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Big Al McMordie is a featured handicapper on national television and radio programs. Since 1992, Big Al has put together 18 winning years of 23, and has garnered an awesome 39 NUMBER ONE AWARDS in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Al won the prestigious 2004 Stardust Football handicapping championship, and is the most honored technical handicapper in the country.
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.

Past Picks Show the last picks
DateW/LTypeHandicapper Selection
Our 3 selections include the Brewers, Dodgers and Blue Jays.<br><br>At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Milwaukee Brewers over Philadelphia.  The Brew Crew have dropped six straight, but I look for them to bounce back on this Saturday evening in the City of Brotherly Love.  Milwaukee is a solid 19-6 as a favorite this season (+11 games on the moneyline), while Philly is a poor 17-40 at night, and 23-50 (minus 17 games on the moneyline) as an underdog.  Take the Brewers.<br><br>At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Blue Jays over Cleveland.  We've played on Marcus Stroman several times this season (as he's been the Jays' best starter), and will once again take him in an underdog role.  His ERA is 1.45 over his last three starts, and he'll match up against Danny Salazar, who is coming off the DL.  Even worse:  Salazar is a poor 4-8 with a 6.16 ERA over his last 20 appearances (dating back to last season).  And the Indians are an awful 1-6 vs. losing teams this season with Salazar on the hill.  Take the Blue Jays.<br><br>At 9:10 pm, our selection is on the Los Angeles Dodgers over Atlanta.  The Dodgers were the hottest team in baseball before dropping their last two games.  But, notwithstanding those two defeats, they're still the hottest team, as they're 31-6 their last 37.  Southpaw Rich Hill has been a big part of the Dodgers' success as he has an 0.95 ERA over his last three starts.  Additionally, he's 3-0 in his career vs. Atlanta, with a 1.93 ERA, while Julio Teheran is 0-6 vs. LA with a 6.47 ERA.  Finally, the Dodgers are 53-14 (+26 games on the moneyline) as a favorite priced at -150 or better.  Take Los Angeles.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Cubs, A's and Rays.<br><br>At 4:05 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the St. Louis Cardinals.  If the Cubs are going to compete with the Dodgers and Nationals for a second-straight NL Crown and trip to the World Series, they're going to need LHP Jon Lester to step up in the final two-plus months.  To say 2017 has been a disappointment for the former Red Sox veteran would be an understatement as Lester is 6-6 with a 4.07 ERA in a league-leading 20 starts.  Some pitchers might be happy with those numbers, but not Lester.  Still, there are some reasons for optimism as he steps to the mound to face division-rival St. Louis.  First, Lester has pitched much better at home than on the road, with a 3.73 ERA and 1.23 WHIP here vs. just 4.47 and 1.37 elsewhere.  Second, he's pitched well against the Cards in the past, and the Cubs are 4-2 in Lester's last six outings vs. them.  And Lester is a very good second half pitcher winning almost 2/3 of his decisions after the break (72-37, .661) with a post-All Star ERA of 3.36 (vs. 3.57 pre-break).  He got 2017's second half off to a strong start with seven, three-hit innings in a victory over the Braves on Monday.  Take Chicago.<br><br>At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Oakland A's over the New York Mets.  Sean Manaea has been solid for Oakland this season, as his ERA is 3.68, and his WHIP is 1.20.  Even better:  over his last three starts, those numbers are 2.95 and 1.17.  He'll match up against Zach Wheeler this evening at Citi Field.  Wheeler has been dismal at home, with a 2-5 record, 5.52 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.  And against the A's in his career, Wheeler's ERA is an awful 9.39, with a 1.95 WHIP.  Take the Oakland A's.<br><br>At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Tampa Bay Rays over the Texas Rangers.  Don't look now, but here come the Tampa Bay Rays.  Heading into the weekend, the Rays are five games over .500 and sitting in second place in the AL East, just 3 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox.  Were it not for this unlikely position in the standings, the Rays might very well be shopping ace RH Chris Archer to contending teams before the deadline.  And Archer would likely return big value for the Rays as he is a relatively young strikeout artist with a very team-friendly contract that still has a couple of years left.  But instead Archer will now almost certainly spend the next couple of months trying to get his Rays a Division Crown - or at least a Wild Card.  He led the league in losses last season, but has improved in almost every category in 2017 and was an All Star for only the second time in his career.  Archer has a strikeout rate of almost 11 per nine innings and he's already beaten the Rangers this season, back on May 31 in Arlington.  The Rangers are 2-7 in RHP Andrew Cashner's last nine road starts.  Take the Rays.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include Colorado, Minnesota and Kansas City.<br><br>At 8:10 pm, our selection is on the Minnesota Twins over the Detroit Tigers.  The Twins have definitely come down to earth from their pre-All Star high when they led the AL Central race for what seemed like most of the first three months.  But they're still capable of playing some very good ball, and they've done just that since the break, having just taken two of three from the Yankees here at home.  Before that, they lost a series to the Astros, but managed to take a game - never an easy feat these days.  The pitcher in that lone victory in the Houston series was RH Ervin Santana, who goes to the mound for his 20th start of the season tonight.  Santana was an All Star for the first time in 10 years, and deservedly so.  He is 11-6 with a 2.99 ERA and he leads the league in complete games with four and shutouts with three.  The Tigers will go with RHP Anibal Sanchez, whose midsummer resurgence as a starter hit a rough patch in his last start.  In that one, he allowed three homers for five runs over six innings vs.Toronto.  He gave up eight runs over three innings in relief at Target Field this year.  Take Minny.<br><br>At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the Kansas City Royals over the Chicago White Sox.  It's going to be a decidedly different White Sox team on the field most nights the rest of the season as the South-siders made two big trades in the past week, the latest being a seven-player deal that sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to the Yanks.  And it's still 10 days until the non-waiver deadline.  Frazier was one of the only pure power bats in this lineup, and although the Sox immediately called up #1 prospect Yoan Moncada, the Cuban will likely need time in the Majors before he can be productive.  Veteran RH Ian Kennedy gets tonight's start for the Royals, and over his last three starts, Kennedy has an ERA of 2.83, throwing at least six innings in each of those. He has also struck out seven batters in two of those and walked a total of just four.  The one thing you can say about Kennedy (and it's proving itself again in 2017) is that he gets better as the season progresses.  Check out these career ERA's by month (starting with May):  4.43, 4.37, 4.15, 3.42, and 3.22.  His 2017 monthly ERA since May is 11.03, 4.08, and 2.79 so far in July.  The Sox are 4-10 in their last 14 meetings in KC.  Take the Royals.<br><br>At 8:40 pm, our selection is on the Colorado Rockies over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Two hot NL teams meet in Denver for a three-game series that kicks off tonight.  The Pirates are on a five game win streak and the Rockies four, with the Pirates taking two of three from the Cardinals before sweeping the Brewers in Milwaukee while Colorado beat the Mets in NY before heading home to sweep the Padres over three games.  But whereas Pittsburgh squeaked by in its five victories (4-3, 4-2, 4-3, 3-2, 4-2), the Rockies have been a scoring machine.  The tallies in their last four have been 13-4, 9-6, 9-7, and 18-4.  With that kind of production, the Rox are probably sorry they had the day off yesterday.  Rookie RH Jeff Hoffman will move into injured Tyler Chatwood’s spot and start on regular rest tonight.  His numbers at home (6.44 ERA, 12 BBs, 20 Ks) are considerably worse than on the road, but with the numbers that the Colorado bats have been putting on the board lately, that will hardly matter.  It's one of the main reasons he has the best win percentage on the team (6-1).  The Rox are 20-7 in their last 27 games after a day off.  Take Colorado.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Giants, Blue Jays and Tigers.<br><br>At 1:35 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox.  Admittedly, both pitchers (Toronto's Francisco Liriano and Boston's Doug Fister) have had their struggles this season.  But it's hard to make a case for Fister, given that he's favored, as his teams are an awful 2-8 his last 10 starts at home when they've been installed as the favorite.  Even worse:  Fister's teams are 6-18 in his second half starts the past three years, while Liriano's teams are 23-10.  Take Toronto in this underdog role.<br><br>At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals.  How often have we seen a pitcher come out of nowhere to win a Rookie of the Year Award, only to have a major regression in his sophomore campaign?  Detroit RHP Michael Fulmer certainly fit the bill as he was not that highly touted coming into his first MLB season last year despite being the Mets' first round draft pick in 2011.  But Fulmer pitched well enough to take home the top Rookie honors (and finish 10th in the Cy Young voting).  He was certainly primed for a let-down coming into the 2017 season.  But instead of being a disappointment, Fulmer has taken his game to the next level this season. The 24-year-old is 10-6 with a 3.06 ERA (the exact same number as last year), while lowering his WHIP to 1.07 and - more importantly - putting up the best walk rate in the league (0.5 per 9 IP).  He also has thrown quality starts in all but two of his 18 outings.  He's already beaten the Royals this season (at home) and now he'll try to do it again on the road. The Royals came into Wednesday's game struggling, having won just two of their past nine.  Take Detroit.<br><br>At 10:15 pm, our selection is on the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres.  If you want to sum up the Giants horrendous 2017 season to date, just consider this:  Madison Bumgarner does not have a win in the first half of the season for the first time in his career since he became a full time starter in 2010.  Of course, that wouldn't be the case had the ace LH not injured himself in a dirt bike riding accident on April 20.  In many ways, Bumgarner is lucky that the injury wasn't worse, and he can take his time getting back to being the dominating pitcher that he was as his team clearly isn't going anywhere this season.  The good news is that in his return from the DL last Saturday, Mad-bum was solid, throwing 102 pitches in seven innings while allowing three runs on just four hits.  That return start was also against the Padres (in San Diego) and there's every reason to think that Bumgarner can improve off of that tonight at AT&T Park.  Despite Mad-bum being win-less on the season, the Giants are 5-2 in his last seven home starts.  Take San Fran.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the New York Mets over the St. Louis Cardinals.  With their woeful performance and extremely poor standing in their own division, it's entirely possible that the Mets could move veteran players at the deadline in exchange for prospects.  Lucas Duda is a name that's been kicked around recently.  One name that won't be going anywhere is ace RH Jacob deGrom.  deGrom is stamping himself as one of the top three or four RH pitchers in the League.  deGrom is 10-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 18 starts, and those numbers would be even better were it not for back-to-back ugly starts at the end of May and beginning of June (15 runs on 18 hits in just eight combined innings).  Since that first start last month, deGrom has been on fire, winning six straight starts while posting a 1.53 ERA in 47 innings.  One of those was two starts ago against this Cards team, a 6-5 Mets victory in St. Louis in which deGrom allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings, but didn't walk anyone.  He's back home tonight, where he's done his best work this season, going 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA in nine starts (vs. 5-1 and 4.63 in the same number on the road).  The Mets are 4-0 in deGrom's last four home starts.  Take New York.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 3:35 pm, our selection is on the Oakland Athletics over the Tampa Bay Rays.  Rumors continue to circulate that RHP Sonny Gray will be moving to a contending team before the trade deadline.  And if the Oakland ace is trying to make his case that he could help someone get deep into the post-season - and why wouldn't he want to make that case - then he's been doing a pretty good job lately.  After stumbling his way to a 2-3 record with a 4.84 ERA in his first 10 starts through June 20, Gray has really turned it around in his last four trips to the hill.  The 27-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in those last four starts, lowering his ERA on the season more than a run to 3.72.  He'll try to keep it up with his second start of the season against the Rays.  On June 10, in the first game of a double-header, Gray struck out 10 Tampa hitters while issuing just one walk in a strong no-decision.  His defense let him down in that one as he allowed five runs, but only one was earned.  Gray is a very good daytime pitcher, as he has a 19-10 record (.655) with a 2.99 ERA in 40 early starts (vs. 24-25 and 3.72 in 72 night games).  The Athletics are 11-5 in Gray's last 16 home starts vs. teams with a winning record.  Take Oakland.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Anaheim Angels over the Washington Nationals.  This will be Edwin Jackson's first start of the 2017 season, as he will be replacing Joe Ross in the Nats' rotation.  Ross tore his ulnar collateral ligament, and will miss the rest of this season.  Thus, Jackson (who hurled for the Nationals five seasons ago) will be Washington's fifth starter.  For the last month, he's been with AAA Syracuse.  And, although he pitched well, he was poor with the Baltimore Orioles earlier this season when he appeared in three games as a reliever, and allowed seven runs (four earned) in those three relief appearances.   Understandably, the Nationals have been installed as an underdog vs. Jesse Chavez and the Angels tonight.  Chavez has been solid at home this season (3.35 ERA; 1.09 WHIP), and the Angels also have the added benefit of not playing on Monday (while Washington was in Cincinnati for an afternoon game).  Anaheim is 127-92 (+28 games on the moneyline) when playing with a day off, while Washington's an awful 32-61 (minus 24 games on the moneyline) as an underdog.  Take the Angels.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox.  We played on the Jays last night in Game 1 of this 4-game series, and will come right back with them in this 2nd game, tonight.  J.A. Happ will get the start for Toronto, and he's looking to rebound from his last start -- an utter disaster, as his Jays fell 19-1 to Houston.  I believe he will do just that, as his teams are 8-4 in his 12 starts vs. Boston, and his career ERA in those games is 3.69.  Brian Johnson started once already this season vs. Toronto, and was ineffective (7.20 ERA; 2.00 WHIP).  Happ's ERA on the road this season is 2.90, and his teams are 15-4 in his 2nd half road starts the past 2 seasons.  Take Toronto.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Milwaukee Brewers.  Brewer fans may not be all that used to having their team in first place after the break, but they have seen this movie before and it almost never has a happy ending.  Milwaukee is famous for its second half swoons and since it's unlikely that the front office will go out to acquire new talent, the fans are nothing more than cautiously optimistic at this point.  The Crew lost to the woeful Phillies on Sunday in the final game of what should've been a three-game sweep and now the road gets tougher as they head to Pittsburgh for a four-game set.  Last night, the Buccos took Game 1 by a 4-2 score.  Tonight, RHP Ivan Nova will go for the Bucs in game two and Nova is having an outstanding campaign in his second season in Pittsburgh.  He doesn't get many strikeouts, but Nova does just about everything else very well as he is one of the most efficient hurlers in the game with a walk rate of just 1.1 and two complete games already to his credit.  After starting out the season pretty well, Brewers RHP Junior Guerra has really struggled recently, going 0-2 with a 10.32 ERA in his last three starts.  Take the Pirates.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include Miami, Colorado and Toronto.<br><br>At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Miami Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies.  It's been a rough season for Marlins RHP Tom Koehler.  Koehler got knocked around pretty good in the first six weeks of the season, as he posted a 1-4 record with a 7.04 ERA through May 16.  It turned out he was trying to pitch through some shoulder bursitis and so Miami finally put Koehler on the DL and he missed the rest of May and all of June before returning.  Unfortunately, two July starts fresh out of a minor league rehab stint didn't bring better results for the veteran.  But to be fair, Koehler has faced some pretty good offensive lineups in his last four starts - the Cards (twice), Brewers, and Astros.  A home start against the pathetic Phillies may be just what the doctor ordered.  This will be Koehler's first time facing the Phils this season, however in five starts against them in 2016, Koehler went 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 33 innings.  The Phillies are 14-44 in their last 58 road games.  Take the Marlins.<br><br>At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Blue Jays over Boston.  Marcus Stroman will get the start tonight for the Blue Jays, and he's been the Jays' best starter this season.  He's 9-5 on the season, with a 3.28 ERA.  And over his last three starts, his ERA is a microscopic 1.37.  In contrast, Eduardo Rodriguez has struggled over his last three outings (4.58 ERA), and also vs. the Blue Jays in his career (1-3, 6.58 ERA).  Take Toronto.<br><br>At 8:40 pm, our selection is on the Colorado Rockies over San Diego.  Luis Perdomo has found no success vs. the Colorado Rockies in his career.  He's 0-2 in three starts (the Padres have lost all three games), with a 5.82 ERA.  Even worse:  all three starts were at home at Petco, so this will be his first career start at Coors Field.  German Marquez has actually fared well here at Coors this season, as he's 3-2 with a respectable 4.66 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.  Finally, the Padres are an awful 17-50 as a road underdog priced from +150 to +200, while Marquez is 5-1 as a favorite.  Take Colorado.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.