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Al McMordie is the most honored technical handicapper in the country.

Some highlights: In 2012, Big Al ranked #1 in the NFL, with a 76.7% record on his Late Phone Service, as documented by The Sports Monitor. Of course, Al’s not one to rest on his laurels, and was 189-134 in Pro Football in 2013-2014.

In 2007, Big Al won the $100,000 World Series of Sports Handicapping, and also finished #1 in March Madness.

In 2004, Al won the most prestigious handicapping contest in Las Vegas -- The Stardust Invitational.

Overall, in the last 23 years, Big Al has garnered 39 NUMBER ONE awards in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey; 162 Top 5 finishes; and 315 Top 10 finishes. Al is a featured handicapper both on National TV and Radio, as well as at the most prestigious gambling web sites. Additionally, in 2002, Big Al was featured in FHM Magazine, and he was featured in ESPN Magazine in 2010.

In 2000, Al was 157-114 in football, including 10-0 (100%) in the NFL Playoffs. Al has won 16 of his 23 football seasons. Another highlight of Al's career came in 1997, when Big Al was ranked #1 by SPORTS WATCH in College Football/NFL Win Percentage and #1 in College Football Regular Season/Bowls by THE SPORTS MONITOR. Al has one of the best basketball records over the past 23 seasons (winning 18 of 23 seasons), and was ranked #1 in baseball for the 1996 and 2001 seasons, and #1 in hockey in 2014. For consistency across all four sports, you can count on Al McMordie.

Indeed, the Las Vegas Sporting News recognized Al in its December 17, 1996 issue, and wrote that: "[Al's] honesty, integrity, [and] skills...are obvious....We have been impressed by [his] uncanny ability to pick big underdogs that win the game straight-up....We've seen handicappers come and go, and get hot and cold, but no one has been as consistent over time as McMordie, and we strongly urge you to consider him as your handicapper."

Besides being a champion handicapper, Al McMordie is a corporate attorney, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. Al resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Date: 6/24/2019
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DateW/LTypeHandicapper Selection
At 2:20 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets.  It's no surprise that Jacob deGrom has regressed this season after winning his first Cy Young in 2018.  Of course, it would have been hard to imagine that the 31-year-old RHP would have improved on last year's 1.70 ERA.  So, his 3.26 number through his first 15 starts is to be expected.  And it's also much more in line with his career average.  But, just like last season, deGrom has not translated his solid ERA into wins.  In 2019, he is 4-6 in his 15 outings, and the Mets are an awful 3-8 (minus 11 games on the money line) when he's been favored.  One place that's given him fits in his career is Wrigley Field, where today's game is being held.  In three starts here, deGrom is 0-1 with 4.50 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 18 innings.  But his mound opponent, Cole Hamels, absolutely loves it here on the North Side.  In seven 2019 starts at Wrigley, Hamels is 2-0 with a sparkling 2.38 ERA -- a number that is almost a full run lower than his ERA on the road.  Even better:  in his last six starts vs. the Mets, Hamels has allowed a total of just four ER in 37 IP, and has never allowed more than one earned run in a game.  Take Chicago.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie
At 2:05 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees.  Those predicting the inevitable regression for future Hall-of-Fame ace Justin Verlander will likely have to wait at least until next season.  With almost half of the 2019 campaign complete, the 36-year-old RHP is showing no signs of slowing down.  His days of throwing 240 innings in a season may be over, but Verlander is still a very dangerous strikeout artist.  And he should be right in the mix for the AL Cy Young yet again this season.  Verlander has been tough both at home and on the road this season, with six of his nine victories coming away from Minute Maid Park.  One starter who hasn't enjoyed home cooking this season is the Yankees' LHP JA Happ.  Happ is a solid 3-0 with a 4.05 ERA in seven road starts in 2019, but he is just 4-5 with an ugly 5.13 number here at Yankee Stadium.  And most of those have been against teams without nearly the talent in the lineup as the Astros.  Also, in his last six starts vs. the Yanks (including one as a Detroit Tiger), Verlander has allowed just six ER in 46 1/3 innings.  (His teams went 5-1 in those.)  Meanwhile, the Astros are 34-11 their last 45 vs. lefties, while the Yankees are a poor 24-38 (minus nine games on the money line) as an underdog of +150 or less.  Take Houston.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 7:15 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees.  The Astros are currently riding a season-high six-game losing streak.  But we'll back the Astros tonight behind their LHP Wade Miley.  Miley comes into this game with a solid 3.30 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.  And the Yankees are just 9-9 this season vs. southpaws (minus 4 games on the money line), compared to 39-18 vs. righties (+12 games on the money line).  Even better:  the Astros have won six of Masahiro Tanaka's nine starts vs. them, including a 4-3 victory earlier this season.  And Tanaka's career ERA of 7.36 in the regular season vs. Houston is his worst such number against any of the 25 clubs he has faced.  Take Houston.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres.<br><br>At 2:20 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets.  It's been a strange season so far for Cubs LHP Jose Quintana.  On the one hand, the 30-year-old has allowed more than three earned runs in just two of his 14 starts.  But on the other hand, the Cubs have won just once in Quintana's last eight starts.  The veteran from Colombia will try to break that unlucky streak this afternoon against the Mets.  The good news is that in three career starts vs. the Mets, Quintana is 2-1 with a sparkling 1.35 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 20 innings.  He will try to register his first victory in over a month today at home.  And that is another key for Quintana as he is 3-3 with a very nice 2.98 ERA in seven starts here at Wrigley vs. 1-3 and 4.93 in eight appearances (seven starts) on the road this season.  Despite the Mets' victory on Friday, they are just 3-10 in the last 13 meetings with the Cubs.  Take Chicago.<br><br>At 4:05 pm, our selection is on the Philadelphia Phillies over the Miami Marlins.  There's no way to sugar coat it -- Vince Velasquez is in a major funk right now.  In his fourth season in Philadelphia, the 27-year-old RHP is quickly wearing out his welcome with the Phillies.  In 17 games, including seven starts, Velasquez is 2-4 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.  And he is 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA and 2.20 WHIP in his last three starts covering just 10 innings.  But if there's anything that can get a pitcher out of his funk it's a start against the Marlins.  And that applies even more to Velasquez.  In 11 career starts vs. Miami, the veteran is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 57 innings.  Those four victories represent the most that Velasquez has against any team he has faced.  The Marlins will go with RHP Elieser Hernandez.  After a rookie season in which he went 2-7 with a 5.21 ERA, Hernandez has improved on the ERA this season -- 3.95 -- but is 0-2 in his three games (two starts) so far.  Miami is also 0-7 in his last seven starts going back to last May 21.  Take the Phillies.<br><br>At 4:05 pm, our selection is on the San Diego Padres over Pittsburgh.  After starting out with six wins in Chris Paddack's first seven starts, the Padres have won just one of the rookie's last five outings.  But I look for San Diego to get back into the win column behind its rookie this afternoon.  And it won't hurt to face Chris Archer, who is struggling this season for Pittsburgh.  Archer's ERA is just south of 6 runs per game (5.85), and the Pirates have won just four of his 12 starts.  Take the Padres.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
Our 5 selections include the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Anaheim Angels, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.<br><br>At 8:10 pm, our selection is on the Milwaukee Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds.  Brewers' RHP Chase Anderson is quietly putting up some very good numbers as a replacement starter this season.  With Gio Gonzalez hitting the IL with a "dead arm", Anderson is getting an opportunity to start for the Brewers and he is making the most of it.  In 13 games (eight starts), Anderson is 3-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 49 strikeouts in just under 47 innings and the Crew is 5-3 in his eight starts.  The Brewers are 3-1 in Anderson's last four starts vs. the Reds going back to last May.  Reds RHP Sonny Gray has a 3.77 ERA in his 14 starts, but he is just 3-5 on the season and his team is 7-7 in his starts so far.  The Reds won on Thursday night, 7-1, but they are still just 2-5 in the last seven meetings with the Brewers overall and 7-14 in the last 21 at Miller Park.  The Brewers are 8-3 in Anderson's last 11 home starts vs. teams with a losing record.  Take Milwaukee.<br><br>At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Philadelphia Phillies over the Miami Marlins.  Aaron Nola came very close to winning the NL Cy Young award last season with a 17-6 record and 2.37 ERA in 33 starts with this Phillies team.  He finished third in the voting thanks to the incredible campaigns that Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer had and now Nola may have a bit of a chip on his shoulder.  So far, in 15 starts in 2019, Nola is picking it up where he left off in 2018 with a 6-1 record even though his 4.89 ERA is much higher than last season's number.  But one of the things about Nola this season is how much he prefers pitching at his home ballpark.  In nine starts at Citizens Bank, Nola is 3-0 with a 3.51 ERA, while in six starts away from Philadelphia, he is 3-1 with a 7.28 number in just under 30 innings.  Tonight's start is at home and it's also against a Marlins team that is just 26-46 on the season.  The Phillies are 17-5 in Nola's last 22 starts vs. teams with a losing record and they are 25-9 in Nola's last 34 home starts.  Take Philadelphia.<br><br>At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the Anaheim Angels over St. Louis.  Michael Wacha will be making his 12th start of the season, and it's been an exceptionally inconsistent season for the veteran.  In five of his starts, he's pitched well.  But in those other six, he's been awful.  And he's been especially poor here, at home, where his ERA is 8.23.  And he's never performed well in Interleague play in front of his home faithful, as the Cards are 2-8 (minus 12 games on the money line) in his 10 starts, including an 8-2 loss to the Royals this season.  Griffin Canning has been largely effective this season, as he has a 3.93 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP.  And his strikeouts:walks ratio is great at 5.4 (54 strikeouts; 10 walks).  Take the Angels.<br><br>At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the Minnesota Twins over Kansas City.  The Twins have rolled out to 48-26 record -- the best in the American League -- in part because they've avoided long losing streaks.  Indeed, their longest losing streak this season is just two games, which they've done six times (including their current losing streak coming into tonight's game).  Thus, the Twins are a perfect 5-0 this season off back to back losses (and 19-7 (+12 games on the money line) off any loss this season).  And they're 14-4 on the road vs. losing teams.  Take Minnesota.<br><br>At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros over New York.  Tonight, the Astros will hand the ball to Brad Peacock, while the Yankees will start LHP James Paxton.  Houston has been terrific on the road vs. lefties, as it's 34-10 (+21 games on the money line).  And it's 25-11 in Peacock's last 36 starts.  Meanwhile, Paxton is still working into form following his return from the Injured List.  In his four starts since his return, he's given up 11 earned runs in 17 1-3 innings (5.71 ERA).  Take the Astros as a big underdog.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Rays over the Oakland Athletics.  Last season, Charlie Morton went 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 30 starts with the Astros and garnered his first-ever All-Star team selection.  Now in Tampa, Morton is picking things up where he left off last October, going 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 15 starts.  Barring something strange happening, Morton should find himself right back on the AL Roster when it's time for the mid-Summer classic in a few weeks.  He'll get start number 16 tonight in Oakland.  The A's are fresh off of a three-game sweep here, but it's safe to say that they will find the Astros to be a tougher assignment than the 21-53 Orioles.  With a 9-2 record and 2.85 ERA in his 14 starts, there's no doubt that Frankie Montas has been a huge surprise for the A's this season.  But his starts since the beginning of May have come against the Pirates, Indians (twice), Tigers, Angels (twice), Rangers and Mariners.  The Rays represent a big step up tonight.  Finally, Tampa is 17-6 in its last 23 vs. AL West teams, and 7-1 in Morton's last eight road starts.  Take the Rays.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Philadelphia Phillies over the Washington Nationals.  The Phillies are mired in a 3-game losing streak after dropping the first two games of this 3-game series.  But Philadelphia has generally been solid when playing with double-revenge the past two seasons, as it's 31-19 (+13 games on the money line).  And it has a nice advantage on the mound tonight.  Nick Pivetta was expected to have a breakout season, but he got off to a rough start.  He was sent down to AAA Lehigh Valley back in April after his first four outings where he had an 8.35 ERA and allowed opposing batters to hit .383.  However, since his call-up in late May, Pivetta has been the pitcher most were expecting this season.  In four starts, he is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA.  In contrast, his mound opponent, Erick Fedde, has been in poor form, with a 5.62 ERA over his last three outings.  And Fedde's found little success at home in his career, as the Nationals are 1-9 in his 10 home starts.  The Nationals are also a money-burning 4-8 (minus nine games on the money line) off back-to-back wins this season, while the Phillies are 8-5 off back-to-back losses.  Take Philly.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
At 3:40 pm, our selection is on the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Colorado Rockies.  When it comes to D-Backs LHP Robbie Ray, there's no doubt the raw talent is there.  After all, the 26-year-old has one of the highest strikeout rates in the Majors.  And at any given time, he can make the best hitters look foolish.  But Ray is still a work in progress, with a higher-than-average walk rate that sometimes gets him into trouble.  This month, however, Ray has made some big strides in cutting down on the free passes.  In his three June starts, Ray has struck out 24 hitters while walking just three (one batter in each start).  He looks to keep it going this afternoon in his 16th start -- his third of the season against the Rockies.  With the recent injury to starter Tyler Anderson, the door is now open for Colorado RHP Jeff Hoffman, who will get his seventh start of the season today.  The only problem is that Hoffman is in no way a full-time starter, having posted a 1-3 record and 7.04 ERA in just under 31 innings.  Finally, the Rockies are a wallet-busting 345-588 (-92 games on the money line) as an underdog priced from +125 to +175, including 0-5 with Hoffman on the mound.  Take Arizona.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 1:05 pm, in Game 1 of the Double Header, our selection is on the Philadelphia Phillies over the Washington Nationals.  Zach Eflin will get the start for the Phillies this afternoon, while Patrick Corbin will toe the rubber for Washington.  Eflin has been solid all season, as he's made 13 starts, and has a 2.81 ERA.  He's also 3-1 in his five career starts vs. Washington, with a solid 3.51 ERA (including a perfect 2-0 this season).  Meanwhile, Corbin is in very poor form.  Over his last three starts, he's given up 20 runs (16 earned) in 12 2-3 innings  (11.37 ERA) and, not surprisingly, the Nationals dropped all three games.  It's true that the Nationals erupted for 15 runs (tying their season-high) vs. Arizona in their last game, while the Phillies gave up 15 runs (to the Braves) in their last game.  Unfortunately, the Nationals are a poor 1-7 at home (minus 10 games on the money line) after scoring 15+ runs, while the Phillies are an awesome 10-1 after allowing more than 8 runs.  Take Philadelphia.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
Our 5 selections include the Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.<br><br>At 1:05 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees.  This is an interesting pitching match-up because it features one of the best Southpaws of the past 20 years vs. potentially one of the best to come in the next decade.  The Yankees' CC Sabathia is a sure future Hall of Fame player, as the 38 year-old has logged 249 victories and over 3500 strikeouts in an incredible career that includes a Cy Young award, an ALCS MVP, and a World Series ring in 2009.  But 2019 has been a struggle for Sabathia.  The veteran has been stuck on those 249 victories since May 22 and in the month of June, he has gone 0-3 with a 6.89 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in three starts covering 15 2/3 innings.  Last season's Cy Young winner, LHP Blake Snell will go for the Rays and the 26 year-old just faced the Yanks in the Bronx a month ago and he threw one of his gems, allowing just one run on six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 2-1 Rays victory.  The Rays are 25-14 in Snell's last 39 starts as a favorite of -110 or higher.  Take Tampa Bay.<br><br>At 3:40 pm, our selection is on the Milwaukee Brewers over the San Diego Padres.  It's early, but NL comeback player honors just might go to Brewers RHP Zach Davies.  After winning 17 games in 2017 with a 3.90 ERA in a league-leading 33 starts, Davies took a major step backwards last season.  Davies managed just two wins (seven losses) in a 2018 campaign in which he logged just 13 starts due to a bad rotator cuff.  But 2019 has brought a new opportunity for Davies and he's making the most of it.  The now healthy starter is having his best season ever, going 7-1 with a sparkling 2.60 ERA in 14 starts covering just under 80 innings.  This will be his fifth career start against the Padres and match-ups don't get much better than this one.  In four previous starts. vs. San Diego, Davies is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 25 innings (the Crew is 4-0 in those starts).  Milwaukee is 16-7 (+10 games on the money line) in Davies' last 23 daytime starts.  Take the Brew Crew.<br><br>At 7:20 pm, our selection is on the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets.  After posting a 4.27 team ERA in the first month of the season, the Braves went in search of some pitching help.  They found it a few weeks ago when they signed free agent starter Dallas Keuchel.  Keuchel is scheduled to make his Atlanta debut this weekend but now that the Braves staff is doing much better (a 3.76 ERA in June) the question is how badly do they really need him now?  LHP Max Fried continues to impress with a 7-3 record and 4.11 ERA over 16 appearances (14 starts) and tonight he goes at home against the Mets for his first start against them this season.  Fried has had a bit of a bizarre month of June so far, posting a 7.98 ERA in three starts, however the Braves are 3-0 in those.  And in his last seven starts, the Braves are 6-1.  LHP Steven Matz goes for the Mets.  He has also had some struggles of late, but unlike Fried, the Mets are just 3-4 in his last seven starts, going back to the beginning of May.  Atlanta is 9-2 in its last 11 home games while the Mets are 7-21 in their last 28 on the road.  Take the Braves.<br><br>At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the St. Louis Cardinals over Miami.  Daniel Ponce De Leon will get the start tonight for St. Louis.  And all he's done this season in his two starts is give up a single run in both outings (2.00 ERA; 1.22 WHIP).  He'll match up against Miami RHP Trevor Richards, who was bombed last Friday by the Pirates.  Pittsburgh put 11 men on base in Richards' five innings en route to an 11-0 shutout victory.  Richards also hasn't had any success in his career vs. the Cardinals, as he's 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA.  Miami's an awful 21-56 (minus 20 games on the money line) as a road underdog, priced from +150 to +170.  Take the Cards.<br><br>At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the Chicago White Sox.  This is a great interleague match-up between cross-town rivals tonight.  The White Sox will turn to their ace -- and one of baseball's hottest pitchers -- Lucas Giolito (2.22 ERA; 0.95 WHIP), while the Cubbies will hand the ball to their All-Star (and last year's NL Wins leader), Jon Lester.  We'll take the Cubs in this home game tonight, as Lester has overwhelmingly led his teams to wins when they've been installed as a favorite (5-0 this year; 42-17 (+16 games on the money line) his last 59) or when he's faced losing teams (112-43 (+46 games on the money line).  Lester's teams are also 6-1 in his last seven meetings vs. the White Sox, including an 8-3 win last September over Giolito (who gave up 5 runs in 6 2-3 innings).  Take the Cubs.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.