MLB Final Of The Season Week Picks

MLB Final Week Of The Season Picks

We are at the final week of the shortened 2020 MLB season. With every team making its final post-season push this week should be full of amazing baseball action. Keep reading for my picks for the must watch and bet games of the week.

MLB Final Week Of The Season Picks

Monday, Sep. 21

Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

Miami starter Trevor Rogers is 1-1 with a 6.06 ERA. The Braves are undecided on who they will start on Monday. It may not matter. The last time Atlanta played the Marlins, on Sep. 9, they beat Miami 29-9. Freddie Freeman drove in 6 runs with 3 hits.

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Mets

Rays starter Josh Fleming could throw for at least 5 innings. The Rays could decide trying to beat Jacob DeGrom and his 2.09 ERA isn’t worth it, which means if Fleming gets into trouble, they may keep him in there longer than they usually would.  

Tuesday, Sep. 22

Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas Jordan Lyles heads to the hill with his 1-5 record and 7.07 ERA. Luckily for Lyles, Arizona’s best hitter, David Peralta, bats less than .300. Peralta has a .295 average. The D’Backs also have a -49 run differential.  

Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Dodgers

Some will say the weak link in the A’s rotation is Tuesday starter Mike Minor. But Minor had a great game on Sep. 14, throwing 7 innings and striking out 8 in a 9-0 Oakland win. Dodgers starter Dustin May is 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA.

Wednesday, Sep. 23

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Unless Reynaldo throws a gem, Cleveland looks difficult to beat in this. The Tribe sends Zach Plesac to the mound. Plesac gave up no runs and struck out 7 in 6 innings the last time he faced Chicago. 

St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals

Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez has a 10.32 ERA and a 2.12 WHIP. Kansas City should have a pitching edge with Danny Duffy, who is 3-3 with a 4.24 ERA.  

Thursday, Sep. 24

Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh is a terrible team. But, they have a shot to pick up a win on Thursday. The last time they faced Chicago starter Alec Mills they belted him for 4 earned runs in 5 innings and the Pirates beat the Cubs 6-2.

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals scored a run off Corbin Burnes the last time he started against them. Burnes must step it up on Thursday because St. Louis starts Kwang-Hyun Kim. Kwang-Hyun is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

Friday, Sep. 25

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

The Astros have a ton of work to do in the final week if they hope to either win the AL West or grab a wildcard. Jose Uriquidy figures to do his part on Friday. He held the Rangers to 1 hit in 7 innings in a 4-1 Houston win the last time he faced Texas. Rangers starter Kyle Cody didn’t last longer than 3 innings in that same game.

L.A. Angels at L.A. Dodgers

On August 15, the Dodgers ran Angels listed starter Andrew Heaney off the mound after 5.2 innings. Dodgers starter Tony Goselin has allowed 1 earned run in his last 16.2 home innings thrown.

Saturday, Sep. 26

Miami Marlins at New York Yankees

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole may have turned around his form. In his last 14 innings pitched, Cole has allowed 1 earned run off 5 hits. Miami’s top home run hitter, Corey Dickerson, has just 6 dingers. So, whomever the Marlins start on the mound must have a fantastic game for Miami to upset the Yankees on Saturday. 

Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays

If Philadelphia finds a way to make the postseason, they could be tough. One of the reasons why is because starters like Zack Wheeler can dominate. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 2.62 ERA. If the Rays require this game to win the AL East, they’ll start someone other than a converted reliever. Wait and see what happens earlier in the week before going against Wheeler. 

Sunday, Sep. 27

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are undefeated in the 7 games that Dane Dunning has started. Chicago is undecided as to who they will put onto the mound on Sep. 27. If the Cubs must prepare for the postseason, meaning they won the NL Central, they figure to start a reliever and rotate bullpen pitchers until the finish. 

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

The Friars list Zach Davies as their starter for Sunday. Unless the Dodgers fall apart, the Padres won’t win the NL West. San Diego looks like they’re a lock for a wildcard, though. Don’t expect SD to stick with Davies for this game. They may want to start Davies in the wildcard battle or save him for their first divisional playoff game after winning the wildcard contest.   

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NFL Week 2 High/Low Scoring Games

NFL Week 2 High/Low Scoring Games

Who is itching for NFL Week 2 football already? Whether you like high-scoring or defensive minding games, there’s action for you. Keep reading for NFL Week 2’s high and low scoring games.

NFL Week 2 High/Low Scoring Games

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

Neither of these teams will score a ton of points. First, Baker Mayfield still is not in control of the offense. Even though he is on his FOURTH head-coach in two seasons, you can’t throw an interception on your team’s first possession of the season. Joe Burrow is a rookie and the Browns have a good defense. This should be a low-scoring contest. 

New York Giants at Chicago Bears

The Giants and Bears could score some points on Sep. 20. Both teams have decent skill players. Bears’ running back David Montgomery is a workhorse while Giants’ RB Saquon Barkley is one of the best ball-carriers in the NFL. Although Chicago’s defense allowed just 18.6 points per last season, it’s hard to see the Bears defenders stopping Barkley. 

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Both teams have solid enough defenses for this to be a low-scoring game. The Packers beat Detroit 23-22 and 23-20 in the two games last season. We could expect a similar sort of score in the first head-to-head in 2020, but, Detroit’s defense is much better. So, the winner may not break 20.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

Jacksonville won’t stop Derrick Henry. If the Jaguars can score 10 to 17 points in Week 2, we should stare at a high-scoring game because Titans figure to score 35 to 42, which means the total could creep into the high 40s or even low 50s. 

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins

The Bills opened the offense in Week 1. They allowed Allen to throw the football. He’s also a great running quarterback. Miami has no choice but to allow starter Ryan Fitzpatrick to sling it all over the field. Both teams will score enough for this to constitute a high scoring game.   

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets

San Francisco should rout the Jets. Does that mean this is a high-scoring battle? It depends on what Sam Darnold and the Jets do on offense. NYJ will score some points. J-E-T-S won’t score enough for anyone to call this a high-scoring battle, though. 

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are solid against the rush. They’re not so great against the pass. But Carolina’s entire offense rests on how well Christian McCaffrey does carrying the football. Panthers’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater won’t take charge and throw for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns unless the Buccaneers stop McCaffrey. Tom Brady may not get enough possessions for the total to break 50. This feels like a 24-21 game at best.  

Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals

Washington’s offense remains a work in progress. The defense isn’t great. The Cardinals will score a lot of points. But the game should end up Arizona 28 Washington 10, or something similar. That makes Washington versus the Desert Birds in Week 2 a low-scoring game.  

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MLB Must Bet Games Sept 7-13

MLB Must Bet Games Sept 7-13

Get in the action with the following must-watch and bet MLB games for Labor Day week.

MLB Must Bet Games Sept 7-13

Monday, Sep. 7

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Heading into the week, the Cubs have a tenuous 2 ½ game lead over the rival St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs start Kyle Hendricks who has an excellent 2.60 home ERA. The Cardinals must dig deep to beat Kyle at Wrigley.

Houston Astros at Oakland A’s

It’s close to put up or shut up time for the cheating Stros. Houston has 3 ½ games to make up on Oakland. They battle the A’s on Monday with 3.35 overall ERA Christian Javier on the mound. Javier has yielded 14 runs in 37.2 innings pitched.

Tuesday, Sep. 8

Tampa Bay Rays at Washington Nationals

AL East leading Tampa believes Ryan Yarborough can tame the Nationals’ batting lineup. Yarborough’s 3.98 ERA and 1.15 WHIP implies the belief is warranted.

Kansas City Royals at Cleveland

Cleveland is a half-a-game behind the Chicago White Sox in the tight AL Central Division. The Tribe can’t afford to lose any games, much less one against 14-26 Kansas City. Cleveland starter Tristan McKenzie is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a .75 WHIP. 

Wednesday, Sep. 9

Houston Astros at Oakland A’s

Lance McCullers has yet to get on track. One of Houston’s top pitchers in both 2018 and 2019, McCullers has a 5.79 ERA. His 13.50 ERA in away games should give the A’s plenty of confidence heading into this matchup.

L.A. Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Dodgers are 39-11 with a +99 run differential. D’Backs are 15-25 with a -38 run differential. In the words of the great Stan Lee, ‘Nuff said.

Thursday, Sep. 10

Philadelphia Phillies at Miami Marlins

Heading into the week, the Phillies have gone 8-2 SU in their last 10. They could run into a road block on Thursday because the Marlins start Sandy Alcantara and his 3.78 ERA. When Sandy faced the Phillies on July 24, he held them to 1 earned run off 3 hits and struck out 7 in 6.2 innings.

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

Giants starter Trevor Cahill is 0-0 this season. His 2.65 ERA has helped the Giants win his last 4 starts, though. But before getting too excited about SF’s chances against the Friars, realize that 3 of those wins were against the D’Backs and the other was against the Angels. 

Friday, Sep. 11

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

The last time he faced them, the Cubbies booted Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff after just 4.1 innings. Woodruff allowed 3 earned runs off 4 hits. Milwaukee’s prospects don’t look promising in this matchup.

L.A. Angels at Colorado Rockies

The Halos send 0-3 Griffin Canning and his 4.54 ERA to the mound. But German Marquez has a 7.03 ERA at home. Shootouts happen on the regular at Coors Field. Over? Maybe.  

Saturday, Sep. 12

Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox

White Sox starter Dallas Kuechel is one of the steadiest pitchers in baseball. This season, he’s 5-2 with a 2.42 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Detroit got to Dallas the last time he faced the Tigers, though. Motown scored 3 earned runs off 6 hits in 6 innings and beat Kuechel and the Sox 5-1.

Houston Astros at L.A. Dodgers

The most heated NL versus AL rivalry continues when the Stros head to Chavez-Ravine to face the Dodgers. Houston sends Framber Valdez to the mound. Valdez has a 2.58 ERA. His road ERA is an excellent .86. Expect the Stros to compete on Saturday. 

Sunday, Sep. 13

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

Baltimore starter John Means is 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA. That’s good news for the struggling Yankees. As of Sep. 5, NYY is 5-5 in their last 10 and 5 ½ games behind the Rays in the AL East.

Houston Astros at L.A. Dodgers

If Framber does shut down LAD on Saturday, the Dodgers figure to get their revenge on Sunday. The home team’s 5.61 runs per game batting lineup faces Christian Javier. Overall, Javier is great. His 6.39 road ERA could get him in some trouble on Sunday, though. 

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