Previous Day’s Record: 3-0
Overall Record: 11-7
This last Monday of the summer feels odd, like something is missing. Oh, right, there's no NBA basketball for the first time in almost a month, 29 days to be exact. Then again, that wouldn’t be a thing we think about in a normal year since September is supposed to be all about baseball and football.
Just wait until tennis sneaks in with the French Open -- the second Grand Slam of the year that is also usually played as the same time as the NBA Conference Finals in late May – in less than two weeks.
Anyway, you didn’t come on here to see me rumble. You came to win some money! And you came to the right place after a 3-0 slate last Monday thanks to the Clippers, Italy’s national team, and Dominic Thiem (I can guarantee you won’t find those three names combined and making sense anywhere else on the Internet).
If you are looking for my NFL Monday Night Football pick, CLICK HERE. In the meantime, let’s see what else is going on in the sports world today.
NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
DALLAS STARS VS. LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS – GAME 5
The little things make a big difference in the playoffs, just ask Dallas. The Stars did align in Canada with two consecutive wins by narrow margins to take a 3-1 series lead and be a win away from their first Stanley Cup Finals since Y2K was still a thing in 2000. The Knights, meanwhile, didn’t see the bets didn’t pay off despite outshooting their opponent by a combined +30 (73-43) in both contests with just three goals to show for it.
Vegas already saw a 3-1 lead of its own disappear in the previous round against Vancouver, and I expect them to at the very least add some suspense to the series by plastering their superiority on the scoreboard tonight.
My pick: Las Vegas (-175) 3 – 2 Dallas Stars
MLB REGULAR SEASON
Upset Pick of the Day!
LOS ANGELES DODGERS @ SAN DIEGO PADRES
If Steelers-Giants on Monday Night Football isn’t enticing you by halftime, check out this gem of a pitching duel between Los Angeles’ ace Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.98 ERA) and San Diego’s stud Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.24 ERA).
Why am I leaning towards the Padres? Well, Lamet shut out the Rockies at home with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in his previous start last Monday. The 28-year-old righty also hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his six starts at Petco Park this season. In fact, he hasn’t allowed more than that anywhere else either.
Besides, the Padres may be 3-4 versus LA this season, but four of those contests were one-run games.
My pick: San Diego Padres (+115) 2 – 1 Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB REGULAR SEASON
CINCINNATI REDS VS. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
National League Cy Young candidate Trevor Bauer takes the mound in a must-win game for the Reds against the worst team in the NL.
Bauer has a 1.74 ERA this season, but he had one of his most disappointing outings in his lone appearance against Pittsburgh allowing four runs (1 ER) in 6.0 innings before Cincinnati fell 4-3.
I expect Bauer to bounce back big time and continue to make his case for the first Cy Young award of his career.
My pick: Cincinnati Reds (-235) 6 – 2 Pittsburgh Pirates
-- written by El Hombre