Wednesday’s Sports BIT Show: Rangers-Red Sox, Cards-Dodgers & 2017 Dolphins

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Texas Rangers At Boston Red Sox

The Rangers are surging, but this is all about Red Sox ace lefty Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19). Last time out against Oakland, Sale tied the modern-day record with an eighth straight start striking out at least 10 batters. Sale already co-held the mark, having done it in in eight straight games in 2015 when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox. The only other pitcher in modern history to do it was Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who did it in his final eight starts in 1999 with Boston. Martinez ended that season with a relief appearance before striking out at least 10 batters in his first two starts in 2000. Sale looks to stand alone with a ninth consecutive game on Wednesday. He’s opposed by Texas southpaw Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71). He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last two starts after snapping a four-game skid. Perez is 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox. Boston is the biggest betting favorite on the oddsboard Wednesday at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated gaming sites. Then again, Sale is always a huge favorite. The return on investment, if you backed Boston for $100 in all 9 Sale, starts this year is just +135.


St. Louis Cardinals At Los Angeles Dodgers

It’s a potential playoff preview from Dodger Stadium and a good pitching matchup. Cardinals right-hander Mike Leake (4-2, 2.03) continues to have his best season as he leads the National League in ERA. However, the Cards have dropped his past two outings even though they were quality starts. It’s lefty Rich Hill (1-1, 2.77) for the Dodgers. He has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since 2014 with a 1.64 ERA but that’s in just 203.1 innings because Hill can’t stay healthy. The past two years, it has been blister problems. He has made just three starts in 2017 because of two DL stints due to blisters. Hill is one of those guys where teams keep saying; “He can be great if he ever stays healthy.” But will he ever stay that way?


Deep Dive On 2017 Miami Dolphins

In his first year as a head coach in 2016, Miami’s Adam Gase did one of the best jobs of anyone in the NFL as he led the Dolphins to a 10-6 record and their first playoff berth since 2008. Gase largely got the best out of inconsistent QB Ryan Tannehill, before he suffered a season-ending injury, and young running back Jay Ajayi had a breakout season with 1,272 yards rushing. While defensive coordinator Vance Joseph left to become head coach of the Broncos, the core of the team is mostly back. However, sportsbooks give the Dolphins a win total of just 7.5. Luck was on their side a bit in 2016 with one of the NFL’s easiest schedules and going 8-2 in games decided by a TD or less, including a pair of OT wins. This year, the schedule is much tougher – in fact the biggest toughness jump in the NFL.

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