Thank goodness for the New Orleans Breakers. That’s the only reason yesterday wasn’t a complete disaster for me, as the Warriors, Penguins and Hawks all lost their games and the Cardinals couldn’t stop the previously punchless Reds. Bad days are going to happen from time to time, but hopefully, they’re few and far between.
We’ll try to get back on track today with a mix of soccer and baseball. I think I’m done with hockey until the postseason. Here are my best bets for April 25.
JUVENTUS ML, -120
Juve isn’t in the race for the title anymore, but the Old Lady can still win the Coppa Italia and prevent this from becoming a completely lost season. As such, this is an important match because it basically puts the race for a Champions League spot to bed and allows Juventus to focus entirely on beating Inter Milan to win the Coppa Italia. Against a motivated Juve side, this is going to be a tough ask for Sassuolo.
CRYSTAL PALACE ML, +130
Shall we call this the Premier League’s version of the Hudson River Derby? Palace is now led by ex-New York City coach Patrick Vieira, while former New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch guides Leeds. I think Palace has the edge here, given that Leeds is hemorrhaging goals (having conceded 68 times this season) and the Eagles are playing at home. Vieira bested Marsch in four of seven MLS meetings, and I think that happens again here.
GUARDIANS F5 ML, -110
Whenever Shane Bieber goes to the mound, this bet is an automatic play until we see something different. Bieber has dominated on the hill in all three of his starts this season, and I don’t think things will be any different against the Angels. With Cleveland actually providing some offense recently, I like the Guardians’ chances.
DODGERS ML, -185
Walker Buehler is right up there with Bieber, except he plays on a better team and doesn’t come with as much value. But that’s OK, as we just need a win here, and the Diamondbacks should provide the perfect fodder against the Dodgers’ lineup. Arizona hasn’t hit well all season, and I doubt that changes against the Los Angeles ace.
PHILLIES ML, -180
Historically, the Rockies have been a playoff team when they play in Denver. When they play anywhere but Denver, they’re more like a Triple-A team. They are off to a 4-1 start on the road this year, but that’s come against the likes of Texas and Detroit, and the former is a disaster and the latter is a young team looking to find its way. Going to Philadelphia should be a tougher task.