huge week lies ahead for the Los Angeles Angels who currently own the second wild card slot in the American League. Five teams sit within 2.5 games of them in the standings, so it’s imperative the team succeeds on the road over the next week. Up first is a trip to D.C. where the NL East leading Washington Nationals will go at them without the services of Bryce Harper who suffered a mighty injury scare of the weekend.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Washington Nationals

Dates: Tuesday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Location: Nationals Park

Don’t look now, but the Halos are making their run towards securing a bid into the postseason. Winners of six straight and off a huge road sweep at Seattle that saw them take four straight from the division rival Mariners, Mike Scioscia’s squad continues its road trip on the east coast where it will look to improve upon their 28-32 record as visitors( $668 ).

The Nationals suffered a huge scare on Saturday night when they watched Bryce Harper go down like a house of cards on a close play at first base. Test results later confirmed there were no broken bones or ligament damage, so the All-Star right fielder will be back for the stretch run. Washington holds an enormous 14 game lead atop the NL East standings, so there’s no reason to rush their superstar back.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 7:05 p.m. ET ( Local )

Tyler Skaggs vs. Gio Gonzalez

Skaggs’ return from the DL has been decent with the youngster holding the A’s and Mariners to 11 hits and just 3 ER with a K/BB ratio of 8:5 through 10.1 total innings. He was much better in his most recent turn shutting Seattle out through 6.1 innings. The three walks were a concern however, and he’ll now run up against a Nats offense ranked 15th in the league at taking free passes. The lefty was electric in his lone appearance against Washington back in 2014 when he limited Anthony Rendon and company to just three hits and 2 ER through seven innings. LA has split his four road starts where he’s pitched to a 2.28 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 23.2 innings. The under cashed in three of those contests.

Gio Gonzalez continues to put forth a season for the ages. The veteran will enter start No. 24 with an impressive 2.59 ERA and .209 BAA through his 149.1 total innings of work. The lefty will be gunning for win No. 16 in his twelfth home start of the season. Gio has shined in his home digs where he’s allowed just 52 hits through 69.1 innings and pitched to a stellar 1.95 ERA. Each of his last three starts have been of quality, and he should be in line for another good outing in this one matched up against a Halos offense hitting just .239 versus left-handers ( No. 23 ). Washington’s just 5-6 in his 11 home starts with the under cashing in seven of those outings.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 1:05 p.m. ET ( MLB Network)

Ricky Nolasco vs. Tanner Roark

The Nats will be licking their chops about the prospects of stepping into the box to face Nolasco whose been nothing short of wretched in his last two turns. It all started with him getting shellacked for nine hits ( 1 HR ) and 5 ER against the A’s at home back on August 6. That gory outing was followed up with another nightmarish stint on the road in Seattle where the Mariners ripped him for seven hits ( 2 HR ) and another 5 ER through five innings. The veteran has failed to pitch past the fifth inning in three of his last five starts, and will take a 2-7 record and 5.37 ERA with him on the road to D.C. for his 25th start of the season. LA has dropped nine of his 12 road starts with the under cashing at a 7-4-1 clip.

Since navigating through some choppy water through the end of June, Roark has turned it around in a big way tossing quality efforts four of the last six times he took to the starting bump. His last two appearances have been nearly identical with him holding the Cubs to just five hits and 2 ER through 6.1 innings, and following it up with another six innings of four hit and 2 ER ball at home against the Marlins in his last turn. The outing snapped a string of four straight non-quality starts in front of the hometown faithful, and moved him to 3-5 with a 5.24 ERA in D.C. Another solid performance wouldn’t come as a shock with the Halos 40-42 and averaging just 4.2 runs per game against right-handed pitching ( No. 26 ).

Baseball Predictions, Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Odds

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Series Betting Preview

By Kyle Markus

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Series Odds

The Boston Red Sox are red hot, and if they can keep it rolling this weekend, they will put a vice grip on control of the American League East. The BoSox are heading to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees in a critical divisional showdown.

Boston was won eight consecutive games to open up a 4.5-game lead over New York in the A.L. East. If the Red Sox win this series, it will be tough for the Yankees to close the gap enough to regain control down the stretch. It’s certainly not a given that Boston wins this series, as New York has a powerful team and the home field advantage.

Shop around for odds at a few sportsbooks to see which spots have the most favorable lines for this series between the two biggest rivals in the major leagues.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Dates: Friday, August 11, 2017 – Sunday, August 13, 2017

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

The Red Sox have improved to 65-49 on the season after their most recent winning streak, the second-best mark behind the Astros in the American League. The Yankees have a better run-differential than Boston but are just 60-53 after a recent lull.

Both of these teams have solid teams, but are built in different ways. The Yankees’ biggest strength is its offense, while Boston’s starting pitching is dynamic. It will be interesting to see which team comes out ahead in this three-game set.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 11, 2017, 7:05 p.m. ET (MLB Network)

Jaime Garcia (Yankees) vs. Eduardo Rodríguez (Red Sox)

Garcia’s debut with the Yankees was not exactly the start he was hoping for. The 31-year-old allowed six runs, including five earned, on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in the Yankees’ 7-2 loss to Cleveland on August 4th. Garcia has been traded twice in the last two weeks, being sent from the Braves to the Twins for a single start before moving again to the Yankees.

Rodriguez is looking for his first win since May. The 24-year-old is 4-3 on the season with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. In his most recent outing against the White Sox on August 4th, he allowed two runs on four hits while walking four and striking out five in six innings pitched. Rodriguez is a solid hurler and should be able to keep the team in the game.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 12, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET (FS1)

Luis Severino (Yankees) vs. Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox)

Severino is in the middle of a breakout year as he has a 2.91 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He has a 9-4 record with 162 strikeouts this season. Severino is facing a Boston lineup that is tough, especially with the recent additions of Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers. However, he has the type of pure stuff to quiet even the most talented hitters in the lineup.

Pomeranz has allowed just one run in three of his last four starts coming into this matchup. He is 11-4 with a 3.36 ERA on the season and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. He has impressive stuff and will need it as well because the Yankees boast star Aaron Judge and other big-time bats.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, August 13, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Jordan Montgomery (Yankees) vs. Chris Sale (Red Sox)

Sale is 14-4 on the season with a 2.57 ERA and seems like the front-runner for the Cy Young award. He has a 0.88 WHIP and has struck out 229 batters in only 161.1 innings. Even though New York has one of the best offenses in the MLB, it will be hard to put big innings together against such a dominant hurler.

Montgomery is being called up to fill in for veteran left-hander C.C. Sabathia, who injured his knee last time out. Montgomery is a borderline starter in the major leagues, entering with a 7-6 record and a 4.05 ERA. He needs to have one of the best outings of his young career to give New York a chance in this game.

MLB Predictions, Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Picks

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Series Betting Preview

 

By Kyle Markus

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels Betting

The Los Angeles Angels are coming off a sweeping of the Phillies earlier this week and will look to keep it rolling in a matchup with the Oakland Athletics. This is another series the Angels should win and they’ll need to take advantage of the week’s easy schedule. The Angels are currently in third place in the AL West, but sit just one game back from the Mariners.

The Oakland A’s are six games and two spots behind the Angels in the division and face a very different reality this year. The A’s traded star pitcher Sonny Gray to the Yankees this week, finishing off their multiple weeks of selling before the deadline.

This one should mean much more for the Angels and it’s good opportunity for Los Angeles to make up some ground in the wild card race.

Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels

Dates: Friday, August 4, 2017 – Sunday, August 6, 2017

Location: Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA

The Angels are 9-8 since the All-Star break and will look to push beyond the .500 mark they’ve been hovering around all season in this series.  The team made one move this week before the deadline, trading reliever David Hernandez to the Diamondbacks for a young prospect on the mound. The playoffs might be a longshot but they are still in sight for Los Angeles and while this week’s victories over the Phillies were expected, the sweep and the dominating way that they won were a welcomed result.

The A’ split a four-game series with the Giants this week. The team fell 11-2 in Thursday’s contest and come into Friday’s game with a record of 48-61. Since the break, the A’s are 9-11.

This is the fourth series between the two squads this season. The Angels lead the A’s 6-4 so far in head-to-head matchups.

Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 3, 2017, 10:07 p.m. ET (Local TV)

Troy Scribner (Angels) vs. Jharel Cotton (Athletics)

In Scribner’s major league debut against the Blue Jays on July 29th, the 26-year-old rebounded from a rocky start to get the win and retire the last seven batters he faced. He’ll look for that kind of performance this time again, sans the rocky start perhaps. Scribner was called up from Triple-A last week and was elevated to a starting role after Jesse Chavez was sent to the bullpen.

After showing promise during a brief callup last year, Cotton’s first full rookie season isn’t exactly going as planned. He struggled on the mound early then missed most of July due to blisters on his hands. He returned to the rotation last Sunday and allowed five runs on five hits with five walks in the A’s win over the Twins. He has talent but has yet to put it together.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 4, 2017, 9:07 p.m. ET (Local TV)

Tyler Skaggs (Angels) vs. Paul Blackburn (Athletics)

Skaggs will return to the mound Saturday against the A’s after missing three months with a strained oblique. The left-hander only had five starts before the injury sidelined him this season. He has an ERA of 3.99 right now but also has the potential to make the Angels rotation much stronger if he can get back to top form.

Since making his major league debut with the A’s in early July, Blackburn has been decent but has struggled a bit with consistency. In six starts he is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. In his most recent start against the Giants on Monday, the 26-year-old allowed five runs on eight hits with one walk in 6.1 innings pitched.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, August 6, 2017, 3:37 p.m. ET (Local TV)

Ricky Nolasco (Angels) vs. Sean Manaea (Athletics)

The Angels need Nolasco to pitch well if they are going to make a push in the wild card race. Despite his 5-12 record, the 34-year-old has had bright moments. The team just needs them to be more frequent from here on out. Nolasco has an ERA of 4.90 currently and has recorded 101 strikeouts this season.

Manaea will be eager to move on from his last performance. He allowed six runs on nine hits in just three innings against the Giants on Tuesday. The 25-year-old has still has an ERA of 3.88 on the season, but it’s been a tough stretch for him. He’s allowed 13 runs on 26 hits, including four home runs, in his last three outings. He will certainly be looking to turn things around on Sunday.

2017 CONCACAF Predictions, USA vs. Jamaica Gold Cup Final Odds

USA vs. Jamaica Soccer Picks

Gold Cup Predictions

By Andrew Ryan

The last time the United States’ Men’s National Team played against Jamaica in the Gold Cup, it was embarrassed in a 2-1 loss in Atlanta. The Yanks were flat, they were largely outplayed, and they bowed out of a tournament they were expected to win.

Now, these two teams are back in an even bigger spot in the Gold Cup final. The Americans will once again be expected to put the Reggae Boyz down, but with the remarkable run Jamaica has been on in this tournament, anything is possible.

USA vs. Jamaica
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 26, 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Soccer Odds
USA vs. Jamaica TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1

There’s a good chance the Gold Cup final ends up being a bit of a disappointment when push comes to shove. The Reggae Boyz have surely earned their way here, especially with the way they consistently held their form against the Mexicans in the semifinal in a 1-0 victory.

But if we’re being honest, Jamaica is overmatched here in this one. The goal against Mexico came from Kemar Lawrence on a beautiful free kick. Sure, Jose Corona should have done much better with it, but credit goes out to Lawrence for putting the ball where the keeper wasn’t, yet still on the target.

The Americans have flat out been dominant in the knockout rounds of this tourney, though. Yes, it took 72 minutes to get on the board against Costa Rica, but the United States always looked the more threatening of the two sides. When Clint Dempsey came off of the bench in the second half, it was game on for the Yanks. Dempsey managed an assist on Jozy Altidore’s opening goal, then he scored the goal that put things away 10 minutes later.

In the team’s last three matches, the United States has managed three wins by an aggregate score of 7-0. If that’s the way this team is going to play here in the finale, there isn’t another club in CONCACAF that is going to beat it.

Key Factor

The bottom line is that the Yanks have looked a completely different side thanks to four players: Dempsey, Altidore, Darlington Nagbe and Michael Bradley. In the group stage, there was a tremendous lack of organization that we saw out of these Americans. That problem, particularly in the midfield, is no more. Possessions are longer and have more purpose, and the end results have been more fruitful.

There’s no doubt the U.S. is going to dominate the possession in this match. Jamaica hasn’t had even 40 percent of the ball in three of its last four fixtures dating back to the group stage.

It’s whether Andre Blake can figure out how to be flawless once again. Sure, the Jamaicans have scored a little bit along the way, but most of these goals have been against the run of play. This team is going to try to win this match on counters, and that typically hasn’t worked all that well against the United States recently.

USA vs. Jamaica Free Picks

The Americans are going to be big favorites in this match for a reason. Though it took a while for them to emerge as the favorites in the Gold Cup, the roster changes Bruce Arena has made deserve all the credit in the world. Arena has been the best manager in this tournament, and he has the best team in CONCACAF right now for our money.

Not only do we think the Stars and Stripes are going to get the job done and return the Gold Cup to American soil, but we think they’re going to do so with ease as well. They were blindsided by Jamaica two years ago in Atlanta, but you can bet that Arena will be reminding his team just how dangerous the Reggae Boyz are. The USA won’t make the same mistake twice.

USA vs. Jamaica Soccer Pick: USA on the Asian Handicap at BookMaker.eu
USA vs. Jamaica Score Prediction: USA 2, Jamaica 0

2017 San Francisco 49ers Season Betting Odds, NFL Picks

San Francisco 49ers 2017 Betting Preview

San Francisco 49ers Season Betting Odds

While the Cleveland Browns get the ridicule as the worst team in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers could once again give them a run for that title in 2017. After several years of competing for a Super Bowl under coach Jim Harbaugh, it has been a swift descension for San Francisco, which is now in the midst of a major rebuild.

The team hired Kyle Shanahan as its coach and John Lynch as the general manager to right the ship. Brian Hoyer was added to play quarterback, but he is nothing more than a journeyman. Unless the 49ers get a ton of unexpected performances, they will likely only win a few games once again this season.

2016 Record: 2-14
2016 ATS Record: 4-11-1
Over/Under Total Record: 10-6
Current Super Bowl Odds: 300/1
Current Odds To Win NFC: 125/1
Current Odds To Win NFC North: 40/1

 

2017 San Francisco 49ers Season Preview

The 49ers finished the 2016 season 27th in the NFL in points scored and last in points allowed. Quarterback was an issue, as neither Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert could consistently lead the team.

Hoyer may not be much better unless the offensive line improves and some weapons emerge. Pierre Garcon was signed in free agency and he should be a reliable wide receiver, but the team is still short on impact skill players.

The defensive front has the potential to be good, headlined by DeForest Buckner and No. 3 overall draft pick Solomon Thomas. Lynch traded back in the draft from No. 2 knowing that it’s important to stockpile draft picks as the team continues to rebuild.

However, in doing so, it leaves the 49ers without a quarterback with high upside. San Francisco may be able to slowly turn it around but this season is expected to be another struggle. It would be a surprise if the 49ers win more than a handful of games in 2017.