Webb starting for the Gialns, he is 1-1 on the season -the right-hander gave up three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched on Tuesday in his last outing, a matchup with the Mets. He has a ERA of 2.55.
Joan Adon gets the nod for the Nats. He is 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA and 13 strikeouts through 15 1/3 innings pitched.In his last outing on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has put up an ERA of 5.87, with 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings in three games this season.
Pick: The jury is still out on Joan Adon who has just 20.2 big league innings under his belt. The Giants have a clear edge on the mound, and their bats have been hotter, San Fran Big fav here for a reason.
Giolito will make his first start of the season for the White Sox.
Chris Archer on the hill for Twins. The righty last appeared Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals, when he tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up four hits. He has a 2.16 ERA. He will take the hill against a White Sox team that is hitting .212 as a unit (24th in the MLB).
Even with Giolito on the hill, I think White Sox are a fade until we see some type of life from their offense. Archer is strong enough to shut down the piss poor Chicago bats today.
This matchup is so unfair that three-time MVP Steph Curry is coming off the bench. Yes Steph Curry has been playing as the team’s 6th man. With Klay Thompson back to his All-Star form, Jordan Poole playing well enough to steal Curry’s starting spot, and Draymond Green playing some of the best defense of his career. It’s hard to imagine any team in the NBA being a match for the Warriors. An undermanned Nuggets team that snuck into the playoffs based on the efforts of a single player never had a chance. Break out the brooms.
The Cougars have really come alive in the NIT, going 3-0 straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) with three Under results. That includes a pair of wins against solid WCC teams Santa Clara (63-50) and BYU (77-58), as well as a road win at SMU (75-63).
The Aggies motivation for this tournament were in question after being snubbed in the NCAA tournament, but HC Buzz Williams has motivated his team to wins against Alcorn State (74-62), Oregon (75-60) and Wake Forest (67-52).
Taking WSU here is tempting but the linear pick here is on #1 seed A&M. The Aggies have won each of their games by double digits. Washington State has had a nice run, but the Aggies’ backcourt tandem of Quenton Jackson and Tyrece Radford will be too hard to handle in NYC.
Even with Justin Fields at QB, I don’t see the Bears having enough firepower on offense to keep up with the Packers, especially with the way Green Bay’s defense has been playing in recent weeks. I expect Chicago to have a tough time moving the ball. The one area the Bears may have the advantage in is the run game with David Montgomery but he can't carry the offensive load by himself. Chicago ranks fourth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game bu they haven’t faced a runner like A.J. Dillon this season. Packers win by two scores.
Georgia Southern has a sieve of a defense and have allowed 321.1 passing yards per game, and they have given up 23 passing touchdowns with just four interceptions.
Coastal Carolina will be able to feast this weekend as they own one fo the most prolific passing attacks in college football, boasting 21 touchdowns against two interceptions and nearly 300 yards per game. The Chanticleers have had 37 passing plays of at least 20 yards and eight of at least 40 yards, matching Alabama in both of those categories.
Georgia Southern might have a respectable day running the ball, but this one is all but guaranteed to get ugly. Don't be afraid to lay the 21 points.
Penn State has lost three straight games, while Maryland just ended a three-game losing streak of its own with a three-point home win over a 2-6 Indiana team that is down to its third-string quarterback.
At least Penn State looked pretty good at Ohio State this past weekend, though. More specifically, Sean Clifford looked healthy again, throwing for 361 yards. It was his injury against Iowa that started this funk the Nittany Lions find themselves in, but he's going to pass them out of it this weekend.
Maryland isn't a great football team so don't let the win over Indiana fool you here their D has allowed at least 34 points and at least 425 total yards without forcing a single turnover in each of its past four games.
Army is about as one dimensional as you can possibly be on offense where the Black Knights only throw the ball once per quarter just to keep the defensive backs on their toes, but the Black Knights are 1-29 in the past 30 games against FBS opponents in which they threw the ball at least 11 times.
So, the question here is...can Wake Forest stop the run? If you look at their last 2 games, the answer to that question is No.
The Demon Deacons have a great offense that has scored at least 35 points in each game, but their last two opponents (Louisville and Syracuse) combined for 101 carries, 562 yards and five touchdowns against them. They narrowly won both of those games, but the winning streak will end against an even more relentless rushing attack.
We thought Tulane had a team this year after hanging with Oklahoma in week 1 but every since that game Tulane has been on a snide and also have been bitten with the injury bug. On the other side Houston has been on a roll since their week 1 loss against Texas Tech, winning in blowout fashion. I like the much hotter team in Houston here and feels like a gift getting this line inside of 7 points.
If you went to bed early on Saturday and woke up to find that Oregon beat Arizona by 22 points, believe me, that game was way closer than the final score. Wildcats quarterback Jordan McCloud threw two interceptions in the end zone, as well as a pick-six, and that series of bad decisions was effectively the difference in what was otherwise a neck-and-neck game.
So now we're left to wonder whether "won at Ohio State" or "barely won a home game against a team now on a 16-game losing streak" is the real Oregon.
Key pieces of the Ducks' defensive front seven have been dropping like flies because of injury, and there's little question that played a major role in their inability to win the battle in the trenches against Arizona. It didn't bury them against the Wildcats, but it could be their downfall at Stanford.
The saving grace for the Ducks is that Stanford's run defense has been quite bad. Both USC and Vanderbilt averaged 5.6 yards per carry against the Cardinal, and those offenses have otherwise had a lot of trouble getting going on the ground this season. The Ducks banged up defense is a concern here for Oregon bettors, but I predict that CJ Verdell runs wild against Stanford on Saturday.
The first two games of the series split the Over and the Under, both also set at 11.5 runs. The Rockies have the fifth-lowest Over percentage at home this season at 43.5%. Only three of the Rockies’ last 13 games have had totals of 12 or more runs. Follow the trends.
The Caps are a good play at home against a Rangers team that just played a hard-fought game in Philadelphia yesterday. The Rangers lost 2-1, and looked a bit sluggish after playing for the fifth time in nine days. Now, they have a sixth game in 10 days. Thatâ€™s tough for even the most well-conditions team.