1-3 last night for our first losing night in a while. Walker Buehler was dominant and all the credit goes to him for shutting down the Sox offense last night which cost us the over and the moneyline. Going into last night we were 7-0 when we bet on the Sox during the postseason….really wanted to keep that undefeated streak alive. We can’t dwell on a losing night though we need to get up and bounce back today! We have a ton of action today!
Red Sox (Rodriguez) (+135) - Bout time the starting pitchers were announced and I knew it wouldn’t be Pomeranz for the Sox. He’s 2-6 with a 6+ ERA this year. If Pomeranz did start the Dodgers would have been a double jackhammer but he’s not. Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Sox and he has faced 5 batters in the Dodgers starting lineup before. He’s held those hitters to a .200 avg in 40 at bats and hasn’t allowed a homerun to any of them. A huge advantage for the Sox is the fact that the Dodgers will sit their power hitting lefties against ERod. Rich Hill will start for the Dodgers and he grew up a Red Sox fan. He’s faced 5 guys in this Sox lineup and they are hitting .343 against him in 35 at bats. Jiant Dong Martinez has hit a homerun off of him before. The Dodgers definitely have the momentum after winning the marathon of a game last night but even with how bad the Sox played, they should have won if it wasn’t for Kinslers error. The 1-4 hitters will not go 0-23 again tonight. Sox bats will get to Rich Hill early and everyone in the bullpen was used last night. Sox at plus money +135 and the public is all over the Dodgers. Here’s a funny message from a VIP Member:
We are 7-1 when we take the Sox this postseason. Go Sox!
Wisconsin (-3.5) - Wisconsin bounced back last week from a let down game and absolute beat down by Michigan 38-13 two weeks ago by giving out a beat down of their own against Illinois in a 49-20 win. A win today will go a long way in SENDING Wisconsin to the Big 10 Championship game from the Big 10 West. Northwestern has won three games in a row but there is nothing impressive against their 18-15 win against Rutgers last week who is the worst team in the conference or their 34-31 win against now 1-6 Nebraska two weeks ago. Northwestern has struggled against the run this season allowing 143 rushing yards per game and that is going to be a PROBLEM today against this Wisconsin rushing offense which ranks 4th in the Nation putting up 282 yards per game. Northwestern knows the run is coming but they still won’t be able to stop it. The only chance Northwestern has to hang around in this one is if they run the ball themselves to keep the Wisconsin offense off of the field but that will be tough for an offense who only averaged 30 rushing yards per game against Michigan, Michigan State, and Nebraska. The Badgers are averaging 39 points per game in their wins and this Northwestern defense can’t compare to the two teams that have beat Wisconsin this year BYU and Michigan. Give me the Badgers to RUN away with this one, literally.
Texas A&M (+1) - There was a lot of hype about Mississippi State earlier this season but that has faded over the last few weeks since they lost to SEC opponents Kentucky, Florida, and LSU. Yes, MSU beat Auburn two weeks ago but Auburn isn’t the same level team that they have been in recent years. MSU is favored today based on the fact that they have home field advantage but Texas A&M is the real favorite here. MSU is just 1-3 in the SEC while Texas A&M is 3-1 in the SEC including a win against the same Kentucky team that whooped MSU 28-7. Texas A&M is also coming in fresh off of a bye week while MSU is still bandaging up the wounds from a 19-3 beat down against LSU. MSU is averaging just 5.3 points per game in their last 3 SEC losses (LSU, Florida, Kentucky) and 3 of their last 4. A big reason for that is because this offense has been one dimensional. This Texas A&M defense is no slouch and their rushing defense ranks #4 in the Nation only allowing 80 rushing yards per game. They will look to shut down this MSU offense that has struggled in 3 of the last 4 weeks. These teams are headed in different directions and I think Texas A&M will win this one by multiple scores tonight.
Texas (-3.5) - Texas has run off 6 straight since losing their season opener and they are currently ranked #6 in the country. Texas has played a stronger schedule than Oklahoma State and they are 3-0 against Top 25 ranked opponents. Oklahoma State started the season strong but they have now lost 3 of their last 4 including a 31-12 loss in their last game against Kansas State. COMMON OPPONENT ALERT - Texas beat Kansas State 19-14 in week 5. Both teams had a bye week last week so they have had time to prepare for this one today and that’s an advantage for Texas. Texas will be on the road but they are a much better team and I’m not sure why the spread isn’t more in this game.
Teasers: Play in groups of 2 - listed in order of confidence:
Texas A&M (+7)
Penn State (+0.5)
Blazers (+1.5) - Let’s take the point in this one but I like the Blazers to win this game outright. They come in 3-1 and are coming off of a 14 point win against a Magic team that the Heat lost to by 3 earlier this season. Dam Lillard son!
Parlay: Predators / Penguins - (+115) - The Preds come in 8-2 and they have won 4 of their last 5 including a 3-0 win against this Oilers team that they will be playing again tonight. The Penguins are 5-1 and they have won three games straight now - they will be on the road against a Canucks team that has lost 3 of their last 5. Good value for this 2 team parlay.
Lightning (-115) - Yes, the Lightning are coming off of a game last night in Vegas and back to backs can be tought but they are 7-1 this season and the Coyotes have not been good at all. This is great value on the moneyline for a mismatch of a matchup.