We have a light Thursday schedule and the only afternoon money line that moved was on the blistering hot Oakland A’s who went from a +108 to -108 favorites. The total on the Dodgers and Cardinals has slid to 8.5. As always, review the tasty trend nuggets at the bottom of the page.
MLB – (907) N.Y. METS at (908) ARIZONA 9:40 EDT SNY, FSAZ
The Diamondbacks are trying to stay in the NL West race and as long as they keep facing teams below .500, they will have a chance. Arizona is on 5-1 stretch, having taken home series from Houston and Colorado and in comes the Mets to play four games, now at 47-51, having lost 11 of 12. The free-falling New Yorkers are so pitching poor at the moment; they are turning to their top pick from two years ago, Matt Harvey, trying to find a win. The 23-year-old Harvey, was 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Buffalo and he’ll be matched by fellow rookie Wade Miley (11-5, 3.02 ERA), whose been the D-Backs most consistent pitcher. Arizona was at -165, but has slithered to -180, with the Mets 4-15 in July. 3DW Position – Arizona wins
MLB – (913) DETROIT at (914) CLEVELAND 7:05 EDT FSD, STO
For this AL Central conflict, it’s not so much the line is that different from the starting number, but the volatility of movement. Most sportsbooks opened Jason Verlander (11-5, 2.42) and Detroit at about -170 on the overnight line. By early today, that number had flown all the way to -190, however, since then, the line has fallen like stock market on the news of UPS stock shortcomings and Europe’s vast issues, down to the -165 to -160 range. It is often difficult to bet against Verlander, however, Cleveland pitcher Zach McAllister (4-2, 3.21) has thrown well and has a 1.59 ERA in two starts versus Detroit. In the Tigers favor is this system – AL underdogs of +150 or higher, with a starting pitcher whose ERA is 4.20 or better on the season, against an opponent with a starting pitcher who strikes out five or more batters per start, they are 30-101 (22.9%) since 2010. 3DW Position – Detroit wins
CFL – (121) EDMONTON at (122) WINNIPEG 8:30 EDT TSN
Was it really just last November that Winnipeg was playing for the Grey Cup? Including that loss to British Columbia, the Blue Bombers (0-4, 1-3 ATS) have lost five games in a row as they prepare to host Edmonton (3-1 SU & ATS). Two major issues for Winnipeg, first, no team has been hit harder by injuries, partly explaining why they are last in points scored (19.5) and the worst defensive team in the CFL (35.2). The other factor is the opening the season with all road games, finally, now playing at Canad Inns Stadium. With Edmonton permitting a league-best 14 points a contest, CFL football bettors have focused their attention on the total, lowering it from 46.5 to 45.5. Twelve of the last 18 meetings in Winnipeg have gone UNDER. 3DW Position – Play Under
3Daily Winners Nuggets
MLB Money Line Nugget
Manager Brad Mills and Houston are 13-38 having lost 15 or more of their last 20 games.
MLB Totals Nugget
Manager Terry Collins and the Mets are 30-10 OVER with a struggling bullpen whose ERA is over 7.00 the last five contests.
MLB Run Line Nugget
Manager Clint Hurdle and Pittsburgh are 28-9 on the RL after scoring four runs or less in four straight games.