Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 8/22/15
The Del Mar excursion is in the books, with the usual result. I’m as casual as it gets as far as the ponies are concerned, and really have few expectations of winning at the track. It’s a getaway for me as I love the ambience of not only the racetrack but the entire area. It’s as laid back as it gets, lots of good restaurants, and it’s always great to catch up with friends and family I don’t see on a regular basis. There’s also nearby La Jolla, which is always a treat, and moseying down to the rocks at the beach to hang out with seals is about as good as it gets for me.
As for the races, two days, two winners and a bunch of near misses, but that’s horse racing. Fortunately, one of the winners paid north of $25, so it wasn’t a substantial loss this time.
That’s it for my mini-journal as far as this vacation goes. Back to the regular daily grind. The baseball has not been good at all for me lately, so definitely need to pick up that pace. No beefs with the NFL pre-season, so the game plan there is to simply maintain. For those interested in obtaining all my plays in either or both sports, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll outline how everything works.
I’ll side with an angle that I like for today’s free play, which is on the diamond.
METS (Niese) @ ROCKIES (Rusin)
Nice long term angle in play here. Rockies southpaw Rusin is off his first career complete game shutout and I like to go against pitcher in that situation.
There’s also no problem at all in trying to beat the Rockies when the opposition is throwing a southpaw. Jon Niese doesn’t have ideal stuff for Coors Field, so I would not be surprised if there are plenty of runs scored tonight. But considering how awful Colorado has been against lefties this season, the view from here is that the Mets should get the majority of the scores this evening.
This is going to be a very popular public side, but I can’t let that dissuade me from playing the visitors here. The Mets are playing with tremendous confidence right now as they continue to expand their lead in the NL East over the reeling Nationals. I’ll side with the Mets and Niese to maintain their winning ways with another victory tonight.