Sport Trevor Bauer is going to dominate the Rockies tonight, other best bets for Tuesday
The $1 billion quintet: Breaking down MLB's epic free agent shortstop class
Baseball stars have never aligned in this fashion before, and they likely won't again. Five shortstops, all first-round picks, could be free agents.Five shortstops, all first-round picks, every one of them an All-Star, three of them World Series champions, nestled between the prime ages of 26 and 28, each with just 162 games separating them from seemingly bottomless riches.
Hello and Happy Tuesday. If you didn't already know it, Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is right. Right about what? Well, that's a perfectly reasonable question to ask, but if you'd just give me a moment, I was about to tell you.
On Monday night, Doncic, saying "I don't see the point of that."
If you aren't already aware, the NBA playoff format is set up now so that the teams seeded seventh through tenth will play a small tournament to earn the final two playoff berths in each conference. As things stand, the Mavs would have to play in it to reach the postseason. But whether it's the Mavs or any other team, the idea that you play 72 games (or 82 in a regular NBA season) to determine playoff seeding and then force teams to play another smaller tournament is idiotic.
Trevor Bauer trolls Astros while referencing new MLB video rule
Trevor Bauer was up to his usual antics after picking up his first win as a Los Angeles Dodger. Bauer went six hitless innings, but ended up giving up four earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched. His debut was a successful one, especially given the amount of run support the Dodgers gave him. Last sea son with the Cincinnati Reds, Bauer got over seven runs of support just once. On Friday night, he received 10+ runs to mess with. Not bad. Yet, Bauer made more headlines in his postgame news conference, when he took another shot at a familiar foe in the Houston Astros. If we've learned anything about Dodgers fans, this will only endear them to him more.
It's not as dumb as MLB forcing teams to play a one-game playoff series following a 162-game schedule, but it's just as flawed an idea. But it doesn't matter how stupid the idea is, because stupid ideas make money too, and that's precisely why the NBA's new play-in tournament exists, and it's why MLB's wild card games exist. So they aren't going anywhere. If the NBA wants to do something like this, it should follow models proposed in recent seasons that soccer leagues do. Lessen the number of regular-season games, and then hold a separate "cup tournament" during the regular season.
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D-Backs 10, Rockies 8: Rockies run out of comebacks in 13 innings
Ryan McMahon’s 3 homers not enough for the RockiesIn the end, Matt Peacock, a 27-year-old righty making his MLB debut, turned out to be the star of the game. Not only did he hold the Rockies to one run on two hits in the 11th, 12th, and 13th innings, but also got his first Major League hit with an RBI single in the 13th off Ben Bowden. He then came around to score on a Ketel Marte double that capped off a three-run frame that proved too much for the Rockies to overcome.
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It would allow some teams out of title contention to compete for something while also allowing teams to give their younger players more minutes against NBA competition to help their development. Slap a sponsor on it and count the cash.
Alright, let's get to tonight's picks. I hope none of them lose after a first baseman throws a ball off the back of a baserunner's head again.
All times Eastern, and all odds via William Hill Sportsbook
Rockies 8, D-Backs 0: Senzatela shuts out Arizona
Owings, Hampson ambush BumgarnerAntonio Senzatela had it going on all game long. He threw eight shutout innings and only gave up four hits and two walks. It was night and day when compared to his first start this season that saw him give up seven runs in 3 1⁄3 innings. Senzatela was aggressive and kept attacking the strike zone forcing 14 ground ball outs. He was also terrific holding runners when they reached scoring position forcing the D-Backs to go 0-for-6 in those situations against him.
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at , 10:10 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV The Pick: Under 8 (-120)
at , 10:10 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV
The Pick: Under 8 (-120): You will not be surprised to learn that the Rockies offense is different at home than on the road. That's always been the case, and while that's holding true in 2021, the truth is the Rockies can't hit anywhere right now. At home, the Colorado offense is slashing .236/.289/.468 with a strikeout rate of 20.6%. On the road, the Rockies are hitting .216/.274/.289 with a strikeout rate of 27.4%. So it's just bad at home and truly awful on the road.
Tonight, that Rockies offense is on the road and facing one of the top pitchers in the game in. I have a hard time envisioning a big night for the Rockies offense, but that said, weather conditions at Dodger Stadium tonight could keep the Los Angeles lineup in check too. All of which makes the under a smarter play than the Dodgers on the money line or spread.
Key Trend: The Under is 4-1 in the Dodgers' last five games.
Here's what SportsLine is saying about the game: The Advanced Computer Model.
Dodgers news: Trevor Bauer reportedly under MLB investigation
Dodgers ace Trevor Bauer is reportedly being investigated for suspicious findings on baseballs he used in his last start. Trevor Bauer was easily the most outspoken MLB player when it came to the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Now the Los Angeles Dodgers ace is under MLB investigation himself, according to Ken Rosenthal. The MLB insider dropped a report Thursday night detailing MLB's investigation into the reigning National League Cy Young winner. MLB league officials are inspecting baseballs collected from Trevor Bauer's last start vs. the A's. The balls had visible markings and were sticky.
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at , 8:10 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV The Pick: Under 8.5 (-110) --
at , 8:10 p.m. | TV: MLB.TV
The Pick: Under 8.5 (-110) --We took the under in this game on Monday night because the weather in Kansas City was going to make it exceptionally difficult for hitters to hit the ball out of the park. Well, the two teams combined for 13 runs anyway, even though the lone dinger in the game was a two-run shot by in the ninth inning when it was already 8-3. Also, thanks to defensive blunders, three of the 13 runs scored last night were unearned. So basically, everything that had to happen for the under to lose happened, and I'm not letting that scare me away from retaking it tonight.
We have similar weather conditions expected tonight, and withon the mound, much greater strikeout potential. So we're back on this under and hoping that keeping the ball in the park will work the way it's supposed to this time.
Key Trend: The under is 8-2 in Kansas City's last 10 games as an underdog.
⚽ Champions League
Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City, Wednesday, 3 p.m. | TV: Paramount+ The Pick: Manchester City Over 1.5 goals (-175) --
Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City, Wednesday, 3 p.m. | TV: Paramount+
The Pick: Manchester City Over 1.5 goals (-175) --Manchester City lost to Leeds United 2-1 over the weekend, despite Leeds being down to 10 men for the second half. Don't read too much into it, though, because while Leeds fans won't want to hear it, it was truly a fluke result. Leeds had two shots on goal in the match and scored on both. More important than all of that is the reason Leeds were able to pick up the fluke win. Because even with the Premier League wrapped up and a more important Champions League match looming, Manchester City still played to win. Man City always plays to win. They're like a shark. If they stop swimming, they'll die.
MLB Bets for Tuesday, April 13: Dodgers to Cover at Home vs. Rockies
SI Gambling analyst Roy Larking previews Tuesday's MLB betting action and shares the two top picks on his baseball betting card Have you signed up to become an SI PRO subscriber this baseball season?Your membership gives you access to betting information and plays in real time through our Discord chat, so you never miss an opportunity to get in on the action before the lines move. And if you play daily fantasy, our daily breakdowns are only available for SI PRO members.
So, even though Man City have a 2-1 lead after the first leg, they also know that Dortmund scored a goal in the match, so all Dortmund needs to do is be ahead 1-0 after 90 minutes. So Man City knows it has to score one goal, but one goal is never enough for Man City. They'll score at least two, and maybe more. The juice is heavy on this one, but not heavy enough.
Key Trend: Manchester City has scored at least two goals in 24 of its last 29 matches.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid, Wednesday, 3 p.m. | TV: Paramount+ The Pick: Over 2.5 (-175) --
Liverpool vs Real Madrid, Wednesday, 3 p.m. | TV: Paramount+
The Pick: Over 2.5 (-175) --What a week it's been for Real Madrid. First, despite missing captain Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane on defense and Eden Hazard in attack, Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg. Then, Madrid went and beat Barcelona 2-1 in El Clasico over the weekend despite missing all those same players. Now they have a chance to finish Liverpool off for good, and I don't know how many teams have ever had the chance to say "we beat Liverpool twice and Barcelona in an eight-day stretch" before, but it can't be many.
But I don't know that Real Madrid will win this match because they don't have to. Liverpool need to beat Real Madrid by at least two goals to advance, but that will be hard to do considering Liverpool's defensive problems (which showed up in that 3-1 Madrid win last week). Liverpool will need to push, giving a speedster like Madrid's Vinicius Junior more opportunities to crush Liverpool on the counter. I see another high-scoring affair in order, but I'm playing it a little safer by going Over 2.5 instead of 3.5. There's better value here.
Fernando Tatis Jr. Takes Trevor Bauer Deep, Taunts by Covering One Eye
Tatis led off Saturday's game with a home run, then covered one eye while rounding the bases as a callback to Bauer's spring training antics.Another day, another home run by Fernando Tatis Jr.—this time with a twist.
Key Trend: There have been at least three goals scored in five of Real Madrid's last six matches.
???? SportsLine Pick of the Day: The Advanced Computer Model has been simulating tonight's NBA matchup between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors,.
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PG: Trae Young, Hawks
SG: Paul George, Clippers
SF: Jaylen Brown, Celtics
PF: Domantas Sabonis, Pacers
C: Rudy Gobert, Jazz
PG: Malachi Flynn, Raptors
SG: Joe Ingles, Jazz
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic, Jazz
PF: Marcus Morris, Clippers
C: Ivica Zubac, Clippers
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Get winning NBA DFS picks from SportsLine pros Mike McClure and Jacob Gibbs. McClure has won almost $2 million in daily Fantasy, while Gibbs crushed the NBA last season, cashing around 65 percent of the time in cash games and nearly 45 percent of the time in tournaments..
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- Markieff Morris Over 1.5 assists (-130)
- Mike Conley Over 2.5 rebounds (+140)
- Bojan Bogdanovic Over 1.5 assists (-120)
- Tyler Herro Over 3.5 rebounds (-145)
'I get no respect': How Brian Jordan is the forgotten two-sport star .
His MLB and NFL careers stand up to Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders; 30 years later, Jordan wonders if that era is gone for good.Now, he writes children’s books.