Degens Only: Tuesday Plays, June 22
In football news, Eli Manning is back with the Giants. No, he didn’t come out of retirement to challenge Daniel Jones for the starting job, Manning is stepping into the front office, so to speak. He will join the Giants in a business operations and fan engagement role. It’s not quite clear what the Giants legend will be doing in the front office, but he will also be working on a new series that will be airing on ESPN. The Giants plan to retire Manning’s number 10 jersey in a week three halftime celebration this upcoming season, a game where they will play the Falcons. This could be Manning’s initial step in eventually becoming a GM, but only time will tell. Here is something you don’t have to wait for though, today’s top plays lets count them down.
Sun Rise: Suns Team Total over 114
Let’s face it, the Suns are firing on all cylinders even without future hall of famer Chris Paul. The Suns continued their offensive domination in game one hanging 120 on a Kawhiless Clippers team who needs to figure it out quickly if they want to stay in this series, because this Suns team is dangerous. The Suns have been having their way ever since the end of the Lakers series, they have gone over this total in five straight games and fell one point short of making it seven straight games. The Clippers hung tough for almost the whole game, but the Suns have too much fire power. They are playing so good as a team right now it’s going to be a huge win if the Clippers were able to head back to LA with the series tied 1-1. In the end the Clippers could pull out a win here in a game they already know is almost a must win, but I know one thing, there isn’t a team left in these playoffs that can slow down this Suns team so they’re going to put up some points yet again in this one. Take the Suns team total over 114.
Flock of one: Orioles/Astros over 10.5
So it’s no secret that the Orioles struggle to win games, but more the reason they struggle to win is because they let up a ton of runs. They do a pretty good job of getting their own guys across the plate, but their pitching staff is just awful. If you follow baseball you know that Camden Yards in the summer time is a goldmine for high scoring games. That combined with two pitchers that are average or below average and an awful bull pen in the Orioles and two offenses that can put up good amounts of runs it’s going to lead to some runs. Greinke has left up seven runs combined in his last two starts and Lopez has been awful all season. The Orioles struggled last night to even get a hit and should be out to prove something this game and the Astros should feast on Lopez. Take the over 10.5
Blue Jays over Blue Marlins: Blue Jays ML
I know, I know, Ross Stripling it’s a stretch, but this Blue Jays offense is too good against a bad Marlins offense and a guy in Alcantara that they have already beat. This is not going to be a pretty one by any means, so basically if you don’t like sweats this might not be that game to watch. Unless Sandy has a blow up game this one will likely be pretty close throughout, as the Marlins have a strong bullpen and lack offense. The Jays bested Alcantara once and they can do it again. Stripling has been better recently and the Blue Jays will need that to continue since runs may be at a premium in this one. The Jays squeeze out a tight one here. Take the Blue Jays money line.
Low-key Giants: Giants/Angels F5 under 4.5
The Giants own the second best F5 ML record in the league and you don’t get there by allowing a ton of runs early in games. Outside one terrible start against the Dodgers DeSclafani has been the ace of this Giants rotation he has rarely allowed more than two runs in his starts. The Angels come into this game banged up missing a lot of power from their lineup and have won a good chunk of games beating up on bad pitchers and bad teams. Heaney had a good outing last time against the Giants only allowing one run over five innings. The Angels bullpen has been a dumpster fire this season so look for the Angels to try and ride Heaney deep into the game to avoid their pen. This game could see some runs but they won’t be scored till the later innings. Take the F5 under 4.5.