Time For Yanks, Sox to Move On After Long 4-Game Set

THE BASEBALL REPORT: NOW THAT YANKS & RED SOX SPLIT THEIR FOUR-GAME MARATHON WEEKEND IN BOSTON, WHAT’S NEXT? …

IT’S OUR FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES AS WE TACKLE THE JAGS, PANTHERS & CARDINALS

Wait a second …

You’re telling us the New York Yankees (47-43) and the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox (52-41) just played 43 innings of head-to-head baseball out of the All-Star Game break – that’s four games including that marathon-like 16-inning affair on Saturday afternoon/evening -- this past July weekend and they didn’t really settle a damn, excuse us, darn thing?

As a matter of fact, the Yankees scored a grand total of 11 runs in the four games; the Red Sox registered a meager 9 runs in all and – in case you were wondering – the “over” players actually won the first game of the four-game set with Boston’s 5-4 win last Friday night (the totals price was 8.5 runs) before the “under” players won the next three in a row.

The Yanks and Sox split the four-game set – each copped a 3-0 shutout win in Sunday’s day/night twin-bill that finally ended shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time – and off they went onto their next series with the Yankees in Minnesota for a three-game set beginning here on Monday night and the Bosox staying put at Fenway Park for a rousing four-game series (Monday-thru-Thursday) against the still-sagging Toronto Blue Jays.

Okay, so there’s no room for any “letdowns” here for either Joe Girardi’s Yankees nor John Farrell’s Red Sox but you do wonder about the after-effects of these long-time rivals squaring off and basically dueling it out to a complete draw with the highlight of the weekend happening with the over-the-fence home-run-saving catch by Boston OF Jackie Bradley against Yankees’ slugger Aaron Judge.

The troubling thing for the Sox is that they’ve hit only 33 home runs in 43 home games this year – that’s hard to believe  but, yes, Boston has 61 road dingers this year, go figure! – and if OF Mookie Betts doesn’t blast a two-run tater against Yankees RHP Mashiro Tanaka in the bottom of the third inning in Sunday’s nightcap, then NYY might have been the weekend’s best baseball story but in the end there was no closing the gap on first place and let’s see how the Bombers and Bosox react after that looong weekend of baseball.

The biggest weekend winner? Boston LHP David Price (no runs allowed, 7 hits over 8 innings with 8 Ks and 0 BBs).

The biggest weekend loser? That’s Home Run Derby champ Judge who had one single for the whole weekend and had that dinger robbed by Bradley on Sunday night.

And now hear this …

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging outs lots of winners in Major-League Baseball these days when you 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 isn’t far off as NFL Preseason action swings into gear on Thursday, August 3rd with the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys versus the Arizona Cardinals.

And the College Football kids get serious beginning on Saturday, August 26th when there’s three games on the big board including Hawaii-UMass, Portland State-BYU and Stanford-Rice … so know that we’re gearing up for loads of NFL and College Football winners soon enough!

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES

It is summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks continuing/concluding today with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals … and check out our quickie pointspread ditties too. Note that last year’s SU (straight-up) records appear right next to the team name below:

JACKSONVILLE (3-13) – Gotta admit we’re really intrigued about several wide receiver battles ‘round the NFL and one of ‘em taking place is right here where Marqise Lee is challenging WR Allen Hurns for more “touches” one year after the latter suffered through an injury-marred season with only 35 receptions and 3 TDs. Lee – who caught 63 balls last year to rank second on the team in catches to WR Allen Robinson’s 73 receptions – has showed better hands and better route-running abilities in the team’s recent camp scrimmages.

Pointspread Notes – The ’16 Jaguars needed to snag their final three spread results just to get to a 7-9 ATS (against the spread) mark and so that means J’ville has sported a losing pointspred record for the last six straight years.

CAROLINA (6-10) – Is linebacker gonna be a team strength once again for the 2017 Panthers? Asking that because last year star ILB Luke Kuechly missed the final six games a year ago because of concussion issues and this year he missed some training time with lower-back problems. Carolina is counting on Kuechly teaming up with fellow ‘backers Shaq Green-Thompson and Thomas Davis to give the club one of the more active LB corps in the league but there are rumblings that the 34-year-old Davis will have a reduced role.

Pointspread Notes – One year after the Panthers’ crash-and-burn job in Super Bowl 50, this NFC South squad staggered to a 6-9-1 ATS mark that included a wobbly 3-7-1 spread log whenever placed in the favorite’s role.

ARIZONA (7-8-1) – Can QB Carson Palmer really play five more years? That’s what oft-outspoken head coach Bruce Arians claimed in a recent interview on CBS Sports Network as the book-selling boss-man said Palmer is “he is hungry as hell right now” and then claimed the quarterback has the body of a “28-year-old”.

Meanwhile, many critics claim that Palmer – just two seasons removed from being a legit league MVP while leading Arizona to the NFC Championship Game – has dropped off significantly in his play and some wonder if he had any real competition he might not even be the ordained starter of this year’s Redbirds team. Stay tuned.

Pointspread Notes – NFL spread folks know that Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was one of the league’s “best bets” prior to last year as he produced a 30-20-1 ATS mark but things caved in last season when ‘Zona finished up just 6-10 against the odds. The worst spread loss of the season: A 17-13 setback against the 9.5-point road underdog Los Angeles Rams in a Week 4 clash.

NOTE: More MLB along with Football Notes in the next Jim Sez.

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