Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Garrett Richards
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Garrett Richards at Fenway Park, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Degens Only: Tuesday Plays, Aug. 3

It’s sad, preseason hasn’t even started, and the injuries are already piling up in the NFL. Carson Wentz can’t seem to catch a break. Looking to start a new beginning with the Colts and the news came out yesterday that he will indeed be missing anywhere from five to twelve weeks because of surgery he is going to have on his foot. Dak Prescott is now dealing with a shoulder injury that will keep him sidelined for a few weeks. The injuries continue to pile up as players and personnel also try and get a grasp of the new Covid rules. The NFL season is gearing up to get started and were here for it. In the meantime, we continue to stay on fire on the diamond so let the good times roll with today’s top plays.

Running through Beantown: Tigers/Red Sox over 10
A tale of two different seasons here. Anyone who watches baseball knows that the Red Sox are a whole lot better than the Tigers. With the lines being juiced here, we’re going to take a play on the total. Looking at the head-to-head matchup for these two teams, the over is 3-0 this season and over the last three seasons the over is 8-2. Looking at the starters for this game, Richards takes the hill for the Sox, and we have faded him throughout this season, and it looks like he is on the decline again here. Richards has allowed three or more runs in seven of his last eight starts and in those eight starts, he has allowed 11 homeruns. He has never been a big strike out guy, so look for a lot of balls in play from Detroit. Peralta follows a similar path here as he had a month where he was solid and now has started to decline again. He has had back-to-back starts where he has allowed five or more runs and two homeruns. With the bad numbers, it is important to point out that the bullpens have been the ones giving up the majority of the runs between these two where in three games a total of 50 runs have been scored only 16 runs have been given up by starting pitching. We should be seeing plenty of runs in this game so play the over 10.

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Big Bad Brew Crew: Brewers -1.5
We highlighted this matchup last week and it worked out well for us. With the books catching up, this money line is juiced so we’re going to play the run line. The Brewers have continued their hot play since the break and are now 21 games over .500. In Houser’s starts the Brew Crew is 13-5, this will be his fourth start against these Pirates where he is 3-0 and has only allowed three runs. Kranick only has four starts this season but has given up 13 runs and he recently had his worst outing of the season against these Brewers allowing six runs. As we touched on before, the Brewers have completely dominated this head-to-head matchup and own a 11-3 record against the Pirates this season. This is a rematch of last week and the result will be the same.  Take the Brewers on the run line.

Not Royalty: Royals/White Sox under 9
Another flash back to last week here with this under. The books made a small adjustment lowering the total a half run, but it wont matter here. Bubic followed up his strong start against Detroit with another strong outing against these White Sox and were going to get another rematch of last week on both sides a move that usually favors the pitcher. Even though this White Sox team is a different team at home than on the road, the under is still 5-1 in Chicago. As we highlighted last week the under is a strong 10-3 in the head-to-head series this season and with a rematch of last week it should continue again here.  Take the under 9.

Answer the Bell: Phillies F5 -.5
So the Phillies have a shot at winning the East, and in order to do so they have to get wins against teams that sold off and essentially gave up on this season like the Nationals. Corbin has been a mess all season.  In his last three starts, he is 0-2 with an eight run ERA and allowing almost five runs per start. Wheeler has been a stud for Philly all season and should have no trouble with this watered-down version of the Nats. Gerardi has been a playoff manager before and knows what it takes to lead his guys there – watch for the mood to shift in Philly as the end of the season grows closer. Wheeler should have no issue with holding back this depleted Nats lineup.  Philly should get at least one across on Corbin so take Philly -.5 in the F5.

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