World Series Preview and Series Pick
By Tony George Sports
Both teams playing in this year’s Fall Classic, The World Series in MLB are capable of winning it. I thought I would break down the two teams in very short order and give you some opinions worth considering as the first pitch goes Wednesday Night in Boston at storied Fenway Park.
Odds to win it all
St. Louis 6/5
If you like offense this will be the series for you, especially if you are a Red Sox fan, since the Bean Town boys are 1st on offense overall in MLB, including runs per game. The Red Sox also are second MLB in with a team batting average of .277 on the season. Impressive stuff to go along with a solid starting pitching rotation overall. St Louis ranks 3rd and 4th in those 2 categories on offense, and while both teams have solid pitching, with St Louis leading MLB in overall starting pitching ERA, there is going to be some scoring, by BOTH teams, but with Boston ranked 14th in overall ERA the run support will be in the Cards favor in my opinion.
That said, game to game handicapping with be situational on a per game basis, but I would look for more Overs than Unders in this series, which I feel may go all 7 games. The pitching at days end is what gets it done, and for my money St Louis has the better pitching overall. What the Cards did to Kershaw and the Dodgers in the last game of the NL Pennant was amazing racking up a 9-0 win. Boston had much more drama in their final game against Detroit.
You have Wainwright (under a 3 ERA on the road) and Lester (under a 3 ERA at home) opening up in game 1 on the hill, and the Red Sox are a slight -117 favorite at home to take game 1. The total is 7.
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My Pick is the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS TO BE THE MLB WORLD CHAMPIONS
Georgia Tech -10 @ Virginia - Saturday October 26
By Tony George Sports
The Yellow Jackets are off a convincing win at Syracuse where they hammered the Orangemen 56-0 last week, while Virginia was still trying to figure out how to mount an offense against a suspect Duke team who won at Virginia by 13 points. The number in this game is just a little bit more than 10 points with the visiting Yellow Jackets this weekend laying double digits. Georgia Tech has the 4th ranked rushing offense in the NCAA at over 300 yards a game this season and also has a very stout defense ranked 17th in points allowed. Is Georgia Tech going to look past Virginia, they have Pitt next week and that game has no history, so I do not see GT slowing down. With a fast paced offense and a solid defense, they are no way that Virginia who is a deplorable cover team covering just 5 out of their last 21 games and who gave up 421 yards last year to the triple option attack of GT.
With defensive numbers like Georgia Tech as, and offensive numbers like they have, their limited ability to pass the ball hampers them little in this game, and I see a score similar to last year’s blowout in Atlanta which was 56-20. Lay the points in this one and do not break a sweat. These yellow jackets should have some serious sting this weekend.
Pro Pick on Georgia Tech from Tony George
NFL - Cleveland at Kansas City -7 – Total 39.5 - Sunday October 27
By Tony George Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs stand alone in the NFL as the only unbeaten team remaining, who would have thought back in mid August? Well Tony George did, as it was his top Win / Loss Futures play on the board where he took KC over 6.5 wins to the bank last week as KC got by a pesky Texans team at Arrowhead and won their 7th game. The Browns roll into the loudest stadium in the NFL this Sunday with major Quarterback issues, no running game and no pass game against the NFL’s #1 ranked defense at home. This is the last place Cleveland wants to be this weekend, I assure you. The line is Kansas City by 7 in this one, the same number Kansas City could not cover last week against a Houston team starting a QB off the scout team. Tony George says the value in this game not the point spread but the Totals Play.
Both defenses are solid, Kansas City can flat out get after the QB and lead the NFL in sacks on a record pace right now, and with their secondary limit big plays down the field. Spread attacks and high octane offense like Dallas and Philly were completely rendered useless against this defense that has 4 Prop Bowlers from last year’s 2 win team on it. At day’s end Kansas City’s offense is very suspect and the Browns’ defense is the strength of their team with 3 Top 10 rankings. Points will be a premium, and with every game the noose gets tighter for KC as all eyes are upon this. This is much like last week’s game against Houston, low scoring and tight and while the points are tempting to take, it is the UNDER which is far more tasty here.
Pro Pick on the Under from Tony George