2020 College Football Week 1 Odds & Analysis

Everything you wanted to know about the 2020 College Football Week 1 Season

College Football Week 1 is here! Click here for live odds. It won’t look like any other college football season due to COVID-19 postponements, however there are storylines aplenty for any football fan including a College Football Playoff scheduled for this year and with several major rivalry games.

The FCS kicked off Division I football on Saturday, Aug. 29 with Central Arkansas beating Austin Peay. Now the FBS starts its season on Thursday, Sept. 3.

2020 College Football Week 1 Odds & Analysis

The first FBS college football game of the 2020 season kicks-off this Thursday when UAB (Conference USA) will host FCS opponent Central Arkansas, followed by South Alabama (Sun Belt) traveling to take on Southern Miss (C-USA).

The first fall Saturday games kick off two days later on September 5th with 6 more contests comprising independent, Group of 5 and FCS teams. The opening weekend of the 2020 college football season will conclude on Labor Day as Navy (AAC) hosts independent BYU.

Thursday, Sep 3

South Alabama at Southern Mississippi – 9:00 PM

Southern Miss is a massive two touchdown favorite over South Alabama. Although the South Bama Jaguars went 2-10 SU, they weren’t bad against the spread, going 7-5 ATS. Southern Miss went 7-5 SU and 6-6 ATS. 

Saturday, September 5

Middle Tennessee State at Army – 1:30 PM

Army went 5-8 both straight up and against the spread. The Black Knights averaged 297.2 rushing yards per, though. Army might have an edge in this game. Middle Tennessee State averaged 26.8 points per in 2019. They also allowed 29.9 points per. More importantly? Opponents averaged 194 rushing yards each game versus Mid-Ten State. 

SMU at Texas State – 4:30 PM

In 2019, 10-2 Southern Methodist went 7-5 against the spread. The better wager could be on SMU and Texas State to play an over game. Southern Methodist runs a wide-open offense. The over was 9-3 in Mustang games last season. Texas State played in 4-of-11 over games. If the Bobcats’ offense improves this season, they should score over 20 per. Texas State allowed close to 33 per in 2019. 

Arkansas State at Memphis – 8:00 PM

Like so many teams in the Sun Belt, Arkansas State is well-coached. The Red Wolves went 7-5 SU. Their ATS record was 5-7. State beat Florida International 34-26 in their bowl game. Last season, Arkansas State bowed to the Memphis Tigers 31-7. Memphis went 12-1, which made them the top non-Big 5 Conference squad of 2019. Before dumping on the Tigers to dominate the Wolves in 2020, though, realize that Memphis’ coach Mike Norvell is now at Florida State. 

Monday, September 7

BYU at Navy – 8:00 PM

BYU projects as one of the most improved teams in college football. Quarterback Zach Wilson returns. Zach missed four games in 2019. He still threw for 2,382 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Cougars also return all five starters along the offensive line.

Navy has won at least 9 games in 3 of the past 5 seasons. The Midshipmen lost just 3 players from their defense. This should be a nice game between one of the better defense’s in college football versus a much-improved BYU offense.

Thursday, September 10

UAB at Miami Florida – 7:00 PM

Alabama-Birmingham shouldn’t stay on the field with the Miami Hurricanes. But, Miami has had so many issues, and so many changes since Manny Diaz took over that we can’t blindly back the Canes versus anybody against the spread.

If you do like Miami, read up on quarterback D’Eriq King. The dual-threat signal-caller transfers from Houston. He’s a viable Heisman Trophy contender as evidenced by the +1100 odds. As King goes, so will the Miami offense.

Top MLB Games Sept 14-20

Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6

The 2020 MLB season is cruising along while the focus is on the upcoming football season and current NBA and NHL playoffs. Keep reading for the top must watch baseball games of the week.

Must Watch Baseball Games Aug 31- Sept 6

Monday, August 31

St. Louis at Cincinnati at 6:30 PM ET

St. Louis is one game under .500 in the NL Central, but still three games and two spots up on fourth place Cincinnati. Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) limited Kansas City to two runs on three hits in 6.0 innings the last time out. Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.71 ERA) gave up two runs on three hits in 41 innings in his last start, but got lit up for a whopping nine earned runs on nine hits and three homers in his previous start. Yikes! 

Tuesday, September 1

Oakland at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET

The A’s are off to a sizzling start as they sit atop the AL West standings heading into the new week. 22-year-old right-hander Jesus Luzardo (2-1, 3.74 ERA) gave up three earned runs in 6.2 innings against Texas the last time bout but tossed 6.1 innings of shutout ball against Arizona in his previous start. Seattle is already eight games under .500 as reliever Ljay Newsome (2.57 ERA) makes his second start of the year after giving up one earned run on three hits and one home run in 4.0 innings of a 10-7 loss against San Diego on Thursday. 

Wednesday, September 2

Washington at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET

The defending champion nationals are off to a slow start and come into this matchup having lost seven of their last 10. Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer looked rock-solid in limiting Boston to one earned run on one hit in 6.1 innings on Friday – after getting smacked around for nine earned runs in his two previous starts combined. Philadelphia was en route to its sixth straight win late Sunday night and veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.58 ERA) has pitched like a staff ace all season long. Wheeler limited Atlanta to one earned run on just two hits in 5.2 innings on Friday. 

Thursday, September 3

San Diego at LA Angels at 7:10 PM ET

The exciting Padres have won seven of 10, but veteran right-hander Garrett Richards (1-2, 5.17 ERA) hasn’t helped the club much as evidenced by the fact that he comes into this affair off an embarrassing performance in which he got smacked around for six earned runs on four hits – including two homers – in just 0.2 innings against Seattle on Thursday. The Angels are nine games under .500 and have the same problems as always – a lack of competent pitching. The good news is that veteran southpaw Andrew Heaney (2-2, 4.62 ERA) comes into this one off a fantastic effort after limiting Seattle to one earned run on four hits in 7.2 innings on Friday. 

Friday, September 4

Detroit at Minnesota at 2:10 PM ET

The Tigers have won seven of 10 and sit at .500 heading into the new week. Left-hander Matthew Boyd (1-4, 7.27 ERA) has an ugly ERA, but he’s been fantastic in his last two starts and limited Minnesota to one earned run in 6.0 innings of an 8-2 win on Saturday. Minnesota has dropped five straight, but they’re also a blistering 12-3 at home this season. Right-hander Randy Dobnak (3.12 ERA) will look to rebound after he got touched up by Detroit for six earned runs on a dozen hits in 4.1 innings of an 8-2 loss on Saturday. 

Saturday, September 5

NY Yankees at Baltimore at 7:35 PM ET

The Yankees have gone 3-7 over their last 10, but they head into the new week riding a four-game winning streak. They’ll send staff ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.51 ERA) to the mound in this one, but the highly-paid star got pounded for five earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings of a 5-1 loss against Atlanta on Wednesday. The Orioles have lost eight of their last 10 and have yet to name a starter for this matchup, but the O’s are also a surprising 8-6 on the road this season. 

Sunday, September 6

St. Louis at Chicago Cubs at 7:00 PM ET

St. Louis has gone 8-7 at home this season and right-hander Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32 ERA) has been outstanding in giving up just three earned runs over his last three combined starts spanning 14.2 innings. Hudson limited Kansas City to two runs on two hits in 6.0 innings on Wednesday. The Cubs have dropped six of 10, but have gone 8-6 on the road this season, though they haven’t named a starter for this affair. 

NFL Week 1 Must Watch Games

NFL Week 1 Must Watch Games

With the start of the 2020 NFL regular season just over two weeks away, now is a perfect time to take a look at the top must watch Week 1 NFL games and which teams are offering the best value in their respective regular season openers. Whether you like one of the top Super Bowl favorites or a longshot playoff hopeful, there’s value everywhere on the Week 1 docket. Now, let’s find out where that value lies.

NFL Week 1 Must Watch Games

Thursday, September 10

Houston at Kansas City at 8:20 PM ET

Houston went 10-6 to win the AFC South by one game over Tennessee, but then head coach Bill O’Brien pulled an absolutely bone-headed move by trading perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver Deandre Hopkins to Arizona for aging running back David Johnson. Houston was already too reliant on Deshaun Watson to make plays and now the Texans are facing an uphill battle to get past the same Chiefs team that bounced them out of last season’s playoffs 51-31. 

Sunday, September 13

Seattle at Atlanta at 1:00 PM ET

Seattle went 11-5 a year ago to finish second in the NFC West while Atlanta went 7-9 to finish six games behind NFC South winning New Orleans. While the Falcons finished strong a year ago and are playing at home, I have no doubt that superstar signal-caller Russell Wilson will be the best player on the field in this affair. 

NY Jets at Buffalo at 1:00 PM ET

The Jets and Bills split their to regular season meetings a year ago with each winning on the road, but the Bills are playing at home and have a good shot to claim the AFC east title with Tom Brady down in Tampa Bay. Buffalo’s stout defense and what should be an improved passing attack in 2020 will be the reasons Buffalo gets off to a winning start. 

Chicago at Detroit at 1:00 PM ET

The Lions have starting quarterback Matthew Stafford back after he missed almost the entire 2019 campaign, but Detroit still has problems all over the place, starting with overmatched head coach Matt Patricia. Chicago has an elite defense and the Bears signed Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles to replace mediocre starter Mitchell Trubisky, so they’ll almost certainly be better on offense than they’ve been the last few seasons. 

Green Bay at Minnesota at 1:00 PM ET

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers won a stunning 13 games last season to claim the NC North title, but Green Bay failed to get their future Hall of Fame signal-caller the help he so desperately needs at the skill positions and particularly at wide receiver. Minnesota has an outstanding defense and they made a series of smart offseason additions via free agency and the  draft. The Pack got the regular season sweep in 2019, but that’s not happening again. 

Miami at New England at 1:00 PM ET

The Dolphins stunned the Patriots late last season to deny them the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and Miami is clearly a team on the rise after making a ton of upgrades on both sides of the ball. Still, New England has an elite defense and they wisely signed 2015 league MVP Cam Newton to be their starter under center moving forward. Even without Brady under center, I like the Patriots to stay in every game because of their elite defense. Still, seven pints looks like a number a bit too big for the remade Pats to cover. 

Philadelphia at Washington at 1:00 PM ET

The Eagles swept Washington last season, but there’s a new sheriff in charge in the nation’s capitol as Rom Rivera replaces the overmatched Jay Gruden. Still, the NFC East-winning Birds are much further along in terms of being a legitimate playoff participant while Washington is definitely in a bit of a rebuild in Year 1 of the Rivera era. 

Las Vegas at Carolina at 1:00 PM ET

Vegas went 7-9 last season to tie Denver for second place in the AFC West, but the jury is still out on quarterback Derek Carr and backup Marcus Mariota. Carolina went 5-11 in their final year under Ron Rivera, but the Panthers made a great hire by naming former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule as the guy to lead them into a new era. I’m expecting no-nonsense veteran Teddy Bridgewater to outplay whomever Vegas starts at quarterback while Christian McCaffrey outdoes counterpart Josh Jacobs in what looks like a Week 1 upset just waiting to happen. 

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Candidates

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Candidates

With the start of the 2020 NFL regular season getting closer by the day, it’s that time of year when we start looking at many of the fun-filled, season-long props odds wagers on the board. With that thought in mind, I’m dishing out the top five candidates to win the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds:

  • Joe Burrow +250
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire +400
  • Jonathan Taylor +900
  • Tua Tagovailoa +900
  • Jerry Jeudy +1500
  • D’Andre Swift +1600
  • Henry Ruggs III +1800
  • Cam Akers +1950
  • CeeDee Lamb +2000
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn +2000
  • Justin Herbert +2000
  • Jalen Reagor +2500
  • J.K. Dobbins +2500
  • Denzel Mims +3000
  • Justin Jefferson +3000
  • K.J. Hamler +3000
  • Zack Moss +3000
  • Laviska Shenault Jr. +3500
  • Michael Pittman Jr. +4000
  • Tee Higgins +4000
  • Tyler Johnson +4000
  • K.J. Hill +4000
  • Lamical Perine +4000
  • Antonio Gibson +4000
  • Brandon Aiyuk +4000
  • Chase Claypool +4500
  • Jalen Hurts +4500
  • Jordan Love +5000
  • Joshua Kelly +5000
  • A.J. Dillon +5000
  • Bryan Edwards +6500
  • Brycen Hopkins +10000
  • Anthony Gordon +10000
  • Antonio Gandy-Golden +10000
  • Cole Kmet +10000
  • Jacob Eason +10000
  • Jake Fromm +10000
  • Adam Trautman +10000
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones +10000
  • Andrew Thomas +15000

Ranking the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Candidates

No. 5 CeeDee Lamb +1800

While former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb was deemed by most experts as the top wideout in this year’s draft, he somehow managed to fall all the way to the 17t overall pick where the Dallas Cowboys quickly snapped him up after the Raiders took Henry Ruggs at No. 12 and Denver nabbed Jerry Jeudy at No. 15. No matter, everyone else’s loss will be Dallas’ gain in 2020 as the gifted Lamb joins a Cowboys offense that is loaded at the skill positions. 

The 6-2, 189-pound stud caught 62 passes and scored 14 touchdowns as a junior for Oklahoma last season. Now, he’ll play opposite Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper while star running back Ezekiel Elliott keeps defense honest with his powerful rushing. Quarterback Dak Prescott is good and wants to enter elite status and now, he has a full compliment of pass-catchers that could help him get there. 

No. 4 D’Andre Swift +1200

I’ve known about the gifted Swift ever since he was a high school phenom in my native Philadelphia a few years back. More importantly, Swift will move right into the starting running back slot with the Detroit Lions and he should see plenty of action for a team that has been searching for a quality star at the position for years. Swift ran for 1,218 yards and seven scores at Georgia last season while adding 24 catches for 216 yards and another score. He;s elusive and fast and will be joining a unit that should have a solid passing attack with starter Matthew Stafford back under center after missing the majority of the 2019 campaign. Detroit won’t win a whole lot and that could keep him from winning this award, but if he puts up crazy numbers, it might not matter how many games the Lions win. 

No. 3 Jonathan Taylor +2000

I don’t care what anyone else says, I fully believe that Jonathan Taylor should have easily gone in the first round of the NFL draft and that he is the most gifted back in this year’s draft class. Taylor rushed for at least 1,977 yards in each of his three seasons at Wisconsin while finishing with 6,174 yards and 50 career TD’s. Not only that, but last season, Taylor showed he could be a pass-catching option in the future after hauling in 26 passes last season for 252 yards and five scores. More importantly, Taylor will be suiting up for an Indianapolis Colts team that has an excellent offensive-mind in Frank Reich and one that will find ways to utilize his talented rookie back, Taylor currently sits behind starter Marlon Mack and backup Nyheim Hines on the depth chart or else he’d be my No. 2 pick over a Clyde Edwards-Helaire who will start right away in Kansas City.

No. 2 Clyde Edwards-Helaire +700

While former LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn’t expected to be the first back taken in this year’s draft, Andy Reid passed on Deshaun Watson a few years back in favor of Patrick Mahomes and we see how that worked out. Anyway, Reid nabbed the former LSU star with the final pick in the draft and it was widely expected that he’d contribute, particularly in passing situations, behind starter and Super Bowl standout Damien Williams. However, that all changed overnight with Williams announcing he would opt out of the upcoming season for personal reasons related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Now, Edwards-Helaire is suddenly the starter and that means he and his dual-threat skillset will get a ton of work in Kansas City’s absolutely explosive offense. While Edwards-Helaire only stands 5’7” and ran a modest 40-yard time of 4.60, he is exceptionally elusive and is a true three-down back that rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior at LSU last season while adding 55 receptions for an additional 453 yards and a score. Edwards-Helaire will be playing in a high-powered offense centered around the incomparable right arm of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs plethora of gifted skill positions performers like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Make no mistake about it, Edwards-Helaire will have one of the best chances to win this award given his status as the Chiefs’ starting running back, if nothing else. 

No. 1 Joe Burrow +200

While I’m not as sold on the overall No. 1 draft pick as some, I do like many of the things he brings to the table for a Bengals franchise in full-fledged rebuild mode. Burrow will have free reign to learn on the job as a rookie and really, no matter how bad the Bengals are, no one’s going to blame the former LSU star unless he has a string of absolutely abysmal performances.

More importantly, Burrow might be a rookie, but he’ll step into a great situation as far as his offensive teammates are concerned. His top target will be perennial Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green and Burrow will also have a handful of other capable receivers including former Clemson star and second round draft pick, Tee Higgins. Burrow will also be handing the ball off to now established starting running back Joe Mixon after he recorded his second straight 1,000 yard season in 2019. No, Burrow definitely won’t light up the NFL the way he did the NCAA in record-setting fashion last year, but he clearly has some time on his side and a ton of talent at the skill positions. Burrow will be given every chance to succeed and that makes him a great pick to win the 2020 AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. 

2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Honorable Mention List

Tua Tagovailoa +700

The fifth overall pick out of Alabama is clearly the future in Miami, but that future may not start until the 2021 campaign with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick battling to keep his starting job and Miami likely to play it safe for a few weeks as Tua sits and learns while getting more time to get even healthier following his scary hip injury last season. 

Justin Jefferson +2500

Former LSU star Justin Jefferson should move into the starting spot once occupied by Pro Bowler Stephon Diggs and that alone means he’ll have plenty of pass-catching chances in an offense that already features star wideout Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph extensively. While veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins certainly isn’t elite, he is very solid and he could find Jefferson open more often than not f opposing defenses put too much attention on Thielen and Rudolph. 

Henry Ruggs III +1400

The ultra-speedy Riggs will start right away for Las Vegas and head coach Jon Gruden is hounding Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota to actually perform at a high level. If Carr can get back to looking like an elite player and he makes Ruggs once of his favorite targets, it could happen. 

Jalen Reagor +2000

The Eagles passed on a couple of wide receivers that were higher rated than former TCU wideout Jalen Reagor because of what they said was Reagor’s speed on the field. Well, the Birds and their fans will find out early on if Reagor has what it takes to make it in the NFL  as he’s already scheduled to start opposite DeSean Jackson in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia has a really good quarterback in Carson Wentz and a quartet of solid running backs, led by starter Miles Sanders. Tight end Zach Ertz is one of the best in the game, so Reagor should have plenty of chances against one-on-one coverage. 

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

The focus of the sporting world may be on the NBA and NHL playoffs, but don’t miss out on some great baseball action with the following must watch MLB games of the week.

Must Watch MLB Games Aug 24-30

Monday, August 24

Colorado at Arizona at 9:30 PM ET

The Rockies have dropped seven straight heading into the new week and young right-hander Ryan Castellani (0-1, 3.77 ERA) got smacked around for five earned runs in 5.2 innings in his last start while allowing two homers. Things aren’t much better in Arizona where the D-Backs have lost five straight and right-hander Merrill Kelly (3-2, 2.59 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in his last start. 

Tuesday, August 25

Baltimore at Tampa Bay at 6:40 PM ET

The Orioles are tied for third in the AL East and have won two straight heading into the new week. The bad news is that veteran left-hander Tommy Milone (1-3, 4.13 ERA) gave up three runs and two long balls in his last start. Tampa Bay has won two straight and eight of 10 as they sit atop the AL East standings. Right-hander Tyler Glasnow ((0-1, 6.00 ERA) is coming off his best start of the year in limiting the Yankees to two earned runs in 5.2 innings of a 4-2 win on Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 26

NY Yankees at Atlanta at 7:00 PM ET

The Yankees dropped three straight before having their three-game series against the cross-town Mets canceled this pat weekend. Still, New York should have a great chance to get the win in this one as they turn to staff-ace right-hander Gerrit Cole (4-0, 2.75 ERA). Atlanta though, has gone a stellar 10-3 at home and will counter with gifted lefty Max Fried (4-0, 1.32 ERA) who has looked like the best pitcher in the majors this season. 

LA Dodgers at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET

The Dodgers have won four straight and veteran southpaw Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.25 ERA) has been dominant in each of his last two starts by allowing just one earned run both times out while tossing an identical seven innings. Frisco has been even hotter in winning six straight, although right-hander Kevin Gausman gave up four runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings of a 10-5 win over the Angels on Thursday. 

Thursday, August 27

Philadelphia at Washington at 6:37 PM ET

The Phillies have dropped five straight heading into the new week and right-hander Aaron Nola (2-2, 3.10 ERA) comes into this one off a pitiful performance after lasting just 2.2 innings and giving up four runs, two homers and three walks. The Nats have split their last 10 and staff ace right-hander Max Scherzer (2-1, 4.31 ERA) has been awful in each of his last two starts (15 hits, 9 earned runs, 4 HR’s) spanning 11.2 innings. 

Friday, August 28

Cleveland at St. Louis at 8:15 PM ET

Cleveland has won seven of their last 10 and right-hander Triston McKenzie (1-0, 1.50 ERA) has phenomenal in limiting Detroit to just one earned run on two hits in 6.0 innings of Saturday. St. Louis has won two straight heading into the new week, but reliever-turned-starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-2, 5.25 ERA) was touched up for a pair of earned runs and one homer in just 3.1 innings of a 6-3 loss against the Cubs on Tuesday. 

Saturday, August 29

Kansas City at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET

Not only are the Royals languishing in last place in the AL Central, but left-hander Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.96 ERA) hasn’t been nearly as brutal as his record indicates as he’s limited the opposition to just two earned runs in three of his last four starts. The ChiSox have won seven of 10 and right-hander Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.13 ERA) has won four straight while not allowing more than two earned runs in any start. 

Sunday, August 30

Atlanta at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM ET

The Braves enter the new week having won two straight as right-hander Josh Tomlin (1-0, 2.35 ERA) gets set to make his second start of the year after limiting Washington  to two earned runs in 4.0 innings on Tuesday. Philly has lost five straight and veteran right-hander Jake Arrieta (1-3, 4.95 ERA) has been particularly pedestrian in giving up four earned runs in each of his last two starts while not making it to the fifth inning. 

Must Watch MLB Games Of The Week

Must Watch MLB Games Of The Week

Usually baseball has August to itself, but this year it has to share the spotlight with both NBA and NHL playoffs. But don’t sleep on the following MLB games of the week.

Must Watch MLB Games Week Of August 17-23

Monday, August 17

Washington at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET

Yikes! Nats right-hander Anibal Sanchez (0-3, 9.69 ERA) has been pounded for five earned runs in two straight starts – after giving up four homers in his season-opening start prior to that. Braves reliever Touki Toussaint (7.27 ERA) also got smacked around for five earned runs the last time he took the mound. Again…Yikes! 

San Diego at Texas at 9:05 PM ET

Padres right-hander Zach Davies (2-2, 2.78 ERA) has allowed just two earned runs over his last two starts spanning 122 innings. Rangers right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.06 ERA) got touched up for four earned runs in his last start. The best reason to watch this game though is to witness the greatness of 21-year-old Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis who is batting .310 with nine homers and 21 RBI in 22 games. 

Tuesday, August 18

San Francisco at LA Angels at 4:0 PM ET

Giants right-hander Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season after walking four in 1.2 innings of a 5-1 loss against Houston on Wednesday. Halos right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.57 ERA) tossed seven shutout innings against Oakland on Tuesday following his complete game masterpiece against Seattle in his previous start. The former fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft has limited the opposition to one run or less in three of four starts this season. 

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees  at 7:00 PM ET

Rays right-hander Blake Snell (1-0, 2.08 ERA) is looking good right now after tossing 8.0 shutout innings over his last two starts, but Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 2.31 ERA) is probably due for a win after limiting the opposition to just three earned runs over three starts, spanning 11.2 innings this season despite failing to record a decision. 

Wednesday, August 19

LA Dodgers at Seattle at 9:40 PM ET

Things aren’t looking good for Seattle on Wednesday. Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-2, 4.05 ERA) has been alternately good and awful over four starts this season. After limiting Texas to one unearned run in 6.0 innings on Wednesday, Walker is due for another poor outing if form holds true. Then, there’s the fact that Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias (2.53 ERA) has been fantastic all season in limiting the opposition to two runs or less in all four of his starts spanning 21.1 innings. 

LA Angels at San Francisco at 9:45 PM ET

Giants veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (1-0, 4.62 ERA) may not be the dominant hurler he once was in his prime, but he’s limited the opposition to two earned runs in two of his last three starts. Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 3.94 ERA) gave up four earned runs against the Dodgers on Friday. Oh yeah…Frisco is 3-5 at home heading into the new week and Sandoval has given up one long ball in each of his three starts this season. 

Thursday, August 20

Detroit at Chicago at 2:00 PM ET

Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull (2-1, 2.78 ERA) has been rock-solid this season despite allowing three earned runs in 4.2 innings against Cleveland on Saturday after not giving up more than two runs in his first three starts this season. White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (1-2, 4.88 ERA) gave up four earned run in his last start against St. Louis on Saturday after consecutive outings of allowing two earned runs. Keep in mind, Chicago is 3-8 at home while Detroit has gone a near-perfect 5-1 on the road. 

Milwaukee at Minnesota at 7:10 PM ET

Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 3.16 ERA) has given up two runs or more in three of his four starts this season while allowing thee runs in just 4.1 innings against the Cubs on Friday. Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.14 ERA) has given up two runs and one home run in both of his starts this season while lasting a meager 7.0 combined innings. 

Friday, August 21

NY Yankees at NY Mets at 7:00 PM ET

Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ (0-1, 10.29 ERA) has been a complete mess in allowing four earned runs in both of his starts this season while giving up three combined homers along the way. Conversely, Mets right-hander Rick Porcello (1-3, 5.76 ERA) has been solid in each of his last two starts after giving up nine combined runs in his first two starts of the shortened season. 

Philadelphia at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET

Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler (3-0, 2.81 ERA) has been excellent in limiting the opposition to three earned runs or less in all three of his starts this season, but 26-year-old Braves southpaw Max Fried (3-0, 1.24 ERA) has looked like one of the game’s best hurlers this season. Fried has limited the opposition to one earned run or less in each of his last four starts after giving up two runs in his debut. Fried comes into this one fresh of of consecutive shutout outings and has tossed at least five innings in every start. 

Saturday, August 22

Minnesota at Kansas City at 7:05 PM E

Minnesota right-handed reliever-turned-starter Randy Dobnak (3-1, 1.42 ERA) has been brilliant in not allowing more than one earned run in all four of his starts this season. He’s given up just four earned runs over 25.1 innings, with his last three starts resulting in wins for the Twins. Royals right-hander Brady Singer (1-2, 4.56 ERA) has given up at least two earned runs in each of his four starts this season, all of which lasted an identical five innings. Singer also gave up a pair of homers in two starts while Dobnak has not allowed a long ball all season. 

Colorado at LA Dodgers at 9:10 PM ET

Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland (2-0, 2.45 ERA) has been outstanding all season in limiting the opposition to two runs or less in three of his four starts while  tossing at least 6.0 innings each time out. Dodgers right-hander Dustin May (1-1, 2.75 ERA) has also been very good in not allowing more than two earned runs in all four of his starts this year. May has allowed six earned runs in 19.2 innings while Freeland has given up seven earned runs in 25.2 innings. LA has won four straight heading into the new week, but Colorado is only two games back of the NL West leaders.

2020 NBA Bubble Playoff Round 1 Series Prices & Preview

2020 NBA Bubble Playoff Round 1 Series Prices & Preview

The matchups and betting odds for the First Round of the 2020 NBA playoffs are set

Each best-of-seven series will be played on alternate days in the bubble. The 2020 NBA Finals are currently scheduled to end no later than Oct. 13, however later rounds could be moved up if previous series don’t all need the full seven games.

2020 NBA Bubble Playoff Round 1 Series Prices & Preview

  • Los Angeles Lakers -485 vs Trail Blazers +385
  • Los Angeles Clippers -630 vs Mavericks +465
  • Denver Nuggets -220 vs Utah Jazz +180
  • Houston Rockets -150 vs Oklahoma Thunder +130
  • Milwaukee Bucks -7000 vs Orlando Magic +3000
  • Toronto Raptors -2200 vs Brooklyn Nets +1315
  • Boston Celtics -420 vs Philadelphia 76ers +335
  • Indiana Pacers +265 vs Miami Heat -325

Lakers vs Trail Blazers

All the Portland Trail Blazers wanted was a real shot at making the 2020 NBA Playoffs and when given the chance they went all in and cashed out.

The Lakers won the West, but now face red-hot Damian Lillard without home-court advantage. Good news is that Portland’s defense has been abysmal in the bubble but good enough for a 7-2 restart record. In Orlando, Portland only gave up fewer than 120 points twice, and fewer than 115 once. On the season, their defense was fourth-worst in the league, giving up 114.3 points per 100 possessions.

The bad news? The Lakers have had trouble scoring in the bubble. In eight games since the restart, they have the third-least efficient offense to go with a slightly below-average defense. The bet here is that the playoffs will wake them up.

  • Game 1: Aug. 18, Portland at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 2: Aug. 20, Portland at Los Angeles, 9 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 3: Aug. 22, Los Angeles at Portland, 8:30 p.m. EST, ABC
  • Game 4: Aug. 24, Los Angeles at Portland, 9 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 5*: Aug. 26, Portland at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 28, Los Angeles at Portland, TBD, TBD
  • Game 7*: Aug. 30, Portland at Los Angeles, TBD, TBD

Rockets vs Thunder

The Rockets average a stellar 117.8 points per game to rank second in scoring, but allow 114.8 points per game defensively (23rd). 

Oklahoma City averages 110.4 points per game (21st) while limiting the opposition to 108.4 points per game to rank an encouraging seventh in points allowed defensively. Houston went 4-4 in the bubble, but will hit the playoffs looking to snap a three-game losing streak. Oklahoma City also went 4-4 in the bubble while alternating wins and losses over their eight games. The Thunder took each of the last two meetings after dropping their first regular season meeting this season while going 3-0 ATS along the way. More importantly, while James Harden and Russell Westbrook get a ton of national notoriety for their much-publicized exploits, I believe Oklahoma City has the best backcourt trio in the league in Chris Paul (17.6 ppg, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.0 ppg) and Dennis Schroeder(18.9 ppg). 

  • Game 1: Aug. 18, Oklahoma City at Houston, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 2: Aug. 20, Oklahoma City at Houston, 3:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 3: Aug. 22, Houston at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 4: Aug. 24, Houston at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 5*: Aug. 26, Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 28, Houston at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
  • Game 7*: Aug. 30, Oklahoma City at Houston, TBD, TBD​​​​​​

Bucks vs. Magic

Milwaukee averages a stupendous 118.7 points per game to lead the NBA in scoring while allowing 108.6 points per game defensively to rank eighth in points allowed. The Bucks went 3-5 SU and ATS in the bubble with their most impressive win coming in their restart opener against Boston.

Orlando averages a modest 107.3 points per game (24th) while limiting the opposition to 108.3 points per game to rank an encouraging fifth in points allowed. The Magic went 3-5 SU and ATS in the bubble despite dropping five straight at one point.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have won all four regular season meetings while going 3-1 ATS along the way. Maybe it’s me, but I think it’s going to take a major miracle for Orlando to advance out of the first round.

  • Game 1: Aug. 18, Orlando at Milwaukee, 1:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 2: Aug. 20, Orlando at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 3: Aug. 22, Milwaukee at Orlando, 1 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 4: Aug. 24, Milwaukee at Orlando, 1:30 p.m. EST, NBATV
  • Game 5*: Aug. 26, Orlando at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 28, Milwaukee at Orlando, TBD, TBD
  • Game 7*: Aug. 30, Orlando at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD

Celtics vs. 76ers

The Sixers went 4-4 in the bubble, but they also looked mediocre at best in dropping three straight at one point. Philadelphia averages 108.4 points per game to rank an impressive fourth in scoring while allowing 110.7 points  per game defensively (20th).

Boston averages 113.7 points per game to rank ninth in scoring while limiting the opposition to 107.3 points per game defensively to rank a stupendous second in points allowed. The C’s went 5-3 SU and 3-4-1 ATS in the bubble. Philly took three of four regular season matchups, but with Ben Simmons out and Embiid battle some nagging injuries, Jayson Tatum and the C’s are looking good after putting up 122 points or more in each of their five bubble wins.

  • Game 1: Aug. 17, Philadelphia at Boston, 6:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 2: Aug. 19, Philadelphia at Boston, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 3: Aug. 21, Boston at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 4: Aug. 23, Boston at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. EST, ABC
  • Game 5*: Aug. 25, Philadelphia at Boston, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 27, Boston at Philadelphia, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 7*: Aug. 29, Philadelphia at Boston, TBD, TNT

Clippers vs. Mavs

LA went 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS in their eight bubble games while scoring 122 points or more in five of their victories. The Clippers rank an encouraging fourth in points per game (116.3 ppg) and 13th in points allowed (109.9 ppg).

The high-scoring Mavs put up an impressive 117.0 points per game to rank a stellar third in scoring while allowing 112.1 points per game defensively (16th). Dallas went an uninspiring 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in seven bubble games while giving up at least 117 points in in each of their losses. Mavs all-star guard Luka Doncic is definitely a gifted baller, but the Dallas has lost all three regular season meetings while giving up at least 110 points in each contest.  This fist round matchup could end in a sweep, although I’m giving Dallas one win because of Luka’s often jaw-dropping heroics.

  • Game 1: Aug. 17, Dallas at L.A., 9 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 2: Aug. 19, Dallas at L.A., 9 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 3: Aug. 21, L.A. at Dallas, 9 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 4: Aug. 23, L.A. at Dallas, 3:30 p.m. EST, ABC
  • Game 5*: Aug. 25, Dallas at L.A., TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 27, L.A. at Dallas, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 7*: Aug. 29, Dallas at L.A., TBD, TNT

Nuggets vs. Jazz

The Nuggets put up 111.3 points per game (19th) while limiting the opposition to 109.2 points per contest (11th). Denver went a modest 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS in seven bubble games, but gave up at least 124 points in every loss. The Jazz average 111.3 points per contest (18th) while limiting the opposition to 108.8 points per contest defensively (9th).

Utah also went 3-4 SU and 4-3 ATS in the bubble, but Donovan Mitchell and company dropped all three regular season meetings while covering the chalk just once. As usual, Utah just doesn’t have enough offense to beat the best in the west!

  • Game 1: Aug 17, Utah at Denver, 1:30 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 2: Aug. 19, Utah at Denver, 4 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 3: Aug. 21, Denver at Utah, 4 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 4: Aug. 23, Denver at Utah, 9 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 5*: Aug. 25, Utah at Denver, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 27, Denver at Utah, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 7*: Aug. 29, Utah at Denver, TBD, TNT

Raptors vs. Nets

Toronto went a stellar 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS in seven bubble games while beating the Lakers, Heat, Bucks and Sixers along the way. The Raptors average 112.8 points per game (13th) while limiting their opponents to just 106.5 per game to rank first in points allowed. Brooklyn surprised in a big way by going 5-3 SU and 6-2 ATS in eight bubble games while stunning Milwaukee and the LA Clippers along the way.

The Nets average 111.8 points per game (16th) while allowing 112.3 points per game defensively (19th). While young guard Caris Levert is clearly a gifted player that has a bright future, the defending champs have won three of four in this rivalry this season and are elite at both ends of the floor while clearly having a legitimate shot to come out of the east at the very least!

  • Game 1: Aug. 17, Brooklyn at Toronto, 4 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 2: Aug. 19, Brooklyn at Toronto, 1:30 p.m. EST, NBATV
  • Game 3: Aug. 21, Toronto at Brooklyn, 1:30 p.m. EST, NBATV
  • Game 4: Aug. 23, Toronto at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 5*: Aug. 25, Brooklyn at Toronto, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 27, Toronto at Brooklyn, TBD, ESPN
  • Game 7*: Aug. 29, Brooklyn at Toronto, TBD, TNT

Pacers vs Heat

The Pacers are continually overlooked, under rated and under-appreciated. And it’s about to happen again. T.J. Warren has been an offensive dynamo in the bubble earning NBA All-Bubble First Team honors. If Victor Oladipo gets going, Indiana will be troublesome to beat.

Injuries have kept the Miami Heat from fully realizing contender status but the Heat feel like a team with a legit claim shot at the East Title. The Heat are second in the bubble in points per game off turnovers (20.9) and third in fast-break points per game (13.4). Plus they have so much defensive versatility. Add all that up and Miami is going to be fun to watch.

  • Game 1: Aug. 18, Miami at Indiana, 4 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 2: Aug. 20, Miami at Indiana, 1 p.m. EST, ESPN
  • Game 3: Aug. 22, Indiana at Miami, 3:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 4: Aug. 24, Indiana at Miami, 6:30 p.m. EST, TNT
  • Game 5*: Aug. 26, Miami at Indiana, TBD, TBD
  • Game 6*: Aug. 28, Indiana at Miami, TBD, TBD
  • Game 7*: Aug. 30, Miami at Indiana, TBD, TBD

* – If Necessary
TBD – To Be Determined

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Monday, August 10

Toronto at Milwaukee at 6:30 PM ET

The Raptors bounced back from their blowout loss against Boston on Friday to subdue Memphis 108-99 on Sunday as Pascal Siakim led the way to victory. Milwaukee couldn’t stop Luka Doncic late and succumbed to the high-scoring Mavs 136-132 in overtime on Saturday. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the top-seeded Bucks have won two straight in this rivalry after losing the previous four. While the Under is 4-0 in the last four meetings, Milwaukee hasn’t been playing very good defense since the restart in allowing 119 points or more in dropping three of four. 

Denver at LA Lakers at 9:00 PM ET

The Nuggets have won three of their last four after dropping their restart opener, including a high-scoring 134-132 overtime win over Utah on Saturday. The Lakers have lost three straight while getting humbled by Indiana 116-111 on Saturday. With some of the shine off their luster and Denver having won two of the last four in this rivalry, it’s no wonder 69 percent of public bettors are backing Denver to get it done as somewhere near a 5.5-point road dog in this meeting. 

Tuesday, August 11

Portland at Dallas at 6:30 PM ET

The Blazers have won three of their last four after dropping their restart opener while Dallas has won two of three after dropping their first two restart contests. Still, while Dallas put on a show against Milwaukee on Saturday, Portland has been more impressive to me in taking out Houston, Denver and Philly over their last four. While Luka Doncic is an unadulterated star, he definitely doesn’t have the postseason experience of Damian Lillard who went off against the Sixers for 51 points on Sunday night after missing some costly free throws in Portland’s narrow loss against the Clippers on Saturday. While the Mavs have won two straight in this series, Portland is clearly a better – and more dangerous team – now that they are completely healthy for the first time all season. 

New Orleans at Sacramento at 9:00 PM ET

Zion Williamson and the Pelicans came up small in their 122-113 loss against San Antonio on Sunday, but Sacramento has lost three of their last four and four of vie restart games overall. Still, after recording an emphatic 140-125 win over New Orleans on Thursday, to snap a three-game skid in this series, Sacramento looks like a solid pick to get it done again, although the Over might be the best pick here, seeing as how neither one of these teams plays much defense and the Over has gone 6-0 in the last six meetings and 9-1 in the last 10 meetings overall. 

Wednesday, August 12

Toronto at Philadelphia at 6:30 PM ET

With Sixers all-star center Joel Embiid potentially out of the lineup for this one after spraining his ankle on Sunday and Toronto taking three of the last four meetings in this rivalry, the defending champion Raptors clearly have an edge in this meeting even if these two have split their last six evenly against the spread. I’ve got to believe that Toronto wants to make a statement in this one should they meeting Philly in the postseason. 

LA Clippers at Denver at 9:00 PM ET

After talking a ton of trash following their narrow (lucky?) win over Portland on Saturday, the Clippers looked mostly awful in their 129-120 loss against lowly Brooklyn on Sunday. Denver has won three of four while putting at least 121 points on the board in all three victories. While LA recorded an emphatic 132-103 blowout win at home the last time these western conference rivals met in February, Denver took each of the previous three meetings, although all three victories came on their home floor. More importantly, since the restart, the Nuggets have found out that first round draft pick Michael Porter Jr. is clearly going to be a big-time star in this league. 

Thursday, August 13

Washington at Boston at TBD

The Wizards have lost all five of their restart contests and have nothing left to play for in this matchup. Conversely, Boston has won three straight and four of five and is clearly starting to resemble the dangerous title contenders they looked like before the league suspension. This one could be over by halftime. 

Portland at Brooklyn at TBD

The Blazers have won three of four and have the look of a dangerous team that could definitely pull off a huge upset if they get into the playoffs. However, Brooklyn simple hasn’t rolled over despite losing their top three players and comes into this affair having won two straight and four of five while beating the likes of the Bucks and Clippers along the way. With the Nets putting up at least 115 points in all of their restart contests and the Blazers scoring 117 or more in five of their six restart games, the Over looks like a solid selection in this matchup if you ask me. 

Friday, August 14

Philadelphia at Houston at TBD

Philly had their three-game winning streak snapped in their narrow 124-121 loss against Philadelphia on Sunday and they could be without Joel Embiid in this matchup after the versatile big man injured his ankle this weekend. High-scoring Houston has won four of five restart games while putting 113 points or more on the board in each of their victories. Will Philly have enough offensive firepower to keep up with Houston in this one? I think not!

Miami at Indiana at TBD

The Heat have lost two straight and three of four while giving up 119 points or more in each of their last two games. Indiana has won four of five while watching sweet-shooting forward T.J. Warren become the hottest player in the league since the restart. Indy’s 116-111 win over LeBron and the Lakers on Saturday was impressive to say the least and right now, no one can stop Warren. 

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Monday, August 10

Atlanta at Philadelphia at 6:05 PM ET

After dropping their series opener 5-0 on Friday, the Braves won two straight on Saturday and Sunday by the combined scored of 13-2. Atlanta is the better statistical team on offense and defense and they have the better roster of impressive talent, starting with Freddie Freeman and a player that has MVP potential in Ronald Acuna Jr. 

San Francisco at Houston at 9:00 PM ET

Believe it or not, San Francisco has the better record coming into this matchup and Houston has lost five straight. Still, Frisco has dropped three of four and the defending AL Champion Astros are completely desperate right now. Houston is the better statistical team on offense and defense and the Astros have won five straight in this inter-league series. 

Tuesday, August 11

Chicago at Cleveland at 7:10 PM ET

Chicago had their six-game winning streak unceremoniously snapped in their embarrassing 13-2 road loss at Kansas City on Thursday. Cleveland has won five of six while allowing two runs or less five times. The Cubs rank eighth in scoring, but the Indians are getting it done with some stupendous defense that ranks first in all of baseball. 

San Diego at LA Dodgers at 9:40 PM ET

The Padres rank second in scoring and have won two of three. Including a 9-5 win over Arizona on Sunday. The Dodgers rank second in runs allowed and have won four of five. LA took two of three against San Diego last week, but Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suddenly has the look of the best player in all of baseball. 

Wednesday, August 12

Arizona at Colorado at 3:10 PM ET

Arizona lost two of three against San Diego over the weekend, while Colorado has been one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball in winning 11 of their first 14 games while ranking fourth in scoring and third in runs allowed. With the D-Backs ranking an identical 26t in scoring and runs 

Minnesota at Milwaukee at 7:10 PM ET

Despite dropping four straight, the Twins  have mostly living up to their preseason status as one of the top contenders in the American League. Milwaukee is off to a slow start after dropping seven of their first 13 and the Brewers rank 11th in scoring, but just 22nd in runs allowed. The Twins have won three of the last four in is inter-league rivalry and will turn to veteran right-hander Kenta Maeda to start this affair. 

Thursday, August 13

Baltimore at Philadelphia at 4:00 PM ET

At 7-7 coming into the new week, Baltimore has exceeded expectations early on while ranking ninth in scoring and a decent 17th in defense. While Philly ranks 11th in scoring, the Phils have been abysmal defensively in giving up just over 5.5 runs per game. The O’s have won two straight while Philly has dropped two in a row while getting routed twice by Atlanta. Despite being on the road, this matchup looks like a contest Baltimore could very well win. 

Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs at 7:15 PM ET

The Brewers have won three of their last five while putting eight runs or more on the board twice, including their 9-3 win over Cincinnati on Sunday. Chicago had their six-game winning streak snapped the last time they took to the diamond on Thursday, but the Cubs have the best unit for either club with their offense ranking eighth in scoring. The Cubs recorded an emphatic 9-1 win the last time these two met on July 26, but the Brewers have won four of the last six in this NL Central rivalry. 

Friday, August 14

St. Louis at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM ET

St. Louis has lost three straight while giving up a whopping 15 combined runs over their last two games. Chicago has won four of their last five games while scoring five runs or more in each victory and seven or more in three of those wins. The Cards have Top 10 defense, but they’re struggling mightily to score runs and that just doesn’t bode well coming into this affair. 

LA Dodgers at LA Angels at 8:40 PM ET

It’s more of the same for both LA-based franchises as the Dodgers rank sixth in scoring and second in defense while the Halos rank a solid 12th in scoring, but an awful 23rd in runs allowed. Sorry, but Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon just won’t be enough to put the Angels over the top in this matchup. 

Saturday, August 15

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati at 6:10 PM ET

Cincinnati hasn’t wowed anyone by going 7-9 heading into Monday, but the pitiful Pirates have lost 13 of 16 to start the season and look more like a minor league ballclub than anything else in ranking 23rd in scoring and 28th in runs allowed. 

Boston at NY Yankees at 715 PM ET

Boston foolishly traded former AL MVP winner Mookie Betts, but they just don’t have enough offensive firepower to keep up with a Yankees team that ranks first in scoring and will enter this matchup looking to get back in the win column after losing two straight at Tampa Bay over the weekend. 

Sunday, August 16

Cleveland at Detroit at 1:00 PM ET

At 8-5 through 13 games, Detroit has gotten off to as good a start as can be realistically expected. While Cleveland hasn’t been overly impressive in ranking just 28th in scoring, the Tribe are ranked first in all of baseball in defense by limiting the opposition to just over two runs per game. 

Atlanta at Miami at 1:10 PM ET

Say what? Miami has won seven of their first 10 this season despite dealing with some major coronavirus issues. Still, I wouldn’t expect the Marlins to be able to keep pace with an Atlanta team that ranks fifth in scoring and sixth in runs allowed. 

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Monday, August 3

NY Mets at Atlanta at 7:10 PM ET

The Braves (7-3) and Mets (3-7) have polar opposite records heading into the new week and now Atlanta will look to complete a four-game sweep over their NL East rivals after winning Games 2 and 3 this weekend by the combined score of 11-1. 

Oakland at Seattle at 9:10 PM ET 

Despite dropping two straight after winning the opener in this four-game set, Oakland (5-4) is looking good to me with Frankie Montas (0-1, 3.00 ERA) opposite Seattle (4-6) reliever Justus Sheffield (12.00 ERA). 

Tuesday, August 4

Pittsburgh at Minnesota at 2:00 PM ET

The lowly Pirates (2-7) will look to snap a four-game skid, but it’s almost certainly not happening against a Minnesota Twins (7-2) team that ranks second in run differential at a stellar +22. 

Houston at Arizona at 9:10 PM ET

The defending AL-Champion Astros might be a modest 5-4, but they rank third to Atlanta (57) and the LA Dodgers (54) in runs scored (52). Houston will look for a better effort from Frambler Valdez and the same goes for former superstar Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 4.09 ERA). 

Wednesday, August 5

NY Yankees at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET

Philadelphia will return to play Monday night against the Yankees after being idle since Sunday when they finished a three-game series against the COVID-19-stricken Miami Marlins. The Phillies had seven games postponed out of an abundance of caution according to an MLB press release. Meanwhile, the Yankees are will enter this one after smacking Boston around on consecutive nights heading into Sunday’s finale of  their three-game set. 

Milwaukee at Chicago White Sox at 8:10 PM ET

Milwaukee right-hander Josh Lindblom will look to bounce back after giving up a pair of earned runs in 3.2 innings the last time out. 2015 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 3.38 ERA) is off to a solid start  in his first season in Chicago. 

Thursday, August 6

Houston at Arizona at 7:07 PM ET

Houston right-hander Lance McCullers (1-0, 5.40 ERA) has given up one home run in both starts and the same goes for Arizona right-hander Zac Gallen, although Gallen has allowed half as many run (three) as McCullers in an identical two starts. 

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City at 7:07 PM ET

The Cubs swept the Pirates in their three-game weekend series and the Cubs are one of just six teams to have scored at least 50 runs heading into the new week. Kansas City got swept by the ChiSox in their three-game set this weekend while giving up a combined 20 runs in the last two games. 

Friday, August 7

Atlanta at Philadelphia at 7:05 PM ET

The Braves were riding a five-game winning streak heading into the new week while leading all of baseball in runs scored (57). Philadelphia went 1-2 in three restart matchup before having the season out on hold. These NL East rivals split 10 meetings evenly a year ago, nut Philadelphia has won three of the last four. 

LA Angels at Texas at 9:05 PM ET

The Halos are off to an uninspiring 3-7 start, but Texas hasn’t been much better in going 3-5 through eight games, LA has dropped four of five heading into the new week while Texas has dropped five of their last seven, 

Saturday, August 8

Detroit at Pittsburgh at 4:05 PM ET 

The Tigers have lost two in a row against Cincinnati while getting outscored 8-3 over the weekend. Pittsburgh ha dropped four in a row and five of six while scoring three runs or less in each of their last four. 

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis at 8:15 PM ET

The Cubs are sitting atop the NL Central standings at 7-2 while looking very legitimate in the early going of the shortened season, 

The Cardinals have had multiple new positive test results for the coronavirus and have had their last four games postponed. 

Sunday, August 9

NY Yankees at Tampa Bay at 1:10 PM ET

New York swept Boston over the weekend to improve to a near-perfect 7-1 through eight games. Tampa Bay has lost five straight while giving up five runs or more in four of those contests. 

Cleveland at Chicago White Sox at 2:10 PM ET

The Indians have lost three straight while getting outscored 10-2 over the final three games of their four-game set against Minnesota. The ChiSox have won four straight while sweeping Kansas City over their last three.