Dylan Cease - Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease throws against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of a baseball game, July 11, 2021 in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Degens Only: Wednesday Plays, July 21

Forget fear the deer, how about respect the deer. Mainly Giannis, who could have left this team and it could have taken this Bucks team at least another 50 years to win a title, but he chose to stay and we all know how that turned out. We have seen Bucks games go like this before, where the entire offense runs through Giannis and in those moments, that player has to be perfect in order to defeat the other team, essentially by themselves. If you watched last night’s game, you saw a guy that wanted this championship so much more than anyone the first thing he did was go take a seat and looked exhausted. Giannis showed what it truly means to leave everything on the court and now he is forever a World Champion.  Congratulations to the NBA champions, “Milwaukee Bucks”.  Top plays are on an 8-0 run let’s stay locked in with today’s plays.

Over on The South Side: White Sox/Twins over 9
Yesterday, we highlighted how dominate the White Sox have been over the past month against right-handed pitching and we have another one on the mound today. Second, we highlighted how the White Sox have dominated the Twins pitching, and you saw the Sox pile on nine runs last night to take the game late. Today, we have basically the same story line here as Pineda takes the hill for the Twins and he too has been hit hard by this Sox lineup as they have hit him for a combined .330 over 107 at bats. Pineda has two starts against the Sox this season both times they got to him pretty good once for three runs and two weeks ago they hit him hard for 12 hits and five runs a game where he only lasted four innings. Next up is Cease for the Sox and he has had an up and down year but has had some trouble with this Twins team. Cease has allowed twins hitters to hit a combined .312 over 96 at bats. Cease has seen the Twins three times this season and he has allowed 11 runs in the three starts and allowed six in his last outing against Minnesota. Eight of the 15 games played by these teams heads up this season has gone over this total and with the way their swinging the bats and these pitchers there is a good chance it will again tonight. Take the over 9

To The Moon: Astros TT Over 5
The Astros have been one of the top offenses from both sides of the plate, and that does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon as they were able to put up a nine-spot last night. Normally, I don’t like to take team totals for a club that had an offensively over productive night the night prior, but the kid going for the Indians is like throwing chum in the water and waiting for the sharks to attack. Morgan has allowed at least three runs to every team he has faced and he has allowed at least one homer run to every team he has faced. This guy has to be nearing the end of the line for his big league run and with those stats and what is most likely going to happen with him going against these Astros hitters they might be the final nail in the coffin. Take the Astros team total over five.

Tampa Time: Rays/Orioles over 8
Honestly, I’m greatly confused about why this line is so low as you have probably the worst pitcher going for the Orioles and a hot and cold pitcher for the Rays. Both of these teams can hit and score frequently with the Rays leading the scoring 10-9 so far in this series. Looking at Aikin this poor kid has just gone out there and gotten hit so hard over the whole season but even more so over the past month and a half. He has allowed at least four runs in his last six starts and has not made it past the fourth inning in his last five outings. Wacha takes the hill for the Rays and he has been the definition of hot and cold. One game he is in old form and allows one run and then the next he falls apart and has allowed five runs. With these starters this one could be over pretty quickly and if not look for some late runs for the Rays off a bad Orioles pen. Take the over 8.

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Big Birds: Blue Jays F5 ML
This Blue Jays offense is the real deal and has come out firing after the break. It was the sorry Rangers, but the Jays hung 25 runs on them in just three games. The Jays are 4-5 vs Boston this season, but they lead the F5 series with a 5-3-1 record. We were big on fading Richards earlier in the season then backed off when his form improved, but here is a good spot with the Jays red hot and they are 2-1 in the F5 when facing Richards this season. Richards has been hit pretty well over the last half of June and has been alright in his first two starts in July, but he still has yet to pitch past the fifth inning in a start since June sixth and he has allowed multiple runs in all of those starts. Ray looks to be getting the start for the Jays. Ray had one start against Boston this season and gave up three runs. That tie the most allowed by ray in a start this season he has been that good. He comes into this game on back to back shutouts and only one run earned in the game prior to that. Look for Ray to make some minor adjustments and to continue to be highly affective. Look for the Jays to continue swinging the hot bats and take them in the F5.

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