Today in the Daily Sports Roundup courtesy of OddsShark.com:: The Yankees hit the road to play the Blue Jays, the Phillies take on the Nationals, and the Packers head to Chicago for the Monday nighter.
Colliding on the gridiron . . .
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Monday Night Football this week has the Bears playing host to the Packers. Chicago (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) rolled to a 27-20 road win in Dallas last weekend, with Jay Cutler going 21-of-29 for 277 yards passing with three touchdown strikes. Matt Forte was held to just 29 rushing yards on 10 attempts for Chicago in that win. Green Bay (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) pounded the Bills 34-7 at home last week, as Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 29 pass attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Jermichael Finley caught four passes for 104 yards in that contest. The oddsmakers like the road team in the Monday night matchup, pegging the Packers as the 3-point favorites. The total for the game sits at 46.
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Meeting up on the diamond . . .
On the American League schedule for Monday it’ll be Detroit at Cleveland, Baltimore at Tampa Bay, Seattle at Texas, Minnesota at Kansas City, Boston at the White Sox, Oakland at the Angels, and the Yankees at Toronto. A.J. Burnett (10-14, 5.05 ERA) is slated to get the ball for New York in that last matchup, while the Blue Jays counter with Marc Rzepczynski (2-4, 5.75 ERA). Righthander Burnett faced Toronto back on August 2, getting knocked around for eight runs on eight hits over 4 2-3 innings of work in a loss. Lefthander Rzepczynski is coming off a win over the Mariners in which he gave up two runs on seven hits over 6 1-3 innings pitched. Rzepczynski fanned eight in that win.
Meanwhile, the National League on Monday offers up Milwaukee at the Mets, Florida at Atlanta, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, the Dodgers at Colorado, the Cubs at San Diego, and Philadelphia at Washington. Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53 ERA) is set to take on John Lannan (8-7, 4.58 ERA) in that Phillies/Nationals contest. Righthander Halladay is riding a four-game winning streak into Monday’s game, holding the Braves to three runs on seven hits over seven innings of work in his most recent trip to the mound. Lefthander Lannan had to settle for a no-decision against the Astros last time out, surrendering three runs on six hits over seven innings. Washington is 7-3 over Lannan’s last 10 starts.
The Rays certainly need to continue to win ballgames if they want to take the AL East crown and do have the better team than the Orioles but this price is just too much. Baltimore is an extremely capable club and Brian Matusz is an extremely capable pitcher. In fact if Matusz is better than Wade Davis today I would not be all that shocked. Both hurlers are solid young guys with a bright future with neither being that much better than the other.
Ever since Buck Showalter became the manager not only have the O’s been a much more competitive squad but Matusz has really risen his game. The lefty has allowed only seven earned runs in his last 33 innings and should be just fine here. He’s a tough lefty that will be fairly confident and at the very least hold his own.
Tampa did not look very good yesterday in the loss to Seattle and quite possibly could be without Evan Longoria once again today. Even if that isn’t the case I can’t help but take my chances with a solid enough Baltimore offense with the likes of Roberts, Markakis, Scott, Wigginton, Jones that at times is very good. I’m not saying they can match Longoria, Crawford and Pena in a 162 game season but it’s not what I would call night and day and with basically even pitchers on the mound this overinflated price is a semi steal.
I understand that 61-94 is not a very good record and the O’s just had a lost weekend up north in Toronto but Baltimore has won two in a row against Tampa Bay and a third straight very well could be in the cards.
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