Sports BIT: Orioles-Angels, Cardinals-Royals & NFL Preseason

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On the Monday, Aug. 7 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard look at two games on the diamond: Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals. Plus a Deep Dive on how to bet on the NFL's preseason and bad beats from the weekend.


Baltimore Orioles at Los Angeles Angels

It’s the series opener from Anaheim between these wild-card hopefuls.  That the Angels are still in the hunt for a playoff spot is a minor miracle after losing superstar Mike Trout for about six weeks. The key for the Halos was not falling off the pace when he was shelved. He could still win a third AL MVP Award despite missing so much time as Trout leads the AL in average, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS. They go with JC Ramirez (10-9, 4.03) in this one. He has a 1.93 ERA in his past five starts and threw a career-high eight innings against the Phillies last time out. His average fastball of 96.3 mph is fourth-best in baseball among starters. Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy (10-8, 4.24) is coming off a strong eight innings against the Royals in which he held them to one run on three hits. His fastball velocity, though, is down significantly this year.

St. Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals

It’s the “Show Me Series” in which the Cardinals add the DH for this game. They start All-Star Carlos Martinez (7-9, 3.59). He might be wearing down. Martinez is 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA in his first 14 starts and 1-4 with a 5.09 ERA in his previous eight. Only 55 of his 102 pitches last time out against Milwaukee were in the strike zone and he lasted just five innings due to a high pitch count. Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy (4-7, 4.60) was originally set to start Sunday but the Royals pushed him back a day. His strikeout percentage this season is a career low and his walk percentage a career high. Not a good mix.

Betting NFL Preseason

We know you are going to bet the NFL’s preseason even though it’s a crapshoot in knowing how seriously teams or head coaches take it. Although you might want to bet on the Vikings considering that they are 11-2 against the spread in the preseason under head coach Mike Zimmer. On the flip side, Cleveland’s Hue Jackson is 0-8 ATS in his career (includes four losses with Raiders). What to do about first-time head coaches? There are five of them: Denver’s Vance Joseph, the LA Chargers’ Anthony Lynn, the LA Rams’ Sean McVay, Buffalo’s Sean McDermott and San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan. Will they put a bigger focus on their first home game to try and get things off on a positive start? Lynn, McDermott and McVay are home this week, while Shanahan’s 49ers are on the road and Joseph doesn’t get a home game until the third week.

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