Yankees vs Orioles

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Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner thinks New York has a championship-caliber team as it heads into Thursday’s opener against Baltimore.

“We’re excited,” Steinbrenner said Tuesday after watching CC Sabathia pitch in a minor league game. “We’re as good as anybody. The team is going to do everything they can to win this thing. I believe they’re going to play up to their potential.”

Steinbrenner thinks the Yankees have enough depth to overcome injuries to Sabathia, Luis Severino, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, and Jordan Montgomery.

“I’d like to be more healthy, but the good news is none of the injuries are significant and the guys are going to be back,” Steinbrenner said.

New York went 100-62 last season for its best record since 2009, yet finished eight games back of the AL East champion Boston Red Sox, who won the World Series for the fourth time in 15 seasons.

Last year’s Yankees, led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton set a major league record with 267 homers, three more than the 1997 Seattle Mariners.

The Yankees focused on pitching during the offseason, adding Adam Ottavino and James Paxton, and re-signing Sabathia, Zack Britton, and J.A. Happ.

Youngsters Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga will fill two spots in the rotation in the opening weeks.

“Our pitching from top to bottom is still very good,” Steinbrenner said of Yankees’ minor league system. “Charleston may have the best rotation of all. We’re strong.”
League-wide 2019 MLB Opening Day is Thursday and starts at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET when the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won 100 games last year and return one of the most formidable lineups in the league, led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. In the other dugout, the Orioles won a league-low 47 games a year ago, but fared better against rival New York than most teams. The latest Yankees vs.

Orioles odds list New York as a -400 favorite (risk $400 to win $100), while Baltimore is at +285 (risk $100 to win $285). The over-under for total runs is 8.5 after opening at nine. Masahiro Tanaka gets his fourth Opening Day start for the Yankees, while Andrew Cashner starts the first game of the season for the second time in his career. Before laying any Yankees vs. Orioles picks of your own, you’ll want to see the 2019 MLB Opening Day predictions from SportsLine MLB expert Adam Thompson.

Thompson raked in the winnings as SportsLine’s top MLB handicapper last year, hitting on 61 percent of his money line picks for a massive profit of $4,062 to $100 players. He’s also on a scorching 23-4 run on his MLB picks dating back to last year, a streak that included hitting every World Series game and nailing the Mariners’ win over the Athletics in the 2019 opener in Japan.

Thompson, who covered major sports for 20 years as a writer and columnist before joining SportsLine as a senior writer and handicapper, cites deeply-researched stats and trends you haven’t considered to build his MLB success. Anybody who has followed his MLB picks is way, way up.

Now, Thompson has studied Yankees vs. Orioles on MLB Opening Day 2019 and locked in a confident money line play at SportsLine. Last season, he was an astonishing 11-0 when picking games involving the Orioles, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say.

Thompson knows the Yankees had the most powerful lineup in the history of baseball last year, belting 267 home runs, led by the 38 from Stanton. The former Marlin also had 102 runs and 100 RBIs in 61 at-bats. Judge is back and fully healthy, and had a monster spring training with six home runs and 14 RBIs.

There’s also the question on how the Orioles will score runs this season. They ranked dead-last in the American League in scoring last year and while they made few notable free agency moves, they are still projected for another 100-loss season.

But just because the Yankees are heavily favored at home doesn’t mean they’re the best value on the money line for MLB Opening Day 2019.

The Orioles were far and away the worst team in baseball last season, but a new year brings renewed optimism. It helps that they’ll face a pitcher in Tanaka who’s 0-2 in four Opening Day starts with a 9.49 ERA.

Golden Knights vs Coyotes

Golden Knights vs Coyotes Live : The Arizona Coyotes and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in NHL action from the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday night. The Arizona Coyotes will look to keep their playoff hopes alive after a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the first period before Brad Richardson broke the deadlock, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead late in the 2nd. Los Angeles would tie the game at the last second of the 2nd period, sending us to the 3rd tied at one. Los Angeles would strike twice more in the 3rd period to send Arizona home empty-handed. Darcy Kuemper took the loss falling to 26-20-8 after allowing a pair of goals on 18 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Vegas Golden Knights will look to build some momentum after snapping a 5-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Edmonton last time out. Cody Eakin opened the scoring for Vegas with the lone goal of the opening period before Jonathan Marchessault doubled the lead in the first minute of the 2nd period. Edmonton pulled one back just over three minutes later, but that’s as close as the Oilers would get as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would add an empty net goal late in the 3rd period to seal the victory. Malcolm Subban got the win to improve to 8-10-2 after stopping 18 of 19 shots faced in the winning effort.
Arizona is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 45-95 in their last 140 road games while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Vegas is 7-2 in their last 9 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. Arizona is 2-6 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Arizona needs a win here to keep their slim playoff hopes alive, sitting four points back with two games to go. However, the Coyotes appear to have run out of gas and are going to fall short of that goal. Vegas is one of the stronger home teams in the league and will be looking to avoid falling into the wild card zone, so I’ll lay the juice with Vegas in this spot.
It remains unclear exactly what injury Marc-Andre Fleury suffered that caused him to miss nearly three weeks.

But the Golden Knights’ goaltender did clarify his time away from the ice because of what the team referred to as a “lower-body injury” had nothing to do with the birth of his third child on March 22.

Other than that, his first full media session since taking the ice again on Monday did little to explain his absence.

“Some rehab, some training, some resting,” he said after Wednesday’s practice at City National Arena. “Fortunately, we’re in a good playoff spot and I got some time to heal and feel better.”

There is a strong chance Fleury will play when the Knights host Arizona at 7 p.m. Thursday, a move signaled by his participation in practice Wednesday and Maxime Lagace being sent back to the minors on Tuesday.

Fleury declined comment on whether he could have played sooner if the games carried significance in the standings or if the postseason had started earlier.

He hopes to regain the form he flashed in allowing just five goals in winning six straight games leading up to a 2-1 win in Dallas on March 15. The 34-year-old Fleury, who was leading the league in games played at that time, missed practice the next day and hasn’t played since.

“It was a good stretch and we had a little bit of a tougher stretch before that,” he said. “It’s good when you can bounce back and start to feel good about yourself and confident, but that’s how it goes sometimes and now you just have to try to pick up where you left off.”

There’s not much time for that.

The Knights, who are locked into a first-round playoff series starting in San Jose next week, have two regular season games left for Fleury to shake off any rust.

Valero Texas Open 2019

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Valero Texas Open 2019 Live : The PGA Tour heads to San Antonio this week for the Valero Texas Open 2019. Tony Finau and Kuchar are also near the top of the Texas Open odds board at 16-1. The 2019 Valero Texas Open tees off on Thursday from TPC San Antonio. Ernie Els, Jason Kokrak, and Charley Hoffman are among the players with the earliest Valero Texas Open 2019 tee times,

The 2019 Valero Texas Open is the final stop on the PGA Tour before Augusta. The greens at TPC San Antonio will be fast and furious, while hole locations will be challenging in order to mimic the conditions at Augusta National for those coming to Texas for a final tuneup.

The first 2019 Texas Open tee times are on Thursday morning at 8:20 a.m. ET, and the latest San Antonio weather is calling for dry conditions the first two days before thunderstorms move in on Saturday morning into the early afternoon. While many pros are taking the week off heading into the first major of the season, plenty of stars are looking to jump-start their games this week. In fact, Rickie Fowler (10-1), Tony Finau (16-1) and Jordan Spieth (20-1) are among the favorites in the live 2019 Valero Texas Open odds. With so much to consider, before you make your PGA Tour predictions this week, listen to the 2019 Valero Texas Open picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the last eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods’ deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot. The model has been spot-on early in the 2018-19 season. It was high on champion Rory McIlroy at the 2019 Players Championship, projecting him as one of the top two contenders from the start. It also correctly predicted Brooks Koepka’s (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup earlier this season. Additionally, it correctly called Bryson DeChambeau’s (9-1) seven-shot victory at the 2019 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Anyone who has followed the model is way up.

Now that the 2019 Texas Open field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Matt Kuchar, the FedEx Cup points leader and one of the top Vegas favorites, doesn’t even crack the top five.

Kuchar is coming off a strong performance at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play event, where he finished in second place after falling to Kevin Kisner in the final match. Despite coming up short last week in Austin, the 40-year-old has been playing extremely well this season. In fact, Kuchar has already racked up two victories and four top-10 finishes overall.

Despite this season’s success, Kuchar has struggled at TPC San Antonio, failing to crack the top 10 in three of his last four Valero Texas Open starts. Plus, Kuchar has finished 22nd or worse in four of his last five starts on the PGA Tour. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in this loaded 2019 Valero Texas Open field.

Another surprise: Jim Furyk, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He has all the tools needed to climb the 2019 Valero Texas Open leaderboard in a hurry.

TPC San Antonio’s tight, tree-lined fairways are similar to Augusta National, which favors a player like Furyk since he leads the tour in fairways hit at 80.1 percent. Even though the course is 7,400 yards with three par-5 holes of 590 yards or more, the 48-year-old has set his schedule to make sure his distance (211th on tour) won’t hinder him.

Furyk is striping it right now too, with top-20 finishes in his last three events, including a runner-up showing at the Players Championship and a ninth-place finish at the Honda Classic. He’s ninth on tour in strokes-gained approaching the green at 0.852 and is 10th in average proximity to hole this season at 34 feet, three inches. If he continues to flag his irons like that, he’s a threat to win on any course.

Also, the model says five additional golfers with odds of 25-1 or longer make a strong run at the title. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big. The PGA Tour continues its swing through the Lone Star State this week, as the Valero Texas Open is set to get underway on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. Because the Masters is one week away, this field is light on top players. But there are a few big names set to play the second of four PGA Tour events in Texas this year.

Rickie Fowler, currently No. 8 in the world, is paired alongside the defending champion Andrew Landry and 2015 champion Jimmy Walker for the first two rounds. The trio will begin their first round at 8:50 a.m. ET from the 10th tee, and their second round at 1:40 p.m. ET from No. 1.

With 10/1 odds to win, Fowler is the betting favorite. The 30-year-old’s most recent Tour win came this past February at the Waste Management Open.

Jordan Spieth, the runner-up to Walker in 2015, will tee off alongside Billy Horschel and Jhonattan Vegas on No. 1 at 1:40 p.m. ET on Thursday. They’ll begin their second round at 8:50 a.m. ET on Friday morning from the 10th tee.

Now ranked No. 32 in the world, Spieth rolls into San Antonio with the fourth-best odds to win at 20/1. Spieth, 25, hasn’t won on Tour since 2017.

Blues vs Flyers

Blues vs Flyers Live : Blues vs Flyers meet Thursday in NHL action April 4, 2019 at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.The Philadelphia Flyers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Flyers were feeling the blues Sunday afternoon in front of their home fans a day after being eliminated from playoff .The St. Louis Blues failed to move into a three-way tie for the Central Division lead,

The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 32 goals, Claude Giroux has 61 assists and Jakub Voracek has 205 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 65 goals on 736 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 74 goals on 918 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 31 goals, Ryan O’Reilly has 47 assists and Colton Parayko has 174 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 118 goals on 1,239 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed 54 goals on 753 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.

The Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record, 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a home favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite and 4-11 in their last 15 games playing on 0 days rest. The Flyers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis and the home team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Flyers last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 11-4 in Blues last 15 home games.

The St. Louis Blues are on the end of a back to back and have played a ton of hockey lately with three straight overtime games, but they need to keep piling up the points as they keep fighting for playoff position. The Philadelphia Flyers have nothing to play for at this point and are playing like it, especially on the defensive side. While the Blues haven’t had much success playing on the end of a back to back recently, I’ll back them on their home ice due to them still playing for something at this point in the season and the Flyers appearing to have checked out.

There are still several more hours to go before I have to be back at DFW Airport this morning for my flight to St. Louis. Years ago, before my wife and I got married, her aunt Karen warned her some of the pitfalls of getting involved with a writer. “They keep weird hours,” Karen said in her distinctive voice that my wife can imitate to a tee.

 

She is right, too. Most days, I am up writing by 4 or at least watching game videos and/or highlight packages from the previous evening. This morning, though, I chose not to rewatch the Flyers’ 6-2 loss to the Stars last night. This one wasn’t hard to get a grip on what wrong and how it happened: puck management, Stars players open in prime range on several goals, Philly giving up their third and fourth opposition power play goals in the last three games, getting in penalty trouble in the third period and two goals against (the first and the fifth) that starter Cam Talbot would have liked to have back were not a good recipe for trying to play spoiler against Dallas.

Philly was resilient after falling behind 2-0 in the first 4:11 of the opening period. The Flyers have shown themselves to be a good comeback team, but it’s very hard to have sustained success when you are chasing the game.

The Flyers eventually pulled even in a generally dominant second period only to give up two late goals and fall right back into a multi-goal deficit. Players did not deny after the game that it was disheartening and frustrating.

Getting in late to St. Louis, the Flyers have a day off from practice and will have a full morning skate at the game rink on Wednesday. What is known is that veteran goaltender Brian Elliott, who enjoyed a successful tenure with the Blues before moving on to Calgary and the Flyers, will get the start in goal on Thursday. Carter Hart will go in the season finale at home on Saturday against Carolina.

During yesterday’s morning skate at the American Airlines Center, I had the opportunity to chat about some of the prospects in the farm system with Flyers president Paul Holmgren.

One of the more heartening recent developments has been the long-delayed introduction of Pascal Laberge to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ lineup after a long recovery road from surgery. Laberge has five goals in his first 12 games, including a hat trick.

Oddly enough, the Flyers schedule has worked out that the club has played three of its last four games against opponents coached by former Flyers’ players: Rod Brind’Amour (Carolina), Jim Montgomery (Dallas) and, tomorrow night, it will be two-stint Flyers Alumni player and former head coach Craig Berube’s St. Louis Blues. Berube has done a nice job taking over for Mike Yeo in St. Louis. The Blues have turned around an awful start — much as the Flyers did, but were able to sustain it down the stretch.

 

Sharks vs Oilers

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Sharks vs Oilers Live : No team heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs is on a worse swoon than the San Jose Sharks. Heading into Thursday’s road date with the Edmonton Oilers, the Sharks have just one win in their last 10 games.

“We’ve got two kind of practice shots at this again, and then the real season starts, so hopefully we can put it together and then get ready for Vegas,” Sharks center Joe Thornton said. “But I think we can get out of this, no problem.”

If they don’t get out of it, the Sharks (44-27-9, 97 points) will have a short playoff appearance. Sure, they clinched second place in the Pacific Division and will have home-ice advantage against the Vegas Golden Knights to start the playoffs, but a 1-8-1 freefall can’t be ignored.

“It’s been a little bit of everything,” goalie Martin Jones said. “We’ve had some tough bounces, probably too much stuff off the rush. We need to work for each other coming back into our own end and be able to trust we are going to be there for each other, and then we need some more saves.”

San Jose, which is coming off a 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, has surrendered 43 goals in those 10 games. The Sharks will conclude the regular season at home to the Colorado Avalanche, who are on the verge of clinching a playoff position, likely the second wild-card spot.

The Oilers (34-37-9, 77 points), coming off a 6-2 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday, will miss the playoffs 12th time in 13 seasons, and it appears to be wearing on their top players.

Connor McDavid recently said his frustration level is “really, really high,” called the season “emotionally challenging” and added “we have a lot of crap to figure out.”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is sounding just as frustrated to be an also-ran year after year.

“At this point, it’s definitely disappointing,” Nugent-Hopkins told Postmedia. “For me, personally, (a career year) doesn’t really matter that much. It’s about making the playoffs. It’s my eighth year, and I’ve only been in (the playoffs) once. At this point in my career, it’s about making the playoffs and pushing for the end result. Right now, it’s tough to swallow.”

Edmonton, which will conclude the season Saturday at Calgary, has lost four straight games and blew a 2-0 lead against the Avalanche.

“I think there are a lot of people burned out from chasing,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock, whose team has just two wins in the last nine games. “We looked like a completely burnt team. I look at other teams in the same boat, and the same thing is happening to them.”

As for the Sharks, they do have some positives. Captain Joe Pavelski scored in Vancouver, in his return to action after missing seven games because of a lower-body injury.

“It was nice to give me a little confidence,” Pavelski said. “But at the end of the day, it’s not how you feel, it’s about the wins, and we have a little way to go.”

Thornton collected two assists to tie Steve Yzerman (1,063) for eighth place on the NHL all-time list while playing his 1,564th game, which tied Nicklas Lidstrom for 12th all-time.

“That’s the reason I wear No. 19,” Thornton said of Yzerman. “It’s pretty cool.”

Defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has been out since Feb. 26 with a groin strain, practiced with the team on Tuesday and plans to be ready for the start of the playoffs.

Angels vs Rangers

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The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. The Texas Rangers look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their six games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with nine hits and three RBI while Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 12 hits and 14 RBI.

Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Volquez is 1-4 with a 10.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Angels. ARLINGTON – The Rangers open a four-game series at the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. Manager Chris Woodward brings no special knowledge on how to slow Angels standout Mike Trout.

Woodward was a coach with Seattle in 2014-15. Trout hit .324 with nine homers, 20 RBIs and a .983 OPS for 136 at-bats against the Mariners in that span.

Woodward moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ coaching staff in 2017-18. Trout hit .371 with three homers, seven RBIs and a 1.146 OPS against the Dodgers in that time.

“He’s the one guy in the big leagues you don’t let beat you,” Woodward said. “He’s pretty special.”

Briefly: Center fielder Delino DeShields received a scheduled day off in the series finale against Houston. DeShields began play with only one hit, a grand slam off Chicago Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels, in 15 at-bats. Joey Gallo started in center, with Hunter Pence in left.

— The top four affiliates in the Rangers’ minor-league system start their seasons on Thursday. The opening day starters are: Triple-A Nashville, left-hander Taylor Hearn; Double-A Frisco, left-hander Brock Burke; High-A Down East, right-hander Tyler Phillips; Low-A Hickory, right-hander Hans Crouse.

— The Rangers were charged with their first errors of the season on misplays by shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth inning. The Rangers opened the season with 49 consecutive innings without an error. In a scoring change from Tuesday’s game, an error on Andrus was changed to a hit for Houston’s Yuli Gurriel.

The LA Angels may have been playing awfully, mostly on the offensive side, but the pitching has come through in dividends. The pitching was the biggest concern coming into 2019 so the Angels are already in a somewhat better spot than last year. Seeing them perform so admirably only adds fuel to the ever-burning optimism with this new Angels squad.

Home Opener time! The season starts now, you can finally get excited for real! Those last 6 games just happened to be built up to the real start of the show, like a really bad prequel if you will. It’s as if the Stars Wars prequels came out before the original trilogy, these last 6 games have only diminished the wonder and excitement surrounding previous beloved characters as well as adding universally hated new characters (I’m looking at you Jar-Jar). Most of the Angels free agent signings are looking like Jar-Jar additions to this squad; Zack Cozart, Justin Bour, Albert Pujols (as always), and Tommy Le Stella.

This series has bounce back written all over it. The Angels are facing a team that has been sitting at the bottom of the AL West for years. Not that the Angels are in any better position as of right now, but they do have more than enough talent to outshine the Rangers. Aside from the Angels offense they’ve been playing much better than the 1-5 record would speak towards.

Cubs vs Braves

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ATLANTA — The way the Cubs were defending, it often felt like an April Fools’ Day joke gone wrong. The Cubs committed six errors on Monday — including four in the first three frames and at least one for every infielder — en route to an 8-0 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

It was the worst defensive game under manager Joe Maddon and the most errors the Cubs have committed since they racked up six in 11 innings on Sept. 12, 2006, against the Dodgers. It’s the first time they’ve committed six in a nine-inning game since 1982, and it’s the first time a Major League team has had six errors in a game since the Mets on Sept. 1, 2014.

The poor play was especially surprising since the Cubs had played three clean games to begin the season. Additionally, Chicago didn’t commit more than three errors in a single game last year.

“We attempted to make plays we shouldn’t have attempted to make,” Maddon said. “More mental errors — I know there were physical errors, but they were more like, to me, mental errors — that I don’t know why they popped up today. I thought we were in pretty good shape coming into this game. I do have a lot of confidence that that will go away.”

Things got off on the wrong foot from the start when Kyle Hendricks’ second pitch of the game garnered a towering foul pop fly from Ender Inciarte. Left fielder Mark Zagunis sprinted over, but he dropped the ball. One pitch later, Inciarte barreled a ball 414 feet over the center-field fence for a leadoff homer.

The first inning continued to unravel when Hendricks walked Ronald Acuña Jr. to put two runners on. Nick Markakis hit a ground ball to first that might’ve gone for a double play, but Javier Baez airmailed the throw to first, which allowed a runner to score.

Baez compounded the error one batter later when he called off Zagunis in left to attempt a running over-the-shoulder catch, which fell for an Ozzie Albies double. And, again, one pitch later, the Braves punished Chicago’s miscues with a two-run single by Brian McCann.

“Weird game,” Maddon said. “I know it was the home opener, but we did not have to cooperate that much. It’s just a really poorly played game on our part from the beginning. It just was. A lot of awkward things. The errors were not difficult plays that we just did not make, so all of a sudden all these errors pop up.

“We made some mistakes that we have not been making. They turned it into four runs early, and that’s what made the game look so bad.”

Sometimes the mistakes went from routine to almost comical. With two outs in the fourth inning, first baseman Anthony Rizzo fumbled a slow roller by McCann, and when he picked up the ball, he tossed it well over Hendricks’ head and into the dugout, allowing the slow-footed Braves catcher to reach second. The Cubs were only able to escape damage when Hendricks struck out Dansby Swanson.

Nationals vs Mets

Nationals vs Mets Live : MLB baseball will the Nationals get back to the .500 mark on the year and spoil the Mets’ home opener when the teams open a weekend series Thursday . Rendon leads Nats’ 23-run Nationals vs. Mets lead to a record-setting day for the Nationals’ offense in a 23-5 victory over the Mets on Sunday afternoon.

National League East rivals with their eyes on a division crown help get the Thursday MLB schedule underway. It’s a 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets at Citi Field. Both teams feature a new look in 2019, with Robinson Cano now in the middle of New York’s lineup and Washington moving into the post-Bryce Harper era with Juan Soto among the young players ready to take on a bigger role.

New York is a -129 favorite (risk $129 to win $100) on the money line, with the over-under for total runs set at 6.5 in the latest Mets vs. Nationals odds. Before locking in any Mets vs. Nationals picks of your own on Thursday, see the MLB predictions from the proven model at SportsLine.

The model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has raked in the winnings for those following its picks and is off to a profitable start on its top-rated MLB money-line picks this season. The model has a proven track record of hitting on its top picks in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and more. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has zeroed in on Mets vs. Nationals. We can tell you it is leaning over, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.

The model has taken into account that Noah Syndergaard will be on the hill for the Mets. He’s coming off his best season in 2018 when he went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21. His control was masterful with just 39 walks against 155 strikeouts last year. Washington’s Nationals blew a 5-2 lead in the eighth, but walked off on the New York Mets on Trea Turner’s second home run of the game, avoiding a sweep and earning their first win of the 2019 campaign.

Corbin vs the Metsies: After signing a 6-year/$140M free agent deal this winter, lefty Patrick Corbin posted a 4.88 ERA with 19 Ks and three walks in six starts and 24 innings pitched this Spring, as he prepared for his first season in D.C.

In his first start of the regular season, the southpaw was trying to help his new team avoid a sweep at the hands of their divisional rivals from New York, after the Mets took the first two games of the three-game set in D.C.

Corbin worked around a one-out single in the first and a two-out walk in the second to get through two scoreless on 26 pitches.

Back-to-back hits in the third inning led to the Mets’ first run, however, with Brandon Nimmo (single) and Pete Alonso (RBI double) connecting to get the visiting team on the board, 1-0.

Corbin took the mound with a 3-1 lead in the fourth, courtesy of a three-run homer by Trea Turner, and tossed a scoreless, 17-pitch frame, working around a two-out single, then left a two-out walk on base in the fifth, in an 18-pitch inning that left him at 72 total after five.

J.D. Davis doubled off Corbin to start the top of the sixth, and Michael Conforto followed with a single that put runners on the corners with no one out.

Corbin got a double play with help from second baseman Brian Dozier, who stabbed a sharp ground ball off Amed Rosario’s bat and made a backhand glove flip/toss to Trea Turner to start a 4-6-3, but a run scored on the play, 4-2.

And he’s already picked up a win against the Nats this season, albeit in a game that wasn’t his best performance. He scattered seven hits and four runs over six innings on March 30, battling enough to help the Mets stay in it and eventually pick up the win. Bolstered by the addition of Cano, who went deep in his first game with the Mets, New York is off to a strong start at 5-1 on the year with at least six runs scored in four games.

But just because Syndergaard is on the hill doesn’t mean New York is the best value on the Mets vs. Nationals money line.

That’s because the Nats are sending a big arm of their own out with Stephen Strasburg in line to get the start. He’s coming off a strong 2018 as well with a 3.74 ERA. That number was higher his career average, but few debate that he still has enough talent to be a front-line starter.

And even with Harper now in Philly and Trea Turner (finger) on the disabled list, Washington still has the lineup to be competitive with players like Anthony Rendon (.357), Victor Robles (.357) and Adam Eaton (.313) off to a hot start at the plate this season.

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Alita Battle Angel 2019 full movie free to watch with unlimited download access from anywhere, at anytime optimized for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, mobile, PS4, Xbox One, and Smart TVs The Second Part watch & Download Full Movie Alita: Battle Angel masters How to Train Your Dragon at UK box office 14 February 2019 The Guardian – Film News ‘Alita Battle Angel′ Visually it& a thrilling buffet full of endless references to other films as well. Alita: Battle Angel The Second Part felt like an earned sequel that carefully took the best aspects.

As long as we are stuck waiting for the upcoming four sequels to Avatar, we might as well have a little fun, and that is what co-writer/producer James Cameron, director Robert Rodriguez and company do with the action comic book flick, Alita: Battle Angel.The delightfully corny, noir-ish dialogue says it all: “She has the face of an angel and a body built for battle.” Indeed. Starring Rosa Salazar in a motion-capture performance as the title hero, this entertaining ride is based on the graphic novel series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro and brings it to life in style, beginning with a clever re-imagining of the 20th Century Fox logo as 26th Century Fox. That is when this futuristic girl-power movie is set, 2563 to be exact, after an apocalyptic event that leaves the world of Iron City populated by cyborgs looking for parts, mixed with human beings. Meanwhile, a heavy, menacing criminal element is terrorizing the citizens of this run-down place, where all its inhabitants dream instead of living in the utopia high up in the clouds known as Zalem.

Alita is discovered as a disheveled, torn-up mess, thrown on a junk heap but rescued by a cyborg surgeon named Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), who sees in her the answer to the world’s woes and re-creates her as a teenage fighting machine, something she slowly realizes as she awakens with absolutely no memory of who she ever was. Those past secrets are part of the mystery here, as she assimilates into Iron City, takes on a goofy but likable human cyborg-jacking boyfriend named Hugo (Keean Johnson) and starts exerting her newfound powers as one hell of a kickass fighter.

Central to her talents is the big spectator sport of Motorball, similar to Rollerball, and something she excels in, all the while avoiding the evil elements out to kill her. On the one hand this plays like a nice little YA teen flick, if it had a $160 million budget and a virtual wonderland of digital toys to play with. It also is loaded with well-conceived action set pieces. On the other hand, though, Cameron and co-writers Rodriguez and Laeta Kalogridis pack it with emotion — human emotion even thought the main character is a cyborg. It is her beating heart that might be her greatest weapon in terms of overcoming adversity, and the emotional payoff of the film, as in Titanic, is our investment in these engaging characters, especially Alita as she tries to discover who she really is and why she is still here. In fact, without giving any plot points away, Cameron steals from himself and his Titanic script with one gut-wrenching scene set in the clouds near the film’s climax. You won’t have any trouble figuring it out.

The human actors also include a mysterious Jennifer Connolly as well as Mahershala Ali as Vector, a villainous role for a change. Waltz fares best among them, showing real compassion for his creation. But the movie belongs to Salazar, who shows that motion capture doesn’t have to be fake or stiff and really digs into the soul of Alita, making her well worth watching. But I have to say the real stars here are WETA and the digital wizardry that lets this come so vividly to life. It might not be The Terminator, but it’ll do. You’ll have a good time, especially in 3D and Imax; the bigger the better for this one.

Producers are Cameron and Jon Landau. Fox opens it Friday, and it is clear the studio is are hoping this is the beginning of a new franchise. Check out my video review above that includes scenes from the film.