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Oakland’s Mike Fiers has been smoking at home this season where he is 10-3 with a 2.33 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in his team-starts. Fiers is also 6-1 in his last seven overall team-starts with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. That’s an inferno next to Yankees hurler J.A. Happ and his 6.37 ERA with a 1.61 WHIP in his last seven efforts. And we didn’t even mention the fact that Fiers is 9-0 overall, as well as 8-0 at home of late, in his recent team-starts. You know what to do.


Alabama is the only FBS school to make it to all five College Football playoffs … Only one time since 2007 has Alabama or Auburn failed to win the SEC West division (LSU in 2011) … Georgia will face five FBS foes (all SEC) in 2019 that will be playing with a week of rest. Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas A&M are next with 4 such opponents … several SEC teams changed coordinators, adopting new styles or systems on offense and defense. Meanwhile, in years of no head-coaching turnover, the biggest trend is the success of the newer coaches who take significant jumps in Year Two. In 2006, Les Miles won 11 games at LSU, and Urban Meyer won his first national title with Florida. Mark Richt won 10 games in 2017 with Miami, and last year Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Texas’s Tom Herman took the top two spots in the Big 12 while Matt Rhule led Baylor to a bowl victory. That’s good news for the fan bases at Texas A&M (Jimbo Fisher), Tennessee (Jeremy Pruitt), Arkansas (Chad Morris), Mississippi State (Joe Moorhead) and Florida (Mullen) entering year two for their coaches …

Today’s 2-Minute Handicap

MLB – Atlanta: Teheran 5-0 $ vs. Marlins … St. Louis: Wainwright 6-1 $ in August … Cubs: Darvish 5-1 $ home in August… Twins: Odorizzi 5-0 $ home in August … Tampa Bay: Morton 0-5 $ home in August.

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