Play - Pittsburgh Pirates w/Taillon vs Nelson.
Edges - Pirates: Jameson Taillon 2.54 ERA with 0.95 WHIP last 7 starts; and 45 Ks with 5 BBs last 8 overall starts. Brewers: Jimmy Nelson 1-6 with 8.21 ERA and 1.88 WHIP last 7 overall starts; and 1-5 last 6 August team starts. With Nelson reeling in season-worst form, we recommend a 1* play on Pittsburgh. Thank you and good luck as always.
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This is a Free #NCAAF play on the Hawaii #Warriors.
The public loves Michigan this year, and it's easy to see why. The Wolverines completely turned things around winning 10 games last season, after going just 5-7 in 2014. While Jim Harbaugh's first year as Michigan's head coach has come with plenty of fan fair, I believe this team is way overrated. It's important to keep in mind that all 10 of last year's wins came against teams that finished the season unranked. They lost at Utah, at home to Michigan State, and they were blown out at Ohio State.
The Wolverines will host the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in their season opener, and they are asked to cover an enormous number here. Despite the fact that they played their fair share of cupcakes last season, they didn't win any games by as much as 40 points. Hawaii was brutal last year, losing 10 of 13 games. Many of those losses were blowouts, but even against the likes of Ohio State and Wisconsin, the margin of defeat was less than 40 points.
They lost 38-0 at Ohio State in Week 2, and it's worth noting that Michigan didn't fair much better losing 42-13 when they traveled to Columbus. Hawaii has plenty of talent returning from last season, and this team might just be more competitive than it was a year ago.
The Warriors will get a chance to work out the kinks a week earlier when they play California in Australia. The Wolverines will not have that luxury, with a new quarterback under center in their first game of the season. Even if everything goes smoothly for Michigan, and they somehow manage to build a big early lead, expect Harbaugh to pull the starters which would likely allow Hawaii to get a back door cover.
Take Philadelphia (#265)
Teddy only gets one Preseason NFL Game of the Year. He nailed it last year, part of a 77% preseason for himself and his clients. And he's primed to nail it again this year, putting his extended run of excellence on the line: 41-22 (65%) with his Big Ticket Reports dating back to last October! Do Not Miss his GOY winner on Saturday!
The Indianapolis Colts have one goal in Saturday’s preseason tilt against the Eagles – avoid more injuries! That’s not a recipe for preseason success, especially from a favorite. But all the notes and quotes coming out of Indianapolis this week are focused on Indy’s barrage of injuries, most notably in their secondary.
Indy doesn’t have many healthy bodies in their secondary. Cornerbacks Jalil Brown, D’Joun Smith, Tevin Mitchel, Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson, and Antonio Cromartie all won’t play. Head coach Chuck Pagano said that his staff would have to get ‘creative’ to fill the holes at defensive back on Saturday, talking about using safeties as cornerbacks. In fact, Indy will be without 13 injured players (including six defensive STARTERS) and potentially 14 – starting offensive tackle Joe Reitz is a big question mark here. And if Reitz doesn’t play, don’t expect Andrew Luck to stay in the game into the third quarter – Chuck Pagano is not going to leave him in there to take vicious hits.
Let Chuck Pagano tell you what you need to know. “It makes it tough, but we’ve got to go. That’s why we challenge every one of these guys that comes through here to prepare like starters because it’s next-man-up. You guys get tired of hearing me say it, but it’s reality. If some of those guys thought I was kidding, thought we were kidding, we were lying about next-man-up, they’re going to get a big dose of reality if they haven’t already because they’re going to trot out there.Somebody’s going to have to play.”
More Pagano, basically telling us that he doesn’t care if Indy wins or loses: “You’ve got to look through it with the right lens. I’m not worried about numbers, stats, those kinds of things….“Just continue to evaluate these guys and it’s a great opportunity for the young players. We’re going to get to look at a lot of young guys that normally wouldn’t get the amount of reps that they get in the third preseason game.”
Philly is 2-0 SU and ATS here in the preseason, and Doug Pederson is exactly the kind of coach who wants to win these meaningless exhibitions in August. The Eagles have one of the best backup QB’s in the league in Chase Daniel, expected to play the rest of the way after Sam Bradford sits. That gives Philly a legitimate QB edge in the second half of this preseason tilt. Even if the Eagles don’t dominate this game early (and they could, given Indy’s woes), I expect them to be in control late! Take Philadelphia.