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Who's Hot and Who's Not

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On 09/05/2011 08:10 AM in MLB
Weather to watch

After a weekend in which weather played a huge role in college football’s opening weekend, meteorologists expect a 40 percent chance of rain or thunderstorms for Monday’s game between Miami and Maryland. Temperatures should be around 84 degrees with winds between 7-12 mph.

Who’s hot

MLB: The Red Sox have won 13 of their last 17 games in Toronto.

MLB: Los Angeles has won 13 of its last 16 overall.

NCAAF: Maryland has covered in six of its last seven.

CFL: The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between Montreal and Hamilton.

Who’s not

MLB: Detroit is 3-13 in its last 16 games in Cleveland.

MLB: Pittsburgh is 1-8 in its last nine games as a favorite.

NCAAF: The over is 1-6-1 in Miami’s last eight.

CFL: Edmonton has covered in only two of its last eight meetings with Calgary.

Key stat

66.4 – MLB road favorites had won 66.4 percent of their games over the last 30 days heading into Sunday’s action.

Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked

Tommy Streeter, Miami Hurricanes – Miami coach Al Golden says he’s “counting on” Streeter to play Monday against Maryland. The banged-up wideout caught five touchdowns in two preseason scrimmages this season.

Game of the day

Miami at Maryland (-4, 46.5)

Notable quotable

"I think talent-wise, this is one of the best teams I've been on in my whole life, so I'm excited. I mean, Ingram, he's explosive. Sproles, everybody knows about Sproles. And Pierre, if he stays healthy he's going to be something special, too. So we've just got to grind it out and do better than we did even two years ago when we won the Super Bowl." – New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Carl Nicks on his club’s running game. The Saints opened as 5.5-point underdogs at Green Bay for Thursday’s season opener but now sit at +4.

Notes and tips

While Miami will be without seven starters for Monday’s tilt with Maryland, the Terps won’t be playing with a full deck either. Maryland tailback D.J. Adams and offensive lineman Cody Blue have been banned for Monday’s home date with the Hurricanes for violating team rules. That leaves a couple of freshmen running backs in the backup tailback role as Randy Edsall makes his coaching debut with the team.

Rafael Nadal collapsed to the floor during a post-match news conference following Sunday's victory over David Nalbandian at the U.S. Open. The world's No. 2 player and defending champion was talking to the media when he slumped to the back of the chair and began reaching for his leg. Nadal then slipped to the floor as medical staff came to his aid. Nadal was able to overcome a blister on his right foot to advance in the tournament. He faces Gilles Muller, who posted a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 over Russian Igor Kunitsyn.

The rumor out of Kansas City is that Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a cracked rib in the team’s last final preseason game. Cassel didn’t attempt a pass in Kansas City’s 20-19 loss to Green Bay, but did have one rush for seven yards. The team has yet to address the issue and the Chiefs remain 6-point favorites against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.
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STREAKING

Doug Fister (6-13, 3.26 ERA), Detroit Tigers

Fister is proving to be a nice pick-up from the Mariners. He’s gone at least seven innings in four of his six starts with the Tigers and owns a tidy 0.83 ERA and a minuscule 0.73 WHIP (walks + hits per inning) over his last three starts.

Javier Vazquez (8-11, 4.42 ERA), Florida Marlins

Funny to think this veteran hurler would contemplate retirement when he’s pitching this well. Vazquez held the Mets scoreless over seven innings in his last outing, extending his quality start streak to four games.

SLUMPING

Randy Wolf (11-9, 3.58), Milwaukee Brewers

Seems like it’s been one good start and then one bad one from the Wolfman. The Brewers lefty starter gave up six runs on seven hits and three home runs against the Cardinals last week.

It marks the third time in his last six outings he’s been tagged for five or more runs. Oddly enough the under is still 7-3 in his last 10 starts.

Anthony Vasquez (1-1, 11.57 ERA), Seattle Mariners

There’s not much to tell about Anthony Vasquez. He stinks and so do the M’s. Vasquez has only two career starts, both over the last two weeks, and both times he gave up a lot of runs.
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