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Tuesday’s Sports BIT: Cards-Reds, Red Sox-Yankees & 2017 Saints

St. Louis Cardinals At Cincinnati Reds

He won’t win the NL MVP because he plays on a losing team, but Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cosart is having his best season by far and ranks second in the major leagues in wins above replacement behind Angels superstar Mike Trout. An argument can be made that based on where he plays on the diamond, Cosart has been more important than anyone this year. The Reds almost traded Cosart at the 2016 trade deadline and now would be able to get much more for him. Cincinnati goes with Tim Adleman (3-2, 4.89) on Tuesday night. He has been arguably the Reds' most consistent pitcher of late, as Adelman has given up just seven hits and three runs over his last two starts (14 1/3 innings). He lost in St. Louis on April 28, allowing six runs in 5.1 innings. The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright (6-3, 3.79) is 4-0 with a 0.34 ERA in his past four outings after starting the season 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA in his first seven. In fact, he has knocked in more runs as a hitter (three) than allowed (one) in the past four.


Boston Red Sox At New York Yankees

It’s the best rivalry in baseball when both teams are good – and they are this year. New York leads the AL East and Boston is second. The teams have played just two games this year, both Yankees wins at Fenway Park in late April. Lefty Drew Pomeranz (5-3, 4.24) is on the mound for the Red Sox. He is coming off one of his best starts of the season. In seven innings vs. the White Sox, Pomeranz allowed one run and struck out eight. He had no-decisions in all three of his starts against the Yankees last season, registering a 3.38 ERA. Struggling Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 6.34) looks to turn things around. He has allowed at least six earned runs in three of his past four starts. Tanaka’s best outing this year was a complete-game three-hitter in Boston on April 27.


Deep Dive On 2017 Saints

At least the New Orleans Saints are consistent, finishing 7-9 each of the past three seasons under Coach Sean Payton, who somehow has kept his job. They were an excellent 11-5 against the spread in 2016, the second-best ATS mark in the NFL behind the Patriots. New Orleans was 3-7 in games decided by less than a touchdown. Oddsmakers give the Saints a win total of 8 for this year. The offense should remain potent with Drew Brees still going strong at 38 years young and the addition of running back Adrian Peterson in free agency, although the trade of top receiver Brandin Cooks could hurt. As usual, the Saints are likely going to struggle on defense. Delvin Breaux is their No. 1 corner, and he's coming off a season in which he missed 10 games because of leg and shoulder injuries. Payton made it clear the club needed to add a big-time pass-rusher this offseason, but the Saints didn’t. New Orelans had only 30 sacks a year ago.