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Baseball’s Best This Weekend: There’s Some Natural Rivalries on Deck

 

 

THE MLB REPORT:

TOP WEEKEND SERIES

FEATURES THE NEW-LOOK DODGERS AT BREWERS

PLUS, BAY AREA BATTLE IN OAKLAND …

NCAA FOOTBALL TIDBITS

 

You might have noticed that this year’s Major-League Baseball All-Star Game came upon us all a little later than usual on the calendar and so that means crunch time here in the season’s “second half” starts a bit sooner … like now!

No better way to get the post-All Star break off and rollin’ with a batch of high-profile (and highly important) weekend series, so let’s kick it into high gear right after we let you know that …

Jim Hurley and his Network of…

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Baseball’s Back -- Play Ball Part II

Jim Hurley Wins Side & Total of All Star Game with American League & OVER!

THE 2018 BASEBALL SEASON – WE’RE BAAAACK! …CHECKIN’ OUT SOME UNDER THE RADAR STORIES …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S POINTSPREAD GOODIES

The “Boys of Summer” are back after that little All-Star break respite – yes, the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs (Thursday, 7:05 p.m. ET) get shorted the extra vacation day but all’s good in the world of Major-League Baseball – and so we resume the epic Boston Red Sox / New York Yankees race in the American League and the what-could-be-epic four-team donnybrook race for first place…

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Network Notebook: MLB Check-up During the Break

The annual Major League Baseball All-Star break is a time for reflection and preparation. Let’s take a quick look at a couple of our favorite ways of measuring performance.

First, we look at the big picture. Here’s how each of the six divisions has performed this season based on games above or below .500.

AL West: plus 47

NL Central: plus 20 (plus 22 vs. AL Central)

AL East: plus 19

NL West: plus 8

NL East: minus 11

AL Central: minus 83

The American League Central is so bad, that it’s helped three other divisions seem better than they are (the other two AL divisions, plus the…

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AL Grabs All-Star Win For 6th Straight Year

 

 

THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME:

LONG BALLS THE STORY OF THE NIGHT

IN AL’S 8-6 EXTRA-INNING WIN …

THE MACHADO-TO-DODGERS TRADE …

PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UP-TO-DATE

ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

 

Talk about a game of Power Ball!

The American League’s slug-it-out 8-6 win against the National League last night in Washington in the 89th edition of the Major-League Baseball All-Star Game featured 10 home runs – an All-Star record (of course) -- and some 25 strikeouts and so afterwards everyone naturally was sounding off about how this clash “typified” the 2018 season with lots of dingers and K’s and not much in between.

Sure, the “experts” were correct…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Successful in MLB First Half

The All-Star Break is when the media recaps the first half of the baseball season to get you ready for the second half. I should do the same from a sharp perspective, talking about how the Wise Guys have performed so far this season.

I’d have to say, there are a lot of smiling faces out there. Sharps have done well, generally beating the market to new developments. The most recent was probably betting on the Cincinnati Reds more than anyone expected just as the team caught fire. Pro bettors, who focus on personnel rather than trends and angles as a…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Post All-Star Break Handicapping

Now that the Major League Baseball All-Star Break has arrived, you have a few days to gather your senses and gear up for the final 2.5 months of the season. Today’s coursework will help you get in the right mindset for picking winners.

In recent seasons, it’s become very important to fully understand THE MOTIVATION FACTOR at the team level. The main reasons for that are:

*Some teams who coasted through the first half of the season kick up their intensity in the second half. This is particularly true for playoff caliber teams who had no reason to be “the champions” of…

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Baseball’s All-Star Game Break is Here; What Teams will Shine in 2nd Half?

THE ALL-STAR BREAK UPDATE:

WILL THE FIRST-PLACE TEAMS HANG ON? … IT’S THE SHORT-BUT-SWEET ALL-STAR GAME TRIVIA TEST

Ahhh, the annual Major-League Baseball All-Star Game arrives Tuesday night in the nation’s capital with most of the sport’s 30 teams fast approaching the 100-game mark – but the $64,000 question here is will the teams that currently occupy first place in their respective divisions be the same ones who are sitting on top at the end of this 162-game schedule?

Folks, we’re not gonna be a bit shy about revealing / sharing our thoughts on that matter and so get ready for our fast-paced…

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The All Star Break MLB Report Card

HERE'S OUR JIM SEZ ALL STAR BREAK REPORT CARD GRADES

The Major-League Baseball All-Star Game is right around the bend - it's here on Tuesday night from Washington D.C. (you might have heard!) - and so that means it's time for our annual Jim Sez Report Card Grades for the unofficial first half of this 2018 season.

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES

Grade: A+MILWAUKEE (55-39) - The Brew Crew has yet to take its foot off the gas pedal this year while staying just above the archrival Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race for first place. You can thank manager Craig…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharpest MLB Moves Tied to Personnel

Whenever there’s a big line move in baseball, you’ll hear pundits or your buddies trying to guess what caused it. They’ll often point to trends or angles, or some kind of intangible like “revenge” or a “bounce back” spot.

The fact is, sharps (professional wagerers) almost never bet based on those things. Many don’t believe in trends because it’s easy to dig through data and find stuff that sounds important but doesn’t really mean anything. They think emotional factors are overrated in pro sports (particularly baseball!). If there’s a line move, it’s usually because of a personnel change.

And, I’m not talking…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Preparing for the NFL Season

Last week at this time, we talked about doing initial preparations for the coming college football season. Today’s coursework in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping will focus on getting ready for the NFL. Did you realize that the Hall of Fame game is less than a month away?!

I’ll give you some initial help today. Several teams will have new starting quarterbacks in 2018. You need to start THERE before you do anything else. Some offenses will be better, some worse, just by the nature of the change they’ve made at this position.

Here’s a quick list of new…

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Our NL Report Card Grades Are Here!

 

 

HERE’S OUR JIM SEZ

NATIONAL LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES

 

The Major-League Baseball All-Star Game is right around the bend – it’s here on Tuesday night from Washington D.C. (you might have heard!) – and so that means it’s time for our annual Jim Sez Report Card Grades for the unofficial first half of this 2018 season.

We’ll get things jump-started today with the National League grades and we’ll clue you in on the American League in our next column space, so don’t dare miss out!

 

But first things first and so here’s an important reminder …

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers…

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Our NL Report Card Grades Are In!

 

 

HERE’S OUR JIM SEZ

NATIONAL LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES

 

The Major-League Baseball All-Star Game is right around the bend – it’s here on Tuesday night from Washington D.C. (you might have heard!) – and so that means it’s time for our annual Jim Sez Report Card Grades for the unofficial first half of this 2018 season.

We’ll get things jump-started today with the National League grades and we’ll clue you in on the American League in our next column space, so don’t dare miss out!

 

But first things first and so here’s an important reminder …

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers…

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MLB Second-Half Surges? Plus NFL Team Reports Include the Eagles

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

CAN WE EXPECT ANY SECOND-HALF-OF-THE-SEASON

SURGES FROM TEAMS BACK IN THE PACK? …

OUR FINAL NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNT:

IT’S THE BENGALS AND THE SB CHAMPION EAGLES

 

Check out the Major-League Baseball standings today and you’ll see everyone’s played 90-plus games – and if you ask a whole bunch of folks they’ll be quick to tell you that the American League’s playoff spots are practically sealed up already while the National League already has dismissed a half-dozen or so teams from its post-season chase.

But right here / right now our question is what teams we might expect to experience a “second-half surge” –…

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Network Notebook: Evaluating Starting Pitchers

Handicapping baseball gets more and more complicated every season. The game is changing so much on the fly that old school approaches can turn irrelevant very quickly. Did you used to focus on starting pitchers who would reliably go seven or eight innings? Few do that any more! Did you like offenses who tried to string together hits rather than patiently waiting for a dinger? Same thing.

*Starting pitchers only go 5-6 innings*Middle relievers are now CRUCIAL instead of irrelevant*Defensive shifts are curtailing some hitting stats*We're back to a "dead ball" era relative to the past 1.5 seasons*Some teams are actively…

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MLB Projected Wins for Cubs, Halos and Nats Plus NFL Too

THE MID-WEEK BASEBALL REPORT - TIME TO TALK "OVER" WINS TOTALS ...

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GOODIES: IT'S THE JAGS, BUCS & SEAHAWKS

Okay, so we're actually beyond the halfway point of this here-and-now 2018 Major-League Baseball season and so we'll take some time to digest a few of the "over" wins totals with a look at three different teams here ...

CHICAGO CUBS (93.5) - The Las Vegas big-wigs attached this "over" wins price to the Cubbies at the start of this season (some of you may had to lay - 130 in the process) and early on it appeared the number was too…

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Richie Baccellieri: Beware of “Fool’s Gold” with Big MLB Favorites

We just went through a weekend where some of the best teams in baseball crushed some of the worst teams in baseball. Those blowouts were a square’s dream, but it played to all of their worst instincts about how to bet this sport.

Far too many in the general public look to bet big favorites because they think ‘they’re going to kill” the team they’re facing. Then, scores like this make it seem easy.

*Washington beat Miami Saturday 18-4, meaning you would have pushed if you were laying two touchdowns!

*Arizona did that one run better by beating San Diego 20-5.

*AL powers Houston…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Pre-All Star Break Handicapping

Veteran handicappers have a system for betting on or against quality starting pitchers in the days before the All-Star game that has stood the test of time. It won’t work in every single game. But, it generally makes money year-in and year-out.

*Fade any starting pitcher in his final appearance before the All-Star game.

*Back any prominent starting pitcher having a strong year who was snubbed.

We usually talk more about THE MOTIVATION FACTOR in other sports here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. But, here’s a case where it can be used successfully in baseball.

Pitchers named to the All-Star…

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Time To Solve Puzzle Of 7 New NFL Coaches, 12 New Starting Quarterbacks And 23 New College Mentors

It is time to get to work, and it will be work. NFL training camps are about to open with rookies reporting in just 11 days and the veterans arriving a week later. The first…

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Forget All-Star Snubs, It’s Bosox on Our Minds

BASEBALL'S ALL-STAR SNUBS? WE CARE WAY MORE ABOUT THE SURGING RED SOX AND THEIR POTENTIAL TRADES THAT MAY LIE STRAIGHT AHEAD

OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS: IT'S THE J-E-T-S AND VIKINGS

The Major-League Baseball world today is all caught up in the matter of All-Star Game snubs … hey, Tampa Bay LHP Blake Snell (he's 12-4 with an American League-leading 2.09 ERA) should have been a lead-pipe cinch for a berth and ditto for Los Angeles SS Andrelton Simmons (although he could get voted in still) along with National Leaguer LHP Kyle Freeland (8-6, 3.18 ERA) of the Colorado Rockies.

Then again, there's always…

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The Pirates on Wrong End of Another 17 Spot

 

 

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL UPDATE –

BUCCOS FIND “17” IS NO LUCKY NUMBER …

MORE NFL TEAM ACCOUNTS:

IT’S THE FALCONS & CHIEFS ON TODAY’S MENU

WITH MORE NFL UPDATES NEXT WEEK AT JIM SEZ

 

Go ahead and tell us what are the odds that a Major-League Baseball team is gonna surrender 17 runs in a game twice in one week (and the week’s not even over yet!)?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been on the short end of a 17-1 score (see last Monday at the Los Angeles Dodgers) and a 17-5 score (see Friday night as hosts to the Philadelphia Phillies) and Bucs’ manager Clint Hurdle…

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Richie Baccellieri: Biggest MLB Surprises for Sharps in First Half

All Major League teams have played more than 81 games, which means we’re in the second half of the 2018 season. That makes it a good time to review what surprised sharps (professional wagerers) in the first half of the season.

The biggest surprise would have to be the number of “second-tier” teams who have made a run at their divisions while earning profits against the betting line. Everyone expected the usual powers to dominate. Washington, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston, the New York Yankees, Cleveland, and Houston were all expected to clear 90 wins. Only the Nats…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: College Football Preparation

Now that July 4 is behind us, it’s time to start getting ready for the upcoming football season. Newsstand publications are on the shelves. Time to make your purchases and dig in and start your research.

College Football 2018 is going to provide some interesting opportunities for sports bettors. The mainstream media is already hyper-focused on Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Georgia. I’m sick of hearing about them and it’s only July! Those are the likely Final Four teams based on returning talent and head coaches. That intense media spotlight means other talented teams can stay off the radar a bit…

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MLB’s What-to-Watch Weekend Series

 

 

THE BASEBALL UPDATE –

THE WEEKEND’S BEST AS DODGERS-ANGELS

HEADLINE THE EARLY JULY ACTION …

MORE FOOTBALL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS:

IT’S THE RAIDERS & LIONS IN TODAY’S JIM SEZ

 

Here’s some of the weekend’s best series that we’ll be tracking closely right here with the Jim Hurley Network. Make sure you’re on board with all the winners at 1-800-323-4453 or get ‘em online right here at www.jimhurley.com

 

In National League play, it’s …

ATLANTA (49-36) at MILWAUKEE (51-35) – This is a four-game set at Miller Park that started Thursday night and take note that the Brewers (27-17 at home entering this set) continue to be a spread-the-wealth…

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AFC North Preview by Jim Feist

AFC North Preview by Jim Feist

Baltimore Ravens:  Very marginal the last few years and have a potential QB problem.  Quarterback Joe Flacco has been a subpar performer since winning the Super Bowl a few years ago. Drafting Lamar Jackson will surely put pressure on Joe, if he continues to play like he has the last few years. I think Lamar could be a steal if he gets a chance to show it. You have to get real about this club from what they did last season. The Ravens were 27th in offensive total yards and passing yards. Nothing there will inspire,…

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The 4th of July MLB Stars / Football Too!

THE BASEBALL REPORT: HERE'S THE 4TH OF JULY DIAMOND STARS

NFL TEAM NEWS: TODAY WE CHECK OUT THE COLTS, COWBOYS & RAVENS

All hail the "Boys of Summer" for a great day/night of Major-League Baseball action on the 4th of July ... here's to the holiday's biggest heroes:

The first pitch in Washington, D.C. happened at 11:05 a.m. ET but it was the host Nationals who didn't get the wake-up call. Boston Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) powered the American League East to a three-game series sweep in the nation's capital by throwing six shutout innings en route to giving…

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Network Notebook: Which MLB Contenders Thrive vs. Quality?

For decades, July 4 has been the date circled on the calendar for MLB teams to evaluate where they stand in the big picture. It’s usually right around the halfway point of the season (teams just scooted past the 81-game mark in recent days). If you’re in first place…you’re a legitimate contender. If you’re off the pace, it’s time to get moving!

One of JIM HURLEY’S favorite indicator stats for determining which contenders are likely to hang tough through the full season, and which are likely to fold under pressure, is Won-Lost Records against teams who are .500 or better. These…

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4th of July Plus Football Notes Too

 

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

HERE’S THE 4TH OF JULY DIAMOND STARS ….

NFL TEAM NEWS:

TODAY WE CHECK OUT THE COLTS, COWBOYS & RAVENS

 

All hail the “Boys of Summer” for a great day/night of Major-League Baseball action on the 4th of July … here’s to the holiday’s biggest heroes:

 

The first pitch in Washington, D.C. happened at 11:05 a.m. ET but it was the host Nationals who didn’t get the wake-up call. Boston Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) powered the American League East to a three-game series sweep in the nation’s capital by throwing six shutout innings en route to giving the…

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4th of July Stars Plus Football Too

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

HERE’S THE 4TH OF JULY DIAMOND STARS ….

NFL TEAM NEWS:

TODAY WE CHECK OUT THE COLTS, COWBOYS & RAVENS

 

All hail the “Boys of Summer” for a great day/night of Major-League Baseball action on the 4th of July … here’s to the holiday’s biggest heroes:

 

The first pitch in Washington, D.C. happened at 11:05 a.m. ET but it was the host Nationals who didn’t get the wake-up call. Boston Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) powered the American League East to a three-game series sweep in the nation’s capital by throwing six shutout innings en route to giving the…

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The Fourth of July Baseball Lineup

 

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

HERE’S THE HOLIDAY MENU OF

WEDNESDAY’S BEST GAMES ON THE MLB BOARD …

OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS

FEATURES THE DOLPHINS, PANTHERS & RAMS

 

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

It’s time for America’s Pastime to set off the fireworks – both during and after some big 4th of July games – and so while you’re out there cookin’ up the hot dogs, burgers, etc. we’ll be checking out the action on a busy Major-League Baseball day/night … here’s a sampling of what’s on the holiday menu with a bevy of Interleague games catching our attention (all records below thru Monday’s games):

 

BOSTON (57-29) at WASHINGTON (42-41)…

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Richie Baccellieri: LeBron Signs with the Lakers, Electrifying Vegas

If you thought ESPN went overboard Sunday night with its coverage of LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, you should have seen the buzz here in Las Vegas when the news was announced. Fans of the team raced to sports books to jump on the bandwagon. Oddsmakers played defense as quickly as they could to avoid overexposure. When the dust had settled, the Lakers were about 7/2 (plus 350) to win the NBA championship next season.

Honestly, that’s NUTS! Even if the Lakers do manage to bring in Kawhi Leonard without losing too much talent in return, there’s no…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Braves Impressed Me in St. Louis

Last week I assigned you the task of scouting the Red Sox/Yankees series that was going to get a ton of media coverage over the weekend. While you were doing that, I was watching the Atlanta/St. Louis series because I wanted to see how the Braves would perform on the road against a winning team.

I have to admit I’ve been skeptical about Atlanta in recent weeks. Even though they’ve been on top of the NL East most of the season, they weren’t exactly breathing fire of late.

*Dropped 2 of 3 to Cincinnati

*Dropped 2 of 3 to Baltimore

*Split with Toronto

You’re not…

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The MLB Report: Price Isn’t Right for Bosox

 

 

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES:

RED SOX TELL YANKEES,

SEE ‘YA NEXT MONTH IN BOSTON …

NBA FREE AGENCY: LEBRON’S IN LA-LA LAND …

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS:

IT’S THE BROWNS, PACKERS & BRONCOS

 

If you were hoping for some sit-at-the-edge-of-your-chair baseball excitement this past weekend at Yankee Stadium, you didn’t get it.

Three straight blowouts in the much-hyped series between the Boston Red Sox at the New York Yankees – see Yankees 8-1, Red Sox 11-0 and Yanks 11-1 – hardly qualified as captivating baseball but the proverbial bottom line is the series turned out as you might as expected with the host Bombers winning two-of-three and losing…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Aren’t Afraid of Action

One of the great misperceptions about professional sports bettors is that they’re very picky about choosing games to bet on. Everybody knows that squares (the general public) usually bet too many games. But, just because sharps (pros) are “opposite” of squares doesn’t mean that sharps don’t bet a lot of games too.

Sharps bet every edge they can find! The pickiness comes regarding “big” bets. Sharps invest whenever they believe they have an edge, but they only place really big bets when the size of their edge is at its biggest.

Think about it this way. Oddsmakers post opening lines, and the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Scout the Red Sox and Yankees This Weekend

Usually your homework assignment isn’t something as basic as sitting and watching some baseball. But, I want you to do that this weekend with the Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees series because those teams are both going to be very important through the second half of the regular season and deep into the playoffs.

*Obviously, these teams will meet again several more times this season. You might pick up something this weekend that helps you bet winners in later meetings. Be on particular lookout for key pitchers who can’t quite figure out how to disrupt the most dangerous hitting threats on…

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Checkin’ Out the AL East -- Not Just Red Sox & Yankees

 

 

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT –

RED SOX-YANKEES IS CENTER STAGE THESE DAYS

BUT WE WANNA DISH ON THE OTHER AL EAST TEAMS …

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS FEATURES

THE TEXANS AND ‘SKINS

 

Surprise, surprise …

The Major-League Baseball world has eyes focused on this weekend’s monstrous Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees series in The Bronx but gotta say that – top to bottom – the American League East has been one of the most fascinating divisions in the sport this year.

Let’s examine the “other” teams in the AL East:

 

TAMPA BAY (40-41) – No question the Rays have overachieved big-time so far (remember that Tampa…

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AFC South Preview by Jim Feist

The AFC South produced two playoff teams last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans.  Both clubs actually went a few games deep into the postseason as well.

Jaguars: The Jags won the AFC Championship. However, I’m not impressed with either team, from an overall league standpoint. The AFC was not very good last season when you consider both the Colts and the Texans finished 4-12 and played most, if not all of 2017, without their star players. The Jaguars return their entire coaching staff intact for 2018 and that will give them a head start on both the…

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Red Sox-Yankees is Weekend Scene-Stealer

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT –

RED SOX-YANKEES RENEW “THE RIVALRY” …

THE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES:

STEELERS, GIANTS & BEARS

 

Time to ask the $64,000 question again …

Is the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees the best in Major-League Baseball?

Well, if you’re being totally honest, the 2003 and 2004 seasons – in which Red Sox-Yankees played out in a pair of seven-game American League Championship Series with the Yankees winning it in ’03 and the Sawx in ’04 – were the apex of this rivalry but ever since things have been lukewarm at best.

This year the teams have split their first…

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NFL Team-by-Team Accounts: Chargers, Saints on Today’s Hit List

HERE'S MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM UPDATES: WE BRING YOU THE CHARGERS, BILLS, SAINTS & CARDINALS

THE MLB REPORT: SWING AND A MISS!

Okay, so if you're a big believer in National Football League teams "taking advantage" of a weak schedule, then this year's Houston Texans will be the team to watch.

The Texans will play six of their 16 regular-season games against teams that won six-or-fewer games in 2017 and they'll be playing five games against teams that sport new head coaches ... no wonder there's lots of "worst-to-first" shirts/bumper stickers/etc. making the rounds in the great city of Houston.

But, get this ... The…

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Network Notebook: Checking in on Unbalanced Schedules

BOSTON, SAN FRANCISCO AMONG TEAMS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN YOU MAY HAVE BEEN THINKING

It's been awhile since we had a chance to do this. You longtime readers know JIM HURLEY always monitors home/road imbalances in schedules to make sure the standings aren't giving a false read on teams. The stat we invented here in the NOTEBOOK to capsulize that was "Wins Minus Home Games Played."

Teams performing well against even or road-heavy schedules will shine in this measure. Teams who are creating illusions from a temporary surplus of home games will be exposed.

Let's run through all six MLB divisions for this…

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Are Dodgers Repeating Recent History?

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK - ARE DODGERS TURNING BACK THE CLOCK TO 2017?

NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM RUNDOWNS: HERE'S THE STEELERS, GIANTS & BEARS

Just a thought ... Are the Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35) right now in the midst of another epic run? Remember last year when the Dodgers surged to a 43-7 record during one 50-game stretch that started back on June 7th of 2017.

Well, the Dodgers exited a weekend sweep of the New York Mets last year when that 43 wins in a 50-game stretch concluded and on Monday night LA began a 10-game homestand fresh off - guess what - another weekend…

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Previewing the NFC South – by Jim Feist

Previewing the NFC South – by Jim Feist

This is a power packed division and I would not be shocked if the one of these teams ends up in the Super Bowl and maybe winning it. For me, the best of the lot are the Saints and Falcons, followed not too closely by the Panthers and the Bucs.

Let’s look at the QB’s that these teams should start the season with.

We start off with the new 150 million dollar man. Yes, the Falcons rewarded Matt Ryan with a new 5-year, 30 million dollar per year contract. Ryan has proven over many years…

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NFC East Preview by Jim Feist

NFC East Preview by Jim Feist

Philadelphia Eagles: Can they do it again? And can they do it back-to-back? Not something that has been done very often in this division. 

The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will try to get past three teams that may not look great on paper but any of them could surprise. The last team to win the NFC East in consecutive seasons was actually Philadelphia. That was then and this is now. Let’s have a look at what the Eagles will be facing this year, but first let’s look at the Eagles themselves since they are…

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Previewing the AFC West – by Jim Feist

Previewing the AFC West – by Jim Feist

I’ll start breaking down the NFL by division for the 2018 season. Today, I’m starting with the AFC West, one of the most competitive divisions in football.

The current odds to win the division are : Oakland Raiders +190, Los Angeles Chargers +225, Kansas City Chiefs +240, Denver Broncos +380I don’t agree with these odds. I have the Chargers and Broncos, co-favorites.Oakland Raiders : The Oakland Raiders have a new head coach in Jon Gruden. He has been out of football for a number of years, so in a way he brings a different…

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NFC North Preview by Jim Feist

NFC North Preview by Jim Feist

Minnesota Vikings: It seemed to me that in 2017 head coach Mike Zimmer did not fully have Case Keenums back at times. Judging by his off season moves, that may have been the case as all of his three QB’s are gone and he has brought in QB Kirk Cousins. Personally, I feel this is an upgrade, but Cousins has not yet done in his career. Keenum was 13-3 last year in the NFL, which is no small feat. Keenum was money for his team and for us bettors. Only time will tell if Zimmer’s…

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Richie Baccellieri: Don’t be Square on High MLB Money Lines

Sunday the Houston Astros were laying -370 here in Las Vegas at home against the Kansas City Royals. Get ready to see a lot of high numbers like that throughout the season.

*There are several very good teams

*There are several very bad teams

*Good teams will be expensive at home vs. bad teams

The first “square” reaction (that of losing bettors) when they see a high price is to say to themselves, “I can’t lay that high a price to win, the only way I can bet it is to lay -1.5 runs on the run line.” As we’ve discussed in the past.…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: What’s Wrong with the Washington Nats?

Sometimes your homework assignment here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping involves big picture themes that cross the full Major Leagues. Sometimes it involves a specific team that’s performing at surprisingly good or bad levels.

Today, it’s the latter. Your job is to figure out what the heck is wrong with the Washington Nationals, and whether or not it’s going to continue.

The Nats are an important team in the markets because they still get so much respect. I’m seeing some stores still list them as favorites to win the NL in futures prices even though they’re in third…

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Let’s Hear it For the Reds -- and All Those Profits!

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

HEY, THE CINCINNATI REDS ARE

PROOF POSITIVE THAT EVERYONE & ANYONE

CAN GET HOT DURING THE COURSE OF A SEASON …

THE NFL UPDATE:

WE BEGIN OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS

WITH A LOOK AT THE PATRIOTS, TITANS & 49ERS

 

Folks, it’s a handicapping theory we never get tired of telling right here at Jim Sez:

Years ago, a veteran/savvy “bettor” we know told us that “even the worst teams in Major-League Baseball are gonna have at least one hot streak in ‘em during the course of a season.”

Exhibit A … the 2018 Cincinnati Reds.

True, the Reds (32-45) have been full-time residents of the National League…

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Weekend Notebook from MLB / NFL / NBA

THE JIM SEZ WEEKEND REPORT - MLB, NFL & NBA QUICK-HITTER NOTES

It's officially the first full weekend of summer - but we'll put down the ice-cold beverage long enough to get you up to speed on some big happenings in MLB, NFL and the NBA too!

MLB

Looking for an under-the-radar type team to make a little run here in the next few days? Then try the Minnesota Twins (33-38) on for size. The American League Central squad - a major underachiever the first half of this here-and-now Major-League Baseball season - is in the midst of a three-game home series against…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Bet Prices, Not Teams

I’ve mentioned this periodically through my time posting articles here at this website. But, I don’t think I’ve ever devoted a full article to it. This is very important to remember if you’re a day-to-day baseball handicapper, or just devoting the summer to getting ready for football.

Sharps bet PRICES, not teams. You’ll often hear the mainstream media talking about “the so-called sharps” who keep betting on certain bad teams and losing. This was true with the Cleveland Browns last season. Somebody was saying about the Cincinnati Reds a few days ago (then the Reds started winning).

It can also happen on…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Team Won-Lost Records by Pitcher

In past years, I wouldn’t have recommended the strategy I’m going to outline for you today here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. It didn’t work then, though some people swore by it as they threw their money away. In certain situations, it’s going to work very well in 2018.

What’s the strategy?

Focus on team won-lost records by pitcher. What’s the team’s record with their best starting pitcher on the mound. What’s the team’s record with the second-best, and so on down the line. In past years, this record was way too polluted by run support. An average…

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