Golf outright winners are not easy to come by, but when they happen it's cause for celebration. So I'm a happy camper right now thanks to the amazing final round performance that propelled Patrick Cantlay to the winner's circle at the Memorial.
My Sunday baseball resulted in a 2-2 split. Underdog plays on the Pirates and Tigers came up short. But the Astros pulled out the extra inning win at Oakland and the Angels were blowout winners against the lowly Mariners. It looks like Seattle is already tossing in the towel on the season. Not that Jay Bruce is a major component at this point, but the Mariners dealt him to the Phillies on Sunday and it certainly appears that will be the first of several moves as Seattle tries to fortify its farm system.
Monday's slate is ultra thin, with only four baseball games and the Stanley Cup Finals Game Four between the Bruins and Blues. I will NOT have a play on this game. My strategy was to back the Bruins in Game Three and come back with them ...
Up against the clock on Sundays, as is always the case. Saturday was okay, with a 2-1 baseball result, plus a half unit winner on the NHL Bruins. Here's today's free play.
ASTROS (Cole) at ATHLETICS (Bassitt)
TAKE: ASTROS -138
The Boston Bruins were vastly superior in Game One. The St. Louis Blues dominated the ice in Game Two. It sure seems to me like we've got the setup for a tremendous Game Three battle as the Blues move into the host role after achieving a successful split at Boston.
I don't see momentum as much of a factor here. It's overrated terminology to begin with as momentum can shift in the blink of an eye.
My take on tonight's game is that the Bruins are going to come out angry after what can only be described as a pretty miserable performance in the most recent game. It almost seemed like the Bruins thought they had things well in hand after the powerful showing in the opener, plus the early lead in Game Two. Now they know full well that this Blues entry is anything but a pushover.
I still believe Boston is the superior overall team. Therefore, I'll side with them tonight. But I'd be stretching the truth if I said this was a super confident call. So this will be just a small play for ...
Quick hit this morning as the free play for the day gets started at 10AM Pacific/1PM Eastern, so let's get right to that. Back with a more expanded edition tomorrow.
GIANTS (Beede) at MARLINS (Alcantara)
Take: GIANTS -105
Good luck and have a great day!
Busy morning with time at a premium, so just the quick recap from last night and today's free play. I split last night, winning with the small favorite Twins and losing with the small dog Pirates, so nothing accomplished either way. I've got two plays I'm set on as of now for Wednesday, with one of them being a F5 Over/Under. I'll use that one as the daily comp.
CARDINALS (Cabrera) at PHILLIES (Nola)
Take: F5 Under 5.5 -105
Have a great day!
Cody Bellinger put on another terrific show on Monday night as the Dodgers got the win at home against the Mets.
At least I think he did. All I got to see was a couple highlights. That's because Major League Baseball continues to insist on keeping this utterly stupid ho e market blackout rule in place.
There's not way to describe this action as anything other than idiotic. We live in an age where garnering as many eyes as possible is the best thing anyone can do for their brand. MLB can't seem to to grasp this very simple concept. Don't ask me why.
The Monday free play published here was a push as the Royals and White Sox finally suspended the action shortly after the Chisox tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Kind of a tough push as the Royals needed only two more outs to get through five up 2-1, but it wasn't meant to be. In any event, a push beats a loss, so no damage done.
Today's comp is a F5 selection. There is simply no way for me to even consider a ...
Happy holiday to all. A rare weekday off from the radio show, but The Las Vegas Sportsline will return on Tuesday. We air 2-3 PDT on ESPN Las Vegas, and can also be heard online at LVSportsNetwork.com.
Sunday was a quiet but profitable day as I played only the Tampa Bay Rays. They led wire to wire at Cleveland, so a nice little pickup for the day.
I have not played anything early for the holiday slate, but here's one of the considerations.
ROYALS (Bailey) at WHTE SOX (Nova)
Take: ROYALS +103
Good luck and I'll return on Tuesday.
My usual ultra-abbreviated Sunday edition. Saturday was a bitter pill of sorts. I went 1-2 snd the one winner was a nice price with the Orioles coming through. But the other two plays featured blown saves, so this was what a could or should have been day. I've got just one play as of now for Sunday, so the comp in this space is just an added opinion, and not an actual play.
PADRES (Paddack) at BLUE JAYS (Stroman)
Take (lean): PADRES -130
I'm getting an early start on the Saturday baseball slate. MLB has been quite solid lately, although I did miss with the Blue Jays on Friday night. That game was decided on a brutal throwing error by Toronto reliever Daniel Hudson, and for the life of me I will never figure out why pitchers are unable to even come remotely close to the target when throwing to second base. In any event, that was the ballgame.
I'm set on two plays for Saturday, with a couple other strong possibilities. Here's one I won't be able to play till the morning, but I'll be on it at that point.
ORIOLES (Cashner) at ROCKIES (Freeland)
Take: ORIOLES F5 +145
I'm looking to fade Kyle Freeland, who has been mired in a terrible funk. Freeland has had lousy control and there isn't a worse ballpark to issue free passes than Coors for rather obvious reasons. Andrew Cashner has been okay for Baltimore. On the grading scale I utilize, he's got three straight plus starts and five of his last six have been ...
Things can certainly change in the blink of an eye. The NBA Eastern Conference Finals series between the Bucks and Raptors is great example. Two games in, this looked like Milwaukee's series. They had pulled out a close opening game, got the easy Game Two win and appeared to have the Raptors on the ropes.
Fast forward a small handful of days and the series has now gone upside down. Toronto has three straight wins and the Raptors are now small chalk to wrap things up on Saturday at home.
My view, for what that's worth in the NBA, is that the Bucks are not dead yet. I can certainly grasp what will be the very popular thought process here. The majority opinion is now that the Bucks have lost their swagger and the Raptors have seized both physical and mental control of the proceedings. To be honest, that was my original assessment coming out of Thursday's result.
But if there's one certainty about sports, it's that what looks to be the case very frequently simply isn't. I've got ...
Short slate today, with a handful of baseball games and the critical Game Five of the NBA Eastern Conference Final series between the Raptors and Bucks. I'll offer an opinion on that game as today's free play, although please note that's all it is. I've got just one baseball play today and that will be my only personal service selection. By the way, 1-1 last night with the Marlins winning again while the play on the Pirates failed.
RAPTORS at BUCKS
TAKE: UNDER 216
The thought process here is actually pretty simple. The Bucks are back to even in this series after seemingly being in command up 2-0. I thought they played some pretty poor defense at Toronto, particularly in the most recent game. Therefore I would expect much more focus on that end of the court tonight and to me, m that indicates a lower scoring contest. The downside is this line has already moved substantially from the opener, so there's really no value to be had. Nevertheless, Under is the way I'd look to play.
I'm up against the clock this morning. Have to record First Pitch at WagerTalk, post plays, and get the info out to my personal service players, so no time for any commentary. Tuesday was sweet. I lost a half unit play on the Sharks 1P in the NHL. But three dogs all crossed the finish line as winners in baseball, so it was a highly profitable evening. I'm on a couple of sides on the diamond today, and have decided on a small Stanley Cup series play in the Finals, which i'll post here.
BLUES vs. BRUINS
Take: BRUINS -160 SERIES
I'll get a little analysis out on this in tomorrow's blog, but I've decided to risk a half unit on the Bruins as a play to win the Stanley Cup.