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2022 MLB World Series Preview, Picks, and Predictions

MLB Picks: World Series Betting Predictions  

Philadelphia Phillies vs Houston Astros 
First Pitch 8:07 PM EST 
Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX 

We are less than 36 hours away from the start of the 2022 World Series featuring an apparent David vs Goliath matchup between the 113-win Houston Astros and the Cinderella 96 wins Philadelphia Phillies. The Astros are appearing in their fourth World Series but failed to win any of the previous three. The Phillies made their first playoff appearance since 2011 and their first World Series appearance since 2009 when they lost to the New York Yankees. The Phillies did defeat the Tampa Bay Rays to win the 2008 World Series.  

Not all my handicapping processes are based on numbers and this one has a substantial number of intangibles that are founded by my 28 years of professional sports betting experience. Call it a ‘gut feel’, but I have been around sports all my life either as a player, coach, or fan and I am telling you the Phillies have a monumental mental edge over the Astros.  

The Phillies had a floundering start to the season and with a highly underperforming 21-28 record on May 27, the front office parted ways with Joe Gerardi and made former bench coach Rob Thomson the skipper. From that point on the Phillies posted the fifth best record in baseball at 75-52 and played in the NL East that had two teams, the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, who both won 101 games.  

The Astros had the best record in baseball at 84-39 since May 28 but played in the anemic AL West that Astros aside won 291 games. Aside from the Phillies 87 regular season wins, the other NL East teams combined for 326 wins. A team that has endured and overcome so many challenges, like the Phillies, believes in themselves and their teammates that can win every time they set foot on the field. The Phillies had 14 come from behind wins after trailing or being tied after the eighth inning this season. I call it ‘Moxy’ while others call it ‘Never say die’ and the Phillies have both and their mental toughness is going to be a major reason they win Game 1 Friday night and the World Series. 

How to Wager on NFL Teams With a First-Year Coach to Start the Season

Being the coach of an NFL franchise is one of the most challenging jobs in sports. Most begin with the task of cleaning up a mess left by a previous coach under the scrutiny of a fan base that demands immediate improvement. 

For the best job security, the Baltimore Ravens franchise top the list with three head coaches in the past 23 seasons. They rank first in the NFL with an average tenure of 7.7 seasons. 

The Arizona Cardinals, who have existed for nearly a century, rank last with an average coaching tenure of only 2.4 seasons. 

Since Marv Levy retired as the Buffalo Bills coach in 1997, the Bills have had 11 coaches and until last year, none had won a playoff game. Only four of the 20 coaches hired over 59 seasons have lasted more than three seasons.

When teams get a new coach, how does it change its fortunes? How quickly does a new coach turn around the culture? For NFL betting purposes, is it a good idea to wager on teams with a new coach? Click the link and learn even more,



MLB Game of the Day for July 14, 2022

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