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WHAT’S ON TAP IN SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2019:
There are plenty of interesting games in major sports this Sunday including 12 Week 6 matchups in the NFL. Week 2 of the 2019-20 NHL season wraps up with three tilts on the schedule, while the Yankees meet Astros in Game 2 of the ALCS, so let’s take a look at our best betting picks of the day:
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American League Championship Series Game 2:
Yankees +140 at Astros -150
Penguins +108 at Jets -133
Flames -109 at Sharks -114
Golden Knights -140 at Kings +112
Panthers vs Buccaneers (+2.5)
Bengals at Ravens (-10.5)
Texans at Chiefs (-4.0)
Saints at Jaguars (-3.0)
Eagles at Vikings (-3.5)
Seahawks at Browns (+1.0)
Redskins at Dolphins (+4.0)
Falcons at Cardinals (+2.5)
49ers at Rams (-3.0)
Cowboys at Jets (+7.0)
Titans at Broncos (-1.5)
Steelers at Chargers (-6.5)
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- New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros
The Yankees thrashed off the Astros 7-0 in the ALCS opener last night. They had 13 hits, allowing only three in a return. Gleyber Torres had a big game, hitting a homer and five RBI, while the Yanks’ pitching staff did a great job.
The Astros are already in a tough situation and cannot allow another loss. They will start Justin Verlander tonight, but their bats still need to do a much better job. After a terrible performance in the opener, I think the Astros have to bounce back with all the talent they possess.
Verlander went 21-6 in the regular season with a 2.58 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He’s 1-1 in the postseason with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Verlander is 8-7 in 22 starts against the Yankees in his career, while the Astros are 5-1 in his six starts versus the Yanks.
James Paxton will toe the slab for the visitors, and the lefty went 15-6 in the regular season with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Paxton pitched 4.2 innings this postseason, surrendering five hits and three earned runs while striking out eight. He’s 8-4 in 14 starts against the Astros in a career.
The main reason why I’m backing the Astros to tie the series is their displays against southpaw starting pitchers during the regular season. They had the best record in the league against lefties, tallying 38 wins and only 11 losses.
- Houston Astros -150 over New York Yankees
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- Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Winnipeg Jets
With only three games in the NHL today, it’s tough to take the best pick. Still, the clash between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets looks like a proper high-scoring affair. Both teams are among the top 10 in the league in shots per game.
Winnipeg is scoring 3.60 goals per game while allowing 3.40 in a return. On the other side, the Penguins are tallying 2.75 goals per contest, surrendering 2.50 in a return. However, the Penguins scored seven goals on two occasions this season including the last night’s victory at Minnesota.
The Jets will also play back-to-back after a 3-2 OT win at Chicago. The over is 6-3 on the back end in Winnipeg’s previous nine back-to-back sets, and it is 5-1 in the previous six meetings between the Penguins and Jets in Winnipeg.
- Over 6.0 goals at -125
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- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a 26-23 victory at Pittsburgh, bouncing back from two straight losses. The Ravens needed overtime to improve to 3-2 on the season. Now, they will welcome the hapless Cincinnati Bengals who’s lost all five games thus far.
The Bengals’ defense is one of the worst in the NFL, allowing 27.2 points per game on 411.8 total yards. Their run defense is the 2nd-worst in the league and will have a tough day in the office against the Ravens who are racking up 192.2 rushing yards per game (2nd in the NFL).
I think the Ravens will dominate the Bengals on the ground, while this is a chance for Baltimore’s defense to step up after surrendering 24.6 points per contest so far. Hereof, I’m backing the Ravens to cover even though the betting trends are suggesting the opposite.
Baltimore is only 2-9 ATS in its last 11 outings as a double-digit fave and 1-4 ATS in its previous five meetings with Cincinnati. The Bengals are 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games when listed as underdogs.
- Baltimore Ravens -10.5 at -110