Sports BIT: Jays-Red Sox, Cubs-Braves & 2017 Jaguars

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On the Monday, July 17 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard break down two games on the diamond: Blue Jays at Red Sox and Cubs at Braves. Also, a Deep Dive on the betting prospects of the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars. Plus, bad beats from around the sports world this past weekend.

 

Toronto Blue Jays At Boston Red Sox

It’s a series opener between these AL East rivals. The Blue Jays are tied for last in the division and will have to decide soon whether or not to be a seller ahead of the trade deadline. If they made Marcus Stroman available, the Blue Jays would get a nice haul in return. He’s on the mound here. Stroman (9-5, 3.28) has allowed only three earned runs over his past three starts. Stroman is a big-time ground-ball pitcher as since the start of last season his 60.4 ground-ball percentage is the best in baseball. Against Boston in April, he gave up six runs in a loss. It’s southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2) for Boston. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since June 1 when he suffered a right knee subluxation on June 1. Rodriguez has had issues in his career against the Blue Jays, going 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA.

Chicago Cubs At Atlanta Braves

First meeting of the season between these teams and also the Cubbies’ first visit to the Braves’ new SunTrust Park. Did the Cubs find something during the All-Star break? They have underachieved all season but swept Baltimore three games over the weekend and scored 27 runs in the process. New trade addition Jose Quintana was brilliant Sunday in his Cubs debut. Chicago goes with lefty ace Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25) in this one. He comes off the worst and shortest start of his career, getting hammered for 10 runs over two-thirds of an inning vs. Pittsburgh. In the offseason, Lester lives near the Atlanta area. He was 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five career starts at Turner Field. The Braves’ Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.79) is Jekyll and Hyde different at home and away. He’s 1-6 with a 7.58 ERA at home and 6-0 with a 2.53 ERA on the road.

Deep Dive On 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars

The guys continue their 2017 NFL team-by-team previews with a look at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007 or finished with more than five wins since 2010. But there’s plenty of talent on this team, especially defensively. The Jags drafted LSU running back Leonard Fournette at No. 4 overall this season and he figures to be the focal point of the offense to help take pressure off quarterback Blake Bortles, who leads the NFL in turnovers since being selected third overall in 2014. It’s probably a make-or-break season for him. This will be the fourth different offense installed over the past four years. Doug Marrone is the new head coach. He replaced a fired Gus Bradley with two games to go in 2016 and Jacksonville went 1-1 under him. He was anointed as the permanent head coach on Jan. 9 when the Jaguars also heralded the return of former coach Tom Coughlin as the Executive Vice President.

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