Smart Box Series: Behind The 8-Ball
By Marc Lawrence
Game 8 of the College Football season is often a crossroads for most teams. Those who have won more games than they have lost are entertaining thoughts of securing a bowl bid. Those who are reeling and going down for the count are disappointed and their actions on the field confirm those feelings.
According to our powerful database, teams playing Game 8 off three consecutive losses are prime candidates to be dropped into a corner pocket and ignored... especially when they take out as road dogs against an opponent off a loss in this situation. That’s because teams in this scenario are a not-so-pretty 36-70-3 ATS since 1980. This week we’ll be queuing-up against Florida International.
Bring them in as a dog of more than 4 points with a defense that allows 31 or more PPG on the season and they scratch for wins, going 10-38-2 ATS.
And faster than you can say break ‘em, if our qualified ‘play-against’ Game 8 road dog of 4 or more points with a wobbly defense off three straight losses is facing a foe that did not lose its last game by 14 or more points to the spread they scratch with alarming regularity, going 1-35 SU and 5-30-1 ATS.
Yes, FIU figures to get “racked” this week. Go ahead, you make the call. 8-ball in the corner pocket for the win!
- San Francisco
- Larry Ness
- August 31, 2015 - 10:10 PM
- Offered at:
- pinnacle @ 134 San Francisco
The Giants have taken NINE of 12 meetings from the Dodgers this year...
My free play is on the SF Giants at 10:10 ET.
The first-place Dodgers got no-hit last night by Jake Arrieta (Cubs), after Mike Fiers (Astros) had no-hit them back on Aug 21. That makes them the first team to be no-hit twice in the same month since the 1971 Cincinnati Reds, as well as making them the first team in 92 years to be no-hit twice in that short a span. The Dodgers now look to bounce back against their bitter rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The 72-57 Dodgers have been in first place for most of the season but the Giants have refused to go away, never falling more than 5 1/2 games back. The 69-61 Giants open this three-game series just 3 1/2 behind in the NL West and should feel confident, as San Francisco has taken NINE of the 12 meetings between the two teams this year.
The Dodgers had their five-game winning streak snapped Sunday and will face Madison Bumgarner (16-6, 2.97 ERA) on Tuesday but NOT before drawing nemesis Jake Peavy, tonight. Injuries have limited Peavy to a modest 12 starts here in 2015 (4-6, 4.21 ERA / team is 6-6) but the vet is 14-3 with 2.30 ERA in 27 career starts against the Dodgers (teams are 18-9) and that includes a 6-0 record with a 2.51 ERA over his last 10 at Dodger Stadium. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will counter with lefty Brett Anderson, who is 8-8 with a 3.36 ERA over 25 starts here in 2015 (Dodgers are 13-12).
Facing a left-hander is typically good news for the Giants, who entered Sunday 18-12 against lefties in 2015. They did lose to Garcia and the Cards yesterday but note that Garcia came in having never allowed more than three ERs in any one of his 13 previous starts in 2015, including allowing two ERs or less 10 times. However, the Giants reached him for four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings but still lost, 7-5. That said, the Giants showed again that they LIKE facing lefties. As for Anderson, they like him just fine. Yes, Anderson allowed one run over six innings of a 10-2 win at Los Angeles back on June 21 but that’s after he went 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in his first six career starts against San Francisco.
Taking a price with Peavy is too tempting too pass up!
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