World Series Outlook
What a World Series we have on our hands, and a tough one to pick! With Houston sweeping the Yankees in their previous series and the Philadelphia Phillies destroying the hype of San Diego, we’re in for a very even World Series battle. Both aces will be on the mound tomorrow for the series’ first game in Houston. Justin Verlander vs Aaron Nola. Verlander had the best ERA of the regular season at 1.75, and Aaron Nola almost had a 0 ERA in the postseason until collapsing recently against San Diego to give up 6 earned runs. Although our most recent statistic is before the playoffs began, both World Series pitchers faced the opposing team and gave up zero runs, with them both winning. Ya, zero. We also get to see the long-awaited World Series matchup of Bryce Harper against Justin Verlander. The best hitter versus the best pitcher.
With Verlander relying heavily on his high fastballs, that’s also Harper’s most accurate and favorite pitch to hit. By no means do I think this first match will be a shutout. I think we’ll see Aaron Nola bounce back into the solid form we’re used to seeing, and I think Verlander will give up a couple for Philly to sneak out a win in game 1 with them being underdogs at +145. For the series, it really will depend on how the first two games play out. Who shows up on both sides? Who will live up to their high standards? Will Philly get its pitching back? Will Houston be able to continually come back in games and hit consistently? Who’s bullpen will prove dominant?
With pitching overall being better depth-wise for Houston, and Philadelphia having explosive power at the bat, by no means will this be a quick series. I do see the Houston Astros winning the whole thing in 6. Currently, the favorite to win MVP is Bryce Harper. But I do have a good feeling about my dark horse pick, and that’s Jeremy Pena of Houston.
Will Tom Brady Bounce Back?
Tom Brady’s last time losing three games in a row was in 2002. Two decades ago! With them being at home tonight in a primetime game, I like their odds to squeak a win by a late Tom Brady-esque drive in the fourth quarter that we’re all used to seeing. So take them on the money line at -120 now, even though it keeps fluctuating. While Lamar Jackson and the Ravens do have a solid offense which is what keeps this matchup even, we’ve seen the secondary of Baltimore crumble before this season, and you can’t really give much room for error to Tom Brady when he’s hot.
Our College Football Picks
My favorite team of the year, and will most likely stay that way for the entire season, are the TCU Horned Frogs. With the coming up with another tough win against Kansas State in the previous week, I like their odds to keep rolling, and I can confidently say to take the ML at -290, or even the spread at -7 ½ as this task against West Virginia on the road will not be difficult for this Frogs squad. I also like Ole Miss to bounce back this week against Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies squad, with them slightly being favored at -130 on the money line. And the safest pick is the Tennessee Volunteers at home against ranked Kentucky at -450. They don’t lose this game whatsoever, and they also cover the spread of -12 as we saw this offense the previous week put up 65 points. Keep rolling with the Vols.