Sports BIT: Astros-Phillies, Twins-Dodgers & 2017 Broncos

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On the Wednesday, July 25 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard look at two interesting matchups on the diamond: Astros at Phillies and Twins at Dodgers, both interleague matchups. Also, a Deep Dive on the 2017 Denver Broncos and their betting odds. Can they get back to the playoffs after missing in 2016?


Houston Astros at Philadelphia Phillies

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is making his push for AL MVP as he’s hitting better than .500 in July – only a handful of major leaguers have ever hit at least .500 for a calendar month with at least 80 plate appearances. Ted Williams never did it. Neither did fellow Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn nor Wade Boggs. Houston starts Mike Fiers against the MLB-worst Phillies. Fiers (7-4, 3.59) was going to be dropped from rotation in late May but got a reprieve when Colin McHugh was injured. Fiers has made the most of it. He was 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA in his first nine starts and 6-2 with a 2.36 ERA in his past 10. Aaron Nola, 24, has been a rare bright spot for Philly this year at 7-6 with a 3.38 ERA on a terrible team. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts. Nola was the team’s first-round pick in 2014.

Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Dodgers

This was to be a matchup of All-Stars in Ervin Santana and Alex Wood. The Twins’ Santana (11-7, 3.26) has been somewhat lucky this year as his BABIP of .224 ranks No. 1 in the majors and the MLB average is .297. While his ERA is a very good 3.26, his FIP is 4.93. Santana also comes off his shortest start of the year, going 3.1 innings and allowing five runs in a loss to Detroit. The Dodgers’ Wood (11-1, 2.17) comes off by far his worst outing of the year, allowing nine runs over 4.2 innings in a loss to his former Atlanta team.  In his previous 62 innings, Wood had given up just six runs. The Dodgers apparently decided to give Wood more time in between starts as they have pushed him back to Friday and will go with Brock Stewart here. He has made six relief appearances in the majors this year and not allowed a run in 13 innings. The 25-year-old Stewart hasn’t pitched since July 20 and was one of multiple players on the team who was affected by an upper respiratory issue.

Deep Dive on 2017 Denver Broncos

The Broncos entered the 2016 season as Super Bowl champions, and they weren’t bad at 9-7 but missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Coach Gary Kubiak is gone, replaced by Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. The Broncos should have a good defense again, but the biggest story line by far in training camp is who starts at quarterback: Trevor Siemian, who started most of the games last year (8-6 as a starter), or second-year Paxton Lynch, the presumed future under center? Whomever it is will have a very qualified offensive coordinator in former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. McCoy left Denver and then-quarterback Peyton Manning after a 2012 season when the Broncos finished second in points, fourth in total yards, fifth in passing yards and 16th in rushing. Denver has a win total of 8.5 this season. 

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