This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
MLB Aces Look to Lead Their Teams to Central Division Titles
Detroit & Kansas City: Chasing AL Central Pennant
Looking like a hot potato being tossed around, the American League Central title is up for grabs today - or maybe again on Monday. A Tigers loss to the Twins and Royals win over the White Sox would set up a one game playoff in the Motor City on Monday. Perhaps with this exact scenario in mind, when they traded for him back in July, Detroit is hoping the price is right as LHP David Price (14-12 ERA 3.36) get the call for the Cats vs Minnesota today. Detroit is 8-7 with Price on the hill and a ninth win would be sweet music in Motown. The Twins counter with RHP Kyle Gibson (13-11 ERA 4.50) who has won two straight outings - including his 8-4 win over the Cats eleven days ago. It'll be interesting to see how the sophomore handles the biggest game of his young career. Long eliminated from postseason play - this will be a playoff style game for the Twins. We like the Tigers and Royals to both finish with a win making Detroit the MLB 2014 AL Central Champions.
St. Louis & Pittsburgh: Continue to battle for the NL Central Crown
Similar to what's shaking out on the junior circuit, the Cardinals and Pirates may play Game 163 to claim the NL Central title. Pittsburgh needs a win over the Reds, plus a St. Louis loss in Arizona, to force a one game playoff for the NLC pennant - which would be played at Busch Stadium on Monday. The Pirates still haven't officially announced their starter but the Buccos are in tough against Reds ace Johnny Cueto who is looking to join the MLB 20-game winner club. That elite club currently consists of Clayton Kershaw (21 wins) and Adam Wainright (20 wins). Speaking of Wainright (20-9 ERA 2.38), the Cards ace rolls into Arizona riding a 21 inning scoreless streak as he aims for his sixth win in September. Arizona looks to play the role of spoiler as they send fourth year veteran RHP Josh Collmenter (11-8 ERA 3.57) to the bump at Chase Field today.
MLB Summary & Prediction: All that and we still haven't mentioned that studs Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez and Jordan Zimmernan are all getting a start today. Detroit plays at 1:10 PM ET while Kansas City plays an hour later at 2:10 PM ET. That means it will be all hands on deck for both teams today. Pittsburgh (1:10 PM ET) plays three hours before St. Louis (4:10 PM ET) and, if the Pirates lose, the Cardinals could sit some of their starters - though Wainright should pitch no matter what. The game time difference muddles the NL situation a little too much for our liking. After carefully considering of each of the contests - we will cruise with the Cats and a 500 unit money line wager as we believe the Price will be right at Comerica Park today. Since they'll only get steeper - we are jumping on the morning line odds just posted at SportsInteraction.
SportsInteraction MLB Betting Odds - Detroit Tigers vs Minnesota Twins
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