Cover Photo: Sean Gardner
Game 1: Atlanta Falcons (-1, -110) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (+1, -105)
The Falcons desperately want to avenge their season-ending loss back in January to the Eagles in the divisional round of last year’s playoffs. In what was a disappointing finish, the Falcons showed they are capable of hanging with the NFL’s elite. Now, the defending champs come into tonight’s game without key players such as QB Carson Wentz, WRs Alshon Jeffrey/Mack Hollins, DT Tim Jernigan, and LB Nigel Bradham. Whenever the home team is favored by less than a field goal at home, there is more of a reason to start digging deeper beneath the surface – especially, when it’s Banner Night for the defending champs.
In the final injury report before Thursday’s season opener, the #Eagles declare WR Mack Hollins (groin), WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), QB Carson Wentz (knee) out vs. #Falcons. As for Atlanta, G Ben Garland (calf), CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) & CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder) are out— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2018
Game 2: Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Over: 8, -104 / Under: 8, -112)
Tonight’s probable starters:#Braves | #ChopOn— Atlanta Braves Lineup (@ATLBravesLineup) September 6, 2018
RHP Aníbal Sánchez (6-5)
2.98 ERA • 1.09 WHIP • 108.2 IP
8.78 K/9 • 2.73 BB/9 • .214 BAA#Diamondbacks | #GenerationDBacks
RHP Zack Greinke (13-9)
2.97 ERA • 1.05 WHIP • 176.0 IP
9.00 K/9 • 1.79 BB/9 • .226 BAA
Betting the under is the most nerve-wracking feeling of all-time, but when you’ve got two exceptional pitchers squaring off against one another, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. As you can see in the tweet above, both pitchers are allowing a WHIP just over 1.00 this season.
Anibal Sanchez (6-5, 2.98 ERA/1.09 WHIP this season) has done well against current D-Backs hitters, as they are hitting a collective .208 in 82 plate appearances with only one home run lifetime. The 34-year-old right-hander has experienced a rejuvenation this season and, if able to continue this masterful run, will close out 2018 with career-best numbers. Lastly, the D-Backs' 31 runs over the last 14 days are dead-last in the majors.
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