Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, July 26, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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The NFL season is about to kick off and nothing says our team is on the same page like a good ole fashion team brawl…way to go Giants. A team wide fight broke out at Giants practice yesterday after Evan Engram retaliated after a late hit on running back Corey Clement. Engram was leveled from behind by safety Logan Ryan which sparked a team wide brawl that led to QB Daniel Jones being at the bottom of the pile. Joe Judge was obviously pissed off about the actions of his team and gave them a profanity riddled speech, and then made everyone run laps. Glad to see your all on the same page Giants. Although no one was hurt due to the fight, no matter how much they try and down play the incident, it’s clear this team has a ways to go.

Shohei Show: Angels F5 -.5
We all know by now how good Ohtani is, especially in this matchup. He pitched against Texas twice this season back in April and had conflicting results, but that was then, and this is now. The Rangers are without Gallo, no doubt their best bat, and Ohtani has no doubt improved since the beginning of the season. After a tough out against the Yankees, Ohtani rebounded for three straight solid outings, only allowing three runs in his last three starts. The complete opposite is the case for Allard.  The Rangers are a terrible 1-10 in his starts and have lost the last eight straight. Allard has allowed 28 runs in his last five starts to go along with seven home runs. At this point, I’m not sure what more Texas needs to see out of Allard, but we’re here for it take the Angels F5-.5.

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Turn up in Toronto: Blue Jays F5 TT over 3
Give it a year or two, and this Blue Jays team will be making a run into the playoffs. The offense has been one of the league’s best throughout the whole season and they get a layup today against Mejia. Cleveland is only 2-8 when Mejia starts and has lost his last five straight. The strange part is that Mejia was doing alright, but then when July hit, everything fell apart for him. In his five starts in July, he allowed 25 runs and didn’t have a start in which he did not allow at least four runs.  He also allowed a home run in each start for a total of eight home runs.  Mejia hasn’t seen Toronto yet this season, but he clearly has not faired well with teams that have the same caliber offense or worse than Toronto. If you see this total at 2.5 pounce on it, take Toronto team total over for the F5

Brew Crew 2.0: 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 were going to play the run line. The Brewers have continued their hot play since the break and are now 20 games over .500. In Peraltas starts the Brew Crew is 13-6, this will be his fourth start against these Pirates in his first three starts he has only allowed five runs. Brault is making his first start of the season and will likely not be sharp against a good offense like the Brewers. As we touched on before, the Brewers have completely dominated this head to head matchup and own a 11-4 record against the Pirates this season. After last nights collapse expect a ticked off Brewers squad to take out some frustration here.  Take the Brewers on the run line.

Always Under: White Sox under 8.5
Another flash back to last week here with this under. The books made a small adjustment lowering the total a run, but it won’t matter here. Hernandez has been alright in his three starts.  His last outing was against these White Sox, where he went six scoreless and got the win. Even though this White Sox team is a different team at home than on the road, the under is still 6-1 in Chicago. Giolito has seen these Royals three times this season only allowing seven runs across all three starts. As we highlighted last week the under is a strong 11-3 in the head-to-head series this season and with a rematch of last week it should continue again here.  Take the under 8.5

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