Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, April 28
Talk about the luck of the Irish, Connor McGregor just sold his Proper number 12 whiskey brand for 600 million. With this sale gone are the days of Jake Paul calling him out. We can see he sensed that by quickly moving to Daniel Cormier or anyone who will give him attention. I think it’s funny how Steven A Smith can go on TV and talk about how McGregor has turned into a punching bag because he lost two fights to the best MMA fighter to ever do it and a guy who is most likely a future hall of famer. Granted, it is different if he does get destroyed for a third loss in a row; then maybe you can start having whispers about it, but to call his upcoming fight a “must win” is as far of a reach as LeBron’s hairline. Don’t worry Connor, I believe you can beat Poirier, and you know what else I believe in…today’s plays; let’s get into it.
Big Birds: Blue Jays/ Nats Over
This Blue Jays team continues to surprise me. They were able to take it to one of the best pitchers in the game last night hitting a grand slam off Max Scherzer and eventually tagging him for seven runs. Today, they get Fedde who has struggled to start the year sitting at 1-2 with a 5.5 ERA. Not much history against this Jays lineup but as you can see from yesterday, they are hitting RHP quite well right now and are very dangerous. Matz takes the hill for the Jays and he is having a bounce back year sitting at a pretty 4-0 with a 2.2 ERA. Matz however has not fared well against this Nats lineup, letting them hit over .270 over 160 at bats. The Nationals are well known for hitting LHP quite well and they should be able to get a few runs across to help push this one over. Both clubs turn to the bats in this one take the over.
Glasnow and then: Rays/A’s F5 under
I really like Glasnow to bounce back in this spot. He has elite stuff and if anyone can slow down this A’s team, it’s him. Looking at the A’s, they have played a lot of low scoring games lately, but they have still been getting wins. This screams that their pitching has been solid from front to back and that their offense has started to slump a little from looking at their opponents they didn’t exactly have to face the best pitchers in the league. Irvin takes the mound today for Oakland and besides the Astros hot start, let’s face it, they hit everyone he has pitched very well and has helped Oakland win a couple of close games. We know what Glasnow is capable of and I think Irvin is starting to show his potential. Look for the low scoring between these two teams to continue. Take the F5 under.
Not your Dad’s White Sox: White Sox -1.5
I have a rule that I’m about to break in MLB and that is never bet a home team -1.5. Simply because your giving up a lot of your edge. I’ll summarize it with if you need it. A lot of the time, the home team can lose that bottom of the ninth at bat because the team you’re on is up by one or if they are losing the game ends when they secure a one run lead. In this case, I’m throwing caution to the wind and taking the White Sox to put a hurting on a kid that hasn’t figured the big leagues out in Mize. He started out good and as we have seen lately, old habits die hard and he has started losing his control and giving up the long ball. He has been getting crushed. With a lineup like the Sox, if he continues anywhere near this line he will get destroyed and with Rodon on the hill who has been nearly and literally one game this year unhittable the Sox should have a smooth sailing game in this one. Take the White Sox -1.5.
Giants of the Rockies: Giants ML
I have always been always been a fan of Alex Wood. I don’t think he ever really got a lot of the credit he deserved for being as good as he is. So far this season he is proving me right and tonight he gets a Rockies team who is starting to fall into where we all thought they would be this season in the basement. They have struggled incredibly on the road this season going 0-7 and have scored a combined 11 runs in those seven games and have lost all of those games by 2 or more besides 1. Meanwhile the Giants are 4-1 on their current home stand and should continue to roll against a Rockies team who can’t seem to win outside of Coors. Take the Giants.
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