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Two top sports betting services, both the Canadien Crew and Matt Rivers.  The first is from the Canadien Sports Crew on Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals (-160)  Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET

Stephen Strasburg is expected to start for Washington.  The right-hander keeps chugging along, going 14-5 on the year with a 2.95 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 139.1 innings.  He’s been nothing short of spectacular in August, going 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in three starts.  Strasburg’s last start was a win over San Francisco, holding the Giants to a pair of runs in six innings of work.  Despite his success this season, Strasburg has struggled against Atlanta, going 2-1 in four starts in spite of a 4.87 ERA.  He’s 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in six lifetime starts against the Braves. 

The Braves will go with recently acquired Paul Malholm.  The lefty spent most of the season with the Cubs, going 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts.  He’s been even better with Atlanta, going 2-1 in three starts with a 1.57 ERA.  Malholm has been especially good in his last two outings, giving up just one run through 16 innings.  He shut down the Padres last week, allowing a single run in seven innings while adding seven strikeouts.  But the Nationals have typically crushed Malholm, as he’s 1-5 with a 5.56 ERA in nine career starts.

Neither pitcher has a positive history against Tuesday’s opponent, but Malholm looks like a new man in Atlanta.  Strasburg is the better pitcher, for sure, but Malholm is dialed in right now.

Pick:  Atlanta

Also with some right angle sports picks is Matt Rivers. He has a premium pick on the New York Yankees. I am seeing plus money with the superior Yankees and that is enough for me in this spot, period. I don’t care that this thing is at US Cellular or that the White Sox are a solid enough team with probably the better starting pitcher. It’s the Yankees at a price that is right.

Ivan Nova had those somewhat recent terrible back-to-back outings and hasn’t been great over this past month, I get that. Things though have been improving in the last pair of starts and all in all I like the righty as he seems to just win. Is he great? No he’s not and Dunn and Konerko can hit anybody but Nova should give us six pretty good innings in the end and I’m okay with that.

Francisco Liriano is solid and a lefty who can dazzle at times. But the guy isn’t what he used to be presurgeries and therefore doesn’t frighten me as that absolute lights out electric stuff is mostly gone. When on, the southpaw can still somewhat scare me but this is still the high quality Yankees here with Jeter, Granderson, Cano, Swisher, Tex and a few others and at this price I’m just in, win or lose.

If they play this game 1,000 times New York wins more than they don’t so to make them basically a dog is a price that is just wrong.

The Yankees are as professional as they come and are the “Yankees”, a team that should find a way as they usually seem to do.

Top expert pick on this game: The Yankees from Matt Rivers.



About the Author

Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy got his start in the sports handicapping industry with the Dial Sports (Communications Team) audiotext network. It was owned by sportswriter, broadcaster and handicapping pioneer Mickey Charles. Dial Sports was the sister company of the popular Sports Network Wire Service. Upon graduating California University of PA, where he was a play-by-play announcer on student radio station WVCS (now WCAL) and cable channel 29 (now CUTV), he became a full-time sports announcer and handicapper for the Sportsline scorephone network. He learned from NFL legends coach Hank Stram and broadcasting icon Ray Scott the ins and outs of the sports betting world. His Amazing Cadillac Club became the most successful 900-number in sports betting history. He left to become the first General Manager of the Freescoreboard scorephone network broadcast all over North America. His articles have appeared on several dozen websites and hard copy publications. He is now CEO of, the top sports betting site in the world. Email:

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