In a matchup of Japanese international’s, Masahiro Tanaka (10-4, 3.24 ERA) and Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8, 3.78 ERA) will take the mound for their respective clubs in the rubber match between the Yankees and Mariners at Safeco Field this afternoon.
SHARK BITES The Yankees are 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Mariners. The Mariners are 8-0 in their last 8 games at home with Iwakuma as the starting pitcher. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Yankees' last 9 games against the Mariners.
The Yankees have won 10 of their last 12 games with Tanaka on the starting bump and need to start winning series’ now if they hope to have any shot at the playoffs. Tanaka can help them achieve that tonight if he continues his solid road pitching. The split-finger fastball expert owns a 2.28 ERA in the 12 games he has hurled away from Yankee Stadium.
Well, the Mariners have won 10 of Iwakuma’s last 13 starts so the first stat I mentioned about Tanaka is essentially null. Iwa is 8-2 inside the friendly fences of Safeco Field and owns a 1.69 ERA in the month of August. He can cap off an excellent month today if continues to limit the Yankees’ lineup to the career .227 average they have combined to hit off him.
The Astros and Pirates will play the third of their three-game set today with the outcome determining who will win the series. Ivan Nova took care of business for the Pirates last night and will hand the baton to Gerrit Cole this afternoon as the Bucs match up with Collin McHugh and the ‘Stros.
SHARK BITES The Pirates are 1-5 in their last 6 games at home with Gerrit Cole as the starting pitcher. The Astros are 13-2 in their last 15 games on Wednesday. The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Pirates' last 10 games on Wednesday.
It’s been a rough stretch for Collin McHugh. He has not earned a win in five straight outings and in two of those starts he allowed six or more runs. In McHugh’s 13 road starts he has gone 3-6 with a bloated 5.81 ERA while allowing opposing lineups to hit .319 off him – gulp.
Gerrit Cole (7-8, 3.30) has regressed a little from a 2015 that saw him post a 2.60 ERA and win 19 games. That said, the righty has been one of the most consistent arms in the Bucs’ rotation and has been pretty efficient at PNC Park. In 10 starts at home, Cole has a 3.07 ERA.
Cole is a contact pitcher and the Astros are very much contact hitters. This could be a death matchup for the Pirates starter if he doesn’t get a high ground-ball rate.
With less than 40 games left in the regular season, the playoff picture is still a little blurry with the exception of a few division leaders who don’t appear to be taking their foot off the gas. There’s currently 10 American League teams either holding a playoff spot or within five games of a wild-card position, while eight teams are in the same spot in the National League.
Foi no sufoco, mas graças a dois belos gols no segundo tempo, marcados por Marlone e Marquinhos Gabriel, o Corinthians conseguiu reagir e derrotar o Vitória por 2 a 1. A partida que completou a 21ª rodada do Campeonato Brasileiro devolveu o time paulista para o grupo dos quatro primeiros colocados, que garante vaga na Copa Libertadores. O resultado também garantiu R$ 1,40 para cada real investido, de acordo com estatísticas do Oddsshark.com/br.
Quatro partidas abrem a fase de Oitavas de Final da Copa do Brasil nesta quarta-feira (24/08). O menor lucro possível para essas primeiras partidas é de 19%, paga na partida entre São Paulo e Juventude. Porém, em outro confronto do dia, entre Atlético-PR e Grêmio, o investidor vai faturar no mínimo R$ 1,60 de lucro em cima de cada real investido. Além disso, outros dois jogos garantem mais de 50% de lucro, de acordo com estatísticas do Oddsshark.com/br.
As much as Dana White wants to say Conor McGregor is cutting down to 145 and defending his featherweight title next, ‘The Notorious One’ is likely going to do whatever he wants. And all signs seem to point towards McGregor making his UFC debut at 155 in his next bout.
The Redskins won the final four games of their 2015 schedule to finish the year on top of the NFC East with a 9-7 record. The caveat here is that none of those nine wins came against a team with a record over .500. This is not a good look for a team that did not tangibly improve in very many categories for the upcoming season.
The New York Jets were expected to be a bottom-feeder last year, but they surprised everyone by remaining in playoff contention until the last week of the season. The Jets were two defeats to the Bills short of being the No. 1 seed in the AFC East, and they ended up missing the postseason altogether as a result. Such is life for fans of the gang green.
The handicapping, sports odds information contained on this website is for entertainment purposes only. Please confirm the wagering regulations in your jurisdiction as they vary from state to state, province to province and country to country. Using this information to contravene any law or statute is prohibited. The site is not associated with nor is it endorsed by any professional or collegiate league, association or team. OddsShark does not target an audience under the age of 18. Please visit gambleaware.co.uk or gamcare.org.uk for guidelines on responsible gaming.