NFL Preview NFC South & West

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Jeffrey “Coach” Belanger and the “Joker” give their NFL preview for the NFC South and NFC West in Podcast number 78 the Art Shell episode. The MLB picks will be posted on the jeffreybelanger website for August 26th-28th. You can contact Coach with any sports or gambling related comments and questions at or on twitter @coachbelanger.

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MLB Picks
Friday August 26th
Red Sox over Royals Steven Wright  was 4-0 in July despite a 6.23 ERA. In a surprise move John Farrell is going to forgo using David Ortiz at DH and let Steven Wright bat for himself. The wild conspiracy theory in Boston is Farrell is displeased with himself for not permanently injuring Wright letting him run the bases in LA, he is going for permanent damage to keep ACE Clay Buchholz in the rotation. The Royals have won the last 3 Ian Kennedy starts. That is outstanding considering they lost his previous seven starts. He has great numbers in three August starts with an ERA under one but there is no way I am picking against the Sox while I am in attendance. Slugfest with the Bosox winning 10-9.
Tigers over Angels Justin Verlander has a 1.93 ERA since the All-Star break. Teams are batting a lowly .170 against him in that time. He did lose to the Angels earlier this year giving up 4 runs on 4 hits in 7 and 1/3 innings.  The Angels have lost all 4 of Ricky Nolasco’s starts. He has given up 15 runs in those games. The worse news is he is 0-2 against Detroit in 3 starts this year, giving up 10 runs on 20 hits in 16+ innings. Take the happy Justing Verlander to win this one.
Saturday August 27th
Twins over Blue Jays Ervin Santana one of the few bright spots for the Twinkies this year. His ERA in July was 1.90 and it has improved this month with a 1.33. He has a no decision against the Jays this year when he pitched 8 strong innings and gave up just 4 hits and 2 runs. Marcus Stroman has been better post all-star break with a 3.40 ERA (4.89 prior to the break). He has beaten the Twins once this year giving up 1 run in 7 innings. I am taking the Twins and Sanatan though and hope he out duels Stroman and that Santana day game splits which are better than his night time splits make the difference.
White Sox over Mariners Jose Quintana has been stead and consistent in July and August unlike the White Sox. He has beaten the M’s once this year and you can expect a solid performance from the Lefty. Rookie Ariel Miranda goes for the Mariners. He has started 3 games from the M’s since being acquired from the O’s and has been solid in those starts giving up 2, 3 and 3 runs. The Mariners have however lost all those games and he has put a lot of runners on base in the process. I am taking the WHite Sox in this one.
Tigers over Angels The Tigers have only lost 4 of Michael Fulmer starts this season. Two of the losses have occured in the past 10 days. He is still might front runner for AL Cy young award. He has faced the Angels once and threw a 2 hit shut out over 7 and 2/3 innings. Joulyhs Chacin pitched great against the Yankees in his last start. Lightning will not strike twice, he stinks, take the Tigers.
Sunday August 28th
Giants over Braves The Giants have been terrible since the All-Star break. Madison Bumgarner hasn’t been much better 2-4 with a 3.71 ERA. Time for Bumgarner and the Giants to right the ship and get things going in the right direction against the lowly Braves. Young Mike Foltynewicz who is somehow still on my fantasy baseball team will get the task of getting the Giants healthy again to finish off the Dodger and the NL West. Robbie Whalen is now pitching and he is worse than Foltynewicz, perhaps I should add him to my fantasy baseball team.

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