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Alex Smart

Saints vs. Chargers
Play: Chargers -2½

New Orleans is 0-10 ATS L/10 preseason games, as the teams coaching staff just go through the motions as they treat each exhibition game like a scrimmage opportunity. The loss last week (20-14) to lowly Cleveland solidified their objectives as being disinterested to an extent. Meanwhile, the Chargers were clobbered by a 48-17 count in a loss to Seattle and after that embarrassing effort will need some redemption here, so that some semblance of competitiveness can take hold in the dressing room and field. I know its just preseason, but I expect for a red faced Chargers team to come out here with a proverbial slight chip on their shoulders and get us the cover.
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Falcons vs. Steelers
Play: Falcons +1½

The Steelers were a big underdog last week and beat the Giants straight-up. Now we see an overreaction for the line in this game Sunday afternoon. Atlanta dominated much of their week 1 game against Miami before a late rally by the Dolphins scoring the last 13 points to win by three points. Atlanta had three quarterbacks in that game complete 100% of their passes and they will win this game straight-up.
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DAVE COKIN

SAINTS AT CHARGERS
PLAY: CHARGERS -3

The final score of the opening week preseason battle between Seattle and the Chargers indicates a blowout. That’s pretty accurate, actually. But the first team LA offense was sharp early. The problems came when the shock troops took the field as they were absolutely horrible. Thus the lopsided result.

I’m frequently a fan of backing teams in Week Two of the exhibition campaign when they throw in a real clunker in the debut performance. That’s going to be the case for me here.

The quotes emanating from Chargers camp indicate the players and coaches want to make a much more positive impression this weekend. As for the Saints, they’re riding a very lengthy preseason losing streak, and I really don’t think Sean Payton cares much about it.

Note that it sure sounds like the Saints are looking at keeping just two QB’s on the active roster. Drew Brees and Chase Daniel are locked into those two spots. Payton has indicated that the Saints will only keep a QB3 if either Garrett Grayson or Ryan Nassib earns that roster spot. I don’t think Nassib has a chance at all. Grayson, on the other hand, is having a terrific camp, and I look for him to get plenty of snaps in this game. He’s very possibly my biggest worry come Sunday night.

The main deal here is that I expect a much more focused performance from the San Diego….oops, make that Los Angeles…backups this weekend. The team needs to sell itself to the locals, who stayed away in droves last weekend. That’s a take situation for me and I will back the Chargers on Sunday.
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Nationals vs. Padres
Play: Under 7½

Small total here but I still like the UNDER in Sunday's showdown between the Nationals and Padres. Both of these offenses come into the weekend struggling at the plate. Washington clearly misses Bryce Harper in the middle of the lineup and the Padres just don't have a ton of talent. More than anything, I like the pitching matchup. Nationals send out Gio Gonzalez, who has put up Cy Young type numbers with a 2.49 ERA and 1.120 WHIP in 24 starts. That includes an amazing 0.43 ERA and 0.762 WHIP in his last 3 starts. Padres will send out Dinelson Lamet, who is a strong talent that is throwing the ball exceptionally well right now with a 2.04 ERA and 0.792 WHIP in his last 3 starts.
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Phillies vs. Giants
Play: Over 7½

The San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Sunday afternoon, and with such a low total, the over has good value.

On the mound for the Giants is Madison Bumgarner, but this isn't the same pitcher from before his dirt bike injury.

In his last start against the Marlins he went six innings and really struggled giving up nine hits and four earned runs.

I think the Phillies will at least be able to score a couple runs off of him, to get closer to the over.

On the mound for the Phillies is Ben Lively who is good to give up a couple runs at least in every game.

The Giants have done better scoring runs as of late, and I think they will get to him early and often in this one.

Some trends to note. Over is 5-1-1 in Giants last 7 home games. Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in San Francisco. Over is 4-1 in Bumgarners last 5 starts vs. Phillies.
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Saints vs. Chargers
Play: Over 42½

Chargers' offense can score as they have a plethora of weaponry and add rookie Mike Williams to the mix. Still not a fan of the Saint's defense, even with additions through the draft. It will take time to solidify the worst pass defense in the NFL. On the other hand, the Saints are deep at RB with the addition of Peterson and should jump on a Chargers' defense that allowed a ridiculous 458 yards to Seattle last week. We'll look for a higher scoring game.
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Nationals vs. Padres
Play: Nationals -106

Edges - Nationals: Gonzalez 5-1 with 1.50 ERA and 0.88 WHIP last six overall team starts; and 4-0 vs NL West this season, and 4-0 last four overall team starts during August… Padres: 6-12 on Sundays this season… With the Nats standing 12-7 on Sundays this campaign, we recommend a 1* play on Washington.
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Yankees vs. Red Sox
Play: Yankees -106

I like the value here with New York, as they come in riding a huge wave of momentum after defeating Boston 4-3 on Saturday with the Red Sox having their ace Chris Sale on the mound. Now it's the Yankees that have the huge edge on the mound with Sonny Gray going up against Doug Fister.

Gray got his first win as a member of the Yankees last time out against cross-town rival Mets, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings. That's now 9 straight starts dating back to June 25th in which Gray has completed at least 6 inning and allowed 2 earned runs or fewer. Fister just gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in his last start at home against the Indians and now owns a 6.27 ERA on the season with a ugly 6.48 ERA and 1.741 WHIP in 3 day starts.
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Mariners vs. Rays
Play: Rays -135

The Tampa Bay Rays need to get it together now if they want to remain in the wild card race. Despite going just 1-8 in their last nine games overall, they are still only 4 games back in the wild card. Sunday is a great opportunity for them to get back in the win column.

They have the clear edge on the mound over the Mariners behind Blake Snell. The left-hander is 1-0 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.347 WHIP in his last three starts. Snell held the Mariners to just one earned run in his only career start against them last season.

Yovani Gallardo is the weakest link in Seattle's rotation. He is 4-8 with a 6.41 ERA and 1.585 WHIP in 19 starts this season, including 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA and 1.800 WHIP in his last three. Gallardo gave up 6 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start against Tampa Bay, and he has a 4.71 ERA and 1.597 WHIP in seven career starts against the Rays.

The Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Rays are 4-0 in Snell's last four home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The home team is 10-3 in Dana DeMuth's last 13 starts behind home plate.
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Dodgers vs. Tigers
Play: Under 9½

Maeda is 5-0 L6 and surrendered one or no earned runs in five of those turns. In his last 5 games over a 27 inning span, he has a 1.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP while striking out 27 batters. Maeda is seeing Detroit for the first time in his career and is 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in seven interleague starts.

Verlander recently had a string of seven straight starts yielding three or fewer earned runs. Over his last 3 outings he owns 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. Verlander is 29-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 41 career interleague starts, including a win in his lone previous appearance against Los Angeles.

Under is 8-2 in Dodgers last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter.

Under is 17-8-2 in Verlander's last 27 home starts.
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Chicago vs. Texas
Pick: Texas -185

It's been a frustrating couple of seasons for Rangers RHP A.J. Griffin. Signed as a free agent in the winter of 2015, Griffin went on the DL shortly into the 2016 season and seemingly never fully recovered as he struggled to a 5.07 ERA in just 23 starts. This season, Griffin won't even reach that number of mound trips as he has already had two DL stints -- one for a case of gout in his ankle and the other for a strained intercostal muscle. But Griffin finally appears to be healthy and despite the exact same ERA so far that he had in 2016, Griffin has looked much better lately. In his three starts since coming off that latest DL stay, Griffin is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 16 innings. Chicago's Miguel Gonzalez is quietly having a nice run since the All Star break, but the problem is he has no offense to back him up. The White Sox rank 14th in runs scored for the month of August with just 67 in 16 games. The Rangers are 22-7 in Griffin's last 29 starts on grass.
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Cleveland vs. Kansas City
Pick: Kansas City +137

The Royals are fading fast as their bats have gone cold and pitching continues to struggle. That has opened the betting line steep for Sunday as Danny Salazar is coming off a gem outing. Meanwhile Jason Hammel has had issues all season long and was lit up in his last start. This is a spot where Kansas City’s cold bats need and will get things back in order.
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Phillies at Giants
Pick: Under

This is a good park to pitch in and a bad Philadelphia offense is in town, a long way from home. Philadelphia is 8-2-1 under the total against a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. San Francisco is no offensive powerhouse, either, 13-6-1 under the total during game 4 of a series. They also have ace Madison Bumgarner on the mound with the under 3-1-1 when he starts at home.
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Tampa Bay at Seattle
Play: Seattle +128

While I am certainly not a huge fan of Yovani Gallardo, the right-hander did allow just 1 earned run in 5 innings the last time he pitched at Tampa Bay. Also, he does come up with some occasional solid starts. Though he got rocked by Baltimore in his most recent start, Gallardo went into that outing having allowed 3 earned runs or less in 4 straight starts. The big key here is that he is facing a Tampa Bay team that has just been simply awful at the plate for weeks now. The Rays have lost 10 of their last 12 games and have averaged only 2 runs per game in their last 15 games. That's right, even with yesterday's 6-run outburst at the plate, TB has still totaled only 30 runs in their last 15 games. As for the Mariners, they've scored 7 runs in each of their last 3 games and should stay hot here against Blake Snell. When the Rays southpaw faced him last season (his only start versus the M's in his career) Snell got rocked for 8 hits plus he walked 3 in an outing that lasted only 3 and 1/3 innings. The Mariners have won 4 straight games and also are currently on a 15-6 run in games against teams with a losing record. The Rays are 6-11 in home games with a posted total of 9 or 9.5 runs the past 3 seasons combined. Road dog value here in going against struggling Tampa Bay.
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Reds vs. Braves
Play: Reds -109

Luis Castillo is going to be a future star in this league. He has posted a 3.39 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 66 K's in 66 1/3 innings across 11 starts this season for the Reds. He is 2-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in six road starts. Castillo will be backed up by a Cincinnati offense that has scored a total of 35 runs in its past four games. The Braves will go with Sean Newcomb, who is 1-7 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 12 starts, including 0-6 with a 5.02 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in seven home starts. Given that the Reds have big edges on the mound and at the plate today, this is a very generous price for them.
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Athletics vs. Astros
Play: Astros -1½

The Houston Astros are starting to get healthy, which is why they are playing much better baseball of late. They have won 4 of their last 5 and once again have a big advantage on the mound over the A's today. Brad Peacock is 7-1 with a 3.73 ERA in 14 starts for the Astros with 95 K's in 72 1/3 innings. Peacock has faced the A's twice this season, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA while allowing just 2 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings with 15 K's. Jharel Cotton gave up 6 runs and 11 base runners in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-9 loss at Houston in his only start against the Astros this season on April 28th. Cotton is 5-10 with a 5.92 ERA in 18 starts this season, including 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in his last 3 outings. The Astros are 8-1 in Peacock's last 9 starts.
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My free play is on the Angels of Anaheim, over the Baltimore Orioles, and I want you to list the starting pitchers: Parker Bridwell and Chris Tillman.

There is no line on this one yet, but I suspect the Angels will be the chalk. Doesn't matter, just play the Halos.

Bridwell has been solid his past two starts, allowing a combined two runs over 13 innings. The right-hander recorded one of his best starts of the year when he faced these same Orioles on Aug. 8, and allowed just one run over seven innings with no walks.

Meanwhile, Tillman returns to the rotation after a brief demotion to the bullpen. In his last start, back on Aug. 3, he survived just two innings. The right-hander's return to starting simply allows the Orioles to rest some of their rotation down the stretch. He won't last long.

All Angels.

1* ANGELS
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Atlanta @ Pittsburgh
Play: Atlanta -3

The Atlanta Falcons travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta is 0-1 SU so far this preseason while Pittsburgh comes in with a 1-0 SU record. Pittsburgh is 1-6 SU and ATS last 3 years when playing on grass. Atlanta is 6-1 ATS last 7 games as road favorites in preseason action. I like the Falcons QB rotation here. Feel like they are definitely better overall in that area. We'll recommend a small play on Atlanta today!
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RICKY TRAN

Dodgers vs. Tigers
Play: Under 9½

Maeda is 5-0 L6 and surrendered one or no earned runs in five of those turns. In his last 5 games over a 27 inning span, he has a 1.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP while striking out 27 batters. Maeda is seeing Detroit for the first time in his career and is 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in seven interleague starts.

Verlander recently had a string of seven straight starts yielding three or fewer earned runs. Over his last 3 outings he owns 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. Verlander is 29-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 41 career interleague starts, including a win in his lone previous appearance against Los Angeles.

Under is 8-2 in Dodgers last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter.

Under is 17-8-2 in Verlander's last 27 home starts.

8.5 mph wind coming in from right field all game.
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Nationals vs. Padres
Play: Nationals -106

The Washington Nationals will trot Gio Gonzalez out to the hill to face San Diego. Gonzalez has a 11-5 record and a 2.49 ERA this year. San Diego will counter with Dinelson Lamet. He has a 7-4 record and a 4.78 ERA so far this season. The Nationals are 7-2 in their last nine Sunday games and 42-20 in their last 62 during game four of a series. Washington is also 4-0 in Gonzalez’s last four starts and 6-2 in Gonzalez’s last eight road starts. San Diego is 14-40 in their last 54 Sunday games. Gonzalez has been great over his last four starts, giving up just three earned on 15 hits in the span of 28.0 innings for a 3-0 mark. The Nationals offense will be key here today. We are getting the better pitcher and team at a great price.
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Cardinals vs. Pirates
Play: Cardinals -101

Ivan Nova had an excellent first half of the season and while his season ERA is still strong at 3.77 he is 0-4 in his last five starts with a 6.04 ERA. His FIP is about a half run higher than his ERA on the season and he holds an unimposing 5.7 K/9 on the season. Nova has been a stronger pitcher at home and this smaller venue isn’t likely to be favorable for his high contact tendencies while left-handed batters are hitting .297 against him and the Cardinals beat him earlier this season. Mike Leake was an early season overachiever but the results have been going the other direction of late with Leake pitching well but having little to show for it. He had great misfortune in his last start with a tough result in Boston but before that he had posted a 10-start run with a 4.02 ERA with four or fewer earned runs in each outing. He has two decent outings vs. Pittsburgh since late June in a pair of no decisions and there isn’t a great difference between his home and road splits as the veteran should adjust to Williamsport just fine. The Cardinals have been one of the league’s hottest teams in the last two weeks with a .936 team OPS in the past 12 games, scoring a whopping 7.3 runs per game. Pittsburgh in contrast has a .725 team OPS in that span with 4.4 runs per game and on the season the Pirates have a .712 team OPS vs. right-handers.
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Fiorentina at Inter Milan
Play: Inter Milan -1

Inter after a so-so season last year finally made the managerial change and it's one I think will help them with a much better season and a top 4 spot. Manager Spalletti made the switch over from Roma and has this Inter side playing a quicker pace and direct type of game. It's similar to what made Roma successful the past couple of seasons. The same can't be said for Fiorentina who may be in for a midtable finish this season after a not so impressive transfer offseason which some some of their quality talent leave.
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Falcons -3

Big Ben is still sidelined for Pittsburgh and Landy Jones is nursing an abdominal injury. Atlanta has a huge edge today with the QB’s and can actually run their normal offense. The Steelers are very limited and it would be smart not to run out their starting offensive line unit in front of a third string quarterback. The Falcons are favored for a reason here.

Nationals -105

We have two pretty good pitchers on the mound today, but at even money we will go with Washington over the lack of runs batted in when San Diego faces left handed pitching. This is a team that is very limited in their offense so all it takes is one big inning by Washington and it’s impossible for them to come back.
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L.A. CHARGERS -4 over New Orleans

The L.A. Chargers may be tough to get used to saying but here they are in Los Angeles and playing at StubHub Stadium for the next three years. Man, there are a lot of moving parts here so let’s get the Saints out of the way first before we discuss the Chargers.

New Orleans is coached by Sean Payton, who has 47 preseason games under his belt and could not care less about this “cash-grab” season. The Saints went 0-4 in the preseason in 2015, 0-4 in 2016 and they are 0-1 this season so let’s make that a nine-game losing streak in the preseason for the Saints. Reports out of practice this week all said that the Saints looked “very sluggish”, which is a reflection of Sean Payton’s disdain for preseason football. The Saints arrived at StubHub Center in Carson California early in the week and the two teams have scrimmaged or played against one another during practice this past week. The Saints will likely play with far less intensity here because their goal is to stay healthy. Marshon Lattimore, the #11 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft returned to full action for the first time in quite a while during the New Orleans Saints’ joint practice sessions with the Chargers and Sean Payton said he anticipates Lattimore receiving his first dose of game action in Sunday’s preseason game. Translation: He’ll be in there for one series and the same can be said for Ryan Ramczyk, the Saints’ second first-round pick from this year’s crop. Payton has nothing to prove or nothing to gain here and will play the league required minimum of first team players. The Chargers focus figures to be much more intense.

San Diego, oops, Los Angeles was whacked last week in their preseason opener at StubHub by the Seattle Seahawks, 48-17. However, that was against Pete Carroll, who treats the preseason like the Super Bowl. Dude loves to win more than any human on Earth and will do whatever it takes to do so regardless of importance. He’ll also run up the score. San Diego’s first unit easily marched down field on their first possession and scored a TD on Seattle’s first unit. Pete Carroll didn’t like that and as soon as San Diego’s first units on offense and defense came out with a 14-10 lead, Carroll went to work with a 24-3 second quarter.

The Chargers are now 0-1 in the preseason. They have a new NFL Head Coach in Anthony Lynn, who Philip Rivers has spent a ton of time with over the off-season going over every detail and player. Lynn joins the Chargers after serving as the Buffalo Bills Assistant Head Coach and Running Backs Coach in 2015-16. Lynn became the interim head coach on December 27, 2016, after Rex Ryan was fired and was also interviewed for the Jets head coaching job after Ryan was fired there. He’s paid his dues and obviously wants to establish himself by winning a couple of games in the preseason before the regular season gets underway. No new coach wants to start his career off with an 0-4 record. Said Lynn, “I want to play smart, physical football. I want to be explosive down the field... We're going to play a little bit faster and see if we can put a little pressure on the defense. Just execute."

There are more dynamics in play here too. This region is not sports hungry. Aside from the Dodgers tearing it up and selling out every game, you have the Rams, the UCLA Bruins and many other outlets that sports fans can spend their entertainment dollar on. The Chargers are competing for that and losing will not do the trick. StubHub Stadium only seats 21,000 fans and speculation is that if they are a weak team, you’ll be able to buy tickets on the StubHub website for 20 cents on the dollar. Winning therefore is crucial or the team will be playing in a small empty stadium and that’s not good for the NFL. Roger Goddell knows it and it would surprise us not if the Chargers got some favorable calls here. After getting whacked by Seattle, losing again to the Saints would not be good for Chargers football in this region. We’re trusting Philip Rivers and Anthony Lynn to get it done here and we’re also trusting Sean Payton to fully cooperate. This game lines up perfectly for the Chargers to win over some fans in this region to get behind their new team and support the process. This is an important game for the Bolts while it means absolutely zilch to the visitor. We’ll play it accordingly.
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