28 Results for month: 07/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 7/31/14

This will be redundant for long time readers of this blog. But there are now lots of newcomers, thanks to the blog being reprinted elsewhere. That means I get to rant to some new eyes on what is clearly my biggest pet peeve with baseball. Simply stated, I don't think any of the other major sports are even remotely close to baseball when it comes it incomp... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 7/30/14

It might not happen today, but it's now a virtual certainty that Jon Lester's next start will be his first for any big league team not named the Red Sox. Lester is now the big fish on the block. That's not to diminish fellow southpaws David Price and Cole Hamels in any way, as all these guys are top shelf pitchers. But there's serious doubt as to whether ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 7/29/14

Update: Looks like the only Inspector Clouseau here is me. I misread the score in the Nationals game, It was not 6-2 going into the ninth inning, but rather 6-3. Apologies to all, including Matt Williams. My mistake all the way. It happened again on Monday night. The dreaded bring the closer in with a big lead for a non-save in the ninth inning ploy. By ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 7/28/14

You gotta love this Red Sox-Rays rivalry. Let's face it, the Red Sox-Yankees feud has ebbed a bit recently. I think that has much to do with Boston finally breaking through and winning three World Series titles. The various complexes Red Sox fans suffered from when it came to the Yankees are gone. In fact, it's almost as if the roles have flipped. Now it's ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 7/27/14

Sometimes I hear stuff that just forces me to shake my head. It's not a conscious decision on my part. It's just a reflex action that cannot be avoided. If it's really crazy, the head shake might get accompanied by the open mouth "what the $%^& did I just hear?" maneuver, but that's generally reserved only for remarks made by Skip or Screamin' A on ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 7/26/14

I don't stray off the beaten path too often in this blog. It's mostly straight sports, with an emphasis on the gambling aspect, and that's not going to change. But today is an exception to that rule, as I have to weigh in on the Ray Rice suspension fiasco. Clearly, a two-game suspension for Rice is not even a slap on the wrist. It's more like a tender ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 7/25/14

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is now less than one week away, and it looks as though there could be a flurry of activity. It doesn't appear as though any blockbusters are looming, but there are some good players on the market. With so many teams still involved in the playoff chase, I think it's fair to assume we should see plenty of action. The ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 7/24/14

The offers are going to come. But now there has to be some real doubt as to whether the Tampa Bay Rays will be listening as contending teams around the majors make their pitches to get a deal done for star southpaw David Price. After slogging along in last place throughout the first half of the 2014 season, it was inevitable the Rays would deal Price to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 7/23/14

Chase Headley was on the receiving end of the pleasurable Gatorade shower following his game winning hit on Tuesday night. That would normally be reason for celebration among San Diego fans. Only Headley, who started the day as a Padre, finished it as a Yankee. Meanwhile, the Padres were walking away from Wrigley Field after having been shut out for the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 7/22/14

I'm a great believer in getting the work done early. That doesn't mean I'm always in action early, but the idea is to be prepped and ready to fire when what figures to be the best number is available. It really doesn't matter what sport is involved, the bottom line is still the same. In football or hoops, it's all about getting the best spread. On the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 7/21/14

It's time to kick off the college football previews. This won't be the standard stuff, as the entire aim here is going to be focusing on schools that could represent spread value, at least early on, in either direction. So the majority of these rundowns will probably be on teams not too many people care about, but that bettors can hopefully earn a profit ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 7/20/14

I'm one who believes that coaches and managers can have a huge impact on the performances of their teams, regardless of the sport. That certainly includes baseball, and there's not much question I'm more critical than most as far as managers are concerned. There's a pretty simple reason for this, really. Far too many current MLB skippers display a ... More