I guess it's really no surprise that with things the way they are this season, we had to get a record broken. First of many, no doubt. This one took place at Coors Field, where the Padres and Rockies set a new record for most runs scored in a four-game series. Fittingly, it was mostly the fault of a bullpen, in this case that of the Rockies. Their relief corps basically couldn't get anyone out, which allowed the Padres to stage two huge rallies that resulted in the two team splitting a series Colorado probably should have swept.
That's a segue into today's free play. The Padres are back in San Diego, and Petco sure isn't Coors. Joey Lucchesi on the hill for the Friars, and he's pretty reliable, especially the first couple trips through the batting order. Jhoulys Chacin throws for Milwaukee. Chacin missed a couple weeks with some back issues and has had a pretty terrible season. But this is "home" for Chacin. He was tough in this ballpark when he was a Padre, and I like him to do ...
Taking a day off from the blog. Back tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday!
The usual Saturday morning quick hit, with just the recap for the prior night and today's free play. I split a pair on Friday, missing by a mile with the Marlins but getting home easily with the White Sox and the scoring hot Lucas Giolito. Here's the Saturday free play.
CUBS (Darvish) at DODGERS (Buehler)
Take: F5 UNDER 4.5
There's no way I can comfortably play any full game Under. The bullpens throughout baseball are incredibly volatile, worst I've ever seen. But I'll go ahead with projected low scoring pitching for half the game as is the case here. Darvish has gotten over his horrid control issues to a pretty good extent. He's still vulnerable to the occasional big inning but seems to be finding a pretty good rhythm. Aside from that one bad inning at Colorado last start, Darvish has been quite good of late. Walker Buehler has certainly found his form, looking completely dominant in his two most recent starts. I think the two pitchers get the job done early tonight and I'm ...
The final game of the NBA season was center stage last night for obvious reasons. Therefore, I don't imagine many folks saw what took place early in the CFL opening night game between Saskatchewan and Hamilton.
You can easily search out the play to see it for yourself. Just search "Collaros" on Twitter and you'll really see the video of an illegal head shot that knocked him out of the game.
i completely get it that football is a rough game that is based on collisions. But this was a really dirty and unnecessary cheap shot. If you want the perfect illustration of targeting, here you go.
Time foe the professional leagues to step up and start dealing harshly with offenders. Two games off without pay seems very reasonable to me. Let me know if you feel differently after watching this film clip.
Free play today os on the diamond. I'm simply going to back the hottest pitcher on the planet at what I see as an attractive price. Good luck if you're playing along.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues, the new Stanley Cup champions. The Blues capped off one of the most amazing comebacks of all time with the win at Boston last night. This, of course, refers to the fact that on January 3 of this year, the Blues were dead last in the entire league, #31 out of 31 in points. For a team dead and buried to turn it around and win Lord Stanley ranks as one of the most remarkable things I've ever seen in sports.
The NBA gets center stage back tonight as the Warriors play their final game ever at Oracle in Oakland. It could also be their final game of the season if they're not able to knock off the Toronto Raptors.
I don't really have much of an opinion on the game. The Raptors have been the better squad in this series, I don't think there's any argument on that count. But the ability to finish against this Golden State team is a rare commodity, Just ask the Houston Rockets.
What U do see here is line value with the home team. Consider this. ...
I've been locked in pretty well with the golf lately. Winner two weeks back with Patrick Cantlay and my two picks for last week were Lowry and Simpson, who finished tied for second. Here's my duo fo this week's US Open.
PATRICK CANTLAY +1800
XANDER SCHAUFFELE +2500
Shop around if able for prices, you might be able to find a little better. Good luck if you're playing along!
Very much up against the clock, so I'll just publish the free play for tonight. Good results last night, let's see about more of the same today.
RED SOX/NATIONALS +150 money line parlay.
We could be bringing down the curtain on the NBA season tonight. The Raptors are back home in Toronto with a chance to close out the Golden State Warriors. Here's the portion I'm taking for a wager this evening.
WARRIORS at RAPTORS
Take: WARRIORS +0.5 FIRST QUARTER
Elimination game for Golden State and I don't think they're just going to roll over. I have my doubts as to whether they can stay with the Raptors for the entire game. The Raptors size has been a telling factor in this matchup and they keep wearing the Warriors down. But early on I can see GS with the advantage. I'll take a small position on the Warriors to win the first 12 minutes.
Game Six between the Bruins and Blues tonight with St. Louis positioned to win its first ever Stanley Cup.
The Blues have some edges here. They're a little healthier and I wouldn't rule out a mental edge with the Bruins perhaps still frustrated with the Game Five officiating.
But my lean is with Boston. I still believe they're the better hockey team and there's no question they were the superior side in that most recent game. That was the first game in this series that the better team did not win, as the side that controlled the action was the winner in each of the first four games.
This is not a strong opinion for me, just a lean. But at the price being offered, I would tend to side with the Bruins to get the win and force a Game Seven back in Boston.
BRUINS at BLUES
TAKE: BRUINS +110
It's not an elimination game, but it's pretty close. A loss at home on Friday evening and the Golden State Warriors will be on the brink of coughing up their crown to the surging Toronto Raptors.
There's no question that the Warriors have a legitimate excuse for their issues in this series. The Kevin Durant injury has played a huge role, and he's hardly the only guy on Golden State that is banged up. But that's the way it rolls sometimes, and now it's up to Golden State to find a way to get it together and play at a high level tonight.
The Warriors have been in trouble on a couple of occasions during their dynastic run. The ultimate backs against the wall comeback was against a Houston Rockets entry that had them down 3-1 but could not put them away. If this series was Warriors vs. Rockets, and Golden State found itself trailing 3-1, I'd still like their chances of coming back. That's because the Warriors are mentally tougher than the Rockets, simple as that.
This is a ...
My craziest game of the season took place on Tuesday night. I had the Orioles as my only selection, and it looked like a Baltimore winner with no real sweat. The Birds jumped out to a 4-0 lead and by the time the ninth inning rolled around, Baltimore had expanded its lead to 12-5. But you never really know with that awful Orioles bullpen. That opinion was borne out in a big way last night. The Rangers walked and hit their way right back into it, and when the dust finally settled, I had barely escaped with a 12-11 Baltimore victory. In any event, nice winner and on to Wednesday.
I've yet to decide on any MLB plays as I'm continuing to try and get lineup info before proceeding. So, for the daily free play, an opinion on tonight's Game Three between Toronto and Golden State, Note this just an opinion and not a play. No question the Warriors are a super tough nut at home. But this Golden State team has some legitimate injury concerns and I think the depth could be a real factor ...
This will have to be a very quick edition, as I'm overloaded with commitments today. No plays for me last night, and as I'm intent on getting lineup info before proceeding with anything in MLB tonight, I won't have anything set until this afternoon.
Therefore, today's free play is just an opinion for now. Whether it makes the card is still to be determined, but it's at least a lean for the time being.
TWINS (Smeltzer) at INDIANS (Bieber)
Take: INDIANS -130