|AUG 1, 2019—Tonight kicks of the 2019 NFL preseason with the Atlanta Falcons tackling the Denver Broncos in the first-ever Thursday night Hall of Fame game. As we call out in the 2019 Playbook Preseason Football Newsletter, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn appears more concerned on evaluating players rather than winning exhibition games, going 5-11 SU and 4-12 ATS in his career, including 0-6 SUATS the last six skirmishes. It will be interesting to see how Denver rookie head coach Vic Fangio approaches NFLX contests. Stay tuned.
Hot August Nights
With the MLB trading deadline closed, and the NFL preseason whetting our palates, the month of August sets the table for the stretch run of the baseball season. The question is which pitchers can we count on to satisfy our tastes, and which ones figure to sour our stomachs? One pitcher in particular that has excelled during his team-starts during the month of August is Corey Kuber, who is 15-2 the last three years, including 7-1 at home. The Cleveland right-hander is getting close to returning after breaking his right arm early in the season. Last month he tossed off the bullpen mound and is inching closer to a couple of rehab starts. If all goes well, he’ll be back with the Indians in early August and could be a major factor for the Tribe when the postseason starts, especially now that Bauer has been shipped off to Cincinnati. For a list of all the Good Month and Bad Month pitchers during the hot August nights, read more here.
MLB History Book
Philadelphia: Arrieta 5-1 $ day starts this season … St. Louis: Flaherty 5-0 $ career team-starts in August … LA Dodgers: Kershaw 16-1 $ vs. Padres … Baltimore: 2-8 $ Thursdays this season … Houston: Cole 6-1 $ with 1.72 ERA and 0.96 WHIP this season.