Sports BIT: Brewers-Pirates, Dodgers-White Sox & 2017 Titans

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On the Tuesday, July 18 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard break down two big games on the diamond in Brewers-Pirates and Dodgers-White Sox. Plus, a Deep Dive on the betting prospects of the 2017 Tennessee Titans and bad beats from around the sports world.

 

Milwaukee Brewers At Pittsburgh Pirates

Is it time to start taking the Brewers for real? Here it is mid-July and they continue to lead the NL Central by 3.5 games over the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Most experts believe that Milwaukee doesn’t have the starting pitching to win the division. That speaks to Opening Day starter Junior Guerra, who is on the mound Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Guerra (1-3, 4.78) has lasted only 11.1 innings and allowed 14 runs and 18 hits, including six homers, in his past three outings. Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova (9-6, 3.21) has quietly been one of the NL’s better pitchers this year. Nova finished his first half strong, holding the Cubs to two runs and striking out six over 6 2/3 innings on July 8 at Wrigley Field. Nova lost his lone start vs. the Brewers this year on June 22 in Milwaukee, surrendering four runs and 11 hits (season high) in seven innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers At Chicago White Sox

It’s the opener of a quick two-game interleague series and the Dodgers with MLB’s best record and Cy Young betting favorite Clayton Kershaw on the mound are easily the biggest favorites on the board Tuesday. Kershaw (14-2, 2.18) has made 13 straight starts without a loss. He is 10-0 in that span with a 1.98 ERA, a .187 opponent’s batting average, 115 strikeouts and 19 walks in 91 innings. The Dodgers are an incredible 29-4 in their past 33 games and didn’t even bat in the ninth innings in 16 of those. Rather amazingly, Kershaw doesn’t even have the best numbers on his own team. Closer Kenley Jansen and fellow starter Alex Wood both have a better ERA and FIP. The White Sox will activate Miguel Gonzalez (4-8, 5.15) off the DL. He is 1-8 with a 6.79 ERA over his last nine starts but has never faced L.A.

Deep Dive On 2017 Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans won just five games combined in the 2014-15 seasons but jumped to 9-7 in 2016 and shared the AFC South title, although Houston was the winner by tiebreaker. Still, a great leap forward led by second-year QB Marcus Mariota, who still hasn’t thrown a red-zone interception in his career. The Titans also have one of the best ground attacks behind a terrific offensive line and tailbacks DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The Titans didn't have a single receiver gain more than 1,000 yards last season so they got Mariota some help by taking Western Michigan’s Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft and signing free agent Eric Decker. Since Jon Robinson took over as general manager in January 2016, the Titans have geared two drafts and two free-agency sessions towards ensuring that their offense can outscore the rest of the AFC South. Tennessee has a win total of 8.5 this season, with the over a slight favorite.

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