Mid-Week Baseball Report Plus Football is Back With NFL Team Looks
BASEBALL’S MID-WEEK REPORT:
A WORD TO THE WISE, DON’T
“STICK A FORK” IN THE JAYS,
TIGERS AND METS JUST YET! …
OUR ANNUAL NFL SUMMERTIME
LOOKS STARTS TODAY WITH THE
SEAHAWKS, CHARGERS & DOLPHINS
Once upon a time on the iconic WFAN (New York) radio show, Mike & The Mad Dog, the hosts Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would make it an annual rite of May/June/July and declare certain Major-League Baseball teams “done” when it came to a division or wild card chase.
Not quite sure what the duo’s overall winning percentage was but – more often than not – teams they declared “done” were absolutely finito!
Now, we’re hearing some coast-to-coast radio/TV talk show hosts blabber on in recent days about teams they happen to feel are “done” and we tend to pump the brakes on their declarations.
Let’s go through three MLB teams that we’ve heard folks say – at one time or another so far this 2017 season – are “done” and fight off those arguments:
TORONTO (36-39) – Okay, so the American League East standings have the Blue Jays in the basement at the current time but just 5.5 full games back of the division-leading New York Yankees as we started off this final week of June. Hardly “done”, right? Now consider that Toronto is next-to-last in the league in runs scored (324 runs scored or just 4.32 runs per game) and you say that’s not gonna last as there is simply too much pop in the lineup plus the long ball’s gonna benefit the Jays as the summer heats up north of the border. Done? Not quite, in fact we think Toronto could make a run at first place by the end of July.
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DETROIT (33-42) – Maybe you think it’s tough to defend a team that lost eight in a row prior to Sunday’s gut-check 7-5 win in San Diego, but just hear us out: The Tigers entered Tuesday’s game just 7 games back of AL Central-leading Cleveland and note the Motowners have played just 27 games so far within the division and that means there’s nearly 50 divisional games still ahead. Consider there’s star pitchers here in RHPs Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer, so we say the Tigers should not be deemed “done” yet.
NEW YORK METS (34-41) – The truth of the matter is this banged-up/injury-plagued team has been a second-half crew each of the past two seasons under manager Terry Collins and there’s plenty of big bats that could carry a hurtin’ pitching staff. Hey, if the Mets – who entered Tuesday’s games 10.5 games back of Washington at the top of the National League East – get RHP Noah Syndergaard back by early August and this bullpen can stay from being overtaxed than LF Yoenis Cespedes and friends could make a run … still.
NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES
It’s summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks and today it’s the Seattle Seahawks, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Miami Dolphins … note that we list the 2016 SU (straight-up) mark including post-season games after the team name below plus check out our quickie pointspread ditties on each/every team along the way too!
SEATTLE (11-6-1) – Last year’s Seahawks exceeded the 30-point mark just twice in their final nine games and one aspect that must improve is third-down play where RB C.J. Prosise is expected to be a major factor. Prosise missed lots of time last year with wrist and shoulder ailments and wound up catching just 17 balls – look for that total to rise significantly in 2017.
Pointspread Notes – The Seahawks finished the ’16 season with a dead-even/vig-losing 9-9 ATS (against the spread) campaign that included a snazzy 6-3 ATS mark at home but a rather shabby 6-8 spread log when in the favorite’s role. The ‘Hawks, you’ll note, have failed to cover their road opener the past three consecutive seasons.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-11) – Is the TE Antonio Gates Era really over? Well, last year Gates recorded 538 receiving yards (his fewest since the 2012 campaign) but note he still sported more snaps than rookie Hunter Henry and it wouldn’t surprise if Gates played in plenty of two TE sets and on lots of third-down situations. Hey, you fantasy guys/gals out there, Gates might be a very late-round sleeper since Henry will be eyed closely in red-zone situations.
Pointspread Notes -- Welcome to LA-La land, gang, and now let’s see if you can improve your spread record: The re-located Chargers registered a 7-9 ATS mark a year ago and is a collective 22-26 ATS the past three years. Keep in mind this AFC West club started off last season covering the first 7-of-11 games including back-to-back outright upset wins against Denver/at Atlanta.
MIAMI (10-7) – Check out the stats and you’ll see last year’s Dolphins ranked a lowly 26th in the league in passing (218.8 yards per game) and Fish coaches say that will improve with the play of third-year WR DeVante Parker. The former Louisville star – the #14 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft – snagged 56 passes last year while getting targeted 90 times but odds are he will be more of a focus this year for the AFC East crew that hasn’t won a playoff game in more than a decade.
Pointspread Notes – The bottom line is the Dolphins’ spread mark last year wasn’t quite as good as the SU (straight-up) mark listed above: The Fish overall finished the ’16 campaign at 8-7-2 ATS and that included a 1-2-2 ATS log when placed in the betting favorite’s role.
NOTE: More NFL team-by-team quick hitters in the next edition of Jim Sez plus there’s NBA Free Agent goodies and Major-League Baseball too!
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