José Abreu | White Sox
José Abreu | White Sox

Degens Only: Friday Plays, July 9

The Suns took game two last night and the sweep is still on the table. They face the tough task of the next two games being in Milwaukee, but if they can grab even one of those games, they will be one win away from becoming NBA Champions. The problem for the Bucks is that nobody is helping on the offensive end. Giannis had 42 and the next highest scorer Holiday only had 17. It is going to take a large team effort to beat this Suns team, not just Giannis.  It will be interesting to see the adjustments the Bucks put in play for game three, but for us, no adjustments needed.  Time to get into today’s top plays. 

Clutch Keuchel: White Sox ML
The talent difference on these two teams is obvious, but the pitching difference is where we are going to focus for today. Lopez takes the hill for Baltimore and he has had an awful season boasting a 2-11 record with an ERA over 6. At home Lopez is 1-4 with a 5.5 ERA and allowing opponents to hit for .283. It gets worse as starting White Sox players have hit Lopez for .395 collectively over 48 combined at bats. Keuchel has struggled on the road recently and sits at 2-2 overall in his road starts on the season. This game has the capability of becoming a barnburner, but the Sox have the bats and the bullpen to outlast the Orioles here if that becomes the case. Take the White Sox ML.

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Land Vs Sea: Blue Jays/Rays RHE over 25
We did well going 2-0 in RHE plays with the Blue Jays and why stop there as another team in the Rays that they have a long history with this season is up next. The Jays boast one of the best offenses in baseball and with a young team, they will want to keep the momentum going into the break with hopes to easily regain it when play resumes. For the Rays, they know it is looking like a season long battle with the Red Sox for the AL East crown, so they know every win is a necessity. Both teams have been playing a lot of high scoring games lately, and this game is indoors, so weather will not be a factor either. In case you’re questioning this one, just know that out of the 10 games these two teams have played this season, only three of those games did not have at least three or more homeruns hit. Take the Jays/Rays RHE over 25.

Proper number 3: McGregor ML
The tie will be broken on Saturday as the trilogy fight between these two will commence. Seemingly out of nowhere, McGregor has gone on a downward spiral only winning one of his last six fights with one of those losses coming against Poirier. Make no mistake, Connor needs to win this fight. If he loses, that will make him 1-6 in his last seven fights…hardly the great fighter he was a few years ago. Talks have already begun to happen that he is washed up and time might be passing him by.  With a loss, they will undoubtedly grow louder. Lastly, he is facing a man in Poirier that halfway quit after his last fight stating, “I don’t know what’s next; I don’t love this anymore.” The set up is perfect for McGregor who has retired a few times already, but has recently expressed interest to continue fighting to win the fight and allow Poirier to ride off into the sunset. Connor has to have this one take him on the ML.

Shining Halos: Angels/Mariners over 8.5
Both of these teams are coming off wins against powerhouse teams. Both offenses were able to score four or more runs over their last two games. For the Angels, we have Cobb on the hill who has been hit hard on the road, sitting at 2-2 with a 7.7 ERA. Gonzales sits at 0-2 at home with over a five run ERA and allowing opponents to hit over .260 against him. This brings me to the bullpens; both are bad and should be able to throw some wood on the fire for this total. Both teams just came off wins against quality teams, so it makes sense that the top end guys of the bullpens saw a decent amount of action and might not be able to go in this one. Take the over 8.5 here

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