Happy Fathers Day Weekend -- Go Ahead and Pack away the MLB Profits
THE MLB WEEKEND UPDATE:
TRACKING ALL THE NEWS
THAT’S FIT TO PRINT PLUS
WE BRING YOU A COUPLE MORE
“OVER” WINS TOTALS FOR THE YEAR …
THE NBA DRAFT REPORT:
HERE’S OUR EARLY-BIRD LOTTERY SELECTIONS
(SUBJECT TO CHANGE, OF COURSE!)
Once upon a time, a wise/old friend of ours explained that in the course of a 162-game Major-League Baseball season, even the “bad teams” were gonna have their seven- and eight- and nine-game winning streaks … the key for everyday handicappers is to be able to spot (or, better yet, be ahead of the proverbial curve) when those streaks are gonna happen.
Right now, let’s take the Kansas City Royals:
The 2015 World Series champions – and 2015 American League champs – spent the better part of this year’s first two-plus months bungling around with a putrid offense and an oft-shabby starting rotation but heading into Friday night’s game in Anaheim, there were Ned Yost’s Royals sporting a five-game winning streak and really cashin’ in along the way:
KC was – 120 and beat San Diego 12-6 last Saturday; + 105 and bested San Diego 8-3 last Sunday; Even money and topped host San Francisco 8-1 this past Tuesday night; + 155 and crushed San Fran 7-2 on Wednesday; and +105 and downed the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Thursday in the first of that four-game series.
Folks, prior to the start of that five-game winning streak, Kansas City was a woeful 26-34 overall and sitting in the basement in the American League Central.
There were no obvious signs that the Royals would “have a pulse” but faster than you can say George Brett, the Royals put up 42 runs in those five games and padded the wallets of the ladies/gents that choose to financially back ‘em.
No doubt we’ll continue to study the “bad teams” out there and look to be on their winning streaks right from the start and also keep in mind the following:
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be banging out loads of Side & Totals MLB winners all summer long and all you have to do is check in here online at www.jimhurley.com or call our exclusive toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Clean up with MLB winners every day!
In other MLB notes this summer June weekend …
If you’re looking ahead to some of the Fathers’ Day matchups, than keep in mind the Los Angeles Dodgers have re-inserted RHP Kenta Maeda back into their rotation and so he’ll start in Cincinnati and that will drop LHP Clayton Kershaw (NL-best 2.23 ERA) back to Monday’s series opener at home against the New York Mets. P.S., the Reds say “thank you” to Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts …
And Sunday night it’ll be LHP David Price (5.29 ERA) getting the start in Houston against an Astros team that heads into the weekend ranked second in the AL in runs scored (366) and third in the league in home runs (103). Note that Price already has surrendered five home runs in 23 innings this year while walking 11 batters. Maybe he should spend less time avoiding the media and more time working out the kinks in his stuff!
Hey, let’s get you a couple more MLB teams with an in-season update on their projected “over” wins totals after checking in on the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates in an earlier mid-week Jim Sez column:
TORONTO (32-33) – Folks, we were a bit surprised to see the Blue Jays sport a projected wins total of only 85.5 prior to the start of this ’17 season … yes, they lost slugger Edwin Encarnacion to Cleveland via agency and the pitching looked a bit worse for wear but that was a conservative wins total. Now, Toronto will have its work cut out to cash in with 86-or-more wins considering the Jays are an awful 12-19 versus fellow East Division teams and they’re next-to-last in the league in runs scored (278).
COLORADO (43-26) – No doubt the Rockies were the stylish pick to win the NL West this year but were you really buying all that hype back in March? Truth is the Las Vegas folks posted a wins total of 80.5 (the Rockies won 75 games last year and thus exceeded the wins total of 68.5) and many smarties we know believed that was “too low” and they’ve – so far – turned out to be correct-o! Colorado only has to go 38-55 the rest of the way to cash this “over” while many in-the-know folks think with the return of some key young starting pitchers this Rockies bunch could be staring at a 100-win campaign.
THE NBA DRAFT REPORT
The NBA defines the lottery as the first 14 picks in the draft and so – with a reminder that this is indeed very much subject to change between now and next week when we deliver our much-anticipated Jim Sez Mock Draft – here’s how we see the lottery going come Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn:
- BOSTON – Markelle Fultz, PG, Washington. Give it less than a 10 percent chance that the Celtics will deal away the numero uno selection.
- LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Lonzo Ball, PG, UCLA. All the scuttlebutt says the Lakers will pass on this uber-talented native son but we say hogwash as “entertainment value” counts.
- PHILADELPHIA – Josh Jackson, SF, Kansas. Hearing reports that this long-armed star could rise up to #1 but we say nay and Sixers choose him in flip-of-coin choice over Kentucky’s best player. He’s next.
- PHOENIX – De’Aaron Fox, PG, Kentucky. Personally, we’d take this kid right at the top of this here-and-now draft and love his competitive nature.
- SACRAMENTO – Jayson Tatum, SF, Duke. Note the Kings own picks #5 and #10 and could package ‘em in a blockbuster move with plenty of interested parties out there.
- ORLANDO – Malik Monk, SG, Kentucky. Gotta admit we’re not sure this dude should be top 10 material but word is Magic, Dallas and New York all love ‘em.
- MINNESOTA – Jonathan Isaac, SF, Florida State. The T-Wolves should be a playoff team next year with this guy drawing comparisons to a young Anthony Davis.
- NEW YORK – Frank Ntilikina, PG, France. He’s been the Knicks’ logical pick all along.
- DALLAS – Lauri Markkanen, PF, Arizona. Could Mavs really get their hands on the “next Dirk Nowitzki”?
- SACRAMENTO – Donovan Mitchell, SG, Louisville. Fifty-fifty shot that Kings move this pick.
- CHARLOTTE – Justin Patton, C, Creighton. Zooms up from the 20s into the lottery.
- DETROIT – Dennis Smith, PG, N.C. State. Pistons really wanted Mitchell from the ‘Ville.
- DENVER – TJ Leaf, PF, UCLA. A polished player after only the one year in school.
- MIAMI – Justin Jackson, SF/SG, North Carolina. Pat Riley’s type of player: Long arms, plays “D” and a steadily improving jumper.
NOTE: Our official NBA Mock Draft is comin’ soon!
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