Baseball’s First 3 Months in the Books Plus More NFL, NBA
THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND RUNDOWN:
WE’VE GOT PLENTY TO SAY ABOUT
THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THIS
2017 MLB SEASON …
PLUS MORE NFL TEAM GLANCES AS
WE HIGHLIGHT THE LIONS AND TITANS …
AND NBA FREE AGENCY: WHO’S GOING WHERE?
Hey, happy (pre-) Fourth of July weekend … there’s plenty of great Major-League Baseball to keep you occupied when you are not barbecuing or swimming or just leaning back on the front porch with a cold lemonade, so remember …
Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days and all you need to do is check in either right here online at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453. Plus, the Football Season is right around the corner with preseason games set for early August!
And speaking of the national pastime, there’s lots on our mind now that three full months of the 2017 season is officially in the books and so let’s free-lance a bit on this holiday weekend edition of Jim Sez:
The Chicago Cubs remain a .500 type team one year after that long-sought-after championship but folks are seeing lots of cracks in the foundation with now former C Miguel Montero’s mid-week post-game rant that threw RHP Jake Arrieta under the proverbial bus plus there’s major woes when it comes to the starting pitching. Could GM Theo Epstein roll the dice and look to make a pre-Trade Deadline deal for a young hurler such as Atlanta’s Julio Teheran or perhaps Oakland’s Sonny Gray. Stay tuned.
In other MLB News & Notes …
No doubt the Colorado Rockies have endured some rocky times lately but can’t deny the fact that leadoff hitter/OF Charlie Blackmon has been one of baseball’s best five overall players this season. Blackmon banged out a home run to start off Friday night’s game in Arizona and he’s whacked 17 home runs with 57 runs batted in – so why does it seem as if the national media pays next-to-no attention to the bearded centerfielder?
On the flip side we keep hearing plenty about how the Toronto Blue Jays are finally gonna get rolling once OF Jose Bautista gets hot and yet here was the enigmatic and often controversial bat-flipping “Joey Bats” with just 14 dingers and 37 ribbies while heading into the season’s second half …
In terms of first-half “surprises, well there’s none bigger than the AL’s Minnesota Twins (40-37) and the NL’s Arizona Diamondbacks (50-30) but if you’d like to dig a bit deeper with both teams than note the Twinkies are 9-4 in all one-run games this season while the D-Backs are an electric 35-17 in all night games.
Want a first-half stat that might just blow your mind in the other direction? The Texas Rangers are a MLB-worst 6-12 in one-run games thus far and the wobbly San Francisco Giants are an awful 9-20 in day games (and the problem there is the Giants play a lot of home day games!).
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 Detroit Lions and the Tennessee Titans … 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!
DETROIT (9-8) – Are the Lions gonna be in the summertime market for a backup quarterback? Right now the team’s depth chart following starter/star QB Matthew Stafford reads Jake Rudock and then rookie Brad Kaaya (Miami) who has allegedly been slow to pick up the team’s playbook. Don’t be surprised if this NFC North crew picks up some “cuts” come August.
Pointspread Notes – No question the Lions ran out of gas late last season when the Motowners closed out the ’16 campaign on a sorry five-game losing skid that included the 26-6 setback at 8-point fav Seattle in an NFC Wild Card Game. Overall, Detroit finished last year 7-9-1 ATS (against the spread) and that included a rotten 0-4 spread mark against divisional rivals Green Bay and Chicago while going 2-0 spreadwise versus Minnesota.
TENNESSEE (9-7) – It’s all about expanding the inventory when it comes to potential targets for QB Marcus Mariota: The recent signing of Nashville native son WR Eric Decker (cut by the New York Jets) should help but keep in mind last year the top reception leaders – WR Rishard Matthews and TE Delanie Walker – each snagged just 65 balls.
Pointspread Notes – Believe it or not, the Titans have suffered through eight consecutive non-winning spread seasons while dating back to 2008 and overall Tennessee is 47-75-6 against the odds during this time. Last year’s 7-9 ATS mark wasn’t terrible when you consider the Titans started off at 2-5 vig-wise.
NBA FREE AGENCY – WHO’S ON THE MOVE?
When we hit the hay late Friday night, the NBA Free Agent Market was ready to explode – and there was next year’s free-agent-to-be Paul George getting dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a monster move that could shift some of the power beneath Golden State in the NBA’s Western Conference.
For the fun of it, here’s some of the players and where we would like to see them play in the 2017-18 season:
Love to see Utah’s Gordon Hayward stay put with the Jazz – a team that has 50-plus win potential next year if he remains in Salt Lake City but we keep hearing the Miami Heat have the inside track …
Perennial All-Star F Paul Millsaps most assuredly won’t be back with the Atlanta Hawks next year but we don’t think at age 32 he’s gonna get any type of max contract. We say Toronto is a more-than-likely landing spot …
Jrue Holiday is a top-flight guard who could well be a “missing piece” to any number of contending teams but keep hearing he’s gonna surprise folks and wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers now that the aforementioned Mr. George is off the table …
Finally, F/C Kelly Olynyk could be gonesville from Boston by the Fourth of July with Philadelphia said to be in the mix but the pick-n-pop star could be a puzzle piece for LeBron James and the Clevaldn Cavaliers.
NOTE: Enjoy your holiday weekend and check with us Monday morning for more Jim Sez goodies.
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