Jim Sez Weekend Baseball and More College Pointspread Notes

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: WILL THERE BE ANY "COMEBACK KIDS" THIS YEAR IN THE DIVISIONAL RACES?

THE WEEK'S FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUMMERTIME NOTEBOOK HAS SPREAD STATS GALORE!

Folks, it was just a little less than a full year ago when the Toronto Blue Jays overcame an 8-game deficit against the New York Yankees in the American League East standings ... a deficit the Jays erased in an amazingly short amount of time - just 15 calendar days!

Remember?

Okay, so that may seem truly out-of-the-ordinary stuff but as the '15 Jays proved it can be done and so in today's edition of Jim Sez we take a long look at a couple of teams that appear way back in the standings right this minute but can they change the fates/fortunes of their current campaign?

KANSAS CITY (47-47) - True, the defending World Series champs and two-time defending AL champs have been beset by a batch of injuries this season and thus that's kept the KayCee kids down with a -33 runs differential and a lousy 17-32 road record just part of the doom-and-gloom but keep in mind some of the walking wounded either have returned - see DH Kendry Morales - or will return soon - CF Lorenzo Cain is slated to play left field upon his return after missing significant time with a hamstring injury.

Check out the Royals' upcoming schedule and you'll see two big series with the Texas Rangers and in early-to-mid-August there's a major run on games against fellow AL Central teams including seven tilts against the lowly Minnesota Twins.

Memo to the teams ahead of the Royals in the AL Central ... don't count your chickens just yet and remember that Kansas City finishes out this 2016 season with three home games against the front-running Cleveland Indians.

PITTSBURGH (49-46) - Let's face it, the Pirates have been counted out for dead a gazillion times this year ... but there's still a pulse on this National League Central squad even though the Buccos are just 19-20 in divisional play and a minus 5 in the runs differential category.

Still, Pittsburgh is "only" 8.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs and just three games back of the second wild card berth ... and CF Andrew McCutchen has been off, LHP Jeff Locke has been awful and the overall team ERA is a rotten 9th in the senior circuit.

Get the feeling the Bucs could go on a little winning streak if McCutchen gets it together, Locke (5.54 ERA) and fellow LHP Jon Niese (4.89 ERA) straighten out some of their mechanics and the Pittsburgh bench helps get the team some late-inning wins as was very much the case with the Pirates' teams the past two or three years. The upcoming sked says Pittsburgh plays 15 of its next 17 games against sub-.500 teams ... just sayin'!

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUMMERTIME NOTES

Let's zoom 'round the land and get you some random pointspread stats of interest ...

The Arizona Wildcats have scuffled their way to six consecutive losing spread seasons and, if you add 'em up, this Pac-12 team is a collective 28-39-1 ATS (against the spread) since the start of the 2010 season ...

Baylor may be a program under siege these days but note the Bears are a sizzling 21-7 ATS at home the past five years ...

Clemson is a tasty 10-4 versus the vig as underdog sides the past five years and that includes College Football Playoff covers last year against both Oklahoma (a 37-17 win as 3.5-point pups) and Alabama (a 45-40 loss-but-cover as 6.6-point dogs) ...

Florida State snagged pointspread "W's" in five of its final six tilts a year ago and note the Seminoles have enjoyed 5- and 6-game spread winning streaks in two of the past three years ...

Indiana is a dreary 9-17-1 against the odds when facing fellow Big 10 teams while dating back to late in the 2012 campaign ...

Louisville is a money-burning 6-11 ATS as hosts since the start of the 2013 season ...

Miami's covered just seven of its last 19 away games and that includes last year's 20-14 loss to 1.5-point fav Washington State in the Sun Bowl ...

Notre Dame is a dead-even but vig-losing 37-37-4 ATS in the Brian Kelly Era that began back in 2010 ...

Ole Miss started and ended the 2015 season with three-game ATS winning streaks ...

Oregon is a better-than-you-think 25-8 ATS away since the start of the 2011 campaign ...

Stanford has covered 13 of its last 17 spread verdicts dating back to late in the 2014 season ...

Tennessee's covered eight of its last 10 head-to-head tilts against rival Georgia ...

And, finally, West Virginia is just 12-17 versus the vig at home since the start of 2011.

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